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Granite Open 2015
16-20 Feb, Toronto, Canada, $25k
20-Feb, Final:
Perry on a roll in Toronto


Fresh from becoming British National Champion, Sarah-Jane Perry continued her great run of form as she took the title in Toronto.

Perry followed up her semi-final win over top seed and defending champion Amanda Sobhy with a four-game win over Dipika Pallikal in the final to claim her eighth and biggest yet WSA title.


Jessica DiMauro reports

We had a packed house for the 2015 Granite Open Final tonight! Our biggest ever crowd and also our most enthusiastic, thanks to Jimbo for getting everyone going.

Thanks to all of our members for packing the audience. It was so nice for the ladies to play in front of a crowd. They deserve a ton of praise and respect for all they do. And I'm happy we were able to give that to them!



We were lucky to witness an unbelievable match that saw:

Sarah-Jane Perry 3-1 Dipika Pallikal 8-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-7

Dipika was very strong in the first game and Sarah-Jane seemed to make a few too many unforced errors. When she cut those out and turned the intensity up a bit, SJ pulled away from 6-6 in the second to win 11-6.

It looked like Sarah-Jane may run away with the third when she got to a 6-2 lead. But Dipika fought her way back and then the match see-sawed all the way to 10-10, before SJ won 12-10.

In the fourth, Dipika got to 6-5 up and then 7-6 up but couldn't hold on. Sarah-Jane then won five points in a row on her way to her second Granite Open Championship!



SJ: "Thrilled to win my second Granite title! I love it here and it seems to make me play well. A fantastic tournament as always and I'm already looking forward to coming back next year.

"A tough couple of weeks ... looking forward to a few days off now before Chicago."


 remember this 2013 article from SJ ??? 

watch the
final

Granite Open 2015
16-20 Feb, Toronto, Canada, $25k
Round One
17 Feb
Quarters
18 Feb
Semis
19 Feb
Final
20 Feb
[1] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
12/10, 11/1, 11/2 (22m)
[Q] |Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
[1] Amanda Sobhy
 11/6, 11/3, 11/8 (25m)
Delia Arnold
[1] Amanda Sobhy

11/7, 11/8, 8/11, 8/11, 11/6

[4] Sarah-Jane Perry

[4] Sarah-Jane Perry

 

8/11, 11/6, 12/10, 11/7

 

[3] Dipika Pallikal

[6] Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
10/12, 9/11, 11/4, 11/7, 12/10
Delia Arnold (Mas)
[8] Joey Chan (Hkg)
11/9, 11/6, 4/11, 11/8
Line Hansen (Den)
Line Hansen
 11/5, 12/10, 9/11, 11/5 (45m)
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
11/13, 11/7, 11/6, 12/10 (55m)
[Q] Deon Saffery (Wal)
Tesni Evans (Wal)
 8/11, 11/8, 11/5, 11/7 (60m)
[3] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
[3] Dipika Pallikal
11/8, 9/11, 11/6, 7/11, 13/11 (75m)
[5] Jenny Duncalf
[3] Dipika Pallikal

10/12, 11/7, 11/9, 11/9

[7] Joshana Chinappa

[Q] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
7/11, 11/5, 11/7, 11/7 (44m)
[5] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
[wc] Nikki Todd (Can)
11/8, 11/8, 11/6 (29m)
[7] Joshana Chinappa (Ind)
[7] Joshana Chinappa
11/1, 11/8, 11/6 (23m)
[2] Rachael Grinham
[Q] Sam Cornett (Can)
9/11, 11/13, 13/11, 11/6, 11/6 (55m)
[2] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
16-Feb, Qualifying Finals:

Sam Cornett (Can)  3-0 Hollie Naughton (Can)                                11-7, 14-12, 11-8
Deon Saffery (Wal) 3-2 Olivia Blatchford (Usa)                 9-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8
Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 3-1 Milou van der Heijden (Ned            11-7, 11-4, 12-14, 11-5
Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl) 3-2 Siyoli Waters (Rsa)  11-13, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10


16-Feb, Qualifying Round One:

