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Massaro In Action Earlier This Year

Hong Kong Roundup: In-form Massaro Leads Top Three Into Quarters

English World No.2 Laura Massaro extended her current unbeaten streak on the PSA World Tour to 12 matches as she dispatched Egyptian challenger Heba El Torky 3-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the 2015 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open.

Massaro has so far claimed back-to-back PSA World Series titles during the 2015/16 season, winning at the U.S. Open and Qatar Classic, and will be hoping to complete an impressive hat trick this week during the 30th staging of the Hong Kong Open but will face a stern challenge from her main title rivals Raneem El Welily, the World No.1, and Nicol David, the World No.3.

“I felt like the match was a bit scrappy at times today,” said Massaro, who took 34 minutes to complete the 11-9, 11-5, 14-12 win.

“The rallies were short and there was not much rhythm. It was tough to get through it but I’m really happy to have got a 3-0 win in the end.

“Coming home after winning in Qatar I had a few days off but then my mind was back on training and it wasn’t difficult to refocus on coming here to Hong Kong. I had a good two weeks at home which gave me plenty of time to get some good training in and I’m feeling good.

“This is a World Series event and as such carries a lot of emphasis – it’s very important and I’m fully focused on doing as well here as I can and performing to my best. It’s great to be in the quarters of another World Series tournament so hopefully I can perform an well again tomorrow.”

Massaro will face Nouran Gohar in a repeat of their Qatar Classic quarter-final match which Massaro won 3-0 while El Welily made her way into the last eight after commanding against Low Wee Wern, with the Malaysian conceding the match at the end of the second game.

El Welily will now face sharp-shooting American Amanda Sobhy for a place in the semi-finals, where she could line up against Massaro in a crucial match in the context of the world rankings with the victor of that potential bout almost guaranteed to hold the No.1 status come January 1, although reigning queen of Hong Kong Nicol David can still have her say in the battle at the top.

David is bidding to win the Hong Kong Open for a tenth consecutive year and easily swept aside compatriot Delia Arnold as she surged into the quarters where Camille Serme, Omneya Abdel Kawy and Joelle King complete the line-up.

Results – Second Round: 2015 Women’s Hong Kong Open, PSA World Series:
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [9] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 0-0 retired (14m)
[8] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [12] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 (33m)
[6] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [13] Emily Whitlock (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (34m)
[3] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [16] Heba El Torky (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 14-12 (34m)
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [14] Dipika Pallikal (IND) 3-1: 7-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-8 (45m)
[5] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [11] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-2: 11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 9-11, 11-7 (39m)
Joelle King (NZL) bt [15] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-2: 9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6 (64m)
[2] Nicol David (MAS) bt [10] Delia Arnold (MAS) 3-0: 11-1, 11-4, 11-3 (20m)

Draw – Quarter-finals
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v [8] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
[6] Nouran Gohar (EGY) v [3] Laura Massaro (ENG)
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) v [5] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)
Joelle King (NZL) v [2] Nicol David (MAS)

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