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07-Mar, Finals:

[1] Peter Barker (Eng) bt [3] Adrian Grant (Eng)

[4] Natalie Grainger (Usa) bt [1] Nicol David (Mas)
        11/8, 10/12, 11/7, 5/11, 11/6 (51m)

Grainger ends David's run

Unbeaten in 68 matches since October 2007 and aiming for her sixth KL Open title, Malaysia's own Nicol David came unstuck at the hands of Natalie Grainger as the US champion put in a tremendous performance to  end a 12-match losing streak against David that stretched back to 2003.

Grainger had come close to beating David before, notably in the British Open of 2007, but this time she made it stick to claim her third title of the year and leave the Malaysian fans disappointed.

"No doubt, she's a strong contender. You just have to be at your best to beat her but my game was up and down today and she just took control when there was an opportunity.

"It was a close game though. She played well today. I just tried my best but I wish I had played better, I had to bring something more, but this time I couldn't get it on."

In the all-English men's final top seed Peter Barker triumphed over Adrian Grant. Grant, who tumbled over his opponent in mid court in the first game of the final, was unable to reproduce the form he showed in the previous round as Barker recorded an straight-games victory in 52 minutes.

"It was a bit up and down as I had a bad slip in the first game and my right hamstring jarred," said the disappointed runner-up. "After that I wasn't so confident moving."

Barker, whose PSA title tally now rises to 13, admitted that he tried to ignore Grant's setback: "I definitely noted a bit of a change in his movement after he fell. But I tried to carry on playing my own game - being steady and boringly British!"

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"It has been a long time since I beat Nicol, and I've taken six or seven poundings. She is a true champion, she's young and she has so many titles already.

"But I feel that I have been playing well the last two years, probably the most consistent of my life, and I am really pleased that today was my day.

"I just tried to relax and stay focus despite the many distractions...the crowd, the drums ..."

KL Open 2009
02-07 March, Kuala Lumpur, $53k
National Squash Centre & Berjaya Timjes Square, Kuala Lumpur

Round One
04 Mar
05 Mar
 06 Mar
07 Mar
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11/6, 11/8, 11/7 (26m(
Madeline Perry (Irl)
[1] Nicol David
11/1, 10/12, 11/7, 11/9 (46m)
[5] Jenny Duncalf
[1] Nicol David

9/11, 11/7, 11/5, 11/8 (34m)

[3] Rachael Grinham

[1] Nicol David 


[4] Natalie Grainger

[5] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
11/8, 11/7, 11/6 (30m)
Sharon Wee (Mas)
[3] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
14/12, 11/4, 12/10 (24m)
[Q] Annie Au (Hkg)
[3] Rachael Grinham
11/9, 4/9, 10/12, 11/8, 12/10 (63m)
[6] Alison Waters
[6] Alison Waters (Eng)
6/11, 11/6, 11/9, 11/8 (45m)
Shelley Kitchen (Nzl)
Kasey Brown (Aus)
11/1, 11/7, 1/11, 11/6 (40m)
[7] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
[7] Omneya Abdel Kawy
11/5, 11/5, 9/11, 11/9 (42m)
[4] Natalie Grainger
[4] Natalie Grainger

9/11, 11/4, 11/7, 6/11, 11/6 (51m)

[8] Laura Lengthorn-Massaro

[Q] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
11/7, 11/7, 4/11, 19/17 (33m)
[4] Natalie Grainger (Usa)
[Q] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
11/7, 17/15, 11/3 (26m)
[8] Laura Lengthorn-Massaro (Eng)
[8] Laura Lengthorn-Massaro
11/6, 11/9, 11/6 (23m)
[2] Natalie Grinham
[Q] Lauren Briggs (Eng)
13/11, 11/8, 11/9 (29m)
[2] Natalie Grinham (Aus)

  03-Mar, Finals:

  Annie Au (Hkg) bt Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)                                 11/9, 11/8, 11/7 (27m)
  Raneem El Weleily (Egy) bt Low Wee Wern (Mas)                11/5, 13/11, 11/8 (31m)
  Lauren Briggs (Eng) bt  Delia Arnold (Mas)                  11/4, 11/6, 4/11, 11/6 (53m)
  Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl) bt Emma Beddoes (Eng)                        11/7, 11/5, 11/8 (39m)

  02-Mar, Round One:

