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Pomportes Gate Crashes Women’s Jersey Classic Semis


French qualifier Laura Pomportes continued her comeback from a ten-month injury lay off to defeat number four seed Georgina Kennedy in the last eight stage of the Women’s Jersey Squash Classic, PSA W5 tournament – ensuring she will be the only qualifier to perform in the semi-finals.

Pomportes, a former World No.51, raced to a 2-0 lead, before conceding the third to a resurgent Kennedy, who was aiming to reach a second successive PSA World Tour semi-final.

However, Pomportes redoubled her efforts and coped with the pressure well to repel Kennedy’s efforts at a comeback and close out the victory in four.

“It's my first PSA tournament after almost a year out with injury,” said World No.214 Pomportes.

“I knew that she's a good upcoming player, and she made it very tough after I played well in the first two games.”

Pomportes will aim to maintain her superb return from injury against the in-form top seed Mille Tomlinson in the semi-final, after the 24-year-old from England dispatched qualifier Rachael Chadwick.

15-year-old Egyptian Hania El Hammamy and South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller will also meet in the semi final after they cruised through the quarter final stage with 3-1 wins over Eleanor Epke and Nadia Pfister, respectively.

Results – Quarter-Final: Women’s Jersey Squash Classic 2016
[1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [Q] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 12-10
[Q] Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt [4] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) 3-1: 11-3, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9
[3] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt [7] Nadia Pfister (SUI) 3-1: 7-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-4
[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Eleanor Epke (NZL) 3-1: 11-9, 10-12, 11-1, 11-8

Draw – Semi-Final
[1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v [Q] Laura Pomportes (FRA)
[3] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) v [2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)

By James Hall

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