Craig gets to last 8

01:33, Dec 04 2012

Megan Craig will return to New Zealand with two quarterfinal finishes to her name after the Marlborough squash star reached the last eight at the WSA World Tour's Madison Open in Wisconsin, in the United States, at the week- end.

Craig, who also made the quarters at the McWil NSA Fall Classic tournament in Toronto, Canada last week, was seeded third for the $10,000 event and drew French player Julia Lecoq in round one.

Craig, who is ranked 53 in the world, proved too strong for 97th- ranked Lecoq and won in straight sets, 11-9 11-1 11-8.

Young Egyptian qualifier Habiba MA Alymohmed was Craig's opponent in the quarterfinals and after losing the first set 11-8, the Kiwi fought back to take the second 11-7.

Alymohmed went 2-1 ahead when she claimed the third 11-9 and Craig again levelled things by taking the fourth 11-7.

But, the fifth and deciding set was all about the Egyptian, as Alymohmed went on to seal a 3-2 victory and a spot in the semifinals 11-2.

Still just 13 years old, Almoymed is at present ranked 126 in the world. Fairfax NZ


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