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12/07/2009
NSC No: 6
 

Koukal & Chinappa Celebrate KL Success

Men's Draw
NSC Series No: 6 2009
12-17 Jul, Kuala Lumpur, $6k
Round One
14 Jul
Quarters
14 Jul
Semis
16 Jul
Final
17 Jul
[1] Jan Koukal (Cze)
11/6,11/9,11/9 (47m)
Ivan Yuen (Mas)
Jan Koukal
4/11,11/6,11/8,11/5 (48m)
Elvinn Keo
Jan Koukal
11/8, 7/11, 11/9, 11/3 (46m)
Arshad Iqbal Burkhi
Jan Koukal
9-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5 (82m)
Yasir Butt
[5] Adil Maqbool (Pak)
13/15,11/7,12/10,12/10 (50m)
Elvinn Keo (Mas)
[3] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11/8,11/7,6/11,9/11,13/11 (61m)
[Q] Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind)
Nafiizwan Adnan
13/11,3/11,11/8,11/9 (47m)
Arshad Iqbal Burkhi
[8] Arshad Iqbal Burkhi (Pak)
11/8,11/4,12/10 (40m)
[Q] Danish Atlas Khan (Pak)
[Q] Kamran Khan (Mas)
5/11,11/6,11/7,12/10 (46
[6] Waqar Mehboob (Pak)
Waqar Mehboob
11/5,11/7,16/14 (45m)
Nafzahizam Adnan
Waqar Mehboob
11/6,11/3,11/7 (30m)
Yasir Butt
Nafzahizam Adnan (Mas)
7/11,12/10,12/14,11/4,11/5 (56m)
[4] Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind)
Karim AGA Samy (Egy)
11/3,7/11,11/9,8/11,11/4 (48m)
[7] Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)

Muhd Asyraf Azan
14/12,14/12,12/10 (37m)
Yasir Butt

[Q] Ahmad Hawas (Egy)
11/8,11/6,11/5 (31m)
[2] Yasir Butt (Pak)

Womens Draw
NSC Series No: 6 2009
12-17 Jul, Kuala Lumpur, $8k

Round One
14 Jul
Quarters
15 Jul
Semis
16 Jul
Final
17 Jul
[1] Delia Arnold (Mas)
11/3,11/3,11/5 (19m)
[Q] Pamela Chua (Sin)
Delia Arnold
11/6,11/4,11/2 (25m)
Deon Saffery
Delia Arnold
11/9, 14/12, 8/11, 7/11, 11/5 (80m)
Low Wee Wern
Low Wee Wern
7-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 16-14 (51m)
Joshna Chinappa
[7] Deon Saffery (Wal)
11/7,11/1,11/6 (18m)
Kuan Choy Lin (Mas)
[3] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
11/3,11/7,11/4 (26m)
Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
Low Wee Wern
11/2,11/4,13/11 (29m)
[6] Lim Woke Yah
[6] Lim Woke Yah (Mas)
11/8,11/6,11/8 (26m)
Pushppa Devi (Mas)
Zulhijah Binti Azan (Mas)
13/11,11/7,11/8 (24m)
[5] Miranda Ranieri (Can)
Miranda Ranieri
11/8,13/11,11/9 (28m)
Joshna Chinappa
Joshna Chinappa
11/6, 8/11, 14/16, 11/8, 11/8 (47m)
Sharon Wee
Lotte Eriksen (Nor)
w/o
[4] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
Stephanie Edmison (Can)
11/4,11/7,11/8 (26m)
[8] Siti Munirah Jusoh (Mas)
Siti Munirah Jusoh
11/8,8/11,11/2,11/7 (46m)
Sharon Wee
[Q] Rachel Goh (Mas)
11/4,11/9,11/5 (22m)
[2] Sharon Wee (Mas)

Koukal & Chinappa Celebrate KL Success

 

Top seed Jan Koukal, from the Czech Republic, and fourth seed Joshna Chinappa, from India, lifted the men's and women's trophies, respectively, in the NSC Series No6 championship at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

 

Czech number one Koukal had his toughest test in the men's $10,000 PSA World Tour event so far - and twice had to fight back from behind before overcoming Pakistan's second seed Yasir Butt 9-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5 in 82 minutes, the longest match of the tournament.

 

The triumph marks the ninth title of 26-year-old Koukal's career - but his first this year.

 

The climax of the $16,000 women's WISPA World Tour event saw third-seeded Malaysian teenager Low Wee Wern jump to a 2/0 lead. 

 

But the 18-year-old from Penang, who ousted top seed Delia Arnold in the previous round, was unable to maintain the momentum.

