Published: Saturday January 4, 2014 MYT 5:44:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 4, 2014 MYT 10:02:13 PM

Sivasangari on course for maiden title (updated)

PETALING JAYA: Promising squash talent S. Sivasangari kept alive her hopes of winning her first-ever British Junior Open title by storming into the Under-15 semi-finals in Sheffield on Saturday.

Top seed Sivasangari, a beaten finalist in the same category last year, was just too strong for Hong Kong’s Lui Hiu Lam, winning 11-7, 11-4, 11-4.

It was a superb performance by the young Kedahan, who is competing under the CIMB Foundation junior development programme.

She is the sole Malaysian survivor in the Under-15 category as Ooi Kah Yan was sent packing in five sets by Japan’s Satomi Watanabe in the third round on Friday.

To make it a double delight for Kedah, 12-year-old Aifa Azman also came good in the Under-13 category.
In yesterday’s quarter-finals, she beat Egypt’s Farida Mohamed 11-9, 11-4, 11-4 in just 19 minutes to make up for her disappointing second-round defeat last year.

Sabahan Jessica Kheng’s gallant run, however, came to an end as she lost 7-11, 13-11, 11-9, 4-11, 6-11 to Egypt’s Gamela Tamer in the last eight. Jessica had upset joint third-fourth seed Farah Shehata of Egypt in the second round on Friday.

S. Kiven, the third Kedahan in the Malaysian contingent, failed to reach the boys’ Under-13 semi-finals after falling to top seed Mohamed El Shamy of Egypt.
Kiven, who sent joint fifth-eighth seed Veer Chotrani of India out in the third round, was beaten 3-11, 6-11, 5-11.

In the boys’ Under-17 category on Friday, Ng Eain Yow easily earned his place in the quarter-finals. Second seed Eain Yow was on fire, whipping England’s Robbie Keefe 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 in just 24 minutes in the third round.

Mohd Farez Izwan also reached the last eight after overcoming a strong challenge from Egyptian Youssef Akram to win 11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7 in 36 minutes.

Eain Yow will face Egyptian Adham Mady for a place in the semi-finals while Farez will be up against Jordanian Mohammad Alsarraj.

But Malaysia’s challenge in the boys’ Under-19 category fizzled out after both Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Darren Chan failed to upstage their higher-ranked opponents in the third round.

The 17-year-old Syafiq went down 3-11, 8-11, 11-6, 13-15 to joint fifth-eighth seed Ahmad Alsarraj of Jordan in 52 minutes.

Pint-sized Darren, also 17, found lanky Egypt’s Mohamed El Gawarhy too hot to handle as he went down fighting 9-11, 3-11, 11-6, 3-11 in 40 minutes.


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