Weymuller Open 2013
01-06 Oct, Brooklyn, NY, Usa, $50k
Live streaming video by Ustream
 Nicol David (Mas) 3-0 Camille Serme
(Fra) 12/10, 11/2, 11/5
David regains Weymuller title
Linda Elriani reports
Today was the final day of our 2013 Carol Weymuller Open.
It’s been a tremendous week of squash and the WSA players have
definitely left everyone inspired and motivated. We sometimes 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.
final today was between French # 1 and world # 10 Camille Serme
who has had the tournament of her life so far beating the World # 6,
# 4 and # 2 against Nicol David, the World # 1 since January
2006 (and Carol Weymuller champion in 2005!).
Nicol reached the final today without even dropping a game! The
match started at 2pm with packed out bleachers full of excited
members. In the WSA head to head statistics Nicol is ahead 8-0 but
Camille had a very close 3-1 match with Nicol last time they played.
Both players semi-final matches yesterday were not too long, so they
should have arrived today in the final not too fatigued.
The match started off evenly and both players where working the
court well and there were some long hard fought rallies. Nicol
looked as though she was prepared to just absorb Camille’s pressure
and not go for too many shots. Camille was trying to apply the
pressure that she had done yesterday and throughout the week but was
making some tentative errors with her short game.
The score went back and forth evenly and it looked like we had a
very long match ahead of us. Nicol managed to edge ahead to 9-7
after a crazy long rally that ended in backhand drop in the tin from
Camille. Another tin from Camille took Nicol to game ball at 10-8.
Camille gave a big push and managed to pull back and with a backhand
boast in the tin from Nicol and a lovely backhand drop winner from
Camille this took her to 10-10.
The crowd was really appreciating the closely fought rallies and it
was intrigued to see who could start out this final with a 1-0 lead.
Nicol stepped on the gas and a very deep penetrating drive forced an
error from Camille and then an unforced backhand volley drop gave
Nicol the first game 12-10.
We were all left wondering if Camille could come out in the second
and keep this kind of pressure on Nicol.
In the second Nicole came out with much more aggression and weight
on her shots and seemed to be taking the ball earlier and with more
decision than in the first. Nicol was 2-1 down but then went in one
hand straight through to 11-2!
It wasn’t really that Camille did anything particularly wrong it
more that Nicol was just flawless and gave Camille nothing to hit.
Nicol did some amazing drops in the nick and some perfect dying
drives into the back which is very difficult to do in these hot
In the third Nicol continued to dominate. Camille tried her hardest
to get into the match but each time she worked a great opening her
finishing shots that have been working so well all week were just
not quite there today. Nicol stayed focused and accurate she was
just too good today and her movement was so flowing and fast. Nicol
went 10-5 up and fittingly won the championship point on a perfect
crosscourt drop shot straight into the nick!
A very happy Nicol said after her Weymuller win: “I’m just so
happy to win this tournament after so long. It has been such a great
atmosphere that it just drives me forward to play better squash each
day. Camille played really well in that first game and it was neck
and neck all the way! In the second and third I mixed it up a bit
more because she gets into a great rhythm and it can be dangerous!
"I’m very pleased and I’m looking forward to next week. I’d like to
thank Linda for such a great event and all the families that have
supported this tournament for all these years”.
When I spoke to Camille after her final and asked how she felt she
said: “I’m a bit disappointed to be honest. Even though she’s the
world # 1 I wanted to do better than getting 1 game as that‘s the
best I have done against her. I felt she played really well and I
made too many mistakes. I don’t even know why as I wasn’t even
trying to go fine on my shots. Right after the match I feel
disappointed but later I will look back at what a great tournament
"The good thing is I only have to wait one week to hopefully play
her again at the US Open. Thanks so much to everyone here for
everything! Thanks too for all the support here and back home and
all the people that watched me on the live streaming’.
Congratulations to both players for reaching the final, especially
to Nicol for winning this gold tournament for the first time since
2005, it was a pleasure to watch them both play.
Draws & Results
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Weymuller Open 2013
01-06 Oct, Brooklyn, NY, Usa, $50k
 Nicol David (Mas)
11/8, 11/6, 11/4
Donna Urquhart (Aus)
 Nicol David
11/7, 11/5, 11/4
 Nicol David
11/8, 11/7, 11/4
 Raneem El Weleily
 Nicol David
12/10, 11/2, 11/5
 Kasey Brown (Aus)
6/11, 10/12, 13/11, 11/8, 11/9
Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
 Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
11/9, 11/3, 11/4
[Q] Line Hansen (Den)
 Raneem El Weleily
11/6, 11/7, 11/9
 Joelle King
 Joelle King (Nzl)
11/7, 11/4, 11/8
Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
[Q] Victoria Lust (Eng)
11/5, 11/5, 11/4
 Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
 Jenny Duncalf
11/7, 11/7, 11/7
12/10, 11/6, 11/4
 Laura Massaro
Camille Serme (Fra)
11/7, 11/13, 11/4, 11/9
 Alison Waters (Eng)
[Q] Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
13/11, 11/7, 4/11, 11/3
 Low Wee Wern (Mas)
 Low Wee Wern
11/8, 12/10, 11/6
 Laura Massaro
[Q] Aisling Blake (Irl)
11/4, 11/7, 111/6
 Laura Massaro (Eng)
02-Oct, Qualifying Finals
Line Hansen 3-0 Lisa Aitken
11/3, 11/5, 11/9
3-1 Samantha Cornett
11/3, 7/11, 11/9, 11/6
Nicolette Fernandes 3-1 Amanda Sobhy
11/8, 12/10, 10/12, 11/8
Aisling Blake 3-2 Sarah Kippax
9/11, 11/6, 11/6, 8/11, 11/6
01-Oct, Qualifying Round One
Line Hansen (Den) 3-1 Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
7-11, 11-5, 14-12, 13-11
Lisa Aitken (Eng) 3-2
Samantha Teran (Mex)
8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8
Victoria Lust 3-1 Emily Whitlock
9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 5-2 retired
Sam Cornett 3-1 Latasha Khan
19-17, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6
Nicolette Fernandes 3-0 Sarah Cardwell
11-7, 11-5, 11-6
Amanda Sobhy 3-0 Lucie Fialova
11-5, 11-6, 11-6
Aisling Blake 3-0 Kylie Lindsay
11-4, 11-6, 11-3
Sarah Kippax 3-0 Olga Ertlova
11-7, 11-6, 11-5
Semis: Cam completes English hat-trick
Camille Serme, the recently-crowned European
Individual Champion, continued her sensational run of
results at Heights Casino in Brooklyn to reach the final of
the 40th Carol Weymuller Open.
