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Nicol David Revenge Leads To Malaysian Double In Chennai

Chennai Open
Women's Draw

02-07 March, Chennai, $53k
Round One
04 Mar
05 Mar
06 Mar
07 Mar

[1] Nicol David (MAS)
11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (30m)
[Q] Dipika Pallikal (IND)

 Nicol David
11-9, 11-4, 12-10 (28m)
Samantha Teran
Nicol David
11-2, 11-4, 11-4 (23m)
Kasey Brown
Nicol David
11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (25m)
Jenny Duncalf

[8] Samantha Teran (MEX)
11-3, 3-11, 11-3, 11-4 (29m)
[Q] Donna Urquhart (AUS)

[4] Madeline Perry (IRL)
11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (40m)
Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL)

Jaclyn Hawkes
11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4 (69m)
Kasey Brown

[7] Kasey Brown (AUS)
8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (37m)
Joshna Chinappa (IND)

Rebecca Chiu (HKG)
11-3, 11-8, 11-4 (20m)
[6] Camille Serme (FRA) 

Camille Serme
4-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-3 (40m)
Rachael Grinham
Camille Serme
11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (30m)
Jenny Duncalf

[Q] Delia Arnold (MAS)
11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6
[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 

[Q] Low Wee Wern (MAS)
11-2, 8-11, 3-11, 11-5, 11-7 (51m)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) 

Laura Massaro
12-10, 11-9, 11-9 (43m)
Jenny Duncalf

Annie Au (HKG)
8-11, 11-7, 11-0, 11-2 (34m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)

Women's qualifying finals:

Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt Aisling Blake (IRL) 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (31m)

Delia Arnold (MAS) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (39m)

Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Sharon Wee (MAS) 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (25m)

Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Anaka Alankamony (IND) 11-3, 12-10, 12-10 (26m)


Chennai Open
Men's Draw

02-07 March, Chennai, $25k
Round One
04 Mar
05 Mar
06 Mar
07 Mar

[1] Ong Beng Hee (MAS)
11-6, 3-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-3 (50m)
Ivan Yuen (MAS)

Ong Beng Hee
11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (41m)
Yann Perrin
Ong Beng Hee
9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10
Mohd Ali Anwar Reda
Ong Beng Hee
14-12, 11-9, 11-9 (47m)
Jonathan Kemp

[7] Yann Perrin (FRA)
11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6 (70m)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS)

[3] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY)
11-4, 11-7, 11-4
Ramit Tandon (IND)

Mohd Ali Anwar Reda
9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (61m)
Alan Clyne

[8] Alan Clyne (SCO)
11-7, 11-3, 8-11, 11-9 (41m)
[Q] Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND)

[Q] Siddharth Suchde (IND)
14-12, 3-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7 (95m)
[6] Chris Simpson (ENG)

Chris Simpson
v11-7, 11-7, 11-13, 11-7 (64m)
Saurav Ghosal
Saurav Ghosal
13-15, 15-13, 11-9, 11-6 (58m)
Jonathan Kemp

[Q] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND)
11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (40m)
[4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 

Laurence Delasaux (ENG)
11-7, 13-11, 11-6 (47m)
[5] Stephen Coppinger (RSA)

Laurence Delasaux
11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (31m)
Jonathan Kemp

[Q] Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN)
11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (30m)
[2] Jonathan Kemp (ENG)

Men's qualifying finals:

Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Vikas Jangra (IND) 11-7, 11-1, 11-5 (30m)

Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND) bt Stuart Crawford (SCO) 11-8, 8-11, 11-2, 13-11 (35m)

Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) bt Elvinn Keo (MAS) 11-7, 11-6, 13-11 (38m)

Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt Gaurav Nandrajog (IND) 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8 (73m)

Nicol David Revenge Leads To Malaysian Double In Chennai


It took just 25 minutes for Malaysia's world number one Nicol David to re-establish her authority in women's world squash when she beat England's Jenny Duncalf in the final of the Chennai Open in India to win the $53,500 WISPA World Tour Gold title at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai - and avenge two recent defeats by her main Tour rival.


