JEMYCA Aribado, the country’s best bet in professional squash, is making her presence felt in the PSA Tour Haining Squash Open 2019 in China and on Saturday night, the Filipina competitor breezed past her Thai counterpart, Anantana Prasertratanakul in straight sets, 11-1, 11-8, 11-2, to arrange a gold medal showdown with top seed Tsz-Wing Tong of Hong Kong.
Aribado and her finals counterpart will clash at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The Filipina standout is using this tournament as a preparation for the coming Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by the Philippines for the fourth time and Aribado, who is playing much better than she was two years ago, is looking to win her first gold medal in the biennial meet.
First, she has a business to take care of in facing a crack opponent in Tsz-Wing, ranked no. 47 in the world.
Getting as far as the gold medal round in this tough PSA Tour event is an indication that Aribado has come a long way.
“I’ve been playing pro for three years and it gives me chance to prove the Philippines can play in a higher level,” wrote Aribado in an exclusive online interview with FOX Sports. “Although we don’t have enough funding, we don’t have many players to sparring with or even our own public court, I’m hoping that all my achievements will be our way to prove them that we deserve our needs.”