Hong Kong Open Quarter-Finals

Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open 2012
Friday 30th Nov, Day Six: Quarter-Finals

Quarter-Finals:

[1] Nicol David (Mas) 3-0 Kasey Brown (Aus) 11/2, 11/4, 11/3 (30m)
[8] Natalie Grinham (Ned) 3-1 [3] Jenny Duncalf (Eng) 11/8, 10/12, 11/2, 11/5 (49m)

Camille Serme (Fra) 3-0 Rachael Grinham (Aus) 11/6, 11/7, 12/10 (28m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) 3-2 [6] Alison Waters (Eng) 11/9, 9/11, 6/11, 11/8, 11/9 (67m)

[1] James Willstrop (Eng) 3-0 Borja Golan (Esp) 11/7, 11/7, 11/4 (57m)
[4] Karim Darwish (Egy) bt [6] Peter Barker (Eng) w/d injured

[5] Ramy Ashour (Egy) 3-1 [3] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 8/11, 11/8, 11/8, 10/3 rtd (69m)
[2] Nick Matthew (Eng) bt [7] Amr Shabana (Egy) w/d injured

Mixed up men’s quarters as the women’s upsets continue in Hong Kong …

Today was a day when only one of the men’s quarter-finals ended with a natural finish, while the upsets continued unabated in the women’s draw …

The day started with the unfortunate news that Peter Barker was having to withdraw from his quarter-final match against Karim Darwish, struggling with an injury which occurred towards the end of his second round match.

The first player to win through to the semi-finals on court was Natalie Grinham. The Dutch former world number two faced England’s former world number two Jenny Duncalf, the third seed. After sharing two close first games of 13 and 16 minutes duration, Grinham raced away with the match, taking the third 11/2 in just 5 minutes and closing out the fourth 11/5 after 49 minutes.

Then came the news that Amr Shabana had also withdrawn injured, suffering from sore ribs after a fall/dive in yesterday’s match, granting second seed Nick Matthew a day off and a passage into the semi-finals.

The second match saw France’s Camille Serme record a straight-games win over Natalie’s big sister Rachael Grinham, The Frenchwoman was well on top in the first two games, but Rachael mounted a comeback to lead 10/7 in the third. Five point in a row for a determined Serme though, and she was into the semi-finals.

Top seed and defending champion James Willstrop was up against Borja Golan, the Spaniard who upset eighth seed Mohamed El Shorbagy yesterday. The Englishman took two tough opening games 11/7 – from 6-2 in the first and 6-7 in the second – before easing through the third in just 10 minutes.

Women’s top seed and defending champion Nicol David was also in fine form, not allowing Kasey Brown a look in as she marched into the semi-finals on the back of a 38th consecutive win in Hong Kong in which she dropped just nine points.

For Omneya Abdel Kawy it was far, far tougher as she beat her third seed in a row, this time England’s Alison Waters was the one to suffer as Kawy came from two-one down to win a match that truly could have gone either way.

In the end though it was the Egyptian former world number four who prevailed over the current world number four.

In the final match of the day Ramy Ashour and Gregory Gaultier met in a repeat of their 2010 HK final. The first three games were close, third seed Gaultier taking the first 11/8, fifth seed Ashour taking the next two by the same score.

Ramy was rampant in the fourth, leading 9/3 when he dived to retrieve a ball, Gaultier went over in pain, and was unable to continue after his allowed three minute recovery period.

Tomorrow’s semi-finals are on the all-glass court on the harbourfront alongside the Cultural Centre. Not to be missed …

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