NICOL DAVID bagged the $50k China Open in Shanghai after hauling herself off the floor to come from two to beat Egyptian Ran El Weleily.
Victory sealed the Malaysian world No.1’s fourth WSA title in just 42 days following her successes at the Malaysian Open, the Carol WeymullerOpen and the US Open. It also carried her unbeaten run of matches to 22 since her British Open reverse to Laura Massaro back in May.
El Weleily came out in banging mood taking the opening two games eight and six. But David’s resolve is steely and the number one seed delivered the purse winning the final three games seven, seven and eight.
SEMI FINAL REPORTS
Nicol David and Raneem El Weleily got head to head in today’s $50k China Open after disposing of their semi final opponents in relatively comfortable fashion.
World No.1 Nicol downed Dutch star Natalie Grinham in three while Raneem took a game more to unlock the resistance of Kiwi Joelle King.
QUARTER FINAL REPORTS
Natalie Grinham defied high winds and cold weather to book her place in the last four of the$50k China Open with a five-game win over Alison Waters on the outdoor water-front glass courts in Shanghai.
The Dutch star was two down as the temperature dipped to 13 degrees and gusts topped 40 kph. But the 8th seed sent the thermometer soaring as she came blazing back to take three games in a row.
She now faces one seed Nicol David who took four games to end the glorious run of qualifier Dipika Pallikal of India.
The semi-final line up was completed when Kiwi Joelle ended the resistance of Jenny Dulcalf. She’ll play Raneem El Weleily after the Eyptian second seed’s 3-1 win over Low Wee Wern