Sivasangari finds Belgian Gillis too hot to handle


PETALING JAYA: National squash player S. Sivasangari’s progress in the DAC Pro Squash Classic in Detroit has been stopped by Tinne Gillis of Belgium in the quarter-finals.

The 22-year-old had a great start when she won the first set 11-8 but Gillis, who caused a shock in the second round by beating India’s third seed and world No. 12 Joshna Chinappa, got the better of the world No. 30 in the remaining sets.

The world No. 25 went on to beat Sivasangari 11-2, 11-8, 11-9 to book a spot in the semi-finals.

Gillis will face England’s world No. 51 Georgina Kennedy, who shocked New Zealand’s world No. 8 Joelle King 11-9, 11-3, 6-11, 8-11, 11-9.

In the other semi-final, Egypt’s world No. 2 Nouran Gohar will face the United States’ world No. 11 Olivia Clyne.

Despite the defeat, Sivasangari had a decent outing in Detroit. In the second round, she had shocked world No. 18 and eighth seed Alison Waters of England 11-9, 2-11, 11-7, 11-6.

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