Friday February 22, 2013
Vanessa takes a break as Malaysia thrash Sri Lanka
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia rested their No. 1 Vanessa Raj but still proved too strong for Sri Lanka, winning 3-0 in Group B to qualify for the girls’ semi-finals of the Asian Junior squash team championships in New Delhi yesterday.
The third-seeded Malaysians, who struggled to beat Pakistan 2-1 in their opening match on Wednesday, will wrap their fixtures against defending champions Hong Kong today.
At the last championships in Colombo, Sri Lanka, two years ago, Malaysia lost 2-0 to Hong Kong in the final.
Yesterday, Celine Yeap set the ball rolling for Malaysia by beating Naduni Gunawardene 11-8, 11-4,11-7.
Reserve Teh Min Jie delivered the winning point with an easy 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 win over Gayara Jayasuriya.
Rachel Arnold, who dropped the point against Pakistan, had no problem beating Mihliya Methsarani 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 in the third tie.
In the boys’ competition, Malaysia reached the quarter-finals after chalking up their second straight win by whipping Sri Lanka 3-0.
Malaysia also outplayed Taiwan by the same margin. They will wrap up the fixtures against Kuwait today.
In the match against Sri Lanka, Mohd Shafiq Mohd Kamal was just too good for Shamil Wakeel winning 11-1, 11-5, 11-4.
Darren Chan also registered an easy 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 win over Viduranga Udantha. Mohd Amir Farhan Ampandi, however, had to come back from a set down to beat Ravindu Laksiri 7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-7.
Team manager Raymond Arnold said Farhan had a slow start but he recovered well to beat Ravindu.
“We have sealed a place in the quarter-finals with a match in hand. We hope to beat Kuwait to top the group,” said Raymond.