KUCHING: Federal Territories’ (FT) Andrea Lee is ready to pull out all the stops to deny Sarawak a second gold medal in squash.
Hosts Sarawak have already bagged a surprise gold medal in Sukma after Jess Tay-Marcus Sim stunned FT’s top-seeded Shyan Kwan-Andrew Lee in the men’s doubles final on Monday.
And the 20-year-old Jess was again in a giant-killing mood after he partnered 16-year-old Ma Si Yi to topple second seeds Darren Rahul Pragasam-Zoe Foo of Negri Sembilan 11-10, 2-11, 11-8 in the mixed doubles semi-finals at the Sarawak Squash Centre.
But national junior Andrea, who won the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) mixed doubles gold medal with Ng Eain Yow last year, is not in a charitable mood.
Top seeds Andrea and Shaun Kwan were also on song as they got past Terengganu’s Danial Nurhaqiem-Nurina Najib 11-8, 11-10 in the other semi-final.
“I started a little nervous today and I got better as the game wore on,” said Andrea.
“Jess-Si Yi have the crowd behind them and they’ve also beaten higher seeded pairs ... so, the pressure will be on us.
“But I believe we’re up to the task. We may even have a slight advantage since I’m a left-hander.”
The 17-year-old Andrea’s bid may, however, come a cropper as she’s also competing in the women’s team event.
FT have qualified for the semi-finals after topping Group B with three wins. They take on Penang in the semi-finals at 9am Thursday. The mixed doubles final is scheduled at 11am.
If Andrea is unable to take to the court on time, FT may have to concede a walkover to Sarawak in the mixed doubles final.
“All the teams had been notified of the schedule since March ... it was up to them to make the necessary adjustments to avoid such situations,” said technical director Peter Chee.
“We will not adjust the timetable just to accommodate FT’s wishes.”