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Friday September 13, 2013 MYT 11:16:00 PM
Friday September 13, 2013 MYT 11:17:51 PM
by kng zheng guan
Nicol David packed off fellow Penangite Low Wee Wern 11-4, 11-6, 3-11, 11-5 in the quarter-final match.
PETALING JAYA: A good start was exactly what world No. 1 Nicol David needed as she duly took out national No. 2 Low Wee Wern in the quarter-finals of the CIMB Malaysian Open at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara on Friday.
The match, which was scheduled to start at 8pm, was delayed for a good 90 minutes due to the long matches all day long.
But Nicol who is used to such delays showed no signs of being affected as she carved out an 11-4, 11-6, 3-11, 11-5 win over Wee Wern.
In fact, she seemed pretty much in a rush as she started on an extremely fast tempo, with world No. 6 Wee Wern struggling to keep up.
The younger Penangite however found her feet in the third set to duly pull one back.
But unfortunately, she pulled a slight cramp in the fourth set and Nicol comfortably finished her off to set up a semi-final clash with world No. 12 Camille Serme.
The Frenchwoman had earlier disposed of towering Sarah-Jane Perry 11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9.
“I think Wee Wern played really well and she’s really closing the gap,” said Nicol.
“I started off better though and I think she was just trying to adjust to the court.
“Then I started to relax a little and she came at me and played rather consistently.
“Still, I’m happy to make the semi-finals. It’ll be Camille, who is also a feisty player,” added Nicol.
Wee Wern meanwhile pointed out that the cramp in the fourth set was costly.
“Still, even if you’re 100% fit, it’s still hard to overcome Nicol,” said Wee Wern.
“But I’m happy with my performance and it shows that I am moving in slowly on her.
“It was really great playing in front of a huge crowd … who stayed on even though the mall closed.”
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