Jemyca Aribado and Reymark Begornia will begin their campaign in the qualifying round of the Malaysian Squash Tour 5 today in Kangar, Perlis, Malaysia.
The 2016 Menpora Kijono Cup champion Aribado must beat Noor Aina Ampandi in Round 1 of the qualifying stage to enter into the main draw.
The 22-year old national mainstay previously lost to Ampandi, 11-9, 12-10, 11-6, recently in the Malaysian Squash Tour 4.
On the other hand, Begornia will face fifth seed Gurshan Singh of Malaysia in his first Professional Squash Association event.
Philippine Squash Academy President Robert Bachmann expressed high hopes on Aribado.
“We are hoping she can enter into the main draw,” said Bachmann.
Though eliminated in the quarterfinals of the China Squash Challenge Cup in September, Aribado has gained enough points to move up the world rankings.
Aribado now ranks No. 175 from No. 220 in the world while Begornia is No. 478.
A $5,000 prize awaits the champions of the tournament that draws top players from Pakistan, Hong Kong, India, Egypt, Philippines and host Malaysia.