Imran Daniel Abdul Hazli

# Wildcard entry Imran adds the Under-11 title as well after winning Under-10 World Junior Masters title


The little dynamite named Imran Daniel Abdul Hazli is suddenly hogging the limelight in the world tennis – winning two world titles – a rare feat for a Malaysian.

Just hours after the 10-year-old won the Under-10 World Juniors Masters in Antalya, Turkey on Sunday, took off from where he left in the Under-11 category although he was only competing as a wildcard entry.

And the Kuala Lumpur lad did not disappoint his coach and father Abdul Hazli Zainuddin when he triumphed against all odds to beat Romanian top seed Dan Vasile Duta in a three-set thriller.

The Malaysian prevailed 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4) for a grand double – a rare achievement in a world meet.

Imran kicked off his Under-11 campaign with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Tunisia’s Youssef Lebbene. In the quarter-finals the Malaysian scored an identical win over fourth seed Kilian Feldbausch of Switzerland.

In the semi-finals Imran was fully stretched by second seed Vasyl Yazadchiev of the United States but did enough to advance with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 win.

In the Under-10 final Imran outplayed his Dutch opponent Manvydas Balciunas 6-0, 6-0 for his second international title, having won the Base 11 and under Stars of Tomorrow tennis tournament in Germany in August.

A delighted Abdul Hazli, a former international, said the tough training and better fitness has taken Imran’s game to a higher level.

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