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CSC Delaware Open 2012
01-05 Feb, Wilmington, Usa, $10k

05-Feb, Final:
Arnold prevails in Delaware!
Ramon Chan-a-Sue reports

Delia Arnold of Malaysia is the 2012 CSC Delaware State Open champion after prevailing in four tough games against Aisling Blake of Ireland.

Coming into the match , both players had not lost a game, although Arnold’s semi final encounter was a lot more physical than was Blake’s.

Both players started out the first game being very cautious, just feeling each other out, which led to some long rallies, with the occasional short shot to bring the player forward. At 5-3 in the first is where Arnold went on a run, using the long rallies to great effect, using her hold and touch shots to keep Blake off balanced, which got her to game ball at 10-3 eventually closing the game out on a beautiful back hand drop shot.

In the second game , Arnold began to just the front court more, pushing Blake up and then back mixing in with some cross courts which had Blake doing most of the work. However, Blake was not to be out done and her tight length gained enough loose balls to keep the game score close only to hit a back hand error at 9-9 all which Arnold used to close out the game at 11-9.

While it looked like it would be another 3-0 win for Arnold, Blake was not about to give up, as she changed her strategy and started to play more attacking squash, taking a page out of Arnold’s book and gaining some unforced errors in the process. She jumped out to an 8-4 lead and then closed out the game on a couple of Arnold errors.

At two games to one , it looked evenly balanced but that was short lived as Arnold came right out and started to extend the rallies moving Blake to all four corners of the court, using her drops from the back and a working boast that even some of the audience will be feeling tomorrow, she jumped out to a 5-2 lead. Then a twenty shot rally at 5-2 ending with a forehand volley drop winner, seem to spell the end of the Blake resistance.

Another long rally on match ball with both players scrambling to get back into the point was a fitting way to end the 2012 edition of the Delaware State Open at the Vicmead Hunt Club.
CSC Delaware Open 2012
01-05 Feb, Wilmington, Usa, $10k
Round One
02 Feb
03 Feb
04 Feb
05 Feb
[1] Delia Arnold (Mas)
11-6, 11-2, 11-1)
[Q] Ileana Novelo (Mex)
[1] Delia Arnold
11-3, 11-4, 11-4
Thaisa Serafini
[1] Delia Arnold

11-7, 12-10, 11-7

[3] Latasha Khan

[1] Delia Arnold


11/4, 11/9, 7/11, 11/2


[2] Aisling Blake

[8] Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
Thaisa Serafini (Bra)
[3] Latasha Khan (Usa)
11-9, 11-9, 2-11, 11-9
[Q] Maria Toor Pakay (Pak)
[3] Latasha Khan
11-6, 11-5, 11-4
[5] Miranda Ranieri
[5] Miranda Ranieri (Can)
11-7, 11-9, 11-4
Adel Nunan (Rsa)
[Q] Sabrina Sobhy (Usa)
11-5 , 7-11, 11-9, 11-5
[6] Lauren Selby (Eng)
[6] Lauren Selby
[4] Sina Wall
[6] Lauren Selby

11-4, 11-7, 11-7

[2] Aisling Blake

Ahn Eun Chan (Kor)
(11-7, 3-11,11-5, 8-11,11-4
[4] Sina Wall (Ger)
Milou Van Der Heijden (Ned)
(11-9, 13-11, 11-6
[7] Olga Ertlova
[7] Olga Ertlova
[2] Aisling Blake
[Q] Salma Nasser (Egy)
11-6, 11-2, 11-3
[2] Aisling Blake (Irl)

02-Feb, Qualifying Finals:

Salma Nassar (Egy) bt Pamela Anckerman (Gua)             11-6,11-9,3-11,11-5
Sabrina Sobhy (Usa) bt Majd Alkhateeb (Jor)                          11-9, 11-7,11-6
Maria Toor Pakay (Pak) bt Georgina Stoker (Eng)                   11-5, 11-7, 11-5
Ileana Novelo (Mex) bt Katja Amir (GER)                     14-12, 7-11, 11-7, 11-3

Round One:
Maria Toor Pakay (Pak) bt Jennifer Davis (Usa)  11/3, 11/3, 11/4


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04-Feb, Semis:
Arnold and Blake into
Super Sunday Final!

Ramon Chan-a-Sue reports

It is going to be the top two seeds contesting the 2012 CSC Delaware State Open Final, on what is known here in the US as SUPER SUNDAY.

While both of these players are yet to drop a single game in the tournament, their paths to the final were not similar as the 3-0 scores would indicate.

