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Nicol cuts it close against Dipika in World Open first round

Saturday, 8 April 2017 :  Nicol David in her opening match of the Women’s World Open Squash Championship in Egypt.

The eight-time world champion overcame a strong challenge from India’s Dipika Pallikal before prevailing 11-9, 12-10, 11-6 in the first round match in El Gouna yesterday.

“Dipika hits the ball very well and, on this court, I felt like my timing was a little out early on,” said Nicol, 33.

“I was opening up the court and allowing her too much time to attack. But I was pleased with how I worked through it to figure out my targets and I really found my groove in the third.

“The second game was important. I took the lead and managed to put some pressure on her when she came back to level to push through.

“It’s funny. In England, it was cold outside but the courts were very bouncy. Here, it’s warm outside and the courts are dead in the corners. If you really hit your targets, the ball dies so you have to get into a rhythm early on.”

The sixth-seeded Malaysian, who has been playing in the world meet since 2001, will face Annie Au of Hong Kong in the second round.

The 10th-seeded Annie defeated local qualifier Rowan Elaraby 11-2, 11-8, 14-12.

Sixteenth seed Tesni Evans of Wales finally got her first win in six meetings over veteran and qualifier Rachael Grinham of Australia. Evans won 11-6, 11-5, 11-7.

Source : Internet

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