Sivasangari clears first hurdle


PETALING JAYA: S. Sivasangari (pic) shook off the rust to book a place in the second round of the CIB PSA Black Ball Open in Cairo.

Sivasangari claimed a 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 11-5 win over South African Alexandra Fuller at the Black Ball Club in a first round encounter on Friday.

Sivasangari, ranked 39th in the world, had not played on the PSA Tour for more than a year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions.

The Kedah-born player last played at the Windy City Open in Chicago last February, in which she exited in the first round.

The Cornell University student returned to her United States base in January where she has been training with former world No. 1 David Palmer of Australia.

“I’m glad to get the opportunity to see action once again,” said Sivasangari, who will face world No. 13 Olivia Clyne of the United States in the second round today.

“I have not played for so long and I was very, very nervous.

“I was down 3-8 in the first game, and I knew how quick and how good she was.

“I managed to calm myself down and played each point, one at a time.

“The fact that she was struggling with the court conditions was helping me. I was frustrated like her but I did not show it cause I didn’t want her to feed off it.”

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