Top Seeds Reach British Open Summit

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The top two seeds will contest the final of the Allam British Open 2013 as Nicol David and Laura Massaro moved past their semi-final opposition at the KC Stadium in Hull.

Nicol v Alison_BO2013 (2)World No.1 David played first as play returned to the Hull City venue after rain disrupted quarter-finals day on Friday. She faced fourth seed Alison Waters, and had it all to do after the Englishwoman took the opening 4-points of the match.

Last year’s British Open champion came back strongly however, lightening quick and hitting a good length to shut her opponent out completely. Waters began to rely on hitting outright winners to stay in the game, but under increasing pressure her error count rose to David’s advantage.

Similar scorelines in all three games saw the Malaysian through to the final, but the home crowd were given the opportunity to celebrate as second seeded Yorkshire-woman Laura Massaro defeated close rival Raneem El Weleily to set-up a mouth-watering final prospect.

Massaro took a while to get into a working rhythm as El Weleily began the contest with her typically attacking style. Patience paid off though, having lost the opening game she controlled the following two, working line and length to deny the Egyptian the opportunity to attack.

El Weleily changed her strategy in the fourth, refusing to hunt the attacking shot and content to play Massaro’s game and wait of her chance to win points. It resulted in a closer game, but momentum was with the home favourite who was determined to see out the contest and reach her fourth successive final of a World Series event.

The battle for the winners share of the $90,000 prize fund and title of British Open 2013 champion will commence from 2pm on Sunday, airing live for SquashTV viewers.

Raneem v Laura_BO2013

[1] Nicol David (MAS) v [2] Laura Massaro (ENG)

[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [4] Alison Waters (ENG) 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (27m)
[2] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [3] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (48m)


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