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NSC No: 1

Mueller & Kitchen Claim KL Crowns

NSC Series No:1 2009
Mens Draw
16-21 Feb, Kuala Lumpur, $10k
Round One
18 Feb
19 Feb
 20 Feb
21 Feb
[1] Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
11/8, 11/7, 11/4 (37m)
Choong Kam Hing (Mas)
Aaron Frankcomb
11/4, 11/9, 9/11, 11/4 (69m)
Alan Clyne
Aaron Frankcomb
17-15, 5-11, 11-6, 11-3 (75m)
Nicolas Mueller
Nicolas Mueller
13-15, 11-5, 11-9, 5-0 ret. (23m)
Abdullah Al Mezayen
[5] Dylan Bennett (Ned)
7/11, 11/9, 11/9, 13/11 (46m)
[Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
[3] Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind)
11/5, 14/16, 11/7, 11/7 (45m)
[Q] Waqar Mehboob (Pak)
Waqar Mehboob
11/6, 11/6, 11/5 (30m)
Nicolas Mueller
[7] Shamsul Islam Khan (Pak)
11/7, 11/2, 11/8 (27m)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
[Q] Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11/6, 8/11, 11/7, 11/8 (46m)
[8] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
Matthew Karwalski
11/7, 11/6, 11/9 (33m)
Abdullah Al Mezayen
Abdullah Al Mezayen
11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-6 (48m)
Ali Anwar Reda
[Q] Abdullah Al Mezayen (Kuw)
11/5, 6/11, 8/11, 11/6, 11/4 (56m)
[4] Chris Simpson (Eng)
Nafzahizam Adnan (Mas)
7/11, 3/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/8 (64m)
[6] Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
Muhd Asyraf Azan
11/8, 11/9, 11/9 (38m)
Ali Anwar Reda
Siddarth Suchde (Ind)
6/11, 11/8, 3/11, 11/6, 11/8 (70m)
[2] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)

NSC Series No: 1 2009
Women's Draw
16-21 Feb, Kuala Lumpur, $16k

Round One
18 Feb
19 Feb
 20 Feb
21 Feb
[1] Shelley Kitchen (Nzl)
11/4, 11/2, 11/2 (25m)
Yan Xin Tan (Mas)
Shelley Kitchen
12/10, 11/9, 9/11, 11/5 (38m)
Joey Chan
Shelley Kitchen
11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (22m)
Delia Arnold
Shelley Kitchen
13-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9 (59m)
Annie Au
[8] Joey Chan (Hkg)
11/6, 11/4, 7/11, 11/5 (35m)
Lim Woke Yah (Mas)
[4] Delia Arnold (Mas)
11/5, 11/9, 11/5 (37m)
[Q] Maria Toor Pakay (Pak)
Delia Arnold
18/16, 11/6, 9/11, 11/6 (67m)
Lauren Siddall
[5] Lauren Siddall (Eng)
11/9, 12/10, 11/8 (37m)
[Q] Birgit Coufal (Aut)
Sitih Munirah Jusoh (Mas)
11/8, 11/3, 11/8 (25m)
[6] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
Emma Beddoes
11/7, 13/11, 11/9 (27m)
Sharon Wee
Emma Beddoes
9-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-6 (51m)
Annie Au
[Q] Nessrine Ariffin (Mas)
11/6, 11/3, 11/3 (19m)
[3] Sharon Wee (Mas)
[Q] Olga Ertlova (Cze)
9/11, 11/4, 12/10, 11/4 (39m)
[7] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
Low Wee Wern
11/9, 11/8, 11/3 (39m)
Annie Au
Adel Weir (Rsa)
11/7, 11/7, 11/5 (23m)
[2] Annie Au (Hkg)

Mueller & Kitchen Claim KL Crowns


Switzerland's Nicolas Mueller and New Zealander Shelley Kitchen emerged triumphant in the NSC Series No1 after contrasting finals at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.


Unseeded Mueller, the former European junior champion from Zurich who is ranked 116 in the world, brought to a climax an impressive run in the $10,000 PSA Tour event which included a defeat of the top seed in the semi-finals.


The 19-year-old faced dropped the first game against Kuwaiti qualifier Abdullah Almezayen in the final, but came back strongly to take the next two games.


At 0-5 down in the fourth, 21-year-old Almezayen was forced to concede the match due to injury - leaving Mueller to claim a 13-15, 11-5, 11-9, 5-0 (ret.) victory after just 23 minutes.


It was Mueller's second successive win on the PSA Tour after claiming his maiden Tour title at the Russian Opportunities Fund Championship in Moscow in December,


The final of the women's $16,000 WISPA World Tour event saw the top two seeds battle for the title. 


