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Nicol David & Amr Shabana Shine In KL

CIMB Malaysian Open 2009
Men's Draw
27 Jul - 01 Aug, Kuala Lumpur, $52k
Round One
29 Jul
30 Jul
31 Jul
01 Aug
[1] Amr Shabana (Egy)
11/3, 11/1, 11/6 (25m)
[Q] Yasir Butt (Pak)
Amr Shabana
11/6,11/8,11/6 (45m)
Farhan Mehboob
Amr Shabana
11-3, 11-4, 12-14, 11-9 (59m)
James Willstrop
Amr Shabana
5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4 (51m)
Nick Matthew
[8] Farhan Mehboob (Pak)
11/6, 8/11, 11/6, 4/11, 11/7 (60m)
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
[4] James Willstrop (Eng)
10/12, 8/11, 13/11, 11/8, 11/3 (56m)
Hisham Ashour (Egy)
James Willstrop
11/6,11/4,11/6 (55m)
Omar Mosaad
[5] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
10/12, 11/5, 11/1, 11/9 (56m)
Omar Mosaad (Egy)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
11/5, 11/9, 11/5 (39m)
[6] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
Ong Beng Hee
11/9,12/14,8/11,11/6,11/9 (108m)
Wael El Hindi
Wael El Hindi
11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8
Nick Matthew
[Q] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11/8,11/7,11/6 (50m)
[3] Wael El Hindi (Egy)
[Q] Renan Lavigne (Fra)
11/3, 11/8, 8/11, 8/11, 11/7 (64m)
[7] Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
Aamir Atlas Khan
11/5,11/8,11/9 (35m)
Nick Matthew
[Q] Simon Rosner (Ger)
11/5, 11/8, 13/11 (38m)
[2] Nick Matthew (Eng)
CIMB Malaysian Open 2009
Women's Draw
27 Jul - 01 Aug, Kuala Lumpur, $53k
Round One
29 Jul
30 Jul
31 Jul
01 Aug
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11/4, 11/5, 11/8 (38m)
Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
Nicol David
11/4,11/8,11/3 (32m)
Kasey Brown (Aus)
Nicol David
11-6, 15-13, 12-10 (46m)
Natalie Grinham
Nicol David
11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7 (60m)
Alison Waters
[6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
12/10,11/5,11/7 (33m)
Kasey Brown (Aus)
[3] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
11/5,11/4,11/8 (31m)
Delia Arnold (Mas)
Natalie Grinham
11/5, 11/7, 10/12, 11/3 (53m)
Madeline Perry
[8] Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/4, 12/10, 11/3 (35m)
[Q] Aisling Blake (Irl)
[Q] Annie Au (Hkg)
11/4, 3/11, 11/4, 11/4 (32m)
[7] Laura L. Massaro (Eng)
Laura L. Massaro
2/11,11/8,11/5,11/4 (45m)
Alison Waters
Alison Waters
11-1, 11-4, 11-4 (44m)
Rachael Grinham
[Q] Samantha Teran (Mex)
11/2, 7/11, 11/8, 11/8 (48m)
[4] Alison Waters (Eng)
[Q] Camille Serme (Fra)
11/9, 11/8, 11/7 (34m)
[5] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
Jenny Duncalf
11/9,11/7,6/11,4/11,11/9 (80m)
Rachael Grinham
Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
11/13, 6/11, 11/2, 11/5, 11/5 (53m)
[2] Rachael Grinham (Aus)

Nicol David & Amr Shabana Shine In KL


Top seeds Nicol David and Amr Shabana, from Malaysia and Egypt, respectively, secured the titles in the CIMB Malaysian Open after scoring four-game victories over English opponents in finals of the established international squash event at The Curve Shopping Mall at Mutiara Damansara in Kuala Lumpur.


