It’s all Egypt and England in KL semis

CIMB KL Open 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

PSA $50k International, semi-finals

[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) 3-0 [4] Borja Golan (Esp)   11/6, 11/5, 11/6 (46m)
[1] Karim Darwish (Egy) 3-0 Nicolas Mueller (Sui)  11/9, 11/5, 11/4 (32m)

WSA $70k World Series, semi-finals

[5] Alison Waters 3-0 [7] Joelle King   12/10, 11/5, 12/10 (38m)
[3] Laura Massaro 3-1 [1] Nicol David 10/12,11/6,11/8,11/5 (67m)

It’s all Egypt and England in KL as Massaro denies David

kl-s3First on the all-glass court again at Berjaya Times Square was Mohamed El Shorbagy, and the Egyptian second seed continued to impress as he dismissed Spain’s Borja Golan in straight games to reach the final.

The winner revealed on twitter that revenge for defeat at the Spaniard’s hands in Hong Kong was on his mind: “That feeling when you lose to someone and can’t wait to play that person again so you can get your revenge badly … yup that was me today!!!”

The first women’s semi-final featured two players who won five game quarter-finals, but Alison Waters needed just three to reach the final at the expense of Kiwi Joelle King.

The British Champion edged a point-for-point first game, but was always ahead in the next two. King saved three match balls to force the third into extra points, but Waters took two in a row to seal the victory and reach a 19th WSA final.

“Pleased to win 3-0,” said Waters, “Joelle had two five setters, probably that helped a little.”

Top seed Karim Darwish was also in impressive form as he maintained his unbeaten record against young Swiss Nicolas Mueller with a comprehensive 3-0 win to set up an all-Egyptian men’s final.

Darwish led from the outset, with Mueller’s best spell coming as he saved four game balls in the first, to no avail. “So far so good,” said Darwish. Tomorrow playing Shorbagy will be tough, we played the final here three years ago so tomorrow will be good.”

kl-s1The last semi-final saw an end to Nicol David‘s attempt to take a 9th KL title as Laura Massaro recovered from a game down to beat the world number one for the fourth time, but the first on David’s home soil.

The defending champion threatened to take it to a decider but Massaro put in one last charge to take the match. “I played well today, I believed in myself,” said a delighted Massaro.

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