Delia Arnold
, the world #21, faced Latasha Khan of the USA in the first semi final which lasted just over fifty minutes, for three very high pace, high quality squash that hasn’t been seen in these parts in years.

Arnold used a combination of long rallies and deft touch to wear down the stubborn Khan who used her experience to try and slow down the Malaysian.

However, in the end , Arnold was just a bit better than Khan on this night, making the American pay for anything loose and avoiding falling into her opponents game.

The second semi-final was a bit more anti climatic even though Lauren Selby showed that English “stiff upper lip” after she rolled her ankle in the first game, but then gamely went on to make a match of it against Blake.

However, Blake was a little too consistent to allow her into the match and in the end the Irish woman pulled through in straight games.
Arnold and Blake on collision course
as Selby battles past Wall ..

Ramon Chan-a-Sue reports

The quarter finals night of the 2012 CSC Delaware State Open began with a mini upset, with Lauren Selby of England beating Sina Wall of Germany in five tough games.

The two players are separated by four spots in the rankings so this match up definitely was going to be the contest of the evening. In the first game Selby playing a ball control game to gain position, and had her opponent moving to all corners of the court, before finishing off with a beautiful drop shots at the front.

However , Wall’s persistence paid off and aided by some of Selby’s mistakes clawed her way back into the game forcing the game into a tie breaker only to squander a game point on a back hand drop shot from the back corner. Selby immediately used this to her advantage and closed out the game 13-11.

The next game, Wall came out and played solid basic squash cutting down her errors while forcing Selby to move more which allow Wall to gain easy put always, and tying the match at one game apiece. In the third, Selby picked up the pace , a tactic which seem to work for her as she raced out to a 9-2 lead and eventually holding off a more attacking Wall for a 11-7 game win.

Wall responded in the fourth by making sure she did not give up the lead, and now being more aggressive, she jump out to her own lead in the middle of the game, which led to her tying up the match at two all. In the fifth, Selby gained a early 7-2 lead and never relinquishing it again to advance to tomorrow’s semi-final.

Her opponent will be Aisling Blake of Ireland, who took care of business in typical clinical fashion. While Olga Ertlova, did put up a spirited fight in the third game, the consistency of Blake was just too much in the end.

The other semi-final match up between the #1 seeded Delia Arnold of Malaysia and Latasha Khan of USA, who both won fairly easily, should provide an interesting battle, as both players play attacking squash and are veterans of the tour.
03-Feb, Round One:
Latasha stops Maria's run in Wilmington
Ramon Chan-a-Sue reports

The main rounds of the 2012 CSC Delaware State Open began tonight, with some very enticing matches. While most of the seeded players made it through the first round, it was not without some scares.

The most notable upset of the night being the win by Thaisia Serafini of Brazil beating the #8 seed and former top ranked world junior Olivia Blatchford of the USA in four very tight games in just under an hour. Serafini , a semi-finalist last year, again demonstrated her superior court movement, where she chased down every ball on a court that was unseasonably bouncy. The see-saw match evident in the third game as both players exchanged game points until Serafini gutted it out on her fourth game ball.

Another competitive match was between Latasha Khan and the in-form Maria Toor Pakay, who had already played a qualifier earlier in the day. While her current ranking does not reflect her play, Maria found herself quickly down to the veteran in the first game, worked her way back up only to loose out to Khan’s consistency.

The second followed the same pattern, with Khan building an early lead, only to see Toor Pakay come back to narrow the gap, but loosing the game with some errors at the end. In the third, Toor Pakay came out and played a much tighter length and started to work Khan around the court some more. She got out to an early lead and never let Khan back in the game, using a variety of volley drops and deep cross courts.

This set up an interesting battle as both players looked to gain position which led to many “let'” calls and the entire game remained tight until the end when Khan’s consistency was a bit too much for Toor Pakay.

If the first round was anything to go by, the quarter finals should add for more excitement.

Vicmead Hunt Club will host the 2012 CSC Delaware State Open WSA  Squash tournament, February 2-5 2012.

Twenty five of the world’s best female squash players will compete in the ten thousand ($10000) WSA event. This will be the third annual edition of the Delaware State Open and will be staged along with a US Squash sanctioned junior tournament.

The top seed of the tournament is Malaysian Delia Arnold, who is currently ranked number twenty one (21) in the world. The top seeded American is veteran Latasha Khan, of Seattle, WA who is seeded three. There is also some local interest as Tattnall Junior Jennifer Davis tries to qualify for the main draw.

Corporate Service Company is the title sponsor for the event for the second consecutive year.

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