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National squash players S. Sivasangari (left) and Aifa Azman are on track to gold in the Hangzhou Asian Games team event. — Picture by BERNAMA

Women’s squash team advance to Asiad final

HANGZHOU, Sept 29 — The national women’s squash team remained on course for the Asian Games team event gold by beating South Korea 2-0 in the semi-finals at the Hangzhou Olympic Sport Centre Squash Court.

The second-seeded Malaysians started well with Aifa Azman needing only 20 minutes to beat Eum Hwa-yeong 11-4, 11-1, 11-8 to deliver the first point.

S. Sivasangari then outclassed Lee Ji-hyun 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 to clinch the comfortable victory, while other members of the team, Rachel Arnold and Aira Azman, did not have to raise a sweat.

“Aifa started off well. She was sharper and more confident than yesterday, which boosted our confidence level as well. I went in with confidence and just tried to stay positive for the win,” Sivasangari said after the match.

However, in their attempt to wrest back the team title, the girls will face a stern test against top seeds and defending champions Hong Kong, who ousted last edition’s silver medallists India 2-1 in the other semi-final.

Commenting on tomorrow’s match, Rachel said they are familiar with the Hong Kong team after playing them in many tournaments.

“We will go back and do an analysis on our game and their game as preparations. Hopefully, we can do well,” she said.

Malaysia, then led by former great Datuk Nicol David, won the gold back-to-back in Guangzhou 2010 when the team event was introduced and in the Doha 2014 edition, but had to be satisfied with bronze in the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games after going down in the semi-finals against India.

— Bernama

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