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Eain Yow Ng (left) and Rachel Arnold (right) face a tough task defending their titles

Malaysian Open Preview

Colombia's World No.11 Miguel Rodriguez and Egypt's World No.9 Salma Hany are being tipped to pick up their first PSA World Tour titles of the year at the upcoming Malaysian Open Championships.

The PSA World Tour Bronze tournament, which begins November 23 and concludes November 27 in the National Squash Centre, Kuala Lumpur, features 24 stars in the men's and women's draws respectively, which are played concurrently.

Former World No.4 Rodriguez, playing in his first Malaysian Open, is the top seed and comes into the tournament in good form, having made the quarter-finals of the recent Canary Wharf Classic.

The 35-year-old is seeded to meet No.3 seed and home favourite Eain Yow Ng in the semi-final. Eain Yow, who remains the defending champion from 2019 due to the cancellation of the 2020 tournament, will go into the tournament confident, having risen to a career-high position of World No.18.

In the bottom half of the draw, No.2 seed Saurav Ghosal of India is favourite to reach the final. The 35-year-old, playing in his first Malaysian Open since 2013, is seeded to meet Egypt's No.4 seed Youssef Soliman in the semi-final.

For home fans, there are six Malaysian players to cheer for. Besides Eain Yow, Ivan Yuen, Mohammad Syafiq Kamal, Ong Sai Hung, Addeen Idrakie and Darren Rahul Pragasam will be hoping for a home title.

In the women's draw, Hany is bidding to be the first female Egyptian winner of the tournament since Raneem El Weleily back in 2014. Hany, the only player inside the top ten at the tournament, is seeded to meet Australia's No.7 seed Donna Lobban in the quarter-final, Canada's No.4 seed Hollie Naughton in the semi-final and compatriot and No.2 seed Nadine Shahin in the final.

For the home fans, the best chance of successive lies with the 2019 champion, Rachel Arnold, who faces Hong Kong's Tsz-Wing Tong in the first round. Should Arnold fall, the Kuala Lumpur crowd will be hoping one of Ooi Kah Yan, Aifa Azman and Chan Yiwen can cause an upset to win their first Malaysian Open title.

Men's Draw
[1] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) [bye]
Asim Khan (PAK) v [9/16] Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN)
[9/16] Shahjahan Khan (USA) v Max Lee (HKG)
[7] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) [bye]
[6] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) [bye]
Henry Leung (HKG) v [9/16] Tayyab Aslam (PAK)
[9/16] Ivan Yuen (MAS) v Ong Sai Hung (MAS)
[3] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) [bye]
[4] Youssef Soliman (EGY) [bye]
[WC] Addeen Idrakie (MAS) v [9/16] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
[9/16] Ramit Tandon (IND) v [WC] Darren Rahul Pragasam (MAS)
[5] Victor Crouin (FRA) [bye]
[8] Lucas Serme (FRA) [bye]
Mohammad Syafiq Kamal (MAS) v [9/16] Bernat Jaume (ESP)
[9/16] Todd Harrity (USA) v Mazen Gamal (EGY)
[2] Saurav Ghosal (IND) [bye]

Women's Draw
[1] Salma Hany (EGY) [bye]
Ka Yi Lee (HKG) v [9/16] Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[9/16] Rachel Arnold (MAS) v Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG)
[7] Donna Lobban (AUS) [bye]
[8] Farida Mohamed (EGY) [bye]
Tessa ter Sluis (NED) v [9/16] Tze Lok Ho (HKG)
[9/16] Menna Hamed (EGY) v Ooi Kah Yan (MAS)
[4] Hollie Naughton (CAN) [bye]
[3] Yathreb Adel (EGY) [bye]
[WC] Aifa Azman (MAS) v [9/16] Mayar Hany (EGY)
[9/16] Hana Ramadan (EGY) v [WC] Chan Yiwen (MAS)
[6] Emily Whitlock (WAL) [bye]
[5] Danielle Letourneau (CAN [bye]
Anna Serme (CZE) v [9/16] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
[9/16] Nada Abbas (EGY) v Menna Nasser (EGY)
[2] Nadine Shahin (EGY) [bye]

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