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Botwright Beats World Champion Grinham In Hong Kong

10 Nov 2007

England's Vicky Botwright produced the best performance of her career in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open to beat Australia's recently-crowned World Open champion Rachael Grinham to claim a place in the semi-finals of the $89,000 women's WISPA Platinum event in Hong Kong.

Defending champion Amr Shabana led the top four seeds through to the semi-finals of the men's $120,000 PSA Super Series Platinum championship.

Botwright, the sixth seed from Manchester, fought back from a game down to defeat third seed Grinham, who is also the reigning British Open champion, 5-9, 9-6, 10-9, 9-4 in 58 minutes.

The England number three now faces top seed Nicol David, the defending champion from Malaysia who defeated Jenny Duncalf, the No11 seed from England, 9-3, 9-2, 9-2.

The standout match in the men's event saw second seed Gregory Gaultier, the British Open champion from France, taken the full distance by sixth seed Nick Matthew, the US Open champion from England, before clinching an 8-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-2, 11-10 (2-0) victory in 80 minutes.

Gaultier will face fellow Frenchman Thierry Lincou in the semi-finals after the fourth seed beat England's No7 seed Lee Beachill 11-8, 11-9, 11-4. The French pair go into their third Tour meeting this year, with honours shared.

Men's quarter-finals:
[1] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [8] Wael El Hindi (EGY) 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (50m)
[3] David Palmer (AUS) bt [5] Karim Darwish (EGY) 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (38m)
[4] Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt [7] Lee Beachill (ENG) 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 (42m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [6] Nick Matthew (ENG) 8-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-2, 11-10 (2-0) (80m)

Women's quarter-finals:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [11] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 9-3, 9-2, 9-2 (24m)
[6] Vicky Botwright (ENG) bt [3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 5-9, 9-6, 10-9, 9-4 (58m)
[5] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [13] Alison Waters (ENG) 9-5, 9-6, 9-5 (32m)
[2] Natalie Grinham (AUS) bt [7] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 9-0, 9-3, 9-2 (26m)