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Sunday October 13, 2013 MYT 3:30:00 PM
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by aftar singh
Malaysia's Low Wee Wern is through to the second round of the US Open squash championship after beating Sarah Cardwell of Australia in Philadelphia on Sunday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open squash championships for the first time in her career with a decisive win over qualifier Sarah Cardwell of Australia in Philadelphia on Saturday.
Last year, Wee Wern was dismissed in the first round by the second-seed, Raneem El Weleily of Egypt.
But the Penang-born world No. 7 has been playing well and took only 30 minutes to beat Cardwell in straight sets 11-4, 11-4, 11-4.
Wee Wern, seeded sixth, will next face American number one woman player Amanda Sobhy for a place in the quarter-finals.
Out of the seven American players featured in the first round, Sobhy is the only US player to reach the second round. She came back from a set down to beat Nicolette Fernandez of Guyana 10-12, 11-4, 11-1, 11-8 in 47 minutes.
The 23-year-old Wee Wern said her easy opening round win was due to her ability to withstand long points and catching Cardwell out of position.
“It was a good start for me after losing in the first round of the tournament last year,” said Wee Wern.
“I am looking forward to continue my good form in the next round against local player Sobhy.
“Sobhy is playing well but I am confident of rising to the occasion to beat her,” she added.
Second seed Laura Massaro of England also got off to a good start by brushing off compatriot Victoria Lust 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 in 26 minutes.
Massaro, who won the British Open title in May, will meet Nour El Tayeb of Egypt in the second round.
World No. 1 and defending champion Nicol David, who beat qualifier Kylie Lindsay of New Zealand in straight sets on Friday, will face world No. 10 Camille Serme of France, whom she beat en-route to winning the Carol Weymuller Open title in New York last week, in the second round at 5.30pm (5.30am Malaysian time on Monday).
In the men’s competition, qualifier Campbell Grayson of New Zealand created the major upset of the day with a straight sets win over world No. 25 Nicolas Mueller of Switzerland 13-11, 11-7, 13-11 in 55 minutes.
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Low Wee Wern, US Open squash, Nicol David, Raneem El Weleily, Amanda Sobhy, Laura Massaro
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