The four-man Team Nissan Pilipinas presses on in the Ohana Malaysian Open Doubles Championship on Thursday at the National Squash Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. David Pelino and Robert Garcia are currently running ninth out of 17 entries in the men’s doubles while Jemyca Aribado and Alyssa Dalida are fifth out of 12 entries in the women’s doubles.
“It’s all good. Most of our players played an average of three matches. We won some, we lost some. However, more importantly, the players are getting the needed exposure for Doubles,” said Philippine Squash Academy president Robert Bachmann.
Pelino and Garcia entered the next round when Fitrie Zulkefli and Zulkefli Surif had to walkover before the scheduled game. Their tandem will face Malaysian players Amir Amirul and Duncan Lee in the semifinals.
Aribado and Dalida had a good start beating Ainaa Ampandi and Yee Xin Ying, 12-10, 11-9, in Round 1 but lost to No. 2 seed Aida Azman and Andrea Lee, 4-11, 6-11.
In the mixed doubles events, both Dalida-Pelino and Aribado-Garcia bowed to Kenny Foo and Lai Wen Li, 9-11, 4-11, and Slow Yee Xian and Nazibah Hanis, 5-11, 9-11, respectively.
Bachmann is hoping for a strong finish for the team en route to their participation in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.
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