KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysian players' challenge in the Cleveland Classic Squash Championship came to an end after two players lost in the opening encounter of the tournament held at Cleveland Racquet Club in Ohio, United States on Saturday (Sunday Malaysian time)
The country's second player, Low Wee Wern who is seeded seventh, suffered a major upset after she were beatan by India's unheralded player, Dipika Pallikal; losing 2-11, 9-11, 11-9 and 9-11.
The national champion, Delia Arnold is also shown the exit after going down to the top seeds, Camille Serme of France; 8-11, 2-11 and 4-11, according to the squash website; www.squashsite.co.uk.
Based on the tournament format, winners in the opening encounter is automatically qualify to the quarterfinals.
Malaysia's squash queen and defending champions of the tournament, Datuk Nicol David have decided to skip the tournament, believed to be preparing herself for two back-two-back tournaments - the Windy City Open in Chicago, United States and also the British Open - slated to be held at the end of February and early March.