Sam Cornett (Can) 3-0 Maria Toorpakai (Pak)
            11-4, 11-9, 11-5
Hollie Naughton (Can) 3-0 Latasha Khan (Usa)            11-8, 11-4, 11-4
Olivia Blatchford (Usa) 3-0 Maddie O'Connor (Can)
      11-6, 11-2, 11-2
Deon Saffery (Wal) 3-0 Reyna Pacheco (Can)            
11-3, 11-8, 11-6
Milou van der Heijden (Ned) 3-0 Diana Garcia (Mex)  
11-2,15-13, 11-8
Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 3-0 Micaala Seth (Can)           
11-0, 11-3, 11-6
Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl) 3-0 Melina Turk (Can)  
11-6, 11-6, 11-2
Siyoli Waters (Rsa) 3-0 Thaisa Serafini (Bra)              
11-8, 11-7, 11-2
19-Feb, Semis:
Perry holds off Sobhy comeback
as Pallikal wins all-Indian clash


Third and fourth seeds Dipika Pallikal and Sarah-Jane Perry will contest the final of the Granite Open after Pallikal beat gfellow Indian Joshana Chinappa in four games while Perry held on after losing a two game advantage to beat top seed Amanda Sobhy.


Jessica DiMauro reports

I asked the ladies if anyone could volunteer to play with our juniors before the semis, and without hesitation, they responded and offered their time. It is unbelievable how kind and generous these ladies are.

We had nine ladies playing with the kids for two hours before the semis.

Thanks so much to Rach, Jen, Milou, Melina, Liv, Nicolette, Deon, Line and Hollie! The kids were so excited and they will remember the opportunity for years to come!

The first semi started out with Sarah-Jane Perry looking like she was in control of the match. Sobhy made some uncharacteristic errors on her backhand drop and Sarah-Jane kept control.

But Amanda Sobhy was not going to lay down easy. She cut out the errors and won the third and fourth. SJ looked like she may be out of steam. But as has been the trend in her recent matches, Sarah-Jane pulled away at 6-6 in the fifth and did not look back. This was the ladies' first time ever playing each other!

Sarah-Jane Perry 3-2 Amanda Sobhy

"I just love squash and can't seem to spend enough time on court at the moment!!" said SJ. "Even at 2-0 7-3 AND 2-1 7-3 I apparently didn't want to finish the match. Joking aside, Amanda is such a fighter and all credit to her.

"I'm really happy to make it through to the biggest final of my career and hopefully I can carry my good form into the final tomorrow. Oh...and hopefully my body will make it out in one piece too!"


The second semi was as exciting. A battle of the top two Indians, Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa,  was intense, crisp, tight, really amazing squash.

We were thrilled to see this match up of two first time Granite Open players. Every game was close all the way through but Dipika won some some big points to give her the win.

Dipika Pallikal 3-1 Joshna Chinappa

"Playing Josh is always tough," said Dipika. "We had a really long match at the Asian Games last year and I knew it was always going to be hard. All the games were really close and it could have gone either way . Really happy to be in the finals here in Cold Toronto :)"

Friday is the final of the fourth annual Granite Open. I hope you will all come out and fill the stands. Let these ladies know how much we appreciate them and how impressive they are!
 

 
19-Feb, Semis
Perry holds off Sobhy comeback
as Pallikal wins all-Indian clash


Third and fourth seeds Dipika Pallikal and Sarah-Jane Perry will contest the final of the Granite Open after Pallikal beat gfellow Indian Joshana Chinappa in four games while Perry held on after losing a two game advantage to beat top seed Amanda Sobhy.


18-Feb, Quarters

Jessica DiMauro reports

We kicked off quarter finals night with our Sponsor Pro-Am Doubles Event.



We had six great ladies give of their time to run around with some of our Granite Open sponsors (who are pretty good doubles players!). Thanks to Nikki, Melina, Amanda, Latasha, Milou and Olivia.

As it turned out, Title Sponsor, Gary Slaight won the Event with Granite Pro Nikki Todd!

All of the matches were very even and everyone had a great time. Thanks to the players and sponsors for making it a nice two hours leading into the singles matches.

First up were Sarah-Jane Perry vs Line Hansen. Line had a very tough match last night but that did not seem to slow her down today. She was red-faced and determined to push the British National Champion. Awesome match, long rallies, lots of holds, fiesty retrievals and good sportsmanship on court. Perfect way to start the night off.

