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by kng zheng guan AND r. patrick
Nicol David easily beats Omneya Abdel Kawy 11-5, 12-10, 11-6, to make a date with Low Wee Wern for the quarter-finals.
KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Nicol David and national No. 2 Low Wee Wern’s quarter-final date is on after the duo cleared their second round hurdles in the women’s event of the CIMB Malaysian Open at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.
Seven-time world champion Nicol, bidding for her first Women’s Squash Association (WSA) title of the year, was just too strong for junior rival Omneya Abdel Kawy on Thursday.
It was their 20th meeting – but just as tough as the first time they met – and Nicol proved too strong in a match that showcased excellent sportsmanship to win 11-5, 12-10, 11-6.
World No. 6 Wee Wern had to fight her way back from a first set loss to beat Australia’s Kasey Brown 9-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-3.
The 23-year-old Wee Wern had suffered an early exit at her last WSA tournament – the British Open. But there was no danger of that happening this time.
Despite losing a closely-fought first set, Wee Wern played a waiting game, patiently chopping away at Brown, who eventually cracked.
“The result may make it look like an easy match but it really wasn’t,” said Wee Wern.
“I had to be patient ... we had a few good and long rallies and Kasey showed her feisty side court as well.
“I’m happy to win.
“I don’t get to meet Nicol that often ... now it’s twice in two weeks after the Nationals.
“I would have liked to meet her at a later stage of the tournament ... but this will be a good experience for me.”
The quarter-finals will be held at The Curve in Mutiara Damansara.
France’s 10th-seeded Camille Serme provided the biggest upset of the day when she knocked out fourth seed Alison Waters of England.
Serme, fresh from winning the European Individual Closed Championships (EICC) recently, took 40 minutes to dump Waters 11-9, 11-5, 11-9.
Waters was clearly frustrated as she flung her racquet on the court a few times.
“I definitely got into her head. I showed her that I wanted to win the match,” said Serme.
“I knew I could do it as long as I cut down on my mistakes ... I came up with the right game plan too.
“She was losing focus and that was good for me. I’m definitely happpy to win it 3-0.”
Serme’s next rival is England’s Sarah-Jane Perry, who was another big winner on Thursday.
The 23-year-old Sarah-Jane, at 1.83m the tallest player on the WSA Tour, did enough to knock out Hong Kong’s Joey Chan 11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 and earn her first-ever quarter-final appearance in a WSA World Series.
Defending champion Raneem El Weleily of Egypt and England world No. 2 Laura Massaro easily advanced into the last eight.
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