Published: Saturday May 19, 2012 MYT 6:10:00 PM
Nicol storms into British Open semis
LONDON: World number one Nicol David is through to the semi-finals of the British Open squash championships.
In the quarter-finals at the O2 Arena glass court in London on Friday, the 28-year-old Penangite defeated New Zealand's Joelle King 3-1 to book her semi-finals berth.
The 12th seeded Joelle, dominated the first game and defeated Nicol 11-8.
But Nicol, the three times British Open champion, regained her rhythm in the remaining games and went on to win in 11-3, 11-4 and 11-0 in 45 minutes.
"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 (Thursday), so I was able to take advantage of that," said Nicol.
She will be meeting third seeded Laura Massaro of England in the last four. Massaro defeated France's Camille Serme 11-13, 11-3, 11-9 and 11-9 in 51 minutes in the last eight.
Meanwhile, the other semi-final 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 created an upset over world number two Jenny Duncalf of England, winning 12-10, 11-7 and 11-5 in 27 minutes. - Bernama