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for­ward to a good match (in the quar­ter-fi­nals),” said Ni­col, a five-time Bri­tish Open win­ner.

Fresh from win­ning her first PSA Tour ti­tle in 15 months at the Ci­u­dad de Florid­ablanca tour­na­ment, Ni­col said the ben­e­fit of re­turn­ing to the win­ner’s cir­cle was ev­i­dent against Joey.

The match might have taken a dif­fer­ent turn had Joey, who also lost to Ni­col in Colom­bia two weeks ago, won the sec­ond game.

“I feel more com­fort­able ev­ery time I play matches and tour­na­ments,” said World No 7 Ni­col, who ex­tended her un­beaten record against Joey to seven matches.

“I think play­ing another tour­na­ment in Colom­bia helped me get the feel of what I’m try­ing to do and it re­ally gives me that con­fi­dence to put it

The num­ber of Bri­tish Open ti­tles won

by Ni­col David to­gether.

“Joey was com­ing at me with all her shots, she didn’t make any er­rors in that third game and pushed me all the way through the sec­ond, so I knew I had to be clin­i­cal.”

Camille, who posted an 11-8, 119, 5-11, 11-9 win over Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb, would nom­i­nally be con­sid­ered the favourite based on her World No 2 rank­ing but for her win­less record against Ni­col.

Ni­col has won 17 matches against Camille, the last com­ing at the 2016 Hong Kong Open and the for­mer World No 1 be­lieves she is im­prov­ing with each match.

“I feel more com­fort­able ev­ery time I play matches and tour­na­ments,” said Ni­col, 33. “You get spurred on play­ing on the glass court, so I think I raise my game up even more.”

The vic­tor of this last-eight tie will meet ei­ther English sev­enth seed Sarah-Jane Perry or Aus­tralian Donna Urquhart in the semi-fi­nals to­day.

Un­der-18 win­ner Siow Yee Xian guided Malacca to the team gold in the MSSM squash cham­pi­onships in Pe­tal­ing Jaya yes­ter­day.

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