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Defending champion Low Wee Wern beat former world champ Rachael Grinham of Australia in five sets to reach the quarter-finals of the China Open in Shanghai on Thursday. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: World no. 7 Low Wee Wern put the troubles of home behind her as she scored a five-set win over former world champion Rachael Grinham of Australia in the first round of the China Open in Shanghai on Friday.
Wee Wern who is the defending champion, almost skipped the tournament upon learning her father was hospitalised due to liver cancer after returning from US last week, did just enough to beat Grinham 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5.
It was a determined performance from the young Penangite who found it hard to contain Grinham, who had came through from the qualifiers after beating national no.3 Delia Arnold on Wednesday.
“It was such a struggle against Rachael who is so experienced,” said the national no.2
“I was struggling with jet lag, long flights and everything else that has been going on right now.
“I’m just really glad to pull through and I’ll definitely give my best against Raneem (El Weleily) in the quarter-finals. One thing for sure is that I’m not going to throw the match away.”
World no.3 Raneem was also on fire as she defeated Aussie qualifier Donna Urquhart 8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-9 in the first round.
The talented Egyptian will be out for revenge against Wee Wern, having lost to her for the first time at the US Open semi-finals last week.
Meanwhile, world No.1 Nicol David made light work of her opponent - local wildcard Li Donglin - winning 11-6, 11-4, 11-2.
Nicol, making her debut in China fresh from back-to-back victories at the Carol Weymuller and US Opens, will meet India’s Dipika Pallikal next.
Dipika who also came through the qualifying rounds was superb in stunning seventh seed Madeline Perry of Ireland 11-8, 11-7, 11-4.
There were straightforward wins for third seed Alison Waters of England, and fourth seed Joelle King of New Zealand, over Egypt’s Nouran Gouhar and Hong Kong’s Annie Au respectively.
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Low Wee Wern, Nicol David, squash, China Open
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