Malaysian Open 2011: Qualifying Finals

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Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 11/7, 9/11, 11/3, 11/7 (51m)

Dipika advances to the main draw.

Dipika had a good run today, winning in four over Jaclyn Hawkes who didn’t look as comfortable on court. Dipika played some good squash with most of her shots coming in as she dominated most of the match. After losing the second game with a few errors, she bounced back stronger against a defensive Jaclyn to book her place in the main draw.

Kasey Brown stands in the way of Dipika’s advancement to the Quarter Finals. With Dipika’s renewed confidence, this match up could prove to be quite interesting.

Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Emma Beddoes (ENG) 17/15, 11/8, 3/11, 9/11, 11/8 (74m)

Wee Wern beat Emma 3-2 and faces Jenny Duncalf in Round 1.

Wee Wern had a calm aura about her throughout the match. The Malaysian played well in the first two games but seemed to be a little laid back after leading 2-0, giving away the next two games to Emma who clawed her way back. Both girls had similar match play, with long rallies.

As Wee Wern edged closer to victory at 9/6, Emma continued to battle. Wee Wern was awarded  a stroke, taking the game to match ball. Some indecisive refereeing awarded Emma with two points, with one subsequently retracted leaving the score line at 10/7 in the Malaysian’s favour. With a huge home crowd support, Wee Wern went on to win the match 11/8. She now joins teammates Nicol David and Delia Arnold in the main draw.

Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 11/9, 11/6, 11/9 (25m)

The only straight set victory of the day.

Dominance by Sarah Kippax in this game gave her a straight set victory over the rising Asian star, Joey Chan. The Englishwoman led the way mostly through the match. Playing her shots well, Sarah didn’t give the left-handed Joey a chance to play her game.

Sarah managed the shortest match in what was seen to be a testing qualifying finals here in Bukit Jalil. She now faces teammate Laura Massaro in Round 1.

Joelle King (NZL) bt Samantha Teran 4/11, 11/7, 9/11, 12/10, 11/8 (89m)

A gritty Samantha stretching in her long 89-minute match against Joelle King.

This match between the world no. 14 and no. 19 treated fans to quality squash all through the 89 long minutes it took for both girls to reel off their skills with one advancing to the main draw, while one headed home.

To have an idea of how intense the game was, picture this. Two punctured balls throughout the match – in the second and fourth games! Mind you, it’s the women’s qualifying finals. Both girls were hitting the ball hard and with good precision.

A squashed ball!

Samantha looked in good form after the third game as she had a 2-1 lead over higher seeded Joelle. As the fourth game was underway, Sam was given a conduct warning for displaying her dissatisfaction with the referee for changing decisions. Lots of backhand volleys were at play until Sam hit the ball out, giving Joelle a 5/4 lead. Play was disrupted for the second time when the ball broke again and there were more delays as the referee lacked spares. The break between games definitely disrupted the girls’ momentum. Play resumed and the game went into a tie-breaker with Joelle taking the game at 12/10 to force a decider.

The Mexican had to play a patient game as Joelle led in the fifth. 3/1, 7/6, 8/6, 9/6, long rallies with many lets. Sam was playing catch up as the Kiwi kept her focus on the finish line. From 10/6, Sam saved two match balls but Joelle took the chance with some risky shots that worked well, sealing her victory at 11/8.

Main draw of the CIMB Malaysian Open starts tomorrow!

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