New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King has booked her place in the quarter finals of the Women’s World Championship for the third successive season after beating Hong Kong’s Annie Au in a tight battle in Cairo, Egypt.
The last time the two players met was also in Egypt and it was the Hong Kong player who walked away with the victory. However, King turned things around to reign victorious this time around as she showed her mental resilience to claim an 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 16-14 victory.
Au started well as she utilised her renowned lob and drop game to cause problems for the tall Kiwi, with King allowing Au time to volley as she took the first game.
King turned things around in the second to draw level, before overcoming the 30-year-old from Hong Kong once again in the third to take the lead for the first time in the match.
Both players saved the best until last, however, with the scores neck and neck for long periods in the fourth, with King forced to save four game balls to eventually book her place in the last eight with a 16-14 victory in the fourth.
King will face either reigning World Champion Nour El Sherbini or India’s Joshna Chinappa for a place in the semi-finals.
“I’m just happy that I was fighting,” said Kiwi King afterwards.
“I have been facing some tough opponents, who have been playing well and even when I’m down and out I have been able to fight back, so I think regardless of my squash at the moment I think just having the hunger and desire back in my belly is the thing I take away each night and I’m most happy with.
“We are complete opposite styles, size and everything – we are the opposite. It’s about trying to stay mentally composed with Annie, she’s such a good tactician of the game and if you let her in front she picks you apart, so I’m happy to come away with a win today.”
 Joelle King (NZL) bt  Annie Au (HKG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 16-14 (49m)