TODAY at the Women's Worlds
Thu 18th Dec, Day SEVEN
 Nicol David (Mas) 3-0  Camille Serme
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
3-0  Low Wee Wern (Mas)
12/10, 11/3, 11/4 (30m)
 Raneem El Welily (Egy) 3-1  Nour El
11/7, 11/9, 11/13, 11/5 (43m)
 Alison Waters (Eng) 3-1
 Laura Massaro (Eng)
11/2, 11/7, 11/9 (52m)
Waters dethrones Massaro
as two Egyptians join David in the semis
seed Nicol David was the first player to reach the
semi-finals with a straight-games win over Camille Serme that was
much tougher than that bare statistic implies. Having never beaten
David in 13 previous attempts, the Frenchwoman made a good start,
leading 9-6 before David took five points in a row to lead 11/9.
The Malaysian was in front throughout the second, takingh it 11/7
and pulled away from the middle of the third to lead 10/7. Serme
saved three match balls, but David was not to be denied, taking it
on the fifth attempt 13/11.
“I knew that Camille would bring her best squash that she would
be fired up, and that I would have to step up my game,” said David,
now potentially two matches from an eighth world title.
Wee Wern made a good start in her bid to make it an all-Malaysian
semi, but from 5-0 down in the first Cairo's own Omneya Abdel
Kawy proceeded to dominate the rest of the match, edging the
first on extra points then overwhelming Low in the next two games to
the delight of Kawy herself and the Wadi Degla crowd.
“I just played, point by point, point by point, and it worked
really well,” said Kawy. “Oh my God, I’m back in the semis of the
Worlds in Egypt!”
The crowd were just as happy when Wadi Degla favourite Raneem El
Welily won her all-Egyptiuan match with Nour El Tayeb in four
games. Welily was always ahead as she took the first 11/7, then held
off a fightback from Tayeb at the end of the second to double her
The third was close, this time Tayeb saved a match ball before
taking it 13/11, but Welily was back in charge in the fourth as she
took the match 11/5.
“Today, I tried to stay patient and strong,” said El Welily. “A
great match with Nour, a great friend and a sister.”
final match of the day saw the defending champion ousted as
Alison Waters came from a game down to beat Laura Massaro in an
Waters led 7-2 and 9-6 inn the first but Massaro, as she did
yesterday, clawed back to take the game on extra points.
But Waters responded to that by taking the second 11/2, staying
ahead throughout the third to take the lead and got the better of a
close third, Massaro's reign ending on a no let from Waters'
“This is a big win for me, I'm in the semis of the Worlds,” said
a delighted Waters. “It could have gone either way in the fourth but
I came here to prove to myself what I could do mentally, and I’m
pretty proud of what I’ve achieved.”
"So, you've just
beaten the World Champion ..."
I knew that Camille would bring her best squash that she would be
fired up, and that I would have to step up my game.
The first, she really played some good squash, so I knew I had to
increase the intensity in the second. And in the third, I maybe
didn’t go for my volley as much as I should have, and suddenly,
Camille found that little extra, and found some amazing winners to
level the score at the end.
But there was a fine line and she started to clip a few shots. I
knew that I just had to hang in there, and stay in the game. It was
an all go squash all the way; I love it… But getting a 3/0 result
against Camille is a great result, I’m very happy with that.
What keeps me going, is that I always find new things to add to my
game, and also, that feeling you get when you are on the glass
court, you cannot beat that feeling, and that makes me want to go on
In the near future, yes, I was probably have my own academy, but
first, we need to spread Squash all over Malaysia and make as many
juniors play squash as possible.
 Nicol David (Mas)
3-0  Camille Serme
Faultess Squash for
Nicol didn’t make one error throughout the whole match. Camille 4 in
the first, 2 in the second, and 5 in the third (3 from 10/10….)
A very clean and fair match, on
a not too cold court that allowed some nice rallies between the two
girls that just played last week in Canada – same score, 3/0.
