Madeline Perry bt
 Laura Massaro
11/7, 11/8, 5/11, 11/9 (61m)
“I knew she'd worked really hard for
her win over Nicol and wanted to take advantage of that. It was
still difficult to break her down and I really had to hang in there
for many points.”
“My feet were hurting a bit at the end, so I was pleased to be able
to wrap it up in four games,”
“I was feeling confident but it
was a matter of how my body recovered from the tough matches this
week. And I wasn't getting onto the ball quite as quickly today and
wasn't making the shots I wanted.”
Madeline Perry takes the title
For a while it looked as though
for a second night, Laura Massaro was going to come back from
two games down to win. But Madeline Perry wasn't about to let
that happen. The Northern Irish player stayed composed to defeat a
tiring Massaro in four games to lift the 2011 CIMB Singapore Women's
Squash Masters crown.
If against Camille Serme Perry had produced what she said was her
best game in ages, against Massaro she was a little more
circumspect. After all, she come out on the wrong side of the score
the last time she met the Englishwoman, at the semi-finals of the
Cleveland Classic in February which Massaro went on to win, with a
famous title victory over Nicol David.
This time around, it was Massaro's five-game victory over David on
Friday night that perhaps gave Perry the edge she needed.
With only some 19 hours to recover from her 85-minute exertion over
David, Massaro quickly fell two games behind as Perry sought to work
her around the court and make her earn every point.
Knowing Massaro's greatest strengths were her tricky shots in front,
Perry, with pointers from stand-in adviser Shane Hagan , sought the
Said Hagan, a former New Zealand junior player: “Madeline had good
length most of the time and prevented Laura from playing her shots.”
Massaro managed to get enough shots in to take the third game –
including a couple of odd bounces in her favour that kept the
700-strong spectators bemused. But Perry wasn't about to make the
same mistake that Nicol did the night before by allowing the world
no 7 to recover, although the win did not come easy. As for Massaro,
it really was down to her fitness...
Perry's win makes her a new champion in Singapore which has seen
Nicol David winning four straight titles since the tournament was
inaugurated in 2007.
 Madeline Perry bt  Camille Serme
11/7, 11/7, 11/3 (44m)
 Laura Massaro bt  Nicol David
9/11, 7/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/5 (85m)
Massaro denies David ... again
hit VivoCity as Malaysian top seed and four-time Nicol David
was sent crashing out of the CIMB Singapore Women's Squash Masters
by English fifth seed Laura Massaro.
The upset looked unlikely as the Penangite took the first two games
but Massaro gave a glimpse of what was to come as she matched David
stroke for stroke.
The world number seven took advantage of David's uncharacteristic
errors in the next two games to force a decider.
And despite the world champion jumping to a 3-0 lead, then 4-2,
Massaro refused to yield and she plugged back point after point,
edging David into unforced errors. 11-5 to Massaro in the fifth game
stunned the packed venue, and ended a thrilling 85-minute contest.
The 27-year-old Englishwoman was delighted to get her second win
over the Malaysian, following up on February's victory at Cleveland
Classic which ended David's 14-month unbeaten streak.
thought I was unlucky to lose the first two games, I felt I was in
there and suddenly they were gone. But I'm really happy to come back
and I thought Nicol looked a bit nervous at the end when she hit a
few tins," remarked Massaro after the duel.
David was gracious in defeat, a rare one in Asia at that: “Laura
played a very smart game tonight and didn't make too many mistakes.
I went for my shots too early and gave her too much to work with and
she took her chances well.”
Massaro will now meet Irish third seed Madeline Perry after
the Irishwoman saw off French contender Camille Serme in
The previous night's thrilling upset of second seed Rachael Grinham
got the better of the eighth seed as she committed numerous unforced
errors in the second and third games to hand the match to her
opponent in 40 minutes.
Perry was pleased to make the final in Singapore for the first time
and in some style: "This is my best match for a very long time. I am
happy to see my tough training in the summer has paid off."
