Carol Weymuller Open 2014
30 Sep - 06 Oct, Casino Heights,
Brooklyn, New York, $50k
Alison Waters came from a game
down to beat Omneya Abdel Kawy 9/11, 12/10, 11/5, 12/10 in tonight's
final to claim her first WSA title in two years ...
Linda Elriani reports ...
beaten in Semis
The final of the Carol Weymuller
Open will be an England v Egypt affair, but not the one predicted by
the seedings after Alison Waters and Omneya Abdel Kawy
beat top seeds Raneem El Welily and Laure Massaro in the
In truth you could have seen it coming, with Welily and Massaro both
needing all five games to win their quarters, and both going into
the semis with losing H2H records against today's opponents (Waters
is now 8-2 against Welily, and Kawy 10-3 over Massaro).
tested in quarters
upsets in the quarter-finals, but Laura Massaro and Raneem El
Welily were both takes the full distance as they edged past Salma
Hany and Emma Beddoes to set up semi-finals against Omneya Abdel
Kawy and Alison Waters ...
03-Oct, Round One (2):
The first round concluded with
two more upsets as Emma Beddoes and Nicolette Fernandes
both beat seeds to set up quarter-final matches against Raneem El
Welily and Alison Waters ...
02-Oct, Round One (1):
It was a great day for the
Egyptian contingent in Brooklyn as three out of four quarter-final
places went to Omneya Abdel Kawy, Nour El Tayeb and Salma Hany,
with world champion Laura Massaro joining them in the next
Draw & Results
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Weymuller Open 2014
30 Sep - 06 Oct, Brooklyn, $50k
02 / 03 Oct
 Laura Massaro (Eng)
11/5, 11/9, 11/8
Sarah Kippax (Eng)
 Laura Massaro
11/6, 11/8, 9/11, 9/11, 11/4
[Q] Salma Hany
 Laura Massaro
11/2, 7/11, 11/8, 11/5
 Omneya Abdel Kawy
 Omneya Abdel Kawy
9/11, 12/10, 11/5, 12/10
 Alison Waters
 Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
11/6, 11/9, 12/10
[Q] Salma Hany (Egy)
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
11/5, 11/6, 11/3
[Q] Sam Cornett (Can)
 Omneya Abdel Kawy
11/8, 4/11, 11/8, 11/9
[Q] Nour El Tayeb
 Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/2, 11/4, 11/4
[Q] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
Line Hansen (Den)
11/6, 11/8, 11/5
 Alison Waters (Eng)
 Alison Waters
14/12, 11/2, 11/4
 Alison Waters
7/11, 9/11, 11/7, 12/10, 11/3
 Raneem El Welily
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
7/11, 11/6, 11/8, 6/11, 11/9
 Rachael Grinham (Aus)
Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11/7, 12/10, 11/4
 Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
13/15, 11/6, 7/11, 11/4, 11/4
 Raneem El Welily
[Q] Samantha Teran (Mex)
11/5, 11/7, 11/4
 Raneem El Welily (Egy)
Nour El Tayeb (Egy) 3-0
Latasha Khan (Usa)
12/10, 11/5, 11/7
Sam Cornett (Can) 3-2
Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
11/4, 13/11, 7/11, 3/11, 12/10
Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy) 3-2
Victoria Lust (Eng) 5/11, 11/9, 12/10, 9/11,
Samantha Teran (Mex) 3-1 Tesni Evans (Wal)
11/7, 11/9, 9/11, 11/9
Qualifying Round One:
Nour El Tayeb (Egy) 3-1 Kanzy El Defrawy (Egy)
11/6, 6/11, 11/8, 14/12
Latasha Khan (Usa) 3-1 Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
11/4, 11/3, 7/11, 11/4
Sam Cornett (Can) 3-0 Belen Etchechoury (Arg)
11/8, 11/3, 11/6
Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
Sabrina Sobhy (Usa)
11/3, 11/8, 11/4
Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy) 3-0 Haley Mendez (Usa)
11/5, 11/6, 11/5
Victoria Lust (Eng) 3-0 Thaisa Serafini (Bra)
11/4, 11/5, 11/9
Samantha Teran (Mex) 3-1 Siyoli Waters (Rsa)
11/9, 9/11, 11/7, 11/4
Tesni Evans (Wal) 3-0 Cecilia Cortes (Usa)
11/6, 11/5, 11/3
2012 Event |
Comeback queen Waters takes Weymuller title
Linda Elriani reports,
photos from Jean Ervasti
Today was the final day of our 2014 Carol Weymuller
Open. It’s been a tremendous week of squash and the WSA
players have definitely left everyone inspired and
We sometimes have the honor of Carol Weymuller herself
coming to watch the final, but Carol hasn’t been able to
make it here over the last couple of years. Carol started
the junior squash program here at The Heights Casino many
years back and it has obviously grown and grown along with
the sport. We always like to thank Carol for all her hard
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.
7.30pm the bleachers were packed with eager members,
anticipating the outcome. Alison Waters and Omneya
Abdel Kawy first played in a WSA event back almost 11
years ago, but their rivalry started back when they were
both juniors in the British Open U14 final, where Omneya won
3-1!! Alison won the last time they played back in February
in a long hard 3-2, so we knew that the match tonight was
very likely to be a great one.
The first game started a little gingerly with both players
trying to find their rhythm, but they soon settled into some
wonderful, long and skillful rallies. The points went back
and forth evenly until 7-7 with an array of different
winners around the court. Ali was concentrating on keeping
the ball out the middle where Omneya is so deadly and
managed to do so for the most part but as soon as the ball
was off the wall Omneya would step in with her volley drops
and finish the point.
a couple of winners and a stroke against Ali, Omneya edged
ahead to go 10-7 up for her first game ball. This is when
Ali gave a huge push and really found her length and kept
the T and a backhand volley drop tin and a backhand boast
error from Omneya helped Ali to climb back to 9-10. Just
when we started to think that Ali was going to equalize,
Omneya hit a lovely hard flat forehand drive that died
perfectly in the back corner. First game 11/9 to the
experience and flamboyant Egyptian.
second game started with a very similar pattern and momentum
as the first. Both players were playing very clean,
attacking squash with some wonderful retrieving and creative
winners. The points stayed even throughout up to 6-6 but
then suddenly Omneya managed to squeeze ahead again to take
the lead to 9-6. Omneya has an amazing ability to inject
some serious pace on her drives when she chooses to and then
a second later she is using her incredible touch to stop the
ball perfectly in the front! She really looked like she was
having fun out there!
There was an amazing rally where Ali got back so many great
shots and tried so hard to reapply the pressure, but she
ended up in the front backhand corner where a crosscourt lob
may have saved her, but Ali chose the straight drive at full
stretch, probably to keep the ball out the middle and away
from Omneya’s racket but it ended in a stroke. 10-8 game
ball to Omneya to go 2-0!! But Ali wasn’t about to give up!
With an amazing counter drop from Ali, a couple of tins from
Omneya and a perfect forehand drop, Ali snatched away the
second game from under Omneya’s nose to win 12/10!!