It was the fifth title triumph in a row for Nicol David in the climax of the $53,500 WISPA World Tour Gold event in front of an adoring local crowd in her country's capital.  But her surprise opponent Alison Waters, the fourth seed from London who gate-crashed the final after beating second-seeded Australian Rachael Grinham in straight games in the semis, extended the three-year-long world number one further than before in their tenth career meeting.


David, 25, from Penang, recovered after dropping the third game - her first of the tournament - to win 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7 in exactly one hour.


"I knew that Alison had made it to the final playing well, and as I had played her in Seoul I knew that it would be hard," said the new champion after clinching her fourth WISPA Tour title this year, and the 38th of her career.


When asked about her fifth Malaysian Open crown in a row, David responded:  "It is always a challenge, but I am really helped by the crowd cheering me on."


Though disappointed by her defeat, 25-year-old world No6 Waters was pleased with her performance:  "I was delighted to have reached the final and I played well yesterday to beat Rachael - which gave me confidence going into today's final with Nicol.


"This was my first gold final and I was really looking forward to it.  It was a question of sticking in there and I had my chances in all the games.  I just got my slot selection wrong at the end of a couple of them.  But I was generally pleased with my performance and that I got closer to her.


"I think we played a good match and felt this was the closest that I have got to Nicol - so overall it was a good tournament and looking forward to Singapore next week."


Amr Shabana, the three-time world champion from Cairo, was competing in KL for the first time since 2000 - and looking for his first Tour title of the year.


In the climax of the men's $52,500 PSA World Tour event, the 30-year-old was facing England's Nick Matthew, the second seed who last week won the gold medal in the World Games in Chinese Taipei. 


With too many errors from the Egyptian in the first game, world No5 Matthew soon opened up a one-game lead.  But Shabana cut down the errors in the second and drew level before increasing his dominance over Matthew to forge a 5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4 title-winning victory after 51 minutes.


"I have no complaints," said Shabana after clinching the 23rd PSA Tour title of his career.  "It is good to win a tournament after such a long time. It has taken hard work and patience along with the realisation that I am still a good player."


Matthew admitted that his opponent deserved the win:  "I kept fighting but he was too good, even though I was throwing everything at him," explained the 29-year-old from Sheffield.


"He got the balance between defence and attack better than I did. Nothing changes really; I am trying to get into the top four and Shabana showed that he is too!"


Waters Wipes Out Grinham In Malaysian Open Upset


England's Alison Waters recorded one of the most decisive wins of her career when she upset Australia's No2 seed Rachael Grinham in straight games in the semi-finals of the CIMB Malaysian Open to reach the final of the $53,500 WISPA World Tour Gold squash event at The Curve Shopping Mall at Mutiara Damansara in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.


Ranked six in the world, the 25-year-old Londoner marked her fourth win in six meetings over world No4 Grinham in an 11-1, 11-4, 11-4 victory in 44 minutes.


Waters, now in her third Tour final of the year and the eighth of her career, will face event favourite Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia who is now one match away from her fifth successive title.


David reached her seventh final in a row when she despatched third seed Natalie Grinham, the world No3 from the Netherlands, 11-6, 15-13, 12-10.


The two finalists will be meeting for the tenth time on the WISPA Tour since 2004 - with Waters looking for her first win.


The top two seeds will line up in the final of the men's $52,500 PSA World Tour event.


Favourite Amr Shabana, the three-time world champion competing in KL for the first time since 2000, dropped his first game of the tournament in overcoming England's fourth seed James Willstrop.


The 30-year-old from Cairo overwhelmed the Yorkshireman in the first two games - then Willstrop struck back to take the third.  But Shabana battled on to overcome the tiring Willstrop, ultimately winning 11-3, 11-4, 12-14, 11-9 in 59 minutes to reach his first PSA final of the year - but the 34th of his career.


World No4 Shabana will face another Englishman in the final when he takes on Nick Matthew.   Buoyed by last week's gold medal success in the World Games in Chinese Taipei, Matthew beat Egypt's third seed Wael El Hindi 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8 - and is now in his 27th career Tour final.