A good start in the opener for Nic, 3/1, 4/2, but Camille looking
fresher she’s been looking all week, 4/4. 6/6. And suddenly, Camille
finds her game, attacking so well, putting Nicol under a hell of a
pressure, 9/6. The Malaysian doesn’t panic, she just length the
shots, and the rallies to score calmly the next 5 points, with the
help of two unforced errors from Camille.
believe that was a crucial game for Nicol to win. Mentally more than
Camille looked a bit tired in the second, her serve that was so good
in the first was not as sharp, her counterdrop, so efficient today,
let her down too. She kept trying to push herself, but Nicol was in
total control from 3/3, 8/3, 9/5, 10/6, 11/7.
third saw the resurrection of the French girl that just got it all
back. Nicol kept varying the height, crosscourt lobs and dangerous
low drives to get from 5/5 and match ball, 10/7. And that’s when
Camille finally relaxed and became extremely dangerous. The mammoth
rally she won at 10/7 really gave her wings. Point by point, Cam
just strung the points up to 10/10. A little clip of the tin, 11/10,
a 4th match ball, saved with a lovely volley backhand drop shot, but
Camille will clip the following two points, allowing Nicol to
transform her 5th match ball, 13/11….
 Omneya Abdel
Kawy (Egy) 3-0
 Low Wee Wern (Mas)
12/10, 11/3, 11/4
Brave Wee Wern, Clever Omneya
was not an easy match for either of the girls. Omneya first, riddled
with stress and pressure, I think she reallllllly wanted to reach
the semis, she really needed to do go and play well in front of the
Egyptian crowd. Only when you’ve been in Egypt, and heard the
chanting of your name by that adoring crowd, only
then you understand how those Egyptian players grow wings back home.
Verrrry nervous start for
Omneya, H2H standing at 1/1, 0/5, 4/9, with Wee Wern being her
patient self and pushing the Egyptian that far back in the court she
has to go for far too much. But carried by the crowd – sorry I’m
hammering the point, but she was – she’ll score 6 points in a row,
and level the score at 9/9, then hitting some tremendous power to
get her first game ball, 10/9.
She’ll need a second one, 12/10 for the Egyptian, a real tour de
be fair, after that, WW was a shadow of herself. As the courageous
girl/fighter she is, she never gave up, but Omneya kept playing a
crosscourt flick again and again that the Malaysian couldn’t even
start moving too. Still, Omneya had to be extremely careful, because
any opening, WW would find the opportunity to send her to the back.
Still, at the level of the game, playing with a damage adductor is
not allowing you to put enough pressure on your opponent. And quite
logically, Omneya won the next two comfortably, 3 and 4.
I was sooo nervous, not about the match, but me playing badly, and I
made myself play badly.
But when I saw all the people in the back, I just wanted to get back
in there, and win or lose, show WW that I was still there, that I
was back in the match.
And I just played, point by point, point by point, and it worked
WW’s movement was not good today, and I took full advantage of that.
I know that’snot good but I had to.
3/0, I’ve very happy with that, OH MY GOD!!! I’m back in the semis
of the worlds, in Egypt!
I got to the final in Sharm, against Nicol, so that’s the rematch,
that’s my REVENGE!!!
And may the best player win….
I am over the moon, and Hamdoulillah I’m out of the court in one
A huge thank you to the doctor who kept me on my feel today.
Today, I tried to stay patient and strong. A great match with Nour,
a great friend and a sister.
 Raneem El Welily (Egy)
3-1  Nour El
11/7, 11/9, 11/13, 11/5 (43m)
a pleasure to watch those two moving on court. As tonight was not as
cold as it was the previous days, we managed to have some lovely
rallies, every between two Egyptians!
First game, Raneem is a bit cautious with her movement, just in case
you didn’t read my report yesterday, Raneem got injured in the first
game yesterday, ankle twist. On the other side, Nour has got nothing
to lose, no expectation – she is in the middle of her Finals at Uni
Nour goes up 4/1. Raneem, playing her best squash – you have to when
you can’t move/are afraid to move – comes back 4/4. She then finds
some superb soft drop shots, helped by Nour playing a bit too slow
and too short, from 5/5, 9/6 and 11/7.
