Vai 18th in world junior ranks


PAPUA New Guinea’s top women’s squash player Lynette Vai has made a tremendous push up the world squash junior women’s ranking to number 18.
As seen from the latest ranking released by World Squash, Vai is still making waves abroad.
Vai came to prominence last year when she broke into the top 50 in the world junior rankings.
Her progress in tournaments this year has pushed her to the 18th spot, among other squash powerhouse countries such as Egypt, England and Malaysia.
She and her training partner, Japan’s No.1-seeded player Satomi Watanabe, have made their move up the ranking this year with outstanding performances at the World Junior Squash Championships.
Both train at the same squash academy in Penang, Malaysia, under coach Aaron Soyza.
Vai has become the first PNG female junior to break into the top 20 of a major world junior ranking, breaking one more ceiling for women in PNG sport.
It is remarkable achievement considering the pressure of studies, training and competition. Her continued success has been made possible through the support of major sponsor Pacific Balance Fund.
Vai looks forward to representing PNG at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
She has a few major tournaments coming up between now and April.
The Singapore Open runs from Nov 29-Dec 4. This will be followed by the Red Tone Kuala Lumpur International event which starts on Dec 6. Both tournaments will be pressure-packed, with top class competitors from around the world.

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