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Rachel is only Malaysian into MOSC semis

24/11/2022 10:04 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 (Bernama) -- The 2019 Malaysian Open Squash Championships (MOSC) women’s singles title winner, Rachel Arnold is the country’s sole survivor after marching into the semi-finals at the National Squash Centre, tomorrow.

After two close encounters with world number 23, Nadine Shahin earlier, Rachel, who is ranked 26th in the world, finally notched her first win against the Egyptian in her quarter-final match today.

The 26-year-old took 36 minutes to turn the tables around from 6-11 down in first game to win 11-1, 11-9, 11-9, but will face another uphill battle against second seed Nele Gilis of Belgium.

Rachel’s previous two defeats were also not without giving a fight, as the 2021 Asian Championships silver medalist went down 14-12, 11-13, 4-11, 7-11 in the second round of the 2020-2021 World Championships and lost 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 9-11 in the 2021 British Open.

“I am very proud of myself today, though I lost my focus but managed to get enough to sort it out to get a big win. After the first game, I told myself that, I need to be fierier, as I was very passive, so I think that change helped me.

“Hope to make into the finals, but tomorrow will be a tough match against Gilis. When I last played her in the 2022 British Open, I lost 3-0, I think it won’t be easy,” she told reporters after the match.

Meanwhile, defending champion Aifa Azman’s campaign fizzled out after a 9-11, 4-11, 2-11 defeat to world number 14 Gilis, today.

“She’s a runner, likes to play long rallies, so I did not have a chance to create an upset. I put a lot of effort but couldn’t overcome her. I hope to use all the good things I have learned today into training ahead of next week’s Hong Kong Open,” said a disappointed Aifa.

Malaysia’s challenge in the men’s singles came to an end today, as world number 83 Muhammad Addeen Idrakie Bahtiar was unable to continue his giant-killing act against top seed Tarek Momen. The Egyptian secured a 11-1, 11-9, 11-6 win to face Nicolas Mueller of the Switzerland tomorrow.

Muhammad Addeen had stunned world number 19 Raphael Kandra of Germany and world number 22 Omar Mosaad of Egypt in the first and second rounds, respectively. 


Other results:

Men’s Singles


Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Patrick Rooney (ENG) 11-5, 11-6, 11-3

Joel Makin (WAL) bt Miguel Rodriguez (COL) 11-8, 11-7, 14-12

Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 11-3, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7


Women’s Singles


Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Melissa Alves (FRA) 12-10, 10-12, 11-3, 6-11, 12-10

Olivia Fiechter (USA) bt Yathreb Adel (EGY) 11-9, 12-10, 11-7








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