Delia Disposes Second Seed To Book British Open Semi-Final Berth

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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s number three women squash player, Delia Arnold created another surprise at the ongoing 2015 British Open at Airco Arena in Hull, England, on Friday.

In yet another thrilling and exciting matches, Delia defeated world number two, Raneem El Weleily of Egypt in a five-set quarter-final match with 4-11, 16-14, 10-12, 11-6 and 12-10 in an hour and nine minutes to book her semi-final berth.

“I can’t believe I’m standing here, I’m speechless really, I don’t know what to feel.

“In the first game, I really couldn’t see the ball, Raneem has got good hands, so in the second, I tried to make the rallies last longer.

“I’m really surprised, I haven’t done anything different, I’m doing exactly the same thing but this week, it all seems to work…My backhand drop shots worked really well. I won a lot of points from there. My coach has been telling me what to do, and it worked out pretty well!” said Delia as quoted in the tournament official website

Emerging into the main draw from the qualifying round, the 29-year-old had earlier caused two upsets to reach her best ever British Open outings.

The Malaysian qualifier overcame fifth-seeded Alison Waters of England in the first round match on Tuesday and disposed 11th-seeded Annie Au of Hong Kong on the next day.

Delia will play against sixth-seeded Camille Serme of France in the semifinals, who had also sprung a surprise after defeating fourth-seeded Nour El Sherbini from Egypt in a five-set thriller.

“Tomorrow, playing Camille, nothing to lose. I’ll do my best and see what can come out of it,” said Delia.

Camille won the match 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9 and 11-9 in a gruelling an hour and six minutes encounter. – Bernama