Chorley’s Laura Massaro will take on Egypt’s Raneem El Welily in the semi-final of the Naza PSA Women’s World Championship after seeing off World No.6 Omneya Abdel Kawy with a 3-1 victory in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia.
The world No.1, who defeated Samantha Teran and Joshna Chinappa to book her last eight berth, played with control and power as she kept Kawy at the back of the court to open up a one-game advantage, which was soon wiped out by a resurgent Kawy in game two.
The 32-year-old weathered the storm though and rediscovered her accuracy in the final two games to complete the win with an 11-3, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7 scoreline in 46 minutes to send the 2013 World Championship winner into the last four.
“Omneya is a quality opponent so I knew to expect a good level of her today,” said Massaro.
“I felt like it was a high pace, we were both trying to get in front of the other one and keep it off each other’s volley. I think both of our strengths are on the volley so I was trying to keep her away from the middle, particularly on that backhand volley drop where she likes to be so much. It was tough on there but I’m glad I managed to sneak it in four in the end.
“The semi-final of a World Championship is a big match for both of us and it will just be a case of trying to find a way, mentally and physically, to get my best performance out tomorrow and that’s all I ever really want to ask myself. I just want to make sure that I get the best possible performance out and, if that’s good enough to win, then fantastic and, if not, then I’ll be unhappy, but if you can give yourself a break and know that you played well then you can be happy.”