By Francis Gabriel, Port Moresby 2015 Games News Service
PORT MORESBY, July 17 – Papua New Guinea won gold and silver in the squash mixed doubles to end the tournament on a high at the Port Moresby Racquets Club on Friday.
Male No.1 player Madako Suari Junior and female No.1 player Lynette Vai were unstoppable as they beat teammates Robin Morove and Eli Webb in straight sets 11-9, 11-5.
“It was a tough game because we went up against our own countrymen, and since we played very well through the week as a team, we knew it wouldn’t be easy,” Suari said.
“However, winning was very important to us and we deserved getting the gold.”
PNG has performed well in squash at Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games, especially in comparison to its performance at Noumea 2011.
“It feels good to know that squash has a name and has developed out of nowhere. Since our courts got demolished there was really nothing, nobody knew what squash was,” Vai said.
Her teammate Suari added: “In the last Pacific Games, PNG didn’t win any squash medals. We’ve done very well this time. This is our last event and we’re walking away with gold and silver so that’s a bonus for our medal tally.”
The bronze medal went to New Caledonian pair Laurent Guepy and Kareen Hamou, who beat countrymen Fabian Dinh and Sylvaine Durand (NCL) 2-1 (11-10, 10-11, 11-6).
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