Squash star upstages rankings

PNG’S top woman squash star Lynette Vai has stamped her authority on the world rankings being placed 18th overall.

She is still making waves after breaking into the top 50 in the world junior rankings, last year.

Her progress in tournaments this year has pushed her into the top 20 places among top players from squash strongholds like Malaysia, Egypt, England and Pakistan.

Together with Salomi Watanabe, Japanese junior women’s top seed, who ranked number one in the world, made their move up the ladder with outstanding performances in the World Junior championships.

Both Watanabe and Vai train at the same squash academy in Penang, Malaysia, under the guidance of coach Aaron Soyza.

Their commitment to training and hard work is bearing fruit for Watanabe and Vai, thanks to coach Soyza.

It is the first time for a PNG junior woman to break into the top 20 in the World Junior rankings and is a big achievement for PNG squash.

Her success has being made possible through the unrelenting support of Pacific Balance Fund, her major sponsor.

Her plan for the immediate future is to represent PNG at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

She has a few major tournaments coming before now and April 27, next year – the Singapore Open next week (Nov 29), followed by the Red Tone Kuala Lumpur International event on Dec 6.

As the highest ranked junior in the Oceania region, Vai will compete at the Australian Junior Open in Darwin and the Oceania championships in New Zealand, next year.

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