Having already beaten Alison Waters and Jenny Duncalf, the
fourth and seventh seeds, tonight she surpassed even those
performances as she beat world number two and defending
champion Laura Massaro in straight games, making it a
hat-trick of English victims, all British National Champions
In the final she'll face Malaysia's world number one
Nicol David, who stayed on course for a second
consecutive WSA Gold event title with a straight games win
over Egypt's Raneem El Weleily.
Linda Elriani reports
Semi finals day is here at the 2013 Carol Weymuller
Open. Everyone was excited to see some more action packed
It’s “World Squash Day” today so happy squashing to everyone
around the world J It’s quite a coincidence that we have
most of the best players in the world playing on our courts
on this special day.
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. World # 21
Sarah Kippax, World #43 Kylie Lindsay, World #73 Sarah
Cardwell, World #32 Samantha Cornett, World #22 Aisling
Blake, World # 29 Samantha Teran, World #35 Vicky Lust,
World #25 Donna Urquhart and World # 5 Joelle King all very
kindly agreed to play with our two groups of juniors. The
juniors all had such a fun time, trying their hardest to win
a point or two off the pros!
Thanks so much to the WSA players for taking part in this.
We really appreciate it. They are all a huge credit to
women’s squash as they are so prepared to give back to the
tournaments and help spread the joy of playing squash.
first semi final today was between the world # 2 and
previous Weymuller winner in 2011 Raneem El Weleily
and world #1 and seven time world open champion Nicol
David. In the head to head they are 10-2 in Nicol’s
favor but in the last year they are 2-2.
Raneem got off to a very nice start with some amazing,
precise drops and she even got a ‘wows’ from crowd!! Nicol
didn’t look settled in yet and Raneem was playing some crazy
winners but soon started to also hit a number of tins too.
Nicol started to find her lengths and control the T and soon
evened up the score and onward to 7-4. Nicol’s pressure
seemed to build throughout the game and Raneem didn’t seem
fully committed to patiently set up her rallies. Raneem had
another push and played some more outlandish winners and
pulled back to 7-7. It was Nicol’s flawless movement and
focus that got her through to win the first game 11-8.
started the second well again with some wonderful drops and
a mistake from Nicol. Both players were moving around the
court with such incredible grace and ease that it makes
everyone feel that they too could go there and do the same,
though we all know that this not the case! Nicol again found
her rhythm and kept a consistent pressure on her opponent
which must have been the main reason why Raneem’s
winner/error ratio was not leaning in the right direction.
Raneems squash was very spotty today. It was either
delightful and amazing or an error. Meanwhile Nicol played
very few errors after the first game and looked incredibly
focused. Nicol took the second game 11-7.
The third game started out the same as the first 2 games and
Raneem took a small lead of 3-1. Nicol took the next 4
points straight and Raneem only won one more rally after
that and Nicol stormed through from 6-4 to 11-4 in one hand.
Nicol played so well and really proved to us why she is
world #1 and is in the Guinness Book of Records for the most
consecutive world opens wins!!!
was very happy and when I asked how she felt she said “Good, I mean to beat Raneem 3-0 is a huge deal! It came
together at the right time and I want to bring that through
to the finals tomorrow”.
A disappointed Raneem said
“She played really well. I
wasn’t as sharp as I needed to be. I should have done better
but it’s been a great tournament and I’ve enjoyed my time
here. Thank you everyone for everything!”
second semi final match was a totally European affair with
Laura Massaro world # 2 and defending Weymuller champion
playing giant killer Camille Serme who is French #1
and world #10. Both players are amazing athletes and very
steady and accurate so the quality of the squash was bound
to be fantastic.
Camille started off the match very well and very quickly
found her rhythm and was lunging well and moving Laura
around the court. Laura looked unusually tentative and made
some uncharacteristic errors. You could see Laura trying her
hardest to regain some of the spark that she had in last
night’s match. There were some great rallies but Camille
always seemed that little more in control until she was 9-4
up! Laura then dug deep and pushed up the court and stayed
100% focused to claw her way back to 10-9 game ball in one
hand! Camille started to look flustered for the first time
and it was looking as though Laura had finally found her
grove. A forehand boast mistake from Laura gave Camille
another chance and Camille took it by the horns and came
through to win the first 12-10.
came out on fire in the second and very quickly put the
pressure back on Laura. There were a couple of shots that
swayed her way with a back wall nick and perfect boast when
she was under maximum pressure. It was as if today was
definitely her day! Laura as always tried everything to stay
in the match and came back to 4-4 but Camille made no errors
and defended as well as she attacked so it left Laura with
nothing! Camille went from 6-6 straight through to 11 to win
the second 11-6.
