PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s S. Sivasangari and Andrea Lee stretched their Egyptian rivals to the limit before succumbing to defeats at the World Junior Squash Championships in Tauranga, New Zealand.
In yesterday’s quarter-finals, world No. 80 Andrea lost 8-11, 13-11, 10-12, 11-9, 6-11 to joint third-fourth seed Rowan Reda while Sivasangari went down 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 1-11 to top seed Hania El Hammamy.
Joint fifth-eighth seed Andrea did well to stay in the hunt after twice coming back to force a deciding rubber.
But the left-hander was unable to keep up the good work and world No. 50 Rowan sealed victory after 52 minutes.
Rowan, who also beat Andrea at the same stage last year, will meet compatriot Amina Yousry for a place in the final.
“I started nervously because I was worried about playing on the glass court for the first time,” said Andrea.
“Rowan definitely had the advantage, having played on that court since day one. It’s definitely a missed opportunity as I had game ball in the third set. I hope to get my revenge on her in the team event next week.”
Sivasangari, 18, found top seed Hania just too hot to handle in the closing stages of their 54-minute clash.
“I’m disappointed at not getting past the quarter-finals,” said Sivasangari, who was a semi-finalist last year.
“I played well in the first three sets but had to take an injury time-out in the fourth after Hania’s elbow caught my face.
“I just couldn’t get my momentum back after that.
“But this is not the end for me. There’s still the team event next week and I’ll be back stronger.”
World No. 35 Hania will meet Japan’s Satomi Watanabe in the semi-finals.
Boys: Youssef Ibrahim (Egy) bt Andrew Douglas (US) 11-4, 11-3, 10-12, 10-12, 11-9; Marwan Tarek (Egy) bt Abhay Singh (Ind) 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6; Victor Crouin (Fra) bt Aly Hussein (Egy) 11-8, 11-4, 11-4; Mohammad Alsarraj (Jor) bt Mostafa Asal (Egy) 11-8, 11-6, 11-6.
Girls: Hania El Hammamy (Egy) 11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 1-6, 11-1; Satomi Watanabe (Jpn) bt Marina Stefanoni (US) 13-15, 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4; Rowan Reda (Egy) bt Andrea Lee (Mas) 11-8, 11-13,12-10, 9-11, 11-6; Amina Yousry (Egy) bt Zeina Mickawy (Egy) 12-10, 13-11, 11-8.