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Local Players Dominate in Women’s Malaysian Tour Qualifying

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Four home players swept through the final qualifying stage of the 2016 Women’s Malaysian Tour Squash I, PSA W5 tournament to ensure plenty of local interest in the event’s main draw.

Kiroshanna Manoharan caused the day’s biggest upset with a 3-0 win over top qualifying seed Han Jiwon. Manoharan was in an indomitable mood and eased to an 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 triumph to send World No.199 Jiwon out.

Manoharan will line up against Zoe Foo Yuk Han for a place in the quarter-final as both players contest an all-Malaysian tie.

The qualifying stage’s second seed, Indonesia’s Catur Yuliana, is also out after she lost to Aifa Azman. Azman surged into a two-game lead and, despite a third game revival from Yuliana, held firm to see out the win in four and set up a main draw match up against Noor Shadira.

Nurul Izzah was another final qualifying round victor after she overcame Amirah Rusydina Rosli in a gladiatorial five-game battle. She fell a game behind after losing in a brutal tie-break but recovered to go a game up. Rosli levelled proceedings in the fourth, only to see a resilient Izzah battle back to earn a hard-fought 3-2 victory that sends her through to the main draw. Izzah faces Aika Azman in round one.

Lai Wen Li and Nurul Farzana Fairuz contested the other match in the final qualifying round, with the former winning to ensure she will go head-to-head with Ho Tze-Lok in the opening round of the main draw.

Results – Final Qualifying Round: Women’s Malaysian Tour Squash I 2016
[L] Kiroshanna Manoharan (MAS) bt [1] Han Jiwon (KOR) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-7
[L] Lai Wen Li (MAS) bt [L] Nurul Farzana Fairaz (MAS) 3-0: 11-7, 13-11, 11-8
[L] Nurul Izzah (MAS) bt [L] Amirah Rusydina Rosli (MAS) 3-2: 12-14, 11-4, 11-2, 6-11, 11-6
[L] Aifa Azman (MAS) bt [2] Catur Yuliana (INA) 3-1: 11-3, 12-10, 10-12, 11-7

Main Draw – First Round
[1] Vanessa Chu (MAS) v Yura Choi (KOR)
[Q] Aifa Azman (MAS) v [8] Noor Shadira (MAS)
[6] Chan Yiwen (MAS) v Hwayeong Eum (KOR)
Ooi Kah Yan (MAS) v [3] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
[4] Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) v [Q] Lai Wen Li (MAS)
[Q] Kiroshanna Manoharan (MAS) v [7] Zoe Foo Yuk Han (MAS)
[5] Aika Azman (MAS) v [Q] Nurul Izzah (MAS)
Nazihah Harris (MAS) v [2] Carmen Lee (HKG)

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