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WindyCity Update: Red-Hot Massaro Into Semis

[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (29m)

Laura Massaro took just 29 minutes to record a third consecutive straight-games victory over Egyptian World No.6 Omneya Abdel Kawy courtesy of a highly impressive performance that sees her through to the semi-finals of the 2016 Windy City Open in ominous form.

Massaro has been the player to beat on tour this season and after a poor showing at the Tournament of Champions in January, when she lost out in the last eight, she looked to be back to the form that took her to glory at the U.S. Open and Qatar Classic as she dominated to underline her credentials as the tournament favourite and top seed.

Massaro’s movement and court coverage was at its very best as she nullified the Egyptian’s normally potent attacking weapons for the start as Kawy struggled to find an answer. Massaro led in all three games before holding off fightback after fightback to ensure she progresses in fresh physical condition ahead of a potential semi-final clash with Nour El Sherbini or Nicol David.

Key Moment
After trailing throughout the second game Kawy began to mount a charge at the mid-point and put together four back-to-back points to get the score to 7-8. But Massaro stepped up to a high bouncing drop shot in the front left and showed immense composure to straighten the ball with skill, playing a perfect length drive to halt the march, going 9-7 ahead and taking the next two points in rapid fire.

Shot Of The Match
At 0-6 down in the third Kawy displayed her impressive attacking ability and she took the ball on the half-volley on the backhand side, hitting an improvised wrist flick into the opposite front corner nick that had shades of Amr Shabana out it.

Player Comments
Laura Massaro – “You can never let your guard down at all – I think in that third game I maybe switched off and was already warming down and she got back into and it was edgy. I’m angry at myself for that.

“Couple of loose shots and she got back and I did the same thing in the last round so I’m really happy to get off 3-0 against a very dangerous opponent.

“I was trying to mix it up on court today and when you’re playing with a lot of pace to the back then it becomes hard to play nice soft drops. My natural option is to resort to the boats and that power to the back was the most important thing today to put her under pressure.

“I’m really excited to be in the semi-finals. I had a tough to transition from playing late match last time out to playing early today but I have time now to rest up and enjoy the rest of the battles to come.”

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