Laura Massaro needed all her experience to battle past 17-year-old Egyptian Nouran Gohar and earn her place in the quarter-finals of the 2015 Allam British Open in Hull on Thursday.
Massaro, a former World and British Open champion, took 48 minutes to overcome the determined teenager 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-1. The Lancastrian now faces New Zealand’s Joelle King in Friday’s quarter-finals.
Laura Massaro said:
“Nouran is definitely a talent for the future. I was glad to get off there and show a bit of maturity and experience there at the end. The patches in the first two games that were the difference were just me having that bit more experience and playing the big points well. I always back myself in those situations; 8-all, 9-all, 10-all. I’m always thinking ‘you’re going to have to do something really good to beat me here’ and sometimes they do but the majority of the time I manage to come through. That’s definitely a strength of mine and I think that showed in the end.
To be the first home winner here for 22 years when I won in 2013 was something really, really special for me, especially to do it in front of my home crowd.I felt like I knew every person in the crowd that day and even when I was in the final last year the home crowd nearly took me over the finish line. I can’t say enough about how much we really appreciate it when people get behind us.”
England’s Emma Beddoes battled hard against World No.1 and five-time British Open champion Nicol David before succumbing 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5. Nicol now plays another Englishwoman, Sarah-Jane Perry, in Friday’s quarter-finals. Perry notched up a 3-1 win on Thursday over Australian qualifier Donna Urquhart earlier in the day.
Nicol David said:
“I think she’s been growing in confidence because she’s been having some good results and gaining more experience of playing the top players. I was really pleased to win 3-1.
“It’s Sarah-Jane’s birthday tomorrow but I’m not going to give her any presents. It will be another step up, it’s the quarter-finals and I’m looking forward to that.
In the men’s competition, Columbia’s Miguel Angel Rodrigues, seeded fourth, staked his claim to the title with a comfortable 28-minute 11-4, 11-2, 11-4 win over Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY). He will take on Tarek Momen in the last eight on Friday.
In the final match of a busy Thursday at the Airco Arena, defending men’s champion Gregory Gaultier ended the promising run of English qualifier Tom Richards with a 11- 3, 11-1 , 11- 7 victory over the 28-year-old from Guildford.
Gaultier plays Mazen Hesham as part of Friday’s stellar line-up of matches. Top seed Mohamad El Shorbagy of Egypt and three-time British Open champion Nick Matthew of England are also among the stars in action. Thursday results:Women (top half)
(10) Joelle King (NZL) d. WC Victoria Lust (ENG) 11-5, 11-7, 11-2 (28m)
(13) Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) d. (Q) Donna Urquhart (AUS) 11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6 (40m)
(3) Laura Massaro (ENG) d. (16) Nouran Gohar 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-1 (48m)
(1) Nicol David (MAS) d. (14) Emma Beddoes (ENG) 1-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5 (53m)Men (bottom half)
(5) Tarek Momen (EGY) d. (Q) Zahed Mohamad (EGY) 10-12, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (47m)
(8) Omar Mosaad (EGY) d. Mazen Hesham (EGY) 10-12, 11-5, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7 (64m)
(4) Miguel Angel Rodrigues (COL) d. Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 11-4, 11-2, 11-4 (28m)
(2) Gregory Gaultier (FRA) d. (Q) Tom Richards (ENG) 11- 3, 11-1 , 11- 7 (34m)Friday Order of Play:
12:00 (Q) Delia Arnold (MAS) v (2) Raneem El Welily (EGY)
13:00 (4) Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v (6) Camille Serme (FRA)
14:00 Mathieu Castagnet v (3) Nick Matthew (ENG)
15:00 (1) Mohamad El Shorbagy (EGY) v (7) Simon Rosner (GER)
17:30 (3) Laura Massaro (ENG) v (10) Joelle King (NZL)
18.15 (1) Nicol David (MAS) v (13) Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
19:15 (4) Miguel Angel Rodrigues (COL) v (6) Tarek Momen (EGY)
20:00 (2) Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Mazen Hesham (EGY)