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Richmond Open 2015
13-18 Apr, Richmond, Usa, $10k

18-Apr, Final:
[2] Samantha Cornett (Can) 3-2 [3] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
         7-11, 16-14, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6

Cornett wins thriller
Patrick Chifunda Reports

Sam Cornett is the 2015 Richmond Open champion after winning a thrilling five-game battle with lomg-time adversary Misaki Kobayashi to collect her sisxt WSA title.

"What a match today. I watched Misaki yesterday and she was putting in some great shots. I know what she is capable of since the last time we played in a final she chopped me up. I knew I was going to have to play tight and offensive squash. Right from the start it was tough. The only thing that saved me was that she went short a bit too soon in patches throughout the match. I probably was doing the same if I'm honest, and it made it for such an even match.

I'm so happy to have played some of my best, smartest, and grittiest squash today all at the same time.

The crowd was awesome and excited about the matches all week long, and it was a great group out to watch today. Misaki and I stayed with the Urbans and they were nervously sitting on the fence, cheering for both of us!

We have been so well taken care of here in Richmond, playing at a beautiful club, staying with lovely families, and enjoying great weather.

Thanks so much to Patrick and Winston and Janet and everyone who put so much effort into the week. It's been an awesome one!"

Sam and I have played each other many times and today Sam played really well and forced me to make a lot of errors. Great week of squash in Richmond.

Richmond Open 2015
13-18 Apr, Richmond, Usa, $10k
Round One
15 Apr
16 Apr
17 Apr
18 Apr
[2] Samantha Cornett (Can)
11-6, 11-6, 11-9
Kelsey Engman (Usa)
[2] Samantha Cornett
11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 11-5
[Q] Marie Stephan
[2] Samantha Cornett

11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8

[4] Nouran El Torky

[2] Samantha Cornett


7-11, 16-14, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6


[3] Misaki Kobayashi

[8] Diana Garcia (Mex)
11-8, 11-8, 11-6
[Q] Marie Stephan (Fra)
[7] Catalina Pelaez (Col)
11-4, 11-3, 11-9
Nabilla Ariffin (Mas)
[7] Catalina Pelaez
9-11, 11-4, 11-2, 8-11, 11-6
[4] Nouran El Torky
[4] Nouran El Torky (Egy)
12-10, 11-3, 11-5
Alicia Rodriguez (Mex)
Melina Turk (Can)
11-1, 11-2, 11-4
[3] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
[3] Misaki Kobayashi
11-3, 11-3, 11-4
[5] Vanessa Raj
[3] Misaki Kobayashi

11-7, 7-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4

[1] Tesni Evans

Reyna Pacheco (Mex)
11-7, 11-3, 11-5
[5] Vanessa Raj (Mas)
Ivonne Diaz (Mex)
11-9, 11-6, 11-8
[7] Nikki Todd (Can)
[7] Nikki Todd
 9-11, 11-2, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6
[1] Tesni Evans
 Georgina Stoker (Eng)
11-9, 11-7, 11-7
[1] Tesni Evans (Wal)
14-Apr, Qualifying:

Marie Stephan (Fra) 3-2 Melissa Alves (Fra)            11/5, 14/12, 6/11, 3/11, 11/7

18-Apr, Semis:
It's Cornett and Kobayashi
Patrick Chifunda Reports

Sam Cornett 3-1 over Nouran El Torky

This match had many tense periods for both players. One would go up in points, and then the other would claw her way back. The first was close and both women looked nervous; Sam pulled through with a little more patience.

Nouran disappeared for the second game and Sam looked very in control, but then Nouran came back stronger in the third. She made less mistakes and played better and more patient length to get the game. The fourth was close, Sam went far ahead towards the middle of the game by stepping up the court, but Nouran wasn't finished and put together a great string of points.

A boast error from Nouran on match ball put Sam into the final tomorrow.

"I'm happy with how I played today and I hope to do more of the same tomorrow! Not done yet. Just waiting for my opponent now."

Misaki Kobayahi 3-2 over Tesni Evans

A seesaw five game battle. Two young viewers described it as "close and intense, high tension". Everyone was on the edge of their seats, and no one knew who would take it. Misaki was playing tight drops from the start, which were either perfect or into the tin.

Tesni had to tighten up her length and step up the court to take the match to Misaki. Both players' concentration levels fluctuated throughout the match, and it brought us to a fifth. Misaki went ahead to 7-3, but not without some amazing rallies.

At 8-4 to Misaki there was an injury break for Tesni, and after that it was all Misaki with her great short game.

"Pleased to get through the tough battle against Tesni. Looking forward to the final tomorrow.

16-Apr, Quarters:
Nice Battles in the Quarters in Virginia
Patrick Chifunda Reports

Sam Cornett 3-1 over Marie Stephan

A good match with the girls moving all over the court. Marie started out making a lot of errors, but then switched to good length in the second and it was Sam's turn to make errors. After the second Marie looked to tire a bit and Sam started playing the rallies out to take the win.

"Happy to be through to the semis tomorrow. Marie had a great tournament so I'm pleased to get through that feeling good for tomorrow. I made too many errors but finished strong with smart squash in the end."

Misaki Kobayashi 3-0 over Vanessa Raj

Misaki overpowered Vanessa and threw in tons of boasts that Vanessa was slow to react to. A very strong performance from the Japanese number 1.

