World Open Quarter-Finals – afternoon roundup

[15] Samantha Teran (Mex) bt Dipika Pallikal (Ind)              11/6, 11/8, 11/9 (36m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (Eng) bt [5] Laura Massaro (Eng)              11/9, 11/7, 11/7 (45m)

[3] Karim Darwish (Egy) bt [8] David Palmer (Aus)               11/9, 11/7, 11/1 (42m)
[1] Nick Matthew (Eng) bt [7] Peter Barker (Eng)         6/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/5 (71m)

Teran advances to semi-final

Having already beaten her Indian opponent twice in March this year, and having collected Gold in the Pan American Games just a couple of days Samantha Teran would have approached her first-ever World Open quarter-final with a measure of confidence.

The unforced errors that came from Dipika Pallikal’s racket in the first two games will only have helped that, with the Indian struggling to get a foothold in the match.

She did that in the third, but couldn’t get far enough ahead and Teran, continuing to play steadily and strongly as she does, came back to take the game with a delighted shriek (facing completely the wrong way, of course) as the PamAm Games champion moved into the semi-finals.

Duncalf breaks the spell

Having lost the last three matches – all this year – to her English rival Laura Massaro, world number two Jenny Duncalf was understandably keen to reverse that trend, as well as to advance to the semi-finals after losing out in the quarter-finals last year.

And in truth she was always on top in the match, leading from the outset, with Massaro never quite able to get up to speed, always the one chasing while Duncalf was, if anything, forcing the issue.

It was close, it would only have taken a couple of points to go Massaro’s way at any stage for her to get really involved, but it never quite happened, Duncalf stayed on top, and her relief at the end was palpable.

Darwish puts an end to Palmer’s career

He hadn’t told many people, but this was David Palmer’s last PSA tournament. He gave it a good go against third seed Karim Darwish, but as Palmer said afterwards, he’s “a little too old and slow to compete with these guys on this type of court these days”.

He nearly got the first, but a couple of errors at the end didn’t help, and Darwish assumed more and more control as the match wore on.

“My aim this week really was to make the glass court, so I’m glad I’ve done that but Karim was just too good today,” said the Australian two-time world champion and four-time British Open champion. “He’ll take some beating this week playing like that.”

And that was that, Vanessa Atkinson had a chat with David about his career and he made an emotional lap of honour around the Luxor Theatre to meet his wife and children … video, and lots lots more, to follow.

Matthew back on track

Nick Matthew stayed on course to to defend his world title with a solid win over compatriot Peter Barker to conclude the afternoon session. Barker played well to take the first, but lost out as Matthew held firm at the end of the second, as he often does, and with Barker’s movement hampered in the third and fourth Matthew always looked the likely winner.

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