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Published: Friday March 29, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 2:14:19 PM

Lucky day for Beng Hee

Back at you: Ong Beng Hee (left) returning the ball to Egypt’s Omar Mosaad during their CIMB KL Open
match yesterday. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star

Back at you: Ong Beng Hee (left) returning the ball to Egypt’s Omar Mosaad during their CIMB KL Open match yesterday. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: It was the day of the veterans as men’s national No. 1 Ong Beng Hee rolled back the years to record a stunning upset win over defending champion Omar Mosaad in the first round of the CIMB KL Open at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

The 33-year-old enjoyed a stroke of good luck as Mosaad suffered a hamstring injury towards the end of the match.

The world No. 9 subsequently retired with the match 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 9-4 in Beng Hee’s favour.

Still, world No. 22 Beng Hee deserves full credit for a brilliant attacking display, reminiscent of his younger days.

The Penangite lost a closely contested first set but bounced back in style to dictate play and force Mosaad into several errors.

His attacking intent and persistence eventually paid off as Mosaad aggravated the hamstring injury he suffered during training earlier.

It was the second major upset of the day. Earlier, 35-year-old Natalie Grinham disposed of world No. 2 Raneem El Weleily in the second round of the women’s event.

“It’s definitely a good day and I’m very happy to have beaten Omar, who’s a top 10 player,” said Beng Hee. “He seemed a little heavy throughout the match and was not really at his best ... I’m delighted nonetheless.

“When you’ve been around the tour for a long time, it’s always tough to find the motivation, especially for me who’s been losing more than winning.

“But it’s great to get past the first round and I’m also happy that CIMB have generously extended their sponsorship contract with me until the Asian Games next year.”

Beng Hee’s reward for his excellent display is a quarter-final clash against Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller, who easily defeated Mohd Asyraf Azan 11-5, 11-6, 11-4.

“I’d love to face Nicolas once more ... to get a measure of revenge over him. He absolutely hammered me in the Malaysian Open last year in front of my own fans. If I can bring this form into the match and stay sharp, I may just have a shot,” said Beng Hee.

It was, however, a rather disappointing day for Malaysia’s Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan and Ivan Yuen, who crashed out in the first round.

Reigning Asian champion Nafiizwan gave a good account of himself but was no match for world No. 10 and fourth seed Borja Golan.

The Spaniard won 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4 and will face Egypt’s Tarek Momen next.

RESULTS

Men First Round: Olli Tuominen (Fin) bt Max Lee (Hkg) 12-10, 11-8, 12-10; Karim Darwish (Egy) bt Ivan Yuen (Mas) 11-5, 11-4, 11-5; Nicolas Mueller (Sui) bt Mohd Asyraf Azan (Mas) 11-5, 11-6, 11-4; Ong Beng Hee (Mas) bt Omar Mosaad (Egy) 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 9-4 rtd; Borja Golan (Spa) bt Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4; Tarek Momen (Egy) bt Saurav Ghosal (Ind) 11-6, 8-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-5; Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) bt Cameron Pilley (Aus) 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 11-3; Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) bt Alan Clyne (Sco) 11-5, 11-9, 11-5.

Women Second Round: Nicol David (Mas) bt Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) 11-9, 11-7,11-8; Jenny Duncalf (Eng) bt Dipika Pallikal (Ind) 11-9, 11-5, 6-11, 11-4; Laura Massaro (Eng) bt Line Hansen (Den) 12-10, 11-7, 11-7; Madeline Perry (Irl) bt Low Wee Wern (Mas) 12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4; Alison Waters (Eng) bt Kasey Brown (Aus) 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5; Nour El Sherbini (Egy) bt Annie Au (Hkg) 12-10, 11-9, 11-4; Joelle King (Nzl) bt Camille Serme (Fra) 12-10, 13-15, 11-8, 10-12, 11-8; Natalie Grinham (Hol) bt Raneem El Weleily (Egy) 11-6, 12-14, 11-8, 11-6.

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