ASIAN INDIVIDUAL CHAMPS 2011
There Can Only Be Wan: Adnan, David Win Asian Titles
Individual Squash Championships 2011,
 Nicol David (MAS) bt  Au
Wing-Chi Annie (HK) 11-3, 11-2, 11-5 (23min)
 Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8
There Can Only
Be Wan: Adnan, David Win Asian Titles
both the men's and women's championships, respectively, at the 2011 Asian
Individual Squash Championships held at the Nicol David International Squash
Center in Penang, Malaysia. It is the first title for Adnan,
in his first ever appearance in the final.
top seed, David,
won her 8th consecutive title.
With a second
upset in as many days, Adnan who goes by 'Wan' on the Professional Squash
Association (PSA) World Tour, defeated top seeded Ong in a tenacious and
physical final. "I thought if I kept him behind me, I could outplay him at the
front," said an exuberant Adnan. Indeed, Ong had a view from the back, but
fought to the end as he was pushed by the raucous crowd who favored him. "I'm
disappointed with my performance today, but Wan played well as he had all
tournament," said Ong afterwards.
The women's final, in a match belying their seedings, was a
lopsided affair. The World Champion from Penang, David dominated from the
opening serve, quickly earning an eighth Asian title to her collection over Au,
ranked 11th in the world.
Spurred before a passionate and loyal crowd that included her
family, in the squash facility that bears her name, David was relentless and
never allowed Au into the match. "Annie is a player, that, if you let her get
into her rhythm, it becomes a very different game. I wanted to make sure she
didn't," commented David after the brief 23-minute match, suggestive of just how
dominating she was.
Womenís Semi final:
Wing-Chi Annie (HKG) bt
Wee Wern (MAS) 12-10,
10-12, 13-11, 12-10 (86min)
David (MAS) bt
Odette Arnold (MAS) 11-7,
11-4, 11-6 (26min)
Menís Semi final:
Beng Hee (MAS) bt
Suchde (IND) 11-6,
11-9, 6-11, 10-12, 11-4 (89min)
Nafizwan Mohd Adnan (MAS) bt
Mehboob (PAK) 11-8,
9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (52min)
Arnold Hold on in Quarterfinal Thrillers
It was an exciting night of squash at the Nicol David
International Squash Center in Penang, Malaysia, as the 2011 Asian Individual
Championships continued today with quarterfinal play.
staged an impressive victory over Kuwait's Abdullah
Khalid H. Al-Mezayen. In
a closely contested match, the players demonstrated deceptive racket skills,
creative use of the court and an array of shots before an appreciative Penang
crowd. The match went to a fifth set decider, exactly what the tense crowd was
hoping for. "You never know what to expect of him [Al-Mezayen],"
"But it wasn't just that I lost the fourth, it was how I lost it. I was up 7-5
and he won it 11-8. He outscored me 6-1 to finish it," Suchde
continued, "In the fifth I reminded myself of how I got here and tried to stick
to a basic game plan."
will now face Malaysia's
Ong Beng Hee
for a spot in the final. "Last time I played Beng Hee, he beat me 3-2 in India.
I would like to beat him in Malaysia,"
In a highly anticipated match, Malaysia's
withstood a fierce fifth game come back from India's
After quickly trailing 2-8 in the fifth,
fought back to tie the decider at 9. Arnold
was able to finish with the partisan crowd passionately pushing her on.
Low Wee Wern
taking 3 of the 4 available semifinal slots.
Annie Au, of
Hong Kong, is the fourth semifinalist.
Men's and Women's semifinal play begins tomorrow and is set to
start at 3pm at the Nicol David International Squash Center in Penang. Admission
is free and Astro Arena will be broadcasting live on channel 801.
Ong Beng Hee (MAS)
Elvinn Keo Jinn Chung (MAS)
11-8 11-4 9-11 15-13 (51m)
Siddharth Suchde (IND)
Abdullah Khalid H. Al-Mezayen (KUW)
11-6 11-8 8-11 11-8 (68m)
Mohd Nafizwan Mohd Adnan (MAS)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS)
11-9 11-5, 3-11, 11-8 (71m)
Farhan Mehboob (PAK)
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND)
11-8 11-8 11-4 (46m)
Au Wing-Chi Annie (HKG)
Sun Mi Song (KOR)
11-3 11-6 11-8 (30m)
Low Wee Wern (MAS)
Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS)
11-8 10-12 11-8 11-2 (48m)
Delia Odette Arnold (MAS)
Dipika Pallikal (IND)
9-11 11-7 5-11 11-5 11-9b (75m)
Nicol David (MAS)
Chan Ho-Ling Joey (HKG)
11-6 11-6 11-7 (31m)
Kuwait and Korea Impressive in Men's First Round
The 2011 Asian Individual Squash Championships had a booming
start at the Nicol David International Squash Center in Penang, Malaysia, this
morning. The field of 64 men and 32 women representing 15 nations gave plenty to
talk about for the local squash enthusiasts as all three Malaysian men won their
first round encounters.
