Women’s doubles duo Amelia Alicia Anscelly and Soong Fie Cho were in tears of joy after they managed to defeat reigning champions Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei during the finals of the SEA Games yesterday.
Vivian and Khe Wei, who are also the champions of the Commonwealth Games, were knocked off in straight sets by the two. Amelia and Fie Cho sealed the win 21-18 and 21-13, instantly proving that the national badminton squad has more strong and capable players.
In fact, this was not the first time that the pair had ousted the eleventh seeds. Their previous victory was during the Indian Open finals in January.
Amelia and Fie Cho, both hailing from Sabah were seen in tears when the national anthem was playing.
“This gold medal is for all Malaysians, especially the Sabahans,” said the SEA Games champions as quoted from Utusan.
“This victory is for my parents, my boyfriend and all my friends in Sabah that helped us. This gold medal is for all of you,” said Amelia.
Amelia had also dedicated her victory to the victims of the earthquake that happened in Mount Kinabalu recently.
“Sabah is a beautiful state. The people there care about on another. I believe that the people from our place will rise and become stronger.”
Currently ranked no.26 in the world, Amelia and Fie Cho had also proved that they are worthy of a competitive opponent as they managed to defeat the top seeds of the nation.
“It is definitely satisfying to defeat the top seeds of the country. We proved that, even though we are no.2, we are capable of giving them a tough competition.”
“The good chemistry and communication between me and Fie Cho gave us more willpower to win. We played without any pressure,” Amelia added.
Photo credits: Sinar Harian