PETALING JAYA: National squash player S. Sivasangari has been a “little disappointed” after missing out on her target to reach top 25 in the world last year.
But the 22-year-old is not making a big deal out of it.
More than the game, she believes the year 2021 has taught her a lot about gratitude and growth through challenges.
“After coming back from lockdowns, I was hoping for a top 25 finish by the end of last year, but I managed only 29th,” said Sivasangari.
“It was a little disappointing, but I have chosen to look at the positive side.
“It’s still my highest ranking in my career so far, despite not playing in as many tournaments as others.
“So I don’t want to put so much stress on myself and just be grateful for all the little steps that I’ve taken so far.”
For 2022, Sivasangari has lofty ambitions.
“We have two big games in 2022, the Asian and Commonwealth Games. I have set big targets in these two games,” said Sivasangari, who has been studying and competing at the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, the United States since 2019.
“I hope to move up to the top 15-20 by the end of the year in the rankings but this also depends on how many tournaments I play when I return to the university.”
In November, Sivasangari played her part for Cornell in the College Squash Association (CSA) competitions.
The senior and CSA All-America first-team honouree was sensational as she won all her games in the matches against Stanford, Bates, Virginia and Columbia.
This month, she will be facing Yale (Jan 15), Trinity (Jan 16), Dartmouth (Jan 22), Harvard (Jan 23), Princeton (Jan 28) and University of Pennsylvania (Jan 30) in college matches.
“It’s good to be playing the college season again after such a tough year. It’s been great to be with the team, and I’m so grateful to have my team as a family back in the States here.
“Sometimes, it’s frustrating to not play PSA (Professional Squash Association) tournaments due to some college matches, but it’s part of the process.”
Her first two PSA tournaments this year will be in the US next month, which are not clashing with her college matches.