trio of Choong Kam Hing, Muhd, Addeen Idrakie b. Bahtiar
and Elvinn Keo Jinn Chung, will move onto second round action. Choong and
Bahtiar were both convincing in their victories, however, Keo will have to
recover quickly after his grueling, highly competitive match with Ammar
Abdukareem Al-Tamimi of Kuwait. Al-Tamimi pushed him to the very end before
falling 7-11 in the fifth set. "It was a stressful match for me. I expected it
to be tough... I hope to play my next match better. I gained confidence by
winning this one!Ē said a tired Keo post match. Perhaps a bit more exhausted,
Al-Tamimi shared as much saying, "It was a difficult match. I tried my best to
win but Elvinn played very well. I made many mistakes in the fifth and also the
stamina made a difference."
spirited loss was part of an impressive overall showing for Team Kuwait.
While 9/16th seed Ali Bader M. Al-Ramezi won in straight games, Kuwaiti
teammate Salem Fayes Mohamad also lost in the fifth set of a highly
competitive match with Vivian Rhamanan of Singapore. Unfortunate mistakes
were the telling difference in the fifth set. With Al-Ramezi and Abdullah
Khalid H. Ah-Mezayen expecting to go far, the two close losses ought to provide
needed confidence for the future of men's squash in Kuwait.
sends three of its four players through the first round after Seung Joon Lee
suffered the sole defeat at the hands of 9/16th seed Leo Au Chun-Ming of
Hong Kong. A fast-paced match, Seung went point for point with Au before losing
the crucial points at the end of each set. Otherwise, Team Korea dropped only
one game as Se Hyun Lee, Seung Taek Lee and Nyeon Ho Lee move
second round, in addition to the women's first round, is set to start at 4pm
today at the Nicol David International Squash Center in Penang.
Nyeon Ho Lee (KOR) bt Yuta Fukui (JPN) 11-9, 12-10, 12-10
Chen Ching-Han (TPE) bt Yasir Issadeen (SRI) 11-7, 11-9, 8-11,
Elvinn Keo Jinn Chung (MAS) bt Ammar Abdukareem Al-Tamimi (KUW) 4-11,
11-2, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7
Samuel Kang (SIN) bt Robert Andrew Garcia (PHI) 11-8, 9-11,
Ahmad Al-Zabidi (JOR) bt Marcus Phua (SIN) 11-8, 11-9, 10-12,
(IND) bt Chen Shu-Kai (TPE) 11-4, 11-3, 11-6
[9/16] Choong Kam Hing (MAS) bt Richard Espinola (PHI) 11-4,
Navid Malek Sabet (IRN) bt Soni Ramdhani (INA) 7-11, 11-8, 11-8,
Muhd Addeen Idrakie b. Bahtiar (MAS) bt David William Pelino
(PHI) 11-9, 11-3, 11-3
Wong Hon Fung (HK) bt Chang Chun-Yu (TPE) 11-3, 11-2, 11-4
(KOR) bt Ken Okada (JPN) 13-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7
[9/16] Waqas Mehboob (PAK) bt Huang Cheng-Yao (TPE) 6-11, 11-7,
[9/16] Leo Au Chun-Ming (HK) bt Seung Joon Lee (KOR) 11-8, 11-7,
Ahmad Al Saraj (JOR) bt Mohammad Hossein Sanaee (IRN) Walkover
Se Hyun Lee (KOR) bt Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN) 11-4, 11-1, 11-7
(INA) bt Eranga
Alwis (SRI) 11-3, 11-5, 11-6
Vivian Rhamanan (SIN) bt Salem Fayez Mohamad (KUW) 11-13, 11-6,
5-11, 11-6, 11-9
[9/16] Ali Bader M. Al-Ramezi (KUW) bt Shen Jiaqi (CHN) 11-1,
Mohammadreza Sadeghpour (IRN) bt Lal Wickremasinghe
Shinnosuke Tsukue (JPN) bt Wang Junjie (CHN) 11-4, 11-5, 11-2