The third game started perfectly for Ali, showing so much
focused and discipline. Ali went 3-0 up before we knew it
and it seemed that Omneya was still thinking about the last
game that she should have just won. Omneya started to look
like some tiredness may be creeping into her movement as she
labored for a couple of shots and the referee called them
‘not up’. More pressure and precise squash from Ali and
errors on the short shots from Omneya took Ali through to
win the third game pretty convincingly 11/5.
fourth game did a complete 360 degree turn at the beginning,
with Omneya getting a very fast and easy lead of 6-1, mainly
from Ali’s unforced errors. Omneya continued through and at
8-3 we were definitely all thinking that this match was
going to five games. Yet once again Ali was not going to
give up lightly, she pushed up the court, started to volley
more, took some wonderful short shots in and changed the
momentum in her favour.
Ali went from 4 to 9 in one hand and with the game now at
9-9 we wondered who would play these last big points the
best. Next there was a wonderful rally where Allie retrieved
Omneya’s forehand drop so incredibly well and played the
most perfect counter drop of the match, which ended in a ‘no
let’ when Omneya asked. This took Ali to her first match
ball! Ali got slightly edgy and hit a tin to even it out
again at 10-10. Ali took advantage of a slight opening that
Omneya gave her, hitting a powerful winning forehand kill to
gave her a second match ball.
was a great rally from both players trying to out maneuver
one another but a loose ball on the backhand from Omneya got
Ali a stroke to take the final point she needed to become
the 2014 Carol Weymuller Open Champion!!!!!
Ali Waters, the comeback queen, said happily after her
“I’m really really delighted to have won! It’s been 2
years since I won a title and to win it here of all places
is extra special!! Another tough match….Omneya played really
well and I could have gone 2-0 down! I’m pleased with how I
stuck in there and just kept going, which was key all week
in all my matches.
what I’m most happy with, is my attitude and commitment to
it. I’m off to Philadelphia on Thursday for the US Open, so
hopefully I can take this forward for next week.”
I went over to Omneya after the final and told her that
she’d had a great week….she said:
“I wanted to finish it good, but it was still a
good week. I was playing well and took the 1st game and in
the second I was up 10-8 and my head started to think
I put pressure on myself which was the last thing I wanted
to do this week. But it happened and my shots weren’t
working as well as when I was relaxed.
"My volley drop was great and in the end it wasn’t as
accurate. Ali played really well, she pushed hard and I
think that she felt when I got tense and that’s where she
pushed and pressured me while I wasn’t relaxed. Overall this
week was great for me and hopefully I’ll continue playing
good squash and keep going and enjoying it!!”
I’d like to say a HUGE thank
you to all of the people who have put a lot of time, effort
and generosity into making this tournament what it is.
Thanks again and we hope you all enjoyed the 2014 Carol
Weymuller Open as much as we did and we look forward to
running it again next year.
Congratulations again to Alison and good luck to all the WSA
players for the next week at the US Open and beyond!
Top seeds beaten in semis - England 1 Egypt 1
Linda Elriani reports,
photos from Jean Ervasti
Semi finals day at the 2014 Carol Weymuller Open.
Everyone was excited to see some more action packed squash
and that’s certainly what they got!! Both semi finals were
an English versus Egyptian affair and it was going to be
very interesting to see the different styles from each
first semi final of today was between the world # 3 and
previous Weymuller winner in 2011, Raneem El Welily
and world #6 from England, Alison Waters. In the head
to head they are 7-2 in Alison’s favor but Raneem won 3-0
last time they played back in February 2013.
The match started very well for Raneem with great control,
wonderful flowing movement and a series of amazing winners
all over the court taking her to 10-4 game ball quite
quickly! Alison did her best to stick in there, weather the
storm and pin Raneem in the back. Ali managed to climb back
from 4 to 7 but she couldn’t stop Raneem from taking the
first game 11/7.
second was very hard fought with long attacking rallies from
both players, but Raneem used her great holds and finishing
shots and this took her 6-2 up. Ali was hitting some
wonderful shots but there didn’t seem to be much that Raneem
wasn’t getting back today! Ali gradually started plugging
back the points, keeping a constant pressure on Raneem and
the errors started to creep in. Raneem certainly seemed to
favouring the front backhand corner and she very often
played either an outright winner or an error there. Ali
climbed back with some lovely drops and steady play and took
the lead at 8-4 for the first time in the match. Raneem then
dug in and retrieved so well and implemented some amazing
straight drive winners from the front when under a lot of
The game eventually evened up at 9-9 and at the end of a
very long rally Ali hit what you thought was a winning
forehand boast, but Raneem managed to not only get onto it,
but also play a perfect backhand drop to go 10-9 game ball
which she took on her first attempt to go 2-0 up.
took the first 3 points of the third game, but Ali was still
working so hard to keep structure to her game, trying to
volley as much as possible and prevent Raneem from having
the middle to play her favorite short shots. Ali climbed
back from 0 to 7 in one hand with a combination of her own
great play and also errors from Raneem.
The rallies stayed very competitive and hard fought and with
a backhand volley boast in the tin from Raneem, Ali came
through to have her first game ball of the match at 10-7.
Ali played a magnificent volley drop from Raneem’s
crosscourt to take the third game 11/7.
We all started to see that it may be possible for Ali to
comeback in this match if she could keep this incredible
pressure on Raneem and finish off the rallies with great
short shots and make no unforced errors. This is obviously
easier said than done!
Ali started the fourth off very well and kept her previous
momentum going to take a 4-1 then 6-3 lead but this didn’t
last for long as Raneem was relentless with her movement and
keep defending so well and attacking the ball in short as
soon as Ali hit the ball even slightly loose! With a few
winners from Raneem, including a couple of cross court
volley rolling nicks off the serve, the game evened up at
9-9. A perfect forehand volley boast gave Ali her chance to
equalize the match at 2-2.
won the next point on a very brave backhand drop, but with a
no let and forehand volley drop winner, Ali had her second
chance to make it through to the fifth game. Raneem helped
Ali on her way to win the fourth 12/10 by playing a lazy
forehand crosscourt drop in the tin on an opening!
Ali’s momentum and confidence seemed to be growing and she
started off the fifth game exactly the way you always hope
you can by taking a 3-0 lead. Raneem hit another rolling
crosscourt nick off the serve but that was one of the last
great shots from Raneem in the match. With a couple of great
dying lengths and precise drop shots from Ali and many
errors from Raneem, Ali went through to from 4 to 11 in one
hand to take the match and win herself a much deserved place
in the 2014 Carol Weymuller final!
incredibly happy and red faced Ali said after the match:
“Being 2-0 down I still felt confident because I had played
well in the first two. I knew that if I kept persevering I
could get the errors from her, especially as I knew she’d
had a tough match last night, I told myself to keeping
"It’s nice to be in the final. It’s been a while so I’m
really excited and looking forward to it!”
second semi final match was between an on-form world # 14
Omneya Abdel Kawy and world # 2 and current world
champion Laura Massaro.
