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Aira Azman (right) during her victory over top seed Chan Yiwen (left) in Negeri Sembilan

Tuanku Muhriz Trophy RD2: Several Seeds Fall on Surprising Second Day

The second round of the Tuanku Muhriz Trophy saw an incredible amount of surprise results, with half of the seeded players being knocked out by lower-ranked opponents at the Royal Seri Menanti Golf & Country Club in Negeri Sembilan.

The biggest surprise of the day at the Challenger 10 level competition was that women’s top seed Chan Yiwen was defeated by fellow Malaysian Aira Azman. The World No.81 led after three games, but the 17-year-old Azman was able to fight back, taking the fourth game 11-8 to send the match into a decider. Both women had their chances to take the initiative in the fifth, but it was the unseeded Azman that took the win, clinching a surprise victory over the tournament’s top seed.

The top portion of the draw is now wide open, as Azman will face Egypt’s Nour Heikal in the last eight, after the World No.115 also caused an upset. The young Egyptian got the better of the draw’s No.6 seed, Ooi Kah Yan, winning in straight games to advance to the quarter finals of the Challenger 10 level event.

Also in the top half of the draw, Malaysia’s Ainaa Amani secured a surprise victory, as she got the better of No.8 seed Malak Kamal in a four-game battle. The pair were level after two games, before the Malaysian wont third 11-6. The fourth then went deep into a tie-break, but she was able to see the match out, taking it 14-12 to advance to the last eight, where she will now face No.4 seed Nardine Garas.

Another young Malaysian also caused an upset in the second round of the women’s competition, as Yasshmita Jadishkumar downed No.5 seed Wen Li Lai in four games to make the quarter finals. The match hinged on a third-game tie-break, one the unseeded Jadishkumar won 15-13, and she went on to claim victory after clinching the fourth 11-7. She will now face Egypt’s Malak Khafagy, the No.3 seed for the event, in the quarters.

Along with the four surprises in the women’s event, there were also four shocks in the men’s tournament, with No.3 seed Muhammad Asim Khan being the highest-ranked player to be dumped out of the competition. He lost out to Egypt’s Abdallah Elmasry in a 66-minute, four-game battle. Elmasry will now face another unseeded player, in Pakistan’s Amaad Fareed, after he defeated No.8 seed Ong Sai Hung to make the last eight.

In the top half of the draw, Malaysia’s Sanjay Jeeva downed compatriot and No.6 seed Darren Rahul Pragasam to reach the quarter finals, where he will now face top seed Tayyab Aslam on Thursday. India’s Abhay Singh also caused an upset, knocking out No.7 seed Ibrahim Elkabbani, who had won the University of Birmingham Open earlier this year to reach the PSA World Championships.

The quarter finals of the Tuanku Muhriz Trophy will take place at the Royal Seri Menanti Golf & Country Club will take place on Thursday, June 30, with the last eight in both draws aiming to reach the semi-finals. You can follow live scores from the tournament on the PSA World Tour’s website.

Men’s Second Round Results: Tuanku Muhriz Trophy
[1] Tayyab Aslam (PAK) bt Mohamed Nasser (EGY) 3-2: 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-6 (75m)
Sanjay Jeeva (MAS) bt [6] Darren Rahul Pragasam (MAS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (31m)
Abhay Singh (IND) bt [7] Ibrahim Elkabbani (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 12-10, 11-3 (30m)
[4] Mohammad Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt Abdelrahman Nasser (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (33m)
Abdallah Elmasry (EGY) bt [3] Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7 (66m)
Amaad Fareed (PAK) bt [8] Ong Sai Hung (MAS) 3-1: 11-5, 5-11, 11-5, 11-3 (33m)
[5] Addeen Idrakie (MAS) bt Rahul Baitha (IND) 3-1: 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (39m)
[2] Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt Amir Amirul (MAS) 3-1: 7-11, 11-5, 11-1, 11-6 (33m)

Men’s Quarter Final Draw: To Be Played Thursday, June 30
[1] Tayyab Aslam (PAK) v Sanjay Jeeva (MAS)
Abhay Singh (IND) v [4] Mohammad Syafiq Kamal (MAS)
Abdallah Elmasry (EGY) v Amaad Fareed (PAK)
[5] Addeen Idrakie (MAS) v [2] Ivan Yuen (MAS)

Women’s Second Round Results: Tuanku Muhriz Trophy
Aira Azman (MAS) bt [1] Chan Yiwen (MAS) 3-2: 11-5, 2-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9 (33m)
Nour Heikal (EGY) bt [6] Ooi Kah Yan (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (24m)
Ainaa Amani (MAS) bt [8] Malak Kamal (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 6-1, 11-6, 14-12 (33m)
[4] Nardine Garas (EGY) bt Yu Jie (MAS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-4 (18m)
[3] Malak Khafagy (EGY) bt Au Yeong Wai Yhann (SGP) 3-2: 7-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5 (32m)
Yasshmita Jadishkumar (MAS) bt [5] Wen Li Lai (MAS) 3-1: 11-8, 3-11, 15-13, 11-7 (38m)
[7] Yee Xin Yang (MAS) bt Sehveetrraa Kumar (MAS) 3-0: 14-12, 11-7, 11-4 (22m)
[2] Salma Eltayeb (EGY) bt Nour Megahed (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 (20m)

Women’s Quarter Final Draw: To Be Played Thursday, June 30
Aira Azman (MAS) v Nour Heikal (EGY)
Ainaa Amani (MAS) v [4] Nardine Garas (EGY)
[3] Malak Khafagy (EGY) v Yasshmita Jadishkumar (MAS)
[7] Yee Xin Yang (MAS) v [2] Salma Eltayeb (EGY)

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