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Carol Weymuller Open 2010
26-31 Oct, New York, Usa, $42k

Finals Day in Brooklyn
Linda Elriani reports

Today was the final day of our 2010 Carol Weymuller Open. It’s been a tremendous week of squash and the WISPA players have definitely left everyone inspired and motivated. We usually have the honor of Carol Weymuller herself coming to watch the final, but Carol has sent us a lovely e-mail apologizing that she was very busy and could not unfortunately find the time to come.

Carol started the junior squash program here at The Heights Casino many years back and it has obviously grown and grown over the years. We always like to thank Carol for all her work and dedication at the start as we wouldn’t be where we are today with our program if she had not been forward thinking enough to develop squash in this area.

We were lucky enough to have Alicia McConnell in town on Friday night though. Alicia grew up playing squash at The Heights Casino, also ran the squash program for 4 years and was the USA # 1 player. When Alicia ran the program it was her initiative to change the courts at The Heights Casino from hard ball to international soft ball courts and then start a tour on the East coast for foreign players to travel over and compete with our tournament being one of them. It was also Alicia’s great idea to name the professional event after Carol Weymuller. So basically Alicia was the back bone to a lot of the events that we are proud of today. So thank you Alicia!

Duncalf defends the title

Our ‘Halloween’ final today was between defending Champion and world # 2 Jenny Duncalf and world # 8 Laura Massaro and it started at 2pm with packed out bleachers full of excited members. In the WISPA head to head statistics Jenny is 2-1 up on Laura so it was going to be interesting to see if Laura could make it 2-2. Both players had hard matches in the semi-finals that went to five so they may have been going into the final today a little fatigued.

Jenny found control in the first game early on moving Laura around the court excellently and making very few errors. Laura was doing her best to move Jenny into the back but her length just wasn’t penetrating enough to re-gain any control. Jenny won the first game 11/6.

The second Jenny was on fire and couldn’t miss! She showed us why is world # 2, with her excellent skills, fluent movement and variety of shots. Laura only got one serve, but was battling hard to get her game plan to work, but to no avail as Jenny won the second game 11/1.

The third game was the first time that Laura’s length was starting to get Jenny out of position and she could get some control on the T, but Jenny was just too accurate and fast today for Laura and eventually Jenny came out on top 11/6 to win the 2010 Carol Weymuller Open for the second year running.

A smiling Jenny said after the final: “I’m really happy to win here again, especially in 3 games. We both had tough matches yesterday so I was pleased to keep my concentration and not let up on any of my leads in each game. I felt like I played well and managed to move her around the court. It’s nice to finish the trip on a high! Next stop Qatar!!!”

Laura commented to me after her match: “I feel disappointed losing 3-0. I think that I felt a bit heavy in my legs today after yesterday and I felt I couldn’t really get on top. My length was a little short and she finished the ball well”. Jenny won 11/6, 11/1, 11/6.
Congratulations to both players for reaching the final, especially to Jenny for re-gaining her title, it was a pleasure to watch them both play. Good luck to Jenny, Laura and the rest of the England team for the upcoming world team championships.

And Finally ...

I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to some key people who have put a lot of time, effort and generosity into making this tournament what it is. Firstly our corporate sponsors Corcoran, who support us year after year and to all our members who contributed to the prize fund. We wouldn’t have a tournament if we didn’t have this incredible support. To all the WISPA players for choosing to come and play our event and for playing such beautiful squash and inspiring all of us, especially our juniors. To Jim Wellington and Dave Wisler who drove all the way from Cleveland to stream our event live on the internet for us. They did a fantastic job and we really appreciate their hard work. We hope that they will come back next year. To all our members who opened up their homes to house the players and to Francesca Connolly who organized all housing of the players. To Sheila Baltzell who helped with all our logo designs, websites updates, programs and draws etc. To Blair Brewster for doing all our website work, the website looks so great now. To www.squashsite.co.uk who put up my reports and photos so quickly and brilliantly on  every day. To Emily Lungstrum, our adult squash chair and all her support throughout the year. To our co-chairs of the Weymuller this year, Ashley Bernhard and Judy Scofield-Miller. They have done a tremendous job and have worked SO hard to make sure that every aspect of the Weymuller has been thought about, from updating the website, to organizing the fundraising committee and arranging the fundraising, gifts for the WISPA players etc etc etc. Then last but certainly not least, Cristian, Jayson, T and ALL our Heights Casino staff. We have an amazing team of dedicated people who all pull together and make every event we run here a success. Thanks SO much.

