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National discard Sairul staking his claim

Discussion in 'Malaysia Professional Players' started by adelina76, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. adelina76

    adelina76 Regular Member

    Jun 9, 2002
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    Auckland, New Zealand
    In today's Star, Malaysian newspaper online:

    PETALING JAYA: National discard Sairul Amar Ayob continued with his good run in lower grade international tournaments – bagging the Equinox New Zealand Open men's singles title last Sunday.*

    Sairul, who plays for Kuala Lumpur Racquet Club, defeated Hong Kong's Chan Yan Kit 15-8, 17-16 in the final.*

    Last year, Sairul emerged as the champion in the Western Australian International, Auckland International and Carlton Ballarat International.*

    National chief coach Yap Kim Hock said yesterday that the door was always open to non-BAM players to fight for places in the team for major tournaments, including the SEA Games and Thomas Cup Finals.*

    “If they do well, we will consider them for selection,” he said.*

    “We have already selected M. Sutheaswari for the Manila SEA Games (Nov 27-Dec 5). *

    “She is not in the national team but she is the current national number one. She has also won a title (Western Australia International in August).*

    “Competition in the men's team is much, much greater and Sairul has to prove himself.”*

    Sairul is now ranked 16th in the world – the fifth ranked Malaysian after Lee Chong Wei, Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Wong Choong Hann and Kuan Beng Hong.*

    His best in major international Opens is two quarter-final appearances in the 2004 Korean Open and 2005 Swiss Open.*

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