The second is very close indeed. Nour has picked up the pace, and is
putting Raneem under much more pressure, although still a bit too
short. 1/1. 3/3. 5/5.
like in the previous game, Raneem gives a push, 8/5. But this time,
Nour is watching, and finally finds her length – and some
dives/splits all over the court, 9/9. There, a stupendous rally,
diving, diving and diving again, but Raneem’s short game is just
pure feathr, a backhand drop short, and a second one to make sure,
The third is a bit of a typical Raneem. Her mind probably at rest as
she sees that her movement is acceptable, she leads nicely 2/0 up
and 7/3, annnnnd off the mind goes and relaxes for half a minute.
That’s enough for young Nour. She rushes in there as buyers during
the Harrods sales, and within minutes, Nour scores 6 points, 9/7!
Wake up call for Raneem, everrrrrrybody up! 9/9, and match ball,
10/9. A trickly boast saves it. And Nour won’t be denied on this
one. She worked hard at it, and gets it quite logically,
rewardingly, 13/11 on her second game ball.
to the blackboard for Raneem. Back her bast, she finds some lovely
length and volleys all over the place, 7/3 up again for the Wadi
Degla girl. Annnnd again, Nour gets right in there… ! Are we going
to have a 5 setters?
4/7. 5/7…. A long rally…
The whole of the Mansi/Momen breathes. No, not this time. Raneem
feels the danger sooner, take the serve back, 8/5, match ball 10/5,
and match Wadi Degla.
Chanting from the crowd, chanting from the Kids, like in Qatar for
Ramy and Mohamed. It gets me every time. Only Egyptians can get
behind their players. Like Welsh with Rugby… In love with Egypt.
 Alison Waters
(Eng) 3-1  Laura Massaro (Eng)
11/2, 11/7, 11/9 (52m)
Waters ends Massaro's reign
final match of the night, an all-English matchup between th reigning
world cjhampion Laura Massaro and reigning British champion Alison
Waters - who together won the World Teams for England just last week
- promised to be an enthralling encounter, and so it proved.
Waters, full of confidence after winning the deciding tie for
England in Canada, stromed into the lead in the first, but from 2-7
down Massaro battled back, as she does, closing to 6-9 and then two
unforced errors from Waters brought Massaro to within one point.
would get game balls at 10-9, 11-10 and 12-11 but Massaro saved them
all and took the lead 14-12 with a drive that died at the back.
The Waters of old might have folded at that, but today she stormed
back, dominating the second for an 11-2 win, and then pulled clear
from 3-all in the third, taking the lead 11-7 and looking very much
the likely winner.
fourth was close, with neithe rplayer able to get more than a point
or two ahead. From 7-all Massaro took two points on Waters errors,
but then received a no let on Waters' drive down the backhand before
a counterdrop clipped the tin for 9-all.
Waters, still looking for the opportunity to punish anything loose,
put in a backhand drive that Massaro again got a no let on for match
ball, then a similar drive down the forehand and after what seemed
an agaonising wait another no let decision came and Waters was the
Englishwoman in the semis.
This is a big win for me, I'm in the semis of the Worlds...
We’ve grow up together as juniors, we are good team mates, and we
know each other’s game pretty well. And yes, I had a good H2H
against her, but then again, I didn’t beat her recently, and the
last time we play was at the Commonwealth, and that was not my best
game by all means.
In the second, I don’t know, the court temperature dropped suddenly,
I was hitting my targets really well, and Laura lost her length.
Ball went very cold, and one you have the momentum on there, you
just keep going, and it would have been difficult for her to find
her length back.
Playing in Canada gave me a lot of confidence. I learned a lot about
myself there, after I lost against Joey, I came back very strong and
played a very good match against Wee Wern.
I realised that I was actually mentally very strong, I believe in
myself much quotes, and that gave me the confidence that I was
lacking for the last months. And I basically picked up my game this
week here as I left off.
In the fourthth it could have gone either way, 9/9… And I’m sure
we’ll have a lot more battles in the future. But I came here to
prove to myself what I could do mentally, and I’m pretty proud of
what I’ve achieved…