King loses semifinal

New Zealand squash player Joelle King (left) battles hard but cannot overcome Egypt’s Nour El...
New Zealand squash player Joelle King (left) battles hard but cannot overcome Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini in the semifinal of the Tournament of Champions (squash) at Grand Central Station in New York yesterday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
New Zealand’s Joelle King was beaten in the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions in Grand Central Station in New York yesterday.

King, ranked 6th in the world, was beaten by defending champion and world No2 Nour El Sherbini in 41 minutes by a score of 6-11, 9-11, 11-6, 3-11.

The first game was all El Sherbini’s, but the second had King take an 8-5 lead; after a couple of disputed points and a stroke against the Kiwi though, it was the Egyptian who remained focused. In the third game King dominated points to put herself right back in contention. However, at the start of the fourth set El Sherbini was quick to get on the scoreboard and quick to finish too, ending with a solid win.

“Playing against Joelle is never easy,” El Sherbini said. “She came back well in the third, so in the beginning of the fourth I wanted to get some points quickly.”

King will now play the Carol Weymuller Open in Brooklyn, New York later this month.

 

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