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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

World Champion Nicol Cruises Into Quarter Finals

GEORGE TOWN, April 27 (Bernama) -- Malaysian squash sensation and current women's world No. 1 Datuk Nicol David cruised into the quarter finals of the 16th Asian Individual Squash Championship after beating Jerryca Teo of Singapore at the Nicol David International Squash Centre in Bukit Dumbar, here Wednesday.

Nicol, who received a first round bye, beat Jerryca 11-2, 11-6 and 11-4 in the second round to set up a quarter-final date with Chan Ho-Ling of Hong Kong.

The 27-year-old Penangite, who took 25 minutes to down her opponent in straight sets, said she was glad to win her first game at the squash centre that was named after her.

"It's always great to win the first matches of a tournament and I am happy to get through to the quarter finals," she said when met after her match here.

The five-time world champion said she would be more focused in Thursday's match as it will be a tougher encounter against Chan who had earlier defeated Eun Tschan Ahn (KOR) 11-4, 6-11, 11-7 and 11-1 in 38 minutes.

Also through to the quarter-finals were Low Wee Wern, Delia Odette Arnold and Siti Munirah Jusoh.

Wee Wern, ranked world number 13, was simply too good for her team-mate Zulhijjah Azan, winning 4-11, 7-11 and 6-11 in just 25 minutes to face Siti Munirah who had defeated Liu Tsz-Ling of Hong Kong 11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 12-10.

In the men's category, top-seed Ong Beng Hee was pushed all the way by team-mate Kamran Khan who ranked 82 in the world, before winning 12-10, 11-8 and 11-9 in 55 minutes to march into the quarter-finals.

Beng Hee, hunting for his fifth title in the Asian Individual Squash championships, will next face another Malaysian Elvinn Keo Jinn Chung, who beat Dick Lau Siu-Wai of Hong Kong 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 6-11 and 11-9 in a thrilling match which ended in an hour and 16 minutes.

Also through to the quarter-finals was Mohd Nafiizwan Mohd Adnan, who defeated Waqas Mehboob of Pakistan 11-1, 11-6 and 11-6 in 24 minutes and will meet team-mate Muhd Asyraf Azan Thursday.

Muhd Asyraf earlier put up an energetic display to outclass Leo Au Chun-Ming of Hong Kong 11-9, 8-11, 11-2 and 11-5 in 44 minutes.

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