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Nicol David next faces India’s Dipika Pallikal in the quarter-finals of the Carol Weymuller Open in New York.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s top two squash stars – Nicol David and Low Wee Wern – cleared the first hurdle unscathed in the Carol Weymuller Open in New York.
World No. 1 Nicol, fresh from a superb Malaysian Open win last month, blazed past Australia’s Donna Urquhart 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 on Thursday.
The Penangite, who lost to England’s Alison Waters in the quarter-finals last year, was just too strong for the lanky Urquhart, who has plummeted to No. 25 in the world rankings following a long injury layoff.
Seven-time world champion Nicol will next face India’s Dipika Pallikal, who came back from two sets down to pack off another Australian – Kasey Brown – in the quarter-finals.
“It’s nice to have a good solid win in the first round,” said Nicol.
“Donna was volleying and reading the game better in the first set and I made a few errors.
“But I tightened up my game and kept it solid in the second and third. Most importantly, I’m sticking to the game plan and enjoying my game.”
Fellow Penangite Wee Wern, who dropped a rung to No. 7 in the world, survived a mini-scare by feisty world No. 19 Nicolette Fernandes before winning in four sets.
Wee Wern won 13-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-3 to set up a last eight clash against world No. 2 and defending champion Laura Massaro of England.
The 23-year-old Wee Wern will be out for revenge after letting slip a two-set lead to lose in five sets to Massaro in the first round last year.
“It was a difficult first match. Nicolette came through the qualifiers looking strong and was very confident,” said Wee Wern.
“I had to find my rhythm early and was made to come back from 10-7 down in the first.
“But I’m happy to have won and am looking forward to facing Laura. I lost to her here in the first round last year and the goal is definitely to turn the tables on her.”
Meanwhile, France’s world No. 10 Camille Serme continued her stunning form by shocking world No. 4 Waters in four sets.
Serme, who had also beaten Waters in the Malaysian Open last month, won 11-7, 11-13, 11-4, 11-9 and will go up against another Englishwoman – seventh seed Jenny Duncalf.
In other results, Egypt’s world No. 3 Raneem El Weleily thrashed Denmark’s Line Hansen 11-9, 11-3, 11-4 to set up an intriguing quarter-final clash against world No. 5 Joelle King of New Zealand.
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