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Wee Wern Battles To Successive China Open Titles

China Open 2012
23-28 Oct, Shanghai, $55k
Round One
25 Oct  
26 Oct
27 Oct
28 Oct
[2] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
13/11, 11/8, 9/11, 11/6
[Q] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
 8/11, 11/9, 5/11, 11/6, 11/9 (75m)
Low Wee Wern
Low Wee Wern
12-10, 11-7, 11-5 (39m)
Kasey Brown
Low Wee Wern
Joelle King
[6] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
7/11, 11/9, 11/3, 11/8
Rachael Grinham (Aus)
[4] Kasey Brown (Aus)
9/11, 11/4, 11/4, 11/3
Li Dongjin (Chn)
Kasey Brown
11/9, 11/7, 11/5 (49m)
 Aisling Blake
[8] Camille Serme (Fra)
11/9, 7/11, 7/11, 11/1, 12/10
[Q] Aisling Blake (Irl)
[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11/7, 12/10, 11/7
[7] Joelle King (Nzl)
Joelle King
11/4, 11/6, 8/11, 11/9 (61m)
Annie Au
Joelle King
12-10, 11-4, 11-6 (40m)
Alison Waters
Donna Urquhart (Aus)
11/4, 8/11, 2/11, 11/9, 11/7
[3] Annie Au (Hkg)
[Q] Joey Chan (Hkg)
11/6, 8/11, 11/2, 9/11, 11/4
[5] Alison Waters (Eng)
Alison Waters
7/11, 11/4, 11/1, 8/11, 13/11 (78m)
Raneem El Weleily
Samantha Teran (Mex)
[1] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)

Wee Wern Battles To Successive China Open Titles

Low Wee Wern retains her WSA Gold Lujiazui Finance City China Open title after beating Joelle King in a marathon final.

After clinching an unfancied three-game win over No.4 seed Kasey Brown in yesterday’s semi-final, the Malaysian came from behind twice in the final to defeat King 11-9 in the deciding fifth game.

Wee Wern started the event with a strong win over experienced Rachael Grinham, before taking five games to overcome Omneya Abdel Kawy, the Egyptian who had dismissed top seed Jenny Duncalf in the first round.

A strong straight games win over Brown saw the world No.9 hit her best form to propel her into her second WSA World Tour final since claiming the title against fellow Malaysian Delia Arnold last year.

King put up a strong fight in search of her seventh WSA title and has been enjoying some of the best form of her career to date after impressive campaigns in recent months.  This form looked to continue as she first defeated Sarah Kippax, followed by No.3 seed Annie Au and No.5 seed Alison Waters on her way to the final.

The New Zealander claimed led after the first and third games after some quick-fire squash, but each time was pegged back by Wee Wern.  A closer fifth game saw the rallies extend and the pressure mount on the competing pair.  With the final game tied at 7-all, sprung a two-point lead to put her within touching distance of match ball.  But she couldn’t see off the final two points and the 22-year-old came back to win three consecutive rallies to end contest and clinch title number six.

After the match, Wee Wern spoke of winning the biggest event of her career.  She said: “The feeling has not sunk in yet.  To be able to win a WSA Gold tournament is just amazing. It's my first time playing in the final of such a big event, and to be able to win it, even if it's 11-9 in the fifth, it's my best one so far!

"My game plan in the 5th was basically to just hang in there with her and not to give her confidence.  The most important thing was to get a good start, which I did, but I didn't finish well enough.  Fortunately I managed to come back at the end, which is really good for me."

Waters And King Upset Seeds To Clash In China Semi's


Alison Waters claimed the biggest surprise result of the Lujiazui Finance City China Open quarter-finals after defeating top seed Raneem El Weleily in a dramatic tiebreak deciding game. 

The pair battled it out at the Shanghai Jinqaio Megafit Sports Club in Shanghai for 78-minutes with the experienced Waters, formerly world No.3, clinching the semi-final spot in the deciding game, 13-11.  She had initially gone behind against the top seeded Egyptian but Waters’ fought back to lead after three games, even winning 11-1 in the third.  El Weleily drew level again, before a marathon decider ensued, which the Englishwoman was able to close out. 

Waters will face in-form Joelle King in tomorrow’s semi-final, after the New Zealander claimed a scalp of her own in defeating No.3 seed Annie Au.  King has now reached at least the semi-final stage of her last three WSA events, and the world No.12 continued the best form of her career to leap to a two-game lead against the Hong Kong international.  Au scraped a game back but was unable to stop King’s progression, falling just short of forcing a tiebreak in the fourth game. 

At the top end of the draw, No.6 seed Low Wee Wern cut short the run of Omneya Abdel Kawy who had eliminated No.2 seed Jenny Duncalf in round one.  The resilient young Malaysian twice came from behind against the former world No.4, and refused to let Kawy out of her sights.  A 75-minute contest came to a head as Wee Wern claimed the last two games to finish off the contest. 

Wee Wern will play experienced Australian Kasey Brown, the highest remaining seed in the competition.  Brown defeated qualifier Aisling Blake of Ireland in a drawn-out three-game match.  Blake had defeated No.8 seed Camille Serme in an hour-long battle in round one, but was unable to spring successive upsets to see Brown into her first semi-final round since March.   


For the semi-final contests, play will be moved to the all-glass court at the Lujiazui Central Park, where Wee Wern and Brown will face each other in front of a packed audience at 19.30 local time, followed by King and Waters at 20.30.  


Qualifier Kawy Upsets Top Seed In China


Qualifier Omneya Abdel Kawy claimed the upset of the day in round one of the Lujiazui Finance City China Open after beating No.2 seed Jenny Duncalf at the Shanghai Jinqaio Megafit Sports Club, Shanghai, China.

Runner-up in last week’s Macau Open, Kawy claimed a close opening tiebreak game and extended her lead with the second game, before Duncalf’s frustration boiled over and was reprimanded by officials with a conduct warning.  Some composure allowed the Englishwoman to hit back and take the third game but she was unable to keep momentum as Kawy, a former world No.4, beat the current world No.4 in four games.

Sixth seed Low Wee Wern will face giant-killer Kaway in the quarter-finals, after the Malaysian defeated Rachael Grinham in a four-game contest.

A second surprise result came as Irish world No.26 Aisling Blake defeated the eighth seed Camille Serme of France.  Blake came from a game behind to lead the contest, before Serme powered back level with an 11-1 fourth game win.  But the Irishwoman stood her ground against the world No.13 and clinched the fifth game in the tiebreak.

Blake will face Australian Kasey Brown in the quarter-finals, after the No.4 seed beat local wildcard Li Dongjin despite dropping the first game against the teenager ranked 212 places below her.

Recently crowned Macau Open 2012 champion, Joelle King extended her unbeaten run against qualifier Sarah Kippax in an hour-long three-game fixture.  The No.7 seed from New Zealand will line up against Annie Au of Hong Kong, after the third seed dispatched Australian Donna Urquhart in five games.

Alison Waters clinched a narrow five-game victory over Au’s national compatriot, qualifier Joey Chan. The Englishwoman led after the first and third games, but was pegged back on both occasions by the world No.18.  In the 53rd minute of play, the Englishwoman ended the contest 3-2, to book her quarter-final place.  There she will top seed Raneem El Weleily, following the Egyptian’s first round walkover against an injured Samantha Teran.