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KL Open 2010
15-20 Mar, Kuala Lumpur, $50k

20-Mar, Finals:

Top seeds take KL titles

Top seeds Nicol David and Ramy Ashour triumphed in the finals of the CIMB KL Open, beating their opponents in straight games in the finals on the all-glass court at Berjaya Times Square in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

It was a sensational sixth title for national heroine Nicol David, and a successful return to the winner's podium after the world number one's shock defeat in the women's final last year.

David, celebrating her tenth appearance in the KL Open final since her making her first in 1999 as a 15-year-old, was in control from the outset, beating her career-long Egyptian rival Omneya Abdel Kawy 11-4, 11-2, 13-11 in 31 minutes.

Abdel Kawy, the fourth seed from Cairo, reached the final against expectations after upsetting England's No2 seed Jenny Duncalf in the semi-finals.

The final of the men's event was an all-Egyptian affair between Ashour, the world number one, and his Cairo compatriot Karim Darwish, the second seed.

Ashour, boasting his sixth final appearance in his last seven PSA outings since November, became the first Egyptian to win the title since 2007 after beating the world No5 in three close games, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 in 41 minutes.

The win takes 22-year-old Ashour's collection of PSA titles to 15 and is sure to strengthen his grip on the top position in the Dunlop PSA world rankings.

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KL Open 2010
15-20 Mar, Kuala Lumpur, $50k
Round One
17 Mar
18 Mar
19 Mar
20 Mar
[1] Ramy Ashour (Egy)
11/7, 11/9, 11/7 (35m)
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
[1] Ramy Ashour
12/14, 11/3, 11/6, 11/6 (47m)
[7] Aamir Atlas Khan
[1] Ramy Ashour

11/5, 8/11, 11/6, 11/7 (44m)

[8] Ong Beng Hee

[1] Ramy Ashour

11/8, 11/8, 11/9 (41m)

[2] Karim Darwish

[7] Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
9/11, 11/9, 12/10, 11/9 (52m)
[Q] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
[4] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
11/5, 8/11, 13/11, 13/11 (55m)
[Q] Ivan Yuen (Mas)
[4] Mohamed El Shorbagy
7/11, 8/11, 16/14, 11/4, 11/8 (80m)
[8] Ong Beng Hee
[8] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
11/8, 11/9, 3/11, 11/8 (56m)
[Q] Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
11/4, 11/8, 11/5 (29m)
[5] Stewart Boswell (Aus)
[5] Stewart Boswell
11/1, 11/8, 11/5 (47m)
Azlan Iskandar
Azlan Iskandar

11/6, 11/6, 11/1 (48m)

[2] Karim Darwish

Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
11/4, 11/4, 11/9 (40m)
[3] Adrian Grant (Eng)
Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
11/7, 11/5, 11/7 (31m)
[6] Cameron Pilley (Eng)
[6] Cameron Pilley
11/7, 11/7, 11/9 (38m)
[2] Karim Darwish
Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
11/6, 11/9, 11/0 (36m)
[2] Karim Darwish (Egy)

15/16 Mar, Qualifying:

Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy) bt Chris Simpson (Eng)   12/14, 11/1, 7/11, 11/5, 12/10 (83m)
Mohammed Abbas (Egy) bt Mark Krajcsak (Hun)                     11/4, 11/6, 11/2 (42m)
Ivan Yuen (Mas) bt Steve Coppinger (Rsa)                    7/11, 11/8, 11/2, 11/6 (46m)
Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) bt Amr Swelim (Ita)              12/10, 12/10, 10/12, 11/7 (74m)

KL Open 2010
15-20 Mar, Kuala Lumpur, $50k
Round One
17 Mar
18 Mar
19 Mar
20 Mar
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11/7, 11/8, 11/2 (37m)
Jaclyn Hawkes (Mzl)
[1] Nicol David
12/10, 14/12, 11/1 (43m)
[8] Kasey Brown
[1] Nicol David

11/3, 11/7, 11/5 (35m)

[3] Alison Waters

[1] Nicol David

11/4, 11/2, 13/11 (31m)

[4] Omneya Abdel Kawy

[8] Kasey Brown (Aus)
11/6, 11/4, 11/5 (33m)
[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
[3] Alison Waters (Eng)
7/11, 14/16, 11/3, 11/9, 11/9 (75m)
Delia Arnold (Mas)
[3] Alison Waters
11/5, 11/2, 8/1, 11/13, 12/10 (60m)
Samantha Teran
[7] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
13/11, 8/11, 11/9, 11/2 (50m)
Samantha Teran (Mex)
[Q] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
11/7, 6/11, 5/11, 11/6, 11/7 (60m)
[5] Madeline Perry (Irl)
[5] Madeline Perry
12/10, 7/11, 11/5, 11/7 (40m)
[4] Omneya Abdel Kawy
[4] Omneya Abdel Kawy

11/3, 11/8, 11/9 (37m)

