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Pre-tournament title favourite Millie Tomlinson suffered a shock defeat against Egypt's Hana Ramadan

Top Two Seeds Exit Women’s Bendigo International


Top seeds Mille Tomlinson and Siyoli Waters fell to shock defeats in the quarter-final stage of the Bendigo International, PSA W5 tournament after 3-1 losses against Egypt’s Hana Ramadan and South Korea’s Yura Choi, respectively.

World No.37 Tomlinson came into her fixture with Ramadan having won her last four PSA World Tour events and the Derby-based 24-year-old has been playing some of the best squash of her career in the midst of a 16-match unbeaten streak.

But 18-year-old Ramadan, who is ranked 79 places below Tomlinson in the World Rankings, surged into a two-game lead and, despite dropping the third to a resilient Tomlinson, held off her opponent in a nail-biting fourth game tie-break to close out an 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 14-12 triumph that leaves her one win away from reaching a second PSA World Tour final.

Her semi-final opponent will be number three seed and compatriot Nouran El Torky, who overcame Stephanie Wighton in straight games.

Waters, meanwhile, was appearing at her first PSA World Tour event since February, but couldn’t capitalise on a one-game advantage as she eventually succumbed to Choi in four. Choi’s unexpected triumph sends her through to the semi-final where she will do battle with Jessica Turnbull, who will be flying the flag for host nation Australia after she downed India’s Sachika Ingale.

Results – Quarter-Final: Women’s Bendigo International 2016
[6] Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt [1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 14-12 (49m)
[3] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt [8] Stephanie Wighton (AUS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-1 (17m)
[5] Jessica Turnbull (AUS) bt [4] Sachika Ingale (IND) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-3 (23m)
[7] Yura Choi (KOR) bt [2] Siyoli Waters (RSA) 3-1: 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (32m)

Draw – Semi-Final:
[6] Hana Ramadan (EGY) v [3] Nouran El Torky (EGY)
[5] Jessica Turnbull (AUS) v [7] Yura Choi (KOR)

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