Nicol qualifies for semis but Sharon makes quick exit


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  • Saturday, 14 Feb 2004

BY S. RAMAGURU

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Nicol David qualified for the semi-finals of the Kuala Lumpur Open squash championships with a calculated win over Madeline Perry of Ireland but teammate Sharon Wee made a quick exit at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday. 

Nicol, the second seed, took 36 minutes to beat Perry 9-4, 3-9, 9-3, 9-0. Nicol will now take on unseeded Tegwen Malik of Wales in the semi-finals. The other semi-final will see top seed Venessa Atkinson of Holland playing Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy. 

Atkinson defeated Scotland’s Pamela Nimmo 9-7, 9-5, 9-7 in 40 minutes while Omneya also had to bring out her best to beat Amelia Pittock of Australia 9-6, 3-9, 9-3, 9-7. The match lasted 41 minutes. 

Sharon’s match with Malik was the shortest of the day. It lasted just 18 minutes with Malik winning 9-0, 9-3, 9-2. 

Nicol now has to be wary of Malik, who plays a very mobile game and does not allow her opponents to take control of the match. 

“I will take it one game at a time,” said Nicol who has never met Malik in competition before.  

“I will go fast in the first game and see what she does. I know she is a good player and I also saw a bit of her match with Sharon,“ added Nicol. 

In her match yesterday, Nicol got off to a fast start to wrap the first game up in nine minutes, winning 9-4. But Perry came back stronger in the second game and won 9-3.  

Nicol changed her pace and did not give the Irish lass room to attack and easily won the next two games. 

In the men’s quarter-finals, all the seeded players made it to the next round. 

Top seed Tommy Brendan of Holland defeated India’s Ritwik Bhattacharya 15-10, 15-4, 15-11 and will meet third seeded compatriot Laurens Jan Anjema in the last four. Anjema defeated Australian Cameron White 15-10, 15-8, 15-9. 

The other semi-final is a clash between two Middle East players with Qatar’s Mohamed Essam Hafiz meeting Egypt's Wael El Hindi. 

Essam beat Australian Camerom Pilley 12-15, 12-15, 15-5, 15-6, 15-11 while Wael got the better of Kiwi Callum OBrien 15-9, 15-8, 15-7. 

n QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS 

Men: Tommy Brendan (Ned) bt Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind) 15-10, 15-4, 15-11; Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) bt Cameron White (Aus) 15-10, 15-8, 15-9; Mohamed Essam Hafiz (Qat) bt Camerom Pilley (Aus) 12-15, 12-15, 15-5, 15-6, 15-11; Wael El Hindi (Egy) bt Callum O’Brien (Nzl) 15-9, 15-8, 15-7. 

Women: Venessa Atkinson (Ned) bt Pamela Nimmo (Sco) 9-7, 9-5, 9-7; Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) bt Amelia Pittock (Aus) 9-6, 3-9, 9-3, 9-7; Tegwen Malik (Wal) bt Sharon Wee (Mas) 9-0, 9-3, 9-2; Nicol David (Mas) bt Madeline Perry (Ire) 9-4, 3-9, 9-3, 9-0. 

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