Preston-based world number two Laura Massaro defied the odds to beat favourite Malaysian Nicol David 3-1 (11/4, 3/11, 12/10, 11/7) in the most tensely contested match of the tournament.
It wasn’t plain sailing for the world number one who was troubled by Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, a previous British Open champion himself who called on that experience, but couldn’t beat Ashour who won 3-1
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The top 2 seeds in the Men’s Draw are Ramy Ashour (No.1) and Nick Matthew (No.2 and defending champion) – and they could meet for a showdown on Sunday. However James Willstrop (No.3), Greg Gaultier (No.4 seed) will no doubt have something to say about that!
In the Women’s Event it’s once again hard to see past Nicol David to retain her title, but the big challenge may come from Laura Massaro (seeded No.2)
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Can they can top that performance this year?? Well the programme starts at 6pm on Sky Sports 3 on Saturday for the semi-finals and 4pm on Sunday for the finals and I’ll be glued to it.
The World Series field is made up of the top eight performers of the 2012 men’s and women’s World Series events. The format is based on two pools of four players, who must play each other before progressing to Saturday’s semi-finals.
From the last four onwards the tournament moves into a knockout format, with the champions crowned on Sunday (click here if you’d like to see the details of the tournament)