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CHINA OPEN (Women) 2014

  China Open 2014
Women's Draw
02-07 Sep, Shanghai, $88k
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Round One
04 Sep 
05 Sep
06 Sep
07 Sep
[1] Camille Serme (Fra)
 11/4, 10/12, 11/8, 11/3 (48m)
[Q] Delia Arnold (Mas)
Camille Serme
11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (35m)
Sarah Kippax
Camille Serme
11-8, 11-2, 11-9 (35m)
Nouran Gohar
Camille Serme
11/8, 11/6, 8/11, 8/11, 12/10 (102m)
Low Wee Wern
[8] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
8/1, 11/7, 11/9, 11/6 (42m)
[Q] Tesni Evans (Wal)
[7] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
11/9, 11/8, 11/13, 11/7 (60m)
[Q] Nouran Gohar (Egy)
Nouran Gohar
11-13, 11-6, 11-8 (50m)
Annie Au
[4] Annie Au (Hkg)
11/4, 11/7, 7/11, 11/9 (56m)
Emma Beddoes (Eng)
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
11/5, 11/4, 11/7 (42m)
[3] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
Low Wee Wern
11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (37m)
Jenny Duncalf
Low Wee Wern
11-13, 11-8, 11-1, 11-7 (60m)
Salma Hany Ibrahim
[wc] Gu Jinyue (Chn)
11/8, 11/6, 11/4 (23m)
[6] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
Line Hansen (Den)
9/11, 11/4, 12/10, 5/11, 11/6 (56m)
[5] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
Dipika Pallikal
11-8, 11-7, 11-5 (40m)
Salma Hany Ibrahim
[Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy)
 11/7, 3/11, 11/8, 11/3 (41m)
[2] Alison Waters (Eng)
2014 Women's China Open, Shanghai
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Wee Wern Clinches China Open Hat-Trick

Low Wee Wern maintained Malaysian ownership of the Women's China Open - Squash Stars On The Bund title for the fourth year in a row - and claimed the title for herself a third time when she upset top seed Camille Serme in the final of the WSA Gold 50 event in Shanghai.

It was a marathon climax to the biggest ever Tour event staged in mainland China - the action taking place on an all-glass showcourt on the 11th floor of The Peninsula Hotel overlooking the spectacular Shanghai skyline on the city's famous Bund waterfront.

Third seed Low, the world No7 from Penang, took a two-game lead in the final before French number one Serme, ranked five in the world, reclaimed the initiative to draw level.

"It seemed now that the momentum might be with Serme," reported respected English coach Malcolm Willstrop. "But oddly enough it was Low (pictured above in Shanghai action with Serme) who led 3-0, and later 7-3 before the tenacious Serme hit back after Low had taken a blow in the face at 7-5.

"Low served for the match at 10-8, but a serious error by Serme at 10-all gave Low another match ball, which she gratefully excepted."

Low clinched her 11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 12-10 victory in 102 minutes - marking the 24-year-old's longest ever match win on the WSA World Tour!

The triumph marked the seventh WSA Tour title of Low's career - but her first since being struck down with Dengue fever in July.

"I'm absolutely delighted to win the China Open," said the jubilant Malaysian, also winner of the title in 2011 and 2012. "It's been a great week for me.

"This year hasn't been great - I lost my dad earlier this year when I was competing in Chicago, down with Dengue and all.

"But overall, the atmosphere is amazing here in China. The hotel, the court, the area, the crowd. It's been great! I'm looking forward to coming back again next year!"

Serme & Low To Challenge For China Open Glory

French favourite Camille Serme and third-seeded Malaysian Low Wee Wern will contest the final of the Women's China Open - Squash Stars On The Bund after ending the impressive runs of Egyptian teenagers Nouran Gohar and Salma Hany Ibrahim, respectively, in the semi-finals of the WSA Gold 50 event in China's largest city Shanghai.

The final stages of this breakthrough squash event in China are taking place on an all-glass showcourt on the 11th floor of The Peninsula Hotel overlooking the spectacular Shanghai skyline on the city's famous Bund waterfront.

"The supremely-gifted Gohar made world No5 Serme fight every inch of the way for her place in the final," reported respected English coach Malcolm Willstrop.

"When Gohar led 1/0 & 6-3, another shock result looked on the cards. But the French girl is resolute and recovered to level at one all. She ran away with the third to lead 2/1.

"Gohar wasn't finished with and led again in the fourth before Serme's experience told," added Willstrop. "Serme was very happy to make the final and Gohar's future looks assured."

The 11-13, 11-8, 11-1, 11-7 victory in 60 minute takes the 25-year-old from Creteil into the 15th WSA World Tour final of her career - but her first this year.

