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Hany Now In HKFC Semis

22 May 2014

Unseeded Egyptian teenager Salma Hany Ibrahim continued her giant-killing charge through the HKFC WSA 25 field in Hong Kong after taking out a second seed in today's quarter-finals of the WSA Silver 25 squash event at the Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley.

Just 24 hours after claiming the biggest scalp of her life when she upset England's top seed Jenny Duncalf, the 17-year-old from Alexandria battled for four games to dismiss sixth seed Donna Urquhart.

Despite a world ranking difference of 12 places, Hany defeated the Australian world No26 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9 in 46 minutes to set up a semi-final clash with Urquhart's compatriot Rachael Grinham.

Third seed Grinham, a former world number one and world champion, dropped her first game in the tournament when she beat fifth seed Joey Chan 11-3, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9, thereby ending home interest in the championship.

The other semi will be the encounter predicted by the draw - between second seed Amanda Sobhy and No4 seed Nicolette Fernandes. US number one Sobhy, a student at Harvard University, took just 26 minutes to overcome Egypt's No7 seed Heba El Torky 11-5, 11-1, 11-4.

Guyana star Fernandes had an altogether different route to her anticipated semi - being made to fight back from two games down by Delia Arnold before beating the Malaysian qualifier 2-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 in an 86-minute marathon.

Semi-final line-up:
Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v [3] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [4] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)

Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) bt [6] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9 (46m)
[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [5] Joey Chan (HKG) 11-3, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9 (36m)
[4] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt [Q] Delia Arnold (MAS) 2-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 (86m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [7] Heba El Torky (EGY) 11-5, 11-1, 11-4 (26m)