Sivasangari walks tall despite losing to world No. 7 Perry


Looking forward: S. Sivasangari’s next mission is the Women’s World Championships in Cairo, Egypt, from Oct 24-Nov 1.

PETALING JAYA: National squash player S. Sivasangari’s good run at the US Open came to an end but not after making a statement that she has what it takes to be just like Nicol David.

The 20-year-old put up a valiant fight before going down 12-10, 9-11, 6-11, 12-14 to England’s world No. 7 Sarah-Jane Perry in 48 minutes in the third round of the platinum level event in Philadelphia on Monday.

Just a day earlier, the world No. 48 had stunned world No. 13 Alison Waters of England for her biggest career win.

“I played well against Sarah but I lacked the sting during the crucial points. Overall, it was a good experience,” said Sivasangari.

Sivasangari said she was reaping the reward of hard work under the former world No. 1 and two-time world champion David Palmer at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

“I’ve been working with coach David on my fitness and also on my game tactics a lot,” said Sivasangari, who moved to New York in January to pursue her studies.

“He has indeed played a big role in my progress so far.”

The result here showed that I am slowly getting to a level where I can give the top 10 players tough matches although I’m juggling with my studies in college.”

“The US Open outing has certainly given me the confidence,” added Sivasangari, who is now out to impress at the Women’s World Championships in Cairo, Egypt, from Oct 24-Nov 1.

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