El Sherbini gets past David into world squash semifinals
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) General Secretary Windsor John holds the country name card of Australia in the draw for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Asian qualifiers final round in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Asian Cup champion Australia and Japan have been grouped together in the last round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Australia and Japan are in Group B along with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Thailand. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Nour El Sherbini knocked out eight-time champion Nicol David in the quarterfinals of the world squash championship on Thursday.

The fifth-seeded Egyptian, who had beaten David in three previous tournaments, won 14-12, 4-11, 11-3, 11-7 to set up a semifinal match against eighth-seeded Nouran Gohar of Egypt.

“She was really playing well today and I’m really happy for her to be playing that well again,” Sherbini said. “I’ve always looked up to Nicol so I’m really glad and I’m sure she is going to come back stronger.”

Gohar advanced with an 11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 5-11, 11-8 win over fourth-seeded Camille Serme of France.

Earlier, top-seeded Laura Massaro of England advanced by beating Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt 11-3, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7.

The 2013 champion will next play third-seeded Raneem El Welily of Egypt, who defeated seventh-seeded Amanda Sobhy of the United States 11-5, 5-11, 12-10, 11-7.

“The semifinal of a world championship is a big match for both of us,” Massaro said. “It will just be a case of trying to find a way, mentally and physically, to get my best performance out tomorrow.”


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