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  Day FOUR at the Nationals: Thu 12th, Day FOUR

Thu 12th, Day FOUR:
Last sixteens and more masters

It was men's second round, women's first round, and Masters all day at the NSC ... one big upset in the women's draw as Fiona Moverley beats Sarah Kippax 14/12 in the fifth, while in the men's draw seven of the tops seeds won through but second seed James Willstrop withdraws injured.

The day started on the Glass Court with top seed Laura Massaro. Qualifier Jess Davis struggled to come to terms with the match in the first two games but gave a good account of herself in the third, holding her illustrious opponent to 5-all and  getting involved in some tough rallies.

Before the first men's match was completed, news cam that James Willstrop, who was clearly struggling yesterday, had withdrawn giving Charles Sharpes a walkover into the quarter-finals.

Tom Richards was the first on-court winner in the men's draw, beating Ben Coleman in three games "that were tougher than the scoreboard makes it look."

Emily Whitlock made the quarter-finals for the second time with an 11/4, 11/4, 11/4 win over Leonie Holt. "I'll have to play better than that tomorrow," she said of her upcoming match with Massaro, "but I'm looking forward to it. I was playing well in Cleveland so hopefully I can keep that going."

Last year's finalist Madeline Perry eased through to the quarters with a straight game win over Georgina Kennedy, where she'll play Victoria Lust - back in the Nationals after a two year absence - who beat qualifier Alison Thomson in three games.

The bottom half of the men's draw was completed with wins for Daryl Selby and Adrian Waller. Selby looked in charge of his match with Eddie Charlton for the first two games, but the Nottingham man made the third very tough.

"After one huge rally inn the third everything was a blur," said Selby, "apparently I won that game 11/7!"

He'll play  Richards for a place in the semi-finals while Sharpes faces Adrian Waller, who won his all-left-hander matchup with James Earles in similar fashion, Earles improving to make the third game a real contest.

The evening session started with contrasting wins for Nationals regulars Alison Waters and Jenny Duncalf, both against qualifiers.

On the glass court defending champion Waters eased past Lucy Beecroft in three while two-time champion Duncalf was almost taken to a decider by Rachel Chadwick, who had a couple of game balls in the fourth before Duncalf staged a comeback.

To see those two drawn to play in the quarter-finals still looks strange ...

Sarah-Jane Perry made it trough to the quarters in straight games, but what a tough match she had against Millie Tomlinson, edging home 14/12, 15/13, 11/9 in just short of an hour.

"Last time I even saw Millie play was when we played the Euro Junior Final in 2009," admitted Perry. "She played very well, I'm looking forward to getting on the glass tomorrow where I'll have to step up a gear."

SJ won't have played Fiona Moverley for a while either, but that's who she'll meet in the quarters after the Yorkshire girl produced an upset to beat Sarah Kippax 14/12 in the fifth. The decider went point for point, both having opportunities to win but it was Moverley who finally finished it off, denying Kippax her accustomed place in the last eight.

"I'm on a winning streak," said Moverley who has won two WSA titles this year, "Last time I played Sarah was a good few years ago and she beat me easily. That was a very enjoyable game, and to win makes it feel better. I put this tournament as one of my targets for the year so to make the quarters for the first time is great."

In the men's top half Chris Simpson and Joe Lee set up their expected quarter-final meeting with wins over Greg Lobban and Jaymie Haycocks.

Simpson beat the young Scot in four games and admitted that "he's very tough to play, he injects a lot of pace but has good tough too.

Lee's three games against Haycocks took 48 minutes - including an early change of ball as the originals apparently "wasn't round".

"I've played him a few times and it's always close, he beat me in a league match a couple of weeks ago so I was never going to take it lightly," said Lee. I think I played the big points at the end of the second well, going two-nil up makes a huge difference."

The quarter-final lineup was completed as top seed and defending champion Nick Matthew beat Declan James in straight games, and Scottish number one Alan Clyne beat top Welshman Peter Creed, also in straight games.

"It's what we play for, putting yourselves up against the top players," said Clyne, "so it's going to be a hard task but you've got to get yourself up and go for it.

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