It was going to be interesting to see if Camille could keep
up her amazing play or if Laura’s vast experience could help
her find the answer to combat Camille’s fire.
The third game followed a very similar pattern with Camille
looking as confident as ever and not seeming to be fazed by
the fact she could also take out the world #2 as well as the
world #4 and #6! Camille was looking so comfortable on the
court and Laura was looking increasingly the opposite. It
wasn’t for lack of trying on Laura’s part it was just so
difficult to impose her game on a player that was obviously
feeling so good in every way. Camille came through the third
and final game 11-4.
delighted Camille said after her huge win “I feel so well
physically. I wonder how it is possible!! I just want to say
a big thank you to my physical coach as he gave me a hard
program to follow this summer. I think I feel well as I have
close people here to share it with me (Camille’s boyfriend’s
parents are here). Squash is so much mental and if I feel
well in my life then I play relaxed and focus on what I want
to do on the court. I just wish my boyfriend and parents
were here to share it and see how well I can play. For now
back on the bike and stretch!”
Congratulations to both winners and we very much look
forward to the final tomorrow. Will Nicol manage to win the
Weymuller title that she hasn’t won since 2005 or will it be
confident Camille that can take the title and take out
another higher seed! Can’t wait to find out!
Tomorrow’s final is between Camille Serme and Nicol David at
2pm and everyone is so excited to see who will be the 2013
Carol Weymuller Champion. See you then!
Quarters: Camille joins top three in semis
Linda Elriani reports
Tonight was quarter finals night of the 2013 Carol
Weymuller Open. The quarter finals night is always my
favorite night at tournaments because it’s four extremely
high quality matches all on one court. The weather is still
very warm here in Brooklyn so the courts were incredibly hot
and bouncy, making for long rallies and harder to hit
outright winners in the front.
First up on the championship court was the world # 3 and
a previous Carol Weymuller Open champion in 2011 from Egypt,
Raneem El Weleily and New Zealand’s Joelle King
who has her highest ranking to date of #5. They had only
played three times before this evening and it was 3-0 in the
head to head to Raneem, but last year they both had an epic
match that went down to the wire so we were looking forward
to the match this evening too.
The match started well for Raneem and she got a small lead
at 3-1. Two tight drop shots and one mistake evened Joelle
up at 4-4. Joelle hit a great kill and another mistake from
Raneem for Joelle to go 6-4 up. This was when Raneem put her
foot on the gas and really moved Joelle around the court and
upset her rhythm with great holds and went straight through
to 11-6 in one hand.
Second game Joelle came out firing and started to control
the T and put some great holds on the ball herself, winning
one particular rally with a forehand drive that she held
perfectly before it died in the back corner. The game stayed
even all the way through with great shots and mistakes from
both players, though Joelle was hitting a few more errors
At 6-6 Raneem pushed up again. When Raneem is
in this mode she looks like is gliding around the court and
controlling the ball in a way that almost no one else can. Raneem’s drives where very tight and every time Joelle
wanted to get onto the ball it was stuck to the wall. Raneem
went through to win the second 11-7.
Again Joelle came out strong in the third and she was
managing to work Raneem into the corners and control the
middle more. Joelle managed to get a lead and was 5-3 up
looking good, but Raneem again dug in and upped the pace,
holds and winners. They tied at 9-9 and Raneem did one of
her amazing holds to take her through to 10-9 match ball and
she won on her first attempt which every player loves to do!
Raneem said after the match “I think I played OK and I’m
happy to be through to the semi finals. Joelle is such a
good player and she has had such great results since we
played last year”.
Joelle said “Lots of mistakes! Just really hot and
struggling to control the ball. All credit to her as she can
make you feel rushed. In parts I got a couple of good runs
of points but I just couldn’t take it up to the next level
Second on court was the seven time world open champion and
World #1 Nicol David from Malaysia against India’s
Dipika Pallikal who is currently ranked world #17 and
coming off her big win last night against Kasey Brown. The
match started well for Dipika and she took a 3-1 lead but
Nicol very quickly found her rhythm and started to move
Dipika around the court, retrieving balls with such
wonderful movement. Nicol is looking super fit and focused
and she really keep Dipika away from the middle where she is
very dangerous. Dipika has an amazing volley kill but she
didn’t get many opportunities to use it. Nicol won the first
In the second Dipika started to make a few more errors and
looked like she wasn’t prepared to rally it out to get her
openings. Nicol was relentless and created so much pressure
with great length and some wonderful drops and holds around
the front. Nicol really looked like her short game had gone
to another level and it really made it difficult for Dipika.
Nicol won the second 11-5.
Dipika came out well in the third and went 2-0 up but then
Nicol 9 straight points to take her to 9-2 in one hand.
Dipika started to show the effects of her long hard match
last night and Nicol played an error free and focused match.
Only a couple of great shots from Dipika managed to give her
2 more points before Nicol went through to win the 3rd 11-4.