Duncalf, the world No3 from Harrogate in Yorkshire, was unable to withstand the superior display of David, the 26-year-old from Penang who has topped the women's world rankings uninterrupted since August 2006. 


The favourite kept Duncalf pinned to the back before playing aggressive drops to the front.  A relieved David made short work of her 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 victory.


"Jenny has been playing very well and I knew she would come out strong so I had to set my game up well," said David.  "I was pleased to have managed it.


"When I came here for the Asian Juniors, squash in India was picking up - and now, nearly ten years later, there is this amazing facility and some top men and women players," added the twice former world junior champion at the trophy presentations.  "All credit to you all, it has been fantastic."


Referring to the match, a disconsolate Duncalf said:  "From the first rally, when I smacked the tin, from there I was making too many errors.  I don't know why, I just felt frustrated with myself for most of the match, but she played very consistently."


It was a significant confidence-boosting win for David, who was making her maiden appearance on the WISPA Tour this year since losing twice in succession to Duncalf last November - in the semi-finals of the US Open in New York and then the Qatar Classic in Doha.


The win takes David's career Tour title total to 42.  In a remarkable run since the beginning of 2005, Nicol David has appeared in 52 WISPA World Tour events, and claimed the titles in 39!


The final of the men's $25,000 PSA World Tour event also produced a Malaysian success over an English opponent when favourite Ong Beng Hee beat second seed Jonathan Kemp.


The world No19 from Penang dished out an impeccable error-free game in the climax of the Tamil Nadu Government-sponsored championship – notable, particularly, as he had survived a 116-minute five-game semi-final less than 24 hours earlier.


The top two seeds traded point for point in the first game, but the Malaysian favourite showed alacrity in mixing the pace of his shots.  Kemp, the world No21 from Wolverhampton who enjoys a fast-paced game, had difficulties in adjusting himself to his opponent's tactics.  


Ong Beng Hee, the 30-year-old former world No7, perhaps reserved his best for the final - and finished the match with class, winning 14-12, 11-9, 11-9 in 47 minutes.


"Obviously, having played for two hours yesterday I wanted to be as positive as I could be," said the new men's champion afterwards. "He is very talented, one of the most gifted, so I knew that it would be difficult.


"A few decisions went my way, it was very close and maybe I was a little lucky, but I am really pleased with this win."


The title triumph, his first since claiming the Malaysian Open on home soil in July 2008, takes Ong Beng Hee's career PSA Tour title haul to 13.


Chennai Open Tournament Director Major Maniam was pleased with the event:  "We were absolutely delighted that we had the best women players that Chennai has ever seen, and some top guys too.  These women stars were so supportive and easy to deal with and an inspiration to our girls.


"And, as a Malaysian, I was so pleased to see a double by Nicol and Beng Hee - along with the media exposure for our Saurav Ghosal and the event too."


David Sets Up Duncalf Revenge Bid In Chennai


Malaysia's world number one Nicol David will be after revenge when she faces Jenny Duncalf in Sunday's final of the Chennai Open Squash Championships after both players prevailed in the semi-finals of the $53,500 WISPA World Tour Gold event at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, India.


It was in November last year that England's Duncalf ended a sequence of 14 successive David defeats over the previous seven years to beat the sport's most dominant player this millennium twice in a row – in the semi-finals of the US Open, then the Qatar Classic in Doha, both of which Duncalf went on to win. 


Both players are beginning their 2010 campaigns in Chennai – and both have reached the event climax relatively untroubled.  David, from Penang, was business-like in her 23-minute 11-2, 11-4, 11-4 win over seventh-seeded Australian Kasey Brown, while Duncalf had an easy time beating surprise French opponent Camille Serme 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 in 30 minutes.


David is celebrating her 57th WISPA Tour final, while Duncalf, the world No3 from Harrogate, is marking her 13th, but looking for fourth Tour title in a row since winning the Soho Square Championship in Egypt at the beginning of November.


The final of the men's $25,000 PSA World Tour event is also an Anglo/Malaysian affair featuring the top two seeds – but both favourite Ong Beng Hee and second seed Jonathan Kemp were taken the full distance before making the anticipated finale.


