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Macau Open Roundup: Malaysia’s Yuen Axes Au to Reach Last Eight


Malaysian World No.53 Ivan Yuen bridged a 28-place World Rankings gap to defeat Hong Kong’s Leo Au at the 2016 Macau Open and reach the quarter-final stage of a PSA M50 tournament for the first time in his career.

Despite being ranked below fifth seed Au for much of the past five years, Yuen led the head-to-head record 3-1 coming into the duo’s Macau Open encounter, and the man from Penang came out on top once more, with an 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3 victory in 72 minutes seeing him progress to the last eight.

England’s World No.19 Daryl Selby and Malaysian No.1 Nafiizwan Adnan will clash in the other quarter-final fixture after they achieved respective triumphs against Welshman Joel Makin and wildcard Steven Liu.

Elsewhere, Egyptian qualifier Mayar Hany dispatched compatriot Heba El Torky in the Women’s event to set up a quarter-final meeting with Malaysia’s Delia Arnold, who eased past wildcard Liu Kwai Chi.

There were also first round wins for the likes of Joelle King, Annie Au and Emily Whitlock. King downed South Africa’s Siyoli Waters to set up a fixture with Denmark’s Line Hansen, while Hong Kong’s Au defeated France’s Coline Aumard to ensure that she will play compatriot Joey Chan.

Whitlock, meanwhile, stormed to victory against Egyptian 16-year-old Hana Moataz and will contest her quarter-final match with Australian No.1 Donna Urquhart.

2016 Macau Open – Men’s First Round Results
[1] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Rex Hedrick (AUS) 3-1: 6-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 (58m)
[8] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [Q] Joshua Masters (ENG) 3-2: 11-13, 11-3, 7-11, 11-6, 11-3 (59m)
Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt [5] Leo Au (HKG) 3-1: 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3 (72m)
[3] Max Lee (HKG) bt Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) 3-1: 11-3, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6 (41m)
[4] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [Q] Joel Makin (WAL) 3-1: 5-11, 11-5, 11-4, 12-10 (67m)
[7] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [WC] Steven Liu (MAC) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (18m)
[Q] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) bt [6] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-1: 11-8, 10-12, 13-11, 11-8 (49m)
[2] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [Q] Elvinn Keo (MAS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (34m)

2016 Macau Open – Men’s Quarter-Final Draw
[1] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v [8] Alan Clyne (SCO)
Ivan Yuen (MAS) v [3] Max Lee (HKG)
[4] Daryl Selby (ENG) v [7] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
[Q] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) v [2] Saurav Ghosal (IND)

2016 Macau Open – Women’s First Round Results
[1] Joelle King (NZL) bt [Q] Siyoli Waters (RSA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (32m)
[8] Line Hansen (DEN) bt Olivia Blatchford (USA) 3-1: 12-10, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 (44m)
[Q] Mayar Hany (EGY) bt [7] Heba El Torky (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 2-11, 13-11, 11-7 (42m)
[3] Delia Arnold (MAS) bt [WC] Liu Kwai Chi (MAS) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-3 (15m)
[4] Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt [Q] Hana Moataz (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (30m)
[6] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 3-2: 11-8, 8-11, 11-3, 11-13, 11-2 (51m)
[5] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [Q] Nada Abbas (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4 (39m)
[2] Annie Au (HKG) bt Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-1: 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 (47m)

2016 Macau Open – Women’s Quarter-Final Draw
[1] Joelle King (NZL) v [8] Line Hansen (DEN)
[Q] Mayar Hany (EGY) v [3] Delia Arnold (MAS)
[4] Emily Whitlock (ENG) v [6] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
[5] Joey Chan (HKG) v [2] Annie Au (HKG)

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