Pattaya Jan. 23:
Favourites Pakistan and Malaysia triumphed in the men’s and women’s finals respectively of the 19th Asian Junior Team Squash Championships at the Squash Centre in the Ambassador City Jomtien in Pattaya, Thailand.
Pakistan despatched India 2-0 to claim their men’s title for first time since 2013 – but for the 14th time overall. Hong Kong China and Malaysia shared the bronze medal.
In a repeat of both the 2015 and 2017 women’s finals, defending champions Malaysia faced Hong Kong China. Boasting two players within the world top 100, favourites Malaysia brushed aside their opponents 2-0 to retain the title for the third time in a row. India and Republic of Korea claimed the joint third position.
“It is the first time for Thailand Squash Rackets Association is hosting an Asian Championship. I would like to thank and congratulate them for hosting such a successful yet memorable event. Their warm hospitality and dedication has made the event run smoothly. I would also like to thank the officials, referees and helpers,” said David Mui, President of the Asian Squash Federation.
The 2019 championships attracted 12 junior men’s teams and nine junior women’s teams.
Results: Men: Pakistan beat India (Muhammad Farhan Hashmi beat Veer Chotrani 2-11, 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9; Abbas Zeb beat Utkarsh Baheti 11-4, 11-2, 11-6).
Women: Malaysia beat Hong Kong China (Aifa Azman beat Chan Sin Yuk 11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8; Ooi Kah Yan bt Lee Sum Yuet 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 4-11, 13-11).