LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Yamba's Donna Urquhart bows out of the Allam British Open in straight sets to Malaysian world number two Nicol David.
LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Yamba's Donna Urquhart bows out of the Allam British Open in straight sets to Malaysian world number two Nicol David. squashpics.com

Urquhart out of British Open

SQUASH: Yamba squash star Donna Urquhart was the last remaining Australian in the British Open before she bowed out in straight sets to former world number one Malaysian Nicol David this week.

Urquhart earned the tough match-up after defeating Indian number one Joshna Chinappa in the opening round of the prestigious tournament.

David who has won the British Open an astonishing five time,s entered the round two clash as favourite but this did not phase Urquhart, who was playing for the experience.

“There is no pressure on me against Nicol, I’m going to go out there and give it everything, enjoy playing on the glass court,” Urquhart said before the clash.

“[I’ll] enjoy the experience of it and hopefully I’ll play some good squash and we’ll see what happens.”

David was on the front foot from the off, taking the first game 11-4 with some majestic shots leaving Urquhart with little chance of returning.

The second game was closer than the first, but David always looked in control. Urquhart gave it her all, and put some pressure on David by forcing her to see out three game balls in order to win the game 11-7.

With the contest seemingly wrapped up at 6-3 in the third, it was the Australian who demonstrated an impressive array of shots to bring the scores back to 6-6 only for David to raise the ante and score five consecutive points to take the game, and the match.

“All the girls are stepping up their games in each round which is exciting for the tour at the moment as we are all pushing each other but I'm really pleased with how I played today,” said David.

“I felt like I was feeling the court better and I know I always have to play good squash on the day, and I’m happy to win 3-0 and have this amount of recovery.

Earlier in the tournament Australian number one male Yamba’s Cameron Pilley was dumped from the tournament by reigning world champion Gregory Gaultier.

It was a moment of revenge for Gaultier, who was knocked out of the Hong Kong Open quarter finals by Pilley late last year.



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