Abang Muhd Huzairie Abang Muhd Ali and Muhd Kamaluddin Bakar posing for a picture in Singapore. The duo are currently competing at the Singapore Squash Invitational Open 2013. Courtesy of Abang Muhd Huzairie Abang Muhd Ali
Brunei's Abang Muhd Huzairie Abang Muhd Ali has progressed to the last-16 of Division 1 at the Singapore Squash Invitational Open 2013.
Abang Muhd Huzairie defeated Raiyan See of Singapore 3-1 on Thursday while compatriot Muhd Kamaluddin Abu Bakar lost 3-1 to Singapore's Isaiah Yeo.
The duo will see action at the Kallang Court in Singapore today, with Abang Muhd Huzairie competing in the main category of the tournament (16th ranking-and-above) while Muhd Kamaluddin will be competing in the plate category (17th ranking-and-below)
"It was a very tough game as my opponent was very good and experienced... I started quite slow but in the end I managed to build my game and boost my confidence to win," said Abang Muhd Huzairie in a phone-interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
Muhd Kamaluddin, meanwhile, thought he could have done better in his match.
"The game was evenly matched in the first half and I think I could have won, but he (Yeo) got me midway through the game," said Muhd Kamaluddin.
"And moreover, the court here in Singapore is air-conditioned... it is something that we are not used to," he added.
Australia, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Japan, and Vietnam are among the countries participating in the tournament.
The format of the tournament is in accordance with World Squash Federation (WSF) rules of world singles game and all decision are made final by the organiser of the tournament - the Singapore Squash Racquet Association (SSRA).
The main rounds and top 16 matches will be decided in a best of five format, while the 17th placed and below matches will be played in a best of three.
Abang Muhd Huzairie won silver in the men's open category of the Sarawak Squash Circuit in Miri in September.
He lost 3-0 to compatriot Hj Mohd Sufri Hj Abdul Hamid in an-all Bruneian final at the Squash Academy in Pei Lin Middle School.
Muhd Kamaluddin, meanwhile, finished fifth in the 16-player tournament.
Abang Muhd Huzairie and Muhd Kamaluddin are members of local squash team Young Lions, which recently won the inaugural Brunei Squash League in May.
They finished the league with 135 points alongside team-mates Mohsin Khan and Muhd Shaveez Cheema. Their senior team, Bru Lions, were second on 130 points.