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Brown beaten at Australian Open squash
19:52 AEST Fri Aug 17 2012

NSW player Kasey Brown, the last local hope in the women's draw of the Australian Open squash tournament, was thrashed in her quarter-final in Canberra on Friday.

The 27-year-old went down to Northern Ireland's 2010 champion Madeline Perry, who produced a ruthless display to coast to a 11-4 11-5 11-6 win.

Brown's heavy defeat continued a dismal day for Australia after Donna Urquhart was forced to forfeit her match against England's Laura Massaro because of an ankle injury.

Urquhart picked up the injury during her shock win over compatriot and former world No.1 Rachael Grinham on Thursday.

Perry, a semi-finalist in Canberra last year, said she enjoys playing in the capital.

"Some courts just seem to suit you and this one has always been good for me," said Perry.

"I started well today. She couldn't seem to get in front of me because my length was so good and she couldn't attack. I could really sense she was getting frustrated."

In her semi-final, Perry will face defending champion Nicol David after the Malaysian was forced to dig deep against England's Alison Waters.

Waters, runner-up to Perry in 2010, came out firing to take the first game in a tiebreak.

The world No.1 then bounced back to take the next two and then fought off a spirited Waters to triumph 10-12 11-1 11-7 15-13.

In the other semi-final, Massaro will take on Dipika Pallikal after the Indian scored a 11-5 11-7 12-10 win over Amanda Sobhy of the US.

Sobhy was unable to repeat her heroics from the second round when she defeated second seeded Englishwoman Jenny Duncalf, with Pallikal in complete control throughout.


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