World No.1 Laura Massaro will take on Egypt’s Raneem El Welily in the semi-final of the Naza PSA Women’s World Championship after seeing off World No.6 Omneya Abdel Kawy in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia.
Massaro had struggled with the conditions in the opening game against Samantha Teran, recovering from a one-game deficit to win, but appeared to have adapted in her second round encounter with a dominant win over Joshna Chinappa. The 32-year-old picked up where she left off against Kawy with some fantastic length hitting to ease to an 11-3 triumph in game one.
A resolute Kawy rallied and her skilful shots disrupted Massaro’s rhythm as she eventually edged the second on the tie-break after a rare error from Massaro gifted her game ball and she converted at the first attempt. Massaro weathered the storm though and the tournament top seed rediscovered her accuracy to force Kawy into the back corners and reclaim her lead.
Massaro took advantage of a patchy display from Kawy in the fourth to complete the win with an 11-3, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7 scoreline in 46 minutes to send the 2013 World Championship winner into the last four.
“Omneya is a quality opponent so I knew to expect a good level of her today,” said Massaro.
“I felt like it was a high pace, we were both trying to get in front of the other one and keep it off each other’s volley. I think both of our strengths are on the volley so I was trying to keep her away from the middle, particularly on that backhand volley drop where she likes to be so much. It was tough on there but I’m glad I managed to sneak it in four in the end.
“I hate to lose and really tried focusing on my game plan at those crucial points and I’m doing what I set out to do before the game started. When it’s tight, a lot of that is physical preparation and fitness because you’ve come through a lot of really tough rallies at that point and it’s really hard to concentrate when you’re tired. I’ve got a lot of confidence in my physical ability at the moment and, when you’re physically fit, you’re normally quite mentally fit as well and I think that’s quite a big thing with me.
“The semi-final of a World Championship is a big match for both of us and it will just be a case of trying to find a way, mentally and physically, to get my best performance out tomorrow and that’s all I ever really want to ask myself. I just want to make sure that I get the best possible performance out and, if that’s good enough to win, then fantastic and, if not, then I’ll be unhappy, but, if you can give yourself a break and know that you played well, then you can be happy.”
Result – Quarter-Final: Naza PSA Women’s World Championship
 Laura Massaro (ENG) bt  Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 3-1: 11-3, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7 (46m)
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