S. Sivasangari (right) won the Under-19 title in the first leg of the CIMB National Junior Squash Circuit in Ipoh on Sunday. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: S. Sivasangari continued her fine progress by claiming the Under-19 title in the first leg of the CIMB National Junior Squash Circuit in Ipoh.
The 15-year-old Kedahan, who is ranked a career-high No. 147 in the world, mounted a strong comeback to stun top seed and world No. 122 Celine Yeap of Penang 11-13, 11-7, 11-13, 13-11, 11-4 in the final on Sunday.
Second seed Sivasangari, the British Junior Under-15 champion, had overcome Kuala Lumpur’s Andrea Lee in the quarter-finals and Aika Azman of the Bukit Jalil Sports School in the semi-finals.
In the boys’ Under-19 category, Pahang’s Al Nikc Ally, seeded joint third-fourth, played a superb match to beat Andrea’s brother – Andrew – 12-10, 8-11, 11-3, 11-6 for the title.
It was a worthy win for the lanky Nikc who had earlier toppled second seed Mohd Farez Izwan in the semi-finals.
There was more good news for both Pahang and Kedah as they bagged the boys’ Under-15 and girls’ Under-15 titles respectively through Sudesh Kannah and British Junior Under-13 champion Aifa Azman respectively.
Sudesh overcame Negri Sembilan’s Darren Rahul Pragasam 9-11, 11-9, 14-12, 6-11, 12-10 while Aifa defeated Selangor’s Michelle Preeti Stanley 11-5, 11-6, 11-4.
The boys’ Under-17 title went to Sarawak’s Ma Teck Leck while Sabah’s Natasha Chin bagged the girls’ Under-17 crown.