CHENNAI: Strong Malaysia, spearheaded by the individual champion Ong Beng Hee had little problem in beating India 2-1 in the men's team event semifinals in the Asian squash championship on Monday in Taiwan.
In the women's section India fell to Singapore to finish sixth in the 5-8 placings final.
The focus was on Ritwik Bhattacharya in the men's section and the Indian gave a splendid display against Mohammed Azlan, even bounced back from two games in arrears but failed to sustain the tempo.
The Malaysian won 9-1, 9-7, 7-9, 6-9, 9-5 to put his country 1-0 up in the three-match tie. Fresh from his individual championship success, Ong came on to annihilate Saurav Ghosal in straight games 9-1, 9-0, 9-1 to give Malaysia the winning lead.
For the inconsequential third match, Malaysia fielded its fourth player Nafizwan instead of Timothy Arnold.
India's Gaurav Nandrajog made full use of the opportunity to pull one back. Gaurav won 9-2, 5-9, 9-5, 9-2. With Pakistan having beaten Kuwait 2-0 to enter the title round, India will play Kuwait for the 3-4 placings.
Against Singapore, India started well with Surbhi Misra beating Vicky He 9-4, 9-4, 10-8. However Dipika Pallikal could not stand up to Joannah Yue even though she plucked one game.
The Indian lost 8-10, 9-4, 4-9, 8-10. V. Anwesha Reddy played the decider but Serene Lee had no problems, winning 9-5, 9-4, 9-2.