Andrea puts frustration aside to focus on team event


  • Squash
  • Saturday, 26 Aug 2017

National squash players Andrea Lee during his trainning session at National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil, yesterday. MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star.

NATIONAL squash player Andrea Lee (pic) is ready to vent her frustrations of missing out on the mixed doubles gold by retaining the women’s team title.

The 18-year-old Andrea who won the women’s doubles with Rachel Arnold, had to settle for the silver in the mixed doubles with Ryan Pasqual on Thursday.

Ryan-Andrea, who had toppled second seeds Pang Ka Hoe-Mao Shihui of Singapore in the semi-finals, were outgunned by compatriots Sanjay Singh Chal-S. Sivasan­gari 9-11, 10-11 in the final.

And world No. 103 Andrea wants to make amends in the women’s team event.

“We had our chances in the mixed doubles final but didn’t take it,” she said.

“I’m really frustrated because I didn’t get to hit the ball that much during the match.

“Sanjay-Sivasangari were just attacking Ryan the whole time.

“It’s also disappointing because I had three events and a chance to win three golds.

“Anyway, I’m ready to put that behind me and go for gold in the team event.

“I need some recovery time as I’ve been playing a lot of matches in the two doubles events.

“Hopefully I’ll be ready to take the court in the second match,” added Andrea, who was rested in yesterday’s Group A match against Thailand.

Even without Andrea, Malaysia still proved too strong for Thailand, winning 3-0.

Fifteen-year-old Aifa Azman play­ed her first match since injuring her ankle last week and crushed Tud­daw Thamronglap 11-2, 11-2, 11-1.

Ooi Kah Yan and Lai Wen Li completed the rout by beating Panisa Suwanarat and Pranghatai Phong­rat­tana.

In the men’s event, Malaysia fielded their strongest line-up to crush Thailand 3-0 in Group A.

Ng Eain Yow, Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Mohd Addeen Idrakie were hardly tested as they won their matches in straight sets.

In the men’s singles, top two seeds Eain Yow and Syafiq received byes to go straight into today’s quarter-finals.

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