Ni­col cruises in Colom­bia

New Straits Times - - Sport -

David breezed into the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Ci­u­dad de Florid­ablance tour­na­ment in Colom­bia on Wed­nes­day in her pur­suit of a first PSA Tour ti­tle since De­cem­ber 2015.

An 11-2, 11-7, 11-3 win over train­ing part­ner Sa­man­tha Teran in the first round set 33-year-old Ni­col up for a last-eight tie against Hong Kong’s Joey Chan.

Eight-time world cham­pion Ni­col had lit­tle dif­fi­culty in get­ting past Sa­man­tha to im­prove her head-to-head record against the Mex­i­can to 9-0 since their first meet­ing in 2006.

“It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult to play a good friend of yours, but I knew I had to go in re­ally strong,” said World No 7 Ni­col, seeded sev­enth in the in­au­gu­ral Florid­ablanca tour­na­ment in the ab­sence of the lead­ing Egyp­tian play­ers.

Ni­col, who will play the Bri­tish Open and the Women’s World Cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing this event, had to re­main pa­tient be­fore get­ting on to the open-air glass court around 10pm lo­cal time at the Par­que el San­tisimo, with rain de­lay­ing pro­ceed­ings.

Top seeded Amer­i­can Amanda Sobhy, play­ing just be­fore Ni­col, ad­vanced with an 11-6, 11-1, 11-2 win over qual­i­fier Mil­lie Tom­lin­son of Eng­land while Amanda’s com­pa­triot Olivia Blatch­ford pro­duced a ma­jor up­set by knock­ing out fourth seed An­nie Au of Hong Kong 13-11, 6-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-2.

It was left to Joey to con­tinue fly­ing the Hong Kong flag with a 3-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 win over Cana­dian Hol­lie Naughton while third seed Ali­son Wa­ters of Eng­land came through a test­ing en­counter with Egyp­tian Salma Hany Ibrahim 12-10, 11-6, 11-7.

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