Tournament News, courtesy of England Squash and Racketball:
Lancashire’s Laura Massaro and Middlesex’s Alison Waters reached the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open today, but three other England players exited the $70,000 tournament.
World champion Massaro overcame a strong challenge from Egyptian outsider Nouran Gohar 3/1 in 53 minutes, while the fourth-seeded Waters (pictured) defeated England team-mate Sarah-Jane Perry 3/0 in 40 minutes.
Second-seeded Massaro’s next opponent after her 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9 win will be Australian veteran Rachael Grinham, while Waters’ reward for her 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 victory over the 11th seed from Warwickshire is a tie against in-form Egyptian Nour El Tayeb, runner-up in last week’s Malaysian Open.
Yorkshire’s Jenny Duncalf came within a whisker of joining her England team-mates in the last eight, but in the end bowed out 3/2 to third seed Camille Serme.
The no.9 seed led 2/0 and had two match-balls in the fifth, but it was the French player who prevailed 11-13, 6-11, 11-4, 11-3, 12-10 in 77 minutes.
Meanwhile, Leeds-based Emma Beddoes put up a brave fight against top seed and defending champion Nicol David before succumbing 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7 in 46 minutes.
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