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CSC Delaware Open 2015
04-08 Feb, Delaware, Usa, $10k

Third time a Charm as Sam stops
Maria's run in Delaware final

Ramon Chan-A-Sue reports

An enthusiastic crowd turned up at the Vicmead Hunt Club, eagerly anticipating an awesome display of squash by previous two time finalist here, Samantha Cornett and surprise finalist Maria Toorpakai.

They were not disappointed as both players continued where they left in last night’s semifinals. The first game saw Cornett take a lead that she never relinquished but still making Toorpakai work very hard, retrieving and placing enormous amount of pressure on Pakistani player. This strategy would take its toll later on in the match. Cornett would go on to win the first game 11-7.

This did not faze Toorpakai as she has been digging herself out of holes all week, and in the second game this was no different. She quickly jumped out to an 8-2 lead with the aid of some Cornett drop shot errors and her flicks and holds. She closed out the game at 11-5.

The third saw Cornett try to establish her length again along with stepping up and cutting the ball off. This strategy forced Maria into some unforced errors. The rallies were long and hard, with Sam covering most of Maria’s shots and counter attacking at the same time. In the end it was just too much and Cornett won the game 11-6.

In the third, Cornett looked like a woman possessed, as she came out and keep the pressure up from the previous game, and really moving Toorpakai, and pouncing on anything loose. A tiring Toorpakai finally had run out of tricks and was done and dusted.

Cornett closed out the game and clinched her first Delaware title on her third try, 11-3.

This is Cornett’s first Tour 10 win and sure to be just a sample of things ahead.

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Delaware Open 2015
04-08 Feb, Delaware, Usa, $10k
Round One
05 Feb 
06 Feb
07 Feb
08 Feb
[1] Tesni Evans (Wal)
11/6, 4/11, 11/6, 11/9
[Q] Maria Toorpakai (Pak)
[Q] Maria Toorpakai
4/11, 11/8, 5/11, 11/4, 11/5 (68m)
[5] Nouran El Torky
[Q] Maria Toorpakai

11/9, 11/5, 11/8 (45m)

[4] Deon Saffery

[Q] Maria Toorpakai


11/7, 5/11, 1/6, 11/3 (45m)


[2] Sam Cornett

[5] Nouran El Torky (Egy)
8/11, 11/8, 11/9, 12/10
Nikki Todd (Can)
[4] Deon Saffery (Wal)
11/5, 11/4, 7/11, 11/8
[Q] Catalina Pelaez (Col)
[4] Deon Saffery
11/5, 11/4, 11/4 (26m)
Tamika Saxby
[7] Cecilia Cortes (Usa)
7/11, 12/10, 11/9, 11/4
Tamika Saxby (Aus)
[8] Hollie Naughton (Can)
11/7, 11/4, 11/8
Cyrielle Peltier (Fra)
Cyrielle Peltier
11/5, 3/11, 11/8, 9/11, 11/9 (61m)
[3] Amanda Landers-Murphy
[3] Amanda Landers-Murphy

11/5,  12/10, 11/8 (38m)

[2] Sam Cornett

[Q] Menna Nasser (Egy)
12/10, 11/13, 6/11, 11/8, 12/10
[3] Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
[6] Sabrina Sobhy (Usa)
11/7, 11/7, 14/12
Millie Tomlinson (Eng)
Millie Tomlinson
11/7, 11/4, 11/6 (30m)
[2] Sam Cornett
[Q] Nayelly Hernandez (Mex)
11/2, 11/3, 11/9
[2] Sam Cornett (Can)

Menna Nasser (Egy) 3-0 Giselle Delgado (Chi)                  11/0, 12/10, 11/3
Nayelly Hernandez (Mex) 3-1 Thaisa Serafini (Bra)    17/15,11/9,5/11, 11/5
Maria Toorpakai (Pak) 3-0 Georgina Stoker (Eng)               11/7, 11/9, 11/8
Catalina Pelaez (Col) bye 

Maria marches on in Delaware

Ramon Chan-A-Sue reports

When do you stop calling a match an upset?

It is when a player like Maria Toorpakai keeps topping the previous night’s work, by going one better three nights in a row. Tonight the Maria train continued to roll. She was playing tour veteran Deon Saffery who had looked solid all week long.

Credit to both players that the match was not as chippy as the previous matches in the tournament. Notwithstanding, Maria’s confidence has grown the past three days and tonight it was very evident, as her shot making was audacious as her coach Jonathan Power. She made Saffery guess on all her shots and anything loose was promptly deposited into the nick or hit inches above the tin.

