Yesterday, England's Alison Waters(right) showed that she could potentially spoil Malaysian Nicol David’s bid for a ninth CIMB KL Open title, after coming back from a set down to stun world No. 4 Nour El Sherbini 9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 10-12, 11-5

KUALA LUMPUR: Alison Waters has gone from strength to strength since returning from a serious injury slightly more than 13 months ago.

Last year, the Englishwoman won five Women’s Squash Association (WSA) titles and made the quarter-finals of the World Open.

Among those impressive wins was the Irish Open, in which the 29-year-old Waters came through from the qualifiers before beating local hero Madeline Perry in the final.

She also had an impressive run in the Carol Weymuller Open last September, beating Malaysian squash queen Nicol David in the quarter-finals.

Now ranked world No. 5, a massive jump from No. 44 two years ago, Waters has once again established herself as one of the world’s top women players.

She is also currently the top English player, having defeated Laura Massaro in the British National Championships last month.

Yesterday, Waters showed that she could potentially spoil Nicol’s bid for a ninth CIMB KL Open title, after coming back from a set down to stun world No. 4 Nour El Sherbini 9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 10-12, 11-5.

“Sherbini is such an exceptionally talented player and she’s so skilful,” said Waters.

“It was a tough match no doubt but I really enjoyed the game and it’s been a while since I played like that.

“Last year was such a good year for me and I’m just hoping to keep the good run going and stay positive. Hopefully, I’ll get better this year,” added Waters.

She will have a chance to show her class when she takes on New Zealand’s Joelle King in the semi-finals today.

It will be a rematch of last year’s Matamata Open final, in which Waters won in five sets.

Source: The Star

Nicol makin hampir

Posted: 30/03/2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Apabila keadaan memerlukan, Datuk Nicol David (gambar) tahu bagaimana melakukannya.

Itulah yang dapat diperkatakan mengenai reputasi pemain nombor satu dunia itu apabila hanya selangkah lagi untuk mara ke final Kejohanan Kejohanan Skuasy Terbuka CIMB Kuala Lumpur 2013 selepas menewaskan pilihan kelapan dari England, Jenny Duncalf.

Nicol mengatasi Jenny dalam saingan tiga set dengan keputusan 11-8, 11-7, 11-2 pada saingan suku akhir di Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur malam tadi.

Kini Nicol bakal berdepan Laura Massaro pada separuh akhir, hari ini selepas pemain England itu menundukkan Madeline Perry dari Ireland, 11-2, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 dalam perlawanan yang mengambil masa 53 minit.

“Pertemuan ini kelihatan mudah serta dirasakan singkat tapi sebenarnya perlawanan tiga set itu sebenarnya agak panjang. “Saya agak kurang mantap set pertama tapi dapat bangkit dan memanfaatkan setiap peluang sepanjang perlawanan tiga set itu. “Saya mendapat suntikan semangat apabila atlet terjun, Pandelela Rinong juga datang memberi sokongan pada perlawanan itu kerana kami sering mengirim Twitter satu sama lain sebelum perlawanan.

“Saya harap dapat memberikan persembahan terbaik ketika berdepan Laura hari ini. “Rasa tidak sabar mahu menanti cabarannya dan perasaan saya juga berada pada tahap terbaik. Kita tunggu perlawanan esok (hari ini),” kata pemain digelar ‘Duracell Bunny’ itu selepas mempamer aksi menarik sepanjang perlawanan lebih 40 minit itu.

Nicol juga berada pada landasan tepat memburu gelaran kelapan kejohanan itu.

Beng Hee proves a point

Posted: 30/03/2013 in Uncategorized

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ONG Beng Hee is not going away anytime soon and even in his defeat to Nicolas Mueller at the CIMB Kuala Lumpur Open yesterday, the old warhorse showed he still has much to give.

The national champion has had to deal with talk that he is past his best after tumbling out of the world’s top-20 but his win over deposed KL Open champion Omar Mosaad on Wednesday and a close contest with Swiss Mueller proved otherwise.

“Today I showed that I can play at this level and I think this is the best I’ve played this year,” said Beng Hee, 33, after an energy-sapping 11-13, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9 defeat to an opponent 10 years his junior at the Berjaya Times Square.

“It’s nice I could last this long but I’m disappointed with not being stronger on the big points in the fourth and fifth games.

“To say I’m not fit is not fair but I’ve been facing these negative comments ever since I passed 30. I’m just trying to show everyone that while I’m not going to be world champion, I can still play at the top level.

“I’ve not lost to anyone ranked below me and (World No 21) Mueller is the lowest-ranked player I’ve lost to. Six months ago he hammered me in 25 minutes but I think I’ve improved and I pushed him hard.”

Beng Hee, ranked World 22nd, only managed nine points against Mueller in their previous meeting at the CIMB Malaysian Open but it was a different player who took to the court yesterday.

The 2008 KL Open winner saved two game points to win the opener and led 5-1 in the fourth only for his Swiss rival to mount a comeback.

Beng Hee saved game ball to level at 10-10 but could not find the two more points he needed to make his sixth KL Open semi-final appearance as Mueller took the fourth and then the final game, albeit with two debatable “no let” decisions near the end including on match point.

“I think Beng Hee played well, he is a fair player and it was a tough match. I was a bit lucky in the end but I’m just happy to go through,’ said Mueller.

Spain’s Borja Golan ousted Tarek Momen 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9 in a marathon 95-minute match to avenge his defeat to the Egyptian at the Malaysian Open which Momen went on to win last year.

