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Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 5:28:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 6:50:08 PM

Petite Siti overcomes odds in SEA Games silat

Siti Zubaidah (right) overcame a slow start to beat Singapore’s Nurul Sulaiha 5-0 in the Pencak Silat quarter-finals in the below 60kg category on Dec 10, 2013. - S.S. KANESAN/The Star

Siti Zubaidah (right) overcame a slow start to beat Singapore’s Nurul Sulaiha 5-0 in the Pencak Silat quarter-finals in the below 60kg category on Dec 10, 2013. - S.S. KANESAN/The Star

NAYPYITAW: Rookie Pencak Silat exponent Siti Zubaidah overcame a jittery start to beat Singapore’s Nurul Sulaiha 5-0 in the quarter-finals of the below 60kg category in the Myanmar SEA Games in Naypyitaw on Tuesday.

The petite Siti, who was dwarfed by her opponent by about 13cm, stood strong to win the last two bouts to deny the lanky Sulaiha at the Zeyar Thiri Indoor Stadium.

The Alor Setar local who joined the national team last year said, “I was confident of a win but was slow to get in to the bout.”

“It’s cold here in the hall! That might be the reason for my slow start ... my opponent also did well in the first bout to lead but I didn’t give up and kept pressing for the win.

“I took a defensive approach to the fight. Usually a smaller opponent would go on the offence. I guess it caught Sulaiha off guard and enabled me to score valuable points.”

Siti, who is making her debut at the SEA Games stage, will meet another towering opponent – Thailand’s Rewadee Damsri - in her semi-final bout scheduled for Saturday.

The 22-year-old said she has to set aside the frustration of a slow start and strategise for another uphill battle against Rewadee.

“The slow start almost cost me the bout and I have to buck up for the semi-final. There’s plenty of room for me to improve and I hope to be at my best on Saturday.”   

Tags / Keywords: pencak silat, silat, Siti Zubaidah, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, SEA Games, Malaysia

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