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Malaysians Crash Out In KL

9 Jul 2009

Pakistanis led a wholesale rout of Malaysians in Kuala Lumpur today where all four local players competing in the men's quarter-finals of the NSC Series No6 championship failed to make it through to the semi-finals of the $10,000 PSA Tour squash event at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in the Malaysian capital.

Eighth seed Arshad Iqbal Burki claimed the biggest scalp - the 25-year-old from Peshawar beating KL-based third seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 13-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-9.

Nafiizwan's unseeded brother Nafzahizam Adnan was also a casualty, going down 11-5, 11-7, 16-14 to sixth-seeded Pakistani Waqar Mehboob.

A Pakistan finalist is assured as Mehboob, 17, from Peshawar, takes on compatriot Yasir Butt in the semis. Second seed Butt defeated Malaysia's No7 seed Muhd Asyraf Azan 14-12, 14-12, 12-10.

By contrast, three Malaysians will line up in the semi-finals of the women's $16,000 WISPA World Tour event.

Top seed Delia Arnold despatched Welsh opponent Deon Saffery 11-6, 11-4, 11-2 and will now face Low Wee Wern in an all-Malaysian semi. Third seed Low beat fellow countrywoman Lim Yoke Wah 11-2, 11-4, 13-11.

India's Joshna Chinappa stands in the way of an all-Malaysian final. The fourth seed from Chennai defeated Canada's Miranda Ranieri 11-8, 13-11, 11-9 and will now meet second-seeded Malaysian Sharon Wee for a place in the final. Wee took out Siti Munirah Jusoh 11-8, 8-11, 11-2, 11-7.

Men's quarter-finals:
[1] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Elvinn Keo (MAS) 4-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (48m)
[8] Arshad Iqbal Burki (PAK) bt [3] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 13-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-9 (47m)
[6] Waqar Mehboob (PAK) bt Nafzahizam Adnan (MAS) 11-5, 11-7, 16-14 (45m)
[2] Yasir Butt (PAK) bt [7] Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) 14-12, 14-12, 12-10 (37m)

Women's quarter-finals:
[1] Delia Arnold (MAS) bt [7] Deon Saffery (WAL) 11-6, 11-4, 11-2 (25m)
[3] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [6] Lim Yoke Wah (MAS) 11-2, 11-4, 13-11 (29m)
[4] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [5] Miranda Ranieri (CAN) 11-8, 13-11, 11-9 (28m)
[2] Sharon Wee (MAS) bt [8] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) 11-8, 8-11, 11-2, 11-7 (46m)