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by aftar singh
Nicol David (left) seen here against Sam Cornett of Canada in the first round of the Hong Kong Open, made it to the quarter-finals after defeating Frenchwoman Camille Serma in four sets on Thursday. - Pic courtesy of SquashSite.co.uk
KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champion Nicol David survived a second-round scare by ninth seed Camille Serme of France to advance into the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open.
World No.1 Nicol fought back from a set down to win 7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 in 41 minutes. She will next face fifth seed Jenny Duncalf of England for a place in the semi-finals.
Duncalf was pushed to the limit by 16th seed Nicolette Fernandes of Guyana before prevailing 12-10, 9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9 in 76 minutes.
“A really, really tough second round, she (Serme) was a finalist last year here with me, so it doesn’t get much harder than this really,” said Nicol.
“I wanted to be sharp from the start, but she was extra sharp herself. I found my composure in the second set, she made a few more unforced errors and stepped back a bit, and I used that to my advantage.
“Camille is mentally strong and physically very fit. And today I think we played some good squash and quality all the way.”
Joshna Chinappa of India continued her fine run by producing another upset win – beating 15th seed Line Hansen of Denmark 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5.
Joshna, who stunned seventh seed Natalie Grinham of Holland in the first round, will face fourth seed Alison Waters of England in the last eight.
Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy, the 11th seed, also created an upset when she stopped eighth seed Madeline Perry of Ireland 12-10, 11-3, 11-5 in 27 minutes.
The Cairo-based player will face compatriot and third seed Raneem El Weleily in the quarter-finals.
Raneem, the Kuala Lumpur Open champion, staved off a strong challenge from her junior Nour El Tayeb to prevail 11-9, 8-11, 11-2, 11-8.
It was, however, the end of the road for qualifier Emma Beddoes of England.
Beddoes, who stunned Malaysian sixth seed Low Wee Wern in the first round on Tuesday, lost 3-11, 4-11, 6-11 to local ace Annie Au.
Annie, the 12th seed and Asian champion, faces a daunting task next as she is down to play second seed Laura Massaro of England.
Massoro eliminated former world champion Rachael Grinham of Australia 11-8, 11-7, 11-5 in 29 minutes.
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