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Joelle King (left) and Lucy Turmel (right) in action during their second round clash

Manchester Open RD2: Defending Champ King Through To Last Eight

Reigning Manchester Open champion Joelle King is through to the quarter-finals once again after she got the better of the unseeded Lucy Turmel in the second round on Friday evening.

This was the first meeting between the pair on the PSA World Tour, and with the young Englishwoman having caused a shock in the first round by defeating Nada Abbas, King knew she had to be wary of the World No.37.

It was a tight start, but once the Kiwi hit her stride, she ran away with the first game. The defending champion took eight of the last nine points in the opening stanza to take the lead. She kept that momentum right the way through the entire match, giving Turmel no opportunities to fight back into the game.

The New Zealander, who overcame Welsh No.1 Tesni Evans in the final of last year’s event, will now face top seed, and World No.3, Camille Serme, in the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon.

“Lucy had a big win in the first round so I was aware that she playing good squash. Also, she is coached by Laura [Massaro] who is in my team as well,” King said.

“I was well aware of the dangers she possesses. I just wanted to come out here and stamp my authority on the game. There were a couple of blips where I came off it a little bit but it didn’t linger for too long which is really positive.

“I have worked over the last few months. I tried to turn a big negative into a positive. I have worked on a lot of areas. It is like going on court and just being free to express myself. I felt really good out there and now I can look forward to the next round.”

[6] Joelle King (NZL) bt Lucy Turmel (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (31m)

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