Nicol said after her win “My aim was to keep her moving
because she is so good when she has time. I managed to put
my game plan together and my shots came in at the right
time. I’m looking forward to another step up tomorrow. It’s
already a bonus on last year so now I’m just going to enjoy
Dipika said “I’m tired after my long match yesterday! When
you play Nicol you have to be fresh to have a chance. I
started well in the first game and she just got tighter in
the 3rd and 4th which made me go for more shots and she just
got onto the balls. I’ve had a good tournament and I’ve got
a lot to learn. It’s all a learning process for me. I really
made use of this tournament and hopefully I’ll come back in
a week or so in Macau and play well. You’ve get to take the
positive and learn from it.”
The third match of the evening is between world # 6 and
Carol Weymuller champion in 2009 and 2010 Jenny Duncalf
and French # 1 and world # 10 Camille Serme. In head
to heads Jenny is 7-2 up on Camille but Camille played
beautifully last night so we knew it would be a fantastic
match. Camille got off to great start in the first game and
very quickly it looked like she was going to play as well as
she did last night. There were many long rallies and Camille
was really managing to hold the T and force Jenny to make
some errors amongst her great winners. Camille came through
the first 11-7.
In the second the rallies where long and each player was
trying to control the middle but it was Camille that kept a
constant pressure on Jenny. Jenny has amazing racket skills
and holds and played many wonderful winners but she didn’t
seem patient enough today to wait for her openings and made
some unforced errors. Camille was defending immaculately and
was absorbing Jenny pressure so well. Camille won the second
game 11-7 too.
The third went to a very similar plan as the first and
second with Camille hitting the corners consistently and
keeping the T and Jenny was starting to look like she was
running out of ideas. Camille came through the third in a
constant 11-7 to take match 3-0.
A thrilled Camille said “I’m SOOO happy! To be honest
when I was warming up I didn’t feel the best because of
yesterdays match but when I was on court in the match I was
running and covering the court like I normally do. I guess
Jenny didn’t play her best. After the second I realized the
2nd game was so important. I’ve reached the semi’s here and
I’m so happy! I’m going to try and enjoy it now but tomorrow
I’ll re-focus. For now back on the bike and stretch!!”
A disappointed Jenny commented “She obviously played well.
She hit her targets really well. I wasn’t good enough. Poor
performance but she was on fire”.
Last up on the championship court, but certainly not least
was defending Weymuller Champion, 2013 British Open Champion
and World # 2 from England, Laura Massaro against
Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern who is world #7. Low has gone
up through the rankings since last year and is playing such
a steady mature game. Head to heads go in Laura’s favor by
5-1 but last year Low was 2-0 up before Laura came through
to win in a very close 3-2.
The match started with very long patient rallies from both
players. The game moved pretty evenly through the points
with slight advances from each player here and there but at
8-8 Laura edged away keeping the ball so tight and pushing
Low deep. Laura won the first 11-8.
In the second they both battled to control the T and they
were both moving amazingly around the court. Low managed to
squeeze a small lead at 9-7 and then she got game ball at
10-8. Laura really turned it on then and played flawlessly
to take the next 4 points straight! Laura really showed us
her ability to stay focused and error free at crucial times
in a match. It proved to us why she is world #2 with this
kind of focus and steadiness in pressure situations. It was
crucial that Laura won the second to have that 2-0 lead
instead of giving Low a sniff of confidence.
In the third Laura started the game so well with some great
holds and making Low work really hard. Low was starting to
show a few signs of being tired and Laura’s short game
seemed to get better and better as the match went on! Both
players used fantastic variation of the pace but in the end
Laura was just a bit too good and she came through to win
the fourth 11-6. This match was 3-0 but the score didn’t
depict the game and the amazing effort that went into it
from both players.
Laura spoke to me after the game and said “That was a
really hard 3-0! You know you’ve played well to beat Low
3-0! I was really happy with performance and the way I
played. Feeling good to be in the semi’s with dropping a
game and really looking forward to tomorrow.”
Low said “I felt I was actually playing well and I didn’t do
anything wrong in particular. We both played tight squash.
It’s always disappointing to lose but I felt there was not
much I could do more. We’re both top 10 players and she’s
not world #2 for nothing and she has more experience than
We all look forward to the some more amazing women’s
squash tomorrow afternoon at 4.00pm and 5.00pm after the
Junior ‘Play a Pro’ which is on from 2.30pm-3.30pm. It’s our
juniors chance to get on court with some of the best women’s
squash players in the world. That doesn’t happen every day!
Round One: Dipika and Camille
pull the surprises in
Linda Elriani reports
Tonight was the
first round of
the 2013 Carol Weymuller Main draw. The quality of the
matches tonight was amazing and the matches were so exciting
and closely contested.
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
want to jump on any free court to try and practice what they
have been witnessing over the last few days!
The weather in Brooklyn has been very warm over the last
couple of days and it has continued to make the court
conditions incredibly hot, with long hard matches, proving
to us even more how fit and athletic the women players are.
First on the Championship court was world # 3 from Egypt,
Raneem El Weleily, against Danish Line Hansen world #18.
Raneem looked very comfortable and relaxed on the court.
Line looked as though her last 2 qualifying matches were
taking their toll on her legs and any holds from Raneem were
just too much this evening. Raneem won this match 11-9,
Raneem said after her match “I’m hot!!! I was trying to
get into mood of playing and getting a sense of the court. I
don’t think that Line played her best. I looking forward to
tomorrow. I’m sad that Omneya lost. For tomorrow’s match
it’s the same draw as last year!
