Beddoes downs titleholder Massaro in Chicago!

"It felt like a real battle and I don't think that either of us were playing our best out there - but to win is just brilliant,” Beddoes said after the match (pic: Marian Kraus).

England’s Emma Beddoes recorded the best wins of her career in the 2nd round of the Windy City Open, when she overcame compatriot Laura Massaro, the defending champion ranked 3 in the world, to reach the quarter-finals in Chicago.

Massaro twice led in the match – but underdog Beddoes battled back both times to draw level, surviving a tie-break 4th game to force the decider to clinch her breakthrough victory, winning 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7 to secure her surprise place in the event’s last 8. “I can’t quite believe I’ve just won,” exclaimed the jubilant 29-year-old Beddoes afterwards.

Beddoes progresses to face sixth seed Camille Serme after the French number one ended 14th seed Sarah-Jane Perry’s winning streak 11-9, 11-13, 11-6, 11-5.

Elsewhere all seeds gone safely through into the quarters.

[1] Nicol David (MAS) v [5] Alison Waters (ENG)
[4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
[16] Emma Beddoes (ENG) v [6] Camille Serme (FRA)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v [7] Low Wee Wern (MAS)

2nd round results:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Heba El Torky (EGY) 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (27m)
[5] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [Q] Victoria Lust (ENG) 13-11, 11-5, 11-4 (32m)
[4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [10] Annie Au (HKG) 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8 (45m)
[8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [13] Madeline Perry (IRL) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (34m)
[6] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [14] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 11-9, 11-13, 11-6, 11-5 (60m)
[16] Emma Beddoes (ENG) bt [3] Laura Massaro (ENG) 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7 (58m)
[7] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [11] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 7-11, 11-2, 3-11, 11-9, 11-6 (58m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [9] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8 (44m)
(pic: Steve Cubbins)