Thursday, October 7, 2010

Nicol cruises and Azlan toils to get into the semis

WORLD No. 1 Nicol David continued with her relentless march towards a gold medal with yet another devastating display of po-wer at the Shri Fort Sports Com-plex yesterday to storm into the semi-finals.
Nicol defeated Laura Massaro 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 and will play against Australian Kassey Brown today for a place in the final.

The five-time world champion was in full control and took just 28 minutes to oust her English opponent.
Massaro threatened to make a fight of it in the third set but Nicol stepped up a gear to wrap up the match and moved closer to nailing the only top-level competition title that had eluded her.

In contrast, the six seeded Brown had to play an 83-minute quarter-final match against Northern Ireland’s Madeline Perry to win 5-11, 6-11, 13-11, 11-9, 12-10.

The earlier two quarter-finals matches threw up an all-England semi-final. Second seed Jenny Duncalf and third seed Alison Waters both beat Kiwi opponents to guarantee England of at least the silver medal.
Waters defeated Joelle King 12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-2 in 60 minutes while Duncalf romped home with a 11-8, 11-4, 12-10 win over Jaclyn Hawkes.

In the men’s competition, Malaysia’s sole survivor Mohd Azlan Iskandar kept alive his hopes to win a medal with a hard-earned win over fourth seed Daryl Selby of England.

The six seeded Azlan won 11-6, 7-11, 13-11, 13-11 and it was only his second victory over Selby in six meetings.
The first win was way back in September 2008.

In the semi-finals, Azlan will play against the winner of the match between James Willstrop of England and David Palmer of Australia.
Top seed Nick Matthew of England had little trouble advancing to the semi-finals with a 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 win over Cameron Pilley of Australia.

He will play against team-mate Peter Barker for a place in the final. Barker defeated Australian Stewart Boswell 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3.


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