[2] Jenny Duncalf

[Q] Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
9/11, 11/4, 11/4, 11/3 (30m)
[4] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
[Q] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
11/9, 11/1, 0/11, 12/14, 12/10 (44m)
[6] Laura Massaro (Eng)
[6] Laura Massaro
 11/7, 4/11, 10/12, 10/11 rtd (ankle) (66m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf
Engy Kheirallah (Egy)
4/11, 6/11, 7/11 (27m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)

15/16 Mar, Qualifying:

Sarah Kippax (Eng) bt Annie Au (Hkg)                             11/9, 11/9, 12/10 (40m)
Rebecca Chiu (Hkg) bt Joey Chan (Hkg)           11/8, 5/11, 8/11, 11/4, 11/6 (42m)
Donna Urquhart (Aus) bt Tania Bailey (Eng)  11/9, 13/11, 9/11, 7/11, 12/10 (49m)
Raneem El Weleily (Egy) bt Aisling Blake (Irl)                  11/6, 12/10, 11/4 (27m)

19-Mar, Semis:
Only Nicol survives in KL

Three Malaysians set on on the quest to reach the finals of the KL Open, but after today's semi-finals at Berjaya Times Square only Nicol David remains.

The world number one eased past Alison Waters to reach a sixth successive final in the event, and will face Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy, who scored an upset win over second seed Jenny Duncalf.

The men's final will be between Egyptian top seeds Ramy Ashour and Karim Darwish, who beat local favourites Ong Beng Hee and Azlan Iskandar.

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18-Mar, Quarters:
Home hopes still alive in KL

Hopes of an all-Malaysian men's final in the CIMB KL Open were boosted  when both Ong Beng Hee and Azlan Iskandar claimed impressive upsets to earn unexpected places in the semi-finals.

Eighth seed Ong Beng Hee clawed his way back from two games down against rising Egyptian star Mohamed El Shorbagy, the 19-year-old No4 seed. After surviving a dramatic third-game tie-break, the 2008 champion clinched the next two games to record a magnificent 7-11, 8-11, 16-14, 11-4, 11-8 quarter-final victory in 80 minutes.

Beng Hee now faces the event's toughest hurdle in top seed Ramy Ashour, the world number one from Egypt. But the 22-year-old from Cairo was fully tested by Pakistan's Aamir Atlas Khan before overcoming the 19-year-old No7 seed 12-14, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6.

Despite being unseeded, Azlan Iskandar clearly has sights on a fourth appearance in the final since 2003. The 27-year-old from KL followed his first round upset over third seed Adrian Grant by despatching Australia's No5 seed Stewart Boswell 11-1, 11-8, 11-5 in 47 minutes.

Iskandar, winner of the trophy in 2003 and 2006, will now take on Karim Darwish, the second seed from Egypt who also ousted an Australian, sixth seed Cameron Pilley, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9.

Malaysia's five times champion Nicol David is on course to reach the women's final for the tenth time since 1999 after overcoming determined Australian Kasey Brown in the quarter-finals of the women's event.

David prevailed only after tie-breaks in the first two games but then overwhelmed the No8 seed in the third game to record a 12-10, 14-12, 11-1 victory.

The favourite will now meet England's third seed Alison Waters who, for the second day in a row, had to survive a tough five-game encounter before advancing to the last four. On the eve of her 26th birthday, Waters battled for 60 minutes to quash unseeded Mexican Samantha Teran 11-5, 11-2, 8-11, 11-13, 12-10.

But second seed Jenny Duncalf had a more surprising journey to the semi-finals after surviving an all-English clash with Laura Massaro. Sixth seed Massaro, chasing the first win over her England team-mate in four years, recovered from a game down to take the next two and then reach match ball in the fourth.

But the 26-year-old from Preston then rolled over on her ankle and ultimately had to concede the match to her surprised opponent.

Duncalf will now move on to a meeting with Omneya Abdel Kawy, the fourth seed from Egypt who beat Ireland's Madeline Perry, the fifth seed, 12-10, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7.
17-Mar, Round One:
Massaro Back On Track In KL

England's world No9 Laura Massaro made up for two successive shock losses earlier this year to Raneem El Weleily when she beat the rising Egyptian star in the first round of the CIMB KL Open in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

Sixth seed Massaro looked to be in control as she took a two-game lead over El Weleily, the 21-year-old world No15 from Alexandria. But the tables turned as the Egyptian, this time a qualifier, took the next game in a surprise whitewash, then clinched the fourth to level the match.

The pair battled all the way to a tie-break in the decider before Massaro's greater experience eventually paid off as the 26-year-old from Preston secured her 11-9, 11-1, 0-11, 12-14, 12-10 win after 44 minutes.

Massaro will now meet her England team-mate Jenny Duncalf after the second seed from Harrogate despatched Engy Kheirallah also an Egyptian - 11-4, 11-6, 11-7 in just 27 minutes.

Another English seed was also stretched to the limit before claiming her anticipated place in the last eight. Alison Waters, the third seed from London, dropped the first two games to Delia Arnold as the unseeded Malaysian thrilled the partisan crowd with hopes of a shock upset.

