Cleveland Classic: Wee Wern and Delia crash out in first round

Disappointing ending for Malaysia as the nation’s hopes of triumphing in the Cleveland Classic Squash Championship has come to a stop as two players of the national squad were defeated as early as the opening round in the Cleveland Racquet Club in Ohio, United States, yesterday.

Malaysian second seed Low Wee Wern’s sterling game play was put to halt after a tough match with India’s Dipika Pallikal. Her chances of advancing to the following round were ceased as she was outplayed 2-11, 9-11, 11-9 and 9-11.

Luck was also not on Delia Arnold’s side as the national champion was no match for world no.4 Camille Serme. Delia, whom just turned 30 on January 26, was ousted by the French player in three straight sets 8-11, 2-11 and 4-11.

Squash queen Nicol David did not take part in the championship and attributed her exclusion to her preparations for the upcoming Windy City Open in Chicago (February) and the British Open (March).

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