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Squash - 15. February 2008.

British National Squash Championships

RESULTS: British National Squash Championships, National Squash Centre, Manchester


Women's quarter-finals (top half of draw):

[1] Tania Bailey (Lincs) bt [8] Sarah Kippax (Cheshire) 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (27m)

[3] Laura Lengthorn-Massaro (Lancs) bt [6] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Middx) 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 (34m)



In the women's event, Lancashire's Laura Lengthorn-Massaro beat her long-time rival Dominique Lloyd-Walter in straight games to claim a semi-final berth for the second successive year.


"It's good to be back in the semi-finals again - but there's more pressure this year as I am seeded to do so," said the 24-year-old third seed from Preston after her 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 victory in 34 minutes.


"We've had some battles over the years - in juniors she was a couple of years older and always beat me then. So I know how to play her."


But there has also been a new Manchester influence in her game since Laura started working with local star Nick Taylor, head coach at the National Centre.


"I started working with Nick just before Christmas - he's been helping me with my technique," explained the England international.


"I feel good here - I definitely like playing here," added the world No12 who now meets England team-mate Tania Bailey for a place in her first final.


Bailey, the 2006 champion from Lincolnshire, beat Cheshire's Sarah Kippax 11-7, 11-7, 11-7.

"That's definitely the best she's ever played against me," said Bailey of her opponent, the No8 seed who is now based in Halifax.


"I feel as strong as I've ever been," added Bailey, who sustained a ham-string injury two weeks ago which hampered her Nationals' preparation. "My match practice is a little bit lacking - but I'm just so glad I'm playing."


Friday's quarter-final line-up:


Women:

[4] Alison Waters (Middx) v [7] Lauren Briggs (Essex)

[2] Jenny Duncalf (Yorks) v [5] Madeline Perry (Ireland)


Check out www.psalive.tv for details on web-streaming coverage of the 2008 British Nationals. For full coverage, visit the official website: www.nationalsquashchamps.co.uk

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