Tuesday July 17, 2012
Squash favourites Selangor end up second best
THEY came into the tournament as favourites but Selangor ended up runners-up in both the men’s and women’s squash team events.
In the finals yesterday, the Sarawak men played spoilers as they won 2-1 while the Penang women prevailed 2-0.
Sarawak began strongly as Afeeq Abedeen defeated Mohd Zul Azri 10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4. But individual gold medallist Mohd Addeen Idrakie put Selangor back on level terms by beating Sanjay Singh 4-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-4.
Bexter Jap was the hero for Sarawak when he beat Marcus Yuen 11-6, 13-11, 6-11, 12-10 for the gold medal.
“I was confident we would clinch it after winning the first two sets.
“But Marcus made it tough in the third and fourth sets.
“There was a lot of pressure on me as it was a must win situation. I’m glad that I delivered,” said the 18-year-old Bexter, who will probably skip the next Sukma to further his studies in aviation.
It was a great performance by the Sarawakians as they only managed fourth place, losing to Selangor in the broze medal playoff, in the 2010 Sukma in Malacca.
The Selangor women were outclassed as Vanessa Raj and Low Wee Nee scored easy wins to give Penang the gold.
Vanessa defeated Yong Sue Ann 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 while Wee Nee beat Tan Yan Xin 11-8, 11-5, 11-6.
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