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Penang Women’s Open 2016







Penang Women’s Open 2016
31 May - 04 Jun
Penang, Malaysia, $5k
Round One
01 jun
02 jun
03 jun
04 jun
[WC] Satomi Watanabe (JPN)
13-15, 15-13, 11-4, 13-11 (52m)
[1] Teh Min Jie (MAS)
Satomi Watanabe
11-7, 11-6, 15-13
Lee Ka Yi
Lee Ka Yi
11/6, 11/7, 11/2
Rachel Arnold
Rachel Arnold
7/11, 11/7, 12/10, 10/12,
11/3 (73m)
Tong Tsz-Wing
[5] Lee Ka Yi (HKG)
11-0, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9 (32m)
[Q] Andrea Lee (MAS)
[7] Aika Azman (MAS)
11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7 (48m)
[Q] Ooi Kah Yan (MAS)
Aika Azman
12-10, 7-11, 11-1, 11-9
[4] Rachel Arnold (MAS)
11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (21m)
Zoe Foo Yuk Han (MAS)
[3] Vanessa Raj (MAS)
11-1, 11-6, 11-2 (18m)
Noor Shadira (MAS)
Vanessa Raj
11-3, 7-11, 11-6, 6-6 ret.
Ho Tze-Lok
Vanessa Raj
11/6, 11/8, 11/7
Tong Tsz-Wing
[6] Ho Tze-Lok (HKG)
11-8, 11-4, 11-7 (19m)
[Q] Sara Chew Rou-Yi (MAS)
Nazihah Hanis (MAS)
13-11, 11-9, 11-5 (23m)
[8] Chan Yiwen (MAS)
Nazihah Hanis
11-7, 11-9, 11-2
Tong Tsz-Wing
[2] Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG)
11-2, 11-8, 11-3 (27m)
[Q] Lee Jia Wei (MAS)


Results – Final Qualifying Round: IJM Land 4th Penang Women’s Open 2016
[1] Andrea Lee (MAS) bt [L] Nur Aliah Izzati (MAS) 3-1: 11-4, 4-11, 11-4, 11-5
[L] Sara Chew Rou-Yi (MAS) bt [4] Min Ju Park (KOR) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 14-12
[3] Ooi Kah Yan (MAS) bt [L] Wong Heng Wai (MAS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-6
[L] Lee Jia Wei (MAS) bt [2] Catur Yuliana (INA) 3-2: 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6




Tsz-Wing Fells Arnold to Capture Penang Open Crown

Hong Kong’s Tong Tsz-Wing lifted her first PSA World Tour silverware of 2016 after coming through a tough five-game encounter with home hope Rachel Arnold in the final of the IJM Land 4th Penang Women’s Open, PSA W5 tournament.

Arnold, the World No.62, had advanced to the final after prevailing over another player from Hong Kong, Lee Ka Yi, in the last four, while number two seed Tsz-Wing had swept to the final without losing a game.

It was the first time the pair had met in the final of a PSA World Tour event since the Malaysian Tour Squash V almost a year ago, with Tsz-Wing triumphing on that occasion too. This time the duo were facing off in the prestigious Nicol David International Squash Centre, named after the eight-time World Champion and Malaysian icon herself.

Arnold had the better of the early exchanges and went a game to the good before a resurgent Tsz-Wing battled pack to take two games without reply.

A nail-biting tie-break in a gruelling fourth game then went in Arnold’s favour as she clawed a game back to level proceedings. Fatigue began to take its toll on Arnold though as her performance dropped in the fifth and final game, and Tsz-Wing took full advantage as she romped to victory for the loss of just three points to complete a 7-11, 11-7, 12-10, 10-12, 11-3 win to capture the third PSA World Tour title of her career to date.

“I am happy to win, Rachel gave me a great match like our matches previously," said Tsz-Wing.

"I would love to come back to Penang for this tournament again.”
Malaysian Duo Raj And Arnold Triumph In Penang


Malaysian pair Vanessa Raj and Rachel Arnold advanced to the semi-final stage of the IJM Land 4th Penang Women’s Open, PSA W5 tournament after earning respective wins over Ho Tze-Lok and Aika Azman in the last eight.

