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Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in action last season

Malaysian Open: Top Seeds Fall at Semi-Finals

There were surprise results in both the men’s and women’s semi-finals at the Malaysian Open as top seeds Hong Kong’s Leo Au and Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy fell to defeats.

Qatar’s World No.33 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi booked his place in the biggest PSA World Tour final of his career as he came from 2-1 down to shock World No.20 Leo Au.

Al Tamimi came through a thrilling 87-minute battle which saw him win 8-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9 and will now face Au’s compatriot World No.29 Tsz Fung Yip after he defeated France’s World No.35 Lucas Serme 3-1 in 50 minutes.

Meanwhile in the women’s draw, Kawy fell victim to a straight-games defeat in just 15 minutes by Japan’s World No.48 Satomi Watanabe – who will now compete in just her fourth PSA World Tour final.

She will face former World No.5 and current World No.254 Low Wee Wern in the final after she defeated fellow Malaysian and upcoming bright talent Sivasangari Subramaniam in straight-games.

Low has been the surprise package of the tournament after making her comeback to the PSA World Tour following a lengthy lay-off due to knee injuries – which had seen her sidelined since the 2016 US Open.

Results
Men’s Semi-finals
[3] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) bt [1] Leo Au (HKG) 3-2: 8-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9 (87m)
[2] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt [4] Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-1: 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 (50m)

Women’s Semi-finals
[Q] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [3] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (33m)
[4] Satomi Watanabe (JPN) bt [1] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (15m)

Draw
Men’s Final
[2] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) v [3] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)

Women’s Final
[4] Satomi Watanabe (JPN) v [Q] Low Wee Wern (MAS)

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