Sunday, May 26, 2024

WSA: Waters and Wee Wern upset KL seedings


Alison Waters beats Natalie Grinham (oooh, those clashing tops!). Picture by CHEN WS

Wee Wern and Waters Upset Seedings

Malaysian Low Wee Wern made use of the home advantage against Madeline Perry in round two of the CIMB Malaysian Squash Open Championships 2012.

The 11th seed took just over an hour in front of a home crowd to see off the experienced Irishwoman in four games to book her quarter-final slot and record her best World Series progression so far in 2012.  Wee Wern will next face Jenny Duncalf of England, who came through a strong three-game win against Camille Serme.

Recently welcomed back into the WSA World Tour’s Top10, Alison Waters kept up the pressure on those still ahead of her, as she defeated eighth seed Natalie Grinham in four games.  Waters will face newly appointed world No.2 Raneem El Weleily in the next stage of the competition, but with the added incentive of having never lost to the young Egyptian in seven previous WSA World Tour clashes.Other players will be buoyed by the fact that Donna Urquhart was able to take a game from top seed and home favourite Nicol David during her 3-1 defeat.  Showing a less than infallible display, David took the first game from the Australian, but Urquhart dug in to claim the second before succumbing in four games.David will next face Annie Au of Hong Kong, who dispatched Australian Kasey Brown in straight games.

Laura Massaro ensured complete attendance among the top four seeds after beating Dipika Pallikal in four games.  The Englishwoman led after the first two games despite being forced to a 14-12 tiebreak in the second, but dropped the third game to the young Indian No.1.  She regained her composure however to claim a place in the quarters where she will play sixteen-year-old Egyptian prodigy Nour El Sherbini.

El Sherbini booked second consecutive World Series quarter-final slot after dispatching fellow teenage Emily Whitlock of England in four games.



[1] Nicol David (MAS) v [6] Annie Au (HKG)

[4] Laura Massaro (ENG) v [7] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)

[3] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [11] Low Wee Wern (MAS)

[2] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) v [15] Alison Waters (ENG)


2nd round:

[1] Nicol David (MAS) vs [16] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7 (50m)

[6] Annie Au (HKG) vs [10] Kasey Brown (AUS) 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (37m)

[4] Laura Massaro (ENG) vs [14] Dipika Pallikal (IND) 11-5, 14-12, 8-11, 11-7 (52m)

[7] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) vs Emily Whitlock (ENG) 11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8 (40m)

[11] Low Wee Wern (MAS) vs [5] Madeline Perry (IRL) 11-3, 9-11, 11-4, 11-8 (62m)

[3] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [12] Camille Serme (FRA) 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (37m)

[15] Alison Waters (ENG) vs [8] Natalie Grinham (NED) 11-6, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5 (45m)

[2] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-2 (39m)


1st round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 11-3, 12-10, 11-9 (30m)
[16] Donna Urquhart (AUS) v Lucie Fialova (CZE) 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (32m)
[6] Annie Au (HKG) bt [Q] Milou van der Heijden (NED) 11-2, 11-0, 11-4 (14m)
[10] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt Heba El Torky (EGY) 4-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (53m)
[4] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [Q] Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) 11-7, 11-5, 11-1 (28m)
[14] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [Q] Kylie Lindsay (NZL) 11-6, 11-6, 12-10 (30m)
[7] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Gaby Huber (SUI) 11-7, 11-1, 11-4 (15m)
Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt [13] Samantha Teran (MEX) 11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 12-10 (50)
[11] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [Q] Salma Hany (EGY) 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 (22m)
[5] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt Delia Arnold (MAS) 11-2, 11-5, 11-4 (26m)
[12] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (27m)
[3] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Line Hansen (DEN) 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 (35m)
[15] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 11-6, 11-4, 11-2 (17m)
[8] Natalie Grinham (NED) bt [Q] Lisa Aitken (SCO) 11-5, 11-6, 11-3 (23m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [9] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-7, 11-7, 10-12 (34m)
[2] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt [Q] Vanessa Raj (MAS) 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 (25m)

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