Raj had the better of the opening exchanges as she surged to victory in game one for the loss of just three points. But Hong Kong’s Tze-Lok soon found her way back into the encounter and levelled things up, before conceding the third to a resurgent Raj.

With the scores delicately poised at 6-6 in the fourth, injury struck for Tze-Lok and she was unable to continue, handing Raj the win and a place in the semi-final.

“I played well today, but lost my focus in the second game,” said Raj.

“Luckily, I managed to get my focus back. My opponent played well and hung in there as much as possible. It wasn’t a nice way to win like that, but I did it.”

Raj will line up against another player from Hong Kong in the last four, Tong Tsz-Wing, after she overcame Nazihah Hanis with a comfortable three-game salvo.

Meanwhile, Arnold will also contest her semi-final fixture with a Hong Kong representative in Lee Ka Yi. Lee saw off Japanese wildcard Satomi Watanabe, who stunned top seed Teh Min Jie in the first round, to move to within one win of the final.

“I played her [Azman] two years ago, that was a close match, but for today’s match, I didn’t play well, but managed to win the match,” Arnold said.
Wildcard Watanabe Stuns Teh Min Jie In Round One


Japanese wildcard Satomi Watanabe produced a sublime performance to stun pre-tournament title favourite Teh Min Jie in the opening round of the IJM Land 4th Penang Women’s Open, PSA W5 event.

World No.148 Watanabe went 1-0 down after losing out on a first game tie-break, but she battled back throughout a series of tightly-contested exchanges to take the next three games in succession, securing a superb victory for the 17-year-old against an opponent ranked 89 places above her in the World Rankings.

Watanabe, who hails from Yokohama, will contest her quarter-final fixture with Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Yi after she saw off Andrea Lee in four.

Lee Ka Yi’s compatriot, Tong Tsz-Wing, will also participate in the last eight courtesy of a 3-0 triumph over Lee Jia Wei and she will take on Malaysia’s Nazihah Hanis for a place in the semi-final thanks to her victory over Chan Yiwen on home soil.

Elsewhere, Vanessa Raj is through to the quarter-final of a PSA World Tour event for the first time in three months, and she will line up against Ho Tze-Lok, the World No.83 from Hong Kong who arrowed past qualifier Sara Chew Rou-Yi 3-0.

Rachel Arnold and Aika Azman will face off in an all-Malaysian quarter-final tie with respective wins over Zoe Foo Yuk Han and Ooi Kah Yan enabling them to advance.
Penang Open Qualifying Draws To A Close


The final qualifying round of the IJM Land 4th Penang Women’s Open, PSA W5 tournament saw a Malaysian quartet secure their main draw berths on home soil at the Nicol David International Squash Centre – named after eight-time World Champion Nicol David.

Top qualifying seed Andrea Lee overcame local player Nur Aliah Izzati in four games to reach the main draw. Lee, who hails from Kuala Lumpur, took the opening game, before Nur clawed the second back to level scores. It proved to be a short fightback however, as Lee pressed on to take the next two games without reply to close out an 11-4, 4-11, 11-4, 11-5 triumph.

Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Yi awaits Lee in the opening round of the main draw as the latter aims to reach the quarter-final stage of a PSA World Tour event for the second time this year.

Lee Jia Wei will join her compatriot Lee in the main draw after an impressive win over Indonesia’s Catur Yuliana. Lee Jia Wei is set to line up against Tong Tsz-Wing in the first round in what is sure to be a tough encounter, given that Tsz-Wing is the tournament’s second seed.

Ooi Kah Yan, meanwhile, defeated Wong Heng Wai to seal her main draw berth and will face off against Aika Azman in the opening day of main draw action.

Sara Chew Rou-Yi was the other Malaysian player to progress through the qualifying stages after recovering from 2-1 down to beat Min Ju Park, and she will go head-to-head with Ho Tze-Lok in round one.