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New Zealand's Joelle King in action against Egypt's Salma Hany

Tournament of Champions QF: Formidable King Advances to Last Four

New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King was on fire to take out World No.14 Salma Hany in straight-games and advance to the semi-finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions for the second year in a row in New York.

Hany enjoyed one of the upsets of the tournament so far in round three when she downed compatriot and World No.4 Nour El Tayeb to advance to the last eight. However, she came up against a formidable King in the last eight, who executed her tactics to perfection to limit any attacking intent from Hany and march through to the semi-finals by an 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 margin in 33 minutes.

Either World Champion Nour El Sherbini or England’s No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry awaits King in the semi-finals, depending on who wins their match later today.

“When you lose to someone the time before then it always put a bit of an edge on the match,” said 31-year-old King afterwards.

“Joshna [Chinappa] and I both train in Bristol with Hadrian [Stiff] and we’ve played together a bit and it’s always a bit of a tight match. You come in knowing each other’s game as well, so it’s always a lot more tense and I guess after getting through a match like that you just free yourself up. I just wanted to play well.

“It’s kind of my natural game, it hasn’t been there for the last year. It just feels really good to be on court and playing close to back to my best. I just want to keep playing and what better way than to keep playing here in Grand Central, it’s one of the most amazing events in the whole world.”

Result:
[6] Joelle King (NZL) bt [14] Salma Hany (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (33m)

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