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Cleveland Classic 2015
29 Jan - 03 Feb, Usa, $50k

03-Feb, Final:
David defends title in Ohio

In a matchup between the world's top two ranked players, it was Nicol David who prevailed, the Malaysian world #1 beating Egypt's Raneem El Welily 11-5, 11-9, 11-4 to retain her Cleveland Classic title.

Match report by Bob Botti:

Game 1. Surprised Welily was not forcing the pace. Amazing movement by both players. Welily may be the only player on the tour who can match David’s movement. But not tight enough and drops not in the groove for Welily. Welily’s shots either hit the tin or pop out to the mid court. David is reading the game well, anticipating Welily’s shots. Nothing but class from David. David comfortably takes game 11-5.

Game 2. Welily has to find a way to successfully attack David. Welily taking the ball early, cutting it off. Length is better and the Egyptian is very well balanced and dictating the pace in the middle of the court. Showing great patience, working for a better opening. Drops tighter. 5-2 Welily. David no longer having her own way. Great points as David claws back from 4-8 to 7-8. Never seen David so aggressive with an opening. Few errors despite being so far behind. 9-9, 11-9 David.

Game 3. 2-2, 3-3 but Welily can’t stay with David. 6-3, 7-3, 8-3. Welily has no answer and she tried everything. In the next point no matter what she does David stays in it and wins it 9-3. David lethal and disgustingly surgical! 11-4 game and match, David. 3-0.

David: “She had a big long tourney win at the T.O.C. then a tough five setter yesterday. Hoped maybe to get the lead and take it to the end."

Photos by Mike Weil

Cleveland Classic 2015
29 Jan - 03 Feb, Usa, $50k
Round One
31 Jan 
01 Feb
02 Feb
03 Feb
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11-2, 11-5, 11-7
[Q] Emily Whitlock (Eng)
[1] Nicol David
11-3, 11-6, 11-8
[8] Nour El Tayeb
[1] Nicol David

11-8, 11-2, 11-7

Omneya Abdel Kawy

[1] Nicol David


11-5, 11-9, 11-4


[3] Raneem El Welily

[8] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
11-9, 11-6, 11-7
[Q] Vicky Lust (Eng)
[5] Alison Waters (Eng)
11-9, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9
Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
11-8, 11-8, 11-5
Annie Au
[4] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
11-6, 5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6
Annie Au (Hkg)
Madeline Perry (Irl)
11-3, 11-4, 5-11, 11-4
[3] Raneem El Welily (Egy)
[3] Raneem El Welily
6-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 11-6
[6] Camille Serme
[3] Raneem El Welily

11-13, 11-7, 13-15, 11-9, 12-10

[2] Laura Massaro

Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
11-6, 11-6, 11-5
[6] Camille Serme (Fra)
[Q] Yathreb Adel (Egy)
11-8, 11-6, 11-6
[7] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
[7] Low Wee Wern
7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 13-11
[2] Laura Massaro
[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11-3, 11-8, 11-3
[2] Laura Massaro (Eng)

30-Jan, Qualifying Finals

Victoria Lust (Eng) 3-1 Emma Beddoes (Eng)            12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 10-6 (retired)
Emily Whitlock (Eng) 3-1 Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)               11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 11-2
Yathreb Adel (Egy)  v Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy)          7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 3-1 (retired)
Sarah Kippax (Eng) 3-2 Line Hansen (Den)                    11-4, 6-11, 11-8, 4-11, 14-12

29-Jan, Qualifying Round One

Emma Beddoes (Eng) 3-0 Lauren Leizman (Usa)                     11-1; 11-2; 11-0
Victoria Lust (Eng) 3-0 Menna Nasser (Egy)                            11-3; 11-3; 11-4
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) 3-2 Latasha Khan (Usa)      10-12; 11-5; 11-4; 2-11
Emily Whitlock (Eng) 3-0 Colette Sultana (Mlt)                        11-0; 11-3; 11-3
Yathreb Adel (Egy) 3-2
Coline Aumard (Fra)        6-11; 11-8; 10-12; 11-8; 11-6
Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy) 3-0 Sabrina Sobhy (Usa)              11-7; 11-9; 11-6
Line Hansen (Den) 3-0 Belen Etchechoury (Arg)             11-6; 11-4; 11-0 (17m)
Sarah Kippax (Eng) 3-1 Anna Kimberley (Eng)       11-7; 11-6; 6-11; 11-6 (40m)

02-Feb, Semi-Finals:
David & Welily through to Ohio final in Cleveland

The final of the Cleveland Classic will be contested by the current world #1 and #2 after contrasting semi-final wins for Nicol David and Raneem El Welily.

