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Adnan Brothers Battle Into KL Satellite Final

7 Apr 2007

The men's final of the NSC Satellite No1 at the NSC Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will not only be an all-Malaysian affair, but also the first PSA Tour final between two brothers for eighteen months.

Both Nafzahizam Adnan and his younger brother Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan won their semi-finals today in five games after fighting back from behind.

Nafzahizam, the 22-year-old fifth seed, needed 53 minutes to overcome Egyptian qualifier Wael Farag 5-11, 11-10 (3-1), 7-11, 11-8, 11-8 to make it to a PSA Tour final for the first time.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Mohd Nafiizwan, the No2 seed, fought for 68 minutes to beat Hong Kong's third seed Dick Lau 11-4, 7-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-10 (2-0) to reach the second Tour final of his career.

The final will be the siblings' third Tour clash, with honours shared to date. They follow Egypt's Ashour brothers Hisham and Ramy, who contested the Athens Open final in October 2005.

Malaysia will also be represented in the women's WISPA World Tour event final after favourite Delia Arnold beat compatriot Wee Wern Low, the sixth seed, 8-10, 9-5, 9-3, 9-6.

Despite the seeding predicting an all-Malaysian final, Arnold will meet Hong Kong's Annie Au after the 18-year-old third seed upset No2 seed Lim Yoke Wah 8-10, 9-6, 2-9, 9-3, 9-2 in 50 minutes to reach the maiden WISPA final of her career.

Men's semi-finals:
[5] Nafzahizam Adnan (MAS) bt [Q] Wael Farag (EGY) 5-11, 11-10 (3-1), 7-11, 11-8, 11-8 (53m)
[2] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [3] Dick Lau (HKG) 11-4, 7-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-10 (2-0) (68m)

Women's semi-finals:
[1] Delia Arnold (MAS) bt [6] Wee Wern Low (MAS) 8-10, 9-5, 9-3, 9-6 (50m)
[3] Annie Au (HKG) bt [2] Lim Yoke Wah (MAS) 8-10, 9-6, 2-9, 9-3, 9-2 (50m)