Power girl Andrea shines for FT in Sukma


  • Squash
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2016

KUCHING: Andrea Lee took to the court twice in four hours to help the Federal Territories to two gold medals in squash.

But before that, the 17-year-old risked being forced to concede a walkover in the mixed doubles final had she still been on court for the women’s team semi-final that started at 9am.

Luckily, FT didn’t need her services as they romped to a 2-0 win over Penang, with Rachel Arnold and Chan Yiwen delivering the goods at the Sarawak Squash Centre.

Buoyed, Andrea went into the mixed doubles final with Shaun Kwan and thumped Sarawak’s Jess Tay-Ma Si Yi 11-3, 11-10 in just 18 minutes.

World No. 131 Andrea was not done yet, though.

She returned to court four hours later to help FT clinch a 2-1 upset win over defending champions Kedah in the women’s team final.

Kedah took the lead when Nazihah Hanis ousted the 15-year-old Yiwen 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9.

FT hit back when a fired-up Rachel edged out S. Sivasangari 11-6, 11-13, 11-4, 6-11, 11-7.

That set the stage for Andrea and she duly delivered with a 13-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-9 win over world No. 83 Aika Azman.

“It’s a superb upset ... we lost to Kedah in the final in Perlis (2014),” said Andrea.

“We needed Rachel to deliver and she played so well today. I think she was all pumped up after losing to Sivasangari earlier.

“It’s really a great result for FT ... especially for Rachel since it’s her last Sukma. I’m happy to help her get a gold medal.”

FT, however, came up short in the men’s team final – losing 2-1 to Negri Sembilan.

Darren Rahul Pragasam gave Negri the lead with an 11-8, 6-11, 11-3, 11-8 win over Shaun.

FT levelled the scores through three-time British Junior Open winner Ng Eain Yow, who thrashed Mohd Hannan Tarmidi 11-6, 11-8, 11-5.

This time the stage was set for Andrea’s older brother, Andrew, to emulate her feat.

But it wasn’t to be as Andrew lost 1-11, 6-11, 13-11, 11-7, 6-11 to Gurshan Singh.

“At 10-8 and match ball in the third set, I allowed Andrew opportunities to make a comeback,” said Gurshan.

“But I told myself I needed to attack more and put more pressure on him ... I’m glad to have delivered the winning point for Negri Sembilan.”

FT still finished as overall champions in squash with a 3-2-2 haul, followed by Kedah (2-1-1).

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