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CIMB Malaysian Open
NSC, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
23-28 July 2007




WISPA Unveil Live Scoreboard At Back-to-Back Asian Gold Events

2006 Event

. Men's Qualifying
. Women's  Qualifying


David & Iskandar Celebrate Local Malaysian Open Double

Malaysians Mohd Azlan Iskandar and Nicol David recorded a notable local double in Kuala Lumpur by claiming the men's and women's trophies, respectively, in the CIMB Malaysian Open Squash Championships.


The triumph marked fifth seed Iskandar's third successive upset in 48 hours.  After making his breakthrough in the quarter-finals when he despatched England's defending champion Adrian Grant, the 2004 champion despatched second seed Lee Beachill in the semi-finals of the 4-star PSA Tour men's event.


In his second PSA Tour final in two months, the Sarawak-born 25-year-old survived an opening game tie-break against top seed Stewart Boswell before romping to a sensational 11-10 (3-1), 11-8, 11-4 victory over the Australian in 44 minutes.


The KL win follows Iskandar's unexpected triumph in May's North American Open in San Francisco and confirms a significant return to form for the former world No12 who currently stands at 19 in the PSA World Rankings.


The result, however, will do little to help Boswell celebrate his 29th birthday tomorrow (Sunday).


The final of the women's WISPA World Tour Gold event consolidated Nicol David's status as the most consistent player in the women's game.


Remarkably, the 23 year-old from Penang was appearing in her 14th successive Tour final since reaching her first World Open climax in Hong Kong in December 2005.


Her surprise opponent Tania Bailey, the fourth seed from England, had stunned observers in the previous round by beating Australia's No2 seed Natalie Grinham in straight games.


But the Lincolnshire lass was unable to match the fire-power of the local heroine as David took just 36 minutes to win 9-4, 9-3, 9-2 and claim her country's prestigious Open title for the third time in a row.


The title success brings David's WISPA career tally to 20 titles - equalling the current haul of Dutch rival Vanessa Atkinson, but still three behind Australia's Rachael Grinham, her opponent in the KL semi-finals.



CIMB Malaysian Open 2007
Men's Draw
23-28 July
Round One
24-25 July
[1] Stewart Boswell (Aus)
11/6, 11/9, 11/4 (30m)
Omar Mosaad (Egy)
Stewart Boswell
11/4, 11/2, 11/4 (20m)
Yasir Butt
Stewart Boswell

11-9, 11-2, 11-7 (36m)

Cameron Pilley
Stewart Boswell

11-10 (3-1), 11-8, 11-4 (44m)

Azlan Iskandar
[8] Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
9/11, 11/7, 11/6, 11/9 (39m)
[Q] Yasir Butt (Pak)
[4] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
11/8, 12/14, 9/11, 15/13, 11/7 (66m)
[Q] Tarek Momen (Egy)
Ong Beng Hee
11/8, 11/8, 6/11, 11/4 (39m)
Cameron Pilley
[6] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11/6, 11/3, 11/2 (21m)
Bradley Ball (Eng) 
Shahid Zaman (Pak) 
11/4, 11/4, 11/6 (16m)
[5] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
Azlan Iskandar
11/8, 11/8, 11/9 (58m)
Adrian Grant
Azlan Iskandar

6-11, 2-11, 11-10 (3-1), 11-9, 11-2 (64m)

Lee Beachill
 Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 
11/6, 11/9, 11/4 (29m)
[3] Adrian Grant (Eng)
[Q] Farhan Mehboob (Pak) 
6/11, 4/11, 11/2, 11/6, 11/7 (36m)
[7] Mansoor Zaman (Pak)
Farhan Mehboob
11/4, 11/5, 11/5 (22m)
Lee Beachill
[Q] Sherif Kamel (Egy) 
11/6, 11/2, 11/3 (21m)
[2] Lee Beachill (Eng)

Men's Qualifying


Men's qualifying finals:

Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL)                      11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 (32m)

