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Published: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 5:39:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 10:03:07 PM

HK Open: Wee Wern, Beng Hee and Nafiizwan fall in first round

KUALA LUMPUR: KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 8 Low Wee Wern had high expectations in the Hong Kong Open squash championships with the presence of her coach Aaron Soyza for the first time in an overseas competition.

But it turned out to be a disaster for the Penang-born player as she was eliminated by a qualifier Emma Beddoes of England in the first round.

Sixth seed Wee Wern started off well by winning the first two sets 11-8, 14-12 but she could not maintain her good form.

Beddoes, ranked 25th in the world, showed nerves of steel to fight back to win next two sets 11-3, 11-8 before stunning the Malaysian 11-5 in the decider.

The English woman will face local player and 12th seed Annie Au in the second round.

Annie, the Asian champion, also warded off a strong challenge from qualifier Yathreb Adel of Egypt before prevailing 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-2 in 68 minutes.

Wee Wern when contacted said she was clearly disappointed with her performance.

“It was my last tournament of the year and I was stunned by a qualifier. I lost my focus after winning the first two sets as I was feeling a bit cold in the court.

“Emma played really well while I struggled to maintain my good form,” said Wee Wern.

Matches of the top half of the women’s draw will be played on Wednesday with defending champion Nicol David taking on qualifier Sam Cornett of Canada.

Malaysia’s challenge in the men’s competition is over at the first hurdle. Ong Beng Hee lost in straight sets to seventh seed Borja Golan of Spain 5-11, 6-11, 5-11 while Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan fell to world No.1 Ramy Ashour of Egypt 8-11, 4-11, 5-11.

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