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23/08/2014
CIMB MALAYSIAN OPEN 2014 (Women)
 

El Welily Reclaims Malaysian Open Title

Reports
  Final    Semi Finals    Quarter Finals    2nd Round    1st Round    Qualifying

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  CIMB Malaysian Open 2014
Women's Draw

18-23 Aug, Kuala Lumpur, $70k

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Round One
19 Aug
  
Round Two
20 Aug
Quarters
21 Aug
Semis
22 Aug
Final
23 Aug
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11-3, 11-2, 11-3 (16m)
[Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg)
 Nicol David
11-4, 11-3, 11-8 (32m)
 Joshana Chinappa
Nicol David
11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (38m)
Annie Au
Nicol David
7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 13-11 (52m)
Raneem El Welily
Raneem El Welily
11, 11-3, 12-10, 2-11, 11-7 (40m)
Nour El Tayeb
[15] Joshana Chinappa (Ind)
11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9 (50m)
Line Hansen (Den)
[9] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
12-10, 11-3, 11-6 (21m)
[Q] Deon Saffery (Wal)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
11-8, 11-7, 11-5 (31m)
 Annie Au
[7] Annie Au (Hkg)
9-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 (35m)
Victoria Lust (Eng)
[13] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
11-9, 11-6, 11-8 (30m)
Nouran Gohar (Egy)
Sarah-Jane Perry
11-3, 13-11, 9-11, 11-9 (77m)
 Low Wee Wern
Sarah-Jane Perry
11-4, 6-11, 12-10, 13-15, 11-6 (50m)
Raneem El Welily
[6] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
11-8, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8 (74m)
Heba El Torky (Egy)
[16] Joey Chan (Hkg)
11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8 (70m)
Emily Whitlock (Eng)
Joey Chan
11-2, 11-9, 11-8 (21m)
Raneem El Welily
[3] Raneem El Welily (Egy)
11-8, 11-6, 3-11, 11-5 (40m)
Tesni Evans (Wal)
[Q] Habiba Mohamed (Egy)
11-6, 6-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8 (73m)
[4] Camille Serme (Fra)
Habiba Mohamed
11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7 (51m)
Jenny Duncalf
Habiba Mohamed
11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (25m)
Amanda Sobhy
Amanda Sobhy
11-9, 11-9, 11-3 (26m)
Nour El Tayeb
[Q] Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg)
11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (22m)
[11] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
[wc] Delia Arnold (Mas)
7-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9  (65m)
[5] Alison Waters (Eng)
Delia Arnold
 14-12, 11-9, 11-5 (23m)
Amanda Sobhy
[Q] Samantha Teran (Mex)
11-7, 11-1, 11-6 (28m)
[10] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
Aisling Blake (Irl)
11-3, 11-6, 11-3 (27m)
[8] Madeline Perry (Irl)
Madeline Perry
10-12, 11-5, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9 (41m)
Rachael Grinham
Madeline Perry
11-9, 17-15, 4-11, 9-2 ret. (53m)
Nour El Tayeb
[Q] Lisa Aitken (Eng)
11-6, 11-6, 11-9 (27m)
[12] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
[Q] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
11-8, 11-3, 11-9 (25m)
Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
Nour El Tayeb
11-7, 11-4, 6-11, 11-4 (47m)
Laura Massaro
[Q] Latasha Khan (Usa)
11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (23m)
[2] Laura Massaro (Eng)

Qualifying finals:
Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) bt Zoe Foo (MAS) 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (23m)
Latasha Khan (USA) bt Vanessa Raj (MAS) 11-5, 11-7, 12-14, 11-3 (41m)
Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Yathreb Adel (EGY) 11-9, 8-11, 14-12, 4-11, 14-12 (65m)
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt Rachel Arnold (MAS) 10-12, 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (38m)
Lisa Aitken (ENG) bt Teh Min Jie (MAS) 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (17m)
Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Sivasangari Subramanian (MAS) 11-5, 13-11, 11-7 (27m)
Habiba Mohamed Ahmed (EGY) bt Zulhijjah Binti Azan (MAS) 13-11, 11-1, 11-5 (28m)
Deon Saffery (WAL) bt Siyoli Waters (RSA) 11-5, 11-7, 14-12 (30m)

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Final

El Welily Reclaims Malaysian Open Title

Raneem El Welily survived the first ever all-Egyptian Women's CIMB Malaysian Open final to reclaim the coveted WSA World Series Gold squash title for the second time in three years.

