KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — Top National junior squash player S. Sivasangari is vying to break into the top 40 in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Rankings by the end of this year.
The 18-year old Kedah-born currently ranked 47 in the world, is confident of achieving the target by managing consistent performances in three upcoming tournaments.
They are the Australian Open from November 14-18, CAS International Meet in Islamabad, Pakistan (December 17-22) and the 2018 British Junior Open from January 3-7.
“It won’t be easy for me to secure a positive result in all the tournaments since other top players are also taking part but I will give my best in each tournament to improve my position in the world rankings,” she said when met by reporters at the CIMB Foundation’s 10th year anniversary celebration, here, today.
On her overall performance this season, Sivasangari said she was extremely satisfied with what she has achieved so far but would be vying for a better outing as a full-time squash player, next year.
Sivasangari enjoyed an exceptional season by winning various titles including helping the national junior team win the silver medal at the World Junior Team Championship in New Zealand in July, winning two gold medals at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August, bagging two Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit (SSJM) titles last month and winning the Malaysian Open, last week.
“I just completed my A-Levels at Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar in August, so it’s a big relief for me to focus on my preparations for upcoming tournaments. Hopefully next year will be a good year for me to secure more glory and maybe break into the top 10 in the future,” added Sivasangari who thanked CIMB Foundation who have been a strong supporter for the development junior squash in the country.
During the ceremony, CIMB Foundation also unveiled its new refreshed logo and tagline ‘Empowering Communities, Changing Lives’ in commemoration with its tenth anniversary.
Since its inception in 2007, the Foundation has disbursed over RM100 million through 962 initiatives, benefiting about 700,000 lives throughout the ASEAN region in three main categories — community development, education and sports. — Bernama