NSC No: 1
Mueller & Kitchen Claim KL Crowns
Series No:1 2009
16-21 Feb, Kuala Lumpur, $10k
Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
11/8, 11/7, 11/4 (37m)
Choong Kam Hing (Mas)
11/4, 11/9, 9/11, 11/4 (69m)
17-15, 5-11, 11-6, 11-3 (75m)
13-15, 11-5, 11-9, 5-0 ret. (23m)
Abdullah Al Mezayen
Dylan Bennett (Ned)
7/11, 11/9, 11/9, 13/11 (46m)
[Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind)
11/5, 14/16, 11/7, 11/7 (45m)
[Q] Waqar Mehboob (Pak)
11/6, 11/6, 11/5 (30m)
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)
 Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
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)
 Chris Simpson (Eng)
Nafzahizam Adnan (Mas)
7/11, 3/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/8 (64m)
 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)
 Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
Series No: 1 2009
16-21 Feb, Kuala Lumpur, $16k
Shelley Kitchen (Nzl)
11/4, 11/2, 11/2 (25m)
Yan Xin Tan (Mas)
12/10, 11/9, 9/11, 11/5 (38m)
11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (22m)
13-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9 (59m)
Joey Chan (Hkg)
11/6, 11/4, 7/11, 11/5 (35m)
Lim Woke Yah (Mas)
 Delia Arnold (Mas)
11/5, 11/9, 11/5 (37m)
[Q] Maria Toor Pakay (Pak)
18/16, 11/6, 9/11, 11/6 (67m)
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)
 Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11/7, 13/11, 11/9 (27m)
9-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-6 (51m)
|[Q] Nessrine Ariffin (Mas)
11/6, 11/3, 11/3 (19m)
 Sharon Wee (Mas)
[Q] Olga Ertlova (Cze)
9/11, 11/4, 12/10, 11/4 (39m)
 Low Wee Wern (Mas)
Low Wee Wern
11/9, 11/8, 11/3 (39m)
11/7, 11/7, 11/5 (23m)
 Annie Au (Hkg)
Kitchen Claim KL Crowns
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Wee In KL
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
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.
from Hong Kong also overcame a local player, beating seventh seed Low Wee
Wern 11-9, 11-8, 11-3.
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.
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.
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,
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.
defeated Scottish qualifier Alan Clyne 11-4, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4.
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.
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.
seed Chris Simpson was also an unexpected casualty, beaten 11-5, 6-11,
8-11, 11-6, 11-4 by Kuwaiti qualifier Abdullah Almezayen.
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.
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.