Nicol David 3-0 Omneya Abdel Kawy

Game 1. Both players right into it from the start, David just a little bit better.... on every point. 5-0. Kawy relying more on power, no real identifiable game plan in response to David’s game. David not giving her any openings. Playing very deep and tight. First game went quick Kawy making errors. 9-4. Late flurry from Kawy, but David in control 11-8.

Game 2. Kawy determined but David not swayed from her game plan.7-2. Kawy frustrated. Game to David 11-2.

Game 3. Does Kawy have any answers? David still with total focus. Everything executed with ruthless efficiency. Everything is tight and deep, moving Kawy all over the court, covering everything 6-2. Kawy has to hit 3 or 4 great drops to win one point. David dominates 11-7. David takes it. 3-0. 27mins

David: “Have to trust it will come together if you stick to it. These guys are so tough. They’re always out to get you!”

Raneem El Welily 3-2 Laura Massaro

Game 1. Battle from the first point. Massaro attacking 5-0. 7-3. Front to back stuff from both players. Welily switches gears hitting hard and low pressing shots 7-7. Massaro starting to force it, making errors – Welily is getting everything back 10-7. Massaro using more deception, 2 length winners then a Welily tin 10-10!. Tin vs Tin 11-11. Again length winner for Massaro then length leading to a Welily tin. Game to Massarro 13-11.

Game 2. Welily showing Massaro how big the court is, with tight shots up front and very deep in both back corners, Welily cruises to 4-1 lead. Massaro came back with good short drops catching Welily off guard. 5-5. Two quick knicks steady the ship for Welily and she sails to a comfortable 11-7 win.

Game 3. Both players fighting hard for every point. The game is evenly poised but Massaro keeps feeding the beast in the mid court area where Welily absolutely eats her up. Great deception by Welily, with simple length 5-5. Then 3 drop winners give Welily a 8-5 lead. But Welily not without fault forcing drops from the back and hitting the tin, suddenly 8-8. 13-13. Massaro takes the game 15-13. Punishing squash!

Game 4. Welily knows she needs both games to stay in the tournament. Violent points early. Dropping master class from the Egyptian, Welily races to 7-3 lead. Welily length is impeccable. 10-7 and despite late comeback by Massaro. Game to Welily 11-9.

Game 5. Gladiators on the court. Arguably one of the most punishing matches of the tournament. Outrageous rallies keep the game score close at 6-7 to Massaro. Massaro has good reach and power in her arsenal. Taking the ball early and cutting down Welily’s reaction time. It works, Massaro takes a 10-7 lead to 3 match balls. Welily steps up to the challenge. Doesn’t shy away from her natural game. Two quick backhand drops with match points against her! 9-10. Sheer confidence and brutish mental strenth from Welily allowed her to dominant the final stages of the game leading to 12-10 well deserved victory. 3-2 match to Welily.

Welily: “I don’t feel confident hitting the ball early, but I had to do that today! Kawy told me I had to...”



01-Feb-15, Quarter-Finals:
Semi-finals settled in Cleveland

The Cleveland Classic reached the quarter-final stage in Ohio today as the world's top three players booked their places in the semis of the WSA $50k event.

Nicol David celebrated her new record as the longest-ever world #1 with a straight games win over Nour El Tayeb, and she'll mett another Egypotian in the last four after Omneya Abdel Kawy beat Annie Au, also in straight games.

In the bottom half of the draw Laura Massaro and Raneem El Welily had tougher tasks, Massaro beating Low Wee Wern in four games while Welily needed all five to get past Camille Serme.

Match reports by Bob Botti

Kawy bt Au 11-8, 11-8, 11-5

Game 1. 2 attacking players and get in each others way. Au good movement and moving Kawy around the court and not allowing her to find her rhythm. High deep shots to the back, followed up with short sharp cut offs to the front court gave Au early edge.

Quick to go short. 2-2. 6-6. Kawy absorbs the pressure some what well, using power and Egyptian wizardry to find the knick, Kawy takes the game. 11-8. 10 minutes.

Game 2. Au has it working early, great length and drops forcing Kawy errors 5-1. Kawy reading Au’s deep game better. Back to 5-5, varying pace and width 8-5. Au adapted too late, got back to 8-9, but Kawy buried it. Takes the game 11-8. 9 minutes including the argument.