A new champion will be crowned in Singapore tomorrow as David's
streak in the Lion City is stopped at four titles and a total of 18
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Draw & Results
from New Zealand, Australia & Malaysia
Singapore Masters 20011
25-30 Jul, Singapore, $53k
 Nicol David (Mas)
11-5, 13-11, 11-5 (25m)
Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
 Nicol David
11/5, 11/9, 11/6 (39m)
 Annie Au
 Nicol David
9/11, 7/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/5
 Laura Massaro
 Laura Massaro
 Madeline Perry
 Annie Au (Hkg)
[Q] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
 Kasey Brown (Aus)
11-4, 11-3, 11-2 (23m)
Pamela Chua (Sin)
 Kasey Brown
11/8, 7/11, 11/8, 11/8 (65m)
 Laura Massaro
 Laura Massaro (Eng)
11-7, 11-2, 11-6 (27m)
Donna Urquhart (Aus)
[Q] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
11-9, 8-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-8 (84m)
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
[Q] Jaclyn Hawkes
11/7, 11/7, 11/7 (40m)  Madeline Perry
 Madeline Perry
11/7, 11/7, 11/3
 Camille Serme
[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (54m)
 Madeline Perry (Irl)
[Q] Delia Arnold
11-5, 11-8, 11-2 (24m)
 Camille Serme (Fra)
 Camille Serme
11/5, 11/5, 11/7 (25m)
 Rachael Grinham
Joelle King (Nzl)
5-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-3 (36m)
 Rachael Grinham (Aus)
bt Joey Chan
11-2, 9-11, 11-1, 11-6
Jaclyn Hawkes bt Samantha Teran
11-7, 11-8, 11-2
Sarah Kippax bt Dipika Pallikal
11-6, 4-11, 11-9, 11-8
Delia Arnold bt Low Wee Wern
12-10, 11-13, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8
25-Jul, Qualifying Round One:
Low Wee Wern (Mas)
Delia Arnold (Mas) bt Nur Adiwiyah Aziz (Sin)
11/5, 11/6, 11/1 (19m)
Joey Chan (Hkg) bt Siti Minirah Jusoh (Mas)
9/11, 11/6, 8/11, 11/3, 11/6 (55m)
Natalie Grinham (Ned) bt Latasha Khan (Usa)
11/4, 12/10, 11/7 (40m)
Sarah Kippax (Eng) bt Line Hansen (Den)
9/11, 6/11, 11/6, 11/4, 11/4 (70m)
Dipika Pallikal (Ind) bt Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11/4, 7/11, 11/7, 11/6 (48m)
Samantha Teran (Mex) bt Aisling Blake (Irl)
11/7, 9/11, 9/11, 11/4, 11/9 (66m)
Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl) bt Jerryca Teo (Sin)
11/7, 11/1, 11/0 (17m)
PS: How NOT to do results ...
Serme stuns Grinham in Singapore
 Camille Serme bt  Rachael Grinham
11/5, 11/5, 11/7 (25m)
Frenchwoman Camille Serme pulled
off the upset of the quarter-finals at the CIMB Singapore Women's
Squash Masters 2011, brushing aside world no 3 Rachael Grinham
in straight games.
Despite lasting only 25 minutes, the match made fascinating viewing
for fans at VivoCity, a shopping mall south of Singapore, as Grinham
dug deep into her bag of tricks to try and slow her charging
After dropping the first game 11-5, Grinham started varying her game
– slowing down the pace, mixing up her shots, going for the lobs –
but nothing could stop Serme on the ascendancy. She was always half
a step ahead and well worth the victory.
And the 22-year-old from Creteil was delighted to pick up only her
second win over Grinham: “I really played well today. I was
surprised with the way I was getting the ball and I was feeling good
physically as well, I could pick up the ball and have good and long
As for Grinham, she was gracious in defeat: “I didn't think I was
moving very well but I wasn't able to compete with Camille today.
Even when I was winning some rallies it didn't feel easy and she was
making me work.”
“I didn't get much sleep which could have contributed to my lack of
energy tonight,” she added.
Grinham had spent the previous night keeping her sister Natalie
company as 14-month-old nephew Kieran continues to be treated for
high fever at a local hospital.
Serme's reward is a semi-final meeting another opponent she'd beaten
only once in her career – world no 4 Madeline Perry.
 Madeline Perry bt [Q]Jaclyn Hawkes
11/7, 11/7, 11/7 (40m)
Irishwoman Madeline Perry took 40 minutes to
despatch New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes who'd fought through from the
qualifiers and upset Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy to make the
Said Hawkes: “I thought I had a chance but Madeline just got in
front of me too much today and punished me with her good shots. She
was able to dominate the rallies a lot and I wasn't able to get in
front and volley.”
