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Wednesday October 9, 2013 MYT 7:43:00 PM
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by loganath velloo
Rachael Grinham (left) on her way to beating qualifier Nouran El Torky of Egypt 11-4, 10-12, 11-4, 11-4 in the first round of the Penang Open.
GEORGE TOWN: Top seed Rachael Grinham of Australia is not expecting an easy ride to the title after opening her campaign with a win in the IJM Land Penang Women’s Open squash tournament at the Nicol David International Squash Centre on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old former world champion was given a good workout by qualifier Nouran El Torky of Egypt before prevailing 11-4, 10-12, 11-4, 11-4 in the first round match.
Notwithstanding the second set hiccup, Grinham was also made to slog for every point by a tenacious opponent who is 15 years younger.
“I expected a tiring match because I have played against Nouran when I was living in Egypt, and the Egyptian girls are very, very talented,” said Grinham after her win.
“There is no such thing as an easy match in the WSA Tour anymore, and I will need to work hard every day if I am to win the title here.
“The Penang Open is my first of three consecutive tournaments in Asia. I will be playing in the Macau and Shanghai Opens next, where the competition will get tougher, and my seeding plummets at each stop,” said the world No. 16.
Grinham’s last appearance at the Penang Open was in 2006, when she finished runner-up to the home crowd favourite Nicol David.
The Australian takes on Switzerland’s Gaby Huber in the quarter-finals on Thursday.
Defending champion Joshana Chinappa of India also dropped a set en route to her 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-9 win over Egypt’s Salma Hany Ibrahim. The second seed is up against another Egyptian opponent, Farah Abdel Meguid, in the last eight.
National No. 3 Delia Arnold is the only Malaysian player left in the tournament. She downed compatriot Celine Yeap 11-5, 11-3, 11-2 to set up a meeting with Australia’s Lisa Camilleri.
The Asian Youth Games individual champion Vanessa Raj and Zulhijjah Azan, who both came through the qualifying rounds, fell in the first round.
Vanessa went down 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 to Huber while Zulhijjah lost 11-6, 11-3, 11-4 to third seed Emma Beddoes of England.
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squash, Penang Open, Rachael Grinham, Nouran El Torky, IJM Land Penang Women’s Open
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