Rebecca Chiu (Hkg) bt Joelle King (Nzl)               11/8, 11/8, 8/11, 9/11, 11/6 (57m)
  Annie Au (Hkg) bt Lisa Camilleri (Aus)                         11/9, 11/6, 4/11, 11/4 (30m)
  Raneem El Weleily (Egy) bt Lauren Siddall (Eng)           11/8, 8/11, 11/3, 11/5 (38m)
  Low Wee Wern (Mas) bt Donna Urquhart (Aus)                    12/10, 11/6, 11/1 (25m)
  Delia Arnold (Mas) bt Joshna Chinappa (Ind)                       14/12, 11/3, 11/5 (29m)
  Lauren Briggs (Eng) bt Kylie Lindsay (Nzl)        11/4, 11/6, 10/12, 6/11, 14/12 (45m)
  Emma Beddoes (Eng) bt Annelize Naude (Ned)   7/11, 11/6, 11/3, 11/13, 11/3 (51m)
  Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl) bt Lim Woke Yah (Mas)                 11/9, 11/7, 6/11, 11/3 (32m)
KL Open 2009
02-07 March, Kuala Lumpur, $50k
National Squash Centre & Berjaya Timjes Square, Kuala Lumpur
Round One
04 Mar
05 Mar
 06 Mar
07 Mar
[1] Peter Barker (Eng)
11/3, 11/3, 11/4 (31m)
[Q] Alui Anwar Reda (Egy)
[1] Peter Barker
11/8, 11/2, 11/5 (40m)
[6] Farhan Mehboob
[1] Peter Barker

11/7, 10/12, 11/3, 11/4 (61m)

[4] Borja Golan

[1] Peter Barker


[3] Adrian Grant

[6] Farhan Mehboob (Pak)
7/11, 11/9, 11/4, 11/6 (56m)
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
[4] Borja Golan (Esp)
11/5, 11/7, 11/2 (25m)
Jan Koukal (Cze)
[4] Borja Golan
11/7, 13/11, 11/5 (44m)
[Q] Yasir Butt
[7] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
11/6, 11/7, 6/11, 11/9 (45m)
[Q] Yasir Butt (Pak)
[Q] Chris Simpson (Eng)
11/3, 11/6, 4/11, 11/4 (28m)
[8] Mansoor Zaman (Pak)
[Q] Chris Simpson
11/6, 13/11, 11/9 (57m)
[3] Adrian Grant
[3] Adrian Grant

7/11, 11/4, 11/3, 11/8

[2] Ong Beng Hee

Tarek Momen (Egy)
11/9, 11/9, 8/11, 11/6 (73m)
[3] Adrian Grant (Eng)
[Q] Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
11/6, 5/11, 11/6, 8/11, 11/8 (90m)
[5] Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
[5] Aamir Atlas Khan
11/5, 8/11, 11/9, 8/11, 11/1 (60m)
[2] Ong Beng Hee
Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
11/3, 6/11, 11/4, 7/11, 11/6 (56m)
[2] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)

 03-Mar, Finals:

 Aaron Frankcomb (Aus) bt  Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind)                 11/5, 11/6, 11/6 (45m)
 Chris Simpson (Eng) bt Ivan Yuen (Mas)                                    11/7, 11/9, 11/9 (46m)
 Ali Anwar Reda (Egy) bt Matthew Karwalski (Aus)                        11/6, 11/4, 11/7 (37m)
 Yasir Butt (Pak) bt Shamsul Islam Khan (Pak)                             11/2, 11/2, 11/7 (26m)

02-Mar, Round One:

Aaron Frankcomb (Aus) bt Kamran Khan (Mas)               7/11, 11/0, 12/10, 12/10 (64m)
 Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind) bt Elvinn Keo (Mas)                    5/11, 11/4, 11/9, 11/8 (43m)
 Chris Simpson (Eng) bt Graeme Wilson (Nzl)                      11/6, 11/3, 4/11, 11/3 (39m)
 Ivan Yuen (Mas) bt Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)                       9/11, 11/8, 11/9, 11/7 (64m)
 Matthew Karwalski (Aus) bt Nafzahizam Adnan (Mas)  9/11, 11/4, 8/11, 11/6, 11/6 (53m)
 Ali Anwar Reda (Egy) bt Choong Kam Hing (Mas)                       11/8, 12/11, 11/6 (33m)
 Shamsul Islam Khan (Pak) bt Le Roy Leong (Mas)               9/11, 11/7, 11/2, 11/8 (32m)
 Yasir Butt (Pak) bt Ng Jo Wen (Mas)                                            11/2, 11/7, 11/7 (30m)

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Grant sets up
all-English final in KL

Third seed Adrian Grant battled for 61 minutes at Berjaya Times Square in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to end local interest in the men's CIMB KL Open when he upset defending champion Ong Beng Hee to set up the first ever all-English KL final.

The left-hander from London recovered from a game down to beat second-seeded Malaysian Beng Hee, ranked three places higher in the world top 20.

"Beng Hee was under pressure as defending champion and made some errors today that gave me the advantage," said a delighted Grant, now in the 22nd Tour final of his career. "It may be two British players in the final - but we'll be worth the admission money!"

A downcast Ong Beng Hee added: "After the re-draw it got tougher for me. I had gruelling matches but Adrian played exceptionally well and deserved the victory. I am going to come back stronger for the Malaysian Open though!"

Grant will face England team-mate Peter Barker - also a left-hander and also from London. The top seed faced fourth seed Borja Golan - and beat the in-form Spaniard to set up his 18th final appearance.

