SEA Games 2019 Squash ends campaign with medal flourish
11 December 2019
By Angelina Dass
Singapore’s men’s and women’s squash teams added two more medals to the Republic’s tally at the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Monday (9 Dec). Another silver and bronze bring the total number of medals for squash to five – 2 silver and 3 bronze.
Sherilyn Yang in action against her Malaysian opponent Li Lai Wen. Sherilyn lost 3 – 1.
The women’s team of Yukino Tan, Sherilyn Yang and Sneha Sivakumar went up against powerhouse Malaysia in their final match but lost 3-0 while the men’s team fell 2-1 to the Philippines in the final round and had to settle for bronze.
Au Yeong Wai Yhann, who sat out the women’s final as a reserve, said there were plenty of positives.
Sneha Sivakumar takes on Rachel Arnold.
“We were definitely the underdogs going into the final match against Malaysia,” said Wai Yhann.
“Despite the odds, our team put up a fantastic fight till the end and it perhaps was one of our best performances. It really showcased the team’s potential and we will definitely come back stronger.”
The men’s team of Aaron-Jon Liang, Chua Man Chin and Samuel Kang again came second best to the Philippines team of Robert Garcia, David Pelino and Reymark Begornia.
Speaking for the team, reserve player Chua Man Tong said that it was a very close loss.
21-year-old Chua Man Chin was up 2-0 against David Pelino but could not close the game.
“Samuel lost the first tie to Robert 3-0. Man Chin was up next and was 2-0 up and had match point but unfortunately he could not close it out. The Filipino player made a huge comeback and won that match,” he explained.
The scoreline tells the tale as David Pelino lost the first two sets to 21-year-old Man Chin 11-9, 11-5 but came blazing back to win the next three sets 12-10, 11-3, 11-5.
This gave the Philippines the winning point in this best-of-3 encounter. They conceded the third round for a 2-1 final scoreline.
Looking ahead, Man Tong, who is also the captain said that there was plenty to gain from competing on the SEA Games.
“It will only mentally toughen us up. We are already looking forward to the next edition as well as other upcoming regional events,” he said.