Malaysians advance to the Curve in KL

Day Three – Last 16 in KL

With quarter-final places on the all-glass court at the Curve shopping mall the prize, the last day’s play at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil saw some fierce battles.

Notable upsets were from Abdullah Al Mezayen and Nafiizwan Adnan in the men’s draw as they took out the third and fourth seeds, and a first win for Low Wee Wern over fifth seed Madeline Perry to boost home representation in the women’s draw.

Andrew Cross reports

Wee Wern powers past Perry

In the Women’s draw Raneem El Weleily started the better against Omneya abdel Kawy in what was a shoot out between the two Egyptians. Omneya has held a highest World Ranking of number 4 back in October 2010 and Raneem currently stands as the World number 2.

Omneya started better getting to 6.0 before Raneem got on the board. Omneya then got to 10.3 before Raneem got three points back but it was not enough. Omneya again started the second well leading 4.2 before Raneem got back to 6.6, Raneem got to 10.9 and she really needed that game if she was going to keep her championship hopes alive.

The third was very close where Raneem got to 7.5 and then 8.6 and onto 10.7 and she closed it out 11.7. Raneem was now in control and she was off to 9.1 in the fourth and then 11.2.

Raneem will play Alison Waters after she defeated Natalie Grinham. Alison is a former world number 3 and Natalie is a former World number 2. This was a good match between two girls that moved each other around the court very well.

Alison raced off to 8.1 in the first game. Alison was moving well and when out of position she played some perfect lobs to relieve the pressure. Natalie got back to 6.10 but Alison continued her dominance in the first game.

Alison was off to 3.0 in second game and then 5.1 using good variation at the front but. Natalie fought back in the second to lead 7.6 and then onto 9.6. Alison now struggling for length and width. A low forehand return for Alison got her to 7.10 and then a good forehand drop got her back within two points.

A well held forehand cross had her within a point of drawing level but Natalie played a good forehand drop of her own to level it a one game all. The third was close all the way Alison to 8.6 before Natalie got back to 8.8 and now the match is in the balance as the winner of this game could be in the driving seat. Alison got to 10.8, Natalie got one back and Alison had a chance to win off a boast but missed the drop to level the scores.

A tight drop got Alison to 11.10 and a good backhand volley drop gave her the game 12.10. Alison was off again to 7.2 in the fourth and then led 9.3 before closing out the match 11.5.

Low Wee Wern made in into the quarter finals and recorded her first win over Madeline Perry in four close games.

Wee Wern got off to a good start (as so many seem to have done) winning the opening game 11.3. Madeline though was never going to let her have it easy and won the second 11.9, the third was more comfortable were Wee Wern winning 11.4 and now we were into the fourth its close all the way and every point Wee Wern won was being cheered by the local crowd.

Wern got to match point but wasted a couple of chances and eventually she got the winning point to the delight of the crowd.

Nour El Sherbini won the battle of the two juniors with Emily Whitlock but it was very tight. Sherbini took the opening game 11.7 but Emily moved up the court and controlled the second to win it 11.5. The third and fourth were again very close but Sherbini just maintained a slight advantage to get into the quarters.

Laura Massaro and Dipika Pallikal were up next and it should be a good game with the last one having gone all the way in Australia a few weeks ago. Laura started the better leading 9.4 with Dipika clipping the tin a lot.

In the second its close with Laura just edging ahead, Dipika had game balls at 12.11 but two great drops from Laura got her to 13.12, a long rally followed both girls playing with fine margins, scrambling to pick up balls put Laura got the chance held it and played a low cross court for a two game advantage.

Dipika begins the third better going for a lot more shots and they are coming off as she gets to 9.3. Laura has a better start in the fourth as she got a well constructed six love lead.

She then converted this lead to 8.3 and then onto 10.5 match ball and she finished it off with a beautifully weighted backhand straight drive that died in the back corner.

Dato Nicol David was pushed by Donna Urquhart in a very good match, Nicol won the opening game but Donna levelled at one game all. Nicol went out to 8.0 in the third but Donna moved up the court and started volleying everything as she took the ball very early.

However Nicol held on to win the third 11.8 and then the fourth was very close but again Nicol just held on to win 11.7.

Nicol will face Annie Au in a repeat of the final from earlier this year after the Hong Kong left-hander overcame Kasey Brown in three games.

KL Day Three Tweets

Really happy with my win against Madeline Perry! Also so excited to play on the glass court at The Curve tomorrow!
Low Wee Wern

Won my match today..happy to get through..Now off to the glass court with @RaneemElWelily for a light hit with her 🙂
Mohamed El Shorbagy

PS – have you two never heard of direct messaging?    >>>>>>>>>>>>

Won my first match against beng hee (mas) 3/0! very happy with my performance! playing Abdullah Al Muzayen (kuw) for a place in semis tomorrow.
Nicolas Mueller

Kuwaiti dude Abdullah is one of the most naturally gifted players I’ve ever seen!! Easily one of the smoothest movers on tour!!
Cameron Pilley

Sooo happy 2 beat world no.10 omar mosaad 3/1 looking forward to play well tomorrow against muller swizerland player world no.20.
Abdullah Al Mezayen

