The CIMB KL Open 2013 got underway today at the National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil with a mixed day for the locals. Rachel Arnold, runner-up in the NSC Series one a couple of weeks ago on these courts couldn’t quite get back to those standards when taking on Lucie Fialova. The opening game was going to be key with it going the way of the Czech player. The youngster found herself playing too many boasts and clipping the tops of the tin rather too often. In the second set Lucie was moving Rachel around the court well and a 10-5 a serve out from Rachel handed the game to Lucie. In the third, Lucie got a big lead and was never going to be caught, a slight run of winners from Rachel but it wasn’t to be as Lucie progresses to the main draw. Lucie’s reward is a match with Madeline Perry.
Joshna Chinappa was too strong for Coline Aumard in the initial qualifying match. The opening exchanges were pretty scrappy with lots of lets but eventually Joshna got into her rhythm to win the second and third game 11-1. She will take on Joelle King in the first round.
Nicolette Fernandes who had a dream run in the World Open in the Cayman Island last year defeated Lisa Camilleri from Australia in four well contested games. Lisa, having been here for the last couple of weeks, was a last minute replacement for the injured Donna Urquhart. Lisa took full advantage of her chance and pushed Nicolette all the way in each game. The third was crucial at 7-7; it could be anyone’s game but it was Nicolette who got it. Lots of diving for shots, followed by improvised shots behind the back from Lisa kept her in the game. In the fourth, Nicolette held a 10-7 advantage, serving from her backhand, Lisa returned the shot with a cross court nick. However Nicolette finished it off on the next point to advance to the main draw. Interesting match on the cards with Camille Serme tomorrow.
Siyoli Waters defeated Siti Munirah in three very straight forward games, never really allowing the local player into the match. Siyoli will surely relish the chance to take on Nicol David in front of a very vocal home crowd.
Emma Beddoes, former world number 21 before her injury, took on Olga Ertlova from the Czech Republic. The opening game was tight but in the second Emma stepped up her game, looking to take the ball on the top of the bounce and it proved to be effective as she raced off to a 9-2 lead. Olga wasn’t going to catch up from there as Emma led 2-0. The third was tight at the beginning but again Emma began to impose herself on the game winning 11-5. Emma now plays Annie Au, the runner up last year.
Lisa Aitken from Scotland was too strong for Vanessa Raj, moving the ball around the court well, never giving up on any shot. Even when she was match ball up, she dived for a ball not wanting to give the Malaysian any hope or any points. Lisa plays Dipika Pallikal in Round 1.
Kylie Lindsay booked her main draw place with a win over local Celine Yeap. The women’s last match of the evening sprung the only surprise when Zulhijjah Azan beat Liu Tsz- Ling in a five-setter. Zulhijah prevailed to make it to the first round for the first time ever. Her reward is a match with Natalie Grinham tomorrow.
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) bt Lisa Camilleri (Aus) 3/11,11/9,11/7,11/8 (50 mins)
Siyoli Waters (Rsa) bt Siti Munirah Jusoh (Mas) 11/5,11/6,11/9 (29 mins)
Joshna Chinappa (Ind) bt Coline Aumard (Fra) 11/4,11/1,11/1 (25 mins)
Lucie Fialova (Cze) bt Rachel Arnold (Mas) 11/6,11/7,11/5 (26 mins)
Lisa Aitken (Sco) bt Vanessa Raj (Mas) 11/6,11/4,11/4 (34 mins)
Emma Beddoes (Eng) bt Olga Ertlova (Cze) 11/6,11/3,11/5 (37 mins)
Kylie Lindsay (Nzl) bt Celine Yeap (Mas) 11/5,11/3,11/7 (25 mins)
Zulhijjah Azan (Mas) bt Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg) 12/10,4/11,11/5,3/11,11/7 (45 mins)