The match started very much in Omneya’s favor with her
taking control of the pace and hitting some excellent
winners. Laura looked a little flat and was not getting onto
the short shots the way she had been last night and was
hitting her shots very one paced, where usually Laura has
the ability to vary the pace and control the game so well.
With a series of wonderful winners Omneya flew away with the
first game 11/2.
the second game Laura came out looking much more upbeat, her
movement was much better and she seemed to be following a
game plan now and not playing the reactionary squash she had
in the first. A few unforced errors from Omneya too got
Laura to an 8-4 lead. Omneya brought out some crazy flicks
and holds which sent Laura completely the wrong way but she
battled to find her place on the T and implement her usually
steady, smart game. Laura hit a backhand boast winner and a
lovely forehand drop from the mid court to take the second
The third game stayed evenly with points but it also didn’t
have that much rhythm as a lot of Omneya’s shots were either
outright winners or tins. It was as if the whole game was
decided by whatever Omneya was going to do. The score stayed
even until 6-6 where Omneya hit three perfect drops to take
her head to 9-6. A few more hard fought rallies and a
perfect dying forehand length from Omneya took her to 10-8
game ball and with a tricky forehand boast gave Omneya the
the fourth Omneya confidence was at its highest and she hit
so many great winners from spectacular holds, forcing Laura
out of position. Laura as always keep fighting to regain her
control but today it was Omneya’s day for sure and she went
through in style to win the fourth and final game 11/5.
Omneya was delighted and said:
really was enjoying it! When I won the first I wasn’t
thinking about winning or losing . Then in the second I
started to think about this, so it messed up my game and she
played really well in the second too. But I tried to get
back in the second game at 7-0 down so that even if I
lost the game, she knew I was still in the match.
happy to win this one. It’s my first gold final in a long
time, maybe since 2010. So tomorrow, no pressure, just relax
and enjoy it!!”
Congratulations to both winners and we very much look
forward to the final tomorrow between Alison Waters and
Omneya Abdel Kawy at 7.30pm. Everyone is so excited to see
who will be the 2014 Carol Weymuller Champion. See you then!
Top seeds tested in Heights Casino quarters
Linda Elriani reports,
photos from Jean Ervasti
was quarter finals night of the 2014 Carol Weymuller Open.
The quarter finals night is always my favourite night at
tournaments because it’s four extremely high quality matches
all on one court. The weather for most of today was so rainy
and grey, but the atmosphere here in the Heights Casino
squash courts was vibrant, exciting and fun!
The only players that had played before tonight out of all
the quarterfinal matches were Omneya Abdel Kawy and Nour El
Tayeb! All the other matches were the first time in a WSA
up on the championship court was the world # 3 and a
previous Carol Weymuller Open champion in 2011 from Egypt,
Raneem El Welily against Emma Beddoes the world #
The match started out very evenly going back and forth in
points and control. Emma was moving beautifully into the
front and was ready to get onto all of Raneem’s attacking
short shots. The first game went down to the wire with the
Emma playing a perfect backhand volley drop to take her to
14-13 game ball and then followed up by stroke against
Raneem to gave Emma the first game 15/13.
came out on fire in the second and she was retrieving so
many of Emma’s shots, with one particular rally where Emma
should have won the point about 3 times but Raneem just kept
getting all the shots back and won the point in the end too!
Raneem controlled the second and went through to win it
In the third Emma quickly went 4-1 up and some errors
started to creep back into Raneem’s game again. Emma made it
hard for Raneem by keeping her deep on the courts and
playing an array of wonderful winners herself including a
backhand crosscourt nick to take Emma 9-7 up. One more great
rally that ended with Emma hitting a perfect dying forehand
cross court, took Emma through to win the third 11/7 and
lead the match 2-1.
fourth and fifth games Raneem found her rhythm again and
whilst Emma battled hard, Raneem managed to cut out the
errors and we saw a huge amount of wonderful drop short
winners from her which helped her to go through and take the
fourth and fifth games both 11/4.
One of the really great parts of this match was that even
though it was a long, hard fought five setter, both players
were incredibly honest and fair and even told the referee
when their shots were down. It’s so nice to see this and is
such a great example for our juniors watching the match.
When I went over to the Raneem straight after, the only
thing she said about her match was “Thank god!!!”
on court were the Alison Waters the world #6 from
England and Nicolette Fernandes world #22 from
In the first game Ali started off brilliantly, playing very
precise, clean and concentrated squash, taking her to a 7-3
lead. Suddenly Nicolette seemed to find her game and rhythm
and won 6 straight points.
Nicolette didn’t even look tired from yesterday’s incredible
match and she was getting everything back that was humanly
started to make a few unforced errors and lose the quality
of her length a little and Nicolette pushed through to get
her first game ball at 10-8. Ali hit a forehand volley drop
to get back to 10-10 but Nicolette got another game ball
opportunity at 11-10 brought on by a great tight length deep
in the back. Ali counteracted with a tight length of her own
to equalize again at 11-11 and then a backhand volley drop
error from Nicolette took Ali to 12-11 game ball. Error from
Ali brought the point even again. Finally a backhand kill
winner and a forehand boast that wrong footed Nicolette took
Ali through to win the mammoth first game 14-12.
started the second in fine style, with some lovely drops and
great dying lengths in the back, before we knew it Ali had
won the second game 11-2. It was only then apparent that
Nicolette was getting very jaded and that the hard first
game on top of the long match last night, had finally taken
its toll. The third game was very much the same with Ali’s
precise play and error free short game, exposing Nicolette’s
tiredness. Ali went through to win the third game 11/4 and
earned herself a place in the Weymuller semi-finals where
she will play Raneem tomorrow.
Ali said after her match: “I knew Nicolette had had a
monster match last night so I knew a tough first game would
take it out of her, which it did. But she still sticks in
the keeps going, which I knew she would. I was quite pleased
to play well and close out the match. I’m looking forward to
tomorrow. Raneem is obviously a great player. We haven’t
played in a while so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in
third match of the evening was an all Egyptian final with
team mates Omneya Abdel Kawy and Nour El Tayeb
who are world 14 and 8 respectively.
The control of the third match kept switching back and forth
between the players with Omneya playing a great first game,
with some very powerful lengths and lovely holds which
worked Nour out of position. There was some lovely squash
from both players but Omneya was more in control and won the
first game 11/8.
the second it was Nour’s turn to take control and Omneya
made a whole bunch of unforced errors to give Nour a 7-1
lead. Omneya found her game a little at the end but Nour
finished the game with a great deceptive cross court that
sent Omneya the wrong way, winning 11/4.
In the third it was Omneya’s turn again to take control and
she was quickly 7-1 up, using some wonderful holds and
flicks to out position Nour. Nour then settled in and there
were some great rallies with some tricky angles and fast
retrieving and she managed to win four points on the trot.
