A great show in Cairo will mean the World to Sivasangari


PETALING JAYA: S. Sivasangari has shown in recent tournaments that she is capable of taking on the big names.

She just needs the right break to establish herself as a calibre player.

Now, the world No. 20 will get her chance at the World Championships, which started in Cairo yesterday.

Winning the world meet and the British Open are considered the toughest tasks for a professional player.

Although Sivasangari may not be ready to reach such heights, she has shown her capability in producing quality results in the major events.

In the 2020 World Championships, she claimed a major scalp by beating current world No. 4 Amanda Sobhy of the United States. And the Sungai Petani-born Sivasangari will be going into the Cairo tournament with confidence after reaching the final of the Carol Weymuller Open in New York last month.

Sivasangari will be play Germany’s Saskia Beinhard in the first round today and is expected to face Nadine Shahin of Egypt in the second.

National head coach Ajaz Azmat said Sivasangari has worked hard for the tournament and expects her to do well in Cairo.

“I believe Sivasangari has worked hard and her previous results is an indication that she has improved considerably. She also has the maturity to handle pressure well,” said Ajaz.

“She will be in a good position to win the match tomorrow (today).

She has a few Egyptian girls in her half of the draw and has played them before.”

In the men’s event, Ivan Yuen will start his campaign against Henry Leung of Hong Kong and the Malaysian world No. 50 has a fighting chance of reaching the second round.

“It’s going to be a close match and Ivan can’t take it easy against Henry. I hope Ivan’s experience will give him the edge.”

Women’s world No. 27 Aifa Azman also begins her campaign today when she takes on Nour El Tayeb of Egypt.

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