Nicol David bt  Annie Au 11/5, 11/9, 11/6 (39m)
 Laura Massaro bt  Kasey Brown
11/8, 7/11, 11/8, 11/8 (65m)
The top half sees an intriguing
semi-final match-up between world no 1 Nicol David and the player
who ended her 14-month unbeaten streak back in February, Laura
Massaro and Australia's Kasey Brown battled for 65 minutes –
unsurprisingly the longest of the quarter-finals given the players
are ranked one apart.
And the Englishwoman is happy with the win over Brown: “Kasey's
ranked one above me in the world– she's 6th and I'm 7th – and I lost
the last match 3-1 so I'm really pleased to turn the game around.”
“I'm going to recover as well as I can and watch Nicol play against
Annie and give it my best shot whoever I meet tomorrow,” Massaro
And she will get her shot at Nicol as the Malaysian brushed aside
Annie Au 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 in 39 minutes in the evening's final
Draw & Results
Hawkes ousts Omneya to make quarters
New Zealander Jaclyn
Hawkes pulled off the only upset of the first round at the CIMB
Singapore Women's Squash Masters 2011, coming from 2-1 down to
defeat sixth seed Omneya Abdel Kawy in five tough games.
The Kiwi was playiing a third straight night at the Kallang Squash
Centre, having come through the qualifiers, and it was clear she'd
benefitted from the extra court time.
Victory for Hawkes earned her a quarter-final meeting with third
seed Madeline Perry, while for Omneya, it was a second
straight year that the enigmatic former world junior champion has
exited at the first calling in the Lion City.
Perry came through a tough three-setter against Englishwoman Sarah
Kippax, while Camille Serme had a far easier time, needing only 24
minutes to brush aside Malaysia's Delia Arnold.
Second seed Rachael Grinham overcame a first game blip to get
past Joelle King, and the former world no 1 from Toowoomba was
pleased with the result: "I've not beaten Joelle in my three
meetings with her, she a real tough player, and I'm glad to have a
little bit of luck going my way tonight."
And while Rachael was in action, younger sister Natalie was forced
to concede a walkover to Hong Kong's Annie Au as her
14-month-old son Kieran was in hospital after developing high fever
The toddler had wowed fans at the Kallang Squash Centre over the
past two days with his racquet-wielding abilities and no one
begrudged her mother's absence from this tournament she has twice
made the final -- in 2007 and 2009.
Said Rachael: "Being a mom now, Natalie had to pick and choose her
tournaments as she makes her comeback and she chose Singapore over
Malaysia because she really like it here. And from her wins in the
qualifiers, you can see she's playing well... so it's a blow for her
to have to withdraw."
Laura Massaro and Kasey Brown both enjoyed easy
passage -- Massaro defeating Donna Urquhart while Brown ended the
hopes of Singapore wildcard Pamela Chua.
is the third straight year that Chua, soon to resume her third year
of Mathematical and Computational Studies at Stanford University,
has taken part in her home tournament.
And her time playing collegiate squash in the United States has
shown in her maturing game, although she admitted she's far from
matching it with the fulltime professionals.
World No 1 Nicol David started her quest for a fifth straight
Singapore Masters title confidently, although Raneem El Weleily did
not go down in a whimper.
According to Nicol, the second game which went to deuce was an
examplt that she needed to take every opponent seriously: "Raneem
started to impose her will in that game and I needed to go up a gear
to recapture the initiative. I managed to force her into making
mistakes and was able to wrap up the match from there."
"And the match certainly gave me the workout I needed for the
quarter-final against Annie," the Penangite added.
The tournament moves to the glass showcourt at the VivoCity from the
quarter-finals onwards, with the ladies expected to put on a grand
show at this popular shopping mall at the southern end of Singapore
Leading From the
Front Against Big Guns
Chua is facing the biggest match of her career when she steps
onto Court 1 at Kallang Squash Centre in the CIMB Singapore Women’s
Squash Masters 2011 on Wednesday.
Singapore’s top-ranked squash player will open the main draw with a
first round tie against Australian fourth seed Kasey Brown.
Although the odds are against the Republic wildcard, she is
determined to make the most out of the experience against one of the
leading players in the circuit.
“I am pretty excited and nervous at the same time,” remarked the
21-year-old on the sidelines of the official tournament press
conference at Grand Roxy Mercure on Tuesday. It is not everyday one
gets to play against a world-ranked player and I am looking forward
to the contest.”
Unlike Brown who is a