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Latest Results for CIMB Malaysian Open Qualifying rounds
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 CIMB Malaysian Open 2013 Women’s Qualifiers @ The National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
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Distractions aside, Nicol is back
NICOL David's return to the winner's enclosure could not have been more emphatic after winning an eighth CIMB Malaysian Open title at The Curve on Sunday.
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Nicol on a roll
NICOL David is eager to regain the CIMB Malaysian Open title today after setting up a repeat final against defending champion Raneem El Weleily at The Curve in Petaling Jaya yesterday.
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Niciol wins eight Malaysian Open 2013
World No. 1 Nicol David put the disappointment of squash missing out on the Olympics with a devastating display to crush Egypt's Raneem El Weleily for her eighth CIMB Malaysian Open title.
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- Published on Monday, 16 September 2013 03:36
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by Andrew Cross:
Earlier this morning the confirmation of the finalists was complete when Peter Barker defeated Borja Golan in 99 minutes to win in three games. Play resumed at 9am this morning with Barker one game up and leading the second 3.1. It was a hot and humid match with the mall having not yet opened so the Air Con was not on. The second game alone lasted close to 50 minutes with Peter winning it 12.10, and then the third 11.2.
Peter finished at around 10.30am then he had a few hours rest before he was due to play his final with Tarek Momen at 3pm. Tarek the defending champion didn’t start as well as he would have liked always being a few points behind in the opening game, Barker winning 11.5. In the second it was similar with Barker leading all the way but then when Barker got to 9 points he hit three unusual errors and Tarek took advantage to win the game 11.9, the first time Tarek had let at any point in the match. The third was close up until the midpoint of the game when Barker broke clear to win 11.5. In the fourth with Tarek now with his back against the wall could he respond? Unfortunately not as Barker ran out an easy winner 11.3 to win his first CIMB Malaysian Open title.
Peter “it was a good day for me to beat Borja and Tarek in the same day is just great, I will take a flight home tonight arriving back in London tomorrow where I will look forward to celebrating with my family.”
The Women’s final was a repeat of last year’s final between current World number one and World champion Dato Nicol David playing CIMB Malaysian Open defending champion Raneem El Weleily. In last year’s final Raneem probably played the match of her life could she repeat that performance in this year’s final. Nicol looked determined today and a very large vocal crowd had turned up to watch her play the final, it was the busiest I have seen the venue with lots of people wanting to get a glimpse of Nicol.
Nicol started better with Raneem almost playing catch up throughout the whole opening game. Raneem was hitting more tins than winners and that was the story throughout most of the match. Nicol won the opening two games 11.8 and 11.7, in the third Nicol started well taking a lead to 8.3 then converting this to 10.3. Raneem wasn’t quite finished as she started to fight back but it wasn’t enough as Nicol won the game 11.5.
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- Published on Saturday, 14 September 2013 19:20
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The CIMB Malaysian Open 2013 at the Curve Damansara saw eight players competing for four places in the final of this event. Raneem El Weleily and Laura Masssaro were first onto the court, this match being between the World number 3 and the World number 2. Laura began better leading 3.0 before Raneem levelled up at 4.4, they were then level up to 8.8 but not at any stage did Raneem hold the advantage. At 8.8 a flick and two tins from Raneem gave Laura the opening game. It was a similar story in the second again Laura leading before Raneem took her first lead at 6.5, then she moved to 8.5. Two good volleys from Laura and another error from Raneem had Laura level at 8.8 but it was Raneem who managed to win the game 11.9.
The third was now crucial for both players Laura boasting probably a bit more than she would have liked to but Raneem got the lead at 9.5 before Laura came back to win most of the next rallies and we were level at 10.10. Raneem did well though to win the next two points.
Laura was now looking to keep her tournament hopes alive and she did just by nicking the fourth 12.10. The fifth is now crucial but this is great squash as both girls look for a chance to start their season in a great way. Its point for point all the way but in the end its Raneem the defending champion that wins 11.9.
Laura “Raneem played really well, Obviously disappointed to lose but she is so talented and if you don’t play the right tactic you get punished.”
Raneem “That was really close but I wanted to give it everything to get the win. Yes I love it here in Malaysia.”
