Egyptian World No.3 Raneem El Welily surged into the quarter-final of the Naza PSA Women’s World Championship with a fine display against New Zealand’s Joelle King in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia.
The 27-year-old was supremely confident throughout the 31-minute encounter and her shot-making abilities were in full flow as she sought to halt King’s rhythm, after the New Zealander looked in good form during her opening day win over wildcard Low Wee Wern.
King remained positive and tried her utmost to put El Welily under sustained pressure, but last year’s World Championship runner-up repelled her efforts to record an 11-9, 11-5, 12-10 triumph and set up a quarter-final clash with United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy – who won the last meeting between the two in January’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.
“I think every day has its own situations and its own cases and, no matter how you show up on the court, you have to do the best you can,” said El Welily.
“I’m happy that I did the best that I could with what I had. Malaysia’s always been a favourite spot, not just for the results. I’ve had some good results but I’ve also had some very bad results so it’s been up and down. I enjoy being here though and that’s what matters most to me.
“The last time I played Amanda, she beat me, so this time I would really like to get my revenge. It doesn’t always go that way, so you have to keep your head down and stay focused. She’s obviously had a very good year, she’s in good form and I’m looking forward to a good match, hopefully.”
Result – Second Round: Naza PSA Women’s World Championship
 Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt Joelle King (NZL) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 12-10 (31m)
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