After a nervous start in the first game, in which Saffery went up 6-0, it was all Toorpakai from there.

Tomorrow she will try to become the first qualifier to win this event which is almost unheard of in the game of squash.

She will face a tough challenge as she plays Sam Cornett of Canada. Cornett, like Toorpakai trains in Toronto at the NSA there. The added challenge is that Cornett is also playing some of the best squash of her career.

This was on total display tonight as she volleyed and drop anything that was loose, and when those opportunities did not present itself, she was patient enough to hit the tight length necessary to create the openings.

Amanda Landers-Murphy simply had no answers, which was evident in the second game where she benefitted from a few unforced errors from Cornett, to go up 9-4 and then 10-6, only to have Cornett storm back to take the game 12-10.

So tomorrow’s final sets up an interesting matchup, one which the members and their guests eagerly look forward with delight. Could this be the tournament that is the catalyst to send both of these players higher up into rankings? We do know that it will be a “Super Sunday” for one of these players.

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Upsets continue in Delaware quarters

Ramon Chan-A-Sue reports

Maria Toorpakai of Pakistan is certainly making a name for herself as a giant killer. Last night in the first round she knocked off the number one seed and tonight she came back from being two games to one down to win in five against the number five seed Nouran El Torky of Egypt.

It appeared that El Torky was going to run away with this match after the third game but a loose fourth game gave Toorpakai a lifeline, which she carried over in the fifth.

She will now move on to face Deon Saffery of Wales in the semifinals. Saffery, won her match in very convincing style against Tamika Saxby of Australia. She dominated all the long rallies and seem to have an answer for everything Saxby could throw at her.

Samantha Cornett continues to look very strong as she dispatched up and coming English woman and former National Colligate champion Millie Tomlinson in straight. Sam’s pace and short game being the deciding factor in this one.

Cornett will face Amanda Landers-Murphy of New Zealand, who played her second consecutive five setter tonight against Cyrielle Peltier of France. While last night’s 12-10 win in the fifth was dramatic, tonight’s win was epic, down 9-6 in the fifth, she attempted a drop off the serve that rolled out of the nick. From there she rolled off five consecutive points to win 11-9.

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Seeds tumble in Delaware round one

Ramon Chan-A-Sue reports

Four seeded players were knocked out of the 2015 CSC Delaware Open here tonight at the Vicmead Hunt Club, and it could have been a fifth, had Amanda Landers-Murphy not pulled out a win 12-10 in the fifth.

The biggest shock of the night was the #1 seed Tesni Evans of Wales going down to Maria Toorpakai of Pakistan. In what was a very physical match, Maria walked away with a four set win to advance to tomorrow nights quarterfinals against Nouran El Torky.

El Torky survived a loose first game against Canadian Nikki Todd to go on to win in four.

Millie Tomlinson of England continued her strong play from January to knock off Sabrina Sobhy of the USA. She is definitely one to watch, as she works her way up the rankings.

She will be tested tomorrow when she plays the number two seed from Canada Sam Cornett, who easily dispatched qualifier Neyally Hernandez of Mexico in three straight games.

Landers-Murphy looked down and out against qualifier Menna Nasser but dug deep in what was another chippy affair. After being down 2-1 , she managed to keep her nerve in the fourth and then surviving two lost match balls opportunities in the fifth to close out the match in five games.

She will now play French woman Cyrielle Peltier, who dispatched another Canadian Hollie Naughton in three games.

Past champion here Deon Saffery looked pretty strong in her match as she beat Catalina Palaez in four games. Palaez made her work for it, but in the end Saffery’s experience won out.

She takes on Tamika Saxby of Australia who defeated Cece Cortes of the USA in four games.

The quarterfinals will present an interesting contrast of match ups and don’t be surprised if the upsets continue as long as the full moon is out.

Download the full tournament program (pdf)

Qualifying complete in Delaware

Ramon Chan-A-Sue reports

After the sad news of the withdrawal of Donna Urquhart because of a twisted ankle before the first match was played, the qualifying matches got underway this evening.

The highlight was the battle royal between Nayelly Hernandez of Mexico surviving a tough encounter with Thaisa Serafini of Brazil.

These two have played many times and it was evident from the beginning with the long rallies that included some great retrieving. Hernandez' consistency won out in the end.

The Georgina Stoker v Maria Toorpakai match was a see saw battle, with Stoker running out to leads every game only for Toorpakai to reel her back in with a nice blend of pace and deception.

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