World Cup Indoor Singles reigning champion Jo Edwards will go up against last year’s runner-up Lucy Beere of Guernsey, as the semi-finalists are confirmed - while Scotland representative Kay Moran will tackle the previously unbeaten Rebecca Van Asch of Australia in a true clash of the titans in the coming days.
Across rinks, the men’s action will see Kiwi hopeful Ali Forsyth be tasked with the daunting prospect of halting the finals run of Jeremy Henry - with the former Irish representative eyeing up an unprecedented sixth indoor crown at Warilla in Australia colours.
Henry has previously etched his name on the trophy with wins in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and following a strong run of form in the past week from the defending champion, Forsyth will have to be at his best if he is to progress to this year’s final showdown.
In the play-off round, Forsyth accounted for Fiji debutant David Aitcheson in straight sets, 10-5, 9-5, to progress through to his second semi-final appearance in as many years.
The other semi-final in the men’s field will see the promising Malta star Brendan Aquilina, a recent
acquisition of the Warilla side, come head to head with New South Wales number one David Ferguson, with Ferguson so far yet to be beaten in 11 fixtures.
Meanwhile, in the narrowest of losses, Blackjack Val Smith has fallen victim to the fierce prowess of Moran, who put on a clinical display to defeat the Kiwi in straight sets 9-7, 8-4 and advance to this year’s semi-final showdown.
While Smith will rightfully be disappointed, her focus will now switch to supporting her fellow Commonwealth Games’ teammates, cheering Forsyth through the formidable force of Henry, and backing Edwards to clinch a sixth indoor honour also.
The semi-finals will take place on March 13, with both the men’s and women’s final set down for March 14.
Semi-finals at a glance:
Forsyth (NZ) vs Jeremy Henry (Aus)
Aquilina (Malta) vs David Ferguson (Aus)
Moran (Scotland) vs Rebecca Van Asch (Aus)
Beere (Guernsey) vs Jo Edwards (NZ)
Kay Moran (Scotland) def Val Smith (New Zealand); 9-7, 8-4
Lucy Beere (Guernsey) def Colleen Piketh (South Africa); 7-5, 8-9, 3-2 (tie-breaker)
Ali Forsyth (New Zealand) def David Aitcheson (Fiji); 10-5, 9-5
Brendan Aquilina (Malta) def Charlie Herbert (USA); 11-3, 12-3