Laura Massaro Reaches Australian Open Semi's
Laura Massaro, who didn’t feature in today’s play as her opponent Donna Urquhart was forced to concede a walkover due to injury will now face Dipika Pallikal in the semi-final who made history after becoming the first Indian player to reach the semi-final of a WSA Gold event at the Hi-Tec Australian Open in Canberra.
Having already seen off the challenge of higher seed Camille Serme in round two, the 20-year-old ended the giant-killing run of Amanda Sobhy, who yesterday beat No.2 seed Jenny Duncalf in her own most successful tournament to date.
The most highly anticipated game of the day came as the six-time World Champion and world No.1 Nicol David squared up to the rejuvenated Alison Waters for the first time since the Englishwoman returned from a year-long absence with an Achilles injury.
Waters, who has won 4 out of 5 WSA World Tour titles so far this year, got off to a great start against the Malaysian favourite, taking the first game 12-10 on the tie-break. David hit back with a resounding 11-1 second game and gained the advantage in the third, taking it 11-7. A marathon fourth game ensued, with Waters displaying exactly why she is still a force to be reckoned with a the very highest level of the game.
Just falling short of pushing a fifth game, the former world No.3 succumbed to defeat at 15-13, but will take comfort from the fact that she pushed David to her longest match in over a year, registering at 68-minutes. David will progress to play Madeline Perry of Ireland in tomorrow’s semi-final.
RESULTS: PSA International 70 Hi-Tec Australian Open, Canberra
1 Nicol David (MAS) bt Alison Waters (ENG) 10-12, 11-1, 11-7, 15-13 (68min)
11 Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt Amanda Sobhy (USA) 11-5, 11-7, 12-10 (32mins)