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Squash - 24. July 2007.

WISPA Unveil Live Scoreboard At Back-to-Back Asian Gold Events


Malaysia's world No1 Nicol David will be top seed at both the CIMB Malaysian Open, from 25-28 July, followed by the CIMB Singapore Masters, from 1-4 August.

Malaysian Open qualifying gets underway today (Monday) at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil. All eyes will be on local star Nicol David, who will be defending the title she won for the second time last year in her fourth successive final.

The 23-year-old from Penang will be looking forward to being in action in the later stages of the event on an all-glass court erected at KL's Curve Shopping Mall - as part of a Squash Malaysia initiative to bring major events directly to the general public.

David is expected to meet second seed Natalie Grinham in Saturday's final. It will be the pair's first meeting since the Australian beat her rival in the Seoul Open climax in South Korea in April, bringing to an end David's 51-match unbeaten run.

CIMB, the Kuala Lumpur headquartered bank will also be title sponsoring the new Singapore Masters event to be played at the Kallang Squash Centre. The new event, hosted by Singapore SRA, brings the top WISPA stars back to Singapore for the first time for three years.

The CIMB Malaysian and Singapore events mark the start of the new WISPA Live Scoreboard which will see scores of matches in play updated instantly on the WISPA website www.wispa.net - enabling enthusiasts around the world to be completely up to date with matches in play from many WISPA World Tour events, point by point.

On the eve of the two events, England's Jenny Duncalf has been elevated to No8 seed following the last-minute withdrawal of Vanessa Atkinson, the former World Open champion from the Netherlands, who has been forced out by a shoulder injury.

Malaysian Open 1st round draw:

[1] Nicol David (MAS) v Tricia Chuah (MAS)

[6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v Qualifier

[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Qualifier

[5] Vicky Botwright (ENG) v Qualifier

[7] Madeline Perry (IRL) v Qualifier

[4] Tania Bailey (ENG) v Rebecca Chiu (HKG)

[8] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v Shelley Kitchen (NZL)

[2] Natalie Grinham (AUS) v Alison Waters (ENG)

Singapore Masters 1st round draw:

[1] Nicol David (MAS) v Rebecca Chiu (HKG)

[5] Vicky Botwright (ENG) v Qualifier

[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Qualifier

[6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v Qualifier

[8] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v Qualifier

[4] Tania Bailey (ENG) v Shelley Kitchen (NZL)

[7] Madeline Perry (IRL) v Alison Waters (ENG)

[2] Natalie Grinham (AUS) v Joannah Yue (SIN)

Issued by Howard Harding on behalf of WISPA

Women’s International Squash Players' Association

Tel: (+44) 1737-243333; Mobile: (+44) 7773-325130; Email: HowHard@aol.com

WISPA: Tel: (+44) 20 7222 1667; Email: wispahq@aol.com

WSQ 3982 23 July 2007

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