Thursday, September 12, 2013

Nicol, Wee Wern Through To Second Round

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 (Bernama) -- Women's world number one, Datuk Nicol Ann David lived up to expectations by moving into the second round of the 2013 CIMB Malaysian Open by sweeping aside qualifier, Lisa Aitken of England at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil, here, Wednesday night.

In today's first round match, Nicol took just 35 minutes to dispose her opponent in straight sets, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7.

"We were neck to neck in the second and third games but I just worked the ball, especially so since I'm playing against her for the first time.

"She's a left handed player and I had to adjust my game a little. I just kept reminding myself of what to do. I fought good and played the way I had planned," said Nicol, who is vying for her first WSA title this season.

In Thursday's second round, the Malaysian squash star is scheduled to meet Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy, who defeated compatriot Nour El Tayeb in a gruelling encounter that lasted for more than an hour.

The 11th seeded Omneya sealed the match 6-11, 11-8, 6-11, 13-11, 11-4 to advance.

"Knowing them, they are tough competitors. I've got to be very solid tomorrow. I can't afford to let anything go because they would just take it away from you," said Nicol.

Earlier, Wee Wern was also through to the second round after beating England's Emily Whitlock in straight sets 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 which lasted for 45 minutes.

"She (Emily) put up a very strong game. She's an upcoming young player. She did not give up very easy when the rallies were long. I have played her before...one or two years ago. She has improved a lot and she's in the top 25 right now," said Wee Wern.

In tomorrow's second round, Wee Wern will play against Australia's Kasey Brown who had beaten Malaysia's Delia Arnold, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9.

In the men's category which continued with the second qualifying round today, none of the Malaysian players made it to the main draw.

Malaysia's Ivan Yuen was defeated by Kuwait's Abdullah Al Muzayen in straight sets 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 while Muhd Asyraf Azan lost to Omar Abdel Aziz of Egypt, 9-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 in a gruelling match.

Hopes now rely on the shoulders of Ong Beng Hee and Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan, who will be playing against each other in the opening round.

-- BERNAMA

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