England's old guard march on at British Open Squash

Rod Gilmour
Alison Waters was in fine form in the British Open last 16 - Steve Line/SquashPics.com

England's thirty somethings put paid the ambitions of Egyptian's young pretenders at the Allam British Squash Open on Wednesday.

While home hopes have been all but obliterated in the men's draw, barring Nick Matthew's determination to stave off retirement here, Laura Massaro and Alison Waters prospered convincingly to advance to the women's quarter-finals.

Waters, 34, was in sparkling form against Nouran Gohar, the fifth-seeded Egyptian, 14 years younger and one of the game's hardest hitters. This was underpinned by the 32 minutes it took Waters to win through 11-4, 9-11, 11-2,  11-3. 

Wristy flicks, variety in her ball striking and a methodical mindset did for Gohar, who was off her game from the moment Waters opened up a lead in the third.

Waters, who beat Gohar at the recent El Gouna International, said: "You can’t hit with her because she is the best hitter in the game and I came on and tried to mix things up and vary the pace and it seemed to work."

She will have to do the same and more when she meets top seed Nour El Sherbini, of Egypt, in Friday's last eight. 

Meanwhile, Massaro, 34, meets another Egyptian in Nour El Tayeb after the England No 1 saw off a nervous Yathreb Adel in straight games.

The qualifier, a Roehampton University graduate, seemed rattled in the opener, looked a class act with her backhand and kills in the second as she took the Lancastrian to 15-13, but was left bereft of ideas in the third as Massaro's experience in these parts took hold.

"Hull would always hold happy memories in my mind and whatever happens this year at the event that won’t change," she said. "To win two British Open titles is more than anyone could wish for."

Waters and Massaro could now be joined by Sarah-Jane Perry and Victoria Lust in the last eight.

Perry plays Annie Au of Hong Kong on Thursday while Lust has a tougher task when she takes on Raneem El Welily, Egypt's second seed.

Earlier, Paul Coll became the first New Zealander since Ross Norman 25 years ago to reach the men's quarter-finals after ousting Egypt's 2016 world champion Karim Gawad, while Bristol-based Mohamed Elshorbagy was taken the distance for the second day in succession before beating French qualifier Gregoire Marche.

Meanwhile all eyes will be on the last remaining British male in the sport's oldest tournament when Matthew, who ousted Tarek Momen in brilliant fashion on Tuesday, plays German qualifier Raphael Kandra. 

He will again be aiming to stave off retirement for another day with a quarter-final place there for the taking.