PETALING JAYA: Rachel Arnold (pic) pulled off an upset win over Egyptian Farida Mohamed to reach the second round of the World Squash Championships in Chicago.
The unseeded Malaysian woman player overcame the 29th seeded Egyptian 11-8, 11-8, 11-13, 11-9 in 46 minutes in her opening clash on Thursday.
Rachel will play another Egyptian Nadine Shahin for a place in the last 16.
National No. 1 Low Wee Wern is also through to the last 32 stage following an easy win over Switzerland’s Nadia Pfister.
The 21st seeded Wee Wern took only 20 minutes to overcome Pfister 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 to set up a second round test against 12th seed Olivia Clyne of the United States.
However, Mohd Syafiq Kamal failed to clear his opening round hurdle after he was beaten 4-11, 5-11, 3-11 by Spaniard Borja Golan.
National No. 1 Ng Eain Yow, the only Malaysian player remaining in the men’s competition, faced Egyptian top seed Ali Farag for a place in the second round late in Chicago yesterday.