KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysia''s world number one woman squash
player Datuk Nicol Ann David advanced into the semi-finals of the 2012 British
Open squash championship.
In the quarterfinals held at the O2 Arena glass court in London, Friday, the
28-year-old Penangite defeated New Zealand''s Joelle King 3-1 to book her
The 12th seeded Joelle, dominated the first game and defeated Nicol
The world number one and three times British Open champion, gained back her
rhythm in the remaining games and went on to win in 11-3, 11-4 and 11-0 in 45
"I was expecting her to come out with a good start. She was bound to be
fired up after her win over Rachael (Grinham) yesterday (Thursday).
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"I was struggling to get my shots together at the start, but as the match
went on I found my rhythm and the shots came with that. She was probably feeling
the effects of the five-setter she had yesterday, so I was able to take
advantage of that," said Nicol on www.britishopensquash.net.
She will be meeting third seeded Laura Massaro of England, who defeated
France''s Camille Serme 11-13, 11-3, 11-9 and 11-9 in 51 minutes, in the
"It''s sure to be a pretty exciting match against Laura in the semis
tomorrow, the crowd will be on her side but hopefully I''ll have some support
too," said Nicol.
Meanwhile, in the other semi-final match encounter will be an
all Egyptian affair between Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Weleily.
Nour booked her berth when she beat Hong Kong''s Annie Au 9-11, 11-7, 11-6,
9-11 and 11-6 while Raneem create an upset over world number two, England''s
Jenny Duncalf in straight sets of 12-10, 11-7 and 11-5 in just 27 minutes.
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