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Asian Champs: Malaysia bid for double

Nafizwan Adnan wins his semi-final. Picture by Will Mather

RESULTS: 16th Asian Individual Squash Championships 2011, Penang, Malaysia

Women’s Quarterfinals 

[2] Au Wing-Chi Annie (HK) bt [3/4] Low Wee Wern (MAS)  12-10, 10-12, 13-11, 12-10  (86min)

[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [3/4] Delia Odette Arnold (MAS)  11-7, 11-4, 11-6  (26min)


Men’s Quarterfinals

[1] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [5/8] Siddharth Suchde (IND)  11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 10-12, 11-4  (89min)

[3/4] Mohd Nafizwan Mohd Adnan (MAS) bt

[2] Farhan Mehboob (PAK)   11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9  (52min) 

Malaysian Sweep Possible

A Malaysian double is on the horizon at the 2011 Asian Individual Squash Championships being held at the Nicol David International Squash Center in Penang, Malaysia.

An all-Malaysian men’s final will be contested between Ong Beng Hee and Nafiizwan Adnan. Malaysian team-mate and women’s top seed, Nicol David, will face Hong Kong’s Annie Au.

In an upset, Adnan toppled number two seed Farhan Mehboob of Pakistan. The fast paced match was test of Adnan’s fitness against the racket skills of Mehboob. “He is so dangerous with his racket, I wanted to keep him in the back,” said an elated Adnan.

“This is my first time reaching the semifinals… and the finals. I’m so proud of it and I’m thankful to Azlan [Iskandar] and my brother for their help,” said Adnan. Adnan will face Ong, who survived a comeback by India’s Siddarth Suchde in the evening’s last match.

The women’s final will feature the top two seeds in David and Au. Until today, neither player had dropped a game, justifying their seedings.

Malaysian number two Low Wee Wern forced extra points in each of the 4 games before falling, the first player to take a game off of Au in the competition. David rolled to a straight games victory over team-mate Delia Arnold.

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