The World Open 2012 presented by BDO reach an exciting conclusion in Camana Bay on Friday with the championship game.
The quarter-finals were held on Wednesday and Malaysia’s current world champion Nicol David was joined by world No.2 from Egypt Raneem El Weleily and English pair Laura Massaro, the world No.3 and Jenny Duncalf, the world No.6.
The semi-final draw – played on Thursday after we had gone to press – was between El Weleily and Massaro and David against Duncalf.
Quarter-finals night at Camana Bay started with an English double as Duncalf upset the seedings to beat friend, room-mate and compatriot Alison Waters in a five game marathon and Massaro recovered from a game down against Low Wee Wern to reach her first World Open semi-final.
El Weleily also made a first semi-final as she found her shots to beat Natalie Grinham in three, and to finish Madeline Perry gave six-time champion David a real test before the world number one reasserted to win in four.
David is bidding for her seventh world title in eight years. She won the first two games comfortably, 11-3, 11-7 then lost her rhythm to lose the next game 9-11 before resuming her dominance to seal victory 11-3. “It was a really good game, I enjoyed it,” said Perry, “but once she stepped up the pace in the fourth I just couldn’t live with it any more.”
David was as much relieved as pleased: “Very happy to win that,” she said. “Madeline kept plugging away and coming back at me even when she was 2-0 down.
“She was really firing it in and I knew I had to do something. I had to step my game up in the fourth and everything was coming off for me, but it wasn’t easy.
“It seems that everyone I play here I’ve played in finals before, it shows that the standard is so high and there’s no easy games!”