Left-hander Kemp dashed hopes of an Indian finalist when he beat the nation's top-ranked player Saurav Ghosal, the fourth seed, 13-15, 15-13, 11-9, 11-6 in 58 minutes to make the 13th PSA Tour final of his career.


Ong Beng Hee endured one of the longest matches of his life when he fought back from a game down to overcome third-seeded Egyptian Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, a 20-year-old from Cairo, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10 in 116 minutes.


Beng Hee is celebrating the 21st Tour final of his career – but looking to pick up his first title since winning the Malaysian Open on home soil in July 2008.


Serme In Semi After Chopping Grinham In Chennai


Rising French star Camille Serme is celebrating her first appearance in the semi-finals of a WISPA World Tour Gold event after upsetting third seed Rachael Grinham, the former world number one from Australia, in today's (Friday) quarter-finals of the $53,500 Chennai Open Squash Championships at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, India.


The 20-year-old from Creteil recovered from a game down to beat Grinham, the world No4, 4-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-3 in 40 minutes – thereby notching up her biggest scalp on the Tour.


Serme, now the French number one who boasts a career-high world ranking of 11, next meets England's Jenny Duncalf for a place in the final.


Duncalf, the world No3 from Harrogate, took 43 minutes to resist a spirited attack from England team-mate Laura Massaro, ultimately beating the fifth seed 12-10, 11-9, 11-9.


The other women's semi-final will see event favourite Nicol David line up against Kasey Brown, the No7 seed from Australia. 


Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia who is making her 2010 Tour debut in Chennai, trailed 2-6 in the third game against Mexican opponent Samantha Teran, but raised her game to beat the eighth seed 11-9, 11-4, 12-10.


The match between Brown and unseeded New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes turned out to be a closely-contested encounter until the fourth game when the Aussie, ranked seven places higher than the Kiwi, managed to improve from a 4-1 situation to win the match 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4 after 69 minutes.


Indian hopes are alive and well in the men's $25,000 PSA World Tour event where fourth seed Saurav Ghosal, playing in his home city, beat England's No6 seed Chris Simpson 11-7, 11-7, 11-13, 11-7 in 64 minutes.


"The 23-year-old world No29 was looking to achieve a straight forward 3/0 win," said event spokesman Cyrus Poncha.  "And - except in the third game, where Simpson managed to get into the game right from beginning, coming up with winners after rallies to match point for point - Ghosal led throughout in the remaining three games. 


"The third game was evenly matched and the rivals were stuck at 9-9 for sometime before Ghosal broke the ice leading 10-9 and perhaps was managing to stay in the court despite pain on his back.  Here, Simpson made it 11-10 with a boast from the back and then claimed the remaining two points for the game."  


Ghosal will now face Jonathan Kemp, the second seed who ended English compatriot Laurence Delasaux's run by beating the unseeded 24-year-old 11-9, 11-4, 11-7.


Top seed Ong Beng Hee defeated Yann Perrin, the No7 seed from France, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 in 41 minutes to set up a meeting in the other semi-final with Mohd Ali Anwar Reda.  The third seed from Egypt dropped the first game against eighth seed Alan Clyne but went on to beat the Scot 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 in 61 minutes.


Nicol David Gets 2010 Campaign Underway In Chennai


World number one Nicol David made an impressive start to her 2010 WISPA World Tour campaign at the Chennai Open Squash Championships – but the Malaysian disappointed the local crowd at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai by beating India’s second best woman player Dipika Pallikal in straight games in the opening round of the $53,500 WISPA Gold event.


Seeded to win the 42nd Tour event of her career, David got in to her rhythm swiftly and claimed the first game in just six minutes.  After assessing her opponent in this way, the 26-year-old from Penang was then seen to be much relaxed.  Though David took the second game at the expense of three more points, the favourite was not unduly worried even when Pallikal ran up a 4-0 lead in the third game. 


But David tightened up her game and closed out the match 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 after 30 minutes to set up a quarter-final clash with close friend Samantha Teran.  The eighth-seeded Mexican fought off a determined attack by Donna Urquhart to beat the Australian qualifier 11-3, 3-11, 11-3, 11-4.


