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CIMB KL OPEN Women) 2013

Massaro Claims Second World Series Title After KL Win

KL Open 2013
Women's Draw

26-31 Mar, Kuala Lumpur, $70k
Round One
27 Mar
Round Two
28 Mar
29 Mar
30 Mar
31 Mar
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11/6, 11/8, 11/6 (31m)
[Q] Siyoli Waters (Rsa)
 Nicol David
11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (46m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
 Nicol David
11/8, 11/7, 11/2 (43Mins)
Jenny Duncalf
Nicol David
10/12, 11/6, 11/8, 11/5 (67m)
Laura Massaro
Laura Massaro
11-9, 11-7, 11-6 (44m)
Alison Waters
[14] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
11/7, 11/8, 8/11, 10/12, 11/9 (72m)
Aisling Blake (Irl)
[8] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
11/1, 11/3, 11/5 (23m)
[Q] Kylie Lindsay (Nzl)
Jenny Duncalf
11-9, 11-5, 6-11, 11-4 (48m)
Dipika Pallikal
[15] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
11/7, 11/7, 11/7 (34
[Q] Lisa Aitken (Sco)
[3] Laura Massaro (Eng)
11/7, 11/4, 19/17 (30m)
Latasha Khan (Usa)
 Laura Massaro
12-10, 11-7, 11-7 (35m)
Line Hansen
 Laura Massaro
11/2, 9/11, 11/4, 11/5 (53Mins)
 Madeline Perry
[16] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
 12/10, 11/8, 11/7 (32m)
Line Hansen (Den)
[6] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
11/5, 11/4, 11/5 (35m)
Lauren Briggs (Eng)
Low Wee Wern
12-10, 11-7, 11-7 (35m)
 Madeline Perry
[12] Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/2, 11/5, 11/3 (28m)
[Q] Lucie Fialova (Cze)
Emily Whitlock (Eng)
12/10, 11/9, 11/5 (50m)
[13] Kasey Brown (Aus)
Kasey Brown
11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5 (50m)
Alison Waters
Alison Waters
9/11, 12/10, 11/6, 10/12, 11/5 (51Mins)
Nour El Sherbini
Alison Waters
12/10, 11/5, 12/10 (38m)
Joelle King
Joey Chan (Hkg)
6/11, 11/3, 8/11, 11/8, 11/7 (45m)
[5] Alison Waters (Eng)
[Q] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11/9, 11/5, 12/10 (40m)
[10] Annie Au (Hkg)
Annie Au
12-10, 11-9, 11-4 (30m)
Nour El Sherbini
Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
11/4, 11/5, 7/11, 9/11, 14/12 (63m)
[4] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
[Q] Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
11/4, 11/3, 11/7 (30m)
[9] Camille Serme (Fra)
Camille Serme
12-10, 13-15, 11-8, 10-12, 11-8 (90m)
Joelle King
Joelle King
11/9, 11/4, 8/11, 8/11, 12/10 (63Mins)
Natalie Grinham
[Q[ Joshana Chinappa (Ind)
11/5, 11/4, 11/5 (35 mins)
[7] Joelle King (Nzl)
[Q] Zulhijah Azan (Mas)
11/3, 11/3, 11/2 (19m)
[11] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
Natalie Grinham
11-6, 12-14, 11-8, 11-6 (48m)
Raneem El Weleily
Delia Arnold (Mas)
11/8, 11/7, 5/11, 11/1 (28m)
[2] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)

Massaro Claims Second World Series Title After KL Win

Laura Massaro recorded her second ever World Series title after coming through to win the 2013 CIMB KL Open

The final, held in front of crowds at the Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur, was without the two top seeds, with Nicol David falling to Massaro in yesterday’s semi-final, and Raneem El Weleily falling in the second round by way of Natalie Grinham

Massaro, world ranked No.3, showed excellent form right from the first round, in which she defeated experienced Latasha Khan of the USA.  She then beat in-form Line Hansen in the second round, following the Dane’s upset of Rachael Grinham in their opening clash. 

