Having defeated fifth seed Alison Waters yesterday, Delia Arnold continued her excellent form by claiming another upset over Annie Au of Hong Kong at the ongoing British Open.
The Malaysian number three became the first qualifier to enter the quarters after an intense 3-1 win against the left-handed Au.
Arnold was defeated in the first 7-11 before she bounced back from the shortfall to dominate the second set 11-8. The third set saw a deuce between the two but the Malaysian eventually won 12-10 before tackling the final set and securing her win 11-9, all under 53 minutes.
“I’m very happy to win my match today. I played Annie last week in the Asians (Asian Individual Championships) and the same thing happened. I was up 10-8 on match ball, and I lost the match in five,” said Arnold as quoted from allambritishopensquash.com.
“That’s definitely one of my best wins. Now I’m just going to stay focused and take one match at a time,” she added.
Arnold will next face an uphill battle against second seed Raneem El Weleily of Egypt for a spot in the semi finals. Meanwhile, compatriot Nicol David will be playing against England’s Emma Beddoes later on today.
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