KUALA LUMPUR – The national squash team advanced to the semi-finals of the mixed team event at the World University Squash Championship after beating Switzerland 2-0 at the National Squash Centre, Bukit jalil, today.
Muhammad Addeen Idrakie had little problems securing Malaysia’s first point, beating Rubin Gadola 3-1.
Addeen won the first set 11-8 but was beaten 11-5 in the second by the Swiss.
Addeen upped his game and managed to win 11-3 and 11-7 in the third and fourth sets to collect the nation’s first point.
Low Wee Wern, who was the champion in the women singles event yesterday, faced off against Nadine Frey, as the second player.
The Penang-born player only took 18 minutes to confirm the national squad’s spot in the semi-finals after ousting Frey in 11-4, 11-5 and 11-3.
“The men’s singles player played very well and it eased my advance, and that of the national team, to the semi-finals.
“The match tomorrow is against South Africa and it is a crucial match for the national squad. I am confident of our players, and playing on our own turf is an advantage to us,” Wee Wern told reporters after the match.
South Africa advanced to the semi-finals after downing Great Britain, who are seeded third, 2-1.
The last time the national mixed squad won medals was in 2008 and 2014. Both times the bronze. – BERNAMA