Nicol-powered women win 8th title, men falter in final
Nicol David returns a shot to Hong Kong's Joey Chan in the final of the Asian Team Championship.
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian women stamped their mark in the region with
an eighth Asian Team Championship title by beating hosts Hong Kong in
World No. 1 Nicol David proved too sharp for Hong Kong’s Joey Chan by
winning 11-3, 11-2, 7-11, 11-6 to hand Malaysia the 2-0 win on Tuesday.
Earlier, national No. 2 Low Wee Wern set the team on their way, thrashing Liu Tsz Ling 11-2, 11-5, 11-7.
The win meant the world to Wee Wern who faltered two years ago as Malaysia lost to Hong Kong in the semi-finals then.
“Four years ago, we had Nicol in the team and failed to win while in
2012, I was leading the team but we lost in the semi-finals. So to get
the title back definitely felt great,” said Wee Wern.
“It’s a different feeling playing for the country in team events and I’m really happy to deliver the first point.
“As for my match, I’ve never really played Tsz Ling before but I’m the
higher ranked player and the pressure was on me to deliver,” added the
world No. 7.
Meanwhile, the men found themselves on the losing end against second seeds Pakistan.
National No. 2 Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan had given the team a dream start by beating Farhan Zaman 10-12, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8.
But the experienced Ong Beng Hee, who had delivered crucial wins over
Hong Kong’s Max Lee in the quarter-finals and India’s Saurav Ghosal in
the semi-finals, lost to Nasir Iqbal 8-11, 11-8, 5-11, 7-11.
In the deciding tie, Ivan Yuen tried hard but was outclassed by Farhan
Mehboob 7-11, 5-11, 6-11 as Pakistan grabbed their 14th Asian title with
the 2-1 win.
“Beng Hee tried but two fantastic matches in the previous days was
already more than I can ask of him. There was a gulf in class between
Ivan and Farhan,” said Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM)
director of coaching Allan Soyza.