Manila, Philippines, December 4, 2019 – Formidable Indonesia downed Malaysia to next play a must-win match against Thailand on Thursday in an effort of suspending the pacesetters’ gold medal chances in the 30th Southeast Asian Games beach volleyball competition at the Subic Tennis Courts in Clark.
Contesting a round-robin tournament, Thailand are now leading the pack with 12 points from four straight wins. The regional powerhouses will have one remaining match against Indonesia on Thursday to decide their destiny. Thailand can ensure gold medal only if they can produce a possible win in the Thursday’s match.
However, if Thailand happen to lose the crucial encounter, they have to wait for the results of Indonesia’s final match against Vietnam on Friday. Then, accumulating points of all participating teams earned in each match they had played in the single round-robin competition will be taken into consideration and the team with the highest points will be eventually crowned the SEA Games champions.
On Wednesday, Thailand had a rest day, while Indonesia played their third match against Malaysia. Experienced Putu Dini Jasita Utami/Dhita Juliana sealed the first 2-0 (21-14 21-15) win for Indonesia in their match against Malaysia 1’s Tan Hsi Yan/Mae Tasha, but Allysah Mutakharah/Desi Ratnasari struggled to edge Malaysia 2’s Joo Shu Woon/Foo Sin Xi in thrilling three-setter 21-12 16-21 15-9 in exhausting 54 minutes.
The other match saw Vietnam prove their superiority over Singapore to register a comfortable 2-0 win. Vietnam 1’s Nguyen Tram Thi Thanh/Truong My Huyen Duong ousted Lau Eee Shan/Ng Serene 2-0 (21-11 21-18), while Vietnam 2’s Vu Nguyen Ngoc Lan/Nguyen Tuong Vy Le Thi overpowered Chong Eliza Hui Hui/Lee Gladys 2-0 (23-21 21-4).
At the end of the Wednesday’s matches, the Thai women maintained their lead with 12 points, with Indonesia hot on their heels with 9 points from three wins in a row. Hosts Philippines came in third place with 5 points from two wins against two losses. Vietnam are trailing in fourth place with 4 points from one win against two losses, while Malaysia and winless Singapore finished 5th and 6th places respectively.
Meanwhile, in the men’s classification, the encounter between Malaysia and Cambodia ended in the golden match, with the former brushing off the latter 2-1. The second match saw Vietnam thrash Timor-Leste 2-0.
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