Won my match today 3/1. didn’t play that good but overall I am happy to reach the quarters of the Malaysian open.
Nour El Sherbini

“Good perfromance from @nafiizwan today at malaysian open…keep on pushing n keep the flag raising … some people shud learn frm ure match tdy.”
Azlan Iskandar

Lost 3-1. Gimme a steak to ease the pain…
Cameron Pilley

When you’re 2-0 up and 8-5 up cruising… The match isn’t over till the fat lady sings….I’m still searching for the fat lady.
Adrian Grant

Playing Jenny Duncalf, 4pm at The Curve tomorrow! @nafiizwan is on at 5 and @NicolDavid is at 8pm! Come watch us! 🙂
Low Wee Wern

Lost 3-2 today 🙁 played pretty alright but Olli maybe did a bit more! Got my 1st ever blood blisters which didn’t help but no excuses!
Saurav Ghosal

Abdullah & Adnan take out third and fourth seeds

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The CIMB Malaysian Open saw the Men begin their campaigns in what were some extremely tough opening games.

Mohammed El Shorbagy, second seed here and looking to win this title for the first time, started against Karim Abdel Gawad who had a brutal game yesterday against Ivan Yuen. Shorbagy moved the ball around well exploiting the tiredness that must have been in Gawad’s legs. Gawad retired in the middle of the second.

On the court next door Saurav Ghosal was up against Olli Tuominen and this was a very close game – they are next to each other in the world rankings at 22 and 23 respectively. Saurav and Olli were point for point in the opening game until Saurav got ahead 10.8 and a great boast gave him the first game 11.8. Olli got off to a lead 9.3 in the third game and the momentum looked to have swung in the Finn’s favour. Saurav though fought back to 10.10 and the momentum had swung in favour of the Indian. The Finn however played a good BackHand drop to get back to 11.10 and he won the next point with a BackHand hold cross.

Saurav got to 9.6 in the fourth lots of short sharp dynamic movements occurring now, Olli got back to 8.9 before clipping the top of the tin to 10.8 Saurav. We were level at 10.10 when Saurav got a rather generous stroke to go to 11.10 and he closed out the game with a nice short cross court forehand drop.

The fifth was close again to 5.4 but Olli won the next few points to book a match with Shorbagy.

Ong Beng Hee had a very tough draw against Nicolas Mueller from Switzerland, the younger of the two having recently gone into the top 20 players in the world for the first time. Beng Hee looked sharp last week in the nationals moving the ball around the court with ease. Mueller raced out of the block in the first game all the way through to 11.2 taking Beng Hee short and being aggressive at every possible opportunity.

Mueller again getting onto the ball sharp and quick and led 7.1 in the second. A huge rally at 7.2 where Beng Hee controlled Mueller but he was on fire and still won the point. He went on to win the game 11.5. The third was very similar to the first, Mueller just firing it in at every possible chance. It was working though as he won the third 11.2.

Last night’s disappointment for Mueller of his favourite restaurant being open clearly didn’t affect his game.

Omar Mossad, winner of the CIMB Dato Nicol David KL Open in March this year, was looking for back to back titles in Malaysia. Mossad started well against the very gifted Abdullah Al Mezayen and was looking to dominate from the off but Abdullah had different ideas and started firing in shots from everywhere.

He came back to win the second holding the ball, flicking the ball and all of a sudden he was two games to one up. In the fourth he was on fire going from love all to 5-0, Mossad was not going to give up though and came back to 5-5. Abdullah went for some more shots and got to 8-5 and then onto 9-7.

Couple of chances to finish it at 10.7 but he didn’t go for it he seemed to hold back on hitting that last nick and then he went for one and he was into the quarters.

Adrian Grant and Nafiizwan Adnan played a long game four minutes short of 100 minutes. Grant started better as Wan was working his way into the match but soon found himself two games behind and 8.4 behind. He came back though and took the third 11.9.

Wan now off to a storming start in the fourth reaching 5.1, and then to 7.3 with Grant getting more and more annoyed with the refereeing.

From two all in the fifth Grant hit three tins and then Wan managed to scrape one off the wall and keep it straight to get a 6.2 lead. A backhand volley miss from Wan gave Grant a point back and a second followed to get Grant to 4.6. A third tin this time off return pulls Grant right back into it. This time a good volley from Wan puts him to 7.5.

It’s tight though and now we are at 8.7 to Wan and he extends his lead to 9.7 with a cross court drop and a backhand cross court volley nick gives him 10.7 match ball. Stroke to Grant and then a tin from Wan back to 9.10, Grant uses his experience holds it ground 10.10, a good low cross court got Grant to 11.10 match ball and he went for it off a half court ball but just clipped the tin.

A rather controversial ending with a no let on a forehand drop and then a ball in the middle which Wan could have played but waited till Adrian was close enough and took the stoke.

Karim Darwish recorded a win over Siddharth Suchde in three games as Max Lee and Tarek Momen played a very entertaining game. This match almost went the full distance until Tarek hit a beautiful backhand rolling nick drop to win the match.

The last place in the quarter-finals was claimed by Spain’s Borja Golan with a tough 3/1 win over Cameron Pilley.

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