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Harrow Greenwich Open 2011
18-23 Jan, New York, Usa, $37k
23-Jan, Final:
Brown takes Greenwich title
Phil Barker reports

Our week long squash extravaganza concluded yesterday with the playing of two pro finals and three pro-am finals. The Sunday action took place at the Greenwich Country Club where the large galleries were able to handle the 125+ fans that jammed in behind the court to watch the intense action.

In the Harrow Greenwich Open final Kasey Brown, the locally based Australian, edged out New Zealand’s Joelle King who’d had an incredible run to get to the finals including a big five game win over America’s squash phenom Amanda Sohby in the semis. From the first point the play was intense and action packed with strong drives being complimented with feathery boasts that had both players throwing themselves around the court in order to retrieve balls that seemed to be certain winners.

In the end, Kasey’s aggressive volleying and smooth and efficient footwork proved to be too much for the young Kiwi and she was able to come away with a close three game victory. In her victory speech after the match Kasey commented on the special squash community we have in the Greenwich area and also gave special thanks to Mark Hayden, CEO of Harrow Sports, who was the tournament’s honorary chairman and also the main sponsor of the women’s pro event.

22-Jan, Semis:

Brown and King set up surprise final in Greenwich

Two tight semis at the Round Hill Club in Greenwich as New Zealand's  Joelle King and Australia's Kasey Brown set up a surprise final.

King, having taken out the top-seeded Rachael Grinham in the quarters, came from 2-1 down to beat World Junior Champion Amanda Sobhy to dash hopes of a home finalist.

Brown, having just picked up WISPA's most improved player accolade, overcame second seed Madeline Perry in four very close games.


Quick Video of the final

Harrow Greenwich Open 2011
18-23 Jan, New York, Usa, $37k
Round One
20 Jan
21 Jan
22 Jan
23 Jan
[1] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
12/10, 11/9, 11/9
Aisling Blake (Irl)
[1] Rachael Grinham
6/11, 11/7, 11/9, 14/12
Joelle King
Joelle King

11/7, 9/11, 6/11, 11/3, 11/6

[Q] Amanda Sobhy

Joelle King

11/7, 11/2, 11/4

[4] Kasey Brown

[7] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
11/5, 9/11, 10/12, 11/8, 11/4
Joelle King (Nzl)
[3] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
14/16, 11/4, 11/7, 11/9
Emma Beddoes (Eng)
[3] Natalie Grinham
10/12, 11/8, 11/9, 11/7
[Q] Amanda Sobhy
[8] Samantha Teran (Mex)
11/6, 9/11, 11/9, 11/1
[Q] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
[Q] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
11/7, 13/15, 11/8, 3/11, 14/12
[6] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
[6] Raneem El Weleily
7/11, 12/10, 11/5, 5/11, 11/4
[4] Kasey Brown
[4] Kasey Brown

9/11, 11/9, 11/8, 11/9

[2] Madeline Perry

[Q] Manuela Manetta (Ita)
11/7, 11/4, 11/7
[4] Kasey Brown (Aus)
Sarah Kippax (Eng)
12/10, 11/9, 11/13, 11/3
[5] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
Sarah Kippax
9/11, 11/8, 11/4, 11/9
[2] Madeline Perry
[Q] Victoria Lust (Eng)
11/6, 11/3, 7/11, 11/8
[2] Madeline Perry (Irl)
2010 Event

19-Jan, Qualifying Finals:

Amanda Sobhy (Usa) bt Olivia Blatchford (Usa)          10/12, 11/4, 11/6, 11/7
Victoria Lust (Eng) bt Latasha Khan (Usa)                    9/11, 11/9, 11/3, 11/6
Dipika Pallikal (Ind) bt Joshna Chinappa (Ind)             5/11, 11/8, 11/5, 11/6
Manuela Manetta (Ita) bt Line Hansen (Den)       6/11, 4/11, 11/6, 11/7, 11/8

18-Jan, Qualifying Round One:

Amanda Sobhy (Usa) bt Leonie Holt (Eng)                              
11/9, 1/2, 11/6
Olivia Blatchford (Usa) bt Lily Lotentzen (Usa)                       
11/2, 11/8, 11/3
Latasha Khan (Usa) bt Miranda Ranieri (Can)                        
11/8, 11/4, 11/9
Victoria Lust (Eng) bt Ivonne Diaz (Mex)                               
11/5, 11/4, 11/7
Joshna Chinappa (Ind) bt Alexandra Norman (Can)               
11/4, 11/5, 11/3
Dipika Pallikal (Ind) bt Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) 
7/11, 11/4, 7/11, 11/6, 11/7
Manuela Manetta (Ita) bt Gaby Schmol (Sui)        
11/3, 7/11, 11/7, 8/11, 11/7
Line Hansen (Den) bt Suzie Pierrepont (Eng)      
11/8, 10/12, 7/11, 11/7, 11/6
21-Jan, Quarters:
Sobhy strolls on in Greenwich

A surprise semi-final is in store at the Field Club of Greenwich after Joelle King and Amanda Sobhy both scored stunning upsets in the quarter-finals. King recovered from losing the first game to take out top seed Rachael Grinham, a feat equalled by young American Amanda Sobhy as she downed Rachael's sister Natalie, the former world number two.

No surprises in the bottom half of the draw, although fourth seed Kasey Brown needed all five games to fend off Raneem El Weleily, while second seed Madeline Perry was given a tough test by Sarah Kippax.

20-Jan, Round One:

Seeds struggle in Greenwich

The first round of the Harrow Greenwich Open, split over two venues, saw three seeds fall and a popular home winner.

World Junior Champion Amanda Sobhy recorded one of her best wins to date as she downed Mexico's world number 15 Samantha Teran in four games. The young American now faces third seed Natalie Grinham.

The other pair of matches at Greenwich Country Club saw Raneem El Weleily squeeze past qualifier Dipika allikal 14/12 in the fifth while fourth seed Kasey Brown beat Manuela Manetta in straight games.

Over at Roundhill Club top seeds Rachael Grinham and Madeline Perry both came through safely enough, but both meet unexpected opposition. Grinham won three close games against Aisling Blake and meets Joelle King, who ousted fellow Kiwi Jaclyn Hawkes in five, while Perry, who needed four games to get past Victoria Lust, faces further English opposition in Sarah Kippax, who scored an upset victory over Vanessa Atkinson.

Qualifying complete in Greenwich

As play continued on DAY 2 of the Harrow Greenwich Open, the matches got a bit more competitive. Some were more physical than others, but no doubt each of the 8 women were fighting to gain a spot in the main draw.

In the all-American battle between the top 2 U.S. Juniors, Amanda Sobhy fought off a valiant start by Olivia Blatchford to take the match 3-1
In the second match-up, hopes of another U.S. qualifier were crushed when Victoria Lust defeated Latasha Khan in 4 games, after losing the first.

An identical score was achieved in the all-Indian battle between Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa, where Dipika came back from a game down to emerge victorious.

The match of the day would go to Manuela Manetta and Line Hansen, both of whom went the distance in their previous qualifiers, but still felt hungry for another 5-game match. Manetta dropped the first two, but determined to secure a spot in the main draw, clawed back to take the next 3.

The Chilton North American Open also continued with some great qualifying matches. Newcomers to the doubles scene and local pros, Liam Kenny and Ahmed Hamza, provided an entertaining upset of the #2 seeds, Eric Christiansen and Carl Baglio in a 5-game battle. They earned a match-up against the tough duo of Tim Wyant and Josh Schwartz who eliminated Phil Barker and Rich Wade in 3 straight games.

The second local pair Imran Khan and Greg McArthur survived an early scare against experienced veterans, John McAtee and Tom Clayton winning 3-1 after the first two games both went to 15/14. They will next meet Tom Harrity and Will Mariani who eased past the inexperienced pair of Ned Marks with last-minute sub Ryan Abraham.

Under way in Greenwich

The Harrow Greenwich Open kicked off yesterday with some exciting first round qualifiers. We had 16 ladies from 9 countries competing to earn a spot in the main draw. Some cruised into the next round with relative ease, while others were forced to push their limits against their opponents.

Some of the highlights yesterday saw 3 of the matches go the distance with top Indian junior Dipika Pallikal moving forward to the next round, and Line Hansen denying GA coach, Suzie Pierrepont, a second round spot. Manuela Manetta was also made to work hard to earn her win. Unfortunately, former Round Hill assistant, Miranda Ranieri, met a tough opponent in US National team member Latasha Khan and lost 3-0.

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