The third seed reached the final for the third year in a row after beating top seed Nicol David in the semis and dashing the Malaysian star's hopes of a ninth title.

El Welily's opponent Nour El Tayeb had achieved one of the best runs of her career to reach the final on the all-glass showcourt in the Malaysian capital's Nu Sentral shopping mall: Seeded 16, the 21-year-old from Cairo upset second seed Laura Massaro, the world champion, and No8 seed Madeline Perry in quick succession before crushing Amanda Sobhy, the No10 from the USA, in just 26 minutes in the semis.

And underdog El Tayeb, ranked 25 in the world, took compatriot Welily the full distance in the final - eager to repeat her recent first ever win over the world No3.

But after scoring only two points in the fourth game, El Welily (pictured above in action with El Tayeb) regained the upper hand in the decider to close out the match 7-11, 11-3, 12-10, 2-11, 11-7 after 40 minutes.

"Nour has done really well in to be in the final," El Welily told Zheng Guan from The Star "We both have the same coach and we know each other's games. That was obvious as she read my game.

"I think she is a very tough opponent to face as she is also very talented and has great racquet skills," added the Alexandria-born 25-year-old (pictured below with men's champion Mohamed Elshorbagy) who now has seven WSA World Tour titles to her credit.

"It was obviously a very tough mental game and I'm happy to have won it. Also I'm happy to win because it's been a while since I've made a final!"

El Tayeb was far from unhappy with her performance: "I think I played well and I really gave it everything I had.

"Raneem is my big sister and I'm happy for her that she won the tournament."

Malaysian Open images courtesy of Mohd Roslan Hisam
 

Semi Finals

El Welily Downs David For First All-Egyptian Malaysian Open Final

In devastating form in today's semi-finals of the Women's CIMB Malaysian Open, Egypt's Raneem El Welily upset top seed and defending champion Nicol David to deny the Queen of Malaysian squash a place in the final of the WSA World Series Gold championship in Kuala Lumpur for the first time in 12 appearances in her country's leading event since 2003.

The third seed's 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 13-11 triumph in 52 minutes on an all-glass showcourt in the Malaysian capital's Nu Sentral shopping mall set up the event's first ever all-Egyptian climax.

El Welily will face Nour El Tayeb, the 16th seed from Cairo who continued her trail-blazing KL run by beating Amanda Sobhy, the No10 seed from the USA, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3.

El Welily, the Alexandria-born world No3, went into the match 13-2 down to world No1 David in their Tour head-to-head record. But the first of the 25-year-old Egyptian's two wins was in the Malaysian Open final exactly two years ago - and the second in the Cleveland Classic climax in the USA in February 2013, when El Welily last recorded a WSA Tour title triumph.

"It was not easy of course and I'm happy with my performance," El Welily (pictured above with David) told Zheng Guan from The Star. "I was more patient today. It was more about waiting for the opportunity to force an error and I did that.

"Of course being patient is never enough and I took my shots at the right time too," added El Welily, now in her ninth WSA World Tour final.

"I'm really happy to be in the final to face Nour. She's my sister, my best friend. I'm also happy that I got my head back in as I was in a mess and lost a little appetite earlier."

David, an eight times winner of the title since making her debut in 2003, explained: "It's disappointing to lose. But fairplay to Raneem - she was very sharp today, every boast and drop was a winner. And she was quite flawless, too - by my count she only made two errors!"

Harvard University student Sobhy, 21, was celebrating her first appearance in a WSA World Series semi-final - but the day belonged again to 21-year-old El Tayeb, who followed upsets over second seed Laura Massaro and No8 seed Madeline Perry by despatching Sobhy in just 26 minutes.

El Tayeb, making her first appearance on the Tour since announcing her engagement to fellow squash professional Ali Farag, had never progressed beyond the event's first round before.

"I think getting engaged was me being happy and being happy certainly brings out the best in my game," said El Tayeb (pictured above with Sobhy) on the eve of the fifth Tour final of her career. "I can't believe I won though.

"I'm really happy with my game all week. It was tough taking on Amanda as we've played so many times during juniors and I know how good she is."

Malaysian Open images courtesy of Mohd Roslan Hisam

 

Quarter Finals

El Tayeb Triumphs Again In KL

Egypt's Nour El Tayeb celebrated a "dream" win - and her second successive upset in the Women's CIMB Malaysian Open - when she beat Ireland's No8 seed Madeline Perry in today's quarter-finals of the WSA World Series Gold squash championship in Kuala Lumpur.

