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Raneem El Weleily (left) and Nicol David in the Malaysian Open final which Nicol won 11-8, 11-7, 11-6. They meet again in the Carol Weymuller Open semi-final on Oct 5, 2013. – Bernama Photo
PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Nicol David is on course for her second straight Women’s Squash Association (WSA) title after a robust and efficient performance en route to beating India’s Dipika Pallikal in the quarter-finals of the Carol Weymuller Open in Brooklyn, New York.
But there was no joy for national No. 2 Low Wee Wern, who failed to capitalise on her chances as she bowed out in straight sets to England’s world No. 2 Laura Massaro on Friday.
Malaysia can, however, count on the ever-reliable Nicol who, after winning her first WSA title of the year – the Malaysian Open – last month, took her game up another notch for an 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 victory over Dipika.
The 30-year-old Penangite found her rhythm early against world No. 17 Dipika and played a magnificent short game to take the first two sets.
Dipika, who had beaten eighth seed Kasey Brown of Australia in the first round, raced into a 2-0 lead in the third, but Nicol reeled off nine straight points before sealing her spot in the last four.
“My aim was mainly to keep Dipika moving because she can be very good on the ball if given time.
“I put my game plan together and my shots came in at the right time. I’m definitely looking forward to the semis as it’s already a bonus from last year,” said Nicol, who lost to England’s Alison Waters in the quarter-finals last year.
She will now face world No. 3 Raneem El Weleily of Egypt for a place in the final. This will be a rematch of their Malaysian Open final.
The 24-year-old Raneem was solid in eking out an 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 win over an error-strewn world No. 5 Joelle King of New Zealand.
Meanwhile, world No. 7 Wee Wern failed to capitalise on 8-7 and 10-8 leads in the first two sets respectively as Massaro came up with the big points to win 11-8, 12-10, 11-6.
“Laura was just better with the big points ... that made the difference,” said Wee Wern.
“A 3-0 defeat seems a little harsh as I was playing well and making my shots. I should have won the second set, though.
“Overall, I’m not too disappointed with my performance. I will now visit my sister (Wee Nee), who is studying at Trinity College in Connecticut and train a for a few days first before the US Open (Oct 9-18 in Philadelphia).”
Massaro will next face France’s world No. 10 Camille Serme, who pulled off another big upset in the quarter-finals.
The 24-year-old Serme, who defeated world No. 4 Waters in the first round, was again on fire as she packed off world No. 6 Jenny Duncalf, also of England, in straight sets.
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