Malaysia’s S. Sivasangari defied the seedings to stun England’s Alison Waters in just her second match of the new season to reach the third round of the US Open in Philadelphia on Sunday.
US-based Sivasangari won the second round match against the 10th-seeded Waters 11-5, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9 to book a last-16 meeting with World No 7 Sarah-Jane Perry of England, who overcame Canada’s Hollie Naughton 11-7, 11-6, 11-8.
The victory over the 13th-ranked Waters was the biggest of World No 48 Sivasangari’s career to mark her first tournament since the National Championships in July.
“I haven’t played much PSA since I started college so I feel really happy,” said Sivasangari, 20, who trains under under former World No 1 David Palmer. “All this hard work I’ve been putting in over the past few weeks with David Palmer has paid off.
On taking on Perry on Monday on the showcase glass court, Sivasangari said: “Most PSA players are are good on there and they’ve played there a lot more than me. I’m just going to give it my best and see how it goes.”
National champion Low Wee Wern, however, remains bothered by knee trouble she picked up in the Malaysian Open final last week as she exited the tournament following a 11-5, 11-7, 11-2 defeat to Egypt’s Salma Hany.
“Salma played well and my knee was not really up for another battle. Time to head to home and get the knee looked after before getting back on court again,” said Wee Wern, who battled through five games to beat Egyptian Mariam Metwally 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 14-12 in the first round.
Wee Wern rose to 25th in the latest PSA Tour rankings, her highest since December 2016 when she was laid low by a knee injury.