Quarter-final day was marking the event's first presentation on an all-glass showcourt in the Malaysian capital's Nu Sentral shopping mall.

El Tayeb, the 16th seed from Cairo who made her breakthrough in the previous round when she toppled world champion Laura Massaro, secured her first appearance in the event's semi-finals when 14-time Irish champion Perry retired injured, with the score standing at 11-9, 17-15, 4-11, 9-2 in the Egyptian's favour.

"It's really a dream come through to win," El Tayeb (pictured above with Perry) told Zheng Guan from The Star. "I feel really privileged to beat Madeline because she's been a top 10 player even before I started playing. Plus she's probably one of the fittest players around and I'm happy to win."

El Tayeb, the 21-year-old world No25, will now face US number one Amanda Sobhy. The No10 seed from New York is marking her Malaysian Open debut - and celebrated it in fine style by beating Egyptian qualifier Habiba Mohamed Ahmed 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 to earn her first appearance in a World Series event semi-final.

Ahmed bowed out after a sensational run in only her second appearance in a WSA major. Aged just 15, she arrived in Malaysia just days after winning the World Junior (U19) title in Namibia - becoming the second youngest player in history to achieve this feat.

"We are both strong girls and I train with my brother a lot," said 21-year-old Harvard University student Sobhy (pictured above with Ahmed) afterwards. "He's bigger than Habiba so a little bump and shove is no problem for me.

"But Habiba eventually had to tire as she barely had any rest since the World Juniors! I'm just happy to put the pressure on her to win. Really pleased to get into my first World Series semis."

The other semi will be the match predicted by the draw: the battle between Malaysia's top seed Nicol David and Egypt's third seed Raneem El Welily - a replay of the 2012 final won by the Egyptian.

Defending champion David, the nine-time champion fast approaching her 50th match win in the event since 2003, defeated Asian rival Annie Au, the No7 seed from Hong Kong, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5.

El Welily, the world No3 from Cairo bidding to make the final for the third year in a row, was taken the full distance by Sarah-Jane Perry before beating the 13th seed from England 11-4, 6-11, 12-10, 13-15, 11-6 in 50 minutes.

"I'm actually more disappointed with myself as I stopped playing in the middle," admitted the 25-year-old later. "The second game I made seven straight tins and that is bad for me. Hopefully I'll get some rest and recover in time for the semis."
 

2nd Round

Seeds Continue To Suffer In KL

Shocks continued to shake up the Women's CIMB Malaysian Open today in Kuala Lumpur where a further three top seeds crashed out of the last 16 round of the WSA World Series Gold championship.

It was Egyptian Nour El Tayeb who landed the biggest scalp when she ousted second seed Laura Massaro, the world champion from England, 11-7, 11-4, 6-11, 11-4 in 47 minutes.

It was the pair's third meeting on the WSA World Tour since 2010, but the 21-year-old from Cairo's first ever victory over world No2 Massaro, winner of a pair of silver medals in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"I knew I'm playing the world No2 but I told myself that she's just another player and I know I can beat her," El Tayeb told Zheng Guan from The Star. "I just kept playing my own kind of shots and gave her no space to play.

"Most importantly, I had to really concentrate and I'm happy to have a chance to play in the glass court."

El Tayeb, making her first appearance on the Tour since announcing her engagement to fellow squash professional Ali Farag, had never progressed beyond the first round before.

"I've been coming here for a while now and I never got that far. Besides, it's not a regular thing, beating someone like Laura and it's definitely one of my best wins."

There was additional surprise Egyptian interest in the quarter-finals after 15-year-old qualifier Habiba Mohamed Ahmed despatched 11th seed Jenny Duncalf, a former world No2 from England, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7.

Ahmed arrived in Malaysia hotfoot from Namibia where she stunned the squash world by winning the world junior U19 title. After qualifying in KL, the Alexandria youngster immediately downed fourth-seeded French star Camille Serme.

"I'm delighted to win," said Habiba after defeating Duncalf. "It's a really tough match against Jenny and I'm expecting another tough match against Amanda. She's really good and talented."

Harvard student Amanda Sobhy, the 2010 world junior champion, ended local heroine Delia Arnold's run, beating the Malaysian who upset fifth seed Alison Waters in the opening round 14-12, 11-9, 11-5.

There was further local disappointment when sixth seed Low Wee Wern was stopped in her tracks. The former semi-finalist from Penang went down 11-3, 13-11, 9-11, 11-9 in 77 minutes to England's 13th seed Sarah-Jane Perry.