Her run continued with a strong four-game win over Irishwoman Madeline Perry to set up her excellent defeat of seven-time world champion, Nicol David. 

Her opponent in today’s final will also be thrilled at a World Series final finish.  Alison Waters had twelve months out of the game with an Achilles injury in 2011, and spent much of last season rebuilding her form and climbing back up the world rankings.  She held the No.35 spot at this time last year but has since recovered to sit at No.5 in the world. 

Waters faced a tricky opening tie against Joey Chan of Hong Kong, whom she beat in a frantic five-games.  Her form steadied as she beat Australian Kasey Brown in four games in the second round, and saw an excellent win against higher seed Nour El Sherbini in a five-game thriller to reach the semi’s. 

A semi-final contest against Joelle King swung Waters’ way with the help of two tie-break deciders, to allow the Englishwoman her first World Series final since 2010’s Australian Open. 

The first World Series final since that Australian Open to hold two British finalists, both Massaro and Waters were up for the challenge, and it was Massaro who took the first game with by a narrow 11-9 margin.   

As the match progressed Massaro’s good form continued to be evident, whilst Waters, having played three more games than her opponent this week, began to slow. 

Still competitive, Massaro broke away earlier in the second game to double her lead 11-7, before completing the win in the third to record her 11th WSA World Tour title, and second World Series title of her career. 

Massaro tweeted to fans and followers after the match, saying: “I won!! KL Open champion. My 2nd ever World Series title, so excited!  Massive thanks to everyone who helped me achieve my win this week! You know who you are! Couldn't do it without you!”

After an excellent campaign, the English pair will now focus on the next World Series event on the WSA calendar, the Allam British Open in May.  With the English contingent proving strong in Malaysia, hopes will be high heading into the event on home soil.


No Substitute For Experience In KL Open Round Two


Natalie Grinham stunned audiences in Malaysia after beating Raneem El Weleily in four games.

The Dutchwoman again proved that she can continue to compete at the highest levels of women’s squash after defeating the No.2 seed in the second round of the WSA World Series CIMB KL Open at the National Squash Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

Grinham sprang one of just two upsets in round two, recording her first victory over the Egyptian Weleily since 2006.  The 35-year-old will now face seventh seed Joelle King of New Zealand in tomorrow’s quarter-final, following the world No.7’s lengthy five-game defeat of France’s Camille Serme.  The pair had battled to the tiebreak in three of their five games before King closed out the win in 90-minutes.

The other upset came from experienced Irishwoman Madeline Perry, who dashed home hopes by beating sixth seed Low Wee Wern in a marathon five-game tussle.  A narrow tie-break first game went in favour of the world No.11, but the Malaysian came back to hold a 2-1 lead over the 36-year-old.  Perry returned fire however, and stormed back to claim her place in the quarter-finals.

Perry will face No.3 seed Laura Masasro tomorrow, as the Englishwoman dispatched unseeded Line Hansen in straight games, despite a long tiebreak opener, in 30-minutes.

Home favourite Nicol David continued her campaign for her first title of 2013, moving past the challenge of Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy in a closely fought three game win.  The world No.1 will now face Jenny Duncalf in the last eight, having seen the Englishwoman dispatch Dipika Pallikal of India in a four-game contest.

Fifth seed Alison Waters was able to get the better of Australian opponent, 13th seed Kasey Brown in a 50-minute, four game clash.  The Englishwoman will now face fourth seed Nour El Sherbini, following the talented teenager’s three-game dispatch of Hong Kong’s Annie Au.

Tomorrow’s quarter-final draw will move to an all-glass court based at the Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur.


Strong Opening Round For Top Seeds In KL


Round one of the WSA World Series CIMB KL Open yielded few surprises at the Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia today. 