Omneya managed to hang in there with a little more
consistency and came through 11/8. Nour had ended the third
game pretty well but had to come back from such a deficit
that it she couldn’t quite manage it.
fourth game was even right through and both players were
going for short shots at their earliest opportunity and many
where coming off and hitting the nick. Nour really pushed to
keep up with Omneya and even almost did the splits for one
drop shot in a huge effort to get it back. It was Omneya’s
hold and flick and got her through the last part of the
match and it really took Nour’s speed away from her. Omneya
came through to take the fourth and final game 11/9 to
secure herself a place in the semi finals.
happy Omneya said: “It’s lack of pressure – this week
I’ve told myself ‘Omneya just relax and enjoy’ and it’s
worked! I feel good inside the court and I’m enjoying every
shot in the rally. Even if it’s a long rally, I’m not
pressurizing myself to win on the next shot.
"I just played Salma recently and won 11/9 in the fifth and
I haven’t played Laura for a while since the British Open
last year. So let’s see who wins and enjoy it tomorrow!”
up on the championship court, but certainly not least was
World # 2 and current World Champion from England, Laura
Massaro against the only qualifier who made the quarter
finals Salma Hany Ibrahim from Egypt.
Laura started the match which such a purpose and was hitting
such quality lengths and moving so fast into the front of
the court that Salma’s amazing short game wasn’t able to
hurt her. Even though the rallies were long and both players
were retrieving balls from all over the court, Laura was
varying the shots and pace and lifting balls up high and
taking the middle away from Salma. Laura won the first two
games 11/6, 11/8.
the 3rd and 4th games there were a lot of lets and both
players struggled to clear out from the ball. Laura didn’t
manage to stick to her game plan with the same conviction
and soon Salma was coming into her own and with many more
opportunities to go for her amazing her short shots. It was
9-9 in the third and with a forehand drop into the tin from
Laura and then a serve that hit the back wall nick, Salma
took third 11/9.
also won an incredible closely contested fourth game which
again was even at 9-9 and with a no let decision to Laura in
the front backhand and an amazing hard, low crosscourt drive
from Salma the game went 11/9 to the young Egyptian.
In the fifth game Laura came on the court with a new focus
and seemed to have her purpose and game plan back. Laura’s
length was deeper and wider again and she stepped up and
volleyed more and her opportunities to go short came up more
often, which Laura took advantage of perfectly with some
unretreivable drops shots. Salma kept pushing to take back
the control but Laura was back in her groove and for this
time, it was not going to be Salma’s day. Laura went through
to win the fifth in a convincing 11/4, taking her through to
the semi-finals tomorrow against Salma’s team mate Omneya.
Laura said after her match: “I’m really pleased to come
through in the end. I felt like I was dominating in the
first two games and I just lost a little bit of my focus. I
just tried to get my body language up and find a bit of
composure towards the end. I’m really happy to be in the
semis. It’s all a bonus form here!"
completion of the quarterfinals we had drinks, dim sums and
great music, as always, from our DJ Nudie in the
Governors Room. I had heard that Siyoli Waters (South
African # 1) could not only play wonderful squash but also
sing and play the piano brilliantly too. In the Governors
Room there is a piano in the corner, so we persuaded her to
do some songs for us. WOW!!!
Siyoli has the most beautiful voice and can play the piano
equally amazingly. What an unbelievable talent!! I even got
goose bumps on my arms listening to her!!! Alicia Keys, if
you want to have someone to do duets with you at your
concerts we have just the girl for you!! Thanks so much
Siyoli for performing for us, it made our night!
Today we also had the junior ‘Play a Pro’ which ran
from 2.00pm-3.00pm before the quarterfinals. 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!
A huge thank you goes to Tesni Evans (world #27), Vicky Lust
(world # 30), Sam Cornett (world # 32), Samantha Teran
(world # 39), Siyoli Waters (world # 37), Sarah Kippax
(world # 19), Madeline Perry (world # 13), Jenny Duncalf
(world # 16), Latasha Khan (world # 38), and Rachael Grinham
(world # 15). They all gave up part of their afternoon to
play with our juniors and the kids all had such an amazing
The WSA players are so great at giving back and spreading
the joy and love and squash.
We look forward to the semi
finals tomorrow at 2.30pm and 3.15pm. There is a Sunday
Weymuller Brunch from 12pm-2pm before the matches.
03-Sep, Round One Part Two:
Beddoes & Fernandes
bag Brooklyn quarter-final spots
Linda Elriani reports,
photos from Jean Ervasti
Tonight was the second half of the first round of the
2014 Carol Weymuller Main draw.
It has been so great having all the main draw matches on the
championship court for the first time. This means all the
matches are streamed live and also the viewing for our
spectators here at the Casino is great too! It’s so nice for
all the WSA players to know that their family and friends
can watch their matches from afar and we have even seen the
texts coming through from coaches or family members in
on the Championship court was world # 3 Raneem El Welily
from Egypt against Mexican and world # 39 Samantha Teran.
In the head to head Raneem 3-0 up on Samantha so we wanted
to see if Samantha could change this statistic.
It took the first half of the first game for the players to
settle and soon the rallies got a little longer and
structured. Raneem looked almost casual and on cruise
control but was completely in control and won the first
literally couldn’t miss in the second and went 9-1 up! But
suddenly Raneem seemed to switch off and Samantha managed to
start controlling the T, hitting some great lengths and
cutting off some lovely volley drops. Raneem ended up
winning the second 11/7.
In the third Raneem seemed to have not got her composure
back in between games and went 4-0 down before we knew it!
Then Raneem suddenly seemed to wake up and start playing
hard again. Raneem started moving fast and hitting her shots
with a purpose and what a difference that makes! Samantha
put up a brave fight but Raneem came through to win the
third game 11/4.
said after her match: “I thought I was feeling ok and
then that happened!!! It was 11 points in a row that I
"I am very happy to be through and looking forward to
tomorrows match. I don’t think I have ever played Emma and I
haven’t played Amanda for about 2 years.”
Second match on the championship court was between
American’s young star Amanda Sobhy, who has just
recently broken into the world’s top 10, and English pro
Emma Beddoes, who is world # 20.
has managed to achieve her top 10 ranking whilst studying at
Harvard, so it’ll be interesting to see what’s in store for
Amanda once she has graduated and has the chance to
concentrate 100% on her squash!! Watch out everyone!
Emma was 2-1 up on the head to head but they haven’t played
against one another since 2011, so both players have changed
and improved a lot since then. Amanda is definitely playing
the best squash of her life with recent big wins over top 10
players but Emma was looking very fit, focused and ready for
started the match very well, with incredible movement,
especially into the front and steady tight length. She
really took the T away from Amanda, which is where she is
deadly with her volley drops and kills. The rallies were
hard fought but Emma definitely managed to keep the pressure
on Amanda and force some errors. Emma won the first game
In the second Amanda came out with a little more purpose and
managed to force Emma back on the court and cut off any
loose cross courts perfectly. Emma started to lose the
previous game plan that she had managed to follow and Amanda
went 10-7 game up. Emma suddenly started to up the pace and
pressure and hit some amazingly tight lengths and shorts
shots that Amanda couldn’t get off the wall. Emma played the
crucial points brilliantly with a couple of forehand trickle
boasts from a hold that sent Amanda the wrong way and
exposed her movement, which was looking a little slow and
flat today. Emma went through to win the second game 12/10.