Thanks again and we hope you all enjoyed the 2010 Carol Weymuller Open as much as we did and we look forward to running it again next year.

Congratulations again to Jenny and good luck to all the WISPA players for the rest of the season. Cheers!


Carol Weymuller Open 2010
26-31 Oct, New York, Usa, $42k
Round One
28 Oct
29 Oct
30 Oct
31 Oct
[1] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
11/8, 11/5, 11/4
Line Hansen (Den)
[1] Jenny Duncalf
11/4, 11/9, 11/5
[8] Rebecca Chiu
[1] Jenny Duncalf

11/6, 9/11, 8/11, 11/3, 11/6

[4] Kasey Brown

[1] Jenny Duncalf

11/6, 11/1, 11/6

[3] Laura Massaro

[8] Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
 11/5, 11/3, 12/10
 [Q] Suzie Pierrepont (Eng)
[4] Kasey Brown (Aus)
11/8, 11/4, 11/8
[Q] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
[4] Kasey Brown
11/6,11/3, 13/11
[7] Samantha Teran
[7] Samantha Teran (Mex)
 5/11, 9/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/7
Latasha Khan (Usa)
[Q] Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
11/5, 11/5, 11/8
[5] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
5] Raneem El Weleily
 11/8, 11/9, 10/12, 11/8
[3] Laura Massaro
[3] Laura Massaro

 6/11, 7/11, 11/7, 11/9, 11/4

[2] Rachael Grinham
Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11/4, 11/6, 14/12
[3] Laura Massaro (Eng)
 [Q] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
11/7, 11/9, 11/8
[6] Engy Kheirallah (Egy)
 [Q] Nour El Tayeb
11/6, 14/12, 11/5
[2] Rachael Grinham
 Tania Bailey (Eng)
11/8, 11/9, 9/11, 5/3 rtd
[2] Rachael Grinham (Aus)

29-Oct, Qualifying Finals:

Amanda Sobhy bt Samantha Cornett       12/10, 12/10, 8/11, 11/6
Suzie Pierrepont bt Stephanie Edmison              14/12, 11/1, 11/9
Olivia Blatchford bt Maggy Marshall                     11/8, 11/7, 11/3
Nour El Tayeb bt Alexandra Norman                  11/2, 11/8, 12/10

28-Oct, Qualifying Round One:

Olivia Blatchford bt Genevieve Lessard               11/4, 11/5, 11/4.
Maggy Marshall bt Belkys Magaly Velez               11/3, 11/2, 11/4.
Samantha Cornett bt Niki Clement                      11/7, 11/9, 11/7.
Amanda Sobhy bt Larissa Stephenson         5/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/6.
Suzie Pierrepont bt Irina Assal                                               w/o
Stephanie Edmison bt Julianne Chu                      11/7, 11/5, 11/2.
Alexandra Norman bt Haley Mendez                      11/4, 11/2 11/3.
Nour El Tayeb bt Alix Younger                           11/1, 13/11, 11/3.
All-English Final in Brooklyn
Linda Elriani reports

Semi finals day is here at the 2010 Carol Weymuller. Everyone was excited for the some more action packed squash as the quarter final matches were so entertaining and such a tribute to how strong and amazing women’s professional squash is.

Before the semi finals began we held a ‘Play a Pro’ event for our juniors so that they had a chance to get on court with some of the top women’s squash players in the world. World # 29 Latasha Khan from USA and World # 34 Line Hansen from Denmark both kindly agreed to play with our two groups of juniors. We had the under 11 kids playing first and then the 12 and over playing second.

They all had such a fun time, trying their hardest to win a point or two off the pros! Thanks so much to Latasha and Line for taking part in this. They are a credit to women’s squash as they are so prepared to give back to the tournaments and help spread the joy of playing squash.

The first semi final on this afternoon was ex-world no 1 and # 2 seed Rachael Grinham playing against World # 8 and # 3 seed Laura Massaro. They have played 9 nines ever in their careers and before they stepped on the court today Rachael was 8-1 up in the head to head meetings. Laura got her win over Rachael in December 2008, so I’m sure she felt ready to try and clinch another win off of Rachael.

