NICOL DAVID KL OPEN (Women) 2012
Nicol Claims Namesake Title in KL
David KL Open 2012
26-31 Mar, Kuala Lumpur, $70k
 Nicol David (Mas)
11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (35m)
[Q] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
11-5, 11-2, 11-6 (25m)
15-13, 12-14, 11-6, 11-7 (49m)
Raneem El Weleily
11/4, 12/10, 11/9 (36)
 Kasey Brown (Aus)
11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (40m)
[Q] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
 Madeline Perry (Irl)
11-9, 11-1, 1-11, 12-10 (53m)
Camille Serme (Fra)
13-11, 11-6, 11-2 (31m)
Raneem El Weleily
 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)
 Natalie Grinham (Ned)
11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9 (76m)
9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (43m)
Nour El Sherbini
Samantha Teran (Mex)
11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (31m)
 Laura Massaro (Eng)
[Q] Heba El Torky (Egy)
8-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 12-10 (88m)
 Rachael Grinham (Aus)
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)
 Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
Nicol Claims Namesake Title in
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.
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
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.
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
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.