Squash: Sivasangari upsets World No 8 in Women's World Championship


PETALING JAYA: National squash player S. Sivasangari has done the unthinkable by serving up the biggest upset at the Women’s World Championships in Cairo, Egypt, with a five-set win over the No.8 ranked player in the world.

The 20-year-old, ranked 48th, officially stamped her name on the biggest stage of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour by taking out Amanda Sobhy of the United States.

She prevailed in five thrilling sets, 9-11,11-9,6-11,12-10,11-6, in the opening round on Thursday (Oct 24).

The Malaysian had previously upset several players in the top 20, but this victory over the experienced 26-year-old Sobhy, is the biggest win yet in her career.

Sivasangari takes on Dutch world No. 29 Milou van der Heijden in the second round on Saturday.

But as if one huge upset was not enough, Sivasangari's teammate, world No. 89 Aifa Azman, provided another stunner in the opening round when she sent world No. 17 Joey Chan of Hong Kong packing, 14-12, 7-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, in another five-set thriller.

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