Rachel: I could not find my rhythm in the final

PETALING JAYA: It was not the end Rachel Arnold (pic) had envisaged but is still pleased with her overall performance this year.

In the Asian Squash Championships women’s singles final on Sunday, the second seed lost to Hong Kong’s Tong Tze Wing who is the fourth seed, 8-11, 11-13, 5-11 in 35 minutes.

Malaysia last won the title through Nicol David in 2015.

The 25-year-old from Kuala Lumpur revealed that she was not at her best in the final.

“I think I struggled mentally throughout. I just couldn’t find my rhythm and just the basic game was lacking,” said the world No. 39.

“I started the tournament well against Noor Ul Ain Ajaz (Pakistan) but for the rest, I believe it hasn’t been my best performance but I’m glad I pushed through and made it until the final.

“2021 has been decent, I think it’s been the best year so far in terms of squash for me. I’ve achieved a lot and I’m pretty proud of that. I think my game has definitely been better and more consistent.”

Rachel won the SRAM PSA 7 title and was a semi-finalist in the SRAM PSA 1. In the Malaysian Open, she made the quarter-finals and helped Malaysia win the Asian Team Championships.

She now hopes to see a rise in her world ranking next year.

“Definitely aiming to get into the top 30 or better. Hopefully will start strong at the Tournament of Champions in New York next month.

“And for sure working hard for the Commonwealth Games (Birmingham) and Asian Games (Hangzhou) later on in the year.”

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