Game 3. Kawy stays focused and sticks to the game plan 4-1. Pace and deception too much for Au to shoot off of. Even a bloody nose couldn’t stop Kawy, Kawy takes the game 11-5. 9 minutes 3-0 to Kawy.

Kawy: “Her lob and drop is amazing. Last time I played her she smashed me. When I play with Annie I have a plan but didn’t do it. This time I did it.”

 David bt Tayeb 11-3, 11-6, 11-8

Game 1. First game is just a squash master class. David cruises to a 7-0 lead. Nothing fancy just deep and tight gave her opponent nothing to attack. No mistakes 11-3.

Game 2. David still on her game. Tayeb challenges David on length, but her balls fall into midcourt too often allowing David to force penetrating length that drags Tayeb deep and finishing her short 11-6.

Game 3. Monster first point Tayeb needs to win, she buries David’s serve into the nick. More disciplined performance by Tayeb. David is again masterful. Sticking to same game plan, David is able to neutralize Tayeb’s game by playing straight and deep. Impeccable attacking down the left wall. Great effort by Tayeb to claw back – too little too late from Tayeb. David is never really threatened and takes the game comfortably. 11-8.

Tayeb is definitely one watch out for in the future. Lots of character drive and lovely to watch. 3-0 to David.

David: “Having different game plans for different player is key. Basically, a set base game plan and adapting it accordingly for different players.”

Massaro bt Low 7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 13-11

Game 1. Massaro subdued 1-5. Wern retrieving everything and frustrating Massaro. Too many errors and poor choices by Massaro. 11-7 to Wern.

Game 2. Wern sits too deep and beaten with shots to the front. Massaro has woken up giving nothing loose up front. Using her great reach to control the T. Aggressive on her drops now almost error free. 11-5 to her Game 3. Massaro, great focus takes a 5-0 lead. Wern grinds back, frustrating Massaro once again. Massaro making errors 5-6. Massaro gets back to her game and grinds it out, with some very solid ground strokes in to the back, 11-5 to Masssaro.

Game 4. Wern is determined, playing deep backhand attacking squash and fierce attacking boast to get to 4-1. Massaro doesn’t want to go to 5, she responds very well with deeper rallies showing great patience and waiting for the right moment to go short.

Massaro reels Wern back in to 3-4, then finally 6-7, 7-7, 8-8, and 9-9. Not pretty squash. Great drop by Massaro takes her to match ball but Wern comes through, taking the score to 11-11. Massaro wins the next point then a stroke to Massaro as she takes match 13-11.

Massaro: “It always feels like a tactical game when playing her. A lot of long rallies and with Wern you can’t afford to open up the court too early because she will pounce on it and punish you.”

Welily bt Serme 7-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-6

Game 1. Long rallies, each player feeling their way into the match. Nothing fancy. Backcourt game until a nice roll winner by Serme and increase in pace takes her to an 8-4 lead.Welily then found the knick a few times as most Egyptians tend to. Put Serme off her rythym. Claws back to 7-8. Serme keeps her composure. Regained her length. Finishes it 11-7.

Game 2. Serme volleys well, rushing Welily. Floating ball deep to drop in the back corners. Welily hitting too many cross courts early on and not finding enough depth 5-5. Serme tried to force the game short and left too many balls in the open court and you not do that against Welily. Welily pounces on the loose shots and forges ahead 8-5. Welily takes the game 11-6.

Game 3. Serme continues to give Welily too much in the front court to work with. Welily counter drops extremely well. Serme somehow stays close 4-4, 6-6. Serme changes to a backhand game taking Welily by surprise and Welily missing drops from the backcourt. Serme defending well, playing solid. Takes game 11-6.

Game 4. Welily comes out firing 7-0. Took time for Serme to settle. Interesting call by Serme asking referees to reverse stroke call against Welily. This was the tipping point for Serme, she lost her rhythm and struggled to the end. Welily dominates the T volleying like a demon, mounting ridiculous amount of pressure. Doesn’t allow Serme into the game. 11-4 to Serme.

Game 5 Both players locked in. Serme playing attacking squash early on. Wilily dictating the game with good length. Welily absorbs attacking pressure well, takes a 6-3 lead. Great patience and extends it to 9-5. Closes it out 11-6. 3-2 to Welily.

