Whitlock Claims Upset in Malaysian Round One
Day one of the CIMB Malaysian Squash Open Championships revealed a surprise in round one, as unseeded teenager Emily Whitlock surpassed Samantha Teran in four games.
Eighteen-year-old Englishwoman Whitlock, who defeated seeded Jaclyn Hawkes in last month’s Australian Open, again surprised onlookers as she quickly leapt to a two-game lead against the Mexican Open champion.
Teran fought back and slowly got into her stride in the third game, winning it and forcing her opponent to a tie-break in the fourth game. Whitlock stifled the comeback to however, and progresses to round two where she will face fellow-teenager Nour El Sherbini, who beat Gaby Huber in straight games.
The CIMB Malaysian Open will move to The Curve venue in Selangor for the latter round of the competition, but there were no further upsets from round one at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil as top seeds Nicol David, Raneem El Weleily and Laura Massaro all moved past their qualifier opponents in 30-minutes or less.
Jenny Duncalf too beat Line Hansen of Denmark in 35-minutes. And, on form Alison Waters beat her opponent Liu Tsz-Ling in just 17-minutes.
Massaro will face Dipika Pallikal in round two, whilst Duncalf will face Camille Serme and Waters faces Natalie Grinham.
1 Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 11-3, 12-10, 11-9 (30m)
16 Donna Urquhart (AUS) v Lucie Fialova (CZE) 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (32m)
6 Annie Au (HKG) bt [Q] Milou van der Heijden (NED) 11-2, 11-0, 11-4 (14m)
10 Kasey Brown (AUS) bt Heba El Torky (EGY) 4-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (53m)
4 Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [Q] Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) 11-7, 11-5, 11-1 (28m)
14 Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [Q] Kylie Lindsay (NZL) 11-6, 11-6, 12-10 (30m)
7 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Gaby Huber (SUI) 11-7, 11-1, 11-4 (15m)
Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt 13 Samantha Teran (MEX) 11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 12-10 (50m)
11 Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [Q] Salma Hany (EGY) 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 (22m)
5 Madeline Perry (IRL) bt Delia Arnold (MAS) 11-2, 11-5, 11-4 (26m)
12 Camille Serme (FRA) bt Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (27m)
3 Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Line Hansen (DEN) 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 (35m)
15 Alison Waters (ENG) bt [Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 11-6, 11-4, 11-2 (17m)
8 Natalie Grinham (NED) bt [Q] Lisa Aitken (SCO) 11-5, 11-6, 11-3 (23m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt 9 Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-7, 11-7, 10-12 (34m)
2 Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt [Q] Vanessa Raj (MAS) 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 (25m)