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National squash athletes Aifa Azman (second from left) and Mohammad Syafiq Mohd Kamal (second from right) in action during their match against India’s Dipika Pallikal (left) and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (right), in the final of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Squash Court in Hangzhou, China, on October 5, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

Asian Games: Syafiq – Aifa miss out on mixed doubles gold

HANGZHOU, Oct 5 — National squash players Mohammad Syafiq Mohd Kamal – Aifa Azman missed out on the first Asian Games mixed doubles gold after losing to top seeds Dipika Pallikal – Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu of India in the final today.

Despite fighting back from 2 – 9 down in the second set, Mohammad Syafiq – Aifa could not stop the Asian Mixed Doubles Squash Championships winners from taking the gold with a close win of 11 – 10, 11 – 10 at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Squash Court.

However, the Malaysians can still be proud of their achievement of winning silver in the mixed doubles, which made its debut at the Hangzhou Games.

Aifa, who could not avoid crying during the post-match interview, said they aimed to win gold, but they accepted their fate.

“Obviously, in the second set, I made a lot of mistakes, causing us to be trailing by a huge gap. But I am happy with Syafiq for staying together in the game to lead 10 – 9.

“Unfortunately, we could not close it. It is still a good performance, and I am happy with our achievement,” she said.

Mohammad Syafiq said they had worked hard the past two years to win gold but had to be contented with the silver.

“We gave everything today in court. In terms of effort, fighting spirit and mental (strength), I am proud of our team. However, the Indian pair is slightly more experienced in handling the pressure situation in the final,” he added.

Mohammad Syafiq – Aifa advanced to the final after beating Abhay Singh – Anahat Singh of India 8 – 11, 11 – 2, 11 – 9 yesterday, while Dipika – Harinder eliminated Wong Chi Him – Lee Ka Yi of Hong Kong 7 – 11, 11 – 7, 11 – 9.

— Bernama


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