Older Brother Nafzahizam Survives Hometown KL Clash

4 Mar 08

After two recent Tour defeats by his younger brother, Nafzahizam Adnan restored family pride by beating Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in today's qualifying finals of the CIMB KL Open to earn a place in the main draw of the 5-star PSA Tour squash event in their hometown Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Nafzahizam, aged 23 and ranked 123 in the world, recovered from a game down to upset 21-year-old world No77 Nafiizwan 10-11 (0-2), 11-3, 11-5, 11-10 (2-0) - and joins Australian Matthew Karwalski and Pakistanis Farhan Mehboob and Shamsul Islam Khan in the first round.

There was Malaysian disappointment in the final qualifying round of the women's WISPA Gold event when 17-year-old Low Wee Wern went down 9-2, 9-3, 9-2 to Hong Kong's experienced Rebecca Chiu.

Chiu came through the qualifiers alongside Ireland's Madeline Perry and Australians Kasey Brown and Donna Urquhart - who pulled off a surprise 9-3, 9-3, 9-1 win over Egypt's world No16 Engy Kheirallah.

Men's qualifying finals:
Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Wade Johnstone (AUS) 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (22m)
Nafzahizam Adnan (MAS) bt Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 10-11 (0-2), 11-3, 11-5, 11-10 (2-0) (35m)
Shamsul Islam Khan (PAK) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 4-11, 11-5, 11-4, 5-11, 11-8 (50m)
Matthew Karwalski (AUS) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-8, 11-8 ret. (23m)

Women's qualifying finals:
Rebecca Chiu (HKG) bt Low Wee Wern (MAS) 9-2, 9-3, 9-2 (20m)
Kasey Brown (AUS) bt Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 9-6, 9-0, 9-0 (29m)
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Engy Kheirallah (EGY) 9-3, 9-3, 9-1 (23m)
Madeline Perry (IRL) bt Raneem El Weleily (EGY) 9-1, 9-7, 9-3 (21m)