Yasir Butt (PAK) bt Kashif Shuja (NZL)                                   11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5 (40m)

Sherif Kamel (EGY) bt Khawaja Adil Maqbool (PAK)                6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-10 (4-2) (57m)

Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY)                   11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5 (36m)


CIMB Malaysian Open 2007
Women's Draw  

23-28 July
Round One
24-25 July
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
9/2, 9/1, 9/5 (19m)
Tricia Chuah (Mas) 
Nicol David
9/4, 9/3, 9/0 (27m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
Nicol David

0-9, 9-2, 9-5, 4-9, 9-4 (72m)

Rachel Grinham

Nicol David

9-4, 9-3, 9-2 (36m)

Tania Bailey
[6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
9/6, 9/0, 9/2 (15m)
[Q] Sharon Wee (Mas) 
[3] Rachel Grinham (Aus)
6/9, 9/0, 9/6, 9/3 (45m)
[Q] Engy Kheirallah (Egy)

Rachel Grinham
9/2, 9/1, 9/0 (27m)
Vicky Botwright
[5] Vicky Botwright (Eng)
9/2, 9/2, 9/5 (18m)
[Q] Lim Woke Yah (Mas)
[Q] Kasey Brown (Aus) 
8/10, 8/10, 9/0, 9/5, 9/7 (87m)
[7] Madeline Perry (Irl)
Kasey Brown
9/4, 9/7, 9/5 (50m)
Tania Bailey
Tania Bailey

9-2, 9-4, 9-0 (28m)

Natalie Grinham
 Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
9/2, 9/1, 9/7 (28m)
[4] Tania Bailey (Eng)
Shelley Kitchen (Nzl)
9/3, 9/3, 9/3 (34m)
[8] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
Jenny Duncalf
9/1, 9/10, 4/9, 10/8, 9/4 (82m)
Natalie Grinham
Alison Waters (Eng)
9/6, 9/0, 9/1 (22m)
[2] Natalie Grinham (Aus)

Women's Qualifying:

Women's qualifying finals:

Kasey Brown (AUS) bt Elise Ng (HKG)                                     9-2, 9-2, 9-1 (30m)

Sharon Wee (MAS) bt Delia Arnold (MAS)                              9-6, 8-10, 9-6, 9-3 (58m)

Lim Yoke Wah (MAS) bt Line Hansen (DEN)                             9-4, 10-8, 9-7 (30m)

Engy Kheirallah (EGY) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND)                     9-2, 9-2, 9-5 (17m)


Azlan & Bailey Upset Second Seeds

Malaysia's Mohd Azlan Iskandar and England's Tania Bailey secured surprise places in the finals  of the  CIMB Malaysian Open Squash Championships after notable upsets in the semi-finals in Kuala Lumpur.


Iskandar, the 2004 champion who is the 4-star PSA Tour event's fifth seed, made his breakthrough in the quarter-finals when he despatched England's No3 seed Adrian Grant - the defending champion - in straight games.


The Sarawak-born 25-year-old then pulled off one of his best wins in recent times when he beat second seed Lee Beachill.  In a dramatic 64-minute clash which delighted the KL crowd, Iskandar fought back from two games down to beat his second English opponent in 24 hours 6-11, 2-11, 11-10 (3-1), 11-9, 11-2 - thereby registering his first ever victory over the former world No1.


In his 15th Tour final, Iskandar will meet Stewart Boswell, the top-seeded Australian who has reached his 29th Tour final in KL without dropping a game.


The 28-year-old from Canberra defeated fellow Australia Cameron Pilley 11-9, 11-2, 11-7.  Pilley, the sixth seed, produced a stunning quarter-final performance to upset local hero Ong Beng Hee - the fourth seed and two-times former champion - in four games.


In the women's WISPA World Tour Gold championship, England's fourth seed Tania Bailey stunned observers when she beat Australia's No2 seed Natalie Grinham in straight games.


