KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia produced a superb performance to reach the girls’ final of the Asian Junior Team Championships in Thailand on Saturday.
The girls secured their spot in the decider with a straightforward 2-0 win over India.
Aifa Azman delivered the opening point with a 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 win over Sanya Vats in 17 minutes. Chan Yiwen then clinched the victory for Malaysia with an equally easy 11-6, 11-1, 11-6 win over Yoshna Singh in 23 minutes.
The defending champions will play Hong Kong for the title on Sunday in what will be a repeat of the 2017 final.
Malaysia are the favourites having won all their matches en route to reaching the final with ease.
Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) director of coaching Major (rtd) S. Maniam said: “The girls have been playing really well so far. They have played to form and have got to the final rather convincingly.
"The real test will, however, be against Hong Kong in the final tomorrow,” said Maniam on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Low Wee Wern and S. Sivasangari both advanced to the second round of the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York.
Wee Wern staved off a late fightback to down Egyptian Mayar Hany 12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-6 while Sivasangari dispatched England's Fiona Moverley 11-2, 11-7, 11-8 in their first round matches on Friday.
Wee Wern, Sivasangari and Nicol David, who was given first round bye, all faced Egyptian opponents Nouran Gohar, Rowan Elaraby and Salma Hany respectively in late second round matches