Egyptian trio join David in KL finals

Home favourite Nicol David reached yet another Malaysian Open final in Kuala Lumpur today, with the other three berths filled by Egyptians in a dramatic semi-final round at the Curve shopping mall.

PSA $50k International Malaysian Open Semi-Finals:

[2] Tarek Momen (Egy) 3-1 Borja Golan (Esp)    13/15, 11/7, 11/6, 11/6  (53m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) 3-2 Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 11/13, 11/7, 10/12, 11/8, 11/8 (64m)

WSA $70k World Series Malaysian Open Semi-Finals:

[2] Raneem El Weleily (Egy) 3-2 [11] Low Wee Wern (Mas)  11/8, 9/11, 11/9, 9/11, 11/9 (64m)
[1] Nicol David (Mas) 3-1 [4] Laura Massaro (Eng)        10/12, 11/6, 11/7, 11/8 (52m)

In the Crossfire – Andrew Cross reports

A fantastic day’s squash at the Curve saw some amazing matches taking place in the warm heat in Kuala Lumpur. The opening match between Mohammed El Shorbagy and Nicolas Mueller was a match that went the full distance.

Mueller began well taking the opening game on extra points, Shorbagy constantly playing to the backhand side which for me was the wrong way to go and Mueller was reading him beautifully. In the second Shorbagy raced off to 5.0 but Mueller was fighting back to try and get himself into the match for the crucial third. Mueller again was now playing better and Shorbagy was under pressure and it looked visible as he was getting more and more frustrated. Mueller again won on the tie break.

A bad start at the beginning of the fourth let Shorbagy in and it was on the cards to have a fifth. In the middle of the games Cameron Pilley was talking to Mueller  to which they seemed to be looking at the watch and Im sure they were discussing if they could still make the last tee off time for today but that time was almost gone already.

Back to the squash and onto a fifth again Shorbagy gets the better start but Mueller was trying to fight back but he had given too big a start at the beginning of the game. Im sure he will be very happy with his week here in Malaysia though.

Borja Golan and Tarek Momen put on a very good game of squash but Tarek just used a little bit too much variation at the front of the court to catch Golan out. The opening game was tight but Golan just got it on extra points.

Tarek was now in the ascendency and gradually grew more and more confident as he was reading Golans game more and more. Tarek was now getting onto the straight drop as quickly as possible and he won this match by being slightly more creative.

Low Wee Wern put on a superb performance against current World number 2 Raneem El Weleily that delighted the home crowd. Wee Wern held on for as long as possible as but Raneem just held on for the win. It was 64 minutes of great squash as both players showed how far the women’s game has progressed in the last few years.

Many rallies saw Raneem controlling the T but Wee Wern came out with some shots of her own to catch the Egyptian off guard. A thoroughly enjoyable match to watch and both should be happy with their performances.

Dato Nicol David was the last match of the evening as she took to the court against an expectant home crowd against Laura Massaro. I think Laura is one of the most improved women on the tour and today’s match was another fine example of how far she has come. The crowd seemed shocked as she won the opening game and in the middle of the second we were discussing if she could lead by two games.

Nicol however just held on to win the next three games but Laura contributed to an excellent match that was very free flowing. Laura used her deception to great effect often drawing Nicol in before pushing her deep and then using the same deception to play a drop which caught Nicol off guard.

Finals tomorrow should be great as Nicol goes for the record.

Andrew Cross

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