Raneem 2/0 Omneya
“I'm very happy to be through into the semi-finals after three
“I came here wanting to play my best and end the season on a
positive note and so far it is going ok. It was a little bit
difficult mentally today, especially because the match was
against Omneya, but I managed to push myself to the end and I'm
happy with that and I'm looking forward to the semi-finals now.”
Cameron 2/0 Simon
Despite the pressure on his shoulders the tall Aussie
opened up in relaxed fashion, hitting with great length and
focus to punish any wayward play from Rösner who looked off the
pace during the opening exchanges and struggled to hit his way
out of difficulty as Pilley took the first game 11-2.
In the second Rösner stepped up the court, looking to assert his
control on the T and power the ball to the back of court and
command Pilley, and it paid dividends as he edged ahead in the
early stages. But in the mid-way point it was Pilley who
profited from a series of errors to move 7-5 ahead, the biggest
cushion in the game, and from then on her done just enough to
stay ahead of the German who cut a distraught figure on court as
his hopes of progress were extinguished 11-2, 11-7.
“It’s an understatement to say I’m feeling pretty good –
considering that I just scraped in to get here and it’s my first
World Series Finals, I am over the moon to reach the semis.
“The likes of Palmer and Ricketts have done well in this event
and I’m thrilled to follow in their footsteps, to a certain
extent, and I’d be one the moon to get a win tomorrow but
considering I only just scrapped into this tournament I’m
delighted with how I played so far.
“I felt a little flat yesterday but Greg was as sharp as I have
ever seen him and I think that helped me and gave me a wake up
call and made me realise you can’t cruise in this tournament.
“I changed a few things in my game an training last year and
since then, baring a few results, I’ve been very pleased with my
form. I feel like I’m playing the best squash of my career and
physically I feel good. mentally I’m still keen which is a big
thing when you’ve been on tour as much as me so I’m just looking
forward to enjoying the match tomorrow.”
Nour 2-0 Camille
Nour El Sherbini
is a big relief to qualify because I really needed to win this
“After the whole season to come here and lose was something I
definitely did not want to do – I knew I had to be really
focused and give it everything and I’m happy that I played well.
My aim was just to qualify and we will see what happens next.
The four of us (in the semi-finals) are all strong players and
there are no easy matches so we will just see what happens now.
“I’m playing much better than in the first match. I wasn’t
relaxed and I didn’t train much before coming here as I had a
lot to do, other commitments, but I feel like I’m playing much
better now and I feel more comfortable on court.
“Tomorrow will be tough but we will just see how it goes. I
can’t think about winning yet as it is a long way away. I have
to just focus on the next match.”
Greg 2-1 Omar
Greg was already assured of his place in the last four and
looked like he was taking his foot off the gas as it was Mosaad
who took the opening game 11-7.
But the feisty Frenchman cut an altogether different figure on
court in the second as he increased the tempo and upped his
intensity levels, taking the match to Mosaad and forcing the
pace to dominate the court and level by taking it 11-8.He
continued marching around court as he played winners from all
angles to take the third 11-1.
“I didn’t have the same preparation today before my match- I
didn’t come to practice this morning, I just preferred to rest,”
“It was in my head a bit at the beginning, trying to figure out
if I should relax or try and stay in my rhythm. He surprised me
at the start as he was striking the ball well and covering the
court much better than his first two matches.
“In the second I told myself I had to push myself because last
time in this tournament the same thing happened. I didn’t push
myself in the last pool game and wasn't sharp in the semi-finals
so I pushed myself and tried to give it 100 per cent and not
give away an easy match in the end.”
Laura 2/0 Amanda
A lot on the line and the opening game was a tense, nervy
affair with momentum swinging back and forth as the duo vied for
control of the court with Massaro dominating for the main part
before a huge fightback from Sobhy saw her reel off a succession
of points to level the game at 10-10. The tie-break went back
and forth with Sobhy in particular feeling harshly done by a few
referee decisions before Massaro eventually sealed in 13-11
after 19 entertaining minutes.
Massaro enjoyed the ascendancy in the early stages of the second
as well before another Sobhy fightback saw her save three match
balls before an aggressive attempted crosscourt drive handed the
match to Massaro 11-9.
was a little bit results orientated instead of performance
orientated tonight knowing that I needed a game but I don’t want
to sound like I have sour grapes about it – I’m really happy to
be through and win three from three.
“That first game was one of the toughest that I have ever played
because I knew that I needed one game to go through and Amanda
knew she needed to beat me.
“But I think when it got to those big points I naturally back
myself and up the intensity. So I was glad to get through that
and play those big points well.
“Nour beat me a few weeks ago so it will be a tough match.
Everyone in the semi-finals is playing well so I’ll just try and
recover as best I can and make sure I’m fully focused and try to
play my best.”
Nick 2/0 Mohamed
“I was playing for pride tonight and that’s more
important than any result really – I was proving a point to
"I now Mohamed will sleep safe knowing he’s already in the semis but
no-one steps on court wanting to lose, so I had to play well to
get him into those positions.
"I’m still maybe a month or so away from having that speed and
confidence in my fitness so it’s a double-edged sword for me
winning tonight. I have to ask myself why I didn’t play at that
level last night.
"My goal this week was just to be here.Now it’s about getting a
good summer of fitness and come September being set up for
another good season.”
Nicol 2/0 Nouran
Nic required just one game to join group winner Laura Massaro in
the semi-final and duly delivered as she played with intent from
the opening exchanges, taking the first game 11-7 against the
ferociously hard-hitting from Nouran.
The 18-year-old, who just last week completed her school exams
on an engineering degree, continued her relentless attack in the
second, and while there was very little between them in the end,
it was David’s experience and court coverage that made the
difference as she squeezed it 11-9 to set up a semi-final with
win meant a lot to me. If you want to make the semi-finals you
have to beat everybody else so I wasn’t thinking about winning
one game, I was just focused on winning the match.
“Nouran is fast and furious so I had to try and impose my pace
and was pleased to get the points when it mattered. She’s feisty
and kept coming back so I’m really pleased to win 2-0 as that
second game could have gone ether way in the end.
“Now I need to be ready for a big battle tomorrow as I know
Raneem will be another tough match. I’m just going to focus on
my game. I know her style of play and what to expect so I just
have to make sure I go out there and make it all count.”