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LieGames – Squash - Degaura, Desira Dominate to clinch two more gold

Malta Independent Sunday, 5 June 2011, 00:00 Last update: about 8 years ago

Malta’s Bradley Hindle Deguara and Diane Desira brushed aside their opponents yesterday on the way to their second gold medal at the tournament.

The two players won the singles events after winning their respective finals in a convincing manner.

Overall, it was also an impressive four gold medals for the squash contingent here in Liechtenstein as it continued to confirm its dominance even in the singles events.

Deguara defeated Sanjay Raval in the final, while Diane Desira comfortably beat Sandra Denis in the final 3-0.

Earlier Hindle Deguara had beaten Christian Billard 3-0 in the semifinal to advance to the final. He won comfortably 11-5, 11-6, 11-2. To reach the semifinal he beat Haldarsson of Iceland 3-0 (11-3, 11-3, 11-5) in the quarterfinal after having been awarded a bye.

As was already known on Friday, the other Maltese player in the men’s competition, Joe Desira, had to withdraw from the tournament because of injury.

At the end of the match, Deguara was feted by Ivan Balzan and the team-mates who lifted him shoulder high in triumph.

He said that he was very happy to have landed this individual medal. “I could not have expected anything better than this. It was a good performance by everyone and we deserved to clinch another two golds on the last day. I am very proud to have given my best for Malta and this resulted in two gold medals. I think we have had a great tournament here, even if in some games, it was tough.

“I am looking forward to continue representing Malta in future. Our next target is the Commonwealth Games. We will be eager to be successful in Scotland after having missed the medal by a whisker in the India Games. It is an honour for me to represent my country,” he said.

In the women’s competition, Diane Desira had beaten V. Hambides 3-0 (11-4, 11-6, 11-6) to reach the final against Sandra Denis – a match which the Maltese girl dominated from start to finish, winning quite comfortably 11-3, 11-9, 11-4.

It could have been an all-Maltese final, but Denis spoiled a small part of the day for Malta as she defeated Annabelle Olivieri Munroe in the other semifinal 3-1 (11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 11-2), therefore denying the Maltese of having two players in the final.

Desira said she was very happy to have landed another medal – her second. “I have managed to successfully defend the titles I won in Malta in 2003 – the last time squash was included in these Games. Now I’m getting older but I want to keep fit as much as possible as my next target is representing Malta at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 in Scotland.

“I knew what I was to expect today. In Malta Sandra had won a set against me, but I was well prepared for her this time round,” she added.

Desira said the prospects of Squash will look better for the future if more youngsters take up the game. “At present there is Colette Sultana who is 15 yeas old. She is fantastic, but we need more youngsters to start practising the game in the hope of building a strong side for the future,” she said.

At the very end, it was a big emotional moment for Malta and those who were present at the Squash house to hear the national anthem being played four times after the athletes were presented with their medals, two of which by MOC president Mr Justice Lino Farrugia Sacco and general secretary Joe Cassar.

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