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Raneem Stuns Crowds In Malaysia

Malaysian Open 2012
Women's Draw
10-15 Sep, Kuala Lumpur, $70k
Round One
11 Sep 
Round Two
12 Sep
13 Sep
14 Sep
15 Sep
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
 11/3, 12/10, 11/9 (30m
[Q] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
Nicol David
11/6, 8/11, 11/8, 11/7 (50m)
Donna Urquhart
Nicol David
6/11, 11/5, 15/13, 11/5 (46m)
Annie Au
Nicol David
10/12, 11/6, 11/7, 11/8
Laura Massaro
Nicol David
12/10, 11/13, 11/6, 11/2
Raneem El Weleily
[16] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
 11/4, 11/6, 11/4 (32m)
Lucia Fialova (Cze) 
[6] Annie Au (Hkg)
 11/2, 11/0, 11/4 (14m)
[Q] Milou Van Der Heijden (Ned)
Annie Au
 11/7, 11/8, 11/8 (37m
Kasey Brown
[10] Kasey Brown (Aus)
4/11, 11/7, 11/9, 11/6 (53m)
Heba El Torky (Egy)
[4] Laura Massaro (Eng)
11/7, 11/5, 11/1 (28m
[Q] Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg)
 Laura Massaro
 11/5, 14/12, 8/11, 11/7 (52m)
Dipika Pallikal
Laura Massaro
11/13, 11/5, 11/7, 11/3 (35m)
Nour El Sherbini
[14] Dipika Pallikal (Ind
11/6, 11/6, 12/10 (30m)
[Q] Kylie Linday (Nzl)
[7] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
11/7, 11/1, 11/4 (15m)
Gaby Huber (Sui) 
Nour El Sherbini
11/7, 5/11, 11/7, 11/8 (40m)
  Emily Whitlock
[13] Samantha Teran (Mex)
11/3,11/4, 9/11, 12/10 (50m)
Emily Whitlock (Eng) 
[Q] Salma Hany (Egy)
 11/5, 11/3, 11/7 (22m
[11] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
Low Wee Wern
11/3, 9/11, 11/4, 11/8 (62m)
Madeline Perry
Low Wee Wern
11/7, 11/5, 11/8 (32m)
Jenny Duncalf
Low Wee Wern
11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9
Raneem El Weleily
Delia Arnold (Mas)
11/2, 11/5, 11/4 (26m
[5] Madeline Perry (Irl)
Siti Munirah Jusoh (Mas)
11/8, 11/4, 11/4 (27m)
[12] Camille Serme (Fra)
Camille Serme
11/5, 11/4, 11/7 (37m)
Jenny Duncalf
Line Hansen (Den)
11/4, 11/4, 11/8 (35m)
[3] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
[Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg)
 11/6, 11/4, 11/2 (17m
[15] Alison Waters (Eng)
Alison Waters
11/6, 9/11, 12/10, 11/5 (45m)
Natalie Grinham
Alison Waters

12/10, 5/11, 11/6, 11/3, (45m)

Raneem El Weleily

[Q] Lisa Aitken (Sco)
. 11/5, 11/6, 11/3 (23m)
[8] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
11/7, 11/7, 14/12 (38m)
[9] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
6/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/2 (39m)
Raneem El Weleily
[Q] Vanessa Raj (Mas)
11/4, 11/5, 11/3 (25m)
[2] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)

Squash Flashmob Hits Malaysia

Raneem Stuns Crowds In Malaysia
Raneem El Weleily claimed an historic win over top seed Nicol David to prevent the number one seed from achieving her eighth title in the CIMB Malaysian Open final.

The world No.2, who beat Low Wee Wern, Alison Waters, Omneya Abdel Kawy and qualifier Vanessa Raj on her way to the final, showed no fear coming up against David and demonstrated a cool head by finishing off a tiebreak first game despite previously holding three game-balls.
Although the rallies stayed close and the points spread closer, David inched her way back into the game and after another tiebreak in the second game was able to stretch the two point lead needed to draw level.

After dropping games to Donna Urquhart, Annie Au and Laura Massaro en route to the final, David responded in each by upping the pace and dominating the remainder of proceedings.  El Weleily ensured that was not the case on this occasion with a run of blindingly accurate drop shots, whilst absorbing the world No.1ís counter-attacking efforts by confident volleying from the middle of the court.

A strong 11-6 win for the Egyptian left the Malaysian crowds wondering what David would have to do to regain a foothold in the match.  As the fourth game commenced, the signs were clear that the 23-year-old Egyptian had her sights set firmly on the title and she closed out the fourth game 11-2, inflicting Davidís heaviest game defeat since 2007.