But Waters, the world No5, steadied the ship and clawed back the advantage before ultimately salvaging the match 7-11, 14-16, 11-3, 11-9, 11-9 after 75 minutes.

There was a surprise in the women's event, however, when unseeded Mexican Samantha Teran claimed a 13-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-2 upset over seventh seed Vanessa Atkinson, the world No12 from the Netherlands. Teran, ranked just a single place below Atkinson, will now face Waters for a place in the semi-finals.

The KL crowd will be treated to unexpected additional local interest in the men's quarter-finals after unseeded Azlan Iskandar pulled off the only upset in the men's event when he ousted England's No3 seed Adrian Grant, last year's runner-up, in straight games.

Iskandar, the 27-year-old world No18 from KL who is looking for his third KL Open title since 2003, crushed Grant 11-4, 11-4, 11-9 in 40 minutes and will now line up against Australia's Stewart Boswell for a place in the last four.

Fifth seed Boswell, runner-up in 2007, was responsible for one of three first round Malaysian defeats when he beat unseeded Muhd Asyraf Azan 11-4, 11-8, 11-5.

Egypt's world top five players Ramy Ashour and Karim Darwish took the first step towards their predicted meeting in the final following straight games victories: Top seed Ashour, making his first appearance in KL since becoming world number one in January, beat Malaysian qualifier Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 11-7, 11-9, 11-7, while second seed Darwish defeated compatriot Ali Anwar Reda 11-6, 11-9, 11-0.

Kippax Conquers Au In KL Qualifiers

England's Sarah Kippax produced an impressive upset in the women's qualifying finals in the CIMB KL Open when she defeated world No16 Annie Au in straight games to claim an unexpected place in the main draw of the KL Open.

Kippax, the world No23 from Halifax in Yorkshire, battled for 40 minutes to conquer the rising 21-year-old Hong Kong star 11-9, 11-9, 12-10 - and will now line up against Australian Kasey Brown, the No8 seed, in the first round.

There was Hong Kong success in the final qualifying round when veteran campaigner Rebecca Chiu, the 31-year-old former Asian Games gold medallist, defeated younger compatriot Joey Chan 11-8, 5-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-6 to earn a main draw clash with Egypt's fourth seed Omneya Abdel Kawy.

Egyptian Raneem El Weleily also secured an anticipated place in the first round when she beat Ireland's Aisling Blake 11-6, 12-10, 11-4 but the 21-year-old world No15 was then picked to face England's sixth seed Laura Massaro for the third time this year in a WISPA event as a qualifier.

Malaysian favourite Nicol David begins her second WISPA Gold campaign this year when she takes on New Zealand's Jaclyn Hawkes in the first round. The world number one from Malaysia is bidding to reach the final for the eighth time since 2002 then win her sixth title.

Local hero Nafiizwan Adnan was in impressive form in the final qualifying round of the men's event - claiming an unexpected place in the main draw after beating Amr Swelim, the world No43 from Italy, 12-10, 12-10, 10-12, 11-7 in 74 minutes.

The 23-year-old world No56 from KL will now face favourite Ramy Ashour, the world number one from Egypt who is competing in the event for the first time since 2006.

There were two further qualifying winners who added additional Egyptian interest in the main draw: Omar Abdel Aziz twice came from behind to beat England's Chris Simpson 12-14, 11-1, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10 in 83 minutes while former world No13 Mohammed Abbas despatched Hungarian Mark Krajcsak 11-4, 11-6, 11-2 in 42 minutes.

Nicol David Sets Sights On Six In KL

Malaysia's world number one Nicol David will compete for the first time on home soil next month when she bids to win her sixth title at the CIMB KL Open in Kuala Lumpur.

The $53,500 championship, the second WISPA World Tour Gold event of the year, will get underway at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil on 17 March, leading to the final on an all-glass court at Berjaya Times Square a vast shopping and entertainment centre in the Malaysian capital - on Saturday 20 March.

David, 26, from Penang, is enjoying a remarkable career since topping the women's world rankings uninterrupted for the past 43 months. Indeed, aged just 15, David reached the second Tour final of her career at the KL Open in July 1999 since when she has made the final on nine occasions, winning her nation's prestigious title a total of five times.

But the Malaysian star's title bid last year came to a shock end when she was beaten by US rival Natalie Grainger in a dramatic five-game final.

David is seeded to reclaim the title in the absence of world No6 Grainger who is still recovering from injury.

But there will be stiff competition in the star-studded field - none more so than from Jenny Duncalf, the second seed from England who twice beat the Penangite in successive events at the end of last year.

David will hope to be in the opposite half from England's Alison Waters, the third seed who is undefeated so far this year after winning two successive WISPA titles at the Harrow Greenwich Open and Burning River Classic in the USA then returning home to beat higher-ranked Duncalf in the British National Championship final last week.

Egypt's title bid is led by long-time David rival Omneya Abdel Kawy, the fourth seed from Cairo who has reached four Tour finals in as many months.

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