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Published: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 6:11:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 6:17:54 PM

A learning curve for Klaudia in Games debut

SLENDER Klaudia Djajalie’s mission to fill the vacant shoes left by the country’s top woman pool player Esther Kwan ended miserably in her first SEA Games outing.

But the 21-year-old Jakarta-based Malaysian, however, appreciated the experience.

“Esther is very experienced but she is no longer in the national team. I have decided to follow her path but right now, all these are like baby steps for me,” said Klaudia.

Esther shot into the limelight after winning a silver medal in the women’s nine-ball pool event and was the national team’s trumpcard when Malaysia last competed in billiards and snooker at the 2007 SEA Games in Korat.

Klaudia, however, failed to clear the opening round in both the women’s nine-ball pool and 10-ball pool events at the Myanmar Games when she lost to Charlene Chai Zeet Huey of Singapore 6-7 and Indonesian Angeline Magdalena Ticaolu 1-7.

“I came here with the goal of winning one match but it did not happen. I do not train in Malaysia but in Jakarta as there are more local tournaments for women over there.”

The freelance writer hopes that she will grow stronger from her experience to give women’s snooker a lift in the country.

For the record, billiards and snooker ended their campaign in the Games with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals. The gold medal was won by Thor Chuan Leong in the men’s snooker singles.

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, pool, Klaudia Djajalie

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