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Gaultier Celebrates Triumphant Malaysian Open Debut

CIMB Malaysian Open 2011
Women's Draw
Championship Website:
18-23 Jul, Kuala Lumpur, $60k
Round One
20 Jul
21 Jul
22 Jul
23 Jul
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11/7, 11/6, 11/4 (31Min)
Donna Urquhart (Aus)
Nicol David
11/7,9/11,11/1,11/6 (57 Min)
Laura Massaro
Nicol David
11-9 12-10 11-4 (45m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
Nicol David
11/9,12/10,11/4 (45Min)
Jenny Duncalf
[6] Laura Massaro (Eng)
11/9, 12/10, 11/7 (44m)
[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
[3] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
11/8, 7/11, 11/6, 11/9 (39m)
Annie Au (Hkg)
Rachael Grinham
11/7,4/11,11/9,2/11,11/9 (60Min)
 Omneya Abdel Kawy
[7] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
10/12, 9/11, 14/12, 11/9, 11/3 (75m)
Delia Arnold (Mas)
Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
 11/9, 8/11, 11/8, 8/11, 11/9 (66m)

[8] Camille Serme (Fra)
Camille Serme
11/6, 11/8, 11/8 (40Min)
Joelle King
Camille Serme
14-12 11-5 11-8 (39m)
Jenny Duncalf
[Q] Joelle King
11/9, 11/2, 11/6 (40m)
[4] Madeline Perry (Irl)
[Q] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
6/11, 11/4, 13/11, 7/11, 11/3 (76m)

[5] Kasey Brown (Aus)
Kasey Brown
9/11, 6/11, 11/6, 12/10, 11/4 (76Min)
Jenny Duncalf
[Q] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
11-5, 11-9, 12-10 (39m)

[2] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
CIMB Malaysian Open 2011
Men's Draw
18-23 Jul, Kuala Lumpur, $50k
Round One
20 Jul
21 Jul
22 Jul
23 Jul
[1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
11-3, 11-3, 11-2 (27m)
[Q] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
Gregory Gaultier
12/10, 11/2, 11/7 (54Min)
Ong Beng Hee
Gregory Gaultier
11-5, 11-5, 11-1 (41m)
Alan Clyne
Gregory Gaultier
1-8, 11-3, 11-3 (43m)
Aamir Atlas Khan
Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
(AUS) 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (31m)
[Q] Ryan Cuskelly
[Q] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
9-11, 11-6, 18-16, 9-11, 11-9 (100m)
Farhan Mehboob (PAK)
Karim Abdel Gawad
11/6,11/6,11/4 (39 Min)
Alan Clyne
[Q] Alan Clyne (SCO)  
11-7, 5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 15-13 (64m)[4]
Hisham Mohd Ashour
[3] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
11-5, 12-10, 11-7 (47m)
Kamran Khan (Mas)
Azlan Iskandar
11/5, 10/12, 11/9, 11/6 (56Min)
Aamir Atlas Khan
Aamir Atlas Khan
10-12, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9 (54m)
Cameron Pilley
Chris Ryder (Eng)
11-7, 3-11, 11-7, 3-11, 11-7 (60m)
Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
Tarek Momen (Egy)
11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (65m)
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
Cameron Pilley
11/6,11/6,14/12 (55Min)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (39m)
[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)

Gaultier Celebrates Triumphant Malaysian Open Debut

French squash star Gregory Gaultier celebrated his debut appearance in the long-established CIMB Malaysian Open in Selangor by winning the PSA World Tour International 50 event today at the Curve Shopping Mall in sensational style.

The top seed, ranked six in the world, swept through the high-class field to reach the final without dropping a game.

His surprise opponent was unseeded Pakistani Aamir Atlas Khan - the 20-year-old world No28 from Peshawar who followed his quarter-final upset over home favourite and title-holder Mohd Azlan Iskandar by dismissing higher-ranked Australian Cameron Pilley in the semis.