Dato Nicol David was next on court playing Camille Serme and this was another match of good quality. Camille used a good tactic of just lifting the ball nice and high playing at a slightly slower tempo and this really kept her in the match. In the first she held game ball but then she hit three tins in a row to lose out 12.10. In the second game Camille continued with her tactic and it was working for her just losing out 11.7. In the third the French woman now becoming a little bit physically tired was a bit off the pace losing 11.6.
Camille “Im happy with the way I played this week, obviously disappointed to lose but I felt a bit tired today.”
Nicol “ Pleased to win in three games Camille is a fighter and is coming on strong so I needed to be sharp and alert. I’m pleased to be in the final and I’ll give it my best tomorrow.”
Borja Golan and Peter Barker were next onto court, with this being long demanding squash. The opening game was long and hard with Barker winning it 11.9. At the beginning of the third with Barker leading 3.1 Borja swung and on the follow through caught Peter on the nose causing blood to flow and it seems Peter has fractured his nose. They are supposed to play tomorrow morning at 9am.
So to the final match of the evening Chris Simpson taking on Tarek Momen. Chris began better getting onto the ball the same as last night and Tarek always going short with his favourite backhand drop but Chris was always in front of him. Chris won the opening game 11.6 but Tarek changed it a little bit in the second finding better length and he won the second 11.7. Again the third game becomes crucial but Chris manages to play better and restore his one game advantage 11.9. In the fourth Tarek took a big lead but Chris really dug in and began clawing away at it and soon he was level at 9.9 but he couldn’t quite convert. In the fifth it was a good start by Tarek that he was never going to lose, to be fair to Chris though he never threw in the towel and won five points but lost of 11.5.
Tarek “He has improved a lot and he was very sharp and his drives were glued to the wall. Me and Raneem really scared everyone today so we will see what happens tomorrow.”
Chris “first competition of the season its a great start for me, would have loved to have made the final but need to take the positives from it. I got the tactics right for four games but then I got a bit tired and my mind went but credit to Tarek. I would like to thank the crowd for their fantastic support this week.”
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- Published on Friday, 13 September 2013 17:16
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by Andrew Cross
Borja Vs Karim
Borja Golan the current World number 9 was first onto the glass court at the beautiful venue of the Curve shopping mall taking on World number 20 Karim Abdel Gawad. Borja started the opening part of the game better leading 3-1 but having taken a slip in the front backhand early on tried to make sure each step he made to the front he was secure on. Kawad steadied up in the middle part of the game with the rallies becoming longer and longer, they were now level in the game, 7.7, 8.8 then Gawad got in front and managed to win the opening game with Borja hitting the top of the tin on a drop and honestly calling it down. In the second again its close and its long no one really wanting to give each other a few points advantage, this time its Borja that manages to win the second. In the third Borja gets the better start again to 3.1 but it is soon level at 4.4 and soon behind at 6.5. A missed trickle boast from Gawad levels up the scores at 6.6 but Gawad now seems to have hurt his ankle requesting a three minute injury break. After this Borja was looking to seize the initiative and took a couple of points lead. The match was now getting a little bit scrappy lots of lets now occurring especially down the backhand wall. Borja won the third on two strokes. In the fourth they were level to 5.5 then Borja broke clear to 10.5 before winning the game 11.5 to progress to the semis. A long match this at 104 minutes in warm conditions in the mid afternoon.
Joelle vs Laura
This is a tough quarter final between Laura the current World number 2 and Joelle the World number 5. Laura starts better leading 5.1 and then moving to 9.3, Joelle crunches some big cross courts to win two more points and a backhand drop to 6.9. In the next rally she holds then drives on the forehand side getting back to 7.9 then a cross court to the forehand and one to the backhand draws her level at 9.9. Laura hits a winner back to 10.9 but then a drop shot by Joelle again draws her level at 10.10, Joelle steps forward onto the volley playing a delicate cross court drop for game ball, Laura responds with a backhand winning drop from mid court. In the next rally Laura seemed to have a certain stroke from my angle in the front forehand not given by the referees. Joelle hits another winner for another game ball but Laura saves it with another backhand drop. Joelle now with another drop to reach game ball, this time she is able to convert with yet another backhand drop into the forehand side. With the heavy rain the temperature has dropped a lot and its now a lot cooler in here.
The second is close to 6.6 each player trading points at the front of the court, lots of holds and flicks moving each other around the court. Joelle just got her nose in front at 9.8 then we have a slight break for the court cleaning. Laura trying to get clarification on a few things but as usual talking to the referee is no point as they don’t have any useful answers. Laura squeezes one tight down the forehand wall to level up at 9.9, a couple more tight shots won her the game 11.9.
