MELAKA: Muhd Fayyad Wajdi Hashim staked his claim for the CIMB Squash Rising Star National Junior Circuit after a resounding victory in the boys’ under-13 final at the Hang Jebat Squash Centre here today.
The 13-year old from the Sultan Abdul Hamid College in Alor Star started as the fourth seed and sent off top seed Hi Jia Rong of Sarawak, 11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 11-6 in the semi-finals to progress into the finals against unseeded Shamiel Haeyzad Sharulhisam of Negri Sembilan.
Muhd Fayyad started strong in the final, settling the first set 11-2, before Shamiel raised his game in the second set, although he went down 13-11, and the former closed accounts by nailing the third set 11-6.
“It was not as easy as it seemed, as I was trying to minimise mistakes and play a safe game before I was sure that I could beat him in the final,” said Muhd Fayyad, who registered his first title in his second year in the under-13 category.
“I had won three legs of this series in the under-11 category two years ago, but after moving up to the under-13 category last year I was always in the top eight but never reached the final.”
Muhd Fayyad said his sights this year are set on making his mark in international tournaments, beginning with the Hong Kong Junior Open in August.
“That will be my aim, but after this win, I want to register more titles in this series. After finishing fifth in the opening round and winning this round I feel I have found my touch,” he said.
The girls’ under-13 final saw the top seed, Negri Sembilan’s Nur Maisara Mohd Azlan Shah taken to four sets before ousting the third seed Claudia Yong from Sarawak 11-8, 3-11, 13-11, 11-3.
The boys’ under-11 final saw Sarawak’s top-seeded Harith Danial Jefri beat the 10th seed from Terengganu Addin Iqwan Hilman 11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 11-3, while in the girls’ under-11 final, Kedah’s Anrie Goh, also the top seed, beat second-seeded teammate Choo Yi Jie 11-4, 11-8, 11-3.
The under-9 boys’ final also saw a battle between the top two seeds, with Sabah’s Danny Gan beating Federal Territories’ Oon Jayden 11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9, and in the girls’ final, Kedah’s Whitney Isabelle Wilson beat Melaka’s Goh Jia Xuan 11-8, 11-9, 11-5.