Welily “She controlled the match throughout most of it, I’m just happy I could keep my head strong and push back.”


Round ONE - Kawy and Au topple seeds in Ohio

Camille Serme 3-0 Jenny Duncalf

Game 1. Serme out of the box early. Duncalf comes back too little too late, 11-6.

Game 2. Duncalf - competitive. Good points, measured and calculated ground strokes. Serme pulls away late, 11-6.

Game 3. Duncalf renewed sense of purpose. 3-0. Serme responds 4-3. Back and forth, classic squash both players moving well. 5-5. Mini bursts of brilliance by Serme in the back court, forcing errors by Duncalf, 9-5 then 11-5. 3-0 Serme.

Raneem El Welily 3-1 Madeline Perry

Weleily strong backcourt game. Powerful ground strokes pinning Perry very deep. Forcing pace from the start. Perry managed to pull one game back, but Weleily dominance undeniable. 3-1 Weleily

Annie Au 3-2 Nour El Sherbini

Game 1. Au moving well to cover the court. Winning many points off basic serve and volley, forcing Sherbini deep into the court and very quickly up front again. Sherbini couldn’t handle Au early on shooting to stay in the match – it didn’t work 11-6 to Au.

Game 2. Great length game from Sherbini. Her reach allowed her to pluck the ball out of the air and force the pace on Au. Many errors by Au. Sherbini closes it out in good fashion 11-5.

Game 3. Au pushing ball deeper, back to basics. Using basic drives and lobs to move the less nimble Sherbini all over the court. Sherbini keeps composure – slows the game down and breaking Au’s rhythm. Sherbini takes the game 11-7.

Game 4. Both players aware of what’s at stake. Au takes more pace off the ball. Deep and searching shots and attacking across the body of Sherbini. Au takes the game 11-9.

Game 5. Both players struggle to control the T. Au picked up were she left off the last game. Moving Serbini and making her earn every point. Very punishing squash. Sherbini had to work for every point and the game stayed even thru 6-6 but eventually Au separated 11-6. Au takes match 3-2.

Laura Massaro 3-0 Sarah Kippax

Game 1. Massaro dominate 7-0 Controls the game 11-3.

Game 2. Massaro many errors front court. Kippax forges ahead 7-5. Massaro eventually found good length trying to avoid the front court. Kippax pushes ball deeper more patient but Massaro creeps back, forcing errors. Game to Massaro 11-8.

Game 3. Massaro 4-3. Kippax had problems with back hand depth from Massaro. Massaro wins 11-3. Match 3-0 to Massaro.

Low Wee Wern 3-0 Yathreb Adel

Game 1. Contrast in styles. Adel as is her style forcing play to the front. Wern looking to keep Adel back. True to form Adel attacking short on the backhand switches to forehand as Wern defends well. Wern’s defensive ability frustrates Adel who makes more errors. Adel stays close at 5-5 eventually pressure pays off for Wean 11-8.

Game 2. Adel using height to pick up the tempo with good volleying. Wern’s length is impeccable, responding well to challenge from Adel. Adel continues to cover front well. Wern is very confident, takes the game11-6.

Game 3. Adel shooting early in the third. Wern keeps sending Adel the wrong way. Despite 3-3 Adel has no response and makes more errors. How to beat a shooter by Wern 11-6. Match to Wern 3-0.

Nour El Tayeb 3-0 Victoria Lust

Tayeb settles quickly gives Lust few opportunities to move up the court forcing her very deep finishing well at the front of the court. Tayeb is never threatened. 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 Tayeb 3-0.

Nicol David 3-0 Emily Whitlock

Game 1 David showing pace isn’t a function of hitting the ball hard 11-2.

Game 2 Basic squash from David. Whitlock staying with her 3-3, 4-4. David is patient, working the young Brit in the back and front of the court ; 6-4,8-5. Game ends11-5.

Game 3 David continues to play length game not giving Whitlock much to work with. Whitlock had to earn the points she won. David sticks to basics even when Whitlock came back from 8-3 with 4 pretty points to 7-8. But David is too much for Whitlock, 11-7.

Omneya Abdel Kawy 3-1 Alison Waters

Game 1. 5-5 fun points. It was a game of chess between these two athletes. Both players showed great skill and wit early. Nice power and length from Kawy allows her to settle in better than Waters taking her to an 8-6 lead. Waters comes back, but Kawy closes it on 2 nice points 11-9

Game 2. Kawy confident but Waters fights back to 3-3 then gets in the groove 7-3, 9-3, 11-3.

