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Monday, December 23, 2013

A file photo of Abang Muhd Huzairie Abang Muhd Ali prior to his participating at the INTI IU Squashermania 2013 in Malaysia. Abang Muhd Huzairie and Muhd Kamaluddin Abu Bakar finished in the top half of the 64 players at the Singapore Squash Invitational Open 2013. BT File

Abang Muhd Huzairie Abang Muhd Ali finished 14th out of 64 players competing in the Division 1 of the Singapore Squash Invitational Open 2013 last night after losing 3-1 to James Ang of Singapore yesterday.

Meanwhile the other Bruneian in the tournament Muhd Kamaluddin Abu Bakar finished 24th on Saturday after losing 2-0 to Dwi Putra of Indonesia.

"The game was tough but well matched, just that I did too many unforced errors and he spotted my weakness at the front court area with his drop shots," said Abang Muhd Huzairie in a phone interview with The Brunei Times last night.

"And he (Ang) did point out some key areas that I need to improve after the game, which is very welcoming to hear," said Abang Muhd Huzairie.

"Overall it has been a great outing for me and Muhd Kamaluddin in the tournament.

"On another note, Singapore have confirmed squash will be in the 2015 SEA Games hosted by them, and have invited Brunei to send a team of four players to participate.

"This will be the first time squash will be included in the games after so long missing out, and we hope once we get back we could talk with the association regarding this matter" he added.

Malaysia national number five player, Elvin Keo beat compatriot Chong Kam Hing 3-0 in the final to be crowned the champion.

In the women's category, world number eight Low Wee Wern of Malaysia beat Singaporean Joannah Yue 3-0.

Australia, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Japan, and Vietnam were among the countries that participating in the tournament.

The format of the tournament is according to the 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).

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 also 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.

Courtesy from Brunei Times