4:50 pm
19 May 2024

Salma Sinks Top Seed Duncalf In HKFC Shock

21 May 2014

Egyptian teenager Salma Hany Ibrahim scored the biggest Tour victory of her life when she upset England's top seed Jenny Duncalf, a former world No2, in today's first round of the HKFC WSA 25, a WSA Silver 25 squash event at the Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley, Hong Kong.

Unseeded, the 17-year-old from Alexandria recovered from 2/1 down to topple world No12 Duncalf 11-4, 5-11, 3-11, 11-4, 11-2 in 45 minutes.

Hany, ranked 38 in the world, now faces Donna Urquhart after the sixth seed from Australia despatched US veteran Latasha Khan 11-4, 11-8, 12-10.

There was a further upset on the opening day of this inaugural WSA World Tour event when Malaysian Delia Arnold became the only qualifier to make the last eight after ousting Aisling Blake, the No8 seed from Ireland, 11-6, 12-14, 11-6, 11-7 in 65 minutes.

Arnold, the 28-year-old world No40 from Selangor, now faces Nicolette Fernandes, the No4 seed from Guyana who beat Welsh qualifier Deon Saffery 11-1, 11-8, 11-8.

Fifth seed Joey Chan carries home interest into the quarter-finals after fighting back from a game down to beat New Zealand qualifier Kylie Lindsay 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 11-2.

The 26-year-old Hong Kong number two, ranked 24 in the world, next takes on experienced Australian Rachael Grinham.

The 37-year-old former world No1 from Queensland, already playing her 10th Tour event of the year, defeated Hong Kong wild card Carmen Lee 11-7, 11-8, 11-8.

Quarter-final line-up:
Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v [6] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v [5] Joey Chan (HKG)
[4] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) v [Q] Delia Arnold (MAS)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [7] Heba El Torky (EGY)

1st round:
Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) bt [1] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 11-4, 5-11, 3-11, 11-4, 11-2 (45m)
[6] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Latasha Khan (USA) 11-4, 11-8, 12-10 (29m)
[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [WC] Carmen Lee (HKG) 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (31m)
[5] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [Q] Kylie Lindsay (NZL) 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 11-2 (36m)
[Q] Delia Arnold (MAS) bt [8] Aisling Blake (IRL) 11-6, 12-14, 11-6, 11-7 (65m)
[4] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt [Q] Deon Saffery (WAL) 11-1, 11-8, 11-8 (36m)
[7] Heba El Torky (EGY) bt Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 11-4, 11-9, 12-10 (36m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [Q] Farah Abdel Meguid (EGY) 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (15m)