But the mighty Gaultier was not to be stopped: Appearing in the 40th PSA Tour final of his career, the 28-year-old from Aix-en-Provence brushed aside Khan 11-8, 11-3, 11-3 in 43 minutes to avenge his defeat by the Pakistani in their last meeting in Qatar in 2009.

It was the French and European champion's first Tour title triumph of the year - but the 18th of Gaultier's distinguished career.

Gaultier & Aamir Atlas Make Malaysian Open Final

Unseeded Pakistani Aamir Atlas Khan continued his giant-killing run in today's semi-finals of the CIMB Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur to set up a meeting with French favourite Gregory Gaultier in the final of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Curve Shopping Mall.

In his most impressive Tour run for almost two years, Khan upset home favourite Mohd Azlan Iskandar, the title-holder and third seed, in the quarter-finals before facing higher-ranked Australian Cameron Pilley in the semis.

And after recovering from the loss of the opening game, the 20-year-old world No28 from Peshawar defeated Pilley 10-12, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9 in 54 minutes to reach the tenth PSA Tour final of his career.

Meanwhile Gaultier, the world No6 in his maiden appearance in the event, chalked up his third straight straight games win in the tournament when he beat qualifier Alan Clyne.

The Scot had enjoyed one his most impressive recent Tour runs - making his breakthrough in the opening round by ousting fourth seed Hisham Mohd Ashour before overcoming a further Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad.

But Gaultier was too strong for the 24-year-old from Edinburgh, winning 11-5, 11-5, 11-1 in 41 minutes to mark up the 40th Tour final appearance of his career - but his first for almost a year.

Gaultier enters the final as firm favourite for the title - but whilst his career head-to-head Tour record against Atlas Khan is one win apiece, it was the Pakistani underdog, ranked 28 in the world, who emerged triumphant in their last meeting, in the second round of the Qatar Classic in November 2009.

David and Duncalf set up blockbuster final in CIMB Malaysian Open           


The world number one and two set up the dream final in the CIMB Malaysian Open today.


The second event of the WISPA World Series has already showed some incredibly high levels of squash from the world’s top female players and the semi finals were no exception.


England’s Jenny Duncalf was the first through to the final with a straight game victory over Camille Serme, both sporting Adidas kit. Duncalf owned a 3-1 head to head over Serme, but she would have been aware of the danger that the French girl posed. The first game was close all the way into the tie break, which Duncalf managed to sneak 14-12. From there on Duncalf assumed control and didn’t allow Serme to play her game, always one step ahead. Duncalf closed out the match in straight games after 39 minutes. She would have been relieved to get off court in straight games after her marathon comeback win in the quarter final over Kasey Brown.


Nicol David delighted the home fans by coming through in straight games against Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy. Kawy, who has not been in the best of form this year, found her game again in the previous round to edge out Rachael Grinham. David, who wears Adidas designed by Stella McCartney, fought off a stern test from Kawy who was in full attacking mode throughout. She had her chances in the second game, taking David to a tie break, but the effects of yesterday’s match took its toll and the Duracell bunny closed out the match after 45 minutes. 


The final will be an intriguing repeat of last year’s epic final which David won in five. The world’s top two players also contested the final of the first World Series event of the season, the Cayman Islands Open, where David won in four games.



Malaysians Ousted In Day Of KL Upsets

In a day of shocks in the CIMB Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, defending champion Mohd Azlan Iskandar crashed out in the quarter-finals to extinguish Malaysian interest in the last four of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Curve Shopping Mall.

In one of his best victories in recent months, Pakistan's unseeded Aamir Atlas Khan toppled the third-seeded Malaysian 11-5, 10-12, 11-9, 11-6 in 56 minutes. It is only the second time in eight years that three-time champion Iskandar has failed to reach the semi-finals.

Khan, the 20-year-old world No28 from Peshawar, now faces fellow non-seed Cameron Pilley after the world No17 from Australia produced the event's biggest shock yet by beating Egypt's No2 seed Mohamed El Shorbagy, ranked nine in the world, 11-6, 11-6, 14-12.

Scottish qualifier Alan Clyne continued his impressive run in the event by beating fellow qualifier and higher-ranked Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad 11-6, 11-6, 11-4.

