Tournament Recap: October

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Men

Ng Eain Yow

The national No. 1 came back into action fresh from his Malaysian Open success in September. And the 21-year-old had a big test in a World Series event in the Egyptian Open.  Now a career-high No. 32 in the world, Eain Yow did a fine job to reach the third round in Cairo, including a fine second round win over the higher ranked Raphael Kandra of Germany. He will however be disappointed at not being able to close out the win against Frenchman Baptiste Masotti in the last 16.

 
Ivan Yuen

The three-time national champion came through a mixed results month of October. Ivan enjoyed a fine run in India as he won the SRFI Indian Tour in Chennai. It was his first title in almost 12 months and a well-deserved one after a strong battling performance against

Mahesh Mangaonkar in the final. However, Ivan just didn’t have the legs in the first round of the Egyptian Open as he lost a brutal 69-minute battle to Hong Kong’s Max Lee. Improved to No. 44 on the world rankings though.

 
Syafiq Kamal

Disappointing month for the world No. 85 as he couldn’t get the results to go his way. Played only one tournament – the SRFI Indian Tour in Chennai. Had a first round bye but ultimately lost out to the much lower ranked Angus Gillams of Scotland.

 
Addeen Idrakie

Not a bad month for Addeen but not his best either. The 25-year-old was again at his inconsistent best as he just couldn’t take his chances when it mattered. Pulled a fine win over in-form Lau Tsz Kwan of Hong Kong in India but subsequently lost out to Mahesh in the quarterfinals despite some good moments.

 
Darren Rahul Pragasam

The 20-year-old had a big chance to claim his first PSA title after putting up a strong run to reach the final of the XL Open in Auckland, New Zealand. But it just wasn’t his day as he went down to a superior Tang Ming Hong of Hong Kong. A lot of positives to draw from though.

 
Ong Sai Hung

Decent run in Auckland to reach the quarter-finals. Still not quite there yet as he was easily defeat by Tang Ming Hong in straight games.

 
Ryan Pasqual

Still a long way to go for Ryan who has been troubled by injury the past year. A first-round exit in Auckland is not helping his confidence much.

Women

Low Wee Wern

It’s been a painful month for the national No. 1. The Penangite suffered a painful knock during the Malaysian Open in September and it was obvious she was still feeling the aftereffects. Did well to beat Egyptian Mariam Metwally in the first round of the US Open but was completely blown away by Salma Hany in the second round. Unfortunate to be drawn against Nouran Gohar in the first round of the world meet and had one good game before she folded. Tough month for Wee Wern.

 

Rachel Arnold

Carried her outstanding winning run into the SRFI Indian Tour where she notched her second title in a row after nicking the Malaysian Open in September. That was the sort of consistency the 23-year-old needed after going up and down throughout her career previously. Was decent in her first-round match against Salma Hany but the quality was just too obvious on the day as her winning streak ended in Egypt. Still made it a careerhigh No. 41 in the world after October.

 

S. Sivasangari

It’s an excellent month for Sivasangari. The 20-year-old didn’t win any tournaments, but she showed that she is well worthy of a place in the top tier after two excellent outings at

the US Open and the Women’s World Championships. She beat experienced campaigners in Coline Aumard and Alison Waters before narrowly falling to Sarah-Jane Perry at the US meet. And the Kedahan definitely took it one step further by knocking out world No. 8 Amanda Sobhy. She lost out to Hania El Hammamy in a close four games in the last 16 at the world meet. Unfortunately, college season starts soon and the world No.

42 will be proud of her achievements.

 

Lai Wen Li

It’s quite a breakthrough for the Sabahan in October. The 19-year-old enjoyed a dream run at the SRFI Indian Tour in Chennai by making it all the way to the final. Along the way she also knocked out higher ranked players in Sunayna Kuruvilla and Menna Nasser. Unfortunate to run into an in-form teammate in Rachel at the final hurdle but she will be pleased with this run and will look to build from here.

 

Ooi Kah Yan

Not a very memorable month for Kah Yan as she only made it to the second round of the Indian Tour. She did well to take Chan Yiwen to five games but surely will not be pleased with a defeat.

 

Aifa Azman

The youngster now has more time on the PSA Tour and the results are showing. Made it to the quarter-finals of the Indian Tour and pushed Rachel hard before losing in four. Went on to the world meet and pulled off quite a first-round shocker by beating the experienced Joey Chan of Hong Kong in the first round. Went a little flat in the second round against Tinne Gilis of Belgium but this is a good month of results for Aifa.

 

Chan Yiwen

Should have done a lot better at the Indian Tour. Was hardly at her best as Kah Yan took her to five games in the second round. The quarterfinals turned out to be a nightmare for the 19-year-old as she was blown away in 18 minutes by Menna Nasser. Will need to come back stronger after her exam period.

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