03 Dec Andrea reckons she can live up to top billing in KL junior meet
Andrea Lee did not train for the last two months because her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations only ended on Monday.
But the 17-year-old is confident she can live up to her top billing in the girls’ Under-19 category of the REDtone 9th Kuala Lumpur International Junior Open squash championships at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.
“Now that my exams are over, I can focus on my training and competitions. I have four tournaments lined up in a month … it’s going to be a challenge to do well in all four, but I’m ready to give my best in every tournament,” said Andrea, who will face team-mate and joint fifth-eighth seed Sara Chew Rou Yi in Friday’s quarter-finals after receiving a first-round bye.
Sara subdued Siew Hui Tan 11-0, 11-2, 11-1 in the first round on Thursday.
After the REDtone tournament, Andrea will feature in the 11th leg of the Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit (SSJM) in Bukit Jalil from Dec Dec 7-10, the Pontefract Junior Open in London from Dec 23-27 and the prestigious British Junior Open in Sheffield from Jan 2-7.
Andrea has had a fruitful year, including emerging champion in the National Junior Championships after beating Zoe Foo in the final at Bukit Jalil in February.
She also won the Asian Junior title for the third time in a row in Iran in August and two gold medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in September – the girls’ doubles with Zoe and the mixed doubles with Ng Eain Yow.
Andrea said that she would be back training full time under coaches Kenneth Low and Andrew Cross to prepare for the Pontefract Junior Open and also the British Junior Open.
“I hope to win a title in the Pontefract Junior Open,” said Andrea.
Source: The Star