Malaysia’s Hing in quarter-finals

Mumbai: Fourth seed Choong Kam Hing of Malaysia announced his arrival with an exciting 3-1 win to advance to the Men’s Open quarter-finals in the 35th Bombay Gymkhana-HSBC Maharashtra State Open Squash Championship here on Wednesday.

Adding foreign flavour to the competition, Hing warmed up in Mumbai’s humidity with a comfortable 2-0 lead and went on to overcome Gary Nitschke of Australia 11-1, 11-2, 7-11, 13-11.

Nitschke came up with a late challenge and snatched a close third game to keep his hopes alive, before losing the crucial fourth and the match over extra points.

Hing’s effort overshadowed Capt Arjun Agnihotri’s thrilling 3-2 win over former National champion Manish Chotrani who surprised the armyman with a 2-0 and a late challenge in another pre-quarter-final.

Impressing among the juniors were Dev Vazirani of Otters Club and Vikas Mehra who registered exciting 3-2 wins to enter the boys under-13 quarter-finals, while Aditya Khatri beat Aryaman Adik 19-17, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 in a quality contest to advance to the boys under-15 quarter-finals.