Kiwi world No.9 Joelle King has been beaten in the quarter finals of the US$165,000 (NZ$229,473) Saudi PSA Women's Squash Masters tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday morning (NZ time).
King was defeated by Egyptian fourth seed Nouran Gohar 11-8, 11-6, 11-8 in 35 minutes.
In the first set, King hit seven winning shots compared to her opponent's five, but she also made five errors, four more than Gohar.
Surprisingly, in the second set King was penalised an unusually high four strokes while the third set had similar winners and errors for both players.
King will now travel to the US for the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions (January 18-25), which will see matches played on a glass court in Grand Central Station in New York. Fellow Kiwi Paul Coll will play the men's event in New York.