Malaysia already secured two gold medals from men's and women's individual events through Sanjay Singh Chal (second, left) and Rachel Arnold (second, right). Mohd Addeen Idrakie (left) and Vanessa Raj were the silver medallist. - IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star
SINGAPORE: Malaysia are set to make a huge medal haul in squash at the Singapore SEA Games.
Having secured two of the four targeted gold medals, Malaysia got off to a winning start in both the men’s and women’s team events at the Kallang Squash and Tennis Centre.
With men’s gold medallist Sanjay Singh Chal taking the lead, Malaysia proved too strong in their Pool A match, romping to a 3-0 win over the Philippines.
The 21-year-old Sanjay extended his hot streak by whipping David Pelino 11-1, 11-0, 11-5 in 15 minutes.
Mohd Syafiq Kamal then beat Ricky Espinola 11-6, 13-11, 11-1 before Valentino Bon Jovi Bong completed the whitewash with a resounding 11-5, 11-7, 11-0 win over singles bronze medallist Robert Garcia.
Malaysia face Thailand in their next match and should earn their semi-finals ticket.
In the women’s event, gold medallist Rachel Arnold easily brushed aside A. Prasertratanakul with an 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 win as Malaysia opened their campaign with a 3-0 win over Thailand.
Teh Min Jie then defeated Tuddaw Thamronglarb 11-2, 11-5, 11-0 before Zulhijjah Azan finished off Thailand with an 11-5, 11-4, 11-0 win over Panisa Suwanarat.
“It’s nice to have a chance to play here as there has been great support for squash in Singapore,” said world No. 68 Min Jie.
“I was slightly nervous because this was my first match in the SEA Games. But it was a good workout and it gets me ready for my next match.”
Malaysia meet Myanmar in their final Pool A match.
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