Source: NST

Beng Hee terkandas

Posted: 30/03/2013 in Uncategorized

PEMAIN lelaki No. 1 negara, Ong Beng Hee gagal melayakkan diri ke separuh akhir pada Kejohanan Skuasy Terbuka Kuala Lumpur-CIMB 2013.

Beng Hee dipaksa bekerja keras sebelum tewas 13-11,9-11, 11-7,10-12, 9-11 kepada pemain Switzerland, Nicolas Muller pada aksi suku akhir semalam.

Bagaimanapun, Beng Hee mengakui perlawanan tersebut merupakan aksi terbaik yang pernah dilakukan selepas muncul juara pada 2008.

Selain itu, dia menunjukkan momentum yang baik sepanjang 81 minit perlawanan tersebut.

“Satu perlawanan yang cukup baik selepas sekian lama dan saya tewas kerana tiada nasib walaupun ia (menang) cukup hampir.

“Strategi permainan saya menjadi dan saya berada pada tahap stamina yang terbaik. Walaupun kecewa, saya tetap berbangga kerana saya tahu perlawanan itu adalah 50-50,” katanya yang mengakui bermain dengan tenang walaupun dihadapan peminat sendiri di gelanggang kaca di Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur.

Ketika terikat 6-5 pada set kedua, Muller terpaksa menerima rawatan akibat melecet dan berdarah pada lutut kanan sehingga perlawanan ditangguh beberapa minit.

“Dia (Muller) cuba memaksa saya bermain secara serangan dan saya berjaya mengelak daripada memasuki zon permainannya.

“Bagaimanapun, pada mata terakhir set keempat, saya terperangkap. Saya cuba bangun semula pada set kelima tetapi apabila kami terikat 8-8, saya tahu pelbagai kemungkinan boleh berlaku,” tambahnya yang mengakui perlu lebih banyak belajar mengenai ketahanan mental ketika beraksi.

Biarpun Beng Hee gagal mengubati kekecewaan tewas 0-3 kepada Muller pada Kejohanan Terbuka Malaysia 2012 seawal pusingan pertama, pemain dari Pulau Pinang itu tetap berpuas hati kerana berjaya memberi laluan sukar ke atas pemain di ranking ke-21 dunia itu.

Lebih menarik, aksi terbaik sejak Beng Hee melangkah ke slot separuh akhir pada 2008 itu turut disaksikan seramai lapan orang bekas finalis kejohanan tersebut termasuk Azlan Iskandar.

“Saya berjaya membuktikan pada diri sendiri bahawa saya mampu menewaskan pemain di kedudukan teratas. Ia satu perkembangan yang baik berbanding aksi tahun sebelum ini,” jelas pemain di ranking ke-22 dunia yang mencecah usia 33 tahun itu.

Source: Kosmo

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Final match of the evening saw Dato Nicol David taking on Jenny Duncalf from England. The opening exchanges were close with Jenny leading in the opening part of the game and in the middle stages 7.4. Nicol is so good when she is behind and leveled the scores at 8.8, Jenny was playing very well yesterday and continued that into today’s match using great variations from the front of the court sometimes holding then driving straight then holding and crossing the ball. Nicol took the opening game 11.8. The second was very similar to the first with it being tight before Nicol put a small run of three points together to get ahead. In the third game Nicol moved off to a 5.2 lead a couple more points and Nicol moved to 8.2 a beautiful little trickle boast moved her to 9.2 then a good straight tight drive down the backhand side gave the match to Nicol.

Very entertaining match to finish the evening which was witnessed by Pandelela Rinong who won a bronze medal in last years Olympics games diving competition.

 

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After the long brutal matches that we had so far today this match started two hours after its initial scheduled time. Karim Darwish top seed in the event was playing Olli Tuominen from Finland in the final men’s quarter final of the day. Darwish started well leading 5.3 but Olli Turned it around into an 8.5 lead. Karim next registered a point with a sweetly struck low kill and was awarded a stroke in the next rally. Olli got another point leading now 9.7 but he missed an easy drop after working his way back into the rally on the forehand and then missed one on the backhand. Olli hits a good little boast to get to 10.9 but a beautiful hold and flick from Karim levels the scores as we move to the tie break. A backhand tin from Olli although it was tough to get gives Karim his first game ball, that’s all he requires after a long rally he plays a perfect forehand drop.

The second game was tight up until 5.5 when Karim just seemed to up the pace a little bit as he put together six rallies in a row to double his game advantage.
Olli began the third with real intent moving onto Karim’s shots well but Karim did the same to him in the next two rallies. Olli boasted one in to the nick to take a 3.2 advantage then played a tight backhand drop to extend his advantage to two points. Karim bounced back to take the next three points, things just starting to get a bit interesting with the movement lots of little nudges and niggles on the way in and out of shots. Level now at 6.6 and then 7.7 then Karim put the next point together before Olli slipped in the front corner reaching for a boast. Karim then won the next point to move onto the semi finals.

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Laura Massaro the current word number three and runner up in the World Open last year was taking on Madelline Perry the current world number 11 were on court next.

Laura ran through the opening game winning it 11.2 but then in the second she dropped the first game of the tournament so far.Madeline now fighting for every point led the second 7.4 having trailed 3.1. They were level at 9.9 but Madeline took the last two points. The second game was close but Madelline just took it 11.9.
In the third game it was tight yet again Laura got off to  better start leading 6.1 and then converted this game to 11.4.

In the fourth game they were point for point all the way until 5.5 when Laura put a string of points together to win six rallies in a row. Laura moves on to the semi finals after only making the quarters last year.