Sivasangari pulls off shocker to head into squash championships semis

S Sivasangari. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: National squash player S Sivasangari’s move to train in the United States for the past five months has borne fruit as she swept past third seed Joey Chan into the semi-finals of the 20th Asian Individual Squash Championships here today.

The 20-year-old pulled off a shocker at the Nicol David Arena in Bukit Jalil, taking 38 minutes to beat the 30-year-old Hong Kong player 11-7, 11-8, 14-17, 11-8.

It was no small feat for Kedah-born Sivasangari, who is currently ranked 50th in the world, to beat Chan, who is world No 19.

The 2018 Asian Games silver medallist is set to take on second seed Joshana Chinappa of India in the semi-finals tomorrow.

Joshana entered the semis after defeating fellow teammate and 14th seed Tanvi Khanna, 12-10, 13-11, 11-7 in 34 minutes.

Sivasangari, who has been studying at the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, since January, has been participating in local circuits in the US.

Meanwhile, another Malaysian representative, Low Wee Wern, came back from two sets down to beat Japanese player Satomi Watanabe 5-11, 5-11, 11-1, 11-8, 11-8 in a 46-minute battle.

Wee Wern, who is the tournament’s fourth seed, however, faces an uphill task against first seed Annie Au from Hong Kong, who only took 29 minutes to beat her compatriot, Liu Tsz Ling, 12-10, 12-10, 11-5.

In the men’s event, two-time world junior champion Ng Eain Yow remained the country’s sole representative in the semi-finals after Mohd Naffizwan Adnan and Ivan Yeun Chee Wern bowed out in the quarter-finals.

Seventh-seeded Eain Yow, stunned third seed Max Lee Ho Yin of Hong Kong 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 in 50 minutes to book a match against first seed Saura Ghosal of India, tomorrow.

Saura took 34 minutes to book his spot in the semis, defeating Mohd Nafiizwan 11-4, 11-4, 11-3.

Ivan Yeun was shown the way out by Hong Kong’s Leo Au Chun Ming, in a 62-minute fight which ended 6-11, 11-7 11-5, 11-7 in the latter’s favour.