Rachael got off to a great start really moving Laura around the court and taking her short whenever possible. Rachael took the first 2 games 11/6, 11/7. Laura didn’t really find her rhythm until the 3rd game when she made a big push to get in front of Rachael and get the ball deeper in the court. This game plan then forced some errors from Rachael as she still tried to shoot short as much as she could. Laura battled back the next 2 games 11/7, 11/9 and we were left wondering who would manage to force their game over the other.

It was Laura who managed to pin the ball deeper and tighter and eventually took the 5th game in an impressive 11/4.

A very happy Laura said…”I’m really pleased to be in the final. Rachael is such a dangerous player and in the first 2 games I felt I didn’t know what to do because she was playing so well. Then I just tried to dig in more physically and make the rallies longer and I felt that I got rewards from doing that. I’ll be trying to play as well as I can in the final and it’s nice as there is no pressure on me!”

The second semi final match was defending champion and world # 3 Jenny Duncalf against Kasey Brown, the recent 3 time medalist at the Commonwealth Games in India.

They have a head to head of 4-1 in Jenny’s favor, but when they played last week in Mexico Kasey took her first win off of Jenny so we were all looking forward to seeing who could come through the winner today!

We felt that the second semi could not possibly be as exciting as the first one, but it did not disappoint us in the least! Kasey is looking fitter than ever and Jenny has incredible movement so they both moved the ball around the court well and both managed to get a lot of hard to retrieve balls back into play and sometimes with interest on it too! Jenny started the match off well taking the ball early and hitting a great attacking length and won the first game 11/6.

The second game Kasey managed to get in front of Jenny much more and she varied the pace well and started to force some errors out of Jenny and managed to come through the second game 11/9. At one all, the match was starting to get very exciting and some rallies were very long and hard fought. Jenny started to make some unforced errors and started going short too soon and Kasey won the third 11/8. Jenny came out flying in the 4th and really concentrated on her length and controlling the T and cut out the errors and soon won the fourth in a convincing 11/3.

At two all it was really anyone’s match, but Jenny seemed to get her confidence back after winning the fourth and got a good start in the fifth game and Kasey never seemed to be able to regain her control quite the way she did so well in the second and third games. Jenny went through to win the fifth game 11/6. It was a fantastic match and the crowd were definitely spoilt with the quality of matches that were played this evening.

Jenny said when I asked how she felt after her long match..”Relief really!!!! It was tough. Kasey has improved recently physically. She’s picking up a lot of balls and she’s always been good with the racket. I was pretty patchy at times, but I kept telling myself KEEP PUSHING! I’m looking forward to playing in the final. One more match and it’s home time!”

We held a cocktail reception with some delicious Chinese food after the semi finals, which was another opportunity for our members to get to know the players and for the players to relax after their matches. Our members had such a treat this evening having two 5 set matches, we couldn’t have asked for more from the players. Congratulations to the winners and we look forward to the final tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s final is between Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro at 2pm and everyone is so excited to see who will be the 2010 Carol Weymuller Champion. See you then!


Jack Elriani

Quarters in Brooklyn
Linda Elriani reports

It was the quarter finals night of the Weymuller Open. The quarter final night is always my favorite night at tournaments because it’s usually four extremely high quality matches all on one court. A feast of squash!

First up on the championship court was the world # 2 and defending champion Jenny Duncalf playing Rebecca Chiu world # 19 from Hong Kong. Jenny played a sound and skillful game and was moving beautifully around the court. Rebecca made a big push in the second and was 8-8 before Jenny went through to win. Jenny ended up winning 11/4, 11/9, 11/5.

Jenny commented after the match, “I felt good today, the 2nd game was crucial and I generally felt good movement wise. I’ve enjoyed my last 2 matches here. After a rough week in Mexico I’m enjoying being on court at this tournament”.
Jenny plays Kasey Brown tomorrow in the semi final.

Second on was Kasey Brown, the world # 9 against Mexican Samantha Teran. Kasey controlled the match for the first 2 games and then Samantha suddenly found her rhythm in the 3rd game and went 10-8 game ball up, at which time Kasey focused on her length again and re-gained control of the T and managed to squeeze the third 13/11 to win 3-0.

Kasey commented after her match…”I felt I came out strong in the first 2 games and stuck to my game plan and in the 3rd I knew I had to stay in front of her but she fought back well. I very happy to win in 3! I’ve played Jenny quite a bit and last week in Mexico was the first time I’ve beaten her so I hope that I can consolidate on that”.