Beng Hee Bombs Out After Malaysian Open Marathon


Local hero Ong Beng Hee, the title-holder from Penang, took higher-ranked Egyptian Wael El Hindi the full distance in the quarter-finals of the CIMB Malaysian Open - but ultimately crashed out after 108 minutes to leave the country's premier annual international squash championships in Kuala Lumpur without Malaysian interest in the men's semi-finals for the first time in eight years.


In the men's $52,500 PSA World Tour event, sixth seed Beng Hee - three times winner of the title since 2000 - moved ahead of the world No9 from Cairo after three games.  But El Hindi, the third seed who lost to the Malaysian in the 2005 final, reclaimed the advantage to record a 11-9, 12-14, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9 victory much to the disappointment of the local fans surrounding the all-glass court at The Curve Shopping Mall at Mutiara Damansara.


In one of two Anglo/Egyptian men's semi-finals, El Hindi will face second seed Nick Matthew, the recently-crowned World Games champion who took less than a third of the Egyptian's match time to defeat Pakistan's Aamir Atlas Khan 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 in 35 minutes.  The result was hardly the best present for the world No19 from Peshawar, who was celebrating his 19th birthday!


Top seed Amr Shabana, the three-time world champion competing in KL for the first time since 2000, kept his straight games run intact with an 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 win over Pakistan's Farhan Mehboob.


The former world number one will now take on James Willstrop, the fourth seed from England who beat unseeded Egyptian Omar Mosaad 11-6, 11-4, 11-6.


Malaysian superstar Nicol David moved one step closer to her seventh successive appearance in the women's final after despatching Australia's Kasey Brown 11-4, 11-8, 11-3 in the $53,500 WISPA World Tour Gold event. 


The 25-year-old world number one from Penang will now face long-time Tour rival Natalie Grinham for a place in the final.  The third-seeded Dutch star earned a repeat of last year's final and last week's World Games gold medal play-off after beating Ireland's Madeline Perry, the eighth seed, 11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 11-3.


Natalie's sister Rachael Grinham also earned a place in the last four but the second seed from Australia had to fight off a courageous comeback by Jenny Duncalf before finally beating her fifth-seeded English opponent 11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 4-11, 11-9 in 80 minutes.


Grinham senior now has another English opponent to deal with:  Alison Waters, the fourth seed from London, had to recover from a game down before overcoming England team-mate Laura Lengthorn-Massaro, the No7 seed, 2-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-4.


Mixed Fortunes For Egyptians In Malaysian Open


Egyptians Omar Mosaad and Omneya Abdel Kawy enjoyed mixed fortunes in the first round of the CIMB Malaysian Open, the premier annual international squash championships in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.


Two local players failed at the first hurdle in the men's $52,500 PSA World Tour event and Omar Mosaad caused the downfall of the bigger of the two when he upset two times champion Mohd Azlan Iskandar.  The fifth seed from Kuala Lumpur took the opening game, but was unable to extend his advantage as 21-year-old Mosaad took the upper hand before going on to beat the world No13 and local hero 10-12, 11-5, 11-1, 11-9 in 56 minutes.


It is the first time that Iskandar, the champion in 2004 and 2007, has failed to make at least the semi-finals in six successive appearances in the event since 2004.


Mosaad, the world No26 from Cairo, goes on to meet England's James Willstrop for a place in the semi-finals.  Fourth seed Willstrop, who won the silver medal in last week's World Games in his first competitive appearance since undergoing ankle surgery in April, made a shaky start to his maiden KL campaign when he dropped the first two games.


But the former world No2 from Leeds in Yorkshire re-established his authority on the match by beating Egypt's unseeded Hisham Mohd Ashour 10-12, 8-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-3 in 56 minutes.


