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Massaro completes English trio

Posted: 09.10.12


In the women’s draw the top five seeded players in the Delaware Investments U.S. Open all progressed to the quarter-finals.

Third seed Jenny Duncalf eased home against Rachael Grinham, jumping out to leads of 4-0, 4-1 and 7-1 in games which she finished off 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 to move through to a meeting with Joelle King.

Alison Waters made it an English double as she came through a second successive five-game match, this time getting the better of Natalie Grinham 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7.

β€œI think I was a bit lucky to win that,” admitted Waters, who now plays top seed Nicol David who she beat last week in New York. β€œIt was a bit up and down and at the start of the fifth I jusy told myself to give it one more push, and thankfully it worked. β€œ

And, defending champion and new world number two Laura Massaro beat wildcard entry Kristen Lange in a simple three game match. Massaro won 11-0, 11-3, 11-4 in just 19 minutes.

Laura Massaro will now face fifth seed Madeline Perry.

1st round:
1 Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Camille Serme (FRA) 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (42m)
[Q] Alison Waters (ENG) bt 8 Natalie Grinham (NED) 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7 (53m)
3 Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 (33m)
[Q] Joelle King (NZL) bt 7 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 12-10, 11-6, 11-5 (39m)
5 Madeline Perry (IRL) bt [Q] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 11-2 (39m)
4 Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Kristen Lange (USA) 11-0, 11-3, 11-4 (19m)
Kasey Brown (AUS) bt 6 Annie Au (HKG) 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 (46m)
2 Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5 (38m)

1 Nicol David (MAS) vs Alison Waters (ENG)
3 Jenny Duncalf (ENG) vs [Q] Joelle King (NZL)
5 Madeline Perry (IRL) vs 4 Laura Massaro (ENG)
Kasey Brown (AUS) vs 2 Raneem El Weleily (EGY)