Day One Evening Round-Up

Wildcard duo Katie Malliff and Curtis Malik both scored big upsets in the evening session.

World No.51 Malliff, defeated World No.25 Rachel Arnold in straight games to book her place in the second round, winning 11-8, 11-5 and 11-7.

“I am really pleased with it! This is the first time to get through to the second round of the British Open so it’s a mini win for me,” Malliff said.

“I am pleased with how I played, I knew I had to play well because anything loose, she can put away really easily. I am pleased to come out 3-0 from that one!

“When I played her [Joelle King] in Hong Kong, the first game was quite close, but then she worked me out quite quickly. She stepped up the court and was volleying more, playing more accurately. I have to be better on my game tomorrow!”

Fellow compatriot and wildcard Malik also notched a 3-0 victory, as he knocked Eain Yow Ng out in the opening round.

“That’s probably the biggest win of my career so far. I thought I put together a really good performance from start to finish against a quality opponent, who is obviously in form as well. Really pleased to get through that match, especially in three games as well,” Malik said.

“I know I have got the ability to do that, but it is just trying to do that for three games. Not just one or two, where you’re losing 3-1 or 3-2, I am not happy with that. To win three games is what you’re training for and that second was crucial. I came back from 8-5 down, played the big wins well and managed to get that two-game lead.

“Really looking forward to that! I don’t even think I have met the guy [Paul Coll] before, so to be on the same court tomorrow.. I am just going to try and show him how well I can play, push him as hard as I can, and I will try and believe I can will again.”

Satomi Watanabe ended hopes for Curtis’ sister, and another one of the tournament’s wildcards, Torrie Malik. Watanabe triumphed 3-1 to tee up a meeting in the next round against Nour El Sherbini tomorrow.

“I’ve known Torrie for a little while now and I know she’s a really good player. I really struggled today until the end – even if I was 2-0 up I knew she was going to come back. I’m really pleased with today’s win and to get through into the second round.

“The preparation for my matches is always the same, but mentally I was always the underdog until really recently or even now then all of a sudden I have to face someone who’s younger than me, she’s an upcoming star and I was really nervous.”

Malik’s fellow English Jasmine Hutton booked her place with a 3-1 victory over Fayrouz Aboelkheir, while Aifa Azman, Leonel Cardenas, Nathan Lake, Emily Whitlock also progressed through the same scoreline.

Elsewhere, Raphael Kandra came from behind to avoid a shock defeat to wildcard Simon Herbert, coming out on top 3-2 against the English youngster.

“Simon’s very talented – you could see that in the first game,” Kandra said afterwards.

“I struggled to find a balance with his shot selections and I expected him to win a few winners. It was up and down and he got the better of it for the first game. I came firing out in the second, which helped a lot, I found a good rhythm but then my shot selection and weird stuff was happening on court and it was crucial in the end.

“Overall I think he has a good future ahead of him if he keeps everything together, he’s a talented boy and we’ll see what he has in the future.”

Meanwhile, Adrian Waller, Greg Lobban, Dimitri Steinmann, Nick Wall, Alexandra Fuller, Hana Ramadan and Sana Ibrahim prevailed to reach the second round.

Men’s First Round Results: 

Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt Balazs Farkas (HUN) 3-1: 11-7, 11-4, 4-11, 11-6 (49m)
[WC] Curtis Malik (ENG) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (39m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) 3-2: 15-17, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5 (61m)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt George Parker (ENG) 3-2: 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 4-11, 11-4 (74m)
Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 12-10 (48m)
Raphael Kandra (GER) bt [WC] Simon Herbert (ENG) 3-2: 10-12, 11-4, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 (51m)
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) 3-1: 6-11, 11-4, 11-0, 11-0 (29m)
Nick Wall (ENG) bt Auguste Dussourd (FRA) 3-2: 6-11, 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6 (62m)

Women’s First Round Results:
Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bt Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-8 (40m)
[WC] Katie Malliff (ENG) bt Rachel Arnold (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (29m)
Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 3-2: 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 10-12, 11-9 (53m)
Emily Whitlock (WAL) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-1: 13-11, 6-11, 13-11, 11-8 (51m)
Aifa Azman (MAS) bt Emilia Soini (FIN) 3-1: 11-2, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4 (28m)
Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (24m)
Sana Ibrahim (EGY) bt Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 11-7 (31m)
Satomi Watanabe (JPN) bt [WC] Torrie Malik (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10 (41m)