Quarter-final line-up:  Nicol David (MAS) v  Madeline Perry (IRL)  Alison Waters (ENG) v  Joelle King (NZL)  Raneem El Weleily (EGY) v  Low Wee Wern (MAS)  Laura Massaro (ENG) v  Kasey Brown (AUS)
“She started well, her length was better than mine and I just couldn’t get control of any rallies,” said Perry, the 36-year-old world No9. “But I felt much better from the start of the second.
“I’ve been struggling with a knee injury for the last couple of months, so it’s just nice to be playing again. I’m looking forward to the quarter-finals and having another rest day can’t hurt!”
Madeline now meets Nicol David, world No. 1 who is bidding to become the first player to defend the title for over 20 years. A tough ask for Madeline but one she will not shirk from! Good Luck Madeline!
In the 1st round Aisling Blake went out to Alison Walters, England’s No4 seed. Alison was back at her best winning 11-7, 11-6, 11-3. “Aisling was playing well and finding her length from the start,” admitted the world No4 from London (pictured right with Blake). “It took me a while to find my range. It’s always a bit of an unknown quantity in your opening match, but I’m glad to get through in three and looking forward to the rest of the tournament now.”
Also in the 1st round Eighth seed Madeline Perry was given a scare by Tesni Evans, a 20-year-old Welsh qualifier making her maiden appearance in the event. Experienced Irish number one Perry led 2/0, but plucky Evans fought back to draw level.
The 36-year-old world No9 dug deep, however, to regain the advantage and close out the match 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5 after 67 minutes.
Other news from the 2nd round –
England’s Alison Waters admitted that it was a ‘patchy’ performance that saw the fourth seed survive her second round encounter with Australia’s Donna Urquhart in the Women’s Delaware Investments U.S. Open Championship, the Women’s Squash Association World Series Platinum event which – for the first time ever – is providing equal prize money to the men’s event.
Waters, the world No4, went into the match at Drexel University in Philadelphia boasting a 4/1 career head-to-head record over the left-hander from New South Wales, ranked 21 places lower.
But the Londoner squandered an 8-3 lead in the opening game to allow Urquhart to win the next eight points in a row to take an unlikely one game lead. Waters upped her game to take the next two to go 2/1 up – but Urquhart came out firing in the fourth to level the match. in the 5th, the Australian underdog drew level at seven-all. Two careless tins from the Englishwoman put Urquhart within two points of the match – but three crisp winners later gave Waters match-ball at 10-9.
A stroke saw Urquhart draw level at 10-all – but Waters converted her next match-ball to finally secure her 8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10 win after 58 minutes.
“Donna played well, but I was pretty patchy throughout,” admitted Waters. “I’m just glad to have got through!”
Waters now faces fifth seed Joelle King, the world No5 from New Zealand who defeated England’s Sarah Kippax 11-9, 11-4, 11-7.
“I had a close match against Nouran (Gohar) in the first round, and that was probably just the kick up the bum I needed,” admitted 25-year-old King afterwards. “I’m glad I was able to come out and play much better today, even if I did make a few errors at the start.”
Favourite Nicol David maintained her ‘clean sheet’ in the event by beating Camille Serme 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 in a repeat of her victory over the fast-improving French number one in last week’s Carol Weymuller Openfinal in New York.
“I was really pumped up for this, ready to give my best,” said the world number one from Malaysia (pictured above in action with Serme) after extending her career head-to-head record over world No10 Serme to 10-0.
“We played last week and she was playing really well, so I knew she would be fired up for it. I managed to settle and get into my game but it wasn’t easy, she played well again.”
RESULTS: Women’s Delaware Investments US Open, Philadelphia, USA
2nd round (top half of draw):  Nicol David (MAS) bt  Camille Serme (FRA) 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (36m)  Madeline Perry (IRL) bt  Line Hansen (DEN) 6-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-8 (41m)  Alison Waters (ENG) bt  Donna Urquhart (AUS) 8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10 (58m)  Joelle King (NZL) bt  Sarah Kippax (ENG) 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (31m)
2nd round (lower half of draw):  Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt  Amanda Sobhy (USA) 2-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (40m)  Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt  Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 11-7, 5-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 (50m)  Kasey Brown (AUS) bt  Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 11-4, 11-7, 12-10 (41m)  Laura Massaro (ENG) bt  Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 6-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-7 (44m)
Event website: www.usopensquash.com