Joelle King (NZL) bt Pushppa Devi (MAS) 11/5, 11/5, 11/3 (20m)
Being the top seed among the qualifiers, Joelle’s match was straight forward with a 3-setter win against Malaysian junior Pushppa Devi. Joelle’s drop shots were flawless and she outclassed the young wallbasher. Joelle however, humble in victory, commended Pushppa on her performance and on her potential to become a better squash player.
Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Line Hansen (DEN) 10/12, 11/2, 11/4, 11/3 (36m)
The first set was close with Line playing some good shots while Sam kept it going. In the next few games, Sam took control by stepping up her game, leaving Line frustrated with unforced errors.
There was more than just a squash ball flying around the court in this match. Line’s temperament got the worse of her and we witnessed a flying racquet at some point. Sam stayed focused and kept a good pace, one that Line couldn’t keep up with. Sam now faces Joelle in what is expected to be a tough battle.
Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Zulhijjah Azan (MAS) 9/11, 11/6, 11/7, 11/5 (30m)
Zulhijjah did well to take a set off the very experienced Sarah Kippax. Quickly recovering from shock, Sarah stepped up her game as Zulhijjah went down fighting in four sets. Sarah now faces teammate Emma Beddoes for a place in the main draw.
Emma Beddoes (ENG) bt Rachel Arnold (MAS) 11/5, 11/6, 11/6 (25m)
In a rare appearance in Malaysia, Emma Beddoes seems to have acclimatized well as she took on Delia’s little sister Rachel in straight sets. All three games were close but Emma managed to pull away from midway to seal victory.
Joey Chan (HKG) bt Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 9/11, 11/2, 9/11, 11/6, 11/3 (41m)
The Hong Kong No. 2, Joey Chan, came into the game with confidence and displayed quality squash with a high level of accuracy in her drop shots. Lisa tried to come back many times in the game but unforced errors on her part left the Australian at the losing end of this 5-setter.
Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) 11/8, 11/3, 11/6 (33m)
In the absence of teammate Joshna Chinappa, Dipika ensured that Indian interests are kept intact as she swept aside Siti Munirah to advance to the qualifying finals. Having met numerous times on the junior circuit, Dipika said it was good to meet Siti at the senior level. Having trained over the ast few months with squash legend Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Dipika is looking forward to see the seeds of her training bear fruit this season.
Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bt Aisling Blake 12/10, 8/11, 12/10, 7/11, 11/7 (78m)
On paper, one would have thought that Jaclyn would run away with this game but boy, was she proven wrong! A fit looking Aisling was not prepared to give this up until the very end. A very close match indeed with the Kiwi prevailing in a marathon 5-setter.
Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Latasha Khan (USA) 11/6, 11/4, 11/7 (36m)
Wee Wern kept home hopes alive by being the only Malaysian in the qualifiers to stay in the running to the main draw. Looking in good form, the Malaysian No. 2 forged ahead with ease with a straight set victory over American veteran, Latasha Khan.
Head down to the National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil today for more exciting matches!