At the beginning of the third game it sees one big rally with Joelle on the floor then standing up to retrieve a couple more shots before Laura eventually finished it off. Laura now leading 6.3 and then 8.5 yells out a big come on, she plays a very nice backhand drop for 9.5. Joelle responds with a forehand volley boast and then a forehand drop to get back to within two points at 7.9. but then misses a backhand volley drop to give Laura game ball, another error from Joelle means its now two games to one to Laura.
At 3.2 to Joelle in the fourth we have a quick break for Joelle to change shoes and after the restart she starts the better winning the next two points. Laura responds by winning the next two points but then misses one to give Joelle the lead at 6.4, now 7.4. Joelle wins the next couple of points to get to 9.4, Laura puts three good points together but Joelle plays a forehand trickle boast and manages to squeeze an error in the backhand corner for two games all.
In the fifth its Laura that starts well keeping it tight playing more working shots than winning shots focusing on placement and she is in front of Joelle all the time and within a couple of minutes its 11.3 and the match to Laura.
Laura Said “Joelle played well today I thought throughout the whole five games, In the opening games I kept boasting and Joelle was punishing me. I was slow to change this tactic but in the fifth I played well. It’s hot and humid on there and at some stages you feel lethargic.”
Peter Barker now the highest ranked player left in the event was taking on local favourite Nafiizwan Adnan for a place in the semi finals. Barker began strongly moving the ball around the court making Wan do a lot of work. Whereas Wan was able to capitalise on the loose balls yesterday today things just didn’t quite work for him. The pressure that Barker was providing was intense and when Wan had a chance he couldn’t quite decide what shot to play. Sometimes he would hit the ball back at himself or the tin. In the third game though Wan played much better and began to take the chances he was missing this meant he was now in the match and winning this game. He managed to build up a lead and close out the game. In the fourth Barker was back to it keeping the intensity high and the pressure on Wan building up a 9-0 lead before Wan got his first point much to the delight of the crowd and himself. He got another point but Barker had soon wrapped up the match.
Raneem El Weilely was next on court against Jenny Duncalf, these two players having played 8 times before with Jenny holding the advantage in wins 5-3. Jenny started off well getting onto the ball nice and early looking for volleys keeping Raneem behind her and this won her the opening game. In the second it was Raneem that came out stronger stepping up the court and Volleying winning 11.3. Now the third was crucial but Jenny couldn’t seem to get Raneem off the T or get a drive through to the back wall, therefore Raneem was just on the volley more often keeping the pressure on Jenny. Jenny was still competitive though despite usually being a few points behind losing 11.8. In the fourth game it was Raneem that continued her run getting to 5.1 before Jenny put some more points on the board. Jenny was unlucky with a decision in the front forehand where she should have been awarded a stroke but the referees gave her a let. From this point on Raneem ran away with the game and the match. The defending champion moves on to the semi finals to play Laura Massaro.
The Men’s defending champion Tarek Momen was next on court playing fellow Egyptian Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry. Tarek was not going to allow his younger opponent into the match being ready to cover the front of the court when he needed to as well as looking to cut off the lengths to the back of the court. Tarek won the first game 11.3, then had a big lead in the second before Mazen began to find his range on the glass court with his short game but he was behind too far to catch up losing out 11.9. The third was a similar story its almost as if Tarek knew where the ball was going before Mazen had actually hit it, the third game 11.6 and the match in just 20 minutes.
The next match was a lot closer than the previous men’s Camille Serme the recently crowned European champion from Belgium last week up against Sarah Jane Perry who is currently enjoying a career high of World Number 17. In the opening game Camille won the first game 11.8 using good variation and height again after a boast. In the second Sarah got the better start leading 5.2 but Camille was fighting back and led 8.6, again a momentum swing as Sarah won it 11.9 in 14 minutes. In the third it was Camille that got the better start at 5.1 and then she progressed to win the game 11.3. In the fourth game Sarah started better this time leading 5.3 before Camille levelled at 5.5. Sarah got a couple more points but then made a few easy tins and it was Camille who moved into the semis.
