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CIMB Malaysian Open 2014
18-23 Aug, Kuala Lumpur, $70k+$50k

23-Aug, Day SIX, FINALS:

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-0  [6] Max Lee (Hkg)
                  11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (34m)

[3] Raneem El Welily (Egy)
3-2 Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
                 7-11, 11-3, 12-10, 2-11, 11-7 (40m)

Finals Reports ... from Jason Lee

Mohamed Shorbagy bt Max Lee

Shorbagy started the match steadily and confidently – attempting fancy boasts to the front. They all contributed well-deserved points to him as he steadily finished the game 11-6.

The games were closer in the second and third, as Max awed the crowd with his retrieves and counterattacks. However, it was Shorbagy who was the better player as he closed the next two games confidently at 11-7 and 11-9.

I have been playing in this tournament for the past few years. This is my first Malaysian Open title,” he said. He also gave credit to Max for playing well and mentioned of how much Max has improved a lot recently.

When asked about the match, Max said, “I played one of my best squash and he still beat me easily”. He said that he is happy for reaching the final of this tournament, having always ended his run in the early rounds in the previous years.

Raneem El Welily bt Nour El Tayeb

Raneem seemed start off slowly in the first game. A determined Nour took the first game 11-7. In the second, Nour took the first point with a volley drop to the front right corner whilst she was leaping into the air to reach Raneem’ lob. Raneem started to significantly tighten her game and positioned the ball better. Raneem cruised through the second with an 11-3 win in just 6 minutes.

The third got a lot more exciting as Raneem raced to a 5-0 lead. Nour levelled; 5-all. Neck and neck, they reached 8 all. Nour took the first game ball at 10-9. Raneem levelled, then reached game ball at 11-10. She closed it 12-10. Raneem once again seemed to slow down in the fourth and a fired-up Nour closed it at 11-2 in just 5 minutes.

The crowd was treated to a mouth-watering fifth set between the two young and talented Egyptian girls. As the more experienced player, Raneem simply played a sharp game and moved fluidly around the court as she forced her opponent to work hard for every point. She confidently closed at 11-7 – claiming her second Malaysian Open Title.

Nour is like my little sister. We motivate each other a lot,” said Raneem. Speaking of Raneem, Nour also mentioned that they are both very close and that she was happy for herself and Raneem for reaching the final.

       Factoid: in both finals the world #3 beat the world #25 !


Semis Reports

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CIMB Malaysian Open 2014
18-23 Aug, Kuala Lumpur, $70k
Round One
19 Aug
Round Two
20 Aug
21 Aug
22 Aug
23 Aug
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11-3, 11-2, 11-3 (16m)
[Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg)
[1] Nicol David
11-4, 11-3, 11-8 (32m)
 [15] Joshana Chinappa
[1] Nicol David
11-9, 11-5,
11-5 (38m)

 [7] Annie Au

[1] Nicol David


7-11, 11-6, 11-8,
13-11 (52m)

[3] Raneem El Welily

[3] Raneem El Welily


7-11, 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)
[9] Omneya Abdel Kawy
11-8, 11-7, 11-5 (31m)
 [7] 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)
[13] Sarah-Jane Perry
11-3, 13-11, 9-11, 11-9 (77m)
 [6] Low Wee Wern
[13] Sarah-Jane Perry

 11-4, 6-11,
12-10, 13-15, 11-6 (50m)

[3] 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)
[16] Joey Chan
11-2, 11-9, 11-8 (21m)
[3] 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)
[Q] Habiba Mohamed
11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7 (51m)
[11] Jenny Duncalf
[Q] Habiba Mohamed

11-5, 11-6,
11-7 (25m)

[10] Amanda Sobhy

[10] Amanda Sobhy


11-9, 11-9, 11-3 (26)


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)
[wc] Delia Arnold
 14-12, 11-9, 11-5 (23m)
[10] 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)
[8] Madeline Perry
10-12, 11-5, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9 (41m)
[12] Rachael Grinham
[8] Madeline Perry

11-9, 17-15,
2-11, 9-2 rtd (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)
[2] Laura Massaro
[Q] Latasha Khan (Usa)
11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (23m)
[2] Laura Massaro (Eng)
18-Aug, Qualifying (one round):

Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg) 3-0 Zoe Foo (Mas)                             11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (23m)
Latasha Khan (Usa) 3-1 Vanessa Raj (Mas)               11-5, 11-7, 12-14, 11-3 (41m)
Samantha Teran (Mex) 3-2 Yathreb Adel (Egy)   11-9,8-11,14-12,4-11,14-12 (65m)
Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg) 3-1 Rachel Arnold (Mas)               10-12, 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (38m)
Lisa Aitken (Eng) 3-0 Teh Min Je (Mas)                                11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (17m)
Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 3-0 Sivasangari Subramaniam (Mas) 11-5,13-11,11-7 (27m)
Habiba Mohamed (Egy) 3-0 Zuljijaj Binti Azan (Mas)           13-11, 11-1, 11-5 (28m)
Deon Saffery (Wal) 3-0 Siyoli Waters (Rsa)                        11-5, 11-7, 14-12 (30m)

2013 Event | 2012 Event | 2011 Event | 2010 Event

CIMB Malaysian Open 2014
18-23 Aug, Kuala Lumpur, $50k
Round One
20 Aug 
21 Aug
22 Aug
23 Aug
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy)
11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (19m)
Abdullah Al Mezayen (Kuw)
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy
11-5, 11-9, 11-3 (31m)
[8] Nafiizwan Adnan
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy

11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (47m)

[3] Tarek Momen

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy


 11-6, 11-7,
11-9 (34m)


[6] 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)
[Q] Mahesh Mangaonkar
11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-6 (74m)
[3] 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)
[4] Karim Abdel Gawad
15-13, 10-12, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8 (71m)
[6] Max Lee
[6] Max Lee

7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (60m)

[2] 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)
[8] Olli Tuominen
11-6, 11-2, 9-11, 11-1 (36m)
[2] Borja Golan
Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
5-11, 11-7, 11-4, 15-13 (58m)
[2] Borja Golan (Esp)
19-Aug, Qualifying Finals:

Lucas Serme (Fra) 3-1 Alfredo Avila (Mex)             11-4, 11-5, 4-11, 11-8 (56m)
Rex Hedrick (Aus) 3-0 Addeen Idrakie (Mas)                    11-4 11-8 11-2 (42m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) 3-0 Valentino Bong (Mas)      11-7  11-6  11-6 (60m)
Azlan Iskandar (Mas) 3-0 Shaun Le Roux (Rsa)             11-4, 11-4, 11-3 (33m)

18-Aug, Qualifying Round One:

Alfredo Avila (Mex)   bye
Lucas Serme (Fra) 3-1
 Sanjay Singh (Mas)                   11-8 11-4 8-11 11-5 (61m)
Addeen Idrakie (Mas) 3-2
Elvinn Keo  (Mas)     11-8, 11-9, 12-14, 8-11, 11-6 (70m)
Rex Hedrick (Aus) 3-0 Amir Farhan (Mas)                           11-4, 11-1, 11-1 (24m)
Valentino Bong (Mas) 3-2 Matthew Karwalski (Aus)  11-6,11-7,8-11,6-11,11-7 (56m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) 3-1 Gurshan Singh (Mas)       11-3,9-11,11-6,11-4 (44m)
Azlan Iskandar (Mas) 3-0 Ammar Altamimi (Kuw)              11-4, 11-6, 11-1 (22m)
Shaun Le Roux (Rsa) bye

22-Aug, Day FIVE, SEMIS:
Egyptian women's champion guaranteed

First up was a surprise semi-final between the 2010 and 2011 world junior champions Amanda Sobhy and Nour El Tayeb, and it was the Egyptian who prevailed in straight games 11-9, 11-9, 11-3 to make her first world series final, unseeded at that!

An Egyptian champion was guaranteed when Raneem El Welily came from a game down to beat home favourite Nicol David in four games 13-11 in the last, denying the world number one a place in the final for the first time since 2003!

In the men's semis top seed Mohamed Elshorbagy won an all-Egyptian clash with Tarek Momen 11-7, 11-7, 11-7, and will meet Hong Kong's Max Lee, who downed second-seeded Spaniard Borja Golan 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7.

