PETALING JAYA: Former Malaysian number one Nicol David continues to make strides to move back to the fore in world squash.
In the Hurghada International Open in Egypt last week, Nicol defeated world number 19 Madeline Perry of Ireland 6-9, 7-9, 9-2, 9-1, 9-1 in 54 minutes to qualify for the main draw.
It was the first major upset recorded by the Asian Games silver medallist since making a comeback to international competitions early this year after a two-month break.
In the first round of the tournament proper, Nicol, who is now ranked 53rd in the world, made it difficult for second seed and world number four Linda Charman of England before losing 7-9, 9-6, 9-6, 9-3 in 65 minutes.
In the first round of the qualifying tournament, Nicol beaten Engy Kheirallah of Egypt 5-9, 9-3, 6-9, 9-4, 9-2 in 71 minutes.
The previous week, the Penangite gave world number three Rachael Grinham of Australia a good run before going down 9-5, 8-10, 4-9, 9-2, 2-9 in 67 minute in a first round match of the Heliopolis Open in Cairo.
Compatriot Sharon Wee, who is ranked 20th in the world, failed to qualify for the main draw of the Hurghada tournament.
The Malaysian number one defeated Soha Mohamed of Egypt 9-1, 9-0, 9-2 in 22 minutes in the first round but was beaten by another Egyptian, Salma Shabana, to a place in the main draw. Sharon lost 9-3, 3-9, 9-5, 8-10, 9-7.