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Waters Wins Revenge Match In US Open In New York

7 Nov 2009

Third seed Alison Waters avenged her defeat last month to Laura Massaro, surviving a tough five-game clash with her English compatriot in the Women's Carol Weymuller US Open to reach the semi-finals of the $42,450 WISPA World Tour Silver event at Heights Casino in New York, USA.

"I played Laura two weeks ago in Hong Kong and lost 3/2, so it's really good to win this time," said Londoner Waters after her 11-3, 11-13, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9 win. "I felt relatively in control, but I didn't seem to finish it off enough. I'm looking forward to playing Rachael tomorrow."

Second seed Rachael Grinham reached the quarter-finals after recovering from 1/2 down against England's Dominique Lloyd-Walter. The Australian's opponent in the quarter-finals was Samantha Teran, the unseeded Mexican who upset New Zealand's 8th seed Jaclyn Hawkes in the first round.

Grinham closed out the match in straight games, beating Teran 11-2, 11-6, 11-9.

"I am glad to have won that - I was happy to get a good start," said Grinham. "She seemed to be getting more and more into it as the match went on. After yesterday I was glad to win in three and I don't think that it hurt me that she had a match lasting over an hour and half last night!"

Teran added: "It was my first time playing Rachael and it was a great experience as she plays such a different game than most people and I feel I really learned about where to put the ball as she really moves the ball around so well. In the second and third games I felt a bit more comfortable which was nice. It was a good tournament for me."

The other semi-final will pit favourite Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia, against England's fourth seed Jenny Duncalf - in what will be the pair's third meeting in six weeks.

Top seed David despatched Dutch number one Vanessa Atkinson 11-9, 11-6, 12-10 while Duncalf beat compatriot Tania Bailey 11-8, 11-9, 11-4.

"I'm very happy to win 3/0 against Tan," said Duncalf. "She's such a great player and even though she's had a tough time recently with her injuries, you can never relax because she can hammer one in at any moment!"

Quarter-finals:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [7] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) 11-9, 11-6, 12-10
[4] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Tania Bailey (ENG) 11-8, 11-9, 11-4
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [5] Laura Massaro (ENG) 11-3, 11-13, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9
[2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Samantha Teran (MEX) 11-2, 11-6, 11-9