Game 3. Kawy more assertive playing great length quicker on the ball out to 3-0 lead. Waters battled back 3-3, 5-3, 7-4. Kawy reading game well. Not panicking. Anticipating ball well and playing ball into empty spaces. Roars back 8-8 then 11-9.

Game 4. Kawy continues pushing her advantage with power and pace on the ball 3-0. Once again Waters comes back. Not giving up. 3-3, 5-5, 7-5, 7-7. Great shot making from both players. Every point hotly contested. 8-7,8-8,9-8,9-9, Kawy takes game 11-9. Match to Kawy.

DRAW & Results

Qualifying Finals

Bob Botti Reports

Emily Whitlock 3-1 Nicolette Fernandes   11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 11-2

Game 1. Many nice exchanges. Feeling each other’s game out. Fernandes didn’t take many opportunities at the front. Nice drop winners on both sides of the court from behind by Whitlock. Aggressive backhand attack with good change of pace by the young Brit. Mostly error free. Very clean game. Game to Whitlock 11-5.

Game 2. Fernandes comes out determined. Good attacking boasts caught Whitlock off guard. Forges ahead 6-3. Game to Fernandes 11-7.

Game 3. Critical game. Fernandes struggled finding her rhythm. At times when she attacked balls in the air she had her most success but at the end several errors by Fernandes and nice kills by Whitlock proved too much for the lady from Guyana. Game to Whitlock 12-10.

Game 4. 3 errors in first 5 points by Fernandes and Whitlock races to 8-0 lead. Cruised to the game 11-2, taking Fernandes on a tour of every inch of the court. Match to Whitlock 3-1.

Victoria Lust 3-1 Emma Beddoes    12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 10-6 (rtd)

Game 1. Scrappy game. High tempo from both players. Back and forth for the lead. Errors by both players. 12-10 Lust

Game 2. Much of the same. Beddoes changing pace. Much more comfortable took 3-7 lead. Confidence building. Game to Beddoes 11-7

Game 3 Beddoes still hunting the ball. Lobbing well. Attacking the front left corner short. Could have used a bit more length to close it out. Left the door open for an aggressive Lust to get from 6-9 to 11-9 scoring the last 5 points.

Game 4 Lust has the wind in her sails. Came out strong. Ferocious pace a bit too much for a recovering Beddoes to deal with on this day. 8-1 lead. Beddoes no quitter. Literally left everything on the court. 10-6 retired. Match to lust 3-1.

Yathreb Adel 3-1 Salma Hany Ibrahim   7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 3-1 (rtd)

Game 1. Ibrahim comes out firing 7-3. Adel searching for more length. Ibrahim won’t let her settle in. Breaking Adel’s rhythm, going short and ending the points quickly. Very entertaining squash by two young Egyptians. 11-7 to Ibrahim.

Game 2. Adel responds in kind. Shooting to a 5-1 lead. Dominated game closing it out 11-3.

Game 3. Both players struggling for more length and the lead. Things going Adel’s way 4-1. Utilizing her reach and height to control the left hand wall. Cranking up the tempo with volleys to the front court and found the nick more than once. Ibrahim fights back but Adel is too good. 11-8.

Game 4. Early collision injury results in Ibrahim withdrawal. Second one of the day! Match Adel 3-1.

Sarah Kippax 3-2 Line Hansen  11-4, 6-11, 11-8, 4-11, 14-12

Game 1 Kippax dictates the pace with very basic squash moving Hanson with great depth and uncompromising width. Hansen has no answer 8-1. Kippax pressure too much 11-4.

Game 2 A stroke brings Hansen into the game. Deeper play and firmer strokes to the backhand Quick 6-0 lead playing the ball into the empty spaces. Kippax surprised by the turn around. Change in momentum with Hanson firmly in control of game 2. Game to Hansen 11-6.

Game 3 Kippax focused. Reading game well. Hanson very exposed playing loose and Kippax capitalizing to a 6-2 lead. Reverse of last game Hansen tries to come back but deficit too great and Kippax keeps her head. Kippax had more back wall boasts in that match than in the history of squash. 11-8 to Kippax.

Game 4. Both players locked in but Hansen regained composure and made difference going short on the right wall at the right moments. Game to Hansen 11-4.