And firm favourite Shelley Kitchen, the world No13 from Auckland, had to work hard to get the better of Hong Kong's rising star Annie Au, needing 59 minutes to beat the world No21 13-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9.


The success ends a lengthy title drought for Kitchen, who had not won a title in over 12 months.  The KL crown brings up career title number 13 for the 29-year-old in her maiden Tour event of the new year.


Top Seeds Crumble In KL


The top two menís seeds failed to survive todayís (Friday) semi-finals of the NSC Series No1 in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, leaving unseeded Swiss teenager Nicolas Mueller and Kuwaiti qualifier Abdullah Almezayen to contest the final of the $10,000 PSA Tour event at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.


Mueller, the 19-year-old world No116 from near Zurich, twice came from behind to beat Australian favourite Aaron Frankcomb Ė ranked 70 places higher - 5-11, 17-15, 5-11, 11-6, 11-3 in 75 minutes.


Giant-killer Almezayen claimed his third seed scalp in a row when he defeated Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, the No2 seed from Egypt, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-6 in 48 minutes.


Both players are celebrating their third appearances in a PSA Tour final Ė with the Kuwaiti boasting a 100% success record to date!


Order was restored in the womenís $16,000 WISPA World Tour event where the top two seeds will contest the climax.


Firm favourite Shelley Kitchen, the world No13 from New Zealand, ended domestic interest in the championship when she beat fourth seed Delia Arnold, from Selangor, 11-3, 11-6, 11-2.  The win takes the 29-year-old from Auckland into her 20th Tour final.


Hong Kongís second seed Annie Au had to battle back from a game down to beat Englandís sixth seed Emma Beddoes 9-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-6.  The 20-year-old, who won three Tour titles last year, is celebrating her sixth final appearance.

Beddoes Betters Wee In KL


Englandís Emma Beddoes claimed a surprise place in the semi-finals of the womenís NSC Series No1 in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur when she upset third-seeded Malaysian Sharon Wee in the quarter-finals of the $16,000 WISPA World Tour event at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.


The 23-year-old world No38 from Nottingham defeated Wee 11-7, 13-11, 11-9 in just 27 minutes - and will now face second seed Annie Au for a place in the final.


The 20-year-old from Hong Kong also overcame a local player, beating seventh seed Low Wee Wern 11-9, 11-8, 11-3.


Malaysian interest in the womenís event will now rest solely on the shoulders of Delia Arnold, the fourth seed who beat Englandís No5 seed Lauren Siddall 18-16, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6.  Arnold will take on New Zealandís top seed Shelley Kitchen in the other semi.


Upsets continued in the menís $10,000 PSA Tour event.  Kuwaiti qualifier Abdullah Almezayen, who beat England's fourth seed Chris Simpson in the first round, continued his impressive run by taking out Matthew Karwalski, the No8 seed from Australia, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9.


The 21-year-old, ranked 120 in the world, will now face second seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, the world No53 from Egypt who defeated Malaysian Muhd Asyraf Azan 11-8, 11-9, 11-9.


Nicolas Mueller will also take an unexpected place in the semi-finals.  The unseeded Swiss teenager beat Pakistan qualifier Waqar Mehboob 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 to set up a meeting with top seed Aaron Frankcomb.


The Australian defeated Scottish qualifier Alan Clyne 11-4, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4.


Women Seeds Safe, While Men Crash, In KL


While all the women's seeds prevailed in the first round of the NSC Series No1 in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, half of the men's seeds crashed out of the international Tour squash event at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.


Pakistan qualifier Waqar Mehboob claimed the biggest scalp in the men's $10,000 PSA Tour event.  The 17-year-old from Peshawar defeated Ritwik Bhattacharya, the third seed from India ranked more than 50 places higher in the world, 11-5, 14-16, 11-7, 11-7.


The youngest player in the event now faces Nicolas Mueller after the unseeded Swiss teenager, making his Tour debut in Malaysia, upset seventh-seeded Pakistani Shamsul Islam Khan 11-7, 11-2, 11-8.


England's fourth seed Chris Simpson was also an unexpected casualty, beaten 11-5, 6-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4 by Kuwaiti qualifier Abdullah Almezayen.


Malaysian Sharon Wee earned the quickest win in the women's $16,000 WISPA World Tour event.  The 31-year-old third seed despatched compatriot Nessrine Ariffin, a 17-year-old qualifier, 11-6, 11-3, 11-3 in just 19 minutes.


Top-seeded New Zealander Shelley Kitchen, making her Tour debut this year, cruised to an 11-4, 11-2, 11-2 win over Malaysian Tan Yan Xin and will now face Hong Kong's eighth seed Joey Chan for a place in the semi-finals.