Eain Yow Ng and Sivasangari Subramaniam fulfilled their seedings in the Commonwealth Youth Games by claiming double gold for Malaysia in Squash’s debut in the fifth staging of the Games in Samoa.
The pair (pictured above) endorsed their status as favourites by winning the titles without conceding any games over two days at the Tuana’imato Sports Facility in Apia.
Ng, a 17-year-old from Kuala Lumpur, overcame unseeded Indian Velavan Senthilkumar in the semi-finals before getting the better of England’s No.2 seed Patrick Rooney 11-8, 12-10, 11-5 in the men’s climax.
It was 18-year-old Rooney’s third successive straight games defeat by the Malaysian in international junior competitions.
The women’s final also brought together the event’s top two seeds. Subramaniam, from the Malaysian state of Kedah, defeated New Zealander Eleanor Epke 11-3, 11-5, 12-10.
“I’m very happy because winning a gold medal for the first time in the Commonwealth is a great thing,” said 16-year-old ranked 96 in the world.
India’s Velavan Senthilkumar took the men’s bronze medal after his Pakistani opponent Israr Ahmed was taken ill after the semi-finals – while Sri Lanka struck bronze in the women’s event when Mihiliya Methsarani beat fellow non-seed Sadia Gul of Pakistan 11-8, 11-6, 11-9