Semi-Final Reports ... from Jason Lee

Nour El Tayeb bt Amanda Sohby

Nour and Amanda, both 21 years of age, and ranked 25 and 15 in the world respectively, had to battle through extremely tough opponents to get to the semis against the odds. It was expected to be an exciting match.

It was point for point in the first game as the fast-paced attacks started right from the first rally. It was soon over in a few minutes, with Nour winning it 11-8. Nour continued her relentless assault in the second game. In a particularly long rally, a deft drop to the front right corner by Nour was counterattacked by a crosscourt drive by Amanda; and Nour who was already at the T, hit a nice deep volley to the rear left corner of the court – taking the point. The crowd cheered and Nour was 4-2 up. She then raced to 7-2 with her lethal drops, deep drives and amazing retrieves. Amanda tightened her game and started luring Nour to the front before driving deep to the back. She brought the deficit to a point, and was trailing 8-9. It was Nour, however, who clinched the second 11-9.

Coming in firing in the third, Nour pushed Amanda to every corner of the court. Amanda was starting to tin a bit more and her returns seemed to be a bit looser. She reached game ball at 10-2. Amanda’s deep crosscourt drive brought it to 3-10. A long rally ensued. A crosscourt backhand volley by Amanda was met with a forehand volley boast which landed deep at the front left of the court. Amanda failed to reach it and it was game and match to Nour El Tayeb at 11-3.

Raneem El Weleily bt Nicol David

Raneem and Nicol are no strangers to each other on the tour. They have played each other many times and I expected the match to be an interesting one.

In the first game, it was Nicol who took the first two points; 2-0 to Nicol. With both players driving deep and looking for opportunities to attack, it was a game of consistency and precision drives, complemented by lethal drop shots at every opening. The game went to 2-all, and then 6-all, before Nicol pulled away and sealed it with an 11-7 win.

In the second game, Raneem took the first two points; 2-0 to Raneem. Continuing with their superb rallies of killer drives and attacks at the front, the crowd was treated to top-class squash. A stroke to Raneem gave her the game ball at 10-6 and she sealed the game 11-6. In the third, Raneem once again took the first two points. It was a very close game between the two players. The game consisted of long deep drives and lethal drops – a crowd-pleaser. Raneem managed to close it 11-8.

The fourth was a crucial one for Nicol. Both came on court firing. Raneem took the first two points; 2-0. Nicol levelled; 2-2. It went to 6-all, 7-all, 8-all, and then 9-all. Raneem was first to reach game and match ball at 10-9. With a beautiful drop shot, and to a thunderous applause, Nicol saved it and took it to 10-all. The crowd held its breath – hoping for a fifth set. Nicol took game ball at 11-10. Raneem levelled; 11-all. A nail-biting rally later and Raneem took match ball at 12-11. Nicol then tinned on a backhand crosscourt volley and an all-Egyptian final is set for the Women’s CIMB Malaysian Open 2014.

Max Lee bt Borja Golan

Second-seed and World No. 7 Borja Golan at sixth-seed World No. 25 Max Lee were at one game all by the time I got back to the arena to watch the match. Borja had won the first game 11-7 and Max took the second 11-7.

In the third, Max got the first point from a drop shot. He fought his way to 5-1. There were a lot of attacks to the front, and also at the front, with counter crosscourt drops. Max was complementing his attacking drives with deadly drops to the front. He took the third 11-8.

The fourth was a similar affair with both players attacking a lot at every corner of the court. At 3-all, Borja slipped while trying to retrieve a drop at the front left. He was quite upset about it and mentioned to the referee the slippery court was a serious issue or a serious concern. The court attendants were called in to mop the surface of the court floor as usual. The match, however, continued and it was Max who reached game ball and match ball at 10-7. He clinched the game 11-7.

“I am so happy. This will give me a lot of confidence for the Hong Kong Open, The Asian Games, and for future tournaments,” he said. Max Lee moves on to his first final of a PSA 50K Event.

