The national No. 1 started his year in February by competing in the Pittsburgh Open. He got past Wales’ Peter Creed in the second round before losing in straight games in the quarter-finals to Egypt’s Zahed Salem. After the Pittsburgh meet, Nafiizwan went on to Chicago where he competed in the World Championships. It was however a tough outing for the world No. 36 as he lost in four games to Egypt’s Mohamed Reda.
The former world junior champion took a long offtime after the Tournament of Champions in January before returning to the United States where he competed in the World Championships. Not the best outing for the youngster as he was soundly beaten by former world No. 8 Fares Dessouky of Egypt in the first round.
The world No. 45 played in two competitions in February and both were in the United States. He first competed in the Pittsburgh Open where he got past Mexico’s Alfredo Avila in five in the first round but then went down in five games to Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller in the second round. After Pittsburgh, Ivan went on to Chicago but was no match for England’s James Willstrop, losing in straight games in the first round.
SRAM’s Player of the Month for January kept up his consistent showing in February. Fresh from a British Junior Open semi-final finish, the Melakan just had the edge as he topped the competition to win the Under-19 category at the CIMB Foundation National Junior Championships.
Not in action – Mohd Syafiq Kamal, Darren Rahul Pragasam, Addeen Idrakie.
It’s a big month for the Malaysian legend. The eight-time world champion and former world No. 1 announced her intention to retire just days before the World Championships started. She would have loved a final swansong but unfortunately found France’s world No. 5 Camille Serme just too hot to handle in the third round.
It’s a disappointing month for Wee Wern to say the least. The Penangite would have hoped to at least clear the first round of the World Championships. But despite making the long haul flight, the 28-year-old was completely outgunned by Egyptian Nadine Shahin in the first round.
The 22-year-old had three tournaments in the US. First was the Cleveland Classic where she got past Holland’s Milou van der Heijden in the first round before crashing out against world No. 4 Nour El Tayeb. That was followed by the Cincinnati Cup where she also reached the second round only to lose to Egypt’s Mariam Metwally. Rachel however will be massively disappointed with her showing in the World Championships as she only lasted 21 minutes against Nour in the first round – her second consecutive beating at the hands of the Egyptian.
The Sabahan will be disappointed to have missed out on opportunities to compete at the British Junior Open and the Asian Junior Team Championships. But the 18-year-old put that frustration behind her as she rose to occasion to claim the Under-19 title at the CIMB Foundation National Junior Championships. Not a bad way to mark her final junior event.
Not in action – S. Sivasangari.
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