Friday, August 22, 2014

Nicol To Meet Raneem In Malaysian Open Semi-finals


KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 (Bernama) -- National squash queen and world number one player, Datuk Nicol David moved closer to clinching her ninth Malaysian Open title as she cruised into the semi-final of the tournament held at the Nu Sentral Mall in Brickfields, here Thursday night.

The top seed only took 38 minutes to overcome the seventh seed, Hong Kong's Annie Au with a 11-7, 12-10 and 11-4 win in the quarter-final match.

Nicol had clinched the Malaysian Open title eighth times -- 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

"Earlier in my game, I was playing out the ball, looking at the way the ball bounces and to get the feel of the glass court.

"Annie played very well...I have to be very careful as she fought strong," said the 30-year-old.

She will be meeting world number three, Raneem El Weleily of Egypt in tomorrow's semi finals.

"I'm ready to go. After winning today's match 3-0, I just feel good and looking foward for tomorrow. I hope we will have some good matches," added Nicol.

Raneem, on the other hand, had to encounter a tense five-set match over Sarah-Jane Perry of England before emerging victorious.

She won the 50-minute match 11-4, 6-11, 12-10, 13-15 and 11-6.

In another quarterfinals match, unseeded player, Nour El Tayeb made it to the last four after her opponent, eighth seed Madeline Perry decided to withdraw from the competition due to muscle strain (adductor magnus) on her left leg when Nour was leading the fourth set with 9-2.

Nour won the match 2-1 with a score of 11-9, 17-15 and 4-11.

She will be meeting Amanda Sobhy of the United States, who booked her berth in the semis after defeating Habiba Mohamed Ahmed in straight sets 11-5, 11-6 and 11-7 in 25 minutes.

-- BERNAMA

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