Line said “I got spanked! I felt really heavy today and
Raneem is not fun to play if you are not feeling fresh. I
have played 7 matches in 8 days!!! So I can’t wait to have a
few days off shopping in Brooklyn before the US Open”.
Also on court at 5.30pm was World #5
Joelle King from New
Zealand playing Omneya Abdel Kawy from Egypt and world #12.
In head to heads Joelle and Omneya were 2-2 going into this
match so it was going to be very interesting who came out on
top today and go ahead in the not only in the tournament but
also the stats. The match was played at a fast pace and
Joelle seemed to be coping fine with the bouncy conditions
while Omneya wasn’t quite playing to her normal amazing
Joelle came through this match in 3 and she said afterwards
“I’m basically glad to get off in 3! Omneya is a tough draw
to get 1st round. I’m playing Raneem tomorrow so I guess it
was good practice for that match!”
Omneya said “It’s too bouncy! I guess it doesn’t suit my
game. My game is rushing stuff, drops. I guess I put tins,
out, strokes more than I played the good stuff!”
Second match on the championship court was seven time world
open champion and world #1 Nicol David against Australian
Donna Urquhart who is world #25. Donna has been out injured
for almost a year so her ranking has slipped down from her
highest world ranking of 13.
Nicol was looking in fine form and controlling the rallies
and keeping Donna under constant pressure. The first game
was closely contested with Donna trying to take the ball
early and get in front of Nicol but the 2nd and 3rd were
dominated by Nicol. Nicol won 11-8, 11-5, 11-4.
Nicol said after her match
“It’s nice to have a good win
in the first round. The 1st game with Donna she was
volleying and reading the game well and I made a few errors.
I think I just started to tighten up better at the end of
the 1st and kept solid in the 2nd and 3rd. In tomorrow’s
match Dipika and Kasey have 2 completely contrasting games
and if I keep my game plan together and feel good that’s the
Donna commented “I feel a little bit disappointed with
the way I played. I’m just happy to be back playing again. I
was enjoying being on court and I wish I could have been on
court longer. I feel keen and I feel like I’m starting over
and working on getting back to where I was before I was
The 6.15pm match was American based and world #11 Kasey
Brown against Indian’s #1 player Dipika Pallikal. This match
was the longest and most exciting match of the evening and the
only five setter. Kasey and Dipika were 4-1 in the head to
head in Kasey’s favor. Kasey started the match strong and
managed to contain Dipika’s shot selection and she was won
the first 112-6 and the second game 12-10 to go 2-0 up.
the third game Kasey got a lead 9-7 and then a match ball at
10-9 but couldn’t capitalized on it and Dipika dug in and
won the game 13-11. Both players were hanging back on the
court, maybe due to the incredibly hot court conditions.
There were a lot of lets and vying for the T and Dipika
gradually started to take control of game winning the fourth
11-8 and then in the fifth it was done to the wire! The
points were pretty much even all the way through the fifth
until 9-9 and Kasey got a no let in the front backhand
corner to take Dipika to 10-9 match ball. Dipika took her
chance on the first attempt and went through to take the
A thrilled Dipkia said afterwards “I’m really really
pleased to get through. When my mum told me I was in the
main draw I didn’t believe her as I was thinking that I was
going to have to qualify. So I wanted to take advantage of
being in the main draw. I came all the way to the USA for
one tournament as I am playing in Macau, China in a week’s
"I had 3 months off tournaments this summer so I
trained with Sarah Fitzgerald in Australia, trained with Ritwik in Bombay and in Chennai with my fitness trainer Basu
and I think it made the difference. I’m really thankful to
Sarah as she has put a lot of effort in for me and she’ll be
really pleased that I won today!”
A disappointed Kasey said
“I was 2-0 and had match ball
in the third! I knew it was going to be tough and I think I
went a little defensive in the 3rd and 4th and in the end
she was able to pull it out. She played well.”
The third match on the championship court was World #6 and a
previous Weymuller winner Jenny Duncalf against English
player Victoria Lust and world #35. Jenny looked very
focused and accurate and Vicky never seemed to really take
control of the middle of the court or the match, though she
certainly put up a good fight.
Jenny won 11-5, 11-5, 11-4.
Jenny said “I won 3-0 so that’s always nice. Lusty looked
good yesterday in her quali match so I wasn’t taking her
lightly. Canada seems to be agreeing with her. I was happy I
managed to control the ball in the hot conditions. I’m happy
to be back in Brooklyn. It feels like home!”
Vicky said after her match with Jenny
“I think I played
well, my game plan just could have been better. All credit
to Jenny for playing so well. It’s been a great tournament
and I look forward to coming back next year!”
The 7.00pm match on the championship court was between
Waters world # 4 from England and Camille Serme from France
and world # 10. Alison and Camille’s head to head was 1-1
before tonight’s match so we were looking forward to seeing
who would prevail this time. Camille started the match sharp
and really used the court well keeping Alison away from the
middle where she can be so dangerous. Camille won the first
Alison got a better length and rhythm in the second
and came through a hard fought second 13-11. Camille came
out on fire in the 3rd and really put Alison under pressure
and made her play reactive squash allowing Camille to mix
things up and keep the control. Camille won the 3rd 11-4.
Alison and Camille battled in the fourth but Camille was
moving well and managed to contain Alison and stop her from
using her strengths. Camille came through 11-9 to get her
second win from Alison.
