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Squash preview - 30 July


Tuesday is semi-finals day for the eight surviving players in the menís and womenís singles competitions.

Peter Nicol

Peter Nicol in action during the quarter-final

All eyes in the menís singles will focus on the clash between the world number 1 Peter Nicol (ENG) and the third-seeded Australian David Palmer at 14.30. Antwerp-based Palmer beat the defending Commonwealth Games gold medallist in their last match at the Super Series semi-finals in June.

Their previous meeting had been in the final of the Qatar Classic, where Nicol beat his 26-year-old rival in the final, although Palmer has lost seven of their last nine meetings.

Canadaís world number 2 Jonathon Power needed his very best form to beat Englandís Lee Beachill in a rousing quarter-final on Monday night and his reward is a last four duel with the Australian Stewart Boswell at 20.00. Boswell beat team-mate Paul Price 6-9, 9-4, 9-4, 9-2.

The first of the womenís semi-finals at 14.00 will be the all-Australian clash between the world number 1 Sarah Fitz-Gerald and 25-year-old Rachael Grinham, the eldest of the two competing sisters.

Thirty-three-year-old Sarah has won the World Championship on four occasions and the British Open in 2000 and 2001. She has a record 58 wins on the WISPA tour and is now unbeaten in her last 53 matches.

Cairo-based Grinham is a former world number 7 and is now ranked at 11. The Australian number two comfortably disposed of fourth-seed Leilani Rorani in the quarter-finals

England is guaranteed at least a bronze medal, after Cassie Jackman disposed of team-mate Linda Charman in five games to set up a potentially-explosive match against the world number 2 Carol Owens at 19.00.

Owens, representing New Zealand for the first time after making the switch to life in Auckland, made relatively light work of beating Englandís Tania Bailey in the quarter-finals on Monday night.

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