A spectacular all-round performance from the Egyptian means that David will have to wait until the end of the month to attempt to break the long standing record for most WSA titles won, as she currently sits level with womenís squash great, Sarah Fitzgerald.  
A milestone fifth WSA title for Raneem El Weleily, in her second month as world No.2, unquestionably strengthening her position in the rankings and laying down the gauntlet for those ranked not only below her, but to the one remaining player yet to catch.
El Weleily Ends All-Malaysian Final Dream
Raneem El Weleily booked her place in the CIMB Malaysian Open Squash Championships after ending the impressive run of Low Wee Wern.

The Egyptian closed out the contest in four games against local interest Wee Wern, but the No.2 seed didnít have it all her own way.  After narrowly losing first game, the Malaysian upped the pace of her play to force a number of errors from her opponent and managed to draw level at one game apiece.

El Weleily hit back immediately though, moving Wee Wern strategically around the court and ended the third game by forcing a stroke from the world No.10.  As the match progressed though, the Egyptian steadily upped the power of her shots, which seemed to play into Wee Wernís game plan.

Some steady and patient play from Wee Wern in the fourth game was enough to force a fifth game out of El Weleily, after some uncharacteristic errors from the world No.2 put herself under unnecessary pressure.

The Egyptian returned to court a more focussed and consistent figure, but Wee Wern, buoyed by her home support, refused to go down quietly.  A close 11-9 final game went in favour of El Weleily as she progresses to the final, but the young Malaysian can be proud of her efforts in this World Series event.

El Weleily will face Nicol David in the final after the home favourite game from a game down against a determined Laura Massaro to win in four.  Massaro started the quicker of the pair in the second WSA match of the day, and took the first game tie-break.  She extended a small lead in the second too, but Nicol got into her stride and closed out the Englishwomanís efforts with some excellent retrieval and impeccable lengths.

Massaroís threat never waivered, but Davidís court movement absorbed much of the attacking pressure and it was the Malaysian who continues on to her tenth Malaysian Open final, of which she has won eight.

David now has the chance to claim title number 63, a feat which would see her overtake Sarah Fitzgerald in most number of WSA titles ever won.  Fans can watch the match unfold and see if history will be rewritten as
www.psasquashtv.com will be streaming the match live for subscribers.  
Malaysian Contingent Push On To Semi's
Low Wee Wern and Nicol David moved closer to ensuring an all-Malaysian final after both secured their semi-final spots in the CIMB Malaysian Squash Open Championships
Wee Wern, the 22-year-old eleventh seed continued her remarkable run of form against world No.4 Jenny Duncalf and moved past the Englishwoman in a surprising three-game romp taking just over half an hour. 
The Malaysian will go on to play No.2 seed Raneem El Weleily who recorded her first career win over Alison Waters of England in the first match of the day.  A tiebreak first game ended in the Egyptianís favour, before Waters drew back level in the second.  The world No.2 held firm against her opponent however, regaining the advantage and seeing out the win in four games. 
At the top end of the draw, Nicol David booked her semi place after taking 46-minutes to dispatch Annie Au of Hong Kong.  As with her opponent Donna Urquhart in the second round, Au also took the first game against David, but the Malaysian drew level in the second before a close 15-13 tiebreak went in favour of the home hope.  From there, David closed the contest out in four games to ensure her progression to the semiís, and closer to a tenth Malaysian Open final. 
Before she reaches the final however, she will have to face Laura Massaro, who joins the others in the semi-finals after beating teenage prodigy Nour El Sherbini
The Egyptian started quickly and put up a valiant fight against the No.3 seed and forced a 12-10 tiebreak win in the first game.  Experienced began to show however as the Englishwoman worked her way back into the game, shutting the teenager out and taking the next three games. 

 Wee Wern and Waters Upset Seedings

Malaysian Low Wee Wern made use of the home advantage against Madeline Perry in round two of the CIMB Malaysian Squash Open Championships 2012

The eleventh seed took just over an hour infront of a home crowd to see off the experienced Irishwoman in four games to book her quarter-final slot and record her best World Series progression so far in 2012.  Wee Wern will next face Jenny Duncalf of England who came through a strong three-game win against Camille Serme

Recently welcomed back into the WSA World Tourís Top10, Alison Waters kept up the pressure on those still ahead of her, as she defeated eighth seed Natalie Grinham in four games.  Waters will face newly appointed world No.2 Raneem El Weleily in the next stage of the competition, but with the added incentive of having never lost to the young Egyptian in seven previous WSA World Tour clashes. 

Other players will be buoyed by the fact that Donna Urquhart was able to take a game from top seed and home favourite Nicol David during her 3-1 defeat.  Showing a less than infallible display, David took the first game from the Australian, but Urquhart dug in to claim the second before succumbing in four games.

