Nicol David In Search Of Lucky Number Seven In Hong Kong

The draw for the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open 2012 sees Nicol David as top seed and looking to retain the title for the seventh successive year.

David will start her campaign on 27th November in the 32-draw WSA World Series event against Englishwoman Sarah Kippax who won back-to-back titles in the U.S. earlier in the summer.  Kippax’s English compatriot Laura Massaro is seeded second for the competition and will face Jaclyn Hawkes of New Zealand for the first time since the Kiwi’s surprise victory over her in the 2009 Irish Open.

Raneem El Weleily’s absence from the tournament sees Jenny Duncalf seeded third, with the Englishwoman looking for her first WSA World Tour semi-final appearance in over a year.  She will play unseeded Malaysian Delia Arnold having never lost to the 26-year-old in four head-to-heads.

Fourth and fifth seeds Annie Au and Madeline Perry will both play qualifying opponents in round one, with Au seeded to face Low Wee Wern in the quarters. Perry is predicted to face Nicol David in the last-eight, but will have to make it past No.9 seed Kasey Brown or her qualifying opponent in round two.

Seventh seed Wee Wern will also face a qualifier whilst Alison Waters, enjoying her first seeding in a World Series event since March 2011, will play fellow Englishwoman Emma Beddoes.  Natalie Grinham begins her campaign as eighth seed with a yet to be confirmed qualifying opponent, and is drawn to meet Jenny Duncalf in the quarters.

Last week’s Macau Open winner Joelle King will look to continue her promising recent form against a qualifier, as will No.14 seed Samantha Teran of Mexico.

Eleventh seed Camille Serme faces Aisling Blake of Ireland, No.12 Dipika Pallikal plays local Liu Tsz-Wing, No.13 Rachael Grinham will play fellow tour veteran Latasha Khan, 14th seed Donna Urquhart is drawn against Line Hansen and No.15 Joey Chan will face a qualifier.

Reigning Hong Kong champion Nicol David has never faced the same opponent in a Hong Kong final, but last year added Raneem El Weleily to the list of runners-up, which features Jenny Duncalf, Omneya Abdel Kawy, Rachael and Natalie Grinham and former world No.4 Tania Bailey.  

First Round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) vs Sarah Kippax (ENG)
[16] Joey Chan (HKG) vs Qualifier
[5] Madeline Perry (IRL) vs Qualifier
[9] Kasey Brown (AUS) vs Qualifier
[3] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) vs Delia Arnold (MAS)
[12] Dipika Pallikal (IND) vs Liu Tsz-Wing (HKG)
[8] Natalie Grinham (NED) vs Qualifier
[14] Samantha Teran (MEX) vs Qualifier
--Split Draw--
Aisling Blake (IRL) vs [11] Camille Serme (FRA)
Qualifier vs Low Wee Wern (MAS)
Latasha Khan (USA) vs [13] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
Qualifier vs [4] Annie Au (HKG)
Line Hansen (DEN) vs [15] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
Emma Beddoes (ENG) vs [6] Alison Waters (ENG)
Qualifier vs [10] Joelle King (NZL)
Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) vs [2] Laura Massaro (ENG

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