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LAST_UPDATETue, 21 Nov 2017 12pm

Sivasangari Inches Closer To Her First Malaysia Open Title

S. Sivasangari.S. Sivasangari.

KUALA LUMPUR — National squash player S. Sivasangari is one step away from clinching the Malaysian Open Squash title at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.     

The 18-year-old athlete continued her fine run to overpower Satomi Watanabe of Japan 11-8, 6-11, 11-2 11-7 in the semi-finals at Nicol David Arena.  

Sivasangari is also in the best form to win her highest tournament earning of US$10,000 (RM42,265) with this Professional Squash Association (PSA) series.

However, Sivasangari is more concerned about her final match tomorrow compared to her potential reward. 

“Yes tomorrow is my first final of US$10,000 (prize), I’m very happy to make it into the final in Malaysia. For me my fight is not over yet, there is one more challenge to go,” she told reporters after the match here today.  

Sivasangari will be meeting Milnay Louw of South Africa who upset top seed Zeina Mickawy of Egypt 5-11, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10.

“Tomorrow will be even more challenging, I have met Louw three weeks ago in France and won in straight sets  but I believe she would be looking avenge her last defeat,” she said.

Sivasangari said perhaps it was time for another Malaysian to claim the title apart from Datuk Nicol David who won the local championship eight times.

Meanwhile Louw said tomorrow’s final match would be a tough fight against Sivasangari in front of local supporters.

“Sivasangari is very consistent, I lost to her three weeks ago in France, I have learned from my mistakes and will give her a tough fight tomorrow,” said Louw.

BERNAMA