2/0 down it was going to be interesting to see how much
Amanda would fight in the third and from past matches I have
watched Amanda in, I assumed that she would come out ready
for the fight but it was actually the opposite.
The third game was very one sided with Emma taking a very
fast 8/1 lead. Emma’s game just kept getting tighter and
more precise, while Amanda looked like she had almost given
up! Amanda gave one last push near the end of the game but
she couldn’t stop Emma from dominating. Emma went through to
win the third 11/4 and won herself a place in the final
eight of the tournament.
was very happy when I went over to her after the match and
she said: “Obviously I’m really pleased! First two
games were really tight and I managed to stick in there and
keep it tight, particularly at crucial times. I have so much
respect for the fact that Amanda is at Harvard and also in
the world top 10!!!
"She had a great summer and I was expecting a tough match.
I’ve never played Raneem! She’s the only player that I
haven’t played! I’ll be expecting some nicks, but I’ll be
ready for them!!”
match of the night was between Alison Waters from
England and world # 6 against Denmark’s Line Hansen
who is currently world # 25 and Alison is has won every time
in their six WSA matches.
The match started with a fast pace, with hard hit lengths
interspersed with some great angles from both players and
wonderful retrieving. The points started out evenly until
6-6 when Ali seemed to find her rhythm and feel for the
court and she went straight through to win the first 11/6.
second had a similar pattern as it started out fast, furious
and evenly and then just as Line pushed hard to get a 8-6
lead with some great volley drops, Ali once again found her
targets and looked very relaxed and flowing with her
movement and she made great choices with her shots, making
it very hard for Line to impose her game. Ali went through
from 6-8 to win the second game 11/8 in one hand.
the third game Ali started fantastically with a 6-1 lead
caused by fast dying lengths and cutting off the ball
accurately when Line didn’t manage to keep it close enough
to the wall. There were a few openings for Line but she
couldn’t quite finish the rallies, mainly due to Ali’s great
movement and error free squash.
Ali went through to win the third 11/5 in fine style.
I asked how she felt after her match and she said: “Yeah,
good! I felt quite calm and controlled. Line’s a good player
and she had some good results recently so I wasn’t taking
her lightly coming into it. I’m looking forward to getting
back on court tomorrow and enjoying the tournament.”
Line suffered an unusual 'injury' during the match >>>>>>>
last match on the championship court which was between world
# 15 Rachael Grinham from Australia and world # 22
Nicolette Fernandes from Guyana was by far the most
entertaining match of the tournament so far!!! It was such a
great natured match with both players managing to crack a
smile or laugh at certain appropriate times of the match.
It was 2-2 in the head to head, with Nicolette winning the
last match in an incredibly hard fought 3-2 at the World
Championships back in March, so it was going to be
interesting to see who can moved the statistics in their
Rachael started the match really well taking a 9-2 lead and
didn’t let Nicolette settle. Nicolette squeezed a few points
at the end, but eventually Rachael won 11/7.
points went back and forth more evenly in the second.
Rachael made more unforced errors than in the first and
Nicolette was moving really well onto Rachael’s short shots.
Eventually Nicolette took a lead playing as much steady
squash that she could amongst the array of shots from
Rachael. Nicolette went through to take the second 11/6.
These two players are so athletic and fun to watch. Rachael
has such a unique style and uses the space on the court so
effectively and both players covered the court amazingly
making for incredibly exciting rallies.
started the third well and her short shots were all coming
off, but with the amount of short shots that Rachael goes
for it is high risk and mistakes are bound to happen, which
they did. Nicolette came back from 3-6 down, with only one
hand out, to game point 10/7 and with a few incredibly tight
lengths that forced further errors from Rachael, she
eventually won the third 11/8 to take a 2-1 lead.
Rachael had started to look a little slower in the third and
I wondered if she was getting tired, but in the fourth
Rachael came out firing on all cylinders again. Rachael went
through to win the 4th game 11/6 with some amazing holds and
whole match was a battle for Nicolette to find rhythm and
structure to her game, while Rachael stuck consistently to
her unexpected shot selection, trying to break down
Nicolette game plan.
The final game was back and forth all the way through and
they both were attacking and retrieving some amazing shots.
Nicolette even did a couple of dives in the effort to get
everything back. There were some very funny points too, one
being where Nicolette jumped in the air and cheered due to
receiving a stroke when Rachael hit the ball straight back
at herself down the middle and the crowd started laughing!!
At the end of the fifth game Rachael went for a few extra
risky shots that didn’t come off, including a return of
serve short that went into the tin.
was Rachael’s high cross court lob from the back of the
court that went out that gave Nicolette her first match
point at 10/8. Rachael grabbed one point with a stroke
before Nicolette took the final game 11/9 to earn her way
into the quarter finals.
A very happy Nicolette said: “A win against Rachael is
amazing as half the time you don’t know where the
ball is going. You just have to focus on what you are trying
to do. I really enjoy this tournament and I think that it
shows as every time I play well.
haven’t played Ali in a while. I love to play someone I
haven’t played for a while – so bring it on!!!”
It was another fantastic night of squash and we all look
forward to the quarterfinals starting at 3.30pm tomorrow
afternoon. After the quarter finals we have a Weymuller
party with food, drinks and our very own DJ Nudie (Annelize
Naude) playing her fantastic tunes. We’ll also hold our
‘Meet and Greet’ at this event so all the players can
introduce themselves to our members.
Round One Part One
Egyptians on fire at Heights Casino
Linda Elriani reports,
photos from Jean Ervasti
Tonight was the first round of
the 2014 Carol Weymuller Main draw - top half. The quality
of the matches tonight was fantastic and the matches were so
enjoyable to watch.
on the Championship court was world #14 Omneya Abdel Kawy
from Egypt against Sam Cornett, who did an
unbelievable comeback last night to reach the main draw. Sam
and Omneya have very different styles and had never played
before this match, so it was going to be interesting to see
who get their game plan over the other.
was basically on fire and if Sam put the ball on her racket
it was gone! Omneya has amazing hold and stops her
opponent’s momentum and rhythm. Sam tried to be steady and
keep the ball on the wall but she couldn’t consistently
enough. Sam gave 100% effort as always, but couldn’t quite
get Omneya off the T where she was clearly very comfortable.
Omneya went in and out of focus a couple of times but always
came back with an amazing flick or hold. Whenever Sam gave a
big push it was as if Omneya has another gear in her to use
Both players moved really well around the court but today
Omneya made it look effortless and almost casual. Overall it
was a great match for Omneya and she never let Sam settle in
and find her game. It’s likely Sam’s huge match yesterday
could have left her feeling somewhat flat today.
came through to win in a convincing 11/5, 11/6, 11/3.
After the match I commented to Omneya that she made it look
so effortless today and she said: “If you look at the
scores it doesn’t depict the game. She gave me a hard time
to win each point and I had to think for every shot. At
times she got some openings and I was lucky because she made
mistakes and I took advantage and kept on winning points.
"For tomorrow, both players are really good and have had
really good results at the last couple of tournaments.