Sarah-Jane Perry 3-1 Line Hansen

"I started well but as the match went on Line found more and more shots. She was slotting anything I left loose! After she took the 3rd, I knew I had to get back in front and try and control the pace. Thankfully it worked and I'm really pleased to be through to the semis."

In the second quarters, Amanda Sobhy kept her dominant ways and took the match in 25 minutes. Delia Arnold had a tough battle in the first round and Amanda did not really let her get into the match.

Amanda Sobhy 3-0 Delia Arnold

"Happy to win in 3 today against Delia. She's a strong player and put the ball away if I gave her anything loose in the middle. Now I play SJ tomorrow. We have never played before so it should be a good match."

Definitely the match of the night, the third quarter final between Dipika Pallikal and Jenny Duncalf was 75 minutes filled with constant excitement. The match was so tight, all the way through. The athleticism was unreal! The rallies went on forever and no one in the crowd could believe the gets both players were making. So sad that someone had to lose that. Congrats to both girls for an excellent match.

Dipika Pallikal 3-2 Jenny Duncalf

"Really happy to win. Jen played really well today. I knew I had to stick in there and play the rallies out. When I was match ball down, I told myself to play the rallies out and stay in there for as long as it takes. And that really helped. Happy to win!"

In the last match of the night, the fans were waiting for Rachael Grinham to turn things around like she did in the first round against Sam. But it just wasn't to be tonight. Joshana Chinappa played unbelievable squash. She was so focused and determined. Her length was penetrating and her drops were dead on.

Joshana Chinappa 3-0 Rachael Grinham

"Playing Rachel is always hard. I felt that she didn't play her usual game today. I am quite glad to have won in three."
 

 
17-Feb, Locals bow out in round one
Jessica DiMauro reports

Wow! Another unbelievable night. For all the short, crazy injury-filled matches last year, we are definitely 'getting our money's worth' this year at the Granite Open!

Thanks to the ladies for all their hard work. Everyone left it all on the court and treated the crowd to great squash and great athleticism.

Sarah-Jane Perry, fresh off her British National Title, faced qualifier Deon Saffrey in the first round. Deon did not let that intimidate her one bit. She fought hard and lost a very close four game match.

Perry 3-1 Saffrey 11-13, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10 (55m)

"That was tough. Deon was really up for it and played some great squash and made it very difficult for me. I love it here at Granite, so I am glad to be back but also looking forward to some rest before tomorrow's match." SJ

In the battle of the Amandas, Amanda Landers-Murphy kept it very close in the first game, losing a tight 12-10, but Amanda Sobhy showed us why she is the #1 seed and won the 2nd and 3rd 11-1, 11-2. Very strong!

Sobhy 3-0 Landers-Murphy 12-10, 11-1, 11-2 (22m)

"Happy to be back at the Granite Open. When I saw it on the calendar, I knew I was going to miss that week of school because there was no way I was going to miss this event." Sobhy

Jenny Duncalf and Misaki Kobayashi were next up. Two great movers wowed the crowd! Misaki took the first but Jenny stuck in there and pulled away as the match went along. Misaki started to look like the two qualifying matches may have caught up to her!

Duncalf 3-1 Kobayashi 7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (44m)

"Pleased to have played my first match at a Granite Open! Feel like I'm the only girl who hasn't been here before (!) so it's great to get through to the quarters after a good match with Misaki. I struggled to read her flat hits and get used to the fast pace of the ball in the first game but once I began to read her and settle into the match, I felt more comfortable and managed to impose my own game. Looking forward to the next one!" (Jenny)

In the 6:45 time slot, we had two matches on. People could not decide which to watch. Joey Chan and Line Hansen battled it out on one court, while Dipika Pallikal and Tesni Evans gave it everything on the other court!

It seemed like Dipika got stronger as the match went along. In her Granite Open debut, she treated the crowd to some hard hitting length and soft drops.

Pallikal 3-1 Evans 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (60m)

"Playing Tesni is always hard. She's got such good hands that you have to be on your feet all the time. It's my first time out here and in the first game the ball was really bouncy and I couldn't do much with it. She played well to come back in the first to win it. In the second, I went on court wanting to play in different paces and it worked. Very happy to win." (Dipika)

Line had the first upset of the night, beating Joey Chan in a great match. We knew this was going to be a tough one and these ladies did not disappoint.

