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Nicol David In action in her quarter-final clash with Joelle King

Hong Kong Update: David Maintains Title Defence As Kawy Downs Serme

Defending champion Nicol David maintained her bid for an unprecedented 10th consecutive Hong Kong Open by dismissing tenacious Kiwi opponent Joelle King in straight games.

David put in an accomplished performance, covering the court with ease, as she looked to be nearing some of her best form to down King and set up a semi-final with Omneya Abdel Kawy after the Egyptian pulled off a surprising straight-games victory over Camille Serme.

“I’m very pleased with how I played today, I was ready for the challenge that Joelle brought and knew I had to go full throttle from the word go because you can’t let up against her,” said David.

“But I felt good on court and I’m looking forward to playing in the semi-final tomorrow. I’m not thinking of my record here, I’m just focusing on what I need to do on court and I’ll be giving it my all to reach the final.”

After her victory over Serme, Kawy said: “I’m very happy with how I played today. I think I dealt with the pressure better and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

[5] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [4] Camille Serme (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (28m)
[2] Nicol David (MAS) bt Joelle King (NZL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (30m)

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