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Sharm El Sheikh Open 2009
24-29 Nov, Laguna Vista, $29k


29-Nov, Final:
Grinham marks 30th title
at Sharm El Sheikh

Australia's Rachael Grinham celebrated the 30th WISPA title of her career by beating home hope Engy Kheirallah in the final at Laguna Vista Resort in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The triumph marks the latest milestone in the formidable career of the 32-year-old Queenslander who collected her maiden Tour title at the Toulouse Open in March 1998 after winning the World Junior Championship, at the age of 16, in July 1993. Grinham went on to win the Texas Open, Kuwait Open and Singapore Open trophies, the World Open crown in 2007 - and, two months ago in Manchester, picked up her fourth British Open crown.

Based in Cairo since 2001, Grinham eased into her 54th Tour final after beating third seed Raneem El Weleily - while, in the other semi, fourth seed Kheirallah maintained her winning run over Omneya Abdel Kawy by defeating her higher-ranked compatriot in straight games.

But after a tight first game, it was the top-seeded Australian who prevailed to win 16-14, 11-6, 11-4 in 52 minutes to strengthen her position as the current player with the second biggest collection of Tour titles - behind Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia who boasts 41.

Sharm El Sheikh Open 2009
24-29 Nov, Laguna Vista, $29k
Round One
26 Nov
Quarters
27 Nov
Semis
28 Nov
Final
29 Nov
[1] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
 11/6, 3/11, 11/4 (37m)
[Q] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
[1] Rachael Grinham
11/5, 11/6, 11/9 (35m)
[7] Aisling Blake
[1] Rachael Grinham

12/10, 11/6, 10/12, 11/5 (51m)

[3] Raneem El Weleily

[1] Rachael Grinham

16/14, 11/6, 11/4 (52m)

[4] Engy Kheirallah

[7] Aisling Blake (Irl)
4/11, 11/2, 11/7, 9/11, 11/0 (52m)
Lauren Siddall (Eng)
[3] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
11/4, 9/11, 11/8, 8/11, 11/2 (32m)
[Q] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
[3] Raneem El Weleily
11/7, 11/8, 11/4 (34m)
[8] Joelle King
[8] Joelle King (Nzl)
10/12, 11/9, 11/9, 3/11, 11/9 (60m)
[Q] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
Alana Miller (Can)
11/6, 11/7, 11/9 (36m)
[6] Delia Arnold (Mas)
Alana Miller
 11/7, 11/3, 11/5 (35m)
[4] Engy Kheirallah
[4] Engy Kheirallah

11/7, 11/5, 11/9 (43m)

[2] Omneya Abdel Kawy

Lisa Camilleri (Aus)
11/4, 12/10, 11/8 (31m)
[4] Engy Kheirallah (Egy)
[Q] Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy)
8/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/9 (45m)
[5] Lauren Briggs (Eng)
[Q] Kanzy El Dafrawy
11/2, 11/5, 11/5 (26m)
[2] Omneya Abdel Kawy
Orla Noom (Ned)
3/11, 11/3, 11/6, 11/4 (31m)
[2] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)

Qualifying:

25-Nov, Finals:

Amanda Sobhy (Usa) bt Heba El Torky (Egy)   10/12, 11/8, 10/12, 11/8, 12/10 (55m)
Nour El Tayeb (Egy) bt Irina Assal (Rus)                                11/1, 11/8, 11/7 (21m)
Nour El Sherbini (Egy) bt
Nouran El Torky (Egy)            11/3, 11/6, 6/11, 11/5 (33m)
Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy) bt
Yathreb Adel (Egy)                      13/11, 11/7, 11/7 (36m)

24-Nov, Round One:

Heba El Torky (Egy) bt Siyoli Lusaseni (Rsa)                13/11, 14/16, 11/4, 11/8 (41m)
Amanda Sobhy (Usa) bt Salma Nassar (Egy)                           11/9, 11/8, 11/8 (20m)
Nour El Tayeb (Egy) bt Salma Hany (Egy)                               11/8, 11/7, 11/0 (24m)
Irina Assal (Rus) bt Farah Abdel Meguid (Egy)         9/11, 11/7, 4/11, 11/8 11/7 (33m)
Nour El Sherbini (Egy) bt Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)         11/7, 4/11, 11/3, 11/8 (36m)
Nouran El Torky (Egy) bt Lucie Fialova (Cze)                 14/12, 11/7, 8/11, 11/9 (54m)
Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy) bt Salma Hatem (Egy)                       11/6, 11/7, 11/8 (21m)
Yathreb Adel (Egy) bt Kylie Lindsay (Nzl)                                11/6, 11/8, 11/9 (23m)

    
The Laguna Vista Hotel

 

 


28-Nov, Semis:
Grinham & Kheirallah to meet in Sharm Showdown

Engy Kheirallah reached the final of the Sharm El Sheikh Open after upsetting her second-seeded Egyptian compatriot Omneya Abdel Kawy for the second time this month - and will now face Australian Rachael Grinham in the climax of the $29,500 WISPA World Tour squash event at Laguna Vista Resort in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Kheirallah, the world No21 from Cairo, was facing her Egyptian team-mate on the WISPA Tour for the fifth time in four years - and, remarkably, recorded her fifth successive victory over the world No7 after winning 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 in 43 minutes.