Saurav Ghosal and Chris Simpson were next onto the all glass court at the Curve to provide a top quality game of squash. Saurav seemed to settle a bit quicker than Chris leading during the first game and then winning it 11.6. In the second again it was Saurav that built up a lead and he reached game ball at 10.7 but he was unable to convert any of them. What had been working before was now finding the top of the tin and he hit three in a row as Chris got back to 10.10. Chris then hit two winners to even up the games at one all.
Chris began the third now with some momentum keeping it tight and then going short just catching Saurav a little bit. Chris opened up a four point lead at 7.3 playing really well now keeping the ball tight on the wall especially at the front. Chris hit his first error for a while to bring Saurav to 5.7, but the squeezes an error from Saurav down the backhand side wall. Now a huge rally at 8.7 ends in a stroke to Chris but then he catches the tin in the next one followed by sending Saurav the wrong way, game ball to Chris. Saurav this time squeezes one tight down the backhand but Chris is not to be denied in the next rally taking a two games to one lead. Can he get his first win over Saurav? In the fourth Saurav began better leading 3.0 and then 7.4 but Chris hung in there and began digging away at the lead clawing it back one by one. Soon we were level and Chris had this look that he wasn’t going to lose. He was moving well getting forward anticipating what Saurav was going to do all the time as Saurav hit a tin off a high volley at match ball allowing Chris to move into the semis.
Last match of the night sees the Malaysian public getting a good luck at the two current superstars of Malaysian Squash. With the music blaring out and seating being free it’s great to see so many people here to watch this. Of course it’s Dato Nicol David taking on Low Wee Wern in the climax of the evening. Nicol started better getting off to a rather large lead in the opening game playing well not really allowing Wee Wern into the match. Keeping Wee Wern behind her and hitting some nice winners. The second began in the same way with Nicol getting to 5.3 but then Wee Wern began to absorb much better and lengthening the rallies seemed to work in her favour and although she lost the game she seemed to have something of a way into the match. Its now Wee Wern who is in the ascendency and by lengthening out the rallies she moves to 6.2 and then to 8.3. A couple more errors from Nicol and it was 11.3 to Wee Wern.
In the fourth it looked as though Wee Wern was struggling when behind 4.2 but then she hit a winner and Nicol hit a simple tin to let Wee Wern back in. The pace is relentless now and Wee Wern looks to be struggling as Nicol gets back her tow point advantage at 6.4, another long rally ends in a stroke to Nicol and soon its 9.5. Nicol is now punishing Wee Wern moving her to all the corners of the court and its 10.5 with a low cross court, Wee Wern misses a drop that puts Nicol in the semis.
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- Published on Thursday, 12 September 2013 13:49
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by Andrew Cross
Day three at the CIMB Malaysian Open begins with three matches due to the late finish of the match from last night and this morning between Omar Meguid and Max Lee.
First on Laura Massaro looking to build on her good form from last year against Nicolette Fernandes who is looking to build on her upset win yesterday over Donna Urquhart. Laura has really picked up in the last year especially at just taking the ball a little bit earlier and this was again the case today. Laura continued her winning run against Nicolette to extend it to five wins in a row.
On the next court Joelle King currently standing at a career high of five in the world playing Annie Au from Hong Kong. Joelle started brightly leading 6.2 but Annie slowly dug away at this lead and was soon just one point behind, Joelle got to game ball at 10.9 but couldn’t quite win that point but she just won the game 12.10 when Annie couldn’t return the serve. The second and third was a similar story with Joelle always leading and Annie trying to fight her way back into each game.
Jenny Duncalf took the opening game against Rachel Grinham but then lost the second game 11.3. Rachel played well in the second using lots of height and variation without hitting any errors to take the second. In the third it was Jenny that started better after her bad start in the second she looked to improve this and she did leading 7.4 before eventually closing out the game 11.7. In the fourth Jenny had the lead again and was not going to let it slip winning 11.5.
Raneem El Weilely played well in the opening game to win 11.4 but Dipika Pallikal fought back in the second to win a very tight game 11.9. Dipika has never beaten Raneem although she hasn’t been far away on the last three occasions. In the third game Dipika led 6.4 but it was Raneem who managed to restore her one game advantage winning 11.7. The fourth was one way traffic as Raneem won it 11.2.