Mohamed El Shorbagy bt Tarek Momen

Shorbagy took the first point in the first game. He then raced to 5-1, helped by Tarek’s errors, mostly unforced. At 5-2, Shorbagy slipped. The court attendants were called in. “Shift me to Bukit Jalil,” Shorbagy told the centre referee. “If we get injured, it’s your responsibility,” he added. Shorbagy closed it 11-7.

In the second, Shorbagy continued his hard-hitting squash and volleys down the walls. Matching the pace, Tarek was attacking to the front at every given opportunity. Midway through the game, Shorbaby had another nasty fall and there was a serious discussion among the tournament referee and the two players about shifting the match to another venue. In my opinion, it seemed unnecessary to get a consensus from the two players if an independent body finds the conditions of the court unsatisfactory – meaning that the decision is best left to the referees. The game, however, continued and Shorbaby took it 11-7.

After what seemed like the court being mopped every other rally, Shorbagy clinched the game and match at 11-7. After the match, he said he loved the crowd and he loves coming to Malaysia. He added that both players continued the match because they did not want to disappoint the crowd. Shorbagy said that he was happy with the support from the spectators and also with the presence of officials from the Egyptian Embassy who there to catch all the action.

Down to the semis at NuSentral

Taking place at the NuSentral shopping mall for the first time, the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open saw more upsets in both men's and women's events.

In the PSA $50k men's event Hong Kong's Max Lee beat Karim Abdel Gawad in five games to set up a semi-final against second-seeded Spaniard Borja Golan.

An Egyptian finalist is guaranteed in the top half after contrasting wins for Mohamed Elshorbagy and Tarek Momen, the #1 and #3 seeds. Shorbagy beat home hope Nafiizwan Adnan in straight games while Momen was taken to a decider before getting past Indian qualifier Mahesh Mangaonkar.

There was Egyptian success in the WSA $70k women's event too, as Nour El Tayeb produced another upset as she beat Madeline Perry, who retired twoards the end of the fourth game.

That sets up a semi-final against fellow former world junior champion Amanda Sobhy, who ended the run of newly-crowned world junior champion Habiba Mohamed in straight games.

In the top half of the draw Raneem El Welily survived a five-game test against Sarah-Jane Perry and the third seeds now meets home favourite Nicol David, who eased past Annie Au in straight games.

Quarter-Final Quick Reports ...
from Jason Lee

Today marked the start of the Quarterfinals for the Men’s and Women’s Event.A small crowd had started to build up by the time Max Lee and Karim Abdel Gawad started their match at 12.30pm. Seating was free but many preferred to stand and watch from the floors above over the glass balustrade surrounding the court. The spectators continued to build up all the way and peaked during the last match between Nicol David and Annie Au which concluded at 8.30pm.

Nour El Tayeb 3-1 Madeline Perry

Madeline Perry had a muscle strain, presumably her adductor magnus, and retired in the fourth.

Nour El Tayed said of her opponent, “Though she is already thirty-seven, she never gives up easily and I

really had to work hard for every point”.

She also mentioned that she is happy that her fellow Egyptian players’ performance and hopes that they continue their good run. Nour El Tayeb will be playing Sohby in the semi-final tomorrow.

“I look forward to playing tomorrow,” she said.

Nicol David 3-0 Annie Au

Annie Au started very well in the first. She was making Nicol scamper around the court with her ball placement. The rest of the match went almost as expected; as Nicol started tightening her game, and retaliating with attacks of her own.

Annie was gradually worn down; mistakes started creeping into her more adventurous shots; and Nicol closed the match convincingly in three.

“I’m happy to win in three. Annie is not an easy player,” Nicol said.

“It’s always nice to play in a new venue. You see new people,” she said when commenting on the new 
venue. She also said that enjoyed the good support from her fans here.

Malaysia is to observe a day of mourning tomorrow for victims of the MH17 flight.
Nicol said that our hearts as a nation go out to the family and victims.

Raneem El Welily 3-2 Sarah-Jane Perry

It was five sets of crowd-pleasing squash. Raneem was moving very fluidly and made full use of her racquet
skill with consistency and accuracy.

Sarah seemed slightly and Raneem took the first. In the second, Raneem made a couple of unforced errors which gave the game to Sarah.