Hopefully on Saturday I’ll play good squash and enjoy the
game and that’s all that matters now!”
match on the championship court was Irish and world #13
Madeline Perry from Ireland against a very much on-form
Nour El Tayeb, the world #8 from Egypt.
Madeline was 3-1 up on the head to head but Nour won the
last time they played this summer in Malaysia. Madeline is
one of the older, more experienced players on the tour, but
she is in amazing shape and looked ready to take Nour on.
One of Madeline’s strengths is to hit a consistently hard,
flat, deep drives but she just couldn’t seem to get them far
enough back on the court to unsettle Nour and control the
middle of the court. Nour was holding the ball really well
and when Madeline hit her length a little short she would
take in a tricky boast that Madeline just wasn’t managing to
read and move onto. Nour won the first game in fine style
the second game the points were even to 3-3 and then Nour
found her amazing momentum again and had a run of points
straight through to game ball, where Madeline squeezed out
one more point before Nour went 2-0 up.
The third game followed the same pattern with Nour playing a
wonderful combination of disciplined and attacking squash
with no errors. Madeline couldn’t quite find her groove and
keep Nour deep enough and Nour went through to take the
third game 11/4, taking her through to the quarterfinals
against her Egyptian team mate Omneya on Saturday at 5.00pm.
I asked Nour after the match how she was feeling, she said:
“I’m feeling really good actually! In the qualifying I
was feeling tense and I almost lost in the first round! All
day today I was telling myself to enjoy the match. I slept
as much as possible to release the tension. Madeline is one
of the best players on tour and has beaten everyone!
"She can come up with great performances, but today she was
tinning more than she usually does. I am playing Omneya
next, I didn’t want to play her in the first round but I
have to play her now. She’s like my big sister and I hope
that we can play a great match.”
The next match on was between World #16 and previous
Weymuller Open winner in 2009 and 2010 Jenny Duncalf
playing qualifier and teenager Salma Hany Ibrahim.
have only played one other WSA match before this which was
in Hong Kong earlier this year and Salma managed to come
through 3-2, it was going to be interesting to see who would
come out as the winner today, especially after Salma’s
incredibility long match yesterday. Would she have the legs
to pull off another win?
Salma started the match so maturely, way beyond her years.
She played a perfect combination of attacking shots and
patience, without any errors. Jenny was trying to get the
ball deeper but too many cross courts and unforced errors
lead the way to Salma winning the first game 11/6.
the second, Salma took a 3/0 lead with Jenny lacking
patience but then Jenny started to find her length and push
up the court better and go short at the right time and took
the lead for the first time at 5-4. The points went back and
forth with a variety of amazing winners, holds and also tins
from both players. Salma edged away from 8-8 with a perfect
forehand drop and a generous forehand volley drop in the tin
from Jenny to get game ball at 10-8. A long and hard fought
rally finishing in a stroke took Salma to a 2-0 lead.
The third game was very similar to the second with the
points edging slowly up and evenly with some amazing
retrieving and even a big dive across the court from Salma.
Jenny hit a wonderful backhand volley drop to even up the
points to 8-8 and Salma bounced straight back with an
equally fantastic forehand drop to go 9-8! A perfect and
well disguised boast from Jenny evened up the points again
to 9-9. Salma got her first match ball after hitting a
perfect cross court kill. Jenny countered this with an inch
perfect backhand volley drop. Salma kept her head and game
plan together and managed to come through to win on her
second match ball to win this closely contested match in
beaming Salma said after the match: “I’m SOOOOO happy to
win that match!!! After the epic match yesterday I’m so glad
to have held myself together, pushed myself to the limit and
keep myself solid until the end. I didn’t want to drop a
game as I knew my energy was not full. Jenny is a tough
opponent and a very experienced player and I knew that if I
let her into the game it would be very hard to win.
"I was so worried after the 1st game and kept thinking a lot
and there was lots of stuff going on in my mind. Every time
I felt the tiredness I kept telling myself ‘MAN UP and it’s
only a few points away and then you will have the whole day
The last match on the championship court was between #1
seed, world # 2 and current World Open champion Laura
Massaro, and English team mate Sarah Kippax,
and Sarah have played 9 times in WSA events and Laura has
come through triumphant in all them but many have been
closely contested. In the first Laura got a nice lead and
settled in quickly. Both players were incredibly nibble in
this match and got to some wonderfully played drop shots
that I thought were going to be winners! Laura didn’t let
Sarah control the middle and came through 11/5 to win the
second game it really showed how much Sarah’s short game has
improved and when Laura didn’t keep the ball tight enough
she cut the ball off on the volley excellently. Laura was
attacking Sarah a lot with her deadly boast and even though
Sarah was moving really well, she either couldn’t quite
reach them or it got her out of position so she would lose
the point. Laura was just that bit too consistent and didn’t
give as many unforced errors away as Sarah and this really
made the difference for Laura to come through 11/9 in the
The wonderful retrieving continued from both players and
they both wanted to control the T and then use a variety of
short shots to end the points. Sarah did some brilliant
holds that really stopped Laura in her tracks but Laura
played the big points so steadily and focused. Laura
squeezed the third 12-10 to go through to the quarterfinals
on Saturday. Sarah put in a great effort and certainly
deserved to win at least one of the games, but Laura’s
ability to play the big points well is one of the reasons
she is world #2 and current world champion!
said after her match: “I’m really happy to come off 3-0.
I really feel Sarah is consistent in her play and she really
gets a lot of balls back, so I had to stay calm and play the
big points well. I’m looking forward to playing Salma, I’ve
never played her before and she’s obviously playing really
well so I’ll have to concentrate on playing the best I can.”
So here ends another really exciting night of squash at The
Heights Casino. It was certainly a successful night for the
Egyptian players with three team mates already through to
the quarter finals on Saturday! We all look forward to the
second half of the first round starting at 5.30pm tomorrow
night. See you again soon!
Linda Elriani reports
Today the Carol Weymuller
Open celebrated the 30th anniversary of the WSA with the
inaugural Weymuller AT-Lunch.
Governors Room at the Heights Casino was packed with members
and Corcoran sponsors and everyone enjoyed a delicious
It was a great chance to thank Corcoran for their amazing
support of the Carol Weymuller for over 12 years now.
I did an interview with World #2 and Current World Champion
Laura Massaro from England.
The group was treated to some great answers by Laura and the
crowd of patrons was given the opportunity to ask some of
their own questions as well.
was also the last day of the qualification at the 2014 Carol
It’s always an exciting round as it really is all or
nothing…main draw or out! Wow! What matches we had today!!
The matches were so incredibly 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 of the qualifying finals matches was played at
1.30pm between Tesni Evans and world # 27 from Wales
and world # 39 Samantha Teran from Mexico.
squeezed a 2-0 lead over Tesni but had to fight for every
point she won. Tesni took a brief injury time out in the
second after tumbling over in the front forehand corner and
managed to push back in the second to take a 9-7 lead, but
Samantha kept steady and came through 11/9.
