David aims for World Open crown No6!

Dutch hopes have been destroyed by Nicol David (pic le) as the Malaysian overcame Natalie Grinham (NED) in straight games 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 to reach her 6th World Open final in 7 years. The World No1 has now the chance to take her 6th title and go ahead of the records, which she is sharing with Sarah Fitzgerald at the moment.

Duncalf first World Open finalist!

England’s Jenny Duncalf (pic ri) started well in the 1st World Open semi-final, as she took the opening game 11-9 against Mexico’s Samantha Teran (pic le). From the 2nd game onwards Duncalf was in full control of the match and her opponent as she closed out the match in straight games 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 to move into the 1st World Open final of her career.

Ashour pulls out, Willstrop beat Shabana!

Last year’s World Open runner up James Willstrop (ENG) took out the 4-time World Champion Amr Shabana (EGY) 11-8, 11-2, 11-13, 11-1 and will meet now in the semis of the World Open in Rotterdam Greg Gaultier (pic le). The Frenchman took on World No2 Ramy Ashour (pic ri) to a fast and furious 1st game which Gaultier won 11-8. Afterwards Ashour had some problems with his leg, lost the 2nd easily 11:1 and conceded the match caused by the injury.

Grinham pleased Dutch crowd!

As 12th seed Natalie Grinham (pic re) is the only player who kept Dutch home hopes alive, the crowed at the Luxor Theatre was very pleased with the way Grinham saw off her Malaysian opponent Low Wee Wern (pic le) in straight games (11-7, 11-7, 11-5) to take a semi-finals spot in the World Open in Rotterdam.

Last women’s quarter-final for today showed titleholder Nicol David progressing on her target to take the 6th World Open trophy as the Malaysian beat Australia’s Kasey Brown 11-7, 12-10, 11-4.

Darwish ends Palmer’s career!

It was David Palmer’s (pic ri) last PSA tournament, as he lost to 3rd seed Karim Darwish (EGY) in straight games 11-9, 11-7, 11-1. Palmer said afterwards: I’m a little too old and slow to compete with these guys on this type of court these days. My aim this week really was to make the glass court, so I’m glad I’ve done that but Karim was just too good today,” said the Australian 2-time world champion and 4-time British Open champion.

Darwish will meet titleholder Nick Matthew in the semi-final, as the World No1 beat compatriot Peter Barker in an all-English quarter-final 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 after dropping the 1st game.

First World Open semi-finalist: Duncalf and Teran!

The 15th seed Mexican Samantha Teran (pic ri) was the 1st semi-finalist brought up by today’s quarter-final matches at the World Open in Rotterdam, as she beat Indian Dipika Pallikal (pic le) in straight games (11-6, 11-8, 11-9) to reach the 1st World Open semi-final of her career.

2nd semi-finalist is Jenny Duncalf who was well in control of the all-English match against her 5th seed Laura Massaro to take the 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 victory and the predicted place in the last 4.

Gaultier and Ashour came back from nowhere!

The last 2 matches in the Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam have been drama pure as Greg Gaultier (pic ri) and Ramy Ashour came back from 2 games down. Frenchman Gaultier dashed Dutch home hopes (8-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-7) as he pulled back to level the match and had more left in the tank to take the 5th game against crowds favorite Laurens Jan Anjema (pic le).

Egyptian No2 seed Ramy Ashour also find his way back into the match after finding himself 0:2 down against Alister Walker from Botswana. After surviving tough the 4th game Ashour was back in control to take the 8-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-3 victory in style.

Grinham kept home interest alive!

12th seed Dutchwomen Natalie Grinham (pic li) pleased the home crowd in the Luxor Theatre as she outs 4th seed Madeline Perry (pic ri) of Ireland in straight games 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 to take a quarter-finals spot. Before 16th seed Malasian Wee Wern Low produced another upset when she beat French 7th seed Camille Serme 11-4, 12-10, 2-11, 11-7.

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