Qatar's Al Tamimi beat Tsz Fung Yip to win Malaysian Open title

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Qatar's Abdullah Al Tamimi beat Hong Kong's Tsz Fung Yip in five sets to win the $35,000 Malaysian Open title, on Sunday.

Al Tamimi, who was seeded third, won 5-11, 12-10, 11-1, 7-11, 11-5 in 52 minutes to prevail in the thrilling title clash in the men’s final at the National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil.

 

In the semi-final on Saturday, Al Tamimi beat top seed Leo Au of Hong Kong 8-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9 in 87 minutes.

In his opening clash on Thursday, Al Tamimi beat qualifier Mohammed Syafiq Kamal 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 in 31 minutes.

Al Tamimi, 23, was thrilled with his form ahead of the Asian Games in Indonesia next next month.

“It’s always tough to play the quarter-finals and the semi-finals both five setters and then to come into the final for another long match,” Al Tamimi said.

“But I did expected to play well over an hour although I started the first game a bit nervous," Al Tamimi said.

“From the second I found my rhythm and the pace I wanted to play and really happy with my biggest win so far," the Aspire Academy trainee said.

“I had a long off season and I’ve been training hard. All this is for the Asian Games next month," Al Tamimi said.

“I hope to keep this going until the Asian Games. I will take it game by game and if I’m doing good I certainly have a chance," he added.

In the women's final, Malaysia's Low Wee Wern returned to the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour by clinching the Malaysian Open title.

Wee Wern, who had to come through the qualifiers, outplayed Japan’s Satomi Watanabe 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 in 30 minutes.

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