Philippine Squash Academy stalwart Jemyca Aribado defeated He Xinru of China, 11-4, 11-3, 11-6, to advance to the quarterfinals of the China Squash Challenge Cup 2016, on Thursday in Beijing, China.
The 2016 Menpora Kijono Cup champion took advantage of her Chinese opponent’s errors and weak returns to score a convincing win and move into the next round of the main draw.
Aribado will be up against second seed and World No. 51 Sarah Cardwell of Australia in the quarterfinals.
“I have to warm-up an hour before the match. It takes me a while to warm-up and ready myself for the match,” the 22-year-old Aribado told The Manila Times on Friday.
Philippine Squash Academy (PSA) President Robert Bachmann reminded Aribado not to be complacent.
“She cannot afford to be overconfident. Her next opponent will be tough. Overall, I am pleased with Myca’s performance. She made it to the main draw and to the quarterfinals. That alone is a feat in itself considering this is her first PSA World Tour appearance,” Bachmann said.
Aribado is the lone Filipino participant in the tournament sanctioned by the Professional Squash Association.
She is currently No. 220 after she became an official member of the world body of Squash in July.
After the tournament in China, Aribado is set to compete in the Malaysian Squash Tour 3, 4, 5 and in Australia in October.
PSA, the national body of squash, is the predecessor of the Squash Rackets Association of the Philippines, which was established in 1975.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID