KUALA LUMPUR: Nicol David and Sharon Wee qualified for the quarter-finals of the KL Open squash championship in contrasting fashion at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
Second seeded Nicol easily defeated qualifier Ellen Petersen of Denmark 9-2, 9-2, 9-1 while Sharon had to slog to beat another qualifier Runa Reta of Canada 6-9, 5-9, 9-2, 10-9, 9-6.
In the men's competition, both Kenneth Low and Timothy Arnold were shown the exit in the first round yesterday.
Former national number one Kenneth, who had to play in two rounds of qualifying, was simply outclassed by sixth seed Mohd Essam Hafiz of Qatar when he lost 7-15, 9-15, 11-15.
Timothy Arnold was easily beaten by second seed Wael El Hindi of Egypt 13-15, 4-15, 6-15.
Nicol said it was not a totally easy win for her as the scoreline indicates.
“It was not an easy match. I was mixing my shots around when I lowered the pace a bit and Ellen managed to get a few points,” said Nicol.
“I just pushed up the pace a little bit more to maintain control on the match,” added Nicol.
Nicol takes on fifth seed Madeline Perry of Ireland in the quarter-finals today. Perry thrashed Shabana Khan of the United States 9-1, 9-2, 9-0.
Sharon, who is seeded sixth, was supposed to win her match easily but instead failed to match Runa's fast and aggressive pace in the first two games.
“I was ahead 6-2 in the first game but she managed to catch up to win because I was taking it easy. It was the same scenario in the second game,” said Sharon.
“But as I really wanted to win the match, I just went all out in the next three games,” Sharon added.
Sharon takes on Tegwen Malik of Wales in the quarter-finals.
Malik, who is unseeded in the competition, upset fourth seed Rebecca Chiu of Hong Kong 9-2, 10-9, 9-3 yesterday.
Pamela Nimmo of Scotland who is unseeded in the competition provided the other upset of the day when she defeated seventh seed Engy Kheirallah of Egypt 8-10, 9-6, 9-0, 9-5.
Meanwhile, men's top seed Tommy Berden of Holland marched into the last eight after defeating Roger Ngan of Hong Kong 15-13, 15-6, 15-5.
“I aim to go into the final and if I don't make it, I'll be very disappointed as I am in good form,'' said Berden.
Women's top seed Vanessa Atkinson, also from Holland, scored an easy win over Egyptian Eman Al Amir 9-3, 9-4, 9-1.