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Friday October 25, 2013 MYT 11:39:00 PM
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Filepic of Nicol David (left) vs fellow Malaysian Low Wee Wern at the Malaysian Open last month. Nicol advanced to the China Open semis while Wee Wern lost her quarter-final match in Shanghai on Friday.
PETALING JAYA: World No.1 Nicol David stayed well on course for her fourth consecutive title after cruising into the semi-finals of the China Open in Shanghai on Friday.
The seven-time world champion, playing in China for the first time, was just too good for India’s Dipika Pallikal, winning 3-1 with ease.
The tournament which is played in front of a gorgeous view at The Bund, saw Nicol take control against Dipika, fresh from winning her biggest career title at the Macau Open last week, to storm into the semi-finals.
The 30-year-old Penangite will go up against old foe Natalie Grinham for a place in the final.
The 35-year-old Dutchwoman rolled back the years to notch an impressive five setter win over third seed and world No.4 Alison Waters of England.
It was certainly not the best result from Waters, who also suffered early exits at the Carol Weymuller and US Opens earlier this month.
Nicol however will certainly have the advantage against Grinham, having already won both their meetings this year - in the World Series Finals and World Games final.
She is also not short on confidence after winning the Malaysian, Carol Weymuller and US Opens in succession.
But while Nicol had a good day in the office, defending champion and national No.2 Low Wee Wern fell to world No.3 Raneem El Weleily.
The world No.7, who had beaten Raneem in the quarter-finals of the US Open - her first over the talented Egyptian - could not reproduce that same form as she lost in four sets.
“I’ve never been chopped so badly in my life,” said Wee Wern.
“We played outdoors by the river and the court conditions certainly suited Raneem a lot better. It was just too cold for me.
“I guess I need a time-out after this defeat. My head was just all over the place,” added Wee Wern, who will fly home immediately to attend to her ill father.
Raneem will face fourth seed and world No.5 Joelle King in the semi-finals. King came up tops against former world No.2 Jenny Duncalf of England, winning 3-1 to advance.
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Nicol David, Low Wee Wern, squash, China Open
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