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01/04/2012
NICOL DAVID KL OPEN (Women) 2012
 

Nicol Claims Namesake Title in KL

CIMB Nicol David KL Open 2012
Women's Draw
26-31 Mar, Kuala Lumpur, $70k
Round One
28 Mar 
Quarters
29 Mar
Semis
30 Mar
Final
31 Mar
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (35m)
[Q] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
 Nicol David
11-5, 11-2, 11-6 (25m)
Dipika Pallikal
 Nicol David
15-13, 12-14, 11-6, 11-7 (49m)
Raneem El Weleily
Nicol David
11/4, 12/10, 11/9 (36)
Annie Au
[8] Kasey Brown (Aus)
11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (40m)
[Q] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
[4] Madeline Perry (Irl)
11-9, 11-1, 1-11, 12-10 (53m)
Camille Serme (Fra)
Madeline Perry
13-11, 11-6, 11-2 (31m)
Raneem El Weleily
[5] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (30m)
Low Wee Wern (Mas)
Annie Au (Hkg)
11-9, 12-14, 11-6, 11-6 (55m)
[7] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
Annie Au
11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9 (76m)
Laura Massaro
Annie Au
9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (43m)
Nour El Sherbini
Samantha Teran (Mex)
11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (31m)
[3] Laura Massaro (Eng)
[Q] Heba El Torky (Egy)
8-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 12-10 (88m)
[6] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
Rachael Grinham
11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8 (41m)
Nour El Sherbini
[Q] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9 (48m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)

 

Nicol Claims Namesake Title in KL

 

Nicol David wins the new WSA World Series Gold event bearing her name, as she defeated Annie Au in the $60K CIMB Nicol David KL Open Championship

In front of a home crowd, the Malaysian six-time world champion put down a spirited challenge from Au, who forced a tie-break second game, to win her 60th WSA World Tour title.  David said after the match: “"I'm happy to have won the CIMB Nicol David KL Open.  Knowing that it's named after me, it feels extra special to win it."

The tournament had otherwise been dominated by underdogs at the Berjaya Time Square shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur.  No2 seed Jenny Duncalf was eliminated by teenage prodigy and qualifier Nour El Sherbini,who went on to also beat experienced No6 seed Rachael Grinham.  Fellow qualifier Dipika Pallikal got the better of No8 seed Kasey Brown, whilst eventual finalist, the unseeded Annie Au beat No7 seed Natalie Grinham, and No3 Laura Massaro on her way to the final. 


Tournament sponsors announced in February that the CIMB KL Open would be subject to an upgrade and rebrand for this years event, boosting the total prize-money and taking on David’s name as a tribute to her achievements in the squash world.   David had previously won seven CIMB KL Open titles before the event’s promotion to World Series status.

 

Au In First World Series Final

 

Annie Au will make her first ever appearance in a WSA World Series final tomorrow after ending the run of fellow giant-killer, teenager Nour El Sherbini in the CIMB Nicol David KL Open 2012

Sherbini had surprised onlookers by dispatching two experienced seeds on her way to the semi-finals of the $60K World Series Gold event.  But the 16-year-old qualifier from Egypt could not make it past Au, who herself has beaten two seeded opponents to make it this far. 

The Egyptian’s form had looked likely to continue as the teenager took the first game from the Hong Kong national champion.  But Au, ranked 10 in the world, dug in to win the next three games and book her place in the final. 

Facing Au in the final will be Malaysia’s seven-time KL Open winner and world No1 Nicol David, who dismissed a spirited challenge from another young Egyptian, Raneem El Weleily

El Weleily, currently enjoying her highest ever WSA world ranking of 5, lost the first game on the tie-break before forcing another in the following game, which she won to level the score at 1-1.

The experience of the six-time World Champion shone through in the following games however, as David rebuffed the Egyptian’s efforts and confirmed her place in her 76th WSA final. 

 

Young Stars Shine in KL Quarters

Sixteen-year-old Egyptian, Nour El Sherbini continued her startling CIMB Nicol David KL Open run in another day of upsets in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

 

The teenager dispatched second seed Jenny Duncalf in yesterday’s first round, her biggest ever WSA World Tour win and today continued her good form by beating the experienced No6 seed, Australian Rachael Grinham in four games. 

Sherbini will now face the other surprise semi finalist in the draw, unseeded Annie Au.  Au played No3 seed Laura Massaro in a cat-and-mouse five-game thriller, which the Hong Kong international finally won after 76-minutes.  Au’s win means that there will definitely be an unseeded finalist, as she faces El Sherbini in the semi-final draw. 


The third upset of the day came in favour of Raneem El Weleily.  The Egyptian fifth seed faced Madeline Perry who is seeded just one place above the 23-year-old.  After a close first game which ended in a tie-break in El Weleily’s favour, she established a firm foothold in the match closing out the contest in three games. 


Tournament namesake and top seed Nicol David was in no mood to succumb to the pattern of upsets however, as she continued her title bid in front of her home crowd, beating India’s Dipika Pallikal in three straight games. 

 

Young Players Surprise Seeds In First Round
 

Three seeds are on their way home, but a teenage qualifier claims the biggest scalp in round one of the CIMB Nicol David KL Open 2012.


In the best win of her WSA career to date, 16-year-old Egyptian qualifier Nour El Sherbini got the better of world No2 Jenny Duncalf in five games.  The 48-minute match went back and forth between the pair, but the Englishwoman was always playing catch-up after losing the first game on the tiebreak.  Sherbini's first round win guarantees the teenager a new highest ranking place in the forthcoming April WSA World Rankings.  

Experienced No6 seed Rachael Grinham then faced qualifier Heba El Torky, also of Egypt.  Despite going 2-games down, the Australian fought back in a mammoth 88-minute game, winning a tie-break fifth game and booking her quarter-final place against the giant killer Sherbini. 

The younger Grinham sister, Natalie fell foul to unseeded Annie Au of Hong Kong in a four-game battle lasting just under an hour.  Au will go on to face No3 seed Laura Massaro, following the Englishwoman’s comfortable 3-0 win over Samantha Teran of Mexico. 

Young Egyptian Raneem El Weleily took half an hour to dispatch home-hope Low Wee Wern in three games, to set up the most exciting of tomorrow’s quarter-final matches.  The No5 seed will go head-to-head with fourth seed and last year’s runner-up Madeline Perry, following the Irishwoman’s 3-1 win over Camille Serme of France.

The last qualifier to make it through to the quarters was Dipika Pallikal of India.  Pallikal got the better of No8 seed Kasey Brown of Australia in three games, making it the Indian international’s biggest WSA World Tour win to date.  

Pallikal will progress to face the top seed and six-time World Champion Nicol David, as the Malaysian looks set to defend her previous KL Open win.  The home favourite will also be hoping to be the first to claim the title since the competition’s upgrade to World Series Gold classification in February, when David’s name was also incorporated into the event. The top seeded Malaysian beat Australian qualifier Donna Urquhart to three games in 35-minutes.