Local interest in the men's event is now carried single-handedly by sixth seed Ong Beng Hee, the defending champion from Penang.  In his eighth consecutive appearance in the event since 2000, the three-time champion despatched local wild card opponent Muhd Asyraf Azan 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 to reach the quarter-finals.


Top seed Amr Shabana celebrated his first PSA Tour appearance in KL since 2000 with an 11-3, 11-1, 11-6 win over Pakistan qualifier Yasir Butt.  The three-time world champion from Egypt will now face another Pakistani when he takes on Farhan Mehboob, the No8 seed who battled for exactly one hour to overcome Australian Cameron Pilley 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7.


Second seed Nick Matthew, the Englishman who is expected to line up against Shabana in Saturday's final, beat rising German star Simon Rosner, a qualifier, 11-5, 11-8, 13-11.


"It was good to win 3/0," said Matthew, the new World Games champion.  "He's a dangerous player!"


Australia's Kasey Brown stole the headlines in the women's $53,500 WISPA World Tour Gold event.  The unseeded 23-year-old from New South Wales upset sixth-seeded Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy 12-10, 11-5, 11-7 - only days after the world No7 from Cairo clinched the bronze medal in the World Games in Chinese Taipei.


Brown now faces top seed Nicol David, the world number one and local heroine who has her sights on a fifth title in a row after reaching her seventh successive final!  The 25-year-old from Penang got her 2009 campaign off to a healthy start with an 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 victory over 2004 champion Vanessa Atkinson, the former world number one from the Netherlands.


In the other half of the draw, a trio of English players stand in the way of Australia's second seed Rachael Grinham reaching the final for the first time after five semi-final finishes since 2002. 


Grinham recovered from a two-game deficit to beat France's Isabelle Stoehr 11-13, 6-11, 11-2, 11-5, 11-5 and will now take on Jenny Duncalf, the fifth seed from England who defeated French qualifier Camille Serme 11-9, 11-8, 11-7.


The adjacent quarter-final will be an all-English affair between seventh seed Laura Lengthorn-Massaro and fourth seed Alison Waters.  Both needed four games to get the better of their first round opponents Lengthorn-Massaro overcoming Hong Kong qualifier Annie Au 11-4, 3-11, 11-4, 11-4, while Londoner Waters took 48 minutes to defeat Mexican qualifier Samantha Teran 11-2, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8.


Blake & Butt Battle Into Malaysian Open Draws


Pakistan's Yasir Butt and Ireland's Aisling Blake pulled off notable upsets in the qualifying finals of the CIMB Malaysian Open to earn places in the main draws of Malaysia's leading international squash championship in capital Kuala Lumpur.


Blake, the world No31, reached eight places above her in the world rankings to defeat England's Sarah Kippax 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 in 41 minutes in the women's $53,500 WISPA World Tour Gold event. 


The Irish number two from Sligo has been drawn to meet eighth seed Madeline Perry the Irish number one and her opponent in six Irish national championship finals since 2002!


France's Camille Serme also claimed a surprise place in the first round.  The 20-year-old from Creteil beat higher-seeded Dane Line Hansen 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 and will now line up against England's fifth seed Jenny Duncalf.


Yasir Butt became the lowest-ranked player to make the main draw of the $52,500 PSA World Tour event when he beat Egypt's Tarek Momen, ranked 27 in the world, 11-4, 12-10, 11-5 in 37 minutes.


The world No61 from Lahore was then handed the toughest opponent in the first round when he was drawn to face top seed Amr Shabana, the three times world champion from Egypt.  The world No4 from Cairo, who celebrated his 30th birthday a week ago, is competing in his first PSA Tour event since April.


There was Pakistan disappointment elsewhere in the qualifying finals when Mansoor Zaman, a former world No11, went down 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 in 25 minutes to promising German Simon Rosner


The 21-year-old from Paderborn will now face England's No2 seed Nick Matthew, the world No5 from Sheffield who arrived in Kuala Lumpur fresh from his gold medal triumph in last week's World Games in Chinese Taipei.