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Sanjay Jeeva guns for first PSA title at IQUW Bermuda Open

Victory delight: Sanjay Jeeva shortly after qualifying for the men's final (Photograph by Mehluli Sibanda)

Sanjay Jeeva goes in search of his maiden Professional Squash Association title when he takes on Andres Herrera in the IQUW Bermuda Open men’s final on Saturday.

Malaysian Jeeva, the tournament No 2 seed, is yet to taste success in a PSA event but after taking care of Edgar Ramirez 3-0 in Friday’s semi-finals, Jeeva expressed his desire to finally land a title.

“I’m delighted as it’s not everyday you get to be in the final of a tournament,’’ Jeeva said.

“This is my second final ever, so I’m super happy and when I won I had a big cheer. I tried to contain and stay composed throughout the match, and I just let it all out when I got the win.

“I've won a number of PSA satellite tournaments, but I've never won a challenger tour. If I win, it would mean that I’ve finally accomplished something on the tour.

“I know I've only been two-and-a-half years on the tour, but I’ve been struggling to get a win. I think I’m the highest-ranked PSA player that’s not won a title yet. It’s been in my head and I try not to let it bother me, but it is something that is bothering me.”

The 24-year-old reflected on his match against Ramirez and shared his thoughts on the final.

“Against Ramirez, it was very tense, even though I won 3-0, it was still a battle out there,’’ he said.

“The scores were very close, in the last game, you could tell both of us were nervous. ”There were so many errors, the points were back and forth, I just ended up being victorious in the end.

“Andres Herrera has had a great tournament. I played him two weeks ago, I was fortunate to get the better of him in three games, but everyday is different, every tournament’s different, different pressure and different environment.

“He looks to be very solid, I’m just going to do what I’ve been doing, try to go in with a clear head and play smart squash.”

Margot Prow of Barbados faces Egypt’s Ingy Hammouda in the women’s final. Prow, who came into the tournament unseeded, has been on a giant-killing run from the first round, which she continued by overpowering No 3 seed Catalina Pelaez 3-2 in the semi-finals.

Hammouda, the fourth seed, defeated the second-seeded Laura Tovar 3-0, to book her spot in the final.

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Published April 27, 2024 at 1:00 pm (Updated April 27, 2024 at 1:00 pm)

Sanjay Jeeva guns for first PSA title at IQUW Bermuda Open

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