Houston, (US), Apr 12 UNI | 3 months ago

Ace Indian squash player Deepika Pallikal earned a hard fought win over Nicolette Fernandes of Guyana to reach the the semifinals of the US 50,000 dollar Texas Open here.

Pallikal, with coach and five-time world champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald in her corner, had to resist a determined fight back by the unseeded Fernandes before prevailing 11-4, 11-6, 10-12, 10-12, 11-5 in the quarterfinal played yesterday.

The World No 12 from Chennai plays eigth-ranked Madeline Perry of Ireland in the semifinals later today.

In other matches, Malaysian favourite and top seed Low Wee Wern was stunned by Egypts teenage giant-killer, Nour El Sherbini. The 18-year-old qualifier tamed the World No.7 11-3, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6 to progress in the Womens Squash Association (WSA) Gold 50 event at The Downtown Club in Houston. The Egyptian had produced one of the biggest shocks in recent times when she downed Malaysias world number one Nicol David at the World Championship last month to become the tournaments youngest ever finalist.

Alexandria-based El Sherbini, who later this year could win the World Junior title for a record fourth time, now takes on third seed Camille Serme for a place in the final.

French number one Serme, the World No.6, ended the run of Australias eighth seed Rachael Grinham beating the 37-year-old former world champion 8-11, 17-15, 11-6, 11-4.

Quarterfinals results: (2) Madeline Perry (IRL) bt (Q) Emma Beddoes (ENG) 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8 (48m), (4) Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 11-4, 11-6, 10-12, 10-12, 11-5 (64m), (3) Camille Serme (FRA) bt (8) Rachael Grinham (AUS) 8-11, 17-15, 11-6, 11-4 (47m), [Q] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt (1) Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-3, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6 (46m).

(Posted on 12-04-2014)