LAS VEGAS: Malaysia's former world junior squash champion Nicol David, who took a five-month break after failing to retained the Asian Games title in Busan last year, made a successful return to the WISPA tour in the Bright Lights Open in Las Vegas.
The 19-year-old Penangite beat qualifier Samantha Teran of Mexico 9-5, 9-4, 9-7 in the first round on Thursday to advance to the quarter-finals.
The eighth seeded Nicol, who is ranked 31st in the world, however, will have it tough in the last eight as she is down to meet world number seven and second seed Vaneesa Atkinson of Holland.
Atkinson defeated England’s Kate Allison 9-5, 9-0, 9-2 in her opener.
Another Malaysian Sharon Wee also reached the last eight by beating qualifier Olga Salo of Spain 9-2, 9-1, 9-5. The seventh seeded Sharon will face Lara Petera next.
Petera, a New Zealand qualifier, upset fourth seed Annelize Naude of Holland 9-5, 10-9, 9-2 in the first round.
Sharon, who is ranked 23rd in the world, the highest ranked Asian player, should beat world No.30 Petera for a place in the semi-finals.
Top seed and world number three Linda Charman of England outplayed compatriot Dominique Llyod-Walter 9-3, 9-2, 9-2 in the first round. She will face Busan Asian Games gold medallist and world No.24 Rebecca Chiu of Hong Kong for a place in the semi-finals.
Rebecca, seeded sixth, faced some resistance from Vicky Lancaster of England before winning 10-8, 9-4, 10-8 in the first round.
First round: Linda Charman (Eng) bt Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng) 9-3, 9-2, 9-2; Rebecca Chiu (Hkg) bt Vicky Lankester (Eng) 10-8, 9-4, 10-8; Lara Petera (Nzl) bt Annelize Naude (Ned) 9-5, 10-9, 9-2; Sharon Wee (Mas) bt Olga Sola (Esp) 9-2, 9-1, 9-5; Latasha Khan (USA) bt Melanie Jans (Can) 9-6, 10-9, rtd; Cassie Jackman (Eng) bt Shabana Khan (USA) 9-0, 9-0, 9-2; Nicol David (Mas) bt Samantha Teran (Mex) 9-5, 9-4, 9-7; Vanessa Atkinson (Ned) bt Kate Allison (Eng) 9-5, 9-0, 9-2.
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