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Joelle King into quarter-finals of British Squash Open

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New Zealand’s world No.5 Joelle King eased into her fifth British Squash Open quarter-final after defeating England’s former world No.3 Alison Waters in the third round.

King claimed the inaugural Manchester Open title recently facing Waters at the same tournament when she also claimed a 3-0 victory. And she was in top form once again in Hull as she executed her game plan to perfection, to keep the experienced Waters at bay and close out an 11-4, 11-8, 11-6 victory in 32 minutes.

"I felt much more focused today," said the 30-year-old from the Waikato. "I have played Al so many times, when we were four or five in the world and I definitely had to be at my best tonight. I didn’t make many errors and didn’t give much away so I’m happy with that performance.

"Normally I would like the hotter conditions and the bouncier court, but I’ve worked hard at trying to improve my short game and my overall squash and I’m now starting to like the colder conditions."

She will now play either Egypt’s world No.3 Nour El Tayeb or Hong Kong’s Annie Au in the quarter-finals on Saturday morning NZT..

Fellow Kiwi Paul Coll plays his third round match against Egyptian Fares Dessouky at approximately 6.15am NZT today. Live facebook of his match which appears to be slightly delayed here -

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