Ninth seed Duncalf sets sights first world crown in Penang

hsb  Jenny Duncalf.  (140110M3c)

hsb Jenny Duncalf. (140110M3c)

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Harrogate squash ace Jenny Duncalf will head to Malaysia this week in a bid to conquer the world.

Duncalf, 31, will take part in the 2013 World Open, which is being played this year after a lack of organisation left it off the Women’s Squash Association tour 12 months ago.

She will face a qualifier in round one before a possible second-round meeting against compatriot Laura Massaro, seeded second.

A drop in form has seen Duncalf slip to tenth in the world standings.

But the ninth seed heads to Penang hoping to emulate her performance at the World Open in 2011 when she lost in the final to seven-time world champion Nicol David.

Home competitor David will be the favourite to lift the title when the event culminates on March 23.

Meanwhile, Harrogate-based James Willstrop will take on the world’s top eight players at the PSA World Series Finals in Richmond, United States on Saturday.

“I feel in good shape and I’m injury free,” Willstrop said.

“I am in a position to win any event.

“You just don’t know what’s going to happen. But if my opportunity comes along, I have to take it.”

The 31-year-old was last in action at the 2014 Windy City Open where he lost in the quarter-finals against two-time world champion Ramy Ashour.

Willstrop took the opening game 11-8 but the Egyptian hit back to take the next three by the same score.