Nicol not happy despite winning in Texas

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  • Saturday, 03 Apr 2004

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia's top women squash player Nicol David was not too pleased with her performance despite defeating her nemesis Rebecca Chiu of Hong Kong in the first round of the Texas Open in Houston. 

Nicol, the world No. 8 and the seventh seed in the meet beat Rebecca, a qualifier, 10-8, 4-9, 10-8, 9-2 to reach the quarter-finals. 

The Penangite will face world No. 3 Vanessa Atkinson of Holland for a place in the semi-finals. 

The Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) executive director Wong Ah Jit said Nicol called her father in Penang and told him that she was unhappy with her match against Rebecca, the 2002 Busan Asian Games gold medallist. 

NICOL: Will face world No.3 Vanessa Atkinson for a place in the semi-finals of the Texas Open.

“It was not a convincing win for Nicol over Rebecca, ranked 19th in the world. The first and third sets were quite close as she won both by 10-8 scorelines. Nicol lost the second set 4-9. However, she managed to win the fourth set by dropping only two points to win the match,'' said Ah Jit. 

“We hope Nicol will give her best against Atkinson in the quarter-finals. Atkinson was a class above Nicol in the final of the KL Open in February which she won in straight sets,'' said Ah Jit. 

“It's not going to be easy beating Atkinson but we hope Nicol will be able to get at least a set off the Dutchwoman.'' 

Nicol met Atkinson three times in the last two years and lost on all three occasions. 

Nicol, who was voted the 2003 National Sportswoman on Tuesday for breaking into the top 10 in the world, maintained her eighth ranking, which was released by the Women International Squash Players Association (WISPA) on Thursday. 

National number two Sharon Wee, who withdrew from the Texas Open, meanwhile dropped two rungs to 22nd. 

In the men's world ranking, Ong Beng Hee, who stunned world number two Thierry Lincou of France in the Canary Wharf Classic tournament in England, which was not a ranking tournament, maintained his ranking at 14th. 

Malaysia's number two Mohd Azlan Iskandar dropped one rung to 30. 

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