Wee Wern clearly feels at home in Shanghai - and made it a hat-trick of China Open finals since 2011 when she defeated 18-year-old Ibrahim 11-8, 11-2, 11-9 in 35 minutes.

The triumph puts the 24-year-old world No7 from Penang into her second Tour final of the year and the 17th of her career. Wee Wern will be looking for her first title since winning the second of her China Open trophies two years ago.

The Tour head-to-head record between the two finalists is finely poised on four wins apiece over eight meetings since August 2009 - with Wee Wern the straight games winner in their most recent encounter in the USA in the Greenwich Open semi-finals in January 2013.

Egyptian Youngsters Continue Giant-Killing Shanghai Run

Young Egyptian qualifiers Salma Hany Ibrahim and Nouran Gohar continued their giant-killing run in the Women's China Open - Squash Stars On The Bund after despatching two further seeds in the quarter-finals of the WSA Gold 50 event in China's largest city Shanghai.

Action in the event moved onto an all-glass showcourt on the 11th floor of The Peninsula Hotel, which offers breath-taking views of Shanghai and its famous waterfront, The Bund.

"It is hard to imagine a more spectacular setting than this court at The Peninsula Hotel - acclaimed by the players as the best hotel they have ever stayed in," said noted English coach Malcolm Willstrop. "It's a setting to match the very best."

Gohar, a 16-year-old from Cairo who ousted experienced Australian Rachael Grinham in the first round, faced left-hander Annie Au, the No4 seed from Hong Kong.

"They traded winners before Gohar won the game 11-9," reported event spokesman Graham Miao. "She began the second game aggressively, increasing the pace - but it was Au who took the tiebreak 13-11.

"Rallies lengthened in the third and Gohar began to force errors from Au, winning it 11-6. It was the pace and accuracy of the Egyptian that clinched the fourth 11-8."

World No26 Gohar now faces top seed Camille Serme, the world No5 from France who beat England's Sarah Kippax 11-6, 11-5, 11-8.

It was on the glass showcourt that 18-year-old Salma Hany Ibrahim gained revenge for her four-game defeat by world No12 Dipika Pallikal in the Macau Open late last year by defeating the fifth seed and Indian number one 11-8, 11-7, 11-5.

Alexandria-based Ibrahim, ranked 40 in the world, had secured her surprise place in the last eight after upsetting England's world No6 Alison Waters in the opening round.

Ibrahim (pictured above in action with Pallikal) will now line up against Malaysian Low Wee Wern, the No3 seed who edged out England's sixth seed Jenny Duncalf 11-7, 11-6, 11-5.

Teenagers Ibrahim & Gohar Strike Out Tour Veterans In China Opener

Egyptian teenagers Salma Hany Ibrahim and Nouran Gohar - both qualifiers - pulled off mighty upsets over experienced WSA World Tour opponents in today's opening round of the Women's China Open - Squash Stars On The Bund, the WSA Gold 50 event being staged at The Peninsula Shanghai in China's largest city Shanghai.

Ibrahim, the 18-year-old world No40 from Alexandria, claimed the biggest scalp - despatching England's No2 seed Alison Waters, the world No6 from London, 11-7, 3-11, 11-8, 11-3.

Gohar, just 16, took on 37-year-old Rachael Grinham - and produced a performance beyond her years to beat the former world champion and four-time British Open champion from Australia 11-8, 11-9, 11-13, 11-7 in 60 minutes.

Ibrahim now lines up against Dipika Pallikal, the fifth seed from India who is back on the WSA World Tour for the first time since striking gold in the Commonwealth Games Women's Doubles. With Australia's legendary five-time world champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald in her corner, Pallikal was made to work hard by unseeded Line Hansen before beating her Danish opponent 9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 5-11, 11-6 in 56 minutes.

Cairo-based Gohar progresses to face Annie Au, the Hong Kong number one who needed four games to see off England's Emma Beddoes 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9.

England's Jenny Duncalf was first into the quarter-finals with an 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 win over Chinese wildcard Gu Jinyue.

Malaysia's world No7 Low Wee Wern looked as if she is fully recovered from her recent Dengue fever scare when she defeated Nicolette Fernandes, the world No22 from Guyana, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7.

The fourth quarter-final will see top seed Camille Serme take on England's No8 seed Sarah Kippax - though both were taken to four games by qualifiers.

Top-ranked French player Serme beat Malaysian Delia Arnold 11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 11-3, while Kippax recovered from a game down to beat fellow Briton Tesni Evans, the Welsh number one, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6.





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