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Laura Massaro

Monte Carlo: Massaro Edges Cornett as Top Seeds Reach Semis

England’s former World No.1 Laura Massaro earned her place in the semi-finals of the Monte-Carlo Squash Classic semi-finals after a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Canada’s Samantha Cornett at Monaco Squash Club.

World No.8 Massaro found herself 2-1 down and on the verge of a shock exit against World No.33 Cornett, but the former World Champion recovered to claim an 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-9 victory that sees her reach her second semi-final of the season.

Massaro has lost out to Egyptian opposition in her last three tournaments and will face another player from that nation in the last four, with World No.26 Mayar Hany standing between the English player and a place in the final after she beat US player Olivia Fiechter.

Elsewhere, No.2 seed Tesni Evans also booked her semi-final berth after she ended the run of the unseeded Frenchwoman Melissa Alves. Evans, the World No.9, took a comfortable two-game lead, but World No.106 Alves struck back in the third to halve the deficit.

Alves continued to play above her ranking to force Evans into a tie-break in the fourth, but the Welsh player’s big game experience came to the fore as she edged it 12-10 to set up a semi-final fixture with England’s Millie Tomlinson.

Result – Quarter-Final: 2018 Monte-Carlo Squash Classic
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [5] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 3-2: 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-9 (49m)
[4] Mayar Hany (EGY) bt [9/16] Olivia Fiechter (USA) 3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-8 (30m)
[3] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [6] Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 14-12 (49m)
[2] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Melissa Alves (FRA) 3-1: 11-5, 11-2, 6-11, 12-10 (42m)

Draw – Semi-Final
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) v [4] Mayar Hany (EGY)
[3] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v [2] Tesni Evans (WAL)

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