David claims Bicentenario Crown
The evenings entertainment opened with a doubles exhibition that was
won by the Rest of the World (Raneem El Weleily & Samatha Teran),
who beat Europe (Jenny Duncalf & Madeline Perry) 15/13.
However, the crowd had come to see if Nicol David could maintained
her 100% record in 2010 and they were not disappointed. Grinham
started brightly enough showing few ill effects from her 5-set win
over Kasey Brown the previous evening, however, it was David who got
to game ball first leading 10-7.
Grinham tightened up and squeezed a couple of errors from Davd to
level at 10-10 but it was the World no.1 who drew first blood taking
the game 12/10. From 4/4 in the second the result was never in doubt
as David raced away with the game without dropping another point and
turned the screw in the third take the game and the title.
"As with the semi-final it was important to win the first game as i
know how dangerous Rachael can be," said David. "I just had to keep
getting her shots back. It has been great to have so many Mexican
fans here, and wanted to thank everyone that has been involved in
the event as it is fantastic, the setting, the crowds and
"I have been talking to Samantha about getting an event here and now
she has made it happen. I played an exhibition with here 2 years ago
and I could see the enthusiasm then, so i knew it would be a fun
event for all the girls."
Grinham wasn't too downbeat: "It's nice to get to a final again, and
I am motivated at the moment and want to keep enjoying my squash so
hopefully there will be some more.
"Nicol has proved she is the best in te World so all you can do is
to try and make her work as hard as possible to beat you."
Photos by Luis Alberto Peñaloza
Oct, Mexico, $65k
 Nicol David (Mas)
11/4, 11/5, 11/5 (26m)
[Q] Ivonne Diaz (Mex)
 Nicol David
11/8, 11/2, 11/6 (24m)
 Nicol David
12/10, 11/6, 11/6 (31m)
 Raneem El Weleily
 Nicol David
12/10 11/4 11/5 (35m)
 Rachael Grinham
Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
11/2, 11/2, 11/0 (20m)
[Q] Karina Heredia (Mex)
 Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/9, 11/6, 13/11 (29m)
Annie Au (Hkg)
 Madeline Perry
11/8, 11/8, 11/9 (30m)
 Raneem El Weleily
 Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
11/6, 11/5, 11/9 (26m)
Latasha Khan (Usa)
[Q] Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
11/3, 11/6, 11/5 (27m)
 Samantha Teran (Mex)
 Samantha Teran
11/9, 11/3, 11/8 (36m)
 Rachael Grinham
 Rachael Grinham
8/11, 11/2, 11/8, 9/11, 11/9
 Kasey Brown
[Q] Nayelly Hernandez (Mex)
11/1, 12/10, 11/3 (24m)
 Rachael Grinham (Aus)
Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
11/6, 11/4, 11/5 (26m)
 Kasey Brown (Aus)
 Kasey Brown
11/5, 12/14, 11/6, 8/11, 11/3 (66m)
 Jenny Duncalf
Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11/8, 11/7, 11/5 (30m)
 Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
Karina Heredia (MEX) bt
Maggy Marshall (AUS)
11/5, 11/9, 5/11, 11/8 (30m)
Ivonne Diaz (MEX) bt Lia Paz Noguez (MEX)
11/2, 11/6, 11/5 (22m)
Nayelly Hernandez (MEX) bt Imelda Salazar
11/4, 7/11, 12/10, 11/6 (48m)
(USA) bt Graciela Lopez Perez (MEX)
6/11, 8/11, 11/7, 14/12, 11/4
Blatchford comeback stops
Mexican clean sweep in Toluca
It was nearly a clean sweep for the Mexican in qualifying as the
Bicentario Internacional got under way in Toluca, but Olivia
Blatchford launched a spirited comeback from two down and saving
match balls in the fourth to put out Tolucan resident Graciela Lopes
Earlier Karina Heredia had got the Mexican wave going with a fine
four game win over Aussie Maggy Marshall, to join Ivonne Diaz and
Nayelly Hernandez in the main draw.
Malaysian starlet Nicol David booked her place in the final
with a composed win over the talented young Egyptian Raneem El
Weleily. The latter started well with some exquisite squash
striking the ball purely and easing to a 5/2 lead.
However, David hasn't remained unbeaten for 12 months by panicking
at such and early stage and she steadily turned up the pressure on
her younger opponent forcing El Weleily to start aiming lower and
lower eventually starting to clip the tin. She saved a game ball at
9-10 to level 10-10 but David closed out the game and from then on
had the upper hand.
El Weleily still played some beautiful squash but it wasnt enough to
trouble David who eased through in straight games to set up a
meeting with old rival Grinham.
"It was good to get through in three games," said David. "I expected
at least four as Raneem is so talented. The first was a bonus as she
The first semi-final was a classic affair with the deft lobs and
drops of Rachael Grinham countered by the supreme athleticism
of Kasey Brown. The two Aussies traded shot for shot but
despite her five set win the previous day it was Brown that came out
faster powering her way through the first.
