Malaysia's eight-time World Champion Nicol David celebrated her 33rd birthday in style as she saw off the threat of French World No.6 Camille Serme 3-1 to reach the semi-finals of the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open and keep her title defence alive.
The former World No.1 has been undefeated in Hong Kong over the past decade, not having lost since claiming the 2005 World Championship, and after stuttering in her first two matches against Tesni Evans and Joelle King she looked back to her best and she controlled the match against Serme, winning 11-8, 13-11, 7-11, 11-2.
“To be in the semi-finals here is amazing,” said Gohar.
“I played the World Junior Championship just a few weeks ago and to win that again was really pleasing but I worked hard to prepare for this tournament because it's a massive event.
“She kept coming back really strong – it was so hard to finish it off. She was attacking everything and I was having to defend – you can't switch off against her at all.
“It was really hard to stay strong and keep pushing in that fifth game. But I think at the beginning of the match my attacking was sharp and at the end I started to get my drop shot working and it worked.”
World Champion and World No.1 Nour El Sherbini will go head-to-head with United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy in the other semi-final after they defeated Omneya Abdel Kawy and Nour El Tayeb, respectively.
2016 Hong Kong Open – Women’s Quarter-final Results:
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (20m)
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt  Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-8 (27m)
 Nicol David (MAS) bt  Camille Serme (FRA) 3-1: 11-8, 13-11, 7-11, 11-2 (49m)
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt  Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-2: 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 14-12 (80m)
2016 Hong Kong Open – Women’s Semi-final Draw:
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v  Amanda Sobhy (USA)
 Nicol David (MAS) v  Nouran Gohar (EGY
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