Tuesday, November 28, 2023

WSA: Alison Waters stuns Nicol David

Alison Waters in action

Waters downs David In Carol Weymuller Quarters

Alison Waters stuns onlookers at Casino Heights in New York as she dismisses world No.1 Nicol David in the quarter-finals of the WSA Gold Series Carol Weymuller Open.

The English qualifier took four games to subdue the reigning World Champion, who lost out to Raneem El Weleily in last week’s CIMB Malaysian Open, making it David’s first consecutive tournament losses since 2009.  Waters will now face compatriot Laura Massaro in the semi-final.  The world No.3 beat Hong Kong international Annie Au after coming from behind in a similar pattern to her first round clash.

Teenager Nour El Sherbini beat higher seed Jenny Duncalf in straight games to prolong the Egyptian’s maiden Carol Weymuller campaign and continue Duncalf’s wait for a semi-final appearance stretching back to January.

Sherbini will face Raneem El Weleily in the second semi-final of the event, as the world No.2 fought back from two games down to defeat unseeded Joelle King of New Zealand in five games.  The final result could have gone either way as little separated the pair in the fifth game, and a tiebreak was forced before the Egyptian was able to finish off the tie.

[Q] Alison Waters (ENG) v [4] Laura Massaro (ENG)
[2] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) v [7] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)

[Q] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [1] Nicol David (MAS)  11-9, 5-11, 11-3, 11-7
[4] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [6] Annie Au (HKG)  9-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-6
[7] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [3] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)  11-6, 11-9, 11-6
[2] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt Joelle King (NZL)  3-11, 10-12, 11-3, 11-9, 13-11

1st round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt Kasey Brown (AUS)   11-9, 11-5, 11-6
[Q] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [5] Madeline Perry (IRL)   11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-2
[4] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Low Wee Wern (MAS)    7-11, 4-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-8
[6] Annie Au (HKG) bt [Q] Donna Urquhart (AUS)    3-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-3, 11-3
[7] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Camille Serme (FRA)   4-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 14-12
[3] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [Q] Dipika Pallikal (IND)   11-9, 11-6, 11-6
Joelle King (NZL) bt [8] Rachael Grinham (AUS)   11-6, 11-5, 11-7
[2] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt [Q] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL)    11-9, 11-9, 11-3

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