KUALA LUMPUR: National number one Nicol David faced some resistance from Scotland's Pamela Nimmo before pulling through to qualify for the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open women's squash tournament at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil here yesterday.
The fourth seeded Nicol took 41 minutes to win the quarter-final match 9-0, 9-4, 6-9, 9-4.
The Penangite, who is ranked eighth in the world, took only 15 minutes to win the first two sets. But she eased up in the third set to allow the 20th ranked Nimmo to stay alive in the match.
In the fourth set, Asian champion Nicol trailed 2-4 but staged a strong comeback to seal a place in the semi-finals. She will play against second seed and world number seventh Linda Charman of England today for a place in the final.
Charman had no problem ousting Latasha Khan of United States 9-3, 9-6, 9-5.
Nicol will start as the underdog against Charman. She has played against the Englishwoman five times and lost on all occasions.
Their last meeting was in March at the Qatar Airways tournament and Nicol was beaten 1-3 in a second-round match.
“I have never beaten her before. But I am not going to give up easily and I will try my level best to create an upset,” said Nicol.
Coach Raymond Arnold said that Nicol would have to raise her game to enhance her chances to beat Charman.
“Linda is an experienced player and getting the better of her won't be easy,” said Raymond.
New Zealand's Shelley Kitchen, the fifth seed and world number 14, stunned third seed and world number sixth Fiona Geaves of England 9-3, 9-2, 1-9, 9-0 to reach the semi-finals.
She will play against top seed and world number three Vanessa Atkinson of Holland for a place in the final.
Atkinson had no problem advancing with a 9-3, 9-0, 9-7 win over Hong Kong's Rebecca Chiu.