David will next face Annie Au of Hong Kong, who dispatched Australian Kasey Brown in straight games. 

Laura Massaro ensured complete attendance among the top four seeds after beating Dipika Pallikal in four games.  The Englishwoman led after the first two games despite being forced to a 14-12 tiebreak in the second, but dropped the third game to the young Indian No.1.  She regained her composure however to claim a place in the quarters where she will play sixteen-year-old Egyptian prodigy Nour El Sherbini

El Sherbini booked second consecutive World Series quarter-final slot after dispatching fellow teenage Emily Whitlock of England in four games.

Whitlock And Kawy Claim Only Upsets in Malaysian

Day one of the CIMB Malaysian Squash Open Championships revealed just two surprises in round one, as unseeded teenager Emily Whitlock surpassed Samantha Teran in four games, whilst No.9 seed Rachael Grinham again failed to play to her seeding as she lost to Omneya Abdel Kawy.

Eighteen-year-old Englishwoman Whitlock, who defeated seeded Jaclyn Hawkes in last monthís Australian Open, again surprised onlookers as she quickly leapt to a two-game lead against the Mexican Open champion.  Teran fought back and slowly got into her stride in the third game, winning it and forcing her opponent to a tie-break in the fourth game.  Whitlock stifled the comeback to however, and progresses to round two where she will face fellow-teenager Nour El Sherbini, who beat Gaby Huber in straight games.

Omneya Abdel Kawy has found herself somewhat short of the Top5 place she achieved two years ago, but following some impressive performances in recent months, the Egyptian has begun to rediscover her form as she faced No.9 seed Rachael Grinham.  The Australian is currently occupying her lowest ranking in twelve years at No.14 and was unable to prevent the Egyptianís progression despite forcing a tiebreak in the third game.

The CIMB Malaysian Open will move to The Curve venue in Selangor for the latter round of the competition, but there were no further upsets from round one at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil as top seeds Nicol David, Raneem El Weleily and Laura Massaro all moved past their qualifier opponents in 30-minutes or less.  Jenny Duncalf too beat Line Hansen of Denmark in 35-minutes.  David will face Donna Urquart in round two, whilst El Weleily will face Egyptian compatriot Abdel Kawy, Massaro will play Dipika Pallikal and Duncalf faces Camille Serme.

Kasey Brown was the only seeded player to drop a game in round one, but after dropping the first game to Heba El Torky of Egypt, the Australian got into her stride to close out the contest in for games.  Brown will face Annie Au after the Hong Kong international beat Milou Van Der Heijden of the Netherlands.


Squash Flashmob Hits Malaysia

The world's top squash players turned out in force at the Curve Shopping Mall in Selangor, Malaysia, to stage a flashmob to draw attention to the sport's bid to be added to the Olympic Games programme in 2020.

Inspired by world number one Nicol David, and led by the record six-time world champion from Malaysia, the event featured more than 200 players and fans dancing to Nicki Minaj's 'Starships' and Beyonce's 'Run The World'.

"I had the idea of creating more awareness for squash and, with my friends back in Penang, we decided that it would be great to do a flashmob and we basically decided to go ahead with it," said the Malaysian squash queen who has topped the world rankings since 2006.

"All the top players, guys and girls, were excited to do this and come together to show that we deserve to be in the Olympics.

"Watching the London Olympics this year was really heart-breaking," added 29-year-old David. "I watched it every single day and not being there just didn't seem right."

The flashmob crew represented a veritable 'who's who' from the world of squash, including Australians Rachael Grinham, a former world champion and world No1, world No6 Kasey Brown and former five-time world champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald; Egyptians Karim Darwish and Mohamed El Shorbagy, four and eight, respectively, in the men's world rankings, and women's world No2 Raneem El Weleily; Indian number ones Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal; England's Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf, Alison Waters and Adrian Grant, ranked 3, 4, 9 and 15, respectively; Mexico's highest-ranked player of all-time Samantha Teran; plus representation from countries including hosts Malaysia, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Ireland, Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand and Scotland.

"It went really well," said David afterwards. "It was a good turnout and I've been getting really good feedback from everyone. I think all the players had a really good time!"

Squash's 'Back The Bid' event has sparked significant media attention in Malaysia - and coincides with the CIMB Malaysian Open which has attracted the world's leading women and men to the Malaysian capital.

WSF CEO Andrew Shelley was delighted to hear of the flashmob initiative: "Squash is lucky to have such a pro-active group of elite athletes who will do almost anything to convince the IOC decision-makers that the sport would be a really positive addition to the Games programme.

"And for them it would mean everything to be part of it."