Hansen 3-1 Chan 11-9, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8

"Joey has really good hands so I tried to give her as little time as possible, think it worked in big parts of the match. Really happy with the win and looking forward to playing the British Champion tomorrow, aka SJ!! By the way LOVE this event!!" (Line)

The 7:30 time slot was the only other time when two matches were scheduled at the same time.

Granite squash pro, Nikki Todd had the home crowd cheering her on against Joshana Chinappa but Nicolette Fernandes and Delia Arnold were not going to let them steal all of the fans. All four girls worked really hard, played great squash and earned lots of admiration and respect from the crowd.

Chinappa 3-0 Todd 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (29m)
Arnold 3-2 Fernandes 10-12, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 12-10


"Nikki is a talented young player and I saw her playing at the World Teams 2 months back and I knew what to expect. It was a tough, close, three games and am glad to have won in three." (Joshana).

Last but certainly not least were Sam Cornett and Rachael Grinham. Rach got off the plane from Australia around 5:30pm and made it over to her match to entertain us all (even Sam), for almost and hour. Sam played unbelievably to win the first two games. She really had Rach on the ropes at the end of the third, but hit two untimely tins to lose that game. Suddenly the momentum switched and Rach took the next two quite convincingly.

Grinham 3-12 Cornett 9-11, 11-13, 13-11, 11-6, 11-6 (55m)

"Yeah, I mean obviously I'm happy to get through. Sam really played well in the first two . I just hung in there and got the third and then mentally the match swung my way." (Rach)


Thanks to all of the ladies for the kind words about the tournament! It must be that you know how much we all appreciate the work you put in and the kindness you show when offering to help with just about anything we ask!

Looking forward to our Sponsor Pro Am Doubles event Wednesday, 4-6pm and then quarter finals from 5:45pm to 9pm.

Come out and support these ladies!!!!!! They work soooo hard!!!!!!
 

 
16-Feb, Qualifying Complete in Toronto
Jessica DiMauro reports

If the morning's first round qualifying matches all finished in straight games, tonight's qualifying finals were awesome!

Fittingly, we started the night off with a 12-10 in the fifth!
Unbelievable rallies, great shots and very clean squash as Amanda Landers-Murphy beat Siyoli Waters 11-13, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10.

"I won last time but lost the time before that, so I knew it was going to be a tough battle," said Amanda. "Siyoli is tough to play, very strong player. So I just tried to play to my strengths and not let her dominate too much."

Misaki Kobayashi looked like she was in control for the first two games of the second match, but Milou van der Heijden wanted her first Granite Open to go on for a while longer! She dug deep and won the third but Misaki responding quickly, taking the match in four, 11-7, 11-4, 12-14, 11-5

"It was first time playing against Milou and I didn't know what to expect from her," said Misaki. "So I tried to play the basic game and attacking at the right time and glad it worked. In the third, she started playing better and I was rushing too early, made errors, but happy to come back in the 4th game and qualified into the main draw, excited for tomorrow!"

In the third match, the crowd filled in to watch home favourite Sam Cornett playing fellow Canadian Hollie Naughton. Sam didn't let the crowd down, Hollie played well, very mature and good movement but Sam stayed strong and won a tight 3-0,  11-7, 14-12, 11-8.

"I'm very happy to qualify at the Granite Open, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow!" said Sam. "Tonight's match was tough, Hollie is playing well and hitting a solid ball. A good result for me and I hope to play even better tomorrow."

The final match of the evening was another long fight. Olivia Blatchford took a 2-0 lead but Deon Saffery fought back to level the match at 2-2. The fifth game went back and forth until Deon pulled out the decider to win 9-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8.

"It was always going to be a nice, fair game, either way," said Don. "We have quite similar styles so it came down to length and errors. Happy about the result and looking forward to tomorrow."

First round matches start at 4:30pm and run all the way until after 9pm! There are some amazing match ups. I hope you will come out to support the ladies and all their efforts. Let's pack the crowd!

Granite Pro Nikki Todd will play her first match in this year's Granite Open at 7:30pm vs Joshana Chinappa, and Sam Cornett will play right after, at 8:15pm against former World Champion, Rachael Grinham.

If you can't make it in, please tune in to Josh Ginou's professional live streaming.

 

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