The 24-year-old from Edinburgh - at 49, the lowest-ranked player to qualify - will now face top-seeded Frenchman Gregory Gaultier for a place in the final.

Gaultier, the world No6 in his maiden appearance in the event, denied three-time champion Ong Beng Hee his fourth appearance in the semi-finals since 2000 by beating the former Malaysian number one 12-10, 11-2, 11-7.

Clyne Claims Mighty Malaysian Open Upset

Scottish qualifier Alan Clyne claimed the biggest upset in today's first round of the CIMB Malaysian Open when he beat fourth seed Hisham Mohd Ashour to earn a surprise place in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.

After fighting back from 2/1 down, the 24-year-old from Edinburgh survived a lengthy tie-break decider to overcome the world No13 from Egypt 11-7, 5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 15-13 in 64 minutes.

World No49 Clyne, the lowest-ranked player to qualify, will now face fellow qualifier Karim Abdel Gawad for a place in the last four. The 19-year-old from Egypt, the youngest player in the draw, battled for 100 minutes to see off Pakistan's Farhan Mehboob 9-11, 11-6, 18-16, 9-11, 11-9.

There was better fortune for fellow Pakistani Aamir Atlas Khan, however, when the 20-year-old from Peshawar survived a see-saw game with Chris Ryder, beating the Englishman 11-7, 3-11, 11-7, 3-11, 11-7.

Leading Malaysian pair Mohd Azlan Iskandar and Ong Beng Hee delighted the home crowd by securing places in the last eight. Defending champion Iskandar, looking for his fourth title since 2004, defeated wild card compatriot Kamran Khan 11-5, 12-10, 11-7, while Beng Hee - also a three-time winner of the crown - beat Australian qualifier Ryan Cuskelly 11-6, 11-9, 11-5.

Can Nicol Make It Seven in A Row?


Nicol David will be aiming for an incredible seventh title in a row this week at the CIMB Malaysian Open, being held at the National Squash Centre and The Curve shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. The tournament, which has recently been upgraded, will be the second World Series event of the year, following on from the Cayman Islands Open back in April. David won the title in the Caymans and will look to stay atop of the World Series standings in front of her home fans.


However, there will be a whole host of top players with their eyes on the title and many will feel they can potentially dethrone the Queen of Squash. Earlier this year David was defeated for the first time in over twelve months by world number seven Laura Massaro in the final of the Cleveland Classic. Massaro and David could have a repeat clash in the quarter final if they are both to come through their openers. Massaro, the British Champion, opens against a qualifier and David starts her campaign with a tricky match up against Australia’s Donna Urquhart, who made a shock run to the semi final of the Cayman Islands Open.


Nine of the worlds top ten feature in the draw, with the only absentee being world number five Alison Waters, who is still recovering from an ankle injury.

World Number two Jenny Duncalf, David’s closest rival, starts against a qualifier and will be looking to go one further than last year when she pushed David to a nail biting fiver setter in the final. She could possibly play Australia’s Kasey Brown in the quarter final. Brown takes on a qualifier in the first round.


The two standout matches from the first round feature world number three Rachael Grinham and French number one Camille Serme, both will have to be at their very best to make the quarter final. Grinham takes on Annie Au and whilst Grinham holds a 2-1 head to head advantage, Au won their last meeting in the first round of Cleveland in January. The winner is set to meet Omneya Abdel Kawy in the quarter final. The World Open finalist has not been in top form this year and will look to turn things around here. She faces Malaysia’s Delia Arnold, the wild card.


Serme has an equally difficult first round against long time rival Raneem El Weleily. The Egyptian will be confident going into their match, knowing she has never lost to Serme. Madeline Perry will be the likely quarter final opponent for one of these two. The world number four will face a qualifier in her first match.


All these players will also be wary of the danger that lurks in qualifying. Kiwi’s Joelle King and Jaclyn Hawkes, local star Wee Wern Low and England’s Sarah Kippax, if they make it through, will not be underestimated.


With more money and crucial World Series points up for grabs, the tournament will be tougher than ever.