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Published: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 10:15:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 10:26:50 PM

Nicol steamroll Duncalf to enter semis

Nicol David seen here in her second round win over France's Camille Serme, made light work of Jenny Duncalf of England in the quarter-final match of the Hong Kong Open on Friday.

Nicol David seen here in her second round win over France's Camille Serme, made light work of Jenny Duncalf of England in the quarter-final match of the Hong Kong Open on Friday.

World No. 1 Nicol David continued her stride to her eight Hong Kong Open title after beating fifth seed Englishwoman Jenny Duncalf in the quarter-finals on Friday.

The World No. 1 steam-rolled Duncalf for a 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 straight set win in 24 minutes to meet fourth seed Alison Waters in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Fourth seeded Waters suffered an early scare after dropping a set before packing off India’s Joshna Chinappa 12-14, 11-7, 11-3, 11-6 in 41 minutes.

Home favourite Annie Au created the biggest upset of the day after she knocked out second seed Laura Massaro 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9 in 50 minutes to book her berth into the final four.

Annie will be looking for another giant-killing act against third seed Raneem El Weleily of Egypt for a place in the final. Raneem advanced after beating compatriot Omneya Abdel Kawy 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 in 30 minutes.

“This is a bonus for me as I didn’t expect to win especially since Laura is world number two and in her top form. The match was one of my best games and it proves I have the ability to compete at the highest level,” said Annie who enters the semi-finals for the second time in four years.

“The win is definitely a confidence booster. Now I just want to enjoy tomorrow and show the best to the home crowd.”

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