Pinay squash duo quash Thais to advance to the semis
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 22, 2017 03:31 PM
Pinay squash bets Jemyca Aribado and Yvone Alyssa Dalida advanced to the women's double semifinals.
KUALA LUMPUR – Benefitting from the luck of the draw, Jemyca Aribado and Yvone Alyssa Dalida frustrated Thailand’s Suviva Kitvijarn and Tuddaw Thamronglarp, 11-4, 11-4, to advance to the women’s double semifinals of the 29th Southeast Asian Games squash tournament Monday night.
Drawing a bye in the round-of-16, Aribado and Dalida, who played with a strained right hand, used guile more than power in eliminating the flustered Thais in the quarterfinals to earn a semifinal date with the second-seeded Malaysian duo Chan Yiwen and Nazihah Haris.
Haris and Yiwen, who also drew an opening-round bye, whipped Indonesia’s Catur Yuliana and Rinduri Maulida Arnasty, 11-5, 11-7, in the quarters of the tourney at the National Squash Center inside the KL Sports City in Bukit Jalil.
“Puro lob na nga lang ang binigay ko. Pero di naka-adapt ang mga Thais,” said Dalida, who hurt her hitting hand while doing push-ups a week before the tournament and had requested the PHI doctor here if she could use steroids to lessen the pain and swelling.
Assuming she and Aribado prevail against the Malaysians in their 8:00 p.m. semifinals Tuesday night, Dalida gamely vowed to give it her all in the finals on Wednesday.