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Wai Iynn Hits New Milestones!

MARIGOLD SGSquash Circuit 2021
Oncocare Squash Junior Circuit 2021
Thailand Individuals Squash International Competitions 2021

Squash player Au Yeong Wai Iynn had a memorable December as she hit two critical milestones in her sporting journey.

At the MARIGOLD SGSquash Circuit 2021 held from 4 to 5 December 2021, Wai Iynn won her first gold medal since she joining Singapore Sports School. The Secondary 3 student-athlete was the Men’s Division 2 champion after outperforming higher-seeded opponent Waye Lee in the semi-final. In the final, Wai Iynn won straight sets (11-7, 11-7, 11-9) against polytechnic student Ho Yao Hui.

Wai Iynn, who participated in two competitions in November, believes that recent tournaments helped her to peak at the MARIGOLD SGSquash Circuit.

2nd seeded Wai Iynn then approached the Oncocare Squash Junior Circuit buoyed by her recent victory in the Men’s Division 2. It took place from 10 to 12 December. After straight set victories in the earlier rounds of the U15 tournament, she shocked top seeded & nemesis Simmy Ong in straight sets (11-8, 11-8, 12-10) in the final.

This set her up with confidence for her participation at the Thailand Individuals Squash International Competitions 2021, which began on 15 December. This was Wai Iynn first overseas competition since 2019. Nervous yet excited, Wai Iynn gave her best shots against regional players. She cruised through the opening round to make it to the last 8 by winning all three sets (11-5, 11-6, 11-2) against Warisara Chujit from Thailand. In the next round, Wai Iynn was defeated by 3rd seed Filipino Jemyca Aribado, the eventual champion of the Women’s Singles event. She finished 5th in the competition.

Wai Iynn teamed up with Gracia Chua, Aaron Liang and Kieran Tan in the team event. She played her part in securing victories over Thailand’s Teams 2 and 4, but lost to the stronger Malaysia and Indonesia teams for an eventual overall 5th – 8th place finish.

Wai Iynn cherishes her experience in Thailand. She shared, “I had a good experience in Thailand as I met more experienced players which will benefit my play. By playing with them, I realised that there are areas that I really need to improve. I will definitely work on those areas. I also managed to form a closer bond with my teammates. Overall, it was a good trip!”

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