Wee Wern faces Massaro, Nicol meets Serme in last eight
Wee Wern (left) in action against Canada’s Samantha Cornett during
their second round match of the 29th Penang-CIMB Women World
Championship at the Subterranean Penang International Convention and
Exhibition Centre (SPICE) on Thursday. — CHAN BOON KAI / The Star
GEORGE TOWN: Malaysia’s top two players – Nicol David and Low Wee Wern –
marched into the Penang-CIMB 29th Women’s World Squash Championship
2013 quarter-finals with straight set wins at the SPICE Arena.
Top seed and defending champion Nicol defeated Egypt’s Heba El Torky 11 -6, 11-3, 11-4 in 24 minutes.
Malaysian No. 2 Wee Wern put on a solid display to end Canadian
qualifier Samantha Cornett’s dream run with an 11-8, 11-3, 11-9 win in
Nicol, who is seeking her eighth world title in Penang, takes on France’s eighth seed Camille Serme in Friday’s quarter-finals.
“I’m happy with the way I played today (Thursday) and, hopefully, I can
put on the same, or even better, performance in the quarter-finals,”
“The home crowd were fantastic today, and I’m glad with their full support, which kept me going to the very end.
“I was more comfortable with the playing conditions compared to Heba as I
had several training sessions in the glass court here.”
The world No. 1 also congratulated fellow Penangite Wee Wern for making her fourth world meet quarter-final in a row.
“It’s great that both of us won convincingly and Wee Wern is also in the quarter-finals in our home championship.”
Sixth seed Wee Wern faces a bigger challenge in the quarters as she will be up against second seed Laura Massaro of England.
It is a rematch of the 2012 World Open quarter-finals, which the English player won in four sets.
The Malaysian No. 2 made a fantastic start to race away to an 8-3 lead
in the first set on Thursday. But Cornett came back strongly to cut the
deficit to 8-9, before Wee Wern stepped up a gear to take it 11-8.
The Malaysian only dropped three points in the second set, but struggled
to pull away in the third before eventually overcoming her opponent
“I’m the underdog against Laura, so I have nothing to lose. There is not
much pressure on me to perform and I intend to make it as hard as
possible for Laura on the court tomorrow (Friday),” said Wee Wern.
“I have only beaten Laura once in my career (in the second round of the
Qatar Open 2011). I hope the advantage of playing at home can spur me to
a surprise result.”
Second seed Massaro is the last British player left in the draw after
she eliminated her England Commonwealth Games doubles partner Jenny
Duncalf 11-9, 11-6, 11-4.
Ninth seed Duncalf, who reached the semi-finals of the 2012 world meet, lost her cool several times during the third set.
“She was feeling frustrated because I was so far ahead. I kept my
emotions inside because it was important that I kept my focus and
concentrated on my game,” said Massaro.