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David Downs King in British Open Quarterfinals

Joelle King's run has ended in the quarterfinals of the British Open at the hands of world number one Nicol David.

New Zealand squash star Joelle King's giant-killing run in the Allam British Open ended in the quarter-finals after a brave fight against world champion Nicol David.


King won the first game at London's O2 Arena but David summoned up all her experience to overwhelm her opponent, triumphing 8-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-0 in 45 minutes of high-quality squash.


The tall Kiwi, seeded 12, drove the ball powerfully to keep David at the back of the court and punished any loose shots with some precision drops at the front.  It was textbook squash but King couldn't keep it up as David tightened up her game and began to dictate. King chased every ball but the tiny Malaysian's ruthless dominance was reflected in the scores, with King unable to gain a point in the final game.


King admitted: "It was very frustrating after such a good start."


But the 23-year-old Kiwi can take heart from an encouraging week in which she beat four-time champion Rachael Grinham of Australia in the previous round.


David meets No.3 seed Laura Massaro after the English crowd favourite came from behind to beat Camille Serme of France.


It was a glorious day for Egyptian squash in the women?s event as Raneem El Weleily and Nour El Sherbini set up an all-Egypt semi-final.  Raneem played superbly to beat England's number two seed Jenny Duncalf. The 23-year-old number five seed from Alexandria attacked throughout the match to clinch victory in just 27 minutes. After a tight first game, she maintained the pressure to win 12-10, 11-7, 11-5.


Nour, the 16-year-old world junior champion, also from Alexandria, produced a mature performance to win a marathon match against No.7 seed Annie Au of Hong Kong two days after beating Irish fourth seed Madeline Perry.  She began brightly to win the opening game but Au responded solidly to take the next two. However, the tall El Sherbini tightened up her game to win 11-9, 7-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6 in 56 minutes.


Full coverage on the Official Event Website:  www.britishopensquash.net


Results
Quarterfinals
1. Nicol David (MAS) def 12. Joelle King (NZL) 8/11, 11/3, 11/4, 11/0 (45 mins)
3. Laura Massaro (ENG) def 10. Camille Serme (FRA) 11/13, 11/3, 11/9, 11/9 (51 mins)
16. Nour El Sherbini (EGY)  def 7. Annie Au (HKG) 9/11, 11/7, 11/6, 9/11, 11/6 (56 mins)
5. Raneem El Weleily (EGY) def 2. Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 12/10, 11/7, 11/5 (27 mins)

 


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