Squash: Sivasangari-Rachel SRAM’s best bet for a medal in Birmingham

PETALING JAYA: Women’s doubles act S. Sivasangari-Rachel Arnold (Photo) will be Malaysia’s best hopes for a Commonwealth Games medal after the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) confirmed their final squad for the July 28-August 8 Birmingham event.

SRAM kept the combinations that contested the World Double in Glasgow in April for the Games when there were no surprises in the individual rosters.

Sivasangari and Rachel will be joined by Aifa Azman in the individual event while Ng Eain Yow, Ivan Yuen and Syafiq Kamal will play in the men’s individual event.

Besides Sivasangari-Rachel, who won a bronze medal in the word doubles, Malaysia will have Aina Amani Ampandi-Chen Yiwen as their second pair in the women’s doubles.

Eain Yow-Ivan will have Addeen Idrakie-Ong Sai Hung for company in the men’s doubles while Syafiq-Aifa is the only pair in the mixed doubles.

SRAM Director of Coaching Major (rtd) S. Maniam hopes Eain Yow and Sivasangari will step up their performance to challenge for medals besides women’s doubles (Sivasangari-Rachel).

“We only fielded two pairs in most events so the players can focus better and Sangari-Rachel are our best medal hope,” Maniam said.

“However, Eain Yow and Sangari have done well on the professional circuit and if they can produce their winning performances in the individual events, they have a chance in Birmingham.”

Eain Yow, based in Bristol, England, and Sivasangari, who studies and trains in New York, made a triumphant comeback by winning titles at the national squash championships on Sunday.

THE SQUAD

Single gentlemen: Ng Eain Yow, Ivan Yuen, Syafiq Kamal.

Men’s doubles: Ng Eain Yow-Ivan Yuen, Addeen Idrakie-Ong Sai Hung.

Single ladies: S. Sivasangari, Rachel Arnold, Aifa Azman.

Women’s Doubles: S. Sivasangari-Rachel Arnold, Aina Amani Ampandi-Chan Yiwen.

Mixed doubles: Syafiq Kamal-Aifa Azman.