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Ong Beng Hee & Mohd Azlan Iskandar Set Up Dream KL Climax

7 Mar 2008

Ong Beng Hee and Mohd Azlan Iskandar despatched the top two seeds in today's semi-finals of the CIMB KL Open to set up a dream men's final in the 5-star PSA Tour squash event at Berjaya Times Square in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

The women's final will also boast domestic interest when defending champion Nicol David - in her fifth successive final - takes on great rival Natalie Grinham, the second seed playing in her first event under the Dutch flag.

Ong Beng Hee, the fourth seed and twice a runner-up in the event, faced Australian favourite Stewart Boswell, ranked three places higher in the world. But the 28-year-old from Penang claimed his third successive win in six months over the world No14, beating Boswell 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 in 46 minutes to notch up his 19th appearance in a Tour final.

Third seed Mohd Azlan Iskandar needed 62 minutes to get the better of England's second seed Adrian Grant, beating the left-hander from London 11-5, 11-8, 11-9. Iskandar, ranked three places below Grant, is celebrating his 17th Tour final appearance - and looking for his third KL title win after last winning the trophy two years ago after beating Beng Hee in the final.

The top semi-final in the women's WISPA Gold event saw Malaysian superstar Nicol David end the giant-killing run of unseeded English opponent Alison Waters - to mark up her 40th appearance in a WISPA World Tour final!

David dismissed Waters 9-6, 9-4, 9-4 in 37 minutes and is now in her fourth successive Tour final since November.

David's opponent Natalie Grinham also brought to an end a notable run by Vanessa Atkinson, the unseeded former world champion from the Netherlands who ousted fourth seed Tania Bailey and eighth seed Omneya Abdel Kawy.

But, in their first meeting since Grinham became a fellow countrywoman of Atkinson's, the former Australian won 9-0, 9-7, 9-0 in 30 minutes to set up a 29th Tour final appearance.

Remarkably, the women's climax will be David and Grinham's ninth successive meeting in a WISPA final since their memorable 95-minute clash in Belfast in the World Open final in November 2006.

Men's semi-finals:
[4] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [1] Stewart Boswell (AUS) 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (46m)
[3] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt [2] Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (62m)

Women's semi-finals:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt Alison Waters (ENG) 9-6, 9-4, 9-4 (37m)
[2] Natalie Grinham (NED) bt Vanessa Atkinson (NED) 9-0, 9-7, 9-0 (30m)