RESULTS: Women’s CIMB Malaysian Open, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
 Nicol David (MAS) bt  Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-4, 11-6, 3-11, 11-5 (56m)
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9 (50m)
 Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt  Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 4-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (39m)
 Laura Massaro (ENG) bt  Joelle King (NZL) 12-14, 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3 (69m)
England’s world No2 Laura Massaro acknowledged that Joelle King ‘made it really hard for me’ as she battled for five games to overcome the New Zealander in today’s longest quarter-final of the Women’s CIMB Malaysian Open Squash Championship at the Curve Shopping Mall in Petaling Jaya in Selangor.
The second seed from Preston, who had reached the last eight without dropping a game, was pushed from the off by fifth seed King, the 24-year-old world No5 eager to make the semi-finals for the first time.
Massaro (pictured above, right, with King) lost the opener after a tie-break – but fought back to take a 2/1 lead. But again King countered to draw level. England’s recently-crowned British Open champion had the upper hand in the decider, however, finally closing out the match 12-14, 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3 in 69 minutes.
“I managed to play really well in the fifth game and won that fairly comfortably,” Massaro told squashstars.com later. “The other four games were quite tight.”
“Joelle played great – the match was really tough the whole way through. She made it really hard for me – and that’s what these matches are all about.”
Massaro, in the semis for the second year in a row, now meets No3 seed Raneem El Weleily, the defending champion from Egypt.
England’s former world No2 Jenny Duncalf boasts a 5/3 head-to-head Tour record over El Weleily – and duly took the opening game. But the 24-year-old from Cairo, who won the pair’s last encounter at the British Open in May, began to take control of the match and after 39 minutes wrapped up a 4-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 victory.
“It was a really tough match today against Jenny,” said the title-holder (pictured above, foreground, with Duncalf). “I had a really, really, really slow start – but luckily I managed to get back into it.
“You never know how it’s going to go against Jenny – I think we have similar games and tactics. I think I’m very lucky to be through today and look forward to tomorrow.”
Second round giant-killer Camille Serme continued her fine form in the event by beating England’s 16th seed Sarah-Jane Perry 11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9 in 50 minutes. The 10th seed from France caused a mighty upset 24 hours earlier by ousting fourth seed Alison Waters.
“I thought my game was a bit less good than yesterday – but I still managed to win 3/1 and am very happy to be in the semi-finals,” said the 24-year-old European champion from Creteil.
“In the second game, she played really good shots and I lost a bit of my length and made a few mistakes. The fourth was really important and I was so happy to win the last game.”
Before a packed crowd at the end of the evening, event favourite Nicol David survived an all-Malaysian clash with fellow Penangite Low Wee Wern (both pictured above), beating the sixth seed 11-4, 11-6, 3-11, 11-5 in 56 minutes.
It was world number one David’s fifth Tour win over Wern – but the first in which the Malaysian No2 had taken a game. David is now one match away from a remarkable 11th successive appearance in the final.
 Nicol David (MAS) v  Camille Serme (FRA)
 Laura Massaro (ENG) v  Raneem El Weleily (EGY)