Friday, 25 July 2014 | MYT 1:52 AM

Nicol and Wee Wern cruise, OBH knocked out early (updated)

World No. 1 squash player Nicol David of Malaysia in training at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

World No. 1 squash player Nicol David of Malaysia in training at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

GLASGOW: Top seed Nicol David began the defence of her Commonwealth Games gold medal in style by disposing of Vanessa Florens of Mauritius in straight sets in the glass court at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

The Penangite, who is featuring in her fifth Games, won 11-6, 11-2, 11-1 on Thursday and was happy with her opening win.

“I enjoyed myself in the glass court and I want to thank the fans for cheering me,” said Nicol.

“It was important for me to have a feel of the glass court as I will be playing all my matches there.

“I just need to have a good rest before thinking on my next match.”

Nicol will face New Zealand's Megan Craig in the second round. The Kiwi had no problem downing Safina Madhani of Kenya 11-1, 11-2, 11-2.

National number two Low Wee Wern also hardly raised a sweat to reach the second round of the women's individual squash at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

The 23-year-old Penangite eliminated Cayman's Eilidh Bridgeman 11-1, 11-2, 11-2 in the first round to set up a second round clash with Tesni Evans of Wales.

But there was no such joy for national No. 1 men’s player Ong Beng Hee, who went down to a shock 7-11, 2-11, 11-9, 5-11 defeat at the hands of Zambia's Kelvin Ndhlovu.

Two other men players – Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan and Ivan Yuen – had no problems clearing the first round.

Nafiizwan beat Robert Maycock of Bermuda 11-2, 11-5, 11-4 to set up a second round clash against Peter Creed of Wales.

Ivan outplayed Ridvan Prosper of Seychelles 11-3, 11-3, 11-1 and will next meet Brindle Hindle of Malta.

Beng Hee, who is featuring in his fifth and last Commonwealth Games, was clearly distraught after losing in the first round.

“I have been struggling with a knee problem for a few weeks. I was also down with fever and just haven't been able to train,” he said.

“Well done to Kelvin … I have never seen him play before but he deserves the win.

“I will now concentrate for the doubles competition.”

Tags / Keywords: Nicol David , Ong Beng Hee , squash , Commonwealth Games , Glasgow , Nafiizwan Adnan , Ivan Yuen


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