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Wen Li Lai after winning the GWC Squash House Challenger 5

GWC Squash House: Wen Li Lai Downs Top Two To Win

Malaysia’s Wen Li Lai took the victory at the GWC Squash House Challenger 5 to return to the winner’s circle on the Challenger Tour for the first time since 2019.

The Malaysian was the No.3 seed for the tournament, and she couldn’t have come through the event in a much harder way, as she stared her campaign by going two games down to France’s Julia Le Coq in the opening round.

After fighting from two games down to win 3-2, she then went to five in her quarter-final contest as well, coming from a game down to defeated Englishwoman Alicia Mead.

It got no easier for the Malaysian, as she then came up against the tournament’s top seed, Karina Tyma. However, she defeated the Polish No.1 in straight games to advance to the final, where she then got the better of the No.2 seed, Marie Stephan, to claim an unlikely victory.

Results: GWC Squash House Challenger 5
Final
[3] Wen Li Lai (MAS) bt [2] Marie Stephan (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 12-10

Semi-Finals
[3] Wen Li Lai (MAS) bt [1] Karina Tyma (POL) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-7
[2] Marie Stephan (FRA) bt [4] Diana Garcia (MEX) 3-2: 8-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6

Quarter-Finals
[1] Karina Tyma (POL) bt [6] Lucie Stefanoni (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 12-10
[3] Wen Li Lai (MAS) bt [5] Alicia Mead (ENG) 3-2: 11-13, 11-9, 12-14, 11-5, 11-9
[4] Diana Garcia (MEX) bt Alina Bushma (UKR) 3-2: 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9
[2] Marie Stephan (FRA) bt [7] Lucy Beecroft (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 12-10, 12-10

Round One
[1] Karina Tyma (POL) bt [WC] Lara Varma (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-9
[6] Lucie Stefanoni (USA) bt Amirah Rusydina Rosli (MAS) 3-0: 11-3, 11-3, 11-1
[5] Alicia Mead (ENG) bt Akanksha Salunkhe (IND) 3-0: 11-9, 11-1, 11-6
[3] Wen Li Lai (MAS) bt Julia Le Coq (FRA) 3-2: 7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5
[4] Diana Garcia (MEX) bt Madeleine Hylland (NOR) 3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 11-3
Alina Bushma (UKR) bt [8] Kincso Szasz (ROM) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-2
[7] Lucy Beecroft (ENG) bt Hannah Blatt (CAN) 3-0: 11-1, 11-5, 11-2
[2] Marie Stephan (FRA) bt Catherine Giachino (CAN) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-0

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