New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes made amends for a premature exit in last month's Creteil International Open in France by producing the women's event's only upset – defeating Ireland's No4 seed Madeline Perry, the world No7, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9.


The unseeded 27-year-old from Auckland, ranked ten places below Perry in the March WISPA world list, now faces Kasey Brown, the No7 seed from Australia who recovered from a game down to beat India's top-ranked player Joshna Chinappa 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5.


A Malaysian is also expected to lift the men's $25,000 PSA World Tour event title – but Ong Beng Hee was taken the full distance by Ivan Yuen before overcoming his compatriot 11-6, 3-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-3 in 50 minutes to claim his anticipated place in the last eight.


The Penang-born 30-year-old will now face Frenchman Yann Perrin after the No7 seed battled for 70 minutes to quash Malaysian Muhd Asyraf Azan 11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6.


And Chennai also provided the latest opportunity for England's Laurence Delasaux to show off his prowess when he upset fifth-seeded South African Stephen Coppinger 11-7, 13-11, 11-6 to become the only unseeded player in the men's quarter-finals.


Delasaux - who rejoined the PSA Tour last year after a break of more than two years, since when he has picked up three titles and established a new career-high world No71 ranking – will now meet compatriot Jonathan Kemp, the No2 seed from Halifax who ousted Danish qualifier Kristian Frost Olesen 11-8, 11-4, 11-4.


In the first match of the day, Ritwik Bhattacharya of India failed to maintain the promise of his play in the first game in which he led 5-1 before being caught by his tail by Scotland's eighth seed Alan Clyne


"Bhattacharya had his chances on a number of occasions but failed to cash in on them and was ruing every point that he lost on his committing silly errors," said event spokesman Cyrus Poncha.  "The other good patch of his game today was claiming the third game and taking the last two points with superb winners."


However, world No69 Clyne recovered well to beat Bhattacharya, ranked 115, 11-7, 11-3, 8-11, 11-9.


Fourth-seeded Saurav Ghosal ensured Indian interest in the quarter-finals with a straight games win over compatriot Harinder Pal Sandhu 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 in 40 minutes.  But Siddharth Suchde, a qualifier from Mumbai, was pipped in the fifth game by Chris Simpson, the sixth seed from England.


Simpson twice led, but Sandhu came back on both occasions to level the match.  But the Englishman showed his experience in the decider to win 14-12, 3-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7 after 95 minutes.


Dipika Leads Indian Charge In Chennai


India’s second best woman squash star Dipika Pallikal hogged the limelight with a clinical upset over higher-ranked Irish opponent Aisling Blake to commence a fruitful day for home grown men and women in the final qualifying matches of the PSA and WISPA Chennai Open Squash Championships at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai.


Following her 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 victory in 31 minutes over Blake, ranked 24 places higher, Pallikal has a tough task ahead since being drawn to meet top seed Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia, in the main draw of the $53,500 women's WISPA World Tour Gold event – the first of the year – that begins tomorrow.


David, playing in her first Tour event of the year, will be joined in the main draw by two further Malaysian qualifiers, Low Wee Wern and Delia Arnold – Wern despatching higher-ranked compatriot Sharon Wee in straight games.


England's Alison Waters, the world No5 from London, has been forced to withdraw from the event, suffering with tendonitis in her Achilles.


In the final qualifying round of the men's $25,000 PSA World Tour event, Gaurav Nandrajog (ranked 174) was the lone local player among four Indians on view to bite the dust - going down fighting to higher-ranked Kristian Frost Olesen (107) of Denmark 11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 8-11 in a marathon 73 minutes.


But both Ritwik Bhattacharya, from Mumbai, and Harinder Pal Sandhu, from Chandigarn, both prevailed in straightforward fashion, while Mumbai-born Siddharth Suchde had an easy time against compatriot Vikas Jangra winning 11-7, 11-1, 11-5 in 30 minutes.


The men's title is also expected to be won by a Malaysian, with Penang-born top seed Ong Beng Hee lining up in the main draw against compatriot Ivan Yuen.  Indian interest is led by Saurav Ghosal, the No4 seed from Chennai.