Although the final will be the Englishmen's fourth Tour meeting - it will be their first for more than two years, and the first in a final.

Hopes of a Malaysian on the winner's podium were well-and-truly kept alive in the women's event when Penang queen Nicol David, the favourite, beat Australian rival Rachael Grinham.

Fresh from a six-week training spell in Australia with former world number one Sarah Fitz-Gerald, David is making her 2009 Tour debut in KL - and expected to win her country's capital city open crown for the sixth time.

"I am trying to get my momentum going for this year, but it is tough as all the girls are out to get me," admitted the 25-year-old after her sixth win in a row over Grinham. "I am just watching my back and trying to stay on the ball."

In the 49th WISPA final of her career, David will meet another long-time Tour rival: Natalie Grainger, the fourth seed from the USA, ended the run of England's surprise semi-finalist Laura Lengthorn-Massaro, beating the eighth seed in 51 minutes.

"I finished the fourth really strongly and managed to get a few tactics straight in my head," said Lengthorn later. "But Natalie came out too strong, a little too strong. She is so precise that it is tough mentally and physically."

Grainger, the WISPA President who is looking for her third title this year, has reached a significant milestone in her illustrious career: The 31-year-old from Greenwich is celebrating her 40th Tour final appearance.

05-Mar, Quarters:
Laura leaps into KL semis

Seven of the eight top seeds duly progressed to the semi-finals of the KL Open at Berjaya Times Square, joined by England's Laura Lengthorn-Massaro, who recorded one of her best-ever victories to oust second seed Natalie Grinham in four games.

Lengthorn now meets another Nat G, US champion Natalie Grainger, who had her work cut out to make the semis, needing four games to fend off the challenge of Omneya Abdel Kawy.

Malaysian star Nicol David will meet third seed Rachael Grinham in the other semi-final. David was stretched by Jenny Duncalf, the world champion winning in four games, while Grinham narrowly escaped the fate of her sister, squeezing past Alison Waters 12/10 in the fifth.

No upsets in the men's event, but local favourite and defending champion Ong Beng Hee was taken the distance by Aamir Atlas Khan before clinching a place in the semis.

04-Mar, Round One:
Nicol on song in KL

Malaysian squash star Nicol David began her 2009 campaign on home soil in fine style when she beat Madeline Perry in straight games in the first round of the CIMB KL Open.

Undefeated since October 2007, the world number one from Penang is seeded to reach the women’s KL Open final for the ninth time since 1999 - and win the title for the sixth time!

David despatched Perry, the 10-time Irish champion from Belfast, in just 26 minutes – and will now face England’s Jenny Duncalf for a place in the semi-finals. Duncalf, the fifth seed from Harrogate, reduced Malaysian interest in the women’s event by 50% when she beat Malacca-born Sharon Wee.

Second seed Natalie Grinham is another WISPA star starting out on her 2009 trail. The Australian-born Dutch 30-year-old defeated English qualifier Lauren Briggs and will meet another English opponent when she faces eighth seed Laura Lengthorn-Massaro en-route for her expected place in the final for the third year in a row.

Two seeds failed to claim their anticipated places in the second round of the men’s $50,000 PSA Tour event. Pakistani qualifier Yasir Butt secured the biggest scalp by beating Egypt’s No7 seed Omar Mosaad.

English qualifier Chris Simpson continued his recent run of form with a 3/1 defeat of eighth seed Mansoor Zaman, also from Pakistan.

Simpson will now face fellow countryman Adrian Grant – but the third seed from London was kept on court for 73 minutes before prevailing over unseeded Egyptian Tarek Momen.

Local hero Ong Beng Hee was also taken the full distance before stemming the advances of the sport’s bright new star Mohamed El Shorbagy. The 18-year-old twice recovered from behind to force the match into a decider – but defending champion Beng Bee battled on to win  after 56 minutes.

David aims for another KL title

Local star Nicol David begins her 2009 campaign as top seed in the $53k CIMB KL Open. Unbeaten since October 2007, the world number one from Malaysia will be hoping to reach the final for the ninth time since 1999 - and win the title for the sixth time!

David will arrive in KL fresh from a lengthy New Year training session in Melbourne with former world number one Sarah Fitz-Gerald. But the 25-year-old from Penang faces a tough opening match against in-form Irish champion Madeline Perry, the world No9 from Belfast.

The favourite will undoubtedly renew her Tour rivalry with the Australian Grinham sisters in her country's capital city. David is expected to face third seed Rachael Grinham, the world No3, in the semi-finals - and thereafter second seed Natalie Grinham, now flying the Dutch flag, in the final, for the third year in a row!

But fourth seed Natalie Grainger cannot be ruled out: The US champion already has two WISPA titles under her belt this year - and will be looking to upset the David/Grinham KL roadshow in a bid to extend her title tally ...



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