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Teh Min Jie (left) during last year's China Open

Plain Sailing for Seeds in Calgary


The first round of the CFO Consulting Services Women’s Squash Week, PSA W15 tournament saw fifth seed Teh Min Jin flirt with elimination after being pushed all the way to a deciding fifth game by English qualifier Alison Thomson.

Min Jie fell to a shock 2-0 deficit after an onslaught of attacking squash from Thomson put the World No.85 on the cusp of victory but she was unable to capitalise as Min Jie produced a superb comeback to take the win by an 7-11, 12-14, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 margin.

Top seed Emily Whitlock advanced without any problems after she managed a victory over Hollie Naughton. World No.17 Whitlock, who won the Winnipeg Winter Club Women’s Open in January, will meet Min Jie in the next round.

Australia’s Christine Nunn looked to be in fine fettle as she saw off the challenge of home hope Nikki Todd. The Australian took the match 3-1 to reach the last eight stage for the third time in her last four PSA World Tour events where she will play Rachel Arnold who dispatched Mexican qualifier Diana Garcia with a composed performance.

Milou van der Heijden progressed safely through to the next round after prevailing in three games over and she will play Sarah Cardwell whose impressive dismantling of Erin Roberts saw her through to the quarter-final.

Wildcard Danielle Letourneau is also through after her win against seventh seed Lee Ka Yi and she will meet Sachika Ingale who defeated Melina Turk.

Results – First Round: Calgary CFO Consulting Services Women’s Squash Week 2016
[1] Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt [8] Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-1: 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 11-1
[5] Teh Min Jie (MAS) bt [Q] Alison Thompson (ENG) 3-2: 7-11, 12-14, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7
[4] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt [Q] Erin Roberts (CAN) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-5
[2] Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt Marie Stephen (FRA) 3-0: 12-10, 11-4, 11-4
[3] Christine Nunn (AUS) bt Nikki Todd (CAN) 3-1: 11-5, 11-9, 5-11, 11-2
[6] Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt [Q] Diana Garcia (MEX) 3-1: 11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 11-3
[WC] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt [7] Lee Ka Yi (HKG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-9
[Q] Sachika Ingale (IND) bt [LL] Melina Turk (CAN) 3-0: 11-2, 11-8, 11-2

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Emily Whitlock (ENG) v [5] Teh Min Jie (MAS)
[4] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) v [2] Milou van der Heijden (NED)
[3] Christine Nunn (AUS) v [6] Rachel Arnold (MAS)
[WC] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v [Q] Sachika Ingale (IND)

By James Hall

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