The Asian Championships now have a new system; the individual event is played once every two years with the team event played every alternate year. This move is aimed at encouraging other Asian cities to host such events and Penang was given the opportunity to showcase top squash on the island–my hometown, and in the newly named squash centre after me–The Nicol David International Squash Centre.
The Northam All Suites Hotel accommodated the players throughout the week and our local bus service Rapid Penang shuttled us to and fro the squash centre. I felt like a tourist riding the bus around the island!
Round 2 with Jerryca
I got a BYE in the first round, so my first game for this tournament only started in the second round; I played Jerryca Teo from Singapore and it was great seeing an up and coming player giving it her all in this championship.
Quarter Finals with Joey
In my match with Joey Chan, she took some time to get going, giving me the opportunity to take control. I still had to work her by playing good shots but she managed to keep the rallies long too.
Semi Finals with Delia
Delia Arnold and I have never played in a competitive match against each other and she came out flying in the start! I could tell that her match the day before with Dipika Pallikal took a toll on her and I worked the pace to my advantage.
Finals with Annie
Annie Au, was also probably feeling her semi final match against Low Wee Wern, came into the finals not as sharp and allowed me to step it up to a higher pace. Well, I had to, so she wouldn’t be able to take in her shots too easily. I was focused and played really well. My best performance in an Asian Championship by far!
Thanks to the fantastic organising team at the Penang Squash Academy especially Aaron Soyza and Khoo Teng Hin alongside the support of the Penang state government, PBA and private companies mainly Nusmetro, and Thomas Chan for his support in producing a successful and memorable Asian Championship.
Cheers to a great coverage from the SquashStars crew for exclusive live updates and for coming to Penang to give their full support always.“I’m coming home, I’m coming home…”
Nothing can beat winning a title such as this in your own home ground with family and friends cheering every step of the way. A nice finale to end the first half of the season.
July is the beginning of the next season… Stay tuned!