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* Malaysian wins Sabah-leg in Under-14 Asian meet

* Malaysia also take win doubles title

* Indonesia’s Priska Madelyn Nugroho wins girls title


Malaysia’s rising tennis star Takashi Koey walked away with his second title in the Asian Tennis Federation’s (ATF) Under-14 championships when he won boys singles in the Sabah-leg in Kota Kinabalu on Sunday.

The top seeded Sabahan, who is of Malaysian-Japanese parentage outplayed   with a 6-0, 6-2 win over third seed Darshan Sureh of Kuala Lumpur in an all-Malaysian final at the Likas Tennis Courts. Takashi is ranked 24 in the ATF ranking list.

However, the scoreline did not reflect the match which lasted a good two hours before Takashi triumphed for his second on the ATF tour, Takashi and Darshan were involved in long rallies and dues.

Takashi also won the title in the Sarawak-leg in Kuching last week.

Darshan ran out of steam in the final and was not able to repeat his form when he upset second seed and compatriot Noor Suhaili Sallahudin in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Although disappointed, Darshan, however, did not return empty handed when he won the doubles title with Mohd Hamdan – defeated Mohd Saharudin and N. Salahudin 6-3, 6-1 in the final.

The girls singles title was won by Indonesia’s Priska Madelyn Nugroho. The Indonesian outplayed Malaysia’s Angeline Ong from Sarawak 6-2, 6-0 in the final.

A total of 34 players – 25 boys and nine girls competed in the Sabah-leg of the annual ATF tour.

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