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Asian Games Squash 2002
Busan, Korea, 30-Sep to 04-Oct

  • 04 Oct:
    Chui Downs David in Final

    Men's final:
    [1] Ong Beng Hee (Mas) bt [2] Mansoor Zaman (Pak)   9-0, 9-7, 9-0
    Women's final:
    [2] Rebecca Chiu (Hkg) bt [1] Nicol David (Mas) 9-7, 9-5, 9-7

In the biggest upset in Asian squash this decade, Malaysia's top seed and defending champion Nicol David was beaten in straight games in the women's final.

Rebecca Chiu, the world No27 from Hong Kong, claimed the gold medal following her dramatic  triumph over the golden girl of Asian squash - the first significant loss ever suffered by David in Asian events since winning the Asian Junior Championships' title twice, the senior title three times and the Asian Games gold medal in 1998.

David, the 19-year-old world No19 from Penang who put her name in the world squash record books last year when she became the first player to claim the world junior title for a second time, was competing in Busan for the first time since claiming a silver medal in the Mixed Doubles in the Commonwealth Games in England in August.

Chiu's win, reversing the result of the 1998 Asian Games final, was her first over David in four meetings this year, and revenge for two further losses in Asian Championships' finals.

Consolation for Malaysia - seeded to win both gold medals in the Games for the first time - came in the men's final when favourite Ong Beng Hee defeated Pakistan's second seed Mansoor Zaman to claim his first Games gold medal.

  • 03 Oct:
    The finals of the Asian Games in Korea will be repeats of this May's Asian Championship climaxes, with Ong Beng Hee and Nicol David looking for a repeat Malaysian double, but dreams og all-Malaysian finals evaporated  ...

  • 02 Oct:
    Top seeds Ong Beng Hee and Nicol David are on course to provide Malaysia with double squash gold in the 14th Asian Games after straight games victories in today's quarter-finals.

  • We can take both golds and silvers 
    Malaysian coach Raymond Arnold believes his team are sure to claim men's and women's gold, and is hopeful for two silvers as well.

    “The players are focused and dead serious, especially Ong (Beng Hee), Azlan (Iskandar) and Sharon (Wee) as they want to do well in the Games,” Arnold told the New Straits Times at the Games Village yesterday.

    “With this kind of attitude, we have every possibility of making the squash events an all-Malaysian final. Sharon, after her Japan Open win, is very focused and raring to go. She is highly motivated and looks capable of going all the way,” added Arnold.

    “As for Azlan, he is also very serious about doing well in the Games. He has put the unpleasant episode of the trials, and is good for at least the semi-finals.”

    (The Malaysian SRA ordered a play-off series between Azlan and Kenneth Low for the second place behind Ong Beng Hee, a decision which Azlan was unhappy with. Low withdrew after losing the first march.)

    Azlan is likely to play Pakistan’s Mansoor Zaman while Sharon is expected to meet Hong Kong’s Rebecca Chiu in the semi-finals.

    “In the Asian Championships, Azlan stretched Mansoor to five games while Sharon took Rebecca also to five games." said Arnold. "As such, anything is possible.”

"I'm just so happy that I can't describe the feeling. To win gold is something I have dreamed of for a long time."
Rebecca Chiu

“I lost to a better player today. I allowed her to take control and she seized the opportunity.
Nicol David

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Ong Beng Hee

"I have won the Asian championships twice and now want to win the Asian Games title as well. I want to stay as the one number player in Asia. However, I cannot take it easy."
Ong Beng Hee

“Squash is about stepping stones which Beng Hee received last year but life is very tough as a professional. Ong came to a level where there were so many good players and his results were not good this year. But I am glad to see him moving on again and it happened in the Hong Kong Open. He is a good bet for the Asian Games."
Neil Harvey

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