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Published: Wednesday May 28, 2014 MYT 6:13:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday May 28, 2014 MYT 6:16:55 PM

Sivasangari struggling with court conditions

KANGAR: The Kedah women’s squash team are going great guns in the Malaysia Games (Sukma) but their top player, S. Sivasangari, is struggling for form in Kangar.

Kedah emerged Group B champions after winning all their matches at the State Sports Complex, which included a 2-1 triumph over fancied Federal Territories.

Against FT, British Junior Open Under-15 champion Sivasangari lost the opening tie against Rachel Arnold in straight sets, but her team-mates – Nazihah Hanis Razak and Aifa Azman – came to the rescue by defeating Andrea Lee and Nur Sara Halisha respectively.

In last week’s women’s singles event, Sivasangari crashed out in the quarter-finals to Negri Sembilan’s Zoe Foo.

“I’m not pleased at all with the way I’m playing in Kangar. I was aiming for a top-three finish in the individual event but lost in five sets to Zoe,” said the 15-year-old Sivasangari.

“I’m having difficulties coping with the court temperature, which is colder than the training courts in Alor Setar. A cooler surface reduces the bounce of the ball and I’m finding it tough adjusting to the conditions here.”

Kedah take on Group A runners-up Selangor in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Sivasangari is hoping to iron out the deficiencies in her game in time for the meeting against Selangor’s top player Teh Min Jie.

“I have beaten Min Jie before and am hoping for another upset win tomorrow. If Kedah get to the final, I will come up against either Rachel or Vanessa (Raj of Penang), but I cannot hope to beat any of them if I continue to play like this,” lamented Sivasangari.

“The only plus point is that Kedah have a very strong women’s squad this year. I want to create history with Nazihah, Aika (Azman) and Aifa by being the first Kedah side to win a Sukma squash gold medal.”

The second semi-final between Penang and FT will feature a rematch of the women’s singles final between Vanessa and Rachel, which the former won on Monday.

Tags / Keywords: squash, Sukma, Malaysia Games, S Sivasangari, Teh Min Jie

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