Third match on tonight was World # 8 Laura Massaro against world # 10 Raneem El Weleily. They have apparently played 5 set matches recently that went right down to the wire so we knew that we had a great match on our hands. They both played well and fought hard but Laura almost managed to win the match in a surprising 3-0 as she had match ball at 10-8 in the 3rd, but the gutsy Raneem kept her head down and came back to win the third in a very exciting 12-10. Laura came out strong in the third and managed to win it 11/8.

Laura said..”I’m really happy to have won, it’s been SO tough against her in the last few matches. I thought I’d blown it after having 2 match balls in the 3rd!! I just so glad to be in the semis tomorrow, it’s the furthest I’ve got in this tournament”.

The last match of the night and certainly not the least was world # 5 Rachael Grinham playing Nour El Tayeb, who took out the world # 12 in yesterday’s 1st round match. The final match of the evening was definitely worth waiting for as it was a superb display of athleticism and creative squash play.

The crowd were gasping as Rachael and Nour literally throw themselves around the court in the endeavor of getting EVERY ball back! It was seriously entertaining and Nour definitely deserved to win at least a game for the amount of effort she put into the match. Nour is only 17 years old and is already an amazing player. She has a wonderful career ahead of her, that is for sure.

A smiling Rachael said after the match “I really enjoyed playing tonight! I haven’t enjoyed playing as much as that in a while! I felt like I was moving really well and hitting the ball well and made very few errors. I’m so pleased that I won that second game, that way I could still feel confident in the 3rd and play my shots freely. I knew it was an uphill battle for Nour once she was 2-0 down, so that helped me too. I haven’t played Laura in a while and it looks like she is in good shape so I hope that I play well”.

We all look forward to some more amazing squash in the semi finals….see you all again tomorrow afternoon!


Round One in Brooklyn
Linda Elriani reports

Tonight was the 1st round of the 2010 Carol Weymuller Main draw. The qualifying matches were fantastic and we’ve had a lot of local interest what with now having three USA players in the main draw…Amanda Sobhy, Olivia Blatchford who both qualified and Latasha Khan the world # 29 who was already in the draw. The quality of the matches tonight was amazing and it’s so inspirational for our Heights Casino juniors to watch. There’s a cute group of our youngest players who come watch nearly all the matches and have got as many signatures from the WISPA players as is humanly possible!

First on the Championship court was the defending champion and world # 2, Jenny Duncalf from England playing against Line Hansen, the world # 34 from Denmark. Line started the match really well, with attacking lengths and early volleys and took an 8-5 lead, but Jenny soon got her groove and settled into her game plan and won the match 11/8, 11/5, 11/4.

Jenny commented after the match ...”We’re about the same age but we don’t think that we ever played in a WISPA event before! It’s great to be back in Brooklyn. I’ve been here, there and everywhere recently – different settings and different courts, but I always love coming back. It always feels so familiar. I feel so at home here. I’m looking forward to tomorrows match against Rebecca. I haven’t played her in a while and it’s nice to play different opponents”

Rebecca Chui, the world no 19 from Hong Kong played qualifier Suzie Pierrepont in the next match on. Rebecca had a great to start to the match and got a 2-0 lead, and Suzie had a big push in the 3rd which a game ball opportunity, but Rebecca eventually won 11/5, 11/3, 12/10. Rebecca said..”I played OK, I found it difficult to start with to see the ball with the glass side wall. Suzie played better in the 3rd game so I was happy to win in 3. I haven’t played Jenny for a long time so I hope I can play well tomorrow”.

The longest match of the night was Samantha Teran the world # 14 from Mexico against Latasha Khan. Latasha played an attacking and error free first 2 games and then Samantha found her game and battled through to the take the fifth game 11/7.

Samantha was very relieved when I spoke to her saying..”I’m happy to win. I didn’t play very well. It took me the first 2 games to get into my rhythm. Latasha played really well the whole match and I think in the 5th it could have gone either way. It was my 2nd WISPA tournament since I injured my ankle and was out for 3 months. So I’m really happy to get through. I haven’t played Kasey in a long time and I hope that I play better tomorrow. I’m always enjoying playing this tournament, everyone is friendly and I’ve known a lot of the members here for as long time now!”

Second match on the championship court was Kasey Brown the world # 9 from Australia playing junior world champion Amanda Sobhy. Kasey was far too strong and confident for Amanda but with a few more WISPA matches under her belt Amanda could start to worry a lot of the top girls. Kasey won 11/8, 11/4, 11/8 and said “ I was happy to win in 3. Amanda put up a good fight. I haven’t got past the 1st round here for a while so I’m really pleased to be playing again tomorrow. I haven’t played Samantha for ages and the court is very bouncy so I’m expecting a long one!”

