Nicol David will take on New Zealand's Joelle King in the semi-finals
GLASGOW: WORLD No. 1 Nicol David had to dig deep into her reserves to get the better of England’s Jenny Duncalf and reach the semi-finals of the squash competition.
The seven-time world champion won the quarter-final 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-4 in 40 minutes – the first time she dropped a set in three matches – at the Scotstoun Sports Campus on Saturday.
The Malaysian squash queen will face Joelle King of New Zealand for a place in the final. King had no problems beating Madeline Perry of Ireland 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 in the quarter-finals in 36 minutes.
Nicol played against King twice last year and won in straight sets both times – in the semi-finals of the US Open in Philadelphia last October and the quarter-finals of the British Open in May.
Nicol admitted that she had a tough time against the experienced Duncalf.
She really brought out her A game today. She was really sharp. I really had to dig deep and be alert in the fourth game. I think the match was really close right from the beginning,” said Nicol.
I just knew I couldn’t give Jenny any space. The challenge is getting tougher day by day for me.”
Asked about her chances against King, she just smiled and said: “It’s going to be a great match tomorrow. She is definitely one to look out for. I can't give anything.
I'm enjoying playing in the Commonwealth Games and I will continue to do so.”
National No. 2 Low Wee Wern however bowed out after crashing to a 3-11, 2-11, 6-11 defeat to second seed Laura Massaro of England.
Massaro will go on to meet compatriot Alison Waters in the other semi-final as the English are assured of at least one medal.
Meanwhile, Ivan Yuen showed that he still has much to learn as he was outclassed 1-11, 7-11, 3-11 by England's James Willstrop in the quarter-finals.
It was still a creditable performance by 23-year-old Ivan who had performed above expectations, in beating world No.24 and sixth seed Alister Walker of Botswana in the last 16 on Friday.
Willstrop meanwhile will go on to face fourth seed Saurav Ghosal of India in the last four.
The other semi-final will be played between top seed and world champion Nick Matthew and third seed Peter Barker, both of England.