Hong Kong’s Joey Chan advanced to the second round of the prestigious Allam British Open for the first time in her career after her opponent, Malaysian former World No.5 Low Wee Wern, retired through injury.
Chan began the match in the ascendancy and quickly built up a 2-0 lead after exploiting the space on the court to move Low out of position.
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Low fought hard in the third and clawed a game back but was forced off court with an injury during the fourth game after an awkward fall.
The 25-year-old tried to carry on but was unable to recover, leaving Chan to progress with a second round fixture against Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy up next.
“I’m excited to win because it is my first time to reach the second round,” said Chan.
“The British Open is a classic tournament for us so I’m happy to be able to play on the glass court. I need to get used to the glass court because I haven’t had a chance to practise on it while Omneya has already had a match there. I’m going to just try and enjoy it.”
Result – First Round: Women’s Allam British Open 2016
Joey Chan (HKG) bt  Low Wee Wern (MAS) 3-1: 11-5, 11-9, 10-12, 10-8 retired (54m)