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Nicol has it tough

HONG KONG, AUG. 31. Top-seed Peter Nicol of England had to work hard to beat Hong Kong's Wong Wai-hang 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 on Tuesday in the opening round of the Hong Kong squash Open.

World No. 1 Nicol dropped the third game before prevailing against the 111th-ranked Wong in a match that lasted 38 minutes at the Hong Kong Squash Centre.

The results: (First round):

Peter Nicol (Eng) bt Wong Wai-hang (Hong) 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5; Gregory Gaultier (Fran) bt Bradley Ball (Eng) 11-10 (3-1), 11-8, 11-3.

Jonathon Power (Can) bt Philip Barker (Eng) 11-3, 10-11 (0-2), 11-8.

11-5; Joseph Kniepp (Aus) bt Graham Ryding (Can) 11-8, 5-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7.

David Palmer (Aus) bt Wael El Hindi (Egy) 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 10-11 (0-2), 11-6; Hisam Mohd. Ashour (Egy) bt Omar Elborolossy (Egy) 9-11, 11-3, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3.

Adrian Grant (Eng) bt Mohd. Azlan Iskandar (Mal) 8-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8.

Nick Matthew (Eng) bt Dan Jenson (Aus) 11-8, 11-8, 12-10.— AP

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