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by kng zheng guan AND r. patrick
In an upset, world No. 23 Nicolette Fernandes, of Guyana, defeated 15th seed Donna Urquhart, of Australia, 11-7, 11-3, 11-8.
KUALA LUMPUR: It was no problems for world No. 1 Nicol David and national No. 2 Low Wee Wern in the first round of the CIMB Malaysian Open at the National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil Wednesday.
But it was Hong Kong’s Joey Chan who stole the show with a superb effort to beat world No. 8 Madeline Perry of Ireland.
The left-handed Joey was on fire all day long, pushing Perry’s ageing legs as she chalked up an 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5 win.
It was her best career win and it made up for blowing a two-set lead in a five set to defeat England’s Alison Waters in the first round of the KL Open back in March.
There were no mistakes this time for Joey as she took the offensive initiative to set up a last-16 clash with another Perry - towering Englishwoman Sarah Jane-Perry.
Sarah Jane saw off a fierce challenge by Japanese qualifier Misaki Kobayashi, winning 11-9, 11-9, 4-11, 11-6.
“I’m really happy to win this time because I’ve played Madeline a few times in the past and I usually lose 3-0,” said a beaming Joey.
“I was a bit more patient this time because I didn’t want it to end up like the KL Open.
“I basically kept my shots tight and moved Madeline a lot more than she would have liked.”
There was another major upset as world No. 23 Nicolette Fernandes, of Guyana, came up with a hungry performance to pack off Australian 15th seed Donna Urquhart 11-7, 11-3, 11-8.
“This is my first tournament of the season and I think I played a good solid match,” said Fernandes who faces world No. 2 Laura Massaro next.
Meanwhile, Malaysian interest was kept alive as Nicol and Wee Wern both chalked up solid wins.
Nicol, bidding to win her first Women’s Squash Association (WSA) title of the year, was too strong for England’s Lisa Aitken, winning 11-4, 11-6, 11-7.
World No. 6 Wee Wern gave a consistent performance to beat rising English star Emily Whitlock 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 to stay on course for a quarter-final clash with Nicol.
“Emily is a really hardworking player and she made me work so hard for all my points,” said Wee Wern.
“We engaged in some really long and good rallies and I really had to dig deep to win. 3-0 is a good result for me.”
The Arnold sisters - Delia and Rachel were however shown the exit, by Australia’s Kasey Brown and Hong Kong’s Annie Au respectively.
Nicol will face Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy in the second round while Wee Wern will be up against Brown.
In other results, a trimmer and sharper looking defending champion Raneem El Weleily of Egypt was too powerful for India’s Joshna Chinappa, winning 11-5, 11-5, 11-8.
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