Tesni started the 3rd in fine style and started stepping up
and using the whole court to move Samantha around before
finishing the rallies with skillful short shots. Samantha
kept pushing and managed to chip off some volleys drops but
Tesni stayed ahead. It took 5 let balls for Tesni to
eventually win the 3rd game 11/9!
The fourth game was back and forth with even points
throughout the whole game. There were lots of hard, long
rallies and many lets and body contact while the players
were vying for the control of the T. At 9-9 Samantha was
awarded a stroke to take her to match ball on the first try.
The match was about 1 hour and 20 minutes for a 3-1 match,
so it really indicates how long the rallies were!
said after the match: “It was hard, a very hard match.
Tesni is not a player that plays one game, she mixes it, the
pace, the shots, so you never know what she is going to do.
I tried to win in 3 as I know if it kept going it would be
harder for me, so I pushed in the 3rd, even though I was 9-3
down. Then at 9-9 and I couldn’t quite get to 11!
"Then the 4th I thought I would push again and then it was
point for point all the way through. It’s like this
sometimes in squash!!! I’m just happy to be playing here
again, especially after my injury. When I played here two
years ago I didn’t know if I would be back and I’m so
pleased I am! I enjoy being here.”
The first evening match on court at 5.30pm was a wonderfully
tense and colorful match which brought the crowd on the edge
of their seats.
was between World # 30 Victoria Lust from England and
young talented Salma Hany Ibrahim from Egypt who is
world #40. Vicky looked very comfortable, smooth and
concentrated in the first game and managed to keep the ball
so tight and away from Salma so that she couldn’t use her
deadly short game to hurt Vicky. Vicky took the first 11/5.
The next two games where a real battle for court space and
control of the T. Both players moved so well around the
court, retrieving so many great balls with some splits from
Salma and dives from Vicky! Salma clinched the next 2 games
11/9 and 12/10, even though Vicky had had her chances with
an 8-5 lead in the 3rd.
In the 4th game Salma took a 7-4 lead with great deep
lengths, followed up by perfect drops and it looked like she
was ready to take the match in 4. Vicky had a final push and
did some amazing gets to Salma’s incredible short shorts and
she forced herself back to take the fourth 11/9 in nail
biting style. The final point of the fourth was won by Vicky
retrieving an almost impossible drop shot in the front
backhand and then playing a perfect cross court drop off of
it!!! Vicky did a fist pump as she walked off the court and
we were left wondering what the fifth game would bring to
The fifth, while also an amazing game, was a little more one
sided with Salma’s short game working wonderfully and Vicky
starting to make more unforced and forced errors, taking
Salma through to the main draw, winning the fifth 11/6.
A red faced and happy Salma very kindly spent her first 10
minutes off the court signing autographs.
she was done she said: “I hope I won’t play tomorrow and
I have a day off! What a long match, long rallies and very
tough opponent! I’m so glad I won the third after being
8-5 down. The only game I had a lead was the fourth and I
lost it! I’m so glad to come back and win the fifth. The
atmosphere was incredible and the audience was amazing.
"So happy to be here at the Weymuller and happy to be in the
main draw. The kids did a huge cheer and had big smiles when
I came out of the court. It was great! Thanks so much to my
team mates…Omneya, Nour and Raneem for their support. I
don’t know what I would have done without them!!”
next match was between World # 39 Sam Cornett from
Canada and budding young American Olivia Blatchford
who is currently world # 61.This match started off
wonderfully for Sam and she took the first 11/4 pretty
quickly playing steady, tight squash.
Olivia obviously had a re-think after the first and came out
with a new energy and started taking the ball earlier and
keeping it in the four corners so well and really pulling
Samantha off the T where she had happily been in the first.
Olivia was playing the perfect combination of patient and
attacking to take her to a 10/6 lead. Olivia seemed then to
start rushing the points and making unforced errors with
several forehand drops in the tin, which she hadn’t been
doing before. Sam kept plugging away and clawed her way back
to 10-10. Olivia had one more chance to win the game at
11-10 but with an overly ambitious forehand volley drop into
the tin she gave the emphasis back to Sam and she took it
with both hands to take the second 13-11.
When a player is 2-0 down it’s very hard to go back onto the
court and still believe you can win but Olivia certainly
did! Olivia was moving beautifully and taking the ball so
early and not giving Sam the chance to control the rallies.
Olivia got the same 10/6 lead that she had had in the second
and we were all left wondering if she would miss her chances
like before, but Sam only won 1 more point before Olivia
took the third 11/7.
The fourth game was perfect for Olivia. She was error free
and tactically astute and Sam started to make some unforced
errors and look a little tired, especially when twisting and
turning. Olivia kept the momentum going and went through to
take the fourth game 11/3.
Now it was the fifth and it certainly looked like Olivia had
the tactics worked out to win the match if she could keep
the focus that she had in the fourth. The fifth started off
very evenly with both players digging depth on their
resources. Then with a combination of some tins from Sam and
a great hold and cross court winners by Olivia, she got
herself to 10-7 match ball. This would be the first time
that Olivia would have qualified for the Carol Weymuller
Open, played at the club where she started to play squash
many years ago.
The support from the local crowd was amazing too. It was
almost as if Olivia suddenly couldn’t think about anything
else but the chance she had to win and she lost her previous
focus and game plan. Sam seemed to recognize this and really
stepped up the court as if she decided that if Olivia was
going to walk away triumphant, that she was going to have to
really win that last point, as Sam wasn’t going to give it
to her. Sam’s focus was the best it had been all the match,
right when she needed it most and she went straight through
from 8-10 to win the match 12-10 in the fifth!!!
It was an amazing match and almost heartbreaking to see
either of them loose after such an amazing effort and
was obviously incredibly disappointed to have had three
match balls and not been able to capitalize on them, but
from my point of view it was the best I’d ever seen her play
and her improvements since last year are immense. She was
fit, fast, accurate and as always, a good sport. I think we
will see much more great squash coming from Olivia in the
very near future…watch this space!
very happy and relieved looking Sam said after the match:
“I hope that I play in two days time!!!! I’m really happy
with how I started the match and really impressed with how I
finished it!!! I went into the fifth game with high energy
after a couple of sloppy games and quality shots from Liv
and it paid off.”
Sam plays Omneya Abel Kawy tomorrow at 5.00pm.
Our last match of the evening, but certainly not least was
world # 8 Nour El Tayeb and American and world # 38
Latasha played a creative and tactically astute game,
especially in the first where Nour only scraped through
has such great skills and her years of experience show when
she plays, but she couldn’t stop an on-form Nour from
controlling the middle and moving her around the court so
well. Nour won the second and third games 11/5 and 11/7
respectively and goes through to play Madeline Perry
tomorrow at 5.00pm.
Nour said after her match: “I’m very happy to have made
the main draw and to be back here in Brooklyn with my second
family (the Mendez’s). I look forward to tomorrow’s match.”
Congratulations to all the players that qualified. All the
matches were such great quality squash and everyone
thoroughly enjoyed them. The first round matches start
tomorrow night at 5.00pm and we are all very much looking
forward to watching some more of the amazing squash.
