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28/03/2009
NSC SERIES No. 5
 

Iskandar & Bailey Win NSC Titles In KL

Reports                                 Tania Bailey quote
NSC Series No. 5 2009
Men's Draw
23-28 Mar, Kuala Lumpur, $20k
Round One
25 Mar
Quarters
26 Mar
Semis
 27 Mar
Final
28 Mar
[1] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
11/7,11/8,11/5 (34m)
[Q] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
Azlan Iskandar
11-9, 11-5, 11-9 (40m)
Saurav Ghosal
Azlan Iskandar
11-5, 11-4, 13-15, 11-7 (47m)
Hisham Ashour
Azlan Iskandar
11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 6-11, 11-6 (73m)
Omar Mosaad
[5] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
9/11,11/4,11/4,11/1 (53m)
Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
[3] Hisham Ashour (Egy)
11/7,11/6,4/11,11/8 (47m)
[Q] Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)
Hisham Ashour
11-1, 11-6, 11-6 (30m)
Mohn Nafiizwan Adnan
[8] Mohn Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11/4,11/9,12/10 (36m)
Adil Maqbool (Pak)
Stephane Galifi (Fra)
11/6,11/2,4/1 rtd (15m)
[7] Yasir Butt (Pak)
Stephane Galifi
11-2, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7 (61m)
Renan Lavigne
Stephane Galifi
11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (40m)
Omar Mosaad
Nafzahizam Adnan
11/4,11/6,11/6 (31m)
[4] Renan Lavigne (Fra)
[Q] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
6/11,9/11,11/6,11/9,11/3 (61m)
[6] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
Mathieu Castagnet
11-5, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7 (54m)
Omar Mosaad
[Q] Zac Alexander (Aus)
7/11,11/6,11/4,11/5 (50m)
[2] Omar Mosaad (Egy)

NSC Series No. 5 2009
Women's Draw
23-28 Mar, Kuala Lumpur, $25k

Round One
25 Mar
Quarters
26 Mar
Semis
 27 Mar
Final
28 Mar
[1] Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/7,11/8,11/7 (35m)
Lim Woke Yah (Mas)
Madeline Perry
11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (36m)
Aisling Blake
Madeline Perry
15-13, 11-9, 11-6 (46m)
Annie Au
Madeline Perry
11-5, 11-8, 11-4 (42m)
Tania Bailey
[8] Delia Arnold (Mas)
11/4,8/11,12/10,11/8 (51m)
Aisling Blake (Irl)
[3] Kasey Brown (Aus)
11/5,11/3,11/8 (26m)
[Q] Lisa Camilleri (Aus)
Kasey Brown
12-10, 11-7, 11-9 (43m)
Annie Au
[6] Annie Au (Hkg)
11/7,8/11,11/6,14/12 (45m)
[Q] Maria Toor Pakay (Pak)
Donna Urquhart (Aus)
9/11,11/6,11/1,11/3 (35m)
[5] Tania Bailey (Eng)
Tania Bailey
7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-3 (52m)
Shelley Kitchen
Tania Bailey
11-2, 12-10, 11-3 (30m)
Vanessa Atkinson
[Q] Amelia Pittock (Aus)
11/7,11/5,11/4 (28m)
[4] Shelley Kitchen (Nzl)
[Q] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
11/9,11/7,6/11,2/11,11/2 (50m)
[7] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter
11-6, 13-11, 11-4 (32m)
Vanessa Atkinson
Sarah Kippax (Eng)
7/11,11/8,11/8,8/11,11/4 (55m)
[2] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)

"I am really, really, pleased about winning the tournament.  It feels great and makes the trouble I have had over the last year and a half all worth it.  To also beat Shelley, Vanessa and Madeline all in the same tournament is great!  To be able to back up matches against the top players is a real bonus. 

 

"It's been so long since I won a WISPA tournament (and I haven't won many either!) I forgot how good it feels! 

 

"Last year there were times when it looked like I might not be able to play any more and where I didn't see any improvements in my knee for months at a time.  There were even times when it actually got worse rather than better. I was always 100% dedicated to my rehab and I did absolutely everything I could do to help myself and, although it was extremely tough, I have definitely come out of it a stronger person. 

 

"I have had great support through the EIS and England Squash in Manchester (where I practically lived for most of last year) - particularly the help I have had from Adam Wright, my sport psychologist.  They have all helped me to get back on court.  Also my family and friends have been great.  When things were going badly, they were always there to take my mind off it.

 

"I am really enjoying playing now more than ever and realise how lucky I am to be doing what I am doing.  I hope I can continue to play for many more years and hopefully maybe pick up a few more titles!"

Tania Bailey
 

Reports

Iskandar & Bailey Win NSC Titles In KL

 

Local hero Mohd Azlan Iskandar and England's Tania Bailey triumphed in the men's and women's finals, respectively, of the NSC Series No5 Squash Championships to bring the five-event series of international Squash events at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to a close.

 

Tania Bailey celebrated her first WISPA World Tour title success for almost three years - and the biggest of her career - when she beat Madeline Perry, the top seed from Ireland, in the climax of the women's $25,000 championship.

 

It was the 29-year-old fifth seed from Lincolnshire's third successive upset in three days, after notable victories over fourth-seeded New Zealander Shelley Kitchen in the quarter-finals and former world champion Vanessa Atkinson, the second seed, in the previous round.

