Sanjay (front) in action against Vivian Rhamanan in the men's team final. - IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star
SINGAPORE: The Malaysian squash team duly delivered all four gold medals expected of them at the Singapore SEA Games.
The Malaysians, who had earlier won the men and women’s individual events, nicked the team golds in both categories with ease at the Kallang Squash and Tennis Centre.
The women’s team got the ball rolling, easily dismantling Indonesia 2-0.
Vanessa Raj rebounded from losing in the final of the individual event by beating Yeni Rohmah 11-7, 11-8, 11-3.
Individual gold medallist Rachel Arnold sealed the victory with an 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 win over Catur Yuliana in 25 minutes.
“The Indonesians have been playing well ... we had to work very hard,” said Vanessa.
The men’s team completed the medal haul by downing Singapore 2-0.
Mohd Addeen Idrakie was given a stern test by Samuel Kang but he hung on to win 10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9.
Individual gold medallist Sanjay Singh Chal then sealed victory by seeing off Singapore national champion Vivian Rhamanan 11-4, 11-2, 11-2.
“It’s a team effort. It started with Addeen, he got the ball rolling ... that took the pressure off me,” said the 21-year-old Sanjay.
Malaysia’s four-gold haul is a crushing blow to Singapore, who had won four gold medals in squash the last time they hosted the Games – back in 1993.
There is one more event to be played – jumbo doubles – but Malaysia are not competing.
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