National No 1 squash player S. Sivasangari has been hospitalised following a car accident at the Maju Expressway yesterday.

According to the New Straits Times (NST), the 23-year-old sustained serious injuries to head in the crash, and had to undergo an immediate surgery at the Putrajaya Hospital.

With that, the World No 19 is out of the Commonwealth Games, set to be held in England, late July.

The report, quoting China Press, said that Sivasangari was the passenger of a car that rear-ended a lorry at the highway, and was rescued from the vehicle just before it caught fire.

Although the extent of her injuries are yet to be known, it is understood that the Kedahan lass had already awakened after her surgery.

This is not the first time a high-profile athlete had been involved in a major accident on the same highway.

Two years ago, Japan badminton ace Kento Momota sustained severe injuries in a crash, that also saw a van driver killed.

Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) director Major (Rtd) S. Maniam confirmed to NST that Sivasangari did get involved in the accident on Sunday.

Sivasangari was supposed to be the flag bearer for the Commonwealth Games, together with national para-athlete Bonnie Bunyau. Besides, she was also a medal prospect in the individual and doubles events for the games.

Such a worrying news indeed. May Sivangasari fully recover soon and continue to make the country proud!

Let's all pray for her speedy recovery.

Source: NST
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