The third and fourth games consisted of a lot more attacking and retrieving from both players to the delight of the crowd. Raneem managed to take the third. In the fourth, there was a bit of contact when Sarah bumped into Raneem and the referee advised Sarah to “try not to be too physical”.

Muffled laughter could be heard from the crowd. Sarah opened the glass door to respond, “I don’t know what you mean.”

It was Sarah who reached game ball first at 10-9. Raneem levelled; 10-all. It was neck and neck. At 14-all, Sarah took the game with a stroke.

Raneem maintained her steady attack in the fifth and making Sarah scramble to all corners of the court. She clinched the game and match.

Amanda Sobhy 3-0 Habiba Mohamed

Habiba never seemed very settled today and her last two matches may have taken a toll on her. Her giant-
killing spree came to an end today and she lost tamely to a very determined and focused opponent.

Amanda said that she is happy to be in the semi-final. “She’s fresh from the World Junior Championships and I expected it to be tough,” she said. “I wanted to finish it in three. Habiba is always tough and she could

always come back whenever she’s behind,” she added.

When a reporter asked if she was troubled by the “physical nature” of her Habiba’s game, she said with

chuckle, “I train with my brother who is twice her size.” Amanda was definitely not intimidated.
Mohamed Elsghorbagy 3-0 Nafiizwan Adnan

Shorbagy started at a blistering pace as he always seem to do. He took the first point when Nafiizwan tinned. He then racked up the points quite quickly. Shorbagy reached game ball at 10-5, and when Nafiizwan attempted a drop to the front-left, it travelled back to himself, resulting in a stroke and game to Shorbagy.

Tightening his game and increasing his pace in the second, Nafiizwan raced to 5-2. There were a couple of decisions which went against Shorbagy but he was not overly distracted by them. He continued his superb game of powerful deep drives and attacks to the front. It was neck and neck.

Nafiizwan’s trickle boast tinned and that gave Shorbagy a game ball at 10-9. A high-intensity rally ensued and Shorbagy responded to a backhand lob by Nafiizwan from the front left corner with a forehand volley boast to the same corner. Nafiizwan lobs again. Shorbagy responded with the similar volley boast. Nafiizwan lobs again. Shorbagy then drives deep to the right rear corner and it was game to Shorbagy.

The third was all Shorbagy’s as he relentlessly attacked and after dropping only 3 points, he took the match.

In an interview after the match, Nafiizwan mentioned about his injury to adductors from which he had not fully recovered. It was holding him back but he added that it was not an excuse. “I was playing the World No.3 so did not expect it to be easy”.

Nafiizwan also commented on the very slippery surface of the glass court which compounded the problem.

“Even Shorbagy said it was slippery. I just want to keep myself injury-free”. He mentioned that he will be preparing for the tournament in Hong Kong and the upcoming Asian Games.
Tarek Momen 3-2 Mahesh Mangaonkar

Tarek, with his usual style of play, utilised a fair amount of high-precision and perfectly-timed drop shots.

They were effective and he took the first game 11-7.

In the second, Tarek slipped a few times. It was always moped and cleaned by the court attendants every time a player slips and fall, but because it was affecting his game quite significantly, he complained a few times during the game. Unfortunately, mopping the surface was all that could be done then; as explained by the referee. Mahesh took the second 11-5.

In the third, Mahesh was leading 4-0 when he slipped whilst running to the rear-left corner to retrieve a deep shot. He slipped, crashed into the back wall, and started clutching his left knee.

The game was stopped momentarily. The court was once again mopped. Mahesh declined a 3-minute “self-inflicted” injury time and so the game continued. Tarek closed it 11-8.

The fourth went to Mahesh 11-2 as Tarek seemed to have slowed down in that game. Tarek came back firing with his attacks and superb ball placement – taking the game 11-6 and the match.

20-Aug, Day THREE:
Tayeb stuns Massaro, Habiba marches on

If we had some upsets in the first round of the women's event in KL, today started with an even bigger one as Nour El Tayeb beat second-seeded world champion Laura Massaro in four games.

The bottom half of the women's draw was further decimated as Habiba Mohamed beat another seed, this time Jenny Duncalf in four. Just one upset in the top half as Sarah-Jane Perry beat Malaysian sixth seed Low Wee Wern in four.

