JEMYCA Aribado, one of the Philippines’ best hopes in the squash competition of this year’s Southeast Asian Games, is busy with her build-up for the biennial meeting.
On Friday, Aribado coasted her way to the Haining Squash Open 2019 semifinals, a strong tournament in Hangzhou, China, which features some of the world’s best players competing in the Professional Squash Association, this after the Filipina defeated Alice Green of England, 12-10, in their quarterfinal showdown.
Aribado will face Anantana Prasertratanakul of Thailand in the semifinals encounter slated 6:45 p.m. Saturday.
Prasertratanakulis ranked No. 148th in the world and Aribado (ranked No. 91) is favored to make it to the championship round of this event.
“Kailangang makipagsabayan,” wrote Aribado in an exclusive online interview with FOX Sports Philippines. “Most of the players that will compete in the SEA Games are playing professional na rin.”
Aribado is using this tournament to prepare for the coming SEA Games to be held in the Philippines from late November to early December.
The Filipina competitor is looking to finally win her first gold medal in the SEA Games. She was a silver medalist in the women’s jumbo doubles event and bronze medalist in the women’s singles during the 2017 meet in Malaysia.
The Haining Open 2019, according to Aribado, will toughen herself up for the SEA Games, especially that he’s determined to win the gold in front of the Pinoy crowd.
“This tournament is a big help. Exposure lang ang way para makapag laro po ako competing against some of the best in the world and this would serve as my training as well,” she added.
Photo from Jemyca Aribado’s Facebook