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Tuesday March 27, 2012

Kamran brushes aside Sanjay to set up clash with Waller

KUALA LUMPUR: Teenager Sanjay Singh Chal, who turned pro last month, gave it a real go against national team-mate Kamran Khan before going down 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8 in the first qualifying round of the CIMB Nicol David KL Open at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.

Kamran, who took 69 minutes to subdue Sanjay, will face world No. 53 Adrian Waller of England for a place in the main draw of the tournament proper.

The Englishman needed just 16 minutes to brush aside Malaysian youngster Amir Farhan 11-2, 11-2, 11-2.

Kamran had good words about world No. 356 ranked Sanjay, saying “he has a bright future”.

“He is technically a good player and gave me a good fight. He just needs to keep on playing in more tournaments to be a top national player,” said Kamran.

Two other Malaysians – Mohd Asyraf Azan and teenager Gurshan Singh – also reached the second round of the qualifiers.

Asyraf took 41 minutes to beat Dick Lau 11-7, 7-11,11-6, 11-5 to set up a date with another Hong Kong player Leo Au.

Gurshan advanced into the second round of the qualifiers without having to lift his racquet when his opponent Farhan Mehboob of Pakistan failed to show up for the match.

Gurshan faces Matthew Karwalski of Australia for a place in the main draw.

National No. 3 Delia Arnold is the only Malaysian to reach the second qualifying round in the women’s competition.

Delia, ranked 21st in the world, eliminated team-mate Pushppa Devi 11-1, 11-8, 11-2 in 27 minutes to set up a date with Donna Urquhart of Australia for place in the main draw.

World No. 14 Urquhart took just 19 minutes to oust Delia’s younger sister Rachel 11-7, 11-5, 11-2.

Delia has only played against Urquhart once – losing the NSC Series No. 5 tournament final in straight sets in 2008.

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