KUALA LUMPUR Dec 17 – Malaysia’s squash queen and world number one Datuk Nicol David (pic) and her compatriot Low Wee Wern cruised to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Women’s World Squash Championship at the Wadi Degla Club in Cairo, Egypt.
The 31-year-old Penangite, who is gunning for her eighth world title, took 42-minutes to overcome a tough challenge before seeing off tactical young English opponent, Emily Whitlock with 12-10, 11-9 and 11-1 in the second encounter on Tuesday.
“She is a very tactical player, fast and quick and she keeps going on. We played a really good match.
“With a condition like that, of course she was going to attack when she had the opportunity. So, I tried to take control and dug in,” Nicol said as quoted in the tournament’s website www.squashsite.co.uk.
In the ruthless match, the 20-year-old qualifier pushed the seven-time champion all the way for the first two sets.
The English player led for virtually all of the first, only to see Nicol snatching it 12-10, she led 9-8 in the second but Nicol took set 11-9 and the challenge ended after Nicol dominated the third.
Nicol will meet Camille Serme, after the French sixth seed overcame another Englishwoman, Emma Bedoes with 11-5, 11-13, 11-4 and 11-4.
The national number two, Low Wee Wern came through a second successive five game encounter, once again coming down from 2-1 to win over India’s Joshana Chinappa 6-11, 11-3, 11-13, 11-7 and 11-8.
On her victory, Wee Wern who was playing for the first time on the glass court, said it took her a little while to adjust to the momentum of the game.
“I was not moving freely, my movement is still impaired, so when you are not fit, you have to rely on your mental strength and squash domination.
“Joshana played very well today, I think she really wanted to be the first Indian to reach the quarters of the world’s and she played very well indeed giving me a very hard time,” Wee Wern said.
Wee Wern will be playing 10th seeded Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy who beat her compatriot Nouran Gohar with a 13-11, 11-6 and 13-11 win. – Bernama