KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's overconfidence cost them dearly after the men's team was knocked out in the semi-finals of the SEA Games squash competition.
Despite boasting some of the best players in the region, Malaysia found a fired-up Philippines too hot to handle as they tumbled to a 2-0 defeat on Monday, thus ending their hopes of a seven-gold sweep.
The decision to rest the team's No.2 Mohd Syafiq Kamal came at a hefty price as the Filipinos grabbed their chance with both hands.
Former world junior champion Ng Eain Yow was also off-colour as Robert Garcia claimed an 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 win in the first tie.
It was sweet revenge for the 31-year-old Garcia who was beaten in straight sets by Eain Yow in the men's singles semi-finals just a day earlier.
Malaysia's hopes then rested on 18-year-old Darren Rahul Pragasam.
However, he crumbled under the pressure to lose 11-6, 8-11, 7-11, 11-4, 8-11 to Juan Rafael Yam.
The win sends the Philippines into the final for the first time, where they will meet Singapore for the gold medal.
The Malaysian women, however, held their own after beating Indonesia 2-0 to set up a final showdown with Singapore.
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