Reigning world champ Nick Matthew of England beat compatriot Adrian Grant in three straight sets in the first round of the Tournament of Champions in New York Cuty on Friday. - PSA
PETALING JAYA: It was the end of the road for the Malaysian men's squash players in the Tournament of Champions (TOC) when both Ong Beng Hee and Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan lost in the first round in New York on Friday.
National No.1 Beng Hee was beaten 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5 by Stephen Coppinger of South Africa while Nafiizwan, who came through the qualifiers, lost to Australia's Cameron Pillay in straight sets 11-2, 11-6, 11-2.
After the TOC, Beng Hee will proceed to the Motor City Open in Detroit from Jan 23-28.
Meanwhile, in the women’s draw, both world No. 1 Nicol David and world No. 6 Low Wee Wern will make their debuts on Jan 21.
“I'm really thrilled to be part of this tournament for the first time in my career and can't wait to absorb the atmosphere that is in store for us," said Nicol taken from the WSA website.
"I've been to Grand Central just to visit the place during my stay in New York and it has such a buzz to it. I can't imagine how the buzz is going to be as I step onto the glass court there. Can't wait to get going already,” added the 30 year-old from Penang.
Nicol will face a qualifier in the first round while Wee Wern will meet American Latasha Khan. If both Malaysians pass their first hurdle, they face each other in the quarter-finals.