Remarkably all top eight seeds remain intact for today’s quarter-finals in the Men’s event, despite Ashour, Gaultier, Palmer and Matthew all going the full distance in the last sixteen.
A different picture in the women’s event: gone are Rachael Grinham (3), Madeline Perry (4), Camille Serme (7) and Omneya Abdel Kawy (8) with Dipika Pallikal, Samantha Teran, Low Wee Wern and Natalie Grinham all low or non-seeded intruders.
Quarter-Final Head to Heads:
Teran v Pallikal: Teran has won both their meetings, in March this year in the KL Open and the World Cup.
Duncalf v Massaro: Duncalf leads 11-5 but Massaro has won the last three, all this year in Cleveland, British Nationals and US Open.
Darwish v Palmer: Darwish leads 11-10 having won 6 of the last 7, but Palmer won their last meeting in the Australian Open quarter-final this year.
Matthew v Barker: Matthew has a 17-1 advantage. Barker’s only win came in Hong Kong in 2010 but Matthew has won 7 more since then.
David v Brown: David has a 9-1 lead but Brown won their last encounter in Philadelphia last month.
Low v Grinham: They’ve only met once, in lasy year’s World Open in Sharm, Low won 13-11 in the fifth.
Willstrop v Shabana: The Egyptian leads 15-10, but in their meetings since 2009 it’s 5-all. Willstrop has won 3 of the last 4, Shabana won the last one in Qatar 2010.
Ashour v Gaultier: It’s 13-4 to Ashour with the Egyptian having won the last 10 and all 5 this year – NAO, Hurghada, Australia, World Teams and British Grand Prix.