Two men down, now Sivasangari goes for Addeen


On a winning streak: Sivasangari beat Darren Rahul and Duncan Lee to enter the semi-finals.

PETALING JAYA: Women’s national No. 1 squash player S. Sivasangari stole the show by reaching the semi-finals of the SRAM in-house Tournament at Bukit Jalil.

The world No. 39 made the most of the handicap she received to extend her superb run in the battle of the sexes by beating Duncan Lee 11-8,11-5,10-12,8-11,11-7 in a quarter-final match yesterday.

Sivasangari defeated third seed and men’s national No. 5 Darren Rahul Pragasam 11-5,12-14,11-0,10-12,11-7 in the first round the previous day.

Sivasangari’s reward is a place in the last four against men’s national No. 4 Addeen Idrakie today.

Second seed Addeen had to start with a negative three deficit but still managed to overcome Wee Ming Hock 11-6,12-10,12-10 in the quarter-finals.

Addeen was pleased with the way he dealt with the challenges thrown in his way and is wary of another strong challenge today.

“Sivasangari has been playing really well and now she’s beaten two male players already. I don’t want to be the third guy to fall to her, so I am really looking forward to the match.

“I think I did much better today compared to the first round because I’m quite familiar with Ming Hock’s style of play.

“The plan was really to keep the ball tight and make sure I put all the balls behind and go for the simple shots.

“It was a pretty good challenge for me because starting with a negative three score in every game puts a bit more pressure on me, ” said Addeen.

The other semi-final will be between top seed Ivan Yuen and Ong Sai Hung.

Ivan downed Adam Agan Aziz 11-8,11-5,11-4 while Sai Hung defeated Danial Nurhaqiem 11-9,11-7,11-7.

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