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Nicol David in a file photo. She just needed 24 minutes to defeat New Zealander Kylie Lindsay 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 in the first round of the US Open.
KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Nicol David got off to a solid start in defence of the US Open title as she breezed past qualifier Kylie Lindsay of New Zealand in the opening match at Drexel University in Philadelphia on Friday.
The seven-time world champion just needed 24 minutes to trounce Kylie 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 to set up a date with world No. 10 Camille Serme of France in the second round on Sunday.
Serme, who lost in straight sets to Nicol in the final of the Carol Weymuller Open in New York last week, defeated Samantha Cornett of Canada 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 in 31 minutes.
“It’s great to be back ... knowing that I had a good run here last year and also last week in New York (winning the Carol Weymuller title).
“The US Open has set the benchmark for the world series squash events in offering equal prize money and treating the women’s event as equal in very way. Everyone just wants to thank them for the effort they’re putting into this,” Nicol was quoted saying on squashsite.co.uk.
World No. 4 Alison Waters of England also got off to a good start by eliminating Aisling Blake of Ireland 11-7, 11-6, 11-3 to face Donna Urquhart of Australia in the second round.
There are 32 draws in the women’s category and the other Malaysian player, sixth seed Low Wee Wern, who is in the bottom half of the draw, is playing qualifier Sarah Cardwell of Australia at 2pm today (Sunday 2am Malaysian time).
In the men’s division, the only Malaysian is Mohd Asyraf Azan, who went in as a qualifier. He made a quick exit in the very first round, losing in the main draw to Gregoire Marche of France 6-11, 4-11, 6-11 in 39 minutes.
The Frenchman will meet fourth seed Karim Darwish of Egypt in the second round.
Darwish was made to slog for 72 minutes by Ryan Cuskelly of Australia before prevailing 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7.
Top seed Gregory Gaultier of France also advanced to the next round with a 12-10, 15-13, 11-1 win over local wildcard entry Christopher Gordon.
Gaultier will square off against Adrian Waller of England for a place in the quarter-finals.
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