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Atwater Cup 2011
28 Mar-02 Apr, Montreal, Canada, $25k
Kobayashi ] King ] Grinham ] Videos ] Reports ]

Reports:   Quarters    Round One   Qual Finals   Qual R

02-Apr, Final:
Natalie Grinham bt Joelle King                  11/6 11/7 14/12

01-Apr, Semis:

Joelle King bt Vanessa Atkinson    11/7 11/6 8/11 11/3 (40m)
Natalie Grinham bt Jacklyn Hawkes      11/9 11/9 11/9 (42m)

The Atwater Cup 2011
Glen Wilson reports

Club Atwater, Montreal痴 premier Squash and Badminton Club, played host to its third WISPA event in four years.

With a prize pool of over $25,000 the event attracted a quality field to this vibrant city.

The Patrons of Montreal have once again come to the party as the in-house sponsors and we lenjoyedo a fun week of international women痴 squash.


Draw & Results

Focus on Joelle

Two on Tour

Misaki in Montreal

World at her Feet

02-Apr, Final:
Glen Wilson reports

Grinham takes King in Montreal Final

Natalie Grinham played flawless squash to beat local favourite Joelle King 3 games to love in the final of 2011 The Atwater Cup.

Grinham found her game early playing drops from everywhere on the court within inches of the tin with constant consistency. King must have been thinking this cannot happen for much longer as Grinham reeled off point after point to take a comfortable first set 11/6.

King found her length in the second which enabled her to get in front and play some nice volley and counter drops bringing a nice run of points to stay close. At 6 all. Grinham went on the attack and won the next 4 points from playing some nicely placed cross drops catching King off guard and following up with some nice holds to end the points. 11/7 to Grinham and in full control.

In the third King came out hitting the ball hard trying to move Grinham around the court with pace and getting onto the ball early playing the ball short for some nice winners. King had raised her game and we had a match. Both players playing the ball around nicely looking for the opportunities to attack and both had their chances.

King was hitting the ball a lot sweeter going in short for the kill but Grinham was picking everything up. Grinham got to 10/9 match ball. A stroke to King to level. A winner from King to go game ball but with a loose serve on her first game ball Grinham attacked and hit a winner. The next 2 points Grinham played superbly to move King out of position and finish the points and with it the 2011 Atwater Cup Champion.

的知 playing really well and looking forward to Caymans. I知 glad Joelle's out of the qualifying as we could have played each other again tomorrow.

"I知 just looking to keep improving this year building up for the World Open in September."

的 came up against a better player today but I知 happy with my game and looking forward to the next three weeks.

"I feel I am heading in the right direction and I知 excited about the next two events

Press Cuts


salut framb

Je suis verte de rage d avoir perdu contre Vanessa Atkinson, score 11.7 11.8 9.11 11.9 en 41mn, bien qu'elle soit t黎e de s駻ie num駻o 1, et 10 mondiale, il y avait la place de gagner.

Je n'ai pas bien jou les deux premiers jeux, j'ai manqu d'agressivit, mes coups n'騁aient pas assez appuy駸. Puis le 3eme jeu bien meilleur, je maitrisais mieux mon sujet, et dans le 4eme elle s'arrache pour 騅iter d'aller au 5eme jeu, car elle accusait le coup beaucoup plus que moi.

Je g鑽e mal la fin du jeu en jouant entre deux eaux; la faire courir pour plus la fatiguer pour le 5eme et attaquer.

Je suis pas contente de moi, je dois et je pouvais gagner ce match.

Maintenant, je vais avancer, changer ce qui a fait d馭aut pour les prochains matches, me tourner vers le prochain tournoi qui est dans deux jours.... aux iles caymans o je suis dans les qualifs. Le niveau est tr鑚 relev, les conditions changent!! On passe de presque zero degre 28!


01-Apr, Semi-Finals:
Glen Wilson reports

It痴 Grinham against King in Atwater Final

Joelle King v Vanessa Atkinson

The first semi final kicked off with New Zealander Joelle King against top seed Vanessa Atkinson.

In a packed gallery at the Atwater club members, patrons and supporters turned out in style to support this fantastic event in support of the Woman痴 Professional Squash Tour.

King a local favorite started well hitting the ball crisply and attacking from the outset keen to apply the pressure early. Atkinson took a little while to settle but stayed close with some nice drop winners with the first evenly poised at 5 all. King was into her rhythm though timing the ball extremely well looking full of confidence. She used her volley well cutting off anything loose hitting some nice volley drop winners that Atkinson could not reach. King went away from 5 all to 10/5. Atkinson dug in a little and won the next two points but King again used her reach to cut off a nice backhand volley drop to win the first.

King looked to be full of energy and eager to stamp her authority on the match by playing fast paced squash giving Atkinson no time to get set and play her shots. The openings started to come for King as Atkinson hit some loose boasts that King put away with depth touch. King was in total dominance as she broke away to lead 10/2. A couple of loose points by King and two winners by Atkinson got her close but King closed it out in a commanding second set.

In the third King seemed to relax a little and Atkinson pounced building a 5/0 lead catching King by surprise. King fought back to 7/8 but a couple of nice winners from Atkinson and an error from King had Atkinson back in the match and a lifeline moving into the fourth.

King came out very strong in the fourth powering the ball deep into the corners moving Atkinson around the court. King was in total control and playing some superb squash hitting the ball with vigor attacking at any opportunity. King had found her zone hitting winner after winner in a purple patch of 8 straight points and with it the match 11/3 in the final set. Kings best performance of the tournament so far dispatching the no 1 seed as she looks in good form for tomorrows final.