However, Grinham is know for her clever play and taking the pace off
off the ball she deadened Brown's attack and raced away with the
2nd. Maintaining a similar patter she took the third and looked to
be cruising to victory at 4/0 in the fourth. Brown had other ideas
stepping up the court and mixing short sharp volleys with fierce
drives she pegged the game back to 9-9 and eddged in much to
Grinham again came out quicker in the decider leading 3/0, but once
more Brown bounced back with 5 straight points to lead 5/3. At 6/4
Brown over-ruled the 3-refs 'Let Decision' to give Grinham a stroke,
a decision she may well rue as the match continued to sway backwards
at forwards before Grinham was able to break the deadlock at 9-9 to
edge home by 11/9 in the fifth.
"Nicol and I used to play a lot but that was when I used to make
more finals," quipped Grinham. "We played in Hong Kong but it will
be nice to have another match with her.
"The altitude makes it difficult to decide how tired you feel, so
hoping I will be fine tomorrow."
Photos by Luis Alberto Peñaloza
Seeds scattered in quarters
No sooner had the chimes from the bell tower faded away than play
got under way in Plaza Civica in Toluca.
up was a battle of the medallists with Jenny Duncalf & Kasey
Brown having picked up Silver & Bronze, respectively, in the
Commonwealth Games in Delhi. It was Brown who started the best with
Duncalf looking a little edgy and at 1-0 10/7 things were not
looking good. However, a couple of deft drops and angles later
Duncalf was back at 10-10.
The game then ebbed & flowed, with long rallies being disrupted with
lets as the tension grew. Eventually Duncalf nicked it 14/12, but
Brown came straight back at her to lead 2-1. Duncalf still wasnt
done levelling once more but the effort of always chasing the match
seemed to have taken its toll as again Brown gained the ascendency
to move in to the Semis after over an hour of enthralling squash.
Brown reflected "It's nice to beat someone for the first time, as it
gives you the confidence that your game is moving in the right
Samatha Teran came out to a boisterous welcome and she didn't
let her fans down as she jumped straight to 5/1 in the first.
However, former World no.1 Rachael Grinham put the brakes on
and started to chip away at the lead, eventually passing Teran to
take the first 11/9.
The Australian kept the large crowd subdued winning the 2nd
relatively comfortably and but a Teran fightback from a losing
position in the third gave the locals hope. However, Grinham spoiled
the party wining the third and setting up and all Aussie encounter.
She said "It's great making a semi-final in major event as it has
been to tough to do so over the past year. I am really enjoying
playing at the moment and look forward to playing Kasey who is
clearly in form tomorrow. It's actually fun playing someone in their
home country, the atmosphere is just as electric when you play Nicol
Nicol David herself clearly enjoyed the atmosphere wasting no
time in disposing of New Zealand's Jaclyn Hawkes. The Kiwi
fought hard for every point but found David in fine form, soaking up
the pressure and then returning it in kind. David moved into the
semi-finals and was quick to acknowledge the quality of this first
glass court event in Mexico.
"It's been fantastic to be part of this event, everyone has been so
welcoming and friendly, it felt good to have the crowd cheering for
me tonight. I am really enjoying my stay this week and that always
help you play well."
The evening was book-ended by upsets as Raneem El Weleily
demonstrated what a talent she is knocking out World no.6
Madeline Perry. Moving apparently effortlessly around the court
El Weleily had Perry scrambling as she attacked short whenever the
opportunity presented itself. Perry made it as difficult as possible
but was unable to take the game that may have changed the shape of
El Weleily was as relaxed afterwards as she was during the match: "I
played well today and enjoyed the match, it will be tough playing
Nicol tomorrow but it should be fun to play her, especially in the
Semi final of a major event.."
Luis Alberto Peñaloza Tapia
21-Oct, Round One part two:
All seeds safely through ...
Raneem El Weleily started of day two of the first round in
fine form knocking out USA's Latasha Khan. The skilful
Egyptian seemed unperturbed by the altitude causing the ball to
speed off the front wall chopping the ball short on the volley and
She looked to be cruising home leading 2-0 6/0 but Khan mounted a
spirited comeback to level at 6-6 and then saving a match ball
before succumbing 11/9 in the third.
On being asked by the local press what it was like to have local
support, El Weleily commented "its great that people are so friendly
here in Mexico, and really nice that some in the crowd want me to
There followed an impressive firework display lighting up the
Tolucan sky before Irelands Madeline Perry & Hong Kong's
Annie Au stepped on the Manta All Glass Court to continue the
evenings squash entertainment.
In a contrast of styles Perry pressurised young AU with crisp drives
and boasts, but Au stuck to her game of deft lobs & drops. However,
it was the power game that proved most effective as Perry moved up
2-0. Au dug in an indeed had 3 game points in the third, but was
unable to capitalise as Perry eventually moved through into the
Having already taken Malaysian Nicol David to their hearts
the Mexican crowd was a little torn as she took on local qualifier
The World number one was always in control but Diaz acquitted
herself well, at times competing with the World no.1 and putting the
ball away impressively. However, David always looked in supreme
control and progressed smoothly to the next round in straight games.