Game 5 First one today. Hansen still dropping with great effect on the left wall and defending lobs well. Both players well dug in. Longer points. Higher tempo. Hanson moving on to the ball a lot quicker and finding better placement. Kippax responding to being down 2-5 with excellent anticipation and reading the game well. Felt like Kippax was almost done at 3-7 but played several critical points with no errors and moved back to 7-7.

In the end it was a menacing backcourt game. Precise and Entertaining. A classic game of attrition that Kippax won as Hansen hit the tin. Game to Kippax 14-12. Match to Kippax 3-2 

DRAW & Results



Jermaine Xaba Reports

EMILY WHITLOCK (Eng) 3-0 COLETTE SULTANA (Mal)11-0; 11-3; 11-3

Whitlock dispatched the young sophomore from Colombia University in just under 21 minutes. Good depth and merciless volleying from Whitlock took the pace too high for Sultana to find her rhythm. Very aggressive and measured in the front of the court – Whitlock was able to force errors out of Sultana. Sultana admitted that she was “intimidated by the big stage and Whitlock’s mastery of basics”

“Good 1st match, happy to play solid and stick to the basics…”

Sultana: “Although I lost, I really enjoyed the experience. Now I just have to get back to NYC tomorrow for an interview with Goldman Sachs. “Such a privilege to play someone of Whitlock’s ability.”

VICTORIA LUST (Eng) 3-0 MENNA NASSER (Egy) 11-3; 11-3; 11-4

Lust made quick work of Nasser – the deal was sealed in just under 21 minutes. Lust looked like she was having fun out on the court, very aggressive and physical all around the court. The Englishman’s attacking play with hard low shots forced many errors out of Nasser who seemed to catch the ball very late and only had boasts as a response which mostly went into the tin.

“it was work as usual, played quick and kept to the plan.”

                          6-11; 11-8; 10-12; 11-8; 11-6

It took 75 minutes, which included a 10 minute recovery time for a contributed injury to Adel to separate these two great athletes. Every point was hotly contested, at times very physically and verbally as well. Adel managed to hang on and come back from a bad collision with Aumad to take the game.

EMMA BEDDOES (Eng) 3-0 LAUREN LEIZMAN (USA) 11-1; 11-2; 11-0

Lauren Leizman will have quite the story to tell her new team mates when she starts her college career as a freshman at Cornell next year. Leizman lasted 22 minutes on court against world number 18, Emma Beddoes. The young high school student showed moments of great maturity and discipline to stay on court for that long.

Beddoes did get knocked down to the maple wood at one point, but hopped up and put the game away in solid fashion playing deep and not giving Leizman anything to attack.

                                    10-12; 11-5; 11-4; 2-11

Khan played a solid game, great variation of pace, playing attacking winners into the open space. Fernandez was not quite as settled as Khan, but a combination of true grit, determination, helped by incredible athleticism allowed Fernandez to cover the court very well and scrap the win in 46 minutes.

Fernandes: “I enjoy squash so much that I’m always happy to go five games. I’m looking forward to playing Emily tomorrow.”

                                   11-7; 11-6; 6-11; 11-6 (40m)

Kippax: “I felt pretty comfortable throughout the match- stayed away from the short game early on and gave very few attacking options to my opponent. Anna did surprise me in the third when I got a bit too comfortable and went short too early and lost that game. I went to back to basics and I feel good about the result. Ready to move onto the next stage.”

Kimberley: “Kippax totally dominated the court, she stuck to basics more than I did and it paid off. I needed to do more of what I did in the 3rd game, step up and take the short ball early and apply some pressure.”

                                    11-6; 11-4; 11-0 (17m)

Hanson was in total control of the game from the start. Etchechoury did not apply enough pressure on Hansen allowing her too much time on the T. Hanson dominated the front court, pushing the Argentine all over court with immense pace that never allowed Etchechoury time to settle.

Hansen: “I had a good game plan, I executed it well, controlled the T. I knew I was going to win. She’s very new on the tour and it takes time to adapt. I played quick, like to play quick – I’m not a marathon runner. I gave her very little time on the ball and it worked.”

SALMA Hany (Egy) 3-0 SABRINA SOBHY     11-7; 11-9; 11-6

From the onset Ibrahim attacked Sobhy in the front court stretching the young American from corner to corner. Sobhy held up well battling hard in the second game losing out by just 2 points. Sobhy admitted that she could not really cope with Ibrahim who played some breath taking squash.

Sobhy: “I just tried to hang in there. I was ill mid week, just could not cope with Salma today.”

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