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2001 World Junior Women's Championships:
day results: Quibell joins elite in quarterfinals
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by Martin Bronstein, Penang,
18 July 2001
-- All day four results posted on draw pages --
IN LOVE, I'M IN LOVE ETC ETC
Certainly, Sarah, Cassie Campion, Tania Bailey et al had their strong points and their own style but they simply did not have that all round talent that Nicol displays.
We did not have a chance to see much of that talent today as she destroyed England's Tina Rix for the loss of three points. There was nothing, simply nothing that Rix could do that David could not demolish. It reminds of the true story of an English club champion who went to play Azam Khan, Hashim's younger brother. Azam won 27-0 inside six minutes, and that included the time between games. (In those days you were allowed 60 seconds rest between games).
David is so good she is frightening; her focus is absolute and she is always on her toes, pouncing on balls almost before they've reached the front wall. And she knows exactly what to do with the ball, where to put it, how hard she should hit it and where to go in anticipation of her opponent's reply. You have to pity poor Tricia Chuah, the Malaysian number two, who will forever live in David's shadow just as Graham Ryding has to live in fellow Canadian Jonathon Power's shadow.
THE GERMAN GIANT
Walters almost won by using her effective fading boastsand drop volleys, constantly taking her opponent to the front of the court, sapping here strength until she stopped running in the third game, which she lost 9-0 in under three minutes. But on many short balls that looked like winners she still manage to send it high into the back. Rohrmuller won the first game and was 7-0 up in the second when Walters, who is about as fat as my thigh, put together the most exciting comeback of the tournament to win the game 10-9 and then charge through the third game 9-0 in three minutes.
Rohrmuller looked totally bushed but from somewhere she found a second win in the fourth game and fought back from 0-4, and 2-6 down to win 9-6 and then prevailed in the fifth 9-4. Walters will be downhearted at the loss but England's management will be heartened by her fighting performance in readiness for next week's team championships. Her team mates, Jenny Duncalf and Laura Lengthorn both won and play each other in the quarter-finals. (Cries of 'fix' in a Brit accent can be heard).
QUIBELL MAKES IT TOUGH ON QUIBELL.
She simply could not find that last point; the game was longer from 8-0 to winning point than it was from love-all to 8-0. If Baughat wasn't putting in winners, Quibell was hitting tin. Six times she served for the game and five times the wheels were still missing and her opponent was racking up points. It was one of those scenarios that we've all been through: 8-0 and lose it.
PLEASE MICHELLE, NOT IN FRONT OF THE
The US manager, Aidan Harrison, was all smiles (he kindly told me how to spell 'lull') and said that Baughat did not have the maturity of his number one and that he was in no doubt about the outcome.
"Tomorrow it's the battle of the open champions," he said enigmatically, referring to the quarter-final between Quibell and Omneya Abdel Kawy who zonked Australian Georgina David for the loss of three points. (Awesome!). Both Quibell and Kawy have won British Open junior titles. One thing is for sure: there had better be no 'lulls' tomorrow.
AUSSIES IN A TURMOIL
HOW BRIGHT THE OLYMPIC TORCH DOTH GLOW.
FOURTH ROUND, Penang