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The national women’s squash athletes (left to fourth from left) during the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games at the Hangzhou International Expo Centre in Hangzhou, China, on September 28, 2023. — Picture via FACEBOOK/SQUASH RACQUETS ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA

Asian Games: Women’s squash team to face South Korea in semi-finals

HANGZHOU, Sept 28 — The national women’s squash team, who completed the group stage with an unbeaten record are set to face South Korea in the team event semi-finals tomorrow.

Malaysia, the last edition’s bronze medallists, topped Group B after beating India 3 – 0 in the last group fixture at the Hangzhou International Expo Centre today.

Reigning silver medallist in women’s singles event, S. Sivasangari, got the ball rolling for Malaysia by downing Joshna Chinappa 11 – 6, 11 – 2, 11 – 8 in straight sets.

However, national number one Aifa Azman had to face strong resistance from Tanvi Khanna before finally notching a 9 – 11, 11 – 1, 7 – 11, 13 – 11, 11 – 5 victory after 43 minutes, while Rachel Arnold concluded the match by beating 15-year-old Anahat Singh 11 – 7, 11 – 7, 14 – 12.

Sivasangari said the is was confident of maintaining the winning momentum in their upcoming match, as the players are keen to wrest back the team event title, won by Malaysia in the 2010 Guangzhou and 2014 Incheon editions.

“If you want to win a tournament, need to beat everyone. My teammates and I are going in with that mindset, believing in ourselves and the game. When I played in previous Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, that was a totally different situation.

“Datuk Nicol David and Low Wee Wern were with us then, I felt that I was the younger one there. But this time, I need to carry extra responsibilities. Still, I would say, four of us (including Aira Azman) make up a solid team,” she said to the press after the match.

Aifa said she was nervous in the beginning stage of the match today but was able to quickly bounce back to tame Tanvi, who showed much-improved performance compared to when Aifa won 3 – 0 at the Asian Squash Team Championships last year.

The girls previously beat Nepal, Pakistan, and Macao 3 – 0 to top the group, while South Korea defeated Mongolia and Thailand 3 – 0, edged Japan 2 – 1 and went down 0 – 3 against Group A winners Hong Kong to finish second in the group.

— Bernama


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