 

Bailey's triumph comes after an injury-stricken period which included knee surgery last year and necessitated a four-month Tour layoff.

 

The former world No4, who finished outside the top 20 at the end of last year, can now look forward to a significant rankings boost in next month's WISPA list.

 

Mohd Azlan Iskandar also celebrated a long-awaited return to the winner's podium after his success in the men's $20,000 PSA Tour event.

 

The 26-year-old top seed from KL, who was marking his 20th appearance in a Tour final, battled for 73 minutes to overcome Egypt's No2 seed Omar Mosaad 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 6-11, 11-6.

 

The victory marks Iskandar's 11th Tour title - but the first since winning the KL Open in July 2007.

 

Bailey Battles Into KL Climax

 

England's Tania Bailey produced her second upset in 24 hours in the NSC Series No5 Squash Championships when she beat No2 seed Vanessa Atkinson in straight games to reach the final of the women's $25,000 WISPA World Tour event at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

 

The 29-year-old fifth seed from Lincolnshire, who dismissed fourth-seeded New Zealander Shelley Kitchen in the previous round, defeated former world champion Atkinson, from the Netherlands, 11-2, 12-10, 11-3 in 30 minutes to reach the 14th Tour final of her career but her first since July 2007.

 

Bailey, a former world No4 who is fighting back to her old form after knee surgery last year, will now face Madeline Perry, the top seed from Ireland.

 

Perry survived a tough opening game in her semi-final against rapidly-improving Annie Au before beating the 20-year-old from Hong Kong 15-13, 11-9, 11-6.

 

The 10 times Irish National champion from Belfast is celebrating her 13th WISPA final appearance.

 

Malaysian interest rides high in the men's $20,000 PSA Tour event where favourite Mohd Azlan Iskandar needed four games to overcome Egyptian Hisham Mohd Ashour, the No3 seed, 11-5, 11-4, 13-15, 11-7.

 

The 26-year-old from KL now marking his 20th appearance in a PSA Tour final will line up against Egypt's second seed Omar Mosaad.

 

The 21-year-old from Cairo ended the unexpected run of Frenchman Stephane Galifi, beating the unseeded 30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence 11-7, 11-4, 11-8.

 

Galifi Grabs Surprise Semi-Final Slot In KL

 

More than nine years after last meeting on the Tour, Stephane Galifi repeated his upset over higher-ranked French compatriot Renan Lavigne in the quarter-finals of the NSC Series No5 Squash Championships to reach the last four of the men's $20,000 PSA Tour event at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

 

The unseeded 30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence beat Lavigne, the fourth seed, 11-2, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7 in 61 minutes in the only upset in the men's event.

 

Galifi will now face Omar Mosaad, the No2 seed from Egypt who also triumphed over a Frenchman, beating qualifier Mathieu Castagnet 11-5, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7.

 

Favourite Mohd Azlan Iskandar maintained local interest in the championships when he beat fifth-seeded Indian Saurav Ghosal 11-9, 11-5, 11-9.  The 26-year-old Malaysian will face Egypt's third seed Hisham Mohd Ashour, an 11-1, 11-6, 11-6 winner over local player Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan, the eighth seed.

 

There were two quarter-final upsets in the women's $25,000 WISPA World Tour event.  England's Tania Bailey brought to an end a 13-match-winning run by Shelley Kitchen in the NSC Series in KL when she upset the fourth seed 7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-3 in 52 minutes.

 

The former world No4 from Lincolnshire, still fighting back to her old form after knee surgery last year, will now take on second seed Vanessa Atkinson for a place in the final.   The Dutch star despatched England's Dominique Lloyd-Walter 11-6, 13-11, 11-4.

 

Hong Kong's Annie Au continued her upward rise on the WISPA Tour:  The 20-year-old sixth seed dismissed Australia's Kasey Brown, the No3 seed, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 and will now face Irish favourite Madeline Perry in a surprise semi-final.

Blake Blows Local Hopes In KL Championship

 

Ireland's Aisling Blake reduced local hopes for success in the NSC Series No5 Squash Championships after upsetting Malaysia's No8 seed Delia Arnold in the opening round of the women's $25,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in the country's capital Kuala Lumpur.

 

The unseeded 27-year-old from Sligo beat world No23 Arnold 11-4, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8 in 51 minutes and will now face Irish rival Madeline Perry in an unexpected quarter-final.  Top seed Perry also ousted a Malaysian, beating Lim Yoke Wah 11-7, 11-8, 11-7.

 

Second seed Vanessa Atkinson needed five games to overcome Sarah Kippax the Dutch star beating her unseeded English opponent 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4 in 55 minutes.

 

It was a good day for France in the men's $20,000 PSA Tour event.  Mathieu Castagnet became the only qualifier to make the last eight after dismissing New Zealand's sixth seed Kashif Shuja 6-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-3 in 61 minutes.

 

Castagnet, from Le Mans, progresses to meet Omar Mosaad, the No2 seed from Egypt who took four games to defeat Australian qualifier Zac Alexander 7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-5.

 

A surprise all-French quarter-final clash is the result of the unexpected demise of Pakistan's Yasir Butt.  The fifth seed retired injured midway through his third game against unseeded Stephane Galifi leaving the Frenchman to line up against compatriot Renan Lavigne, the fourth seed who beat Malaysian Nafzahizam Adnan 11-4, 11-6, 11-6.