A happy Camille said “ I’m very happy obviously! Twice
I’ve beaten her in 3 weeks! First in KL and now here. I
think that she played better here than in KL. The rallies
were long and we were both a bit up and down in this match,
but it was a good battle. Now I need to go on the bike and
Alison said after her match “ It was close in the first
and second. Camille played well. She was hitting her areas
well and I wasn’t really in front much. I’m pretty
The last match on the championship court was between last
year’s Weymuller Champion and British Open Champion Laura
Massaro and Ireland’s world #22 Aisling Blake. Laura was
looking as strong and fit as ever and Aisling tried very
hard to apply some pressure but she looked somewhat tired
from her hard qualifying matches over the last 2 days. Laura
won 11-4, 11-6, 11-7.
Laura said “It was tough going on late, it just felt like
a really long day. I’m obviously glad to come through in 3.
I thought Aisling was feeling the effects of her five setter
yesterday. I was catching her out with a few boasts and I
just have to be careful with that tomorrow.”
The other 7.45pm match went on court very late due to the
previous long matches. It was between Malaysia’s world #7
Low Wee Wern and Guyana’s world #19 Nicolette Fernandes. The
first game was very hard fought and the rallies were long
and attritional. Nicolette was the first to have a game ball
at 10-8 but Low managed to come through and win the first
The second was very similar and it really just
came down to some wrong shot selections from Nicolette at
crucial times to give Low the second 11-7. Nicolette came
out blazing in the 3rd and managed to keep Low back and
attack her more and she came through 11-4. In the last game
it was Low’s turn to be on fire and Nicolette couldn’t find
the momentum from the game before and Low came through 11-3
to take the match 3-1.
Wern said afterwards at 10pm when she came off court “It’s
good to finally have a win here because in the last 2 years
I was ahead in my 1st round matches and then didn’t make it
through. Nicolette had a great win yesterday and she came in
really confident and I tried to slow the ball down and put
the balls in the back corner. Because it was so bouncy I
didn’t want to go short too soon.
"I think I did really well
in the first 2 games and it was hard with it being so late
to keep focused as it felt as if it wasn’t really a
tournament anymore. I had to re-group and came back in the
fourth and keep to my game plan and focus again. I’m
definitely looking forward to playing Laura tomorrow as the
last time we played here we were both not ranked as highly
as we are now!”
Nicolette said “In the first and second games it felt so
close! It was a point here or a point there. I felt I made a
bad shot selection on a couple but it was only one shot or
two shots. In the 4th she played so well. Well done to her.
At the end it was a hugely positive match and I learned a
So here ends another really exciting night of squash at The
Heights Casino and we all look forward to the quarter finals
starting at 5.30pm tomorrow night. See you again soon!
02-Oct, Qualifying Finals
Main Draw or OUT !
Linda Elriani reports
Tonight was the last evening of the qualification at the
2013 Carol Weymuller Open. It’s always an exciting round as
it really is all or nothing…main draw or out! The matches
were very exciting and a fantastic display of how athletic
and amazingly skilled the top women squash players are.
Our stands were packed again with keen and inspired members
and our juniors where also busy collecting autographs from
the WSA players.
The first match on our championship court tonight was
between World #18 and Denmark’s favorite player Line Hansen
and England’s World #46 Lisa Aitken. The match got off to a
close start with both players even at 5-5 but then Line
started to pull away hitting some great tight drives putting
Lisa under pressure and making her work hard to take the T.
Line took the first 11-5.
The second Line got a good lead and Lisa’s length was too
short and so she wasn’t able to push Line deep enough on the
court. Line had very good shot selection and forced Lisa to
play reactive squash. Line own the second 11-3.
In the third it was Lisa that got a lead at 6-4 and she
started to play much more aggressively and took the ball in
short really well. Line pushed through to try and regain her
control and there were some great rallies with wonderful
retrieving and a few errors from each player started to come
in here and there as the third game got closer and more
In the end Line came through 11-9 and was clearly relieved as she said
“I’m really happy to win in 3! I think Lisa has improved so
much in the last 6 months and she’ll be one to watch for in
the future. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow with no
Second on was Canadian and world #32
Samantha Cornett against Canadian based English woman
Victoria Lust who is
#35 on the WSA world rankings. Sam started off very shaky
and couldn’t seem to settle and made a lot of unforced
errors and before we knew it Vicky had a 9-1 lead. Sam
started to find her game a little but Vicky took advantage
of her great lead and took the first 11-3.
In the second Vicky got off to a great start hitting some
great lengths and really keeping Sam pinned back and got a
5-3 lead. Sam stayed calm and focused and started to find a
deep penetrating length and then her opportunities to take
the ball in short started to appear. Sam came back to even
at 6-6 and with some lovely precise drop shots she went
through in almost one hand to take the second 11-7.
The third game was crucial and both players were steady and
focused. The game stayed even most of the way through until
Vicky hit a few perfect volley drops at the right moment to
take a small lead of 10-8. Sam did some amazing retrieving
to save the first game ball but Vicky ended up taking the
third game 11-9.
The fourth game Sam started to step back in the court a
little and it give Vicky the chance to take the ball earlier
and really put the pressure on. Vicky keep a lead the whole
way though the final game and came through to win it 11-6.
Vicky said after the match “I feel good and relieved! I’m
just happy to win. It’s been hard to win here in the past.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow. It’s good experience
whoever I play. All the qualifying spots are tough!”
After the second match finished we had a brief interval with
for our “Meet the Greet’ with the Pro’s. We like to get all
the pros to stand up and introduce themselves to the crowd.
