MOHD Saiful Rizal bin Mohd Ali emerged winner in the men’s individual open of the Brunei Squash Championship in conjunction with the 73rd birthday celebration of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam after he defeated Dzulazmi Mutalib 3-0 with the scores of 11-7, 11-2, 14-12 in the finals at the Squash Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex yesterday.
In the battle for third position, Abang Md Huzairie bin Abang Md Ali won against Lim Kok Sheng 3-1 with scores of 7-11, 11-3, 11-8 and 12-10.
Catherine Carter finished at the top of the Women’s Open category after a perfect 3-0 win record in the round robin against four opponents. Hamidah Ismail came in second place after losing to Catherine 3-0 with scores of 11-13, 3-11 and 7-11 while Jormasnidah Jormasie finished third with two wins and two losses.
In the Men’s Masters (45 above), Dominic Wong Kok Phin emerged champion after defeating Haji Mohd Sufri Abdul Hamid who retired due to injury by the fourth set with scores 10-12, 11-8 and 11-2. For the third position, Louise Cheng defeated Asmat Umar 3-1 with 11-3, 11-5, 5-11 and 11-7.
Meanwhile in the Men’s Masters (60 above), Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Negara Pengiran Anak Haji Puteh ibni Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam emerged champion after defeating all five opponents in the category in a round robin format.
Pengiran Haji Tajuddin bin Pengiran Adi came in second with three wins and one loss while Pengiran Anak Rozanan bin Pengiran Muda Umar Ali came third with two wins and two losses.
Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Negara Pengiran Anak Haji Puteh presented the prizes in his capacity as the guest of honour.
Men’s open winner Mohd Saiful Rizal felt good with his gameplay after he gained experience from playing overseas this year.
“Alhamdulillah, I feel that my gameplay and style of play has shown an increase after the experience of playing overseas especially in the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand,” he said.
The squash championship, which began last Friday, was organised by the Brunei Squash Rackets Association (BSRA).