PETALING JAYA: S. Sivasangari continued her fine form when she upset world No. 10 Tesni Evans of Wales to reach the third round of the El Gouna International Squash in Cairo.
The 22-year-old, who has been based in New York, the United States, showed class in her 11-4,5-11,4-11,11-5,11-6 win over Evans, who is 16 rungs higher than her in the world rankings.
Sivasangari will face the winner of the match between two Egyptians Zeina Mickawy and Nouran Gohar in the third round tomorrow. World No. 2 and second seed Nouran is expected to win the match.
Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) director Major (rtd) S. Maniam was happy with Sivasangari’s strong showing.
“It’s awesome that she has taken down one of the top 10 players, ” he said.
World No. 8 Joelle King of New Zealand, however, lived up to expectations when she marched into the third round with an 11-7,11-7,11-5 win over Jana Shiha of Egypt.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Ng Eain Yow will take on Youssef Ibrahim of Egypt in the second round today. On Thursday, he had won his first-round tie against Leonel Cardenas of Mexico.