Asian Games: Sivasangari and Co ease into singles quarter-finals

HANGZHOU: National squash players moved into the men's and women's singles quarter-finals after safely navigating their way past their respective second round opponents at the Hangzhou Asian Games today.

S. Sivasangari, who led the women's squad to gold in the team event last week, easily tamed Pakistan's Noor Ul Ain Ijaz 11-3, 11-2, 11-1 in their women's singles last-16 encounter.

Aira Azman also advanced with a straightforward 11-0, 11-4, 11-4 win over Macau's Liu Kwai Chi.

The men's singles event saw Ng Eain Yow downing Qatar's Syed Amjad 11-3, 11-1, 11-2, also in the last-16.

Addreen Idrakie Bahtiar was, however, was forced to come from a set down before defeating Sri Lanka's Hashinta Laksiri Ravindu 10-12, 11-6, 11-7, 13-11.

The singles quarter-finals will be held tomorrow.

In the mixed doubles event Ivan Yuen-Rachel Arnold defeated Nepal's Swasthani Shrestha-Amir Bhlon (Nep) 11-6, 11-2 in their pool C encounter.

Ivan is happy with how they are progressing in the tournament.

"I feel good. We played the way we wanted to and the result was good," said Ivan.

"It will definitely prepare us for the match tomorrow against Hong Kong and we are looking forward to it.

"We learn from every match we play. We work on whatever is not right and try to make it better.

"We can (still) work on things such as our game plan and strategy."

The duo lost their first group match to South Korea but defeated Thailand in their second game.

The mixed doubles category is making it's debut at the Asian Games this year.

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