Nicol, Sharon fall in the first round in Ireland


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  • Saturday, 17 Apr 2004

PETALING JAYA: Pakistan's Carla Khan secured one of the best scalps of her career when she knocked Malaysia's fourth seed Nicol David out of the Irish Women's Squash Open in a dramatic five-game upset in the first round at the Fitzwilliam Club in Dublin on Thursday. 

Khan, the England-based world no. 23, beat Nicol 7-9, 10-8, 10-9, 7-9, 9-3 after battling for 85 minutes. 

Her opponent in the quarter-finals will be seventh seed Madeline Perry of Ireland. Perry also came through a tough five-game encounter with England's Alison Waters, winning 9-4, 9-5, 7-9, 1-9, 9-7. 

Malaysia's Sharon Wee also lost in the first round, to eighth seed Jenny Tranfield of England 7-9, 1-9, 1-9. 

FIRST ROUND RESULTS 

Vanessa Atkinson (Hol) bt Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng) 9-7, 9-4, 9-0; Stephanie Brind (Eng) bt Annelize Naude (Hol) 9-4, 9-7, 9-1; Carla Khan (Pak) bt Nicol David (Mas) 7-9, 10-8, 10-9, 7-9, 9-3; Madeline Perry (Irl) bt Alison Waters (Eng) 9-4, 9-5, 7-9, 1-9, 9-7;[8] Jenny Tranfield (Eng) bt Sharon Wee (Mas) 9-7, 9-1, 9-1; Dianne Desira (Aus) bt Amelia Pittock (Aus) 9-6, 9-5, 9-2; Rebecca Macree (Eng) bt Tegwen Malik (Wal) 8-10, 9-3, 10-8, 9-3; Natalie Grinham (Aus) bt Vicky Lankester (Eng) 9-7, 9-2, 9-1. 

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