"I felt like I started like a train," said the 24-year-old Perry, from Kenilworth. "It was a great start then she came back in the third and I didn't do so well there.

"After that it was up and down just like the scores suggest. I guess it's a bit of a revenge since she beat me in the Texas Open this year. I also realised that I was the last English girl and that gave me a little motivation."

Defending champion Nicol David will now singlehandedly lead Malaysian interest into the quarter-finals on the all-glass showcourt at the Nu Sentral shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. The world No1 from Penang, bidding for a ninth title, beat India's Joshana Chinappa 11-4, 11-3, 11-8.

"I actually thought Joshana played really well in the first game," said top seed David. "But I found my rhythm and turned on the momentum. She used the time well in the third game but I managed to put the pressure on her and I'm happy to win 3/0 and head into the Nu Sentral for the quarter-finals."
 

1st Round

Delia Delights Home Crowd At Malaysian Open

Unseeded Malaysian Delia Arnold delighted the home crowd on the opening day of main draw action in the Women's CIMB Malaysian Open when she stunned England's fifth seed Alison Waters to claim a place in the last 16 of the WSA World Series Gold championship in Kuala Lumpur for the first time in 12 attempts since 2002.

"I finally got the win that I wanted," said the KL-born 28-year-old who is ranked 39 in the world - 33 places lower than her illustrious opponent who was a silver medallist in the Commonwealth Games earlier this month.

"I changed my game a little," explained the Malaysian number three after her 7-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9 upset in 69 minutes. "I used to play a fast-paced game. Now I'm slowing down my game to be more medium pace in order to last the pace of the entire match."

Arnold will now face Amanda Sobhy, the 10th seed from the USA who beat Mexican qualifier Samantha Teran 11-7, 11-1, 11-6.

But there was a further massive upset today when 15-year-old Habiba Mohamed Ahmed beat Camille Serme, the No4 seed from France, 11-6, 6-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8 in 73 minutes.

The Egyptian youngster arrived in Malaysia just days after becoming the world junior champion in Namibia against the odds - winning the prestigious U19 title after a series of major scalps, including that of the 18-year-old title-holder Nour El Sherbini, ranked eight in the world.

"I'm very happy to win," said the modest qualifier from Alexandria. "I didn't expect to beat Camille. She beat me first in March at the World Championships. It was 3/0 then. I'm happy to win this time."

In her first appearance in the second round of a WSA World Series event, Ahmed will line up against seasoned professional Jenny Duncalf, the 11th seed and former world No2 from England who beat Hong Kong qualifier Tong Tsz-Wing 11-6, 11-6, 11-6.

Top seeds Nicol David and Laura Massaro eased into the second round after straightforward straight games wins. Favourite David, the world No1 from Malaysia who is expected to reach her 12th successive final and pick up the title for the ninth time, needed just 16 minutes to get past Hong Kong qualifier Liu Tsz-Ling 11-3, 11-2, 11-3.

"It was a good match against Liu," said the 30-year-old from Penang. "I was expecting her to put up a Hong Kong-styled match - a lot of shots - and I got it. I am happy because it's a good win for me and I played some good shots especially leading to a tough week ahead.

"It's always nice to get a few good shots in and get your game going," added the 2014 Commonwealth Games women's singles gold medallist.

Massaro, the world No2 from England, defeated 41-year-old US qualifier Latasha Khan 11-6, 11-2, 11-4. "I thought I played well," said the world champion. "Latasha played well too, in my opinion, despite the score.

"We are good friends and it's never easy to play friends on the court. But I've got to be professional and get the job done."

 

Qualifying
 

World Junior Wonder Habiba Makes Malaysian Open Draw

Just days after shocking the squash world by winning the Women's World Junior Championship title in Namibia aged just 15, Egypt's Habiba Mohamed Ahmed maintained her winning run today in Malaysia where she qualified for the main draw of the prestigious Women's CIMB Malaysian Open, the WSA World Series Gold championship in Kuala Lumpur.

The Alexandria starlet - who stunned three higher-ranked compatriots to claim the world title, including the hot favourite Nour El Sherbini, ranked eight in the world - today defeated home hope Sivasangari Subramanian, also 15, 11-5, 13-11, 11-7.

In her maiden appearance in the Malaysian Open, Ahmed is drawn to face fourth seed Camille Serme, the world No5 from France who was a semi-finalist last year.

