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Merrien faces Packwood

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ALISON MERRIEN had a close look last night at her next opponent in the WBT women's world Match Play singles at Potters Leisure Resort in Norfolk – but, while she was impressed, she was not intimidated.

ALISON MERRIEN'S run in the World Cup in Australia continued yesterday, when, as expected, she kept her unbeaten record intact and clinched her place in tomorrow's semi-finals.

ALISON MERRIEN had a close look last night at her next opponent in the WBT women's world Match Play singles at Potters Leisure Resort in Norfolk – but, while she was impressed, she was not intimidated.

If Merrien (pictured) thought she would have to play her old rival and twice champion Carol Ashby in today's semi-final, she had to think again – the former England ace, who now lives in Scotland, was outplayed by new kid on the block from Wales, Kerry Packwood.

Packwood, a slim 23-year-old, won the WIBC women's world under-25 title at the Hougue du Pommier stadium in Guernsey in 2006, and regained the title in Portsmouth before Christmas – and she dominated from the start.

'I knew what a good player Carol is, and I had nothing to lose,' said Packwood, who beat her twin sister Kelly in those world junior semi-finals in Guernsey four years ago.

'So I got my head down and found my best form. I only hope I can keep it up against Ali in the semi-final.'

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