At the press conference David explained how 'all the of the players
have arrived her early to get used to the altitude and although you
notice it a little in the first couple of days you start to get used
She went on to say "it's great to play in such a public & stunning
setting, and I am sure that this event will motivate Mexicans to
play squash. Sam has already shown it is possible to be very
successful and she is one of the main reasons this event is on.
Jaclyn Hawkes showed no mercy in progressing to to the
Quarter Finals at the expense of another Mexican Qualifier Karina
Gonzalez. She romped through the first game 11/2 and didn't let
up in the second or third pressurising her opponent with the quality
of her lengths to set up a meeting with David tomorrow night.
Photos by Luis Alberto Peñaloza
20-Oct, Round One part one:
"Mexico, Mexico, Mexico ..."
crowd of over 800 graced Toluca's Plaza Civica to witness the
official opening followed by the first round of the Torneo
International Bicentenario Mexico Open 2010.
A host of local dignatories, including a representative of the mayor
of Toluca Enrique Pena Nieto, aided by World no.1
Nicol David and Mexican no.1 Samantha Teran officially
opened the proceedings on the Manata All Glass Court.
Set against the backdrop of stunning architecture that surrounds the
the play got under way with an impressive display by Australian
Kasey Brown. Coming to the event off the back of picking up a
Bronze Medal at the Commonwealth Games Brown was in impressive form
in blowing away Hong Kong's Rebecca Chiu.
9000 feet above sea level the conditions in Toluca clearly didn't
affect Brown as she rattled off a straight games victory 11/6 11/4
"Its not often that I win quickly, so its great to get through
relatively easily as this could prove to be a tough week at
altitude. Obviously the bronze in Delhi has given me a lot of
confidence so I am looking forward to a good week here."
World no.2 Jenny Duncalf set up a clash with Brown with a
straight games victory over compatriot Emma Beddoes. Duncalf
looked in fine fettle as she worked Beddoes around the court before
putting the ball away with trademark drops & volley drops.
never really recovered from poor starts in the second 0-6 and the
third 1-8, leaving herself too much to do against her class
"It's a great venue to play in and wonderful to see so many people
turn out to watch a squash event," said Duncalf in the post-match
A feature of the event is that like tennis players are required to
answer questions from the numerous press in attendance, giving the
event an even more professional feel.
A packed press conference greeted local favourite Samantha Teran
when she left the court having dispatched qualifier Olivia
Blatchford in straight games. Spurred in by a crowd chanting
showed that she was back to full fitness after an ankle injury that
ruled her out of last month's METROsquash US Open.
"Obviously it is fantastic to play in front of your home crowd, and
I really wanted to win for them and everyone who has put so much
effort into putting on this event."
Former World no.1 and World Champion Rachael Grinham soon
quietened the expectant crowd as she raced through the first game
11/1 against Mexican qualifier Nayelly Hernandez.
However, Hernandez proved she wasn't over-awed by facing her
experienced opponent matching her point for point in the second and
indeed holding a game ball at 10/9 before Grinham closed out the
game and then eased through the third.
Grinham also missed the US Open as well as the Sharm El Sheikh World
Open and will have been glad of the relatively comfortable return to
the World stage, before facing Teran as well as her Mexican masses
on Friday night.
Photos by Luis Alberto Peñaloza Tapia
Squash Villa Coapa
XXXVIII ANNIVERSARY ...
Sergio Olvera Garrido reports
The Pre-qualifying tournament for the International Tournament
Bicentennial Mexico 2010 took place last weekend in one of the
most famous squash clubs in Mexico, the Squash “Villa Coapa”.
The Court Stadium Montero has been witness of greatest matches with
a lot of famous players like: Sharif Kahn, Mark Talbott, John Nimick,
Gary White, Viktor Berg, Rob Dinermann ,Jeff Stanley, Jonathon
Power, Graham Ryding, Ned Edwards, Marcos Mendez, Hector Barragan
,Los Hermanos Rodriguez, Erik Galvez , Jorge Baltazar and other high
level squash players.
the framework of the celebrations of the XXXVIII Anniversary of
the SQUASH VILLACOAPA, The Family Montero organized the pre
qualifying tournament with the best Mexican girls squash players.
The winner of this tournament will be part of the qualifying draw in
the International Tournament Bicentennial Mexico 2010.
The winner of the tournament that will be in the qualifying draw is
Nallely Hernandez (135 WISPA) who won 3-2 against Imelda
Salazar (104 WISPA) in an amazing match.
The girls who took part in the tournament were:
Imelda Salazar(WISPA 104), Blanca Vallarta, Guadalupe Gasca, Dulce
Ramirez, Karen Urrutia, Diana Garcia, Mariana Reyes, Melisa Torres,
Mariana Aguirre, Lia Paz (WISPA 229), Nallely Hernandez (WISPA 135),
Ana Gonzáles, Ileana Novelo, Maria Fernanda Rivera, Karla Urrutia,
Maria Fernanda Martinez, Samantha Mendoza and Ivonne Diaz (WISPA