David Sets Up Duncalf Revenge Bid In Chennai
6 Mar 10
Malaysia's world number one Nicol David will be after revenge when she faces Jenny Duncalf in Sunday's final of the Chennai Open after both players prevailed in today's semi-finals of the $53,500 WISPA World Tour Gold event at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, India.
It was in November last year that England's Duncalf ended a sequence of 14 successive David defeats over the previous seven years to beat the sport's most dominant player this millennium twice in a row - in the semi-finals of the US Open, then the Qatar Classic in Doha, both of which Duncalf went on to win.
Both players are beginning their 2010 campaigns in Chennai - and both have reached the event climax relatively untroubled. David, from Penang, was business-like in her 23-minute 11-2, 11-4, 11-4 win over seventh-seeded Australian Kasey Brown, while Duncalf had an easy time beating surprise French opponent Camille Serme 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 in 30 minutes.
David is celebrating her 57th WISPA Tour final, while Duncalf, the world No3 from Harrogate, is marking her 13th, but looking for fourth Tour title in a row since winning the Soho Square Championship in Egypt at the beginning of November.
The final of the men's $25,000 PSA World Tour event is also an Anglo/Malaysian affair featuring the top two seeds - but both favourite Ong Beng Hee and second seed Jonathan Kemp were taken the full distance before making the anticipated finale.
Left-hander Kemp dashed hopes of an Indian finalist when he beat the nation's top-ranked player Saurav Ghosal, the fourth seed, 13-15, 15-13, 11-9, 11-6 in 58 minutes to make the 13th PSA Tour final of his career.
Ong Beng Hee endured one of the longest matches of his life when he fought back from a game down to overcome third-seeded Egyptian Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, a 20-year-old from Cairo, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10 in 116 minutes.
Beng Hee is celebrating the 21st Tour final of his career - but looking to pick up his first title since winning the Malaysian Open on home soil in July 2008.