CIMB KL OPEN ’09: Semi Finals

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NATALIE GRAINGER DEF. LAURA LENGTHORN-MASSARO
Score:
9/11, 11/4, 11/7, 6/11, 11/6

This five-setter drama packed game saw a collected Laura leading strongly in the first set, only to fall in the following sets before picking up in the fourth set. An anguished Grainger was looking a little sluggish in the first set before making killer shots and sealing the deal in half an hour when Laura hit the ball out of the court at 10-6. This handed the World Number 4 the much needed ticket to meeting top seed, Nicol David in the finals! Congratulations, Natalie!

NICOL ANN DAVID DEF. RACHEL GRINHAM
Score: 9/11, 11/7, 11/5, 11/8

It is always pure top squash entertainment when you put Nicol, the current world champion and Rachel, a former world champion in the same court. This thrilling four-setter match saw both top athletes race up and down the court with Rachel clinching the first set after 10 minutes into the game. It was then neck to neck in a heart stopping 2nd set before Nicol finally broke free to race ahead to 11-7. The third and fourth set saw Nicol losing ground in some of the rallies before she regained her focus to stop Rachel with sharp and hard hitting shots and beautiful backhand drop shot volleys to the front. Congratulations, Nicol!

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