"It was my first time playing Vanessa, but we used to train together when I was based in Malaysia. I knew her style and I had a plan, and I'm glad it worked. I'm excited to play the semi final tomorrow."

Nouran El Torky 3-2 over Catalina Pelaez

Catalina started out firing, hitting hard and taking control of the pace of the match. After the first the crowd was a bit quiet, as Nouran ran away with the next two games. Catalina started strong in the fourth with graceful drops, and kept it up. She played great length and drops to take it to a fifth, and a shout out to the CCV crowd is definitely required here! They were sending her energy through the glass. It got her through the fourth, but it wasn't enough for the fifth as Nouran sped ahead to 4-0. It was an exciting game but Nouran was stronger and took the match.

"It was my first time playing Cata but I've seen her play before. She is such a great player and is always going to be hard to play. She is such a fighter player, dangerous to play especially when in front of her home town crowd. When I got to match ball I don't know why I remembered the match of Ramy and Shorbagy and I was so afraid to lose. I am soo happy to be in the semis and I will give it everything tomorrow inshallah."

Tesni Evans 3-2 over Nikki Todd

Tes started out slow in the first game and made errors, while Nikki played quite consistent especially towards the end of the game. In the second, Tes played great slow length and got on the ball a lot earlier and won an easy game. She started out similarly in the third. Nikki played better length than in the second which gave her a lot more opportunities. 2-1 Todd. In the fourth, Tes played basic squash and got herself back in, and Nikki made errors. At 4-9 to Tes, Nikki mounted a comeback and played tighter, but Tes had pulled away. In the fifth the girls exchanged errors at the start until Tes pulled away with better length and drop combinations.

"It was a tough battle, she played really well. I kind of had to just stick in there and find a way to win. I'm excited for tomorrow!"

15-Apr, Round One:
Seven seeds through to quarters in Virginia
Patrick Chifunda Reports

Round one of the main draw saw seven of the seeds win through to the quarter-finals as qualifier Marie Stephan beat eighth seed Diana Garcia ...

Vanessa Raj 3-0 over Reyna Pacheco
Vanessa was in control here with quality width and length. Moved very well on court was shape .

Catalina Pelaez 3-0 over Nabilla Ariffin
A good match with Catalina moving Nabilla all over the court, especially to the front. She won a lot of points in the front left against the lefty with home court advantage and crowd support.

Marie Stephan 3-0 over Diana Garcia
A very intense match with some very hard hitting from Diana and great shots from Marie.

An impressive performance from the Frenchwoman after a tough five games the day before.

Misaki Kobayashi 3-0 over Melina Turk
Misaki looked comfortable in this match, hitting good length to set up the rallies. There were some good rallies but Melina made errors, taking the pressure off of Misaki.

Samantha Cornett 3-0 over Kelsey Engman
Some really good rallies in this one, and both girls went for a lot short. Kelsey surprised Sam with a couple reverse boasts. Cornett volleyed a bit more and hit more length to take the match.

Nikki Todd 3-0 over Ivonne Diaz
Ivonne gave Nikki a good run, but the Canadian was too strong and quick today. Nikki was very consistent and forced Ivonne in making to many errors .

Nouran El Torky 3-0 over Alicia Rodriguez
A close match to start, but then Alicia ran out of steam and Nouran ran away with the match.

Tesni Evans 3-0 over Georgina Stoker
The last match on and the girls ran hard. Tesni shut down the court with her deep, wide length, and frustrated Georgina.

Georgina wrong footed Tesni a few times, but it wasn't enough tonight.
14-Apr, Qualifying:
Patrick Chifunda Reports

The first game between Marie and Melissa started off quite evenly, and we weren't sure who was going to pull ahead. Both seem to have quite similar styles of play. After a bit of a hesitant start Marie pulled ahead to take the first game 11-5.

The second game started out with the players exchanging strokes and errors up to 7-7. At this point both players stepped it up and started giving themselves more margin for error, as that magic number 8 can often bring out in people something new. An error from Melissa gave Marie game ball at 10-9, and then it got really tense. Somehow Marie pulled herself back each time she forfeited her game balls and won 14-12 courtesy of a couple crucial errors from Melissa.

The start of the third game showed Melissa possibly pulling up a bit tired after really digging in at the end of game 2, as she went short far too soon within the rallies. At 3-5 a subtle shift happened as a couple of Melissa's shots came through, and then it was Marie who started to play a bit tired. Melissa pulled away quickly to 10-5 and won the game on her second try despite some great counter drops from Marie.

Now for the fourth. Melissa stepped up the court and it paid off. At 3-0 she made an error on a cross court volley drop, but it didn't phase her. Marie is gone from this game, not moving very quickly. 11-3 Melissa. It's down to game 5.

At around 5-5 it looked like Melissa may have hurt herself, but she kept pushing and looking to volley, making some dents with her quick forehand volley drop. Marie stayed in and kept plugging away with good length and lots of boasts to take her to 10-7 match ball, and Melissa gave her an easy boast error for the win.

Marie moves into the main draw to play Diana Garcia tomorrow evening.


Almost all the players have arrived here in Richmond to a beautiful squash club and welcoming host families.

Walking around the Country Club of Virginia we've run into some very friendly people so far, and all have been very interested and excited about the WSA event.

The event starts tonight with a feature match, the only qualification match and in it we see a rematch of the recent 2015 Montreal Open.

Stay tuned for the results of Marie Stephan v Melissa Alves, playing at 5pm.

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