S. Sivasangari (left) beat Egypt’s Amina Yousry in the semi-finals of the British Junior Open Under-15 girl's singles on Sunday to reach her second consecutive final at the meet. - SquashSite
PETALING JAYA: S. Sivasangari is just one match away from winning her first-ever title at the British Junior Open squash championships after surviving a thrilling semi-final in Sheffield on Sunday.
The top seeded Kedah girl was pushed to the limit by Egypt’s Amina Yousry, the joint third-fourth seed, before winning 7-11, 11-9, 13-11, 2-11, 16-14 in the Under-15 category. The 14-year-old will be all fired up to win the title. She reached the Under-15 final last year but lost to Egyptian sensation Habiba Mohamed.
“It was a really close game and Sivasangari did well to reach the final,” said national junior coach Andrew Cross.
“It was a tough match for her and she will definitely need to be better than this if she wants to win the title,” added Cross.
Aifa Azman, also of Kedah, could also make the final in the Under-13 category.
She will go up against Egypt’s Nouran Youssef in the semi-finals.
Nazihah Hanis, Malaysia’s last representative in the girls’ Under-17 category, bowed out after losing 4-11, 6-11, 4-11 to Egypt’s Hana Basem in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
Ng Eain Yow, however, is well on course to equal national No. 1 Ong Beng Hee’s record of winning three British Junior titles in three different age groups after checking into the boys’ Under-17 semi-finals.
Beng Hee won the Under-14 title in 1994, Under-16 in 1996 and Under-19 in 1988 while Eain Yow emerged triumphant in the Under-13 (2011) and Under-15 (2013).
Eain Yow was flawless on Saturday as he took the first two sets against Adham Mady 11-6, 11-6 before the Egyptian retired with an injury.
Hopes of an all-Malaysian final failed to materialise after Mohd Farez Izwan lost to Jordan’s Mohammed Alsarraj 10-12, 8-11, 11-13 in the quarter-finals.
It was sweet revenge for the Jordanian who lost to Farez in the Under-15 final of the Asian Junior Championships last year.
In the semi-finals, Alsarraj will face top seed Youssef Soliman of Egypt while Eain Yow will meet England’s Patrick Rooney.
Malaysia’s challenge in the boys’ Under-15 category also came to an end after Ong Sai Hung was beaten 7-11, 13-11, 6-11, 8-11 by second seed Ziad Sakr of Egypt in the last eight.