Nickhileswar: Malaysia’s Rising Star in Squash

By Lan KB

Remember this name: Nickhileswar Moganasundharam. He is only 10 now but may end up being a squash world champion one day.

And he is on the right track to achieve that.

On Sunday (Jan 6), Nickhileswar won the prestigious boys’ Under-11 British Junior Open squash title in Birmingham.

Starting the tournament as the top seed, Nickhileswar came back from a set down to beat second seed Chris Baddour of Egypt 9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6.

The boy, who hails from Penang, dedicated his victory to his mother who celebrated her birthday on Jan 7.

“It feels great. I played well, and I am so happy with my performance.

 This win is for my mum, whose birthday is tomorrow,” said Nickhileswar.

His advancement in the game has certainly impressed Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) director of coaching Major (Rtd) S. Maniam.

“He is the upcoming star from Penang who has great flair in playing squash. He has high confidence level and plays extremely well in the front of the court.

 “Despite his young age, he knows how to beat his opponent well. He has a bright future ahead of him.”

Well done Nickhileswar! Go and prove yourself to be a world beater!