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NSC SERIES No: 1 2013 (Women)

Hansen Completes Twelfth Title Against Surprise Qualifier

NSC Series #1 2013
en's Draw
11-15 Mar, Kuala Lumpur, $5k
Round One
12 Mar
13 Mar
14 Mar
15 Mar
[1] Line Hansen (Den)
11/5, 11/4, 11/1
Taylor Flavell (Aus)
 Line Hansen
11/, 11/4, 11/8
Salma Nassar
 Line Hansen
11/6, 11/3, 13/11
 Nouran El Torky
Line Hansen
11-6, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9 (36m)
Rachel Arnold
[5] Carmen Lee (Hkg)
11/9, 11/7, 15/13
Salma Nassar (Egy)
[4] Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg)
11/5, 11/0, 11/4
[Q] Teh Min Jie (Mas)
Tong Tsz-Wing
11/7, 12/10, 11/9
Nouran El Torky
[Q] Nadine Shahin (Egy)
11/9, 11/8, 10/12, 11/9
[7] Nouran El Torky (Egy)
Jessica Turnbull (Aus)
11/6, 11/4, 11/3
[8] Vanessa Raj (Mas)
Vanessa Raj
11/6, 11/7, 11/5
Lisa Camilleri
Lisa Camilleri
11/9, 11/3, 11/6
Rachel Arnold
11/6, 11/3, 11/9
[3] Lisa Camilleri (Aus)
Pushppa Devi (Mas)
11/1, 11/3, 11/0
[6] Zulhijah Binti Azan (Mas)
Zulhijah Binti Azan
11/9, 11/9, 6/11, 11/8
Rachel Arnold
[Q] Rachel Arnold (Mas)
12/10, 11/5, 12/10
[2] Siti Munirah Jusoh (Mas)

Hansen Completes Twelfth Title Against Surprise Qualifier 


Line Hansen clinched her 12th WSA World Tour title today as the Danish player won the NSC Series No1 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Seeded first for the event at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil, Hansen dispatched Australian TayloNr Flavell in straight games in the first round of the WSA Tour 5 competition, before making similar work of Salma Nassar of Egypt in the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere in the opening rounds, local qualifier Rachel Arnold stunned onlookers by defeating compatriot and No.2 seed Siti Munriah Jusoh in three games.  The 16-year-old from Ampang, Malaysia won two tiebreak games against the world No.44, to propel the teen into a quarter-final clash with sixth seed Zulhijjah Binti Azan

The surprises kept coming for Arnold however, who again dismissed the higher ranked player in four games to set up an incredible semi-final with third seed Lisa Camilleri of Australia. 

Whilst Hansen continued her run of straight games victories by dismissing Nouran El Torky in 33-minutes, Arnold incredibly followed suit by dispatching her opponent, the former world No.28 in a similar fashion to reach her first ever WSA World Tour final.

Hansen, in contrast, playing her 20th career final, used her experience to establish a quick lead over the teenager. The Dane claimed the first game by a comfortable five-point margin, perhaps a sign of early nerves from her young opponent, but a closer second game showed the Malaysian quickly acclimatising to the situation. 

Arnold just missed out on the second game, but stormed back to make her mark on the final with a efficient display to put Hansen on the back foot.  An 11-5 win put the world No.115 back into the contest and set up for a nervy fourth game for the pair.  Another narrow game ensued, but Hansenís experience ultimately proved too much for the qualifying teenager, and the Danish international finished off the contest to claim her 12th WSA World Tour title, her first since winning back-to-back titles in Australia in 2012.