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Usenko Flies Ukrainian Flag in Kiev


World No.76 Nadiia Usenko is the sole home player to make it through to the semi-final stage of the Harrow Ukrainian Squash Cup 2, PSA W5 tournament after she dispatched Switzerland’s Nadia Pfister in straight games.

Usenko went two games to the good after a strong start to the match, but was pushed all the way to a tie-break by her opponent in a gruelling third game.

The 16-year-old Ukrainian held her nerve though and pulled through with an 11-6, 11-9, 16-14 victory to seal maiden PSA World Tour semi-final appearance.

Egypt’s Zeina Farid Mickawy will stand between Usenko and a place in the final after the World No.215 stunned pre-tournament title favourite Misaki Kobayashi, an opponent ranked 158 places above her, with a 3-1 win.

Elsewhere, Millie Tomlinson’s attempts to capture a fourth successive PSA World Tour continued apace as an 11-0 victory in game one of her quarter-final encounter with Iran’s Ailee Nayeri sent her on her way to a comfortable 3-0 triumph and she will take on 16-year-old Egyptian Hana Moataz for a place in the showpiece finale, with Moataz dispatching Marie Stephan.

Results – Quarter-Final: Harrow Ukrainian Squash Cup 2 2016
[6] Zeina Farid Mickawy (EGY) bt [1] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 3-1: 11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6
[3] Nadiia Usenko (UKR) bt [7] Nadia Pfister (SUI) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 16-14
[8] Hana Moataz (EGY) bt [4] Marie Stephan (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-7
[2] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [Q] Ailee Nayeri (IRI) 3-0: 11-0, 11-2, 11-2

Draw – Semi-Final
[6] Zeina Farid Mickawy (EGY) v [3] Nadiia Usenko (UKR)
[8] Hana Moataz (EGY) v [2] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)

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