The Alexandria-born fourth seed will now take on top seed Rachael Grinham, the Cairo-based Queenslander who finished as runner-up in the 2008 championship.

Grinham denied the crowd an all-Egyptian final by beating third seed Raneem El Weleily - but the 20-year-old from Alexandria battled for 51 minutes and extended experienced Grinham to two tie-break games before yielding 12-10, 11-6, 10-12, 11-5 in 51 minutes.

Grinham will be appearing in the 54th WISPA final of her career.

28-Nov, Semis:

[1] Rachael Grinham (Aus) bt [3] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
       12/10, 11/6, 10/12, 11/5 (51m)
[4] Engy Kheirallah (Egy) bt [2] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
      11/7, 11/5, 11/9 (43m)

27-Nov, Quarters:
Seeds Prevail In Sharm

Order was restored in the Sharm El Sheikh Open when all four top seeds secured semi-final slots  Laguna Vista Resort in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Local qualifier Kanzy El Dafrawy was unable to reproduce the form she showed when upsetting fifth Lauren Briggs in the opening round. The 15-year-old from Alexandria faced her country's top player Omneya Abdel Kawy.

Top seeds heading for another Sharm showdown ???But the No2 seed from Cairo was too strong for the promising teenager, beating El-Defrawy 11-2, 11-5, 11-5 in 26 minutes.

Alana Miller, the unseeded Canadian who claimed an unexpected place in the last eight after upsetting sixth-seeded Malaysian Delia Arnold, was also unable to progress further.

The 29-year-old from Winnipeg went down 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 to fourth seed Engy Kheirallah - who will face Abdel Kawy in an all-Egyptian semi-final.

There will be local interest in the other semi too where third seed Raneem El Weleily, from Alexandria, takes on top seed Rachael Grinham, the 2008 runner-up from Australia.
  

Miller & El-Dafrawy
Shake Up Sharm Seedings


Local qualifier Kanzy El-Dafrawy was joined by Canadian Alana Miller in the last eight of the Sharm El Sheikh Open after both produced stunning upsets in the first round at Laguna Vista Resort in Sharm El Sheikh.

El-Defrawy, a 15-year-old from Alexandria, showed maturity beyond her years as she despatched England's experienced Lauren Briggs, the 30-year-old fifth seed from London, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-9.

The teenager will now face her country's top player Omneya Abdel Kawy after the No2 seed from Cairo recovered from a game down to beat Dutch opponent Orla Noom 3-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-4.

Unseeded Miller, 29, from Winnipeg, knocked out Malaysian Delia Arnold, the sixth seed, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9. Bidding to reach her third WISPA final this month, Miller will now meet in-form Egyptian Engy Kheirallah, the No4 seed from Cairo who also secured a straight games win in her 11-4, 12-10, 11-8 victory over Australian Lisa Camilleri.

Australia's Rachael Grinham denied the hosts an Egyptian in each of the quarter-finals when she stopped the Tour's hottest young prospect Nour El Sherbini.

The 14-year-old from Alexandria, who became the sport's youngest ever world champion earlier this year after winning the World Junior Championship title against expectations, stretched top seed Grinham for four games - but the 32-year-old Queenslander ultimately prevailed 11-8, 11-6, 3-11, 11-4.

Grinham, last year's runner-up, now takes on Ireland's seventh seed Aisling Blake for a place in the last four.

Back to Sharm for
Rachael & Omneya

 
The second edition of the Sharm El Sheikh Open sees many of the top players return to the Egyptian Red Sea resort just a few weeks after the Soho Square Open a few kilometres away from the Laguna Vista Beach Resort.

Rachael Grinham and Omneya Abdel Kawy are seeded to contest the final, but an awful lot can happen between now and next Sunday.

The qualifying competition saw success for the youngsters - mainly Egyptian, of course - with Nour El Tayeb, Nour El Sherbini and Kanzy El Dafrawy joined in the main draw by Amanda Sobhy, who overcame Heba El Torky 12/10 in the fifth in the longest match of the day.

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