Asked afterwards about tomorrows final. 的知 glad to be there but I知 still 1 match away from the title and I would love to win this at my home club in Montreal

的 know it痴 going to be tough as Natalie痴 an amazing player but I can稚 wait to get out there.

Jaclyn Hawkes v Natalie Grinham

These players had played each other once before in Cleveland in February with Grinham winning a close 4 setter.

2 months on you sensed Grinham was a much better player but Hawkes had also looked good in her first 2 rounds so we were in for an intriguing re-match.

The points started with some long tight rallies with Hawkes focusing on keeping Grinham pinned in the back on the court. Grinham was working the ball around looking for opportunities to attack Hawkes at the front. Hawkes started well to go 6/3 up but Grinham came back strong with her trademark cross court drops into the front left nick to lead 9/7. Hawkes tried to counter a couple of times that left her stranded and Grinham pounced to hit the ball away and win a close first set.

Hawkes was playing well and you sensed that she was on the right road and had a game plan to attack Grinham. Grinham though has the ability to take you out of your comfort zone and change things up just as you are settling. At 6 all Grinham went to 9/6 before Hawkes found her range with the straight forehand drop to pull it back to 9 all. Grinham again managed to find the right shots to pull Hawkes out of position and force the errors to win another close one to go 2 up.

It was hard to know what Hawkes should do to get back into it as she was playing well and unlucky to be down 2 sets to 0. With King in her corner trying to spur her kiwi team mate on Hawkes came out in the third showing a more willing ness to attack the front forehand corner. It paid a few dividends bringing a string of points and taking her out to a nice lead.

Hawkes led 8/4 only for Grinham to come back and hit some drops winners from almost impossibly positions that Hawkes couldn稚 do a lot about. Hawkes still led 9/8 hanging tough and we looked like we were possibly heading for a fourth but Grinham again found the answers and the space to reel off the next 4 points and a place in her first tour final of 2011. A date with Joelle King in tomorrows final beckons in a match that will be highly anticipated.

Natalie said afterwards 的知 playing well and happy about making the final. I haven稚 played Joelle before so I知 looking foreword to a tough match.


Reports:   Quarters    Round One   Qual Finals   Qual R

Atwater Cup 2011
28 Mar-02 Apr, Montreal, Canada, $25k
Round One
30 Mar
31 Mar
01 Apr
02 Apr
[1] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
 11/4, 11/7, 11/8 (28 min)
[Q] Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
[1] Vanessa Atkinson
11/7, 11/9, 9/11, 11/9 (38m)
[7] Isabelle Stoehr
[1] Vanessa Atkinson

11/7, 11/6, 8/11, 11/3 (40m)

[3] Joelle King

[3] Joelle King

11/6 11/7 14/12

Natalie Grinham

[7] Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
11/9, 11/9, 5/11, 11/5 (39 min)
Joey Chan (Hkg)
[3] Joelle King (Nzl)
 11/5, 11/6, 11/8 (26 min)
[Q] Miranda Ranieri (Can)
[3] Joelle King
11/7, 12/10, 6/11, 12/10 (62m)
[5] Samantha Teran
[5] Samantha Teran (Mex)
14/12, 11/8, 11/2 (35 min)
[Q] Gaby Schmohl (Sui)
[Q] Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
11/6, 11/5, 12/10 (37 min)
[8] Aisling Blake (Irl)
[Q] Olivia Blatchford
11/8, 11/2, 11/4 (26m)
Natalie Grinham
Natalie Grinham

11/9, 11/9, 11/9 (42m)

[2] Jaclyn Hawkes

Natalie Grinham (Ned)
11/5, 11/3, 11/8 (25 min)
[4] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
Alexandra Norman (Can)
11/4, 11/1, 11/5 (19 min)
[6] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
[6] Amanda Sobhy
11/3, 12/10, 9/11, 11/6 (48m)
[2] Jaclyn Hawkes
Latasha Khan (Usa)
11/6, 12/10, 11/7 (37 min)
[2] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)

2009 & 2008 Events

Tue 29th, Qualifying Finals:

Miranda Raneiri (Can) bt
Orla Noom (Ned)               7/11, 11/3, 9/11, 11/ 1, 11/8 (41m)
Gaby Schmohl (Sui) bt Stephanie Edmison (Can)                        11/9, 11/2, 11/4 (23m)
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) bt Olga Ertlova (Cze)                         11/5, 11/2, 11/4 (32m)
Olivia Blatchford (Usa) bt Thaisa Serafini (Bra)                         11/4, 12/10, 11/9 (34m)

Mon 28th, Qualifying Round One:

Orla Noom (Ned) bt Genevieve Lesard (Can)                               11/5, 11/2, 11/6 (22m)
Miranda Raneiri (Can) bt Imelda Salazar (Mex)                           11/2, 11/5, 11/3 (13m)

Stephanie Edmison (Can) bt Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 5/11, 11/9, 9/11, 12/10, 13/11 (61m)
Gaby Schmohl (Sui) bt Nayelly Hernandez (Mex)                         11/5, 11/4, 11/3 (21m)

Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) bt Samantha Cornett (Can)             13/11, 11/8, 13/11 (48m)
Olga Ertlova (Cze) bt Ivonne Diaz (Mex)                                    11/6, 11/7, 11/3 (26m)

Thaisa Serafini (Bra) bt Karina Heredia (Mex)                             11/5, 11/1, 11/6 (16m)
Olivia Blatchford (Usa) bt Lindsay Bovaird (Can)                         11/1, 11/1, 11/1 (15m)

Atwater: 28 Mar-02 Apr   Cayman: 03-09 Apr   Texas: 12-17 Apr

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