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
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“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.