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Two Out Of Two For Ahmed After NSC Series No2 Title
Third seed Salma Hany Ibrahim Ahmed stormed to success in the WSA Tour5 SRAM NSC Series No2title in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday.
The sixteen-year-old from Alexandria, Egypt defeated top seed Lisa Camilleri in a surprising three-game semi to reach her second WSA career final. Before that the teenager had made also short work of local qualifier Jadeleen Lee, followed by an even more dominant win over unseeded Teh Min Jie, defeating the Malaysian in just 20-minutes.
The Egyptian’s final opponent was home hopeful Rachel Arnold. The seventeen-year-old beat seventh seeded compatriot Vanessa Raj in four games in the opening round of the event, and completed a similar scalp against fourth seed Tamika Saxby in 50-minutes in the quarter-finals. Second seed Carmen Lee of Hong Kong lost out to compatriot Karman Siu, setting up a semi-final appearance for the No.6 seed against Arnold.
Again the Malaysian demonstrated her talents in dismissing the Siu in straight games to set up her second WSA final. Last month Arnold reached the NSC Series No1 final as a qualifying entrant, and having again reached the culmination of an event as an unseeded player, the teen was determined to prove herself this time around.
Arnold started the match strongly and claimed a narrow opening game over her younger opponent. Ahmed stormed back in the second game however, dominating the play during which Arnold registered just one point before the Egyptian drew level. Her momentum continued into game three as Arnold continued to struggle re-establishing herself in the contest as Ahmed continued her dominance to take the third game and with it, the lead.
A much closer fourth game saw some better play from Arnold, with the local player doing much to counter the threat of the attacking third seed. A tiebreak was forced at 10-all, but the higher ranked player showed the killer instinct to close out the contest and claim her second WSA title from two WSA World Tour finals.
 Salma Hany Ibrahim Ahmed (EGY) bt Rachel Arnold (MAS) 9-11, 11-1, 11-5, 12-10 (50m)
Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt  Karman Siu (HKG) 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (30m)
 Salma Hany Ibrahim Ahmed (EGY) bt  Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (32m)
 Karman Siu (HKG) bt  Carmen Lee (HKG) 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 (27m)
Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt  Tamika Saxby (AUS) 11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 12-10 (50m)
 Salma Hany Ibrahim Ahmed (EGY) bt Teh Min Jie (MAS) 11-1, 11-3, 11-4 (20m)
 Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [Q] Nazihah Hanis (MAS) 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 (24m)
 Carmen Lee (HKG) bt [Q] Vanessa Chu (HKG) 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 (25m)
 Karman Siu (HKG) bt Celine Yeap (MAS) 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 (20m)
 Tamika Saxby (AUS) bt Taylor Flavell (AUS) 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 (19m)
Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt  Vanessa Raj (MAS) 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 11-8 (39m)
Teh Min Jie (MAS) bt  Zulhijjah Binti Azan (MAS) 8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (27m)
 Salma Hany Ibrahim Ahmed (EGY) bt [Q] Jadeleen Lee (MAS) 11-9, 11-1, 11-6 (23m)
[Q] Nazihah Hanis (MAS) bt  Pushppa Devi (MAS) 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 (18m)
 Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [Q] Aika Azman (MAS) 11-1, 11-4, 11-0 (21m)
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