 

Chinappa, the 22-year-old world No41 from Chennai who had beaten the Malaysian in two previous Tour finals in KL, regained the upper hand and battled to a 7-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 16-14 victory in 51 minutes.

 

The win raises Chinappa's Tour title tally to three - all of which have been in clashes with Low.

 

Low Marks Tour High In KL

 

Teenager Low Wee Wern survived the longest match of her career to reach the biggest WISPA World Tour squash final of her life when she upset top-seeded fellow Malaysian Delia Arnold in the women's semi-finals of the NSC Series No6 championship at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

 

Third seed Low, the reigning Asian Junior Champion, stemmed a fight back by Arnold in the $16,000 event to beat her higher-ranked compatriot 11-9, 14-12, 8-11, 7-11, 11-5 in 80 minutes.

 

The 18-year-old from Penang - now in the seventh Tour final of her career - will face India's Joshna Chinappa, the fourth seed who also recorded a notable five-game upset by beating second-seeded Malaysian Sharon Wee 11-6, 8-11, 14-16, 11-8, 11-8.

 

Chinappa, the 22-year-old world No41 from Chennai, is celebrating her eighth WISPA final - and her third in Malaysia against Low Wee Wern.

 

By contrast, there were no surprises in the men's $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event which will climax in a final between the two top seeds.

 

Second seed Yasir Butt despatched fellow Pakistani Waqar Mehboob, the No6 seed, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 while Czech favourite Jan Koukal put paid to an all-Pakistan final when he battled to a 46-minute 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-3 victory over eighth seed Arshad Iqbal Burki.

 

Malaysians Crash Out In KL

 

Pakistanis led a wholesale rout of Malaysians in Kuala Lumpur where all four local players competing in the men's quarter-finals of the NSC Series No6 championship failed to make it through to the semi-finals of the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in the Malaysian capital.

 

Eighth seed Arshad Iqbal Burki claimed the biggest scalp the 25-year-old from Peshawar beating KL-based third seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 13-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-9.

 

Nafiizwan's unseeded brother Nafzahizam Adnan was also a casualty, going down 11-5, 11-7, 16-14 to sixth-seeded Pakistani Waqar Mehboob.

 

A Pakistan finalist is assured as Mehboob, 17, from Peshawar, takes on compatriot Yasir Butt in the semis.  Second seed Butt defeated Malaysia's No7 seed Muhd Asyraf Azan 14-12, 14-12, 12-10.

 

By contrast, three Malaysians will line up in the semi-finals of the women's $16,000 WISPA World Tour event. 

 

Top seed Delia Arnold despatched Welsh opponent Deon Saffery 11-6, 11-4, 11-2 and will now face Low Wee Wern in an all-Malaysian semi.  Third seed Low beat fellow countrywoman Lim Yoke Wah 11-2, 11-4, 13-11.

 

India's Joshna Chinappa stands in the way of an all-Malaysian final.  The fourth seed from Chennai defeated Canada's Miranda Ranieri 11-8, 13-11, 11-9 and will now meet second-seeded Malaysian Sharon Wee for a place in the final.  Wee took out Siti Munirah Jusoh 11-8, 8-11, 11-2, 11-7.

 

Adnan Brothers Through to KL Quarters

 

Malaysia's Nafzahizam Adnan scored a surprise first round win in the NSC Series No6 championship in Kuala Lumpur to join his third-seeded younger brother Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in the quarter-finals of the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in the Malaysian capital.

 

Nafzahizam Adnan, 24, from KL, defied the PSA world rankings by upsetting Ritwik Bhattacharya, the fourth seed from India ranked more than 50 places higher, 7-11, 12-10, 12-14, 11-4, 11-5 in 56 minutes. 

 

Higher-ranked Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan was also taken to five games by an Indian opponent before prevailing 11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 13-11 over 20-year-old qualifier Harinder Pal Sandhu.

 

There was further unexpected local success in the men's event when Elvinn Keo overcame Pakistan's No5 seed Khawaja Adil Maqbool 13-15, 11-7, 12-10, 12-10.  The unseeded 21-year-old from KL will now line-up against top seed Jan Koukal, the Czech number one who defeated Malaysian Ivan Yuen 11-6, 11-9, 11-9.

 

There were no surprises in the women's $16,000 WISPA World Tour event, with five local players claiming their anticipated places in the last eight.  Top seeds Delia Arnold and Sharon Wee are on course to meet in an all-Malaysian final.

 

Arnold, the event favourite, brushed aside Singapore qualifier Pamela Chua 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 while Wee wiped out fellow countrywoman Rachael Goh, also a qualifier, 11-4, 11-9, 11-5.