Fri 24th, Day SEVEN

It was quarter-finals day with sixteen of the world’s best still in contention for the prestigious Allam British Open titles … and of course, more Masters over at the University of Hull.


[1] Nicol David (Mas) 3-0 [6] Joelle King (Nzl) 13/11, 11/8, 11/1 (35m)
[4] Grégory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 Tarek Momen (Egy) 11/8, 11/7, 15/13 (81m 59 playing)
[4] Alison Waters (Eng) 3-0 [12] Kasey Brown (Aus) 11/4, 11/3, 11/4 (25m)
[2] Nick Matthew (Eng) 3-0 [5] Karim Darwish (Egy) 11/6, 11/2, 12/10 (40m)

[3] Raneem El Weleily (Egy) 3-0 [8] Jenny Duncalf (Eng) 9/11, 11/6, 11/4, 11/5 (42m)
[1] Ramy Ashour (Egy) 3-0 [8] Borja Golan (Esp) 11/7, 11/4, 11/7 (33m)
[2] Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-1 [14] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)  11/9, 11/6, 9/11, 11/8 (50m)
[3] James Willstrop (Eng) 3-2 Cameron Pilley (Aus)  9/11, 9/11, 14/12, 11/6, 11/2 (107m)

 Top four seeds all through to semis at Hull and East Riding

With high winds and cold temperatures in Hull, the decision was taken to move the quarter-finals to the Hull and East Riding Club, while work was undertaken on the showcourt in the KC Stadium in anticipation of better weather (the forecast is good) and sellout crowds for the weekend’s semis and finals.

First up on the club’s glass court was defending champion Nicol David. The Malaysian was given a stern test by New Zealand’s Joelle King for two games, but the four-time champion took the match by the scruff of the neck to complete a straight-games win.

Gregory Gaultier overcame Tarek Momen in a match that was interrupted a few times due to a slightly slippy floow, but the Frenchman managed to stay ahead of an equally-determined opponent in each of the three games.

Alison Waters turned in a superb performance to despatch Australia’s Kasey Brown in straight games, and further English success followed as defending champion Nick Matthew was almost as efficient in his straight-game defeat of Karim Darwish.

The evening session saw two Egyptian followed by two English wins.

First Raneem El Weleily came from a game down to beat England’s Jenny Duncalf, then top seed Ramy Ashour kept his year-long unbeaten run going with a three-nil win over Borja Golan – who took him to five last year.

Laura Massaro reached the semi- finals for the second year in a row with a nailbiting four-game win over her Egyptian nemisis Omneya Abdel Kawy, and the day concluded with an astonishing comeback win for three-time finalist James Willstrop,  who found himself two games down and into extra points in the third against Cameron Pilley.

Willstrop survived that and went on to take the next two with increasing authority, and described the 107-minute marathon as “so intense it’s brain ache.”

So, tomorrow’s semi-finals – back at the KC Stadium if the weather forecast proves right – will feature the top four seeds in both events, but today wasn’t as simple as that makes it sound, not as simple at all …

Two rather tired warriors … well played lads

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