Sarah-Jane Perry and Emma Beddoes both bowed out in the quarter-final of the British National Squash Championship in Manchester.
Beddoes and Perry were seeded five and eight and reached the last eight by beating Lauren Selby (11-6, 11-1, 11-5) and Carrie Ramsey (5-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-5), respectively.
Beddoes then surprised the crowd by taking the first game against world number three Laura Massaro and also came close in the fourth before losing 7-15, 11-4, 11-2, 11-9 in 66 minutes.
Perry produced a fine performance despite losing 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 to world number five Alison Waters.
Waters went on to beat Massaro in the final to lift her third national title.
Kenilworth’s Chris Fuller beat Luke Parker (8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-9) and Nick Murrills (11-5, 11-6, 11-7) before losing to Douglas Kempsell (11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 11-6) in the qualifying final of the men’s event.
In the over-40s, Alison Insley lost out in the semi-final to Sarah Parr 9-5, 9-6, 9-5.
Beddoes continued her good form the following week with a stunning victory over Massaro (11-5, 5-11, 13-11, 7-11, 11-6) while playing for Nottingham in the Premier Squash League.