Ka Yi Lee Ousts Leading Home Hope Azman At Malaysia Cup
7 Nov 2023
Hong Kong's Ka Yi Lee sprung the biggest surprise in the second round of the Ace Malaysia Squash Cup when she upset No.3 seed Aifa Azman to progress to the women's quarter-finals of the inaugural PSA World Tour Bronze event in Seremban.
Azman - the country's leading hope in the women's event - entered the match at the S2 Sport Complex having not lost to Lee since 2015, but it was the latter who emerged victorious as she completed an 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-4 victory, reaching the last eight of a Bronze event for the first time.
"I tried to take the ball into the corners when I could," said Lee afterwards. "Aifa has such good hands and you can't give her opportunities. It was tough for me, so I tried to keep the ball tight to the corners so I could have more chances to go for shots as well.
"Winning today has a big impact on my confidence. I think tomorrow I will be playing Sivasangari, and I haven't played her in a long time, so I hope I can have a good match."
Rachel Arnold is the other Malaysian player left in the women's draw after she saved four match balls to beat Azman's younger sister Aira.