This year we had fantastic music set up by Annelize for the
whole evening in between matches and for the Meet and Greet.
Each player that came up in front of the crowd had a special
clip of music especially picked for them by Annelize. It was
very entertaining and fun. Thanks Annelize
Third match on court was world #19 English based Nicolette
Fernandes from Guyana and world #23 and budding young star
from the USA Amanda Sobhy who is also currently a Harvard
student. This was definitely the match of the evening and it
was the most attritional and exciting too. All the rallies
were fought incredibly hard for by both players and it was a
wonderful example of great retrieving and lunging, variation
of pace and amazing use of the court. It almost seemed
unfair to have one of the players not qualify!
Nicolette took an early lead in the first but both players
were playing great attacking squash and really using each
corner of the court to out maneuver their opponent.
Nicolette was just a little bit tighter with her lengths and
it was enough to get her through the first 11-8. The last
rally of the game was full of crazy gets and Nicolette was
getting pressured balls back that didn’t seem possible!
The second started a little edgy but soon both players were
back into their rhythm and the game was back to the amazing
caliber it had been in the first. Nicolette squeezed out a
lead and got up 8-5 and then 9-7. Nicolette then made a
couple of errors and Amanda was soon back knocking on the
door and hit a perfect backhand drive which Nicolette dove
for but couldn’t reach.
Nicolette got the first game ball at 10-9 but Amanda was
hanging in there and after another amazing breathtaking
rally Amanda equalized at 10-10. Nicolette then hit a
perfect drive and then a weak return of serve from Amanda
onto Nicolette’s backhand for a perfect volley kill took
Amanda showed amazing determination and strength as she
could have felt demoralized after losing the second game so
closely, but she came out strong and continued the battle.
There was a great variation in pace in the 3rd and each
point fought for hard and long. Both players started to hit
a few unforced errors as the retrieving was so great that
they were going finer and finer to win the point.
Amanda battled through and managed to cut out the earlier
errors and got her first game ball at 10-9. Nicolette saved
it with a perfect forehand drop for ¾ of the way back on the
court. At 11-10 Amanda had her second game ball and this
time she took her chance and won the game 12-10.
Nicolette had a great start in the fourth and got a 5-1
lead. The hot bouncy conditions where now starting to favor
Nicolette more than Amanda. Nicolette was managing to hit
consistent great width on her cross courts and take away
Amanda’s amazing middle court game around the T. Amanda lost
the length that was serving her so well earlier in the match
and started going short prematurely. Amanda was starting to
look a little tired while Nicolette was still moving around
the court with amazing grace and speed. Amanda had one last
hard push but Nicolette managed to gallantly come through
11-8 to take the match.
Nicolette said after the match “I feel really good. I
think it’s the first time that I have qualified for a 16
draw gold tournament! At this point I want to play all the
girls and I don’t care who I have to play tomorrow!”
A red faced sad looking Amanda said “It was tough! I just
wanted to qualify and this is my third year to lose closely
in the qualifying finals! I’m going back to Harvard tomorrow
to study. Good luck to Nicolette and I’ll play her again at
the US Open!"
My feeling is that if Amanda can play this well while she is
studying at college then what will she be capable of once
she has graduated and trains full time!?! Watch out
Our last match of the evening, but certainly not least was
World # 21 from England Sarah Kippax against Irelands
Aisling Blake ranked just one spot behind Sarah at World
#22. This was the only five setter of the evening and with
the courts being so hot the rallies were long and hard
fought. Aisling was clearly trying to keep the pace slower
and Sarah was trying to keep attacking and play her game
The first game was very close and a couple of unforced
errors from Aisling at the end gave Sarah the first 11-9.
In the second Sarah had a shaky start and Aisling hit some
great lengths and got a lead at 7-4. Sarah tried to put the
pressure back on but Aisling went on to even up the match at
In the third is was Aisling that controlled the game and
Sarah lacked the patience that she had in the first game. A
few unforced errors and Aisling took the third 11-6.
Sarah got a good start in the fourth and really managed to
get Aisling deeper on the court and use her great volley
drops to finish the rallies taking a 6-3 lead. Sarah did a
big push and it was Aisling’s turn to make a few errors on
her lobs and Sarah went through to win the 4th 11-8.
In the fifth the game was even right through till 4-4 but
then Sarah made several unforced errors and Aisling
capitalized on this and went through from being down 5-6 to
win the game 11-6.
Aisling said after the qualifying draw was done “It was
brutally hot! It is the first time that I’ve qualified for
the Weymuller so I’m very happy with that! I tried to slow
it down against Sarah. We had some brutally long rallies and
I did what I needed to so to neutralize her pace. I’m
looking forward to playing Laura tomorrow and another great
day in Brooklyn Heights!”
Congratulations to all the players who qualified. All the
matches were such great quality squash and everyone
thoroughly enjoyed them. The first round matches start
tomorrow night at 5.30pm and we are all very much looking
forward to watching some more of the amazing squash.
Qualifying Round One:
And the Streaming too, by Linda Elriani
The 2013 Carol Weymuller Squash Tournament is now underway. We are
streaming the whole event live onto the internet so it’s exciting
for everyone to be able to see matches even if they are in different
countries or can’t make to the matches!!!
