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London Open QFs Roundup: Rooney Axes No.4 Seed to Reach Semis

England’s World No.67 Patrick Rooney has reached the last four of the 2019 London Open after axing No.4 seed Asim Khan at the Cumberland Squash Club to make it three semi-final appearances in his last four events on the PSA Challenger Tour.

The 22-year-old, who is currently sitting at a career-high World Ranking, has enjoyed a strong start to the season after taking silverware at the Madeira International and the Tring Open and he has continued that fine form after beating Pakistan’s Khan by an 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-1 scoreline to move to within one win of a ninth PSA Tour final.

He will take on surprise package Jan van den Herrewegen, the unseeded Belgian World No.96, who followed up his second round scalp of No.2 seed Peter Creed with a 3-1 win over another Welshman, Emyr Evans.

In the other semi-final, top seed and defending champion James Willstrop, fresh from a run to the quarter-finals of the PSA Men’s World Championship last week in Doha, Qatar, will take on US No.3 seed Shahjahan Khan.

Willstrop, a former World No.1 and World Championship finalist, took just 33 minutes to beat Malaysia’s Mohd Syafiq Kamal, while it was a different story for Khan, who mounted a superb comeback from two games down to defeat Kuwait’s No.8 seed Ammar Altamimi.

In the women’s event, No.6 seed Sabrina Sobhy has gatecrashed the semis after cruising to an 11-6, 11-1, 11-2 victory over No.4 Rachael Chadwick to prevent the top seeds from making it a clean sweep.

Sobhy lost out to the now retired Fiona Moverley in last year’s final, and she will look to reach the title decider again as she clashes with Egypt’s Menna Nasser in the semis, with Nasser getting the better of Canada’s Nikki Todd in straight games.

Top seed Jasmine Hutton and No.3 seed Enora Villard will contest the other semi-final after wins over India’s Sunayna Kuruvilla and Czech Republic’s Anna Serme, respectively.

The semi-finals of the London Open take place today, with play getting under way at 17:00 (GMT) as players look to book their places in the title decider.

Results – Men’s Quarter-Finals: 2019 London Open
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [6] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-2, 11-2 (33m)
[3] Shahjahan Khan (USA) bt [8] Ammar Altamimi (KUW) 3-2: 11-13, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (54m)
[5] Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt [4] Asim Khan (PAK) 3-1: 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-1 (53m)
Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL) bt [9/16] Emyr Evans (WAL) 3-1: 10-12, 11-8, 11-2, 11-6 (57m)

Draw – Semi-Finals
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) v [3] Shahjahan Khan (USA)
[5] Patrick Rooney (ENG) v Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL)

Results – Women’s Quarter-Finals: 2019 London Open
[1] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bt Sunayna Kuruvilla (IND) 3-1: 6-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-7 (25m)
[3] Enora Villard (FRA) bt [7] Anna Serme (CZE) 3-1: 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7 (45m)
[6] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt [4] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-1, 11-2 (22m)
[2] Menna Nasser (EGY) bt [5] Nikki Todd (CAN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (35m)

Draw – Semi-Finals
[1] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) v [3] Enora Villard (FRA)
[6] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) v [2] Menna Masser (EGY)

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