Less drama in the PSA $50k first round with just one upset as qualifier Mahesh Mangaonkar squeezed past Ong Beng Hee 12-10 in the fifth to leave Nafiizwan Adnan the last Malaysian in the draw.

Draws & Results

19-Aug, Day TWO:
Habiba and Delia gatecrash last 16,
Azlan qualifies ..

Day Two of the CIMB Malaysian Open saw a couple of huge upsets in round one of the WSA $70k event as newly-crowned world junior champion Habiba Mohamed stunned fourth seed Camille Serme and local wildcard Delia Arnold edged out fifth seed Alison Waters.

No such troubles for top seeds Nicol David and Laura Massaro as they moved one step closer to another KL showdown, but Malaysia's Low Wee Wern had to work hard to overcome Heba El Torky in 74 minutes, the longest match of the day - just.

Qualifying finals for the men's $50k event saw Azlan Iskandar - coming out of retirement in order to get some tough matches in preparation for representing Malaysia in the forthcoming Asian Games - ease past second seed Shaun Le Roux, the newly-crowned South African national champion, and his reward is an all-Malaysian meeting with Nafiizwan Adnan.

The other qualifiers were Lucas Serme, Mahesh Mangaonkar and Rex Hedrick.

Day Two quick reports


Round One quick reports from Jason Lee
Mahesh Mangaonkar 3-0 Valentino Bong

Mahesh kept the pressure on Valentino to win in three.

He said he did not actually play well. “I made a lot of  errors.” Mahesh went on to add that he had to try to work his opponent out and last as long as possible.

He said that it is his first Malaysian Open and he hopes to be fresh for his match tomorrow. He is drawn to play Ong Beng Hee in the first round tomorrow.
Nicol David 3-0 Liu Tsz-Ling

Nicol David’s match against Liu Tsz Ling was one of the later matches of the day and the crowd has started to build up.

Nicol outclassed her young opponent and raced to a 10-2 match ball in the third game when Tsz Ling hit a beautiful but risky backhand cross-court volley to the nick.

Nicol closed the game and match with an 11-3 win in the third.
Low Wee Wern 3-2 Heba El Torky

Wee Wern said she has played Heba many times during their junior years and she knows her style.

There was quite a lot of discussion with the referees and shoving especially in the third but Wee Wern kept her focus to 
take the game in four. “I was prepared for it,” she said.
Delia Arnold 3-2 Alison Waters

The match between Alison Waters and Delia Arnold was five sets of thrilling squash. There was a quite bit of interference as both players were really trying to get to the ball early.

Alison clinched the first game and when Delia levelled, there was a sense of optimism among the many Malaysian supporters.

Midway through the third, Alison hit a back hand drop shot which the referee called down by mistake – so although Delia had already retaliated with a winning drop shot of her own, she was not to earn the point from that as a Let had to be called. Alison managed to take the third. Delia fired up and clinched the fourth.

The fifth game was nail-biting – and at 9-all, Delia managed to gain match ball from a hard-fought rally. Another long rally ended with a no-let to Alison and Delia celebrates a fantastic win and an upset over her experienced opponent.

“I am happy with my game. The last time I had match point in a 5-setter, I let it slip. I wasn’t going to let it happen this time,” said Delia. She added that she has been working with the mental side of her game and it has helped her a lot.  Delia Arnold
Habiba Mohamed 3-2 Camille Serme

This is another five-setter thriller. Unfortunately, I was not able to watch it. Commenting on her opponent,

Habiba said said, “She was under pressure as I am the younger player.”
Madeline Perry 3-0 Aisling Blake

Madeline played a patient game against her sparring partner. “I played well,” she said.

When asked about her opponent, Aisling said that Madeline played well and that it’s the best she has seen her played. Aisling will be heading to Rotterdam for her next tournament.
Nour El Tayeb 3-0 Misaki Kobayashi

Nour El Tayeb played well to win in three. The first and third games were close.

The former World Junior Champion, said he has improved a lot since moving up from the juniors but adds that she still had a lot of room for improvement. She said that the rise in the rankings will follow a long as she maintains her consistency in her performance and steady improvement.