Players from seven countries survived today's qualifying finals - with Ahmed's success perfectly complemented by that of Latasha Khan, the 41-year-old former world No18 who appropriately needed 41 minutes to get the better of 18-year-old Malaysian Vanessa Raj 11-5, 11-7, 12-14, 11-3.

But all eyes will be on Malaysian squash queen Nicol David, the world No1 from Penang who is the only player to have competed in every Malaysian Open since 2003. More notably, the 30-year-old has made the event's final each time in the past 11 years, with a remarkable eight titles to her name!

David, back on the WSA World Tour for the first time since making history last month as the first woman to successfully defend her Commonwealth Games gold medal, meets Hong Kong qualifier Liu Tsz-Ling in the first round.

The women's championship gets underway at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre tomorrow before moving to the NU Sentral Mall in Kuala Lumpur for the semi-finals on Friday, and final on Saturday.

  CIMB Malaysian Open 2014
Men's Draw
Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, $50k
First Round
29 Aug
Quarters
21 Aug
Semis
22 Aug
Final
23 Aug
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy)
11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (19m)
Abdullah Al Mezayen (Kuw)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
11-5, 11-9, 11-3 (31m)
Nafiizwan Adnan
Mohamed Elshorbagy
11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (47m)
Tarek Momen
Mohamed Elshorbagy
11-6, 11-7,
11-9 (34m)
Max Lee
[8] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
8-11, 12-10, 11-5 rtd (56m)
[Q] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
[6] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 10-12, 12-10 (93m)
[Q] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)
Mahesh Mangaonkar
11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-6 (74m)
Tarek Momen
[3] Tarek Momen (Egy)
12-10, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 (63m)
[Q] Lucas Serme (Fra)
Leo Au (Hkg)
13-11, 11-5, 10-12, 13-11 (62m)
[4] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
Karim Abdel Gawad
15-13, 10-12, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8 (71m)
Max Lee
Max Lee
7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (60m)
Borja Golan
[Q] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (42m)
[6] Max Lee (Hkg)
[wc] Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11-7, 11-13, 12-10, 7-11, 11-3 (90m)
[8] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
Olli Tuominen
11-6, 11-2, 9-11, 11-1 (36m)
Borja Golan
Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
5-11, 11-7, 11-4, 15-13 (58m)
[2] Borja Golan (Esp)
CIMB Malaysian Open 2014
Elshorbagy Claims Malaysian Open Crown
 
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Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy, the 22-year-old World No.3 from Alexandria, picked up his ninth career title after defeating Hong Kong's Max Lee in the final of the CIMB Malaysian Open 2014 earlier today.
 
Having recorded impressive 3-0 wins over Kuwait's Abdullah Al Muzayen, local hope Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan and compatriot Tarek Momen on his way to the final, Elshorbagy maintained his perfect record in the tournament, taking just 34-minutes to complete an 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 victory over the World No.25.
 
The win, his first ever title triumph at the Malaysian Open, sees Elshorbagy begin his season in formidable fashion as he travels to next week's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open 2014, the first PSA World Series event of the 2014/15 season.
 
Elshorbagy is seeded second for that event, with World No.1 Gregory Gaultier favourite for the crown, but having with a win to his name the rising young star will be hopeful of landing one of the sport's most prestigious titles
 
Elshorbagy Favourite For Malaysian Open Crown

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Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy (right), the World No.3, will be aiming to claim his ninth PSA World Tour title when the CIMB Malaysian Open, a PSA International 50 event, gets underway in Kuala Lumpur on August 20.

The 23-year-old powerhouse, who has leapt up the rankings over the last year, tops the seeding for the 2014 staging of the event which has been a staple on the PSA World Tour circuit since 2008.

Elshorbagy's stiffest competition is likely to come from second seed and World No.7 Borja Golan of Spain while the Egyptian duo of World No.12 Tarek Momen and World No.18 Karim Abdel Gawad will be hoping to upset the favourites and steal glory for themselves.

"I am excited to start my season with the Malaysian Open," said Elshorbagy.

"I love going back to Malaysia, I have played there many times and it has always been such an enjoyable experience and I am sure it will be the same this year as the Malaysian federation and CIMB do an amazing job and we have to be thankful to them.

"It is very important to have a good start to the season as that builds up confidence for the rest of the year.

"I am normally a slow starter so my team thought playing Malaysia would be the perfect start for me and I am really looking forward to being back on court for the big battles again.

"I am taking the tournament as preparation for the season - I am not expecting to be at my peak - so I am going to just go there and enjoy myself and give it my best shot."