The weather in NY is unusually warm at the moment and consequently
the courts are very hot and bouncy making it difficult to finish the
The 5.30pm match was between Samantha Teran world # 29 from
Mexico playing Lisa Aitken from England and world #46. This
was the longest match of the evening with the control going to and
fro. It was really Lisa’s resilience and determination that got her
through the fifth game and she finally came through 11-8 in the
fifth. After the mammoth match Lisa said “Wow! These are the sort of
players that I am looking to beat now. I had a good summer and
trained really hard. I just need to believe in myself and have
confidence in the work I have put in. I also need to remember not to
come out in any game in 2nd gear!
The second 5.30pm match was
Line Hansen from Denmark playing
USA’s Olivia Blatchford who used to train at the Heights
Casino as a junior. Line has just moved up in to the top 20 in the
world for the first time her career so is obviously playing her best
squash at the moment.
Olivia started the match on fire moving Line around the court well
and taking the ball in short very precisely. Olivia won the first
11-7. Line came out in the second hitting a better length and
started to force some errors from Olivia and came through with more
control 11-4. The last 2 games of the match were incredibly closely
contested but with both players having runs of points and control.
Line was 8-3 up in the 3rd and Olivia fought back to have a game
ball at 11-10 and 12-11 but couldn’t capitalize on these chances to
take the 3rd losing it 14-12. The 4th game Olivia was the one who
took a 7-4 lead and then Line evened things up at 9-9 and eventually
Line’s experience got her through 13-11 to take the match 3-1. You
can really see Olivia’s game has matured and with her new funding
it’ll enable her to concentrate only on her training and preparation
I’m sure she’ll be causing many upsets over the months to come.
Line said after her match ended “I’m really happy I won. I think
Olivia played really well. You have to expect that she’ll hit some
lovely shots. Maybe I was a bit slow to get going coming straight
from LA” When I commented on her breaking into the top 20 line
commented “Since I moved to Holland just over a year ago my daily
training is better and consequently my results have been better”
It was packed audience at 6.15pm on the championship court when
Sam Cornett world #32 from Canada played Latasha Khan the
US tour veteran and world #31. This was one of the two long and
truly exciting matches of the evening. The rallies were long and
hard and every point was closely contested. The first went to 19-17
in Sam’s favor but Latasha came out strong in the second taking it
11-6. The third game ended up being the decider as it was 9-9 with
Latasha having one game ball at 10-9, but Samantha pushed through to
take it 12-10. Sam then went through to take the 4th more easily
Sam said afterwards “ That’s the 1st time I have beaten Latasha
and I’ve played her a few times! So it’s nice to feel some
improvement. I’m hoping that my opponent has a five setter!”
The second 6.15pm match was between Victoria Lust and Emily
Whitlock both young English players ranked 35 and 26 in the
Both players vied for the T and tried to take the ball early. The
match was even at 1-1 and Vicky had a great start in the third going
6-1 up and Emily started to make some forced and unforced errors.
Vicky was 9-5 up and Emily suddenly found her length and managed to
get her control back and crept up to 8-10 but Vicky finished the
game on an amazing backhand kill in the front corner taking the
third 11-9. In the fourth Vicky was 5-2 and Emily unfortunately had
to stop due pains in her heal leaving Vicky to go through to the
finals of the qualifying.
Vicky said” I felt like I was able to stay in the rallies and
managed to counter attack. I was patience and I stuck to my game
plan. It’s a shame that Emily got injured in the end and I hope that
she recovers before the US Open”.
The 7.00pm match on the east court was between
Fernandes world # 19 from Guyana and Sarah Cardwell world
# 76 from Melbourne Australia. The rallies were fast and exciting
but Nicolette’s accuracy and immense experience kept her controlling
the middle and putting Sarah under pressure. Nicolette won 11-7,
Nicolette commented after her match “I feel good. I’m happy, last
year I came and lost in the 1st round of qualifying. It’s always
nice to come back to a tournament and do better. I’m really looking
forward to playing Amanda tomorrow. These courts are nice and hot!!!!”
7.00m match was between Amanda Sobhy the world #23 from USA
and member of the Harvard squash team played Lucie Fialova
world #44 from Czech Republic. Amanda mostly dominated the games and
powered her opponent into the back and controlled the T. Lucie tried
her hardest to remove Amanda from the T but couldn’t do it for
enough of the time.
Amanda said after her match “It was hot out there!!!I’m feeling
good and I trying to keep up the studying and the training and also
trying to play as many pro tournaments as possible. Hopefully it’ll
be less hot tomorrow!”
The 7.45pm match on the west court was between
world # 22 from Ireland and Kylie Lindsay world # 43 from New
Zealand. Aisling played a precise match to take Kylie out in 3 games
11-4, 11-6, 11-3.
Aisling said “I’m glad I’m in the finals of the qualifying
rounds. They were hot courts and both Kylie and I were playing at a
slower pace. I wanted to avoid the middle as Kylie has great hands.
I was so glad to get off in 3. I’m looking forward to tomorrow!”
Lastly but certainly not least was Sarah Kippax world #21
from England and Olga Ertlova world #45 from Czech Republic.
This match was the finale match to a wonderful evening of squash.
Sarah was looking as strong as ever and really made her opponent
play her game. Sarah took the match 11-7, 11-6, 11-5.
After the match I asked Sarah how she felt in her first match and
she said “I felt like I began to feel the court after the first
game and found my length. Olga had a good win recently and I haven’t
seen her play much so she was an unknown entity. I’m looking forward
to playing Aisling. We haven’t played for a couple of years. We’ve
had a few tough matches in the past so it should be a good game
It was a truly fantastic evening of squash to start off the 2013
Weymuller. Congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to
the final round of the qualifying tomorrow night which starts at