When commenting on her opponent, Misaki Kobayashi said that she has never played Nour El Tayeb and that she is quite tricky.

“I thought I played well, but I lost a bit of focus in the second,” she said.
Rachael Grinham 3-0 Lisa Aitken

Rachael Grinham has the style, tactics, an awesome variety of shots and superb movement on court.

Rachael played calmly and confidently. The rallies were not particularly long as Rachael incorporated a lot of variation and some unorthodoxy in her game as she racked up the points. She moved her opponent round the court like
a chess piece.

“I am just here to enjoy myself,” she said, during an interview yesterday.

18-Aug, Day One:
Habiba makes main draw, Azlan's back

The 2014 edition of the Malaysian Open got under way with a single round of women's qualifying, which saw newly-crowned World Junior Champion Habiba Mohamed one of eight players to make the main draw, and the first of two qualifying rounds for the men, where Malaysia's out-of-retirement Azlan Iskandar provided the home fans with a popular win.

Nu venue for 2014 Malaysian Open
from The Star Online

For the first time since 2007, the Malaysian Open squash championship will move away from it’s well known venue of the The Curve in Damansara Perdana, to the Nu Sentral Mall located within the vicinity of KL Sentral.

The shift of venues is to accommodate the new dates of the competition, which have been brought forward to Aug 18-23, due to the Incheon Asian Games starting from Sept 19-Oct 4. Despite the change of dates and venue, the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) president Huang Ying How believes that the quality of the tournament will not be affected.

“For SRAM, we are quite excited and looking forward to the new venue and the change in dates is not really an issue,” said Ying How.

“It’s unfortunate that The Curve was unavailable to us during those dates but the Nu Sentral Mall is an ideal place for a tournament too.

“It is the beautiful mall that is also the transportation hub in the city and I believe it will also expose us to a different kind of crowd than what we had in the past years,” added Ying How.

Meanwhile, fresh from defending her Commonwealth Games gold medal, world No.1 Nicol David will set her sights on winning her ninth Malaysian Open title.

Nicol, who won seven straight titles from 2005-2011, is also the defending champion and will face a qualifier in the first round.

She will have third seed Raneem El Weleily of Egypt and Hong Kong’s Annie Au as company in her half of the draw. National No.2 Low Wee Wern is seeded sixth and faces Egypt’s Heba El Torky in the first round.

In the men’s competition, world No.3 Mohamed El Shorbagy of Egypt, compatriot and 2012 winner Tarek Momen, and Spain’s world No.7, Borja Golan will be the contenders.

The Malaysian men's challenge will be led by national No.1 Ong Beng Hee, Nafiizwan Adnan and Ivan Yuen.

Preparations in full swing in KL
Jason Lee reports

The CIMB Malaysian Open 2014 will commence on the 18th of August 2014. 

The men’s and women’s main draw will start on the 20th and 19th of August respectively.

Following the tradition of the previous championships, the early rounds including the qualifying will be played at the National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil.

This year, the quarter finals onwards; commencing on Thursday, 21st of August for both the men’s and women’s event; will be held at NuSentral shopping centre.

NuSentral is located in vicinity of the KL Sentral transit hub. KL Sentral acts as a connecting hub for six rail networks which includes the country’s train and light rail systems.

Also included in the built-up area of KL Sentral are more shopping outlets, restaurants, hotels, as well as commercial and residential infrastructure. KL Sentral itself is located next to the suburb or locality of Brickfields; an area steep in history and alive with the hustle and bustle of old-world charm.

A juxtaposition of the modern and the traditional - it is somewhat representative of the country and its culture.

The team at the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) have been hard at work – putting together the final touches on the set-up of the tournament.

The infrastructure of the main all-glass court and the grandstand are gradually being built up.

The main court is in the process of being transported to the shopping centre. The promotional materials or rather, remainder of them are gradually being installed.

A huge part of the work at the shopping centre has to be done after-hours at night, to work around the shopping crowd. With only a few more days before the start of the championship, the excitement is certainly building up.

On behalf of the organising team here at SRAM, I would like to invite and welcome you all to a showcase of grit, determination and athleticism at its best.

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