Playing in front of home crowd, top seed Nicol David kick-started her 2013 campaign with a strong win over qualifier Siyoli Waters of South Africa in just over half an hour, whilst third, sixth, seventh and eighth seeds Laura Massaro, Low Wee Wern, Joelle King and Jenny Duncalf all made it through unscathed in straight games. 

Number two seed Raneem El Weleily, looking to upset David for a second successive tournament following her Cleveland Classic win in Febrary, suffered a lapse in concentration against home-hopeful Delia Arnold.  The world No.2 had taken a commanding two-game lead against the Malaysian, before allowing Arnold a foothold in the contest to claim the third game.  The Egyptian recovered well in the fourth however to hammer home an 11-1 game and close out the contest. 

In round two, David will face Omneya Abdel Kawy who recovered from letting two-games slip against Aisling Blake to progress to the next round, whilst Weleily will face Natalie Grinham who defeated Malaysian qualifier Zulhijjah Binti Azan in a short 19-minute match. 


Fourth seed Nour El Sherbini nearly suffered defeat at the hand of fellow Egyptian Nour El Tayeb.  The prodigal teenager let a two-game lead slip against her compatriot, who recovered well to draw level and held five-match balls against Sherbini.  The world No.4 battled hard in the final stages however to recover the deficit and won the match 14-12 in the tiebreak.  Sherbini will face Annie Au in tomorrow’s round two, after the Hong Kong international defeat English qualifier Emma Beddoes in a deceptively close three-game win. 

Also from Hong Kong, Joey Chan came close to springing an upset against fifth seed Alison Waters during a cat-and-mouse five-game affair.  Chan twice took the lead against the British national champion, but was unable to close out the upset in the final stages.  Waters will face Kasey Brown in round two following the Australian’s 50-minute straight-games win over promising English teenager Emily Whitlock

Line Hansen becomes the only unseeded player in the KL Open second round tomorrow, after the world No.23 from Denmark defeated former world No.1 Rachael Grinham in a surprising three-game upset.  Hansen will face Laura Massaro in round two.





David Looking To Home Advantage For First 2013 Win

World No.1 Nicol David will be looking to kick-start her 2013 campaign in two weeks in the first WSA World Series event of the year, the CIMB KL Open Squash Championships

For the first time, the $70,000 World Series Gold event, held at the Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur, boasts a 32-player draw and features 24 of the top 30 WSA World Tour players. 

Having seen defeat in the final of her first event of the WSA calendar in February’s Cleveland Classic, the seven-time World Open champion will see this event in her home country as the ideal springboard onto seventh successive year at the top of the women’s rankings. 

Despite the home advantage, David will face stern challenges as she looks to win the title for the ninth time in ten final appearances.  Her closest competitor Raneem El Weleily is seeded second for the event, and the Egyptian will be confident having beaten David to last month’s Cleveland Classic.  The world No.2 also saw success on Malaysian turf last year, after clinching the Malaysian Open title against the top seed back in September.  El Weleily will face home hope Delia Arnold in the first round, and could meet seventh seedJoelle King or ninth seed Camille Serme in a potential quarter-final clash. 

Number three seed Laura Massaro will face American stalwart Latasha Khan in the top half of the first round draw, and could face sixth seed Low Wee Wern or Madeline Perry in the quarters. 

Last year’s surprise package in the KL Open was qualifier Nour El Sherbini, who made it through to the semi-finals by beating Jenny Duncalf and Rachael Grinham.  This year, the seventeen-year-old is seeded fourth the event, and will face fellow Egyptian Nour El Tayeb in the opening round.  The teenager could then face last year’s runner-up Annie Au in round two followed by fifth seed Alison Waters in a potentially difficult draw. 

Waters will start her KL campaign against Hong Kong international Joey Chan, whilst sixth seed Low Wee Wern, also of Malaysia, will face Donna Urquhart. Other seeded players Joelle King, Jenny Duncalf, Camille Serme and Annie Au, along with top seeded David, will face qualifying entrants to be confirmed the day before round one. 

Qualifying rounds begin on the 26th March, with round one commencing on the 27th.