Under way in Brooklyn
Linda Elriani reports
The 2014 Carol Weymuller Squash Tournament is now underway
with the first 8 qualification matches starting at 5.30pm
here on our Heights Casino squash courts. We are streaming
the whole event live onto the internet so it’s exciting for
everyone to be able to see the matches even if they are in
different countries or can’t make it to the Heights Casino
to see them.
The weather in NY still very warm and consequently the
courts are very hot and bouncy making the rallies very long
and winners difficult to cultivate.
5.30pm match between Tesni Evans world # 27 from
Wales against American Cecelia Cortes who is world
#72. Tesni played a relaxed match, controlling the games
with medium paced shots, throwing in some holds and short
winners when the chances came up. Cecelia did a good job of
trying to stay in the rallies and hustle for the T but Tesni
controlled the middle too well and consequently came through
11/6, 11/5, 11/3.
Tesni said after her match “It’s nice and warm in there!!
I like it!! I have played Cece once before - this time last
year and I won then too, but she hard to play and she’d got
good control. It’s my 1st time to Brooklyn and I love
it!! I’m happy to get through tonight and it’ll be another
tough match tomorrow!!”
The second 5.30pm match was between Mexican and world #39
Samantha Teran and Syoli Waters who is world #37
from South Africa. They are the closest in ranking in the
qualifying draw which made for a very closely contested
match. Both players played at a fast pace and with the hot
conditions the rallies where long and hard fought. The first
two games were very even with the points going back and
forth and as the match went on Samantha seemed to find her
game and control the T, though Siyoli kept pushing hard and
gave 100% effort right the way through.
won 3-1 in the end and when I asked her how she felt about
the match she said “
I think I played good. I’ve never played Siyoli before
and I’ve never seen her play before! I think the first game
was to find out how we both played and then the second was
very close through the points and she was volleying
everything. In the third and fourth games I played much
better as I knew what to do, but she kept fighting!
"It was a really good match, very clean and I enjoyed the
match in general. Everyone is playing very good so you need
to play your best to have a chance to win. I always enjoy
playing here in Brooklyn”.
Tesni and Samantha T play at 1.30pm tomorrow,
was packed audience at 6.15pm on the championship when our
very own local Haley Mendez played young Egyptian
Salma Hany Ibrahim. Haley has grown up playing squash at
the Heights Casino and is currently studying and playing
squash at Harvard.
Salma got off to great start and cut off every ball short
that Haley didn’t manage to get deep enough. Haley started
to find her length as the match went on and get in front and
she hit a few perfect dying drives into the back, but Salma
was making no unforced errors and it became increasingly
hard for Haley to pin Salma in the back of the court. Haley
kept trying hard to force Salma deep but in the end Salma
came through 11/5,11/6,11/5.
said “I’m feeling good. I unfortunately didn’t feel as
prepared as I wanted to be because I wasn’t allowed on court
for the last 2 weeks (due to a concussion), but it’s always
fun to be home and playing at the Casino in front of a home
Salma said after her win “I’m feeling good. I love the
atmosphere here. It’s my first time to the states and I’m
really enjoying the area and the people are so friendly. I
am happy with the way I played and tomorrow I’m looking
forward to play for a chance to make the main draw”.
second 6.15pm match was between Victoria Lust world
#30 from England and Brazilian Thaisa Serafina who is
currently world #78. Vicky was the dominant player in the
first two games and Thaisa gave a big push in the third
taking a brief lead at 9-8 but Vicky manage to finish off
the match and go through to the final round of the
qualifying in 3 games.
I asked Vicky after her match if she was happy and she said
“Yep, very happy, it’s always good to win! Thaisa played
a lot better in the third game, the third game was tough.
Tough match tomorrow against Salma. I won 3-2 last time, but
it was long and close! I’m looking forward to having some
Thai food now!!
Vicky plays Salma at 6.15pm tomorrow.
The 7.00pm match on the east court was between 2 budding
young American players, Olivia Blatchford who has
recently won her first WSA title and top USA junior
Sabrina Sobhy. Olivia looked as fit and composed as I
have ever seen her, moving lightly, playing a very mature
game, precise length and accurate short shorts. Sabrina
played well and did some impressive winners out of nowhere
from time to time, but didn’t seem to have enough purpose to
her game today to topple Olivia. Olivia came through in an
impressive 11/3, 11/8, 11/4.
said after her win “I’m pleased with that. It’s always
tough to play a team mate, especially Sabrina who is super
talented. I’m coming into this with a bit of confidence
(after winning a tournament in Mexico). I didn’t hit many
tins, which can sometimes happen. My short game worked well
today and it was fun! I’m looking forward to tomorrow and
hoping for a spot in the main draw!”
other 7.00pm match was between top Canadian Samantha
Cornett, world # 32 and Argentinean world # 89 Belen
Etchechoury. Samantha played a steady straight game and
managed to control runs of points which made it tough for
Belen to find her rhythm.
Samantha came through to make the final of the qualifying in
3 and said afterwards “Basically I cut the court down as
she has really good kills and whenever I gave her space to
hit her kill-she HIT her kill!! I hit a lot of straight
lengths and looked for the volley drops and also threw in a
couple of holds. I played Olivia at the Pan Ams recently and
I won, so hopefully I can repeat that!!’
Samantha plays Olivia at 7.00pm tomorrow.
7.45pm match was between American and world #38 veteran
Latasha Khan and world # 56 from New Zealand Amanda
Landers-Murphy. Latasha’s immense experience and great
use of the court came through tonight and she won her first
match of the 2014 Weymuller in 4.
Latasha commented ‘I’m happy to be in my home club in New
York!!! I love playing here, I love the members, I love
beating Cristian, the manager at doubles!!!:-) I want to
thank my lucky charms….Martha, Laura and my nephew Salim.”
Lastly but certainly not least was Egyptian Nour El Tayeb
against follow countryman Kanzy El-Defrawy who is
world #76. Nour has recently had a wonderful run, beating
top ranked players in some major tournaments. Nour’s ranking
has just moved up to its highest ever of world # 8, but
unfortunately not in time for the closing date of this
tournament, so Nour still has to qualify!!!
The match was full of many winners! Kanzy was vying for the
T and trying to take the ball as early as possible but Nour
managed to keep her game steady enough to force errors from
Kanzy and play the big points better. Nour came through in a
very tight 3-1 going down to the wire in the 4th 14-12.
said “Kanzy and I train together in Cairo in the same
club in the same league, so she knows my game well. Kanzy’s
been playing well and recently won a tournament in Toronto
so I was expecting a tough match. Luckily I managed to win
the tie break in the end in the 4th game! Latasha and I have
only played once and she won so I’m up for revenge!! Though
I have to remember she is on the WSA board!!!:-)”
It was a truly fantastic evening of squash to start off the
2014 Carol Weymuller Open. Congratulations to all the
winners and we look forward to the final round of the
qualifying tomorrow. The first match is starting at 1.30pm,
after the ‘Weymuller At-Lunch’ luncheon and the other 3
matches will continue on at 6.15pm.