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Raneem El Weleily took down Jenny Duncalf 4-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 in the CIMB Malaysian Open women's quarter-finals.
PETALING JAYA: World No. 3 Raneem El Weleily signalled her intent to defend her CIMB Malaysian Open title with a rousing performance to beat Jenny Duncalf in the quarter-finals at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara, on Friday.
The tricky and talented Egyptian showcased her ability with a splendid performance to beat world No. 1 Nicol David in last year’s final.
And the 24-year-old Weleily showed no reason why she can’t do the same again after packing off England’s Duncalf 4-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5.
It was a slow start for Weleily as Duncalf, a former world No. 2, showed that she still has a lot to offer with a quickfire 11-4 first-set win.
That woke Weleily up from her slumber and she countered, raining an array of nicks and drops to take the second set 11-4, before stepping it up for her sixth win in 14 meetings against Duncalf.
“I started very slow ... couldn’t see the ball at all and Jenny punished me,” said Weleily.
“Luckily I woke up in the second set and pushed hard. I made it a point to push Jenny all the way to the back.
“Still it was really close because I couldn’t pin her down. Could have gone anyone’s way really.
“But I’m happy to be in the semi-finals.
“Can’t wait to get my revenge over England’s Laura (Massaro),” added Weleily with a grin.
Massaro, the world No. 2, beat Weleily in the semi-finals of the British Open in May.
Earlier, the Englishwoman won the battle between two lanky players, by outlasting New Zealand’s world No. 5 Joelle King 12-14, 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3 in 69 minutes.
“I’m a little disappointed I didn’t close out the match earlier,” said Massaro.
French No. 1 Camille Serme, continued her excellent run by taking down the towering Sarah-Jane Perry of England 11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9.
Meanwhile, world No. 1 Nicol David, still seeking her first Women’s Squash Association (WSA) title of the year, overcame a fierce challenge by fellow Penangite Low Wee Wern to check into the last four.
Nicol stepped up when it mattered most to win 11-4, 11-6, 3-11, 11-5 and will face France’s Camille Serme next.
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