Since winning a historic three Commonwealth Games gold medals in her home country last year, Grinham has become one of the most in-form players on the WISPA Tour - reaching nine Tour finals and defeating nemesis Nicol David in April's Seoul Open final to win her 11th crown.


But today belonged to Bailey - who scored one of the biggest scalps of her recent career by crushing the younger Grinham sister 9-2, 9-4, 9-0 in just 28 minutes.


The other semi-final nearly produced an even bigger upset when Rachael Grinham - the senior of the Toowoomba twosome - extended Malaysian star Nicol David to five games.  David, the world number one going for a hat-trick of successive Malaysian Open titles, failed to score a singe point in the opening game.


But the country's most successful international sportswoman lifted her game to see off the Aussie challenge - beating third seed Grinham 0-9, 9-2, 9-5, 4-9, 9-4 in 72 minutes.

Butt Beats Shuja To Claim Malaysian Open Qualifier


Pakistani teenager Yasir Butt upset an opponent ranked 70 world ranking places higher in today's (Tuesday) qualifying finals of the CIMB Malaysian Open Squash Championships to claim a place in the first round of the men's PSA Tour event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Local interest in the WISPA World Tour Gold championship doubled after Sharon Wee and Lim Yoke Wah also survived the women's qualifiers.


Butt, a 19-year-old world junior championships runner-up, defeated New Zealand's world No48 Kashif Shuja and will now meet compatriot Aamir Atlas Khan, the No8 seed, in Wednesday's first round.


Farhan Mehboob also secured a qualifying slot for Pakistan when he beat Egypt's higher-ranked Omar Abdel Aziz 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5.  The 18-year-old from Peshawar also faces a fellow countryman in the first round when he takes on seventh seed Mansoor Zaman, also from Peshawar.


Sharon Wee beat fellow Malaysian Delia Arnold 9-6, 8-10, 9-6, 9-3 in the women's qualifiers - and will now meet Egypt's sixth seed Omneya Abdel Kawy.


Lim Yoke Wah scored a notable victory when she beat Line Hansen.  The higher-ranked Dane has won three WISPA Tour titles in KL since May - but the 21-year-old Malaysian delighted local fans when she won 9-4, 10-8, 9-7 to set up a surprise first round encounter with England's fifth seed Vicky Botwright.



WISPA Unveil Live Scoreboard At Back-to-Back Asian Gold Events


The world's leading women squash players will be action in two back-to-back WISPA World Tour Gold championships in Asia over the next two weeks - at which the players' association will also launch its new Live Scoreboard.


Malaysia's world No1 Nicol David will be top seed at both the CIMB Malaysian Open, from 25-28 July, followed by the CIMB Singapore Masters, from 1-4 August.


Malaysian Open qualifying gets underway today (Monday) at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.  All eyes will be on local star Nicol David, who will be defending the title she won for the second time last year in her fourth successive final. 


The 23-year-old from Penang will be looking forward to being in action in the later stages of the event on an all-glass court erected at KL's Curve Shopping Mall - as part of a Squash Malaysia initiative to bring major events directly to the general public.


David is expected to meet second seed Natalie Grinham in Saturday's final.  It will be the pair's first meeting since the Australian beat her rival in the Seoul Open climax in South Korea in April, bringing to an end David's 51-match unbeaten run.


CIMB, the Kuala Lumpur headquartered bank will also be title sponsoring the new Singapore Masters event to be played at the Kallang Squash Centre.  The new event, hosted by Singapore SRA, brings the top WISPA stars back to Singapore for the first time for three years.


The CIMB Malaysian and Singapore events mark the start of the new WISPA Live Scoreboard which will see scores of matches in play updated instantly on the WISPA website - enabling enthusiasts around the world to be completely up to date with matches in play from many WISPA World Tour events, point by point.


On the eve of the two events, England's Jenny Duncalf has been elevated to No8 seed following the last-minute withdrawal of Vanessa Atkinson, the former World Open champion from the Netherlands, who has been forced out by a shoulder injury.






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