Wednesday January 9, 2013
Sivasangari exceeds expectations in Sheffield
SEPANG: Asian Junior Under-15 champion S. Sivasangari is not too disappointed despite losing in the final of the British Junior Open last week.
Sivasangari, who was outstanding throughout the tournament, just failed to match the powerful Habiba Mohamed of Egypt in the final of the girls’ Under-15 category, losing 8-11, 6-11, 12-14.
Despite the loss, it was still a very creditable performance by the 13-year-old who exceeded her seeding of joint third-fourth to make the final for the first time.
The pint-sized Kedah lass now aims to work harder and have a go at the British Junior again next year.
“It was a little disappointing to lose in the final,” said Sivasangari.
“It was actually a very tough match because my opponent was just too strong. So it’s not too bad ... it’s a good lesson for me too.
“I’m also happy to have exceeded expectations by making the final. I know I can do better next time.
“My next goal now is to win all the remaining tournaments in Malaysia and launch another assault on the British Juniors next year.”
It won’t be easy though as this year’s champion – Habiba – will also be around next year.
Habiba, who hits the ball harder than most junior boys, also won the Under-13 title twice since 2011 and will be even tougher to beat next year.