Camille Serme played a very solid match to see of World Number 4 Alison Waters in three games. Camille used a lot of good lobs today especially from the front forehand and then mixed this in with some good drop shots to cause Alison a few problems. Camille said “I thought I could win this match and I knew I had to show her I could win the match. I wanted to try and get inside her head a bit by reducing my errors.” Camille will now play Sarah Jane Perry after she defeated Joey Chan in four games. Sarah Jane Perry “Good match for me, never played Joey Chan before she is nimble and fast around the court, so I had to be in the best of form to beat her. Happy with my game a couple of lapses before. First time here never ever been here before and enjoying it. Not really been on the tour for long because of studies so getting into the quarters is a good result for me.”
Dato Nicol David and Low Wee Wern set up an all Malaysian affair for tomorrow at the Curve. Nicol beat long time rival Omneya Abdel Kawy in three games but it wasn’t as easy as the score line suggests. These two have played so often and know each other’s game so well that to win each point is difficult. Nicol needed 38 minutes to beat Omneya, on the other court Wee Wern needed double that time to beat Kasey Brown. The first game lasted 25 minutes alone and Kasey won it 11.9, with the next two lasting 15 minutes each both going to Wee Wern. In the fourth Wee Wern needed just 8 minutes to seal the victory and a place at the curve.
Chris Simpson scored a huge win in his career when he defeated top seed Karim Darwish. The first was close with Chris holding the advantage but just losing out 11.9. In the beginning of the second Darwish took a fall in the front backhand appearing to slip on some sweat, a three minute injury break was awarded. He continued and looked fine, again it’s neck and neck all the way Chris holding game ball at 10.9 but Darwish fighting back to 11.10. Points are exchanged game balls are going to each player until Chris wins one at 17.15. In the middle of the third Darwish began to look a little flat and Chris ran away from 4.4. After three rallies in the fourth Darwish offered his hand and that was the end of the match. Chris said “So I wasn’t expecting to beat Darwish, I have a flight home tonight which I will now need to change. I wanted to ask some questions of him physically and see where it got me, I thought I deserved to win the second a bit easier but the fact it was so hard probably worked for me better. The second was crucial pretty happy it extended to 16.14 rather than 11.8. Looking forward to playing Saurav tomorrow, never beaten him before hopefully it will be a good match, always a clean match with him. Definitely looking forward to playing at the Curve as one of the best venues in the World, really looking forward to playing there.”
Tarek Momen started well in what was expected to be another tough match in the Men’s draw against Cameron Pilley. Tarek started better against Cameron sending him the wrong way a few times but Cameron then worked his way back into the match hitting some low crunching drives. He just lost the opening game 11.9 but managed to sneak the second 12.10. In the third Tarek was playing well and won it 11.4 and then the fourth 11.2. Tarek will now play fellow country man Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry as he got one of the best wins of his career when he defeated Olli Tuominen. He lost the first game 11.8 but just took the second 11.6. Mazen is very animated on court but not in a bad way just manages to sneak the third game and seal the fourth 11.6. “Very happy to win, Playing Tarek tomorrow will be tough he is better than me but I’m looking forward to it.”
Nafiizwan Adnan gained revenge for his defeat in the TC nationals a couple of weeks ago against Ong Beng Hee. Nafiizwan started by winning the first two games 11.3 playing much more relaxed than a in the nationals final. Today he hardly missed anything especially to the front of the court where he looked so sharp. In the third game Beng Hee got a lead 4.0 but it wasn’t to be his day as Wan advances to the quarter finals.
Borja Golan and Omar Mossad were expected to have a very tough game as their world rankings are so close. Borja led in the first 5.4 before Mossad got a few points in front and led 10.8 before Borja made a comeback to take the first game 12.10. In the next two games Borja was dominating keeping Mossad away from the middle of the court and won through to the quarters 11.2, 11.4.
Karim Abdel Gawad will play Borja tomorrow after he defeated Abdullah Al- Muzayen in three games. Abdullah looked slightly off the pace compared to yesterday and only seemed to really put his best stuff together when he was game ball down.
Peter Barker and Saurav Ghosal ended the run of qualifiers Omar Abdel Meguid and Omar Abdel Aziz both in three games. Barker who can compete with Meguid more physically than some of the other players was not really allowing Meguid into the match trying to hold him as much as possible keeping him off the middle of the court. Aziz seemed to be suffering a bit physically after yesterday and in the opening exchanges he looked a bit stiff and against Saurav you need to be able to move. As the game progressed he got better but was not really able to compete with Saurav.