WSA WORLD TOUR NEWS
RESULTS: Penang CIMB Women's World
Squash Championship, Penang, Malaysia
1st round (top half of draw):
 Nicol David (MAS) bt Emma Beddoes (ENG) 11-9,
11-5, 11-8 (36m)
[Q] Heba El Torky (EGY) bt  Annie Au (HKG)
13-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-8 (46m)
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt [Q] Habiba Mohamed Ahmed
Alymohmed (EGY) 11-6, 12-10, 11-7 (44m)
Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt  Rachael Grinham
(AUS) 4-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-7 (63m)
 Alison Waters (ENG) bt Joshana Chinappa (IND)
11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-2 (32m)
Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Kasey Brown (AUS)
12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5 (43m)
 Joelle King (NZL) bt [Q] Tesni Evans (WAL)
11-3, 11-5, 11-8 (30m)
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [Q] Nour El Tayeb
(EGY) 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (44m)
Thousands Cheer Penang Star Nicol David
Onto Opening World Success
After a sparkling opening ceremony for the
Penang CIMB Women's World Squash Championship which
attracted a huge crowd of over 3,000 spectators, Penang's world
number one Nicol David provided the perfect response with
a straight games win in her opening match in the premier
Women's Squash Association (WSA) event at the SPICE Arena
in Penang, Malaysia
Despite a cold start against Emma
Beddoes, the world No22 from England, the seven-time world
champion didn't disappoint - stepping up her game to win 11-9,
"It's amazing to have so many people here
on the first round of the worlds," said defending champion David
(pictured above in action with Beddoes) with her eye on a
record eighth title. "It's really thanks to the crowd that I
managed to pull through."
Meanwhile the day's action was off to an
explosive start with three seeds getting knocked out in the
Hong Kong's 11th seed Annie Au,
12th seed Kasey Brown of Australia and 14th seed
Rachael Grinham, also of Australia, were all early victims.
Au came into the tournament high on
confidence following a final appearance at the Cleveland
Classic last month, in which she defeated England's top
three players - Laura Massaro, Alison Waters and
But she was not prepared for feisty
Egyptian qualifier Heba El Torky who played the match of
her life, staying calm and focused for a 13-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-8
The 23-year-old Heba, who has already won
two Tour titles this year, will be Nicol's next opponent.
"I'm extremely happy ... words can't even
describe how I feel right now," said the Alexandria-based El
Torky. "I've never got through to the main draw of the worlds in
the past and now to be in the top 16 is really unbelievable.
It's definitely my best performance so far.
"The key was really staying came and
listening to the advice of my coach. I tend to hit hard and
without focus so staying calm really helped me through."
But while El Torky was in control of her
match, Guyana's Nicolette Fernandes had to resort to her
animal instincts to fight back from two games down before
beating Grinham, the only other former world champion in the
fray who made her debut in the event 20 years ago!
The world No.20 Fernandes dug deep before
coming away with a 4-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-7 win over the
"The key to winning was really me telling
myself to be a lion on the court," said the 30-year-old
Fernandes. "I was too passive at the start and I know I needed
to get on it more and be an animal, growl more in order to win.
"But I'm really just relieved to win
because it's not easy to come back from two down."
Fernandes will go on to meet France's
world No6 Camille Serme in the second round. Serme earned
a hard-fought 11-6, 12-10, 11-7 win over 14-year-old qualifier
Habiba Mohamed Ahmed Alymohmed of Egypt.
The third upset saw three-time world
junior champion Nour El Sherbini - playing in only her
fourth tournament since a lengthy injury layoff - beat WSA
president Brown 12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5.
There were also wins for fourth seed
Alison Waters of England, fifth seed Joelle King of
New Zealand and 13th seed Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt.
Earlier, the 3,000 spectators, probably
one of the biggest for squash in recent times, were treated to a
grand opening ceremony with fireworks, 3D mapping projection and
The Malaysian crowd will still have more
to cheer with world No7 Low Wee Wern due to take the
courts against Australia's Donna Urquhart on Wednesday.
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