National squash queen Nicol David will spearhead Malaysia’s challenge in the 20th World Squash Federation (WSF) Women’s World Team Championship at Issy-les-Moulineaux, France.
The others in the four-member team are Delia Arnold, Low Wee Wern and S.Sivasangari, who will be making her debut in the biennial tournament that will be held from Nov 27 to Dec 3.
Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM)director, S.Maniam in announcing the lineup said Sivasangari was given the nod based on her performance in the ‘Sirkit Skuasy Jelajah Malaysia’ (SSJM) tournaments this year.
“The three top players in the country were assured of their places. We decided to choose Sivasangari after she outshone Rachel Arnold on two occasions (SSJM Penang and Perlis) which was the criteria for selection.
“Sivasangari also had a fairly good year, winning all six SSJM titles, Asian Junior Champion (Girls’ Under-19) in September and finished third in the World Junior championships in Poland in August,” S.Maniam said in a statement today.
Thirty-two teams will be competing in the tournament and SRAM are targeting a top four placing for this edition.
In the 2014 edition in Canada , Malaysia who were represented by Nicol, Wee Wern, Delia and Vanessa Raj, shocked topseeds Egypt 2-0 in the semi-finals before bowing out to second seeds England 2-1 in the final to finish as runners-up.
He said although Malaysia finished a creditable second in the last edition, they have to be wary of the big guns especially Egypt and England.
“This is the first time I will be playing alongside Nicol, Delia and Wee Wern as a team and I am truly honoured. I will give my best and do the country proud,” said the 17-year-old Sivasangari.
Meanwhile, Delia and Wee Wern said competing in the World Women’s team event had always been challenging yet exciting for them.
“We look forward to playing in this event as we want to do well for our country. We came so close to winning the title the last time. Hopefully we can go all the way and deliver in this edition,” said Delia.