Women’s squash team dedicate gold to Yiwen

THIS is for you Chan Yiwen!

The women’s squash team defeated Singapore 3-0 to win the gold medal and immediately dedicated it to Yiwen, the individual event silver medalist, who had to rush back home before the team event after receiving news that her father had passed away.

In her absence, singles champion Rachel Arnold started the ball rolling with a comfortable 11-5,11-6,11-3 win over Sneha Sivakumar before Lai Wen Li overcame a slow start to seal the gold with a 10-12,11-6,11-3,11-4 win over Sherilyn Yang.

With the gold in hand and without any pressure, Ooi Kah Yan defeated Yukino Tan 11-5,11-7,11-8.

Said Wen Li: “This win is definitely for Yiwen. She may not be here physically with us to celebrate this moment, but she will always be a part of our team.”

It was also a double joy for Malaysia when the men’s team regained the team gold medal, which they last won in Singapore in 2015.

In Kuala Lumpur in 2017, the men’s team suffered a huge upset losing 0-2 to eventual winners Philippines in the semi-finals but yesterday, they got it right.

Addeen Idrakie stepped up to the plate with a straight set 11-8,11-2,11-3 win over Indonesia’s Agung Willant to hand the first point and Darren Rahul Pragasam assured victory with an 11-5,11-9,11-5 win over Mohd Faisal.

“It’s a great team effort. We didn’t dwell in the past but kept our focus here, ” said Addeen, who won the individual gold last week.

“I’ve won two gold medals for the first time at the SEA Games so, its very special.”

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