Laura Massaro the world # 8 was next on court with fellow English woman Emma Beddoes. Laura controlled the match very well for the first 2 games and had to make a big push in the 3rd to take it 11/4, 11/6, 14/12.

Laura commented after the match..”I’m pleased to get off in 3 as I was 10-8 down in the 3rd. I thought I played really well in the first 2 games and my focus was great and I battled through in the 3rd! I’ve played Raneem many times this year and it’s always really close so I hope that I play well tomorrow”

Raneem El Weleily played the American up and coming Olivia Blatchford and Raneem controlled the match nicely moving Olivia around the court and chopping the ball off whenever she could. Raneem won 11/5, 11/5, 11/8.

Raneem said..”I’m happy to be through. It’s a strange court with the glass side wall, but I like it! Olivia played really well and is very talented and has great skills. It was a good match. I play Laura tomorrow and it’s the 5th time we’ll play this year. I’m hoping that I’ll do good!”

When I spoke to Olivia after her 1st ever main draw match at the Weymuller she said…”It was really fun and I had a good learning experience. Hopefully I’ll play her again soon. It was awesome! I’m just going to stick around and watch now and learn!”

Olivia is embarking on her professional squash career next year and we all wish her the very best of luck. I personally think she has a great career ahead of her….Watch this space!

Unfortunately Tania Bailey, former world # 4 had to retire in her match against Rachael Grinham our # 2 seed for this tournament. Rachael was 2-1 up and Tania had breathing difficulties. She has been feeling under the weather this week and was hoping to be ok in her match but in the end unfortunately wasn’t. We hope you feel better soon Tan.

Rachael commented after the match “It’s a shame the match had to end like that. She’s such an experienced player and fights so hard so even if you are ahead you can’t let her in at all. I haven’t played Nour in a while, but I’m just happy to be back in court. Last week was my first WISPA event back after pulling my calf and being out for 6 weeks!”

The big upset of the evening was qualifier Nour El Tayeb taking out compatriot and world #12 Engy Kheirallah 11/7, 11/9, 11/8.

Nour was speaking excitedly on the phone when I went over to talk to her and she said..’I don’t know what to say!! I’ve never beaten Engy before! She wasn’t at her best today and hit the tin a couple of times. I think that I played well, it was important to play a good length because she cuts it off so well. I have to play Rachael tomorrow. She is my favourite player! I hope that it is a good match!”

So here ends another exciting night of squash here at The Heights Casino and we all look forward to the quarter finals tomorrow night. See you again soon!


Qualifying Complete in Brooklyn
Linda Elriani reports

Tonight was the last evening of the qualification at the 2010 Carol Weymuller Open. It’s always an exciting round as it really is all or nothing…main draw or not!

The first match was between two young players, Amanda Sobhy from the USA and Samantha Cornett from Canada. It was great match full of high quality rallies, Samantha really took some beating, she never gave up on a thing and Amanda really had to battle for every point. It was the closest contested match of the evening. Amanda won in a very close 4 games….12/10, 12/10, 8/11, 11/6.

Amanda commented after the match was over….”I‘m very happy, it was tough! She’s a runner and gets a lot back and my fitness is not as good as hers! I relied on my shots and power and just kept running everything down and I knew a mistake would come eventually. Fingers crossed for a good draw in the 1st round in the main so my friends can come back and watch me do well.”

Amanda is playing Kasey Brown, the world # 9 from Australia, tomorrow in the 1st round of the main draw.

Second on was Greenwich based English woman, Suzie Pierrepont against Stephanie Edmison from Canada. Suzie played a solid match and really controlled the T, which is what she does best. Suzie won 14/12, 11/1, 11/9.

When I spoke to Suzie after the match she said “I’m really pleased to have qualified as last year I didn’t and I was a full time pro travelling the world. Now I’m just playing for fun and I guess I’m playing pretty well!"

Suzie has recently taken on the job of Director of Squash at Greenwich Academy, running their squash program and coaching field hockey and tennis too. Suzie now plays Rebecca Chiu, the world # 19 from Hong Kong in the 1st round tomorrow.

Next on was ex-Brooklyn based Olivia Blatchford against Maggy Marshall from Australia. Olivia played another strong and sharp match following the same steady pattern as she did in her match yesterday. Olivia won in a convincing 11/8, 11/7, 11/3.

Olivia was so excited after her match and exclaimed ... ”I played well and I’m SO excited! I’ve been coming to this tournament to watch since I was 5 years old and I’ve got some wildcards in the past, but to actually qualify for the main draw for the first time is AWESOME! Now I guess the fun begins!”

Olivia now plays Raneem El Weleily the world #10 from Egypt.

Our last match of the evening was between Nour El Tayeb from Egypt and Alexandra Norman from Canada. Nour started off the match well, helped with some errors from her opponent and just managed to close the match in 3, after being down in the 3rd…

Nour looked happy to have qualified and said “I don’t think that was my best squash, but I’m happy to have won in 3 games. She goes short unexpectedly and it took my by surprise! In the 3rd game all her shots were working. My length was short so this helped her to be able to do this. I was 10-6 down in the 3rd so I probably played my best squash of the match to come back and win! Now I play Engy!!!! We’re staying with the same family here at the tournament and we train together at home in Egypt, so I hope that I play my best squash.”

Nour plays Engy Kheirallah the world # 12 in the 1st round tomorrow night.

After the matches, we also held our “Meet and Greet” reception for the members to have a chance to talk and get to know the WISPA players and we also had each player stand up and say something about themselves to the excited onlookers.

The WISPA players are always so great at giving back to the tournament and did a great job on and off the court. It’s great having the WISPA players here. Thanks girls and good luck for the rest of the tournament!


New York Time
17.30 start

Under way in Brooklyn
Linda Elriani reports

The 2010 Carol Weymuller Squash Tournament is now underway with the first 8 qualification matches taking place on our two new Heights Casino squash courts. We were lucky to have four USA juniors competing in the Weymuller Qualification - Olivia Blatchford, Amanda Sobhy, and our very own Haley Mendez and Julianne Chu.

First match on was Olivia Blatchford, who is only 17 and already ranked 48 in the WISPA world rankings. Olivia won in three over Canadian Gen Lessard. Olivia played a very sharp and precise match and made very few errors moving her opponent around the court well and exposing her weaknesses.

Olivia, who used to live here in Brooklyn and be a member of The Heights Casino, said after the match “It’s really nice to be ‘home’. Considering it was the 1st match I felt great and especially coming back from altitude as I’ve just played a tournament in Mexico.”

Tomorrow Olivia plays Maggy Marshall from Australia.

The second match on was the recently crowned World Junior Champion, Amanda Sobhy, who also has an amazingly high WISPA ranking of 37 for her young age. Amanda came through her match against Larissa Stephenson in four games.

Amanda commented after her match “The 1st game was a bit of a slow start with a combination of my tins and her nicks! But after that I warmed up, it was tough because she is a talented player, even though the score wasn’t that close in the end.

"I’m feeling good for tomorrow. Sam (Cornett) is a tough player, so I’m hoping to play well. I actually have a bunch of friends coming to support me so I have to play well for them!!!!!”

Next match on the championship court was Julianne Chu, one of our Heights Casino members, and she lost 3-0 to Stephanie Edmison.

Julianne said “I think that my shots were good and that I was hitting the ball well, but my fitness is just not here at the mo because I’ve been taking off to do my college applications…..but I’ll be ready for the next tournament and this was a great experience and I enjoyed every minute. WISPA events are always exciting….just to come out and participate.”.

Stephanie plays Greenwich based English woman Suzie Pierrepont tomorrow evening in the last round of qualifying round.

Last but certainly not least was our very own Haley Mendez, who was playing Canadian Alexandra Norman. Alexandra played an excellent and error free match and put Haley under maximum pressure. Haley battled bravely and every point she won she certainly deserved as Alexandra was not giving anything away.

When I spoke to Haley after the match she said ”I’m pleased for the most part with the way I played. I wanted the match to last longer as I felt that I was starting to adjust to such a precise game. I wish I could be playing again tomorrow, as I gain so much experience from these WISPA events.”

Amanda, Haley and Julianne have all recently found out that they have been accepted into Harvard next year. Congratulations to them all and what an amazing addition they will all be to Harvard’s squash team.

It was a great evening of squash to start off the 2010 Weymuller and we look forward to the final round of the qualifying tomorrow night.

Today was also Laurent and my son’s Jack’s second birthday and I know that Jack is excited about coming to the tournament this weekend as he loves the squash courts and squash balls!



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