Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wee Wern early casualty at British Open

LOW Wee Wern crashed out of the British Open at the first hurdle for the second year running as the women's competition got underway at the KC Stadium in Hull yesterday.

Following last year's opening round exit to England's Alison Waters, the seventh-seeded Wee Wern would have fancied her chances of winning her first match at the tournament against 18th-ranked Sarah-Jane Perry.

But the English player paid little heed to national No 2 Wee Wern's reputation and won 11-7, 13-11, 7-11, 11-9 in 62 minutes in the first meeting between the two.

British Under-23 champion Sarah-Jane goes on to meet Australian Kasey Brown, who beat Lauren Briggs of England 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 in 39 minutes, in the second round.

For Wee Wern, this result follows a disappointing defeat to Annie Au of Hong Kong in the Asian Championships final earlier this month.

World No 1 Nicol David was due to begin her bid for a fifth British Open title late yesterday against qualifier Joshna Chinnappa of India while national No 3 Delia Arnold faced third seed Raneem El Weleily of Egypt.

Delia came through the qualifying rounds, beating Laura Pomportes of France 11-2, 11-1, 11-1 and Austrian Birgit Coufal 11-5, 11-5, 11-6, to reach the main draw.

In the men's event, national No 1 Ong Beng Hee was playing Australian Cameron Pilley but neither Nafiizwan Adnan nor Asyraf Azan made it out of qualifying. By Devinder Singh

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