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Published: Tuesday January 21, 2014 MYT 4:58:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday January 21, 2014 MYT 5:00:40 PM

Unseeded Perry drops Raneem in day of upsets

PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Nicol David did not feature on the first day of play, but it mattered not as the women’s event of the Tournament of Champions (TOC) got off to a bang at the Grand Central Station on Monday.

Nicol and national No. 2 Low Wee Wern were only to take to the court this morning (Tuesday evening New York time).

World No. 17 Sarah-Jane Perry, making her first appearance since the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open last year, led the day’s upsets as she defeated fellow Englishwoman and seventh seed Jenny Duncalf in the first round.

The towering Perry, who came through the qualifiers following a three-month injury break, was just too strong for Duncalf, winning 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4 in 63 minutes.

She will go on to face fourth seed Alison Waters in the quarter-finals. Waters, also of England, ended the gallant run of home favourite Amanda Sobhy 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 in just 25 minutes.

Another major upset saw the experienced Madeline Perry of Ireland beating third seed Raneem El Weleily of Egypt 8-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 in 49 minutes.

The 36-year-old Madeline will meet fifth seed Camille Serme of France in the quarter-finals.

“Raneem’s really a better player than me in terms of skills and I still can’t believe that I’ve won,” said Perry on www.squashsite.co.uk.

“I just hope one of the photographers got the picture of that backhand volley I made in the fifth set at nine-all.”

In other results, world No. 2 Laura Massaro dropped a set against Australia’s Rachael Grinham, but she nevertheless went on to win 11-2, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7.

New Zealand’s Joelle King also came through after beating the newly-elected Women’s Squash Association (WSA) president Kasey Brown of Australia 11-2, 11-7, 11-7.

In the men’s event, a rampant Simon Rosner of Germany notched an impressive upset over fifth seed Karim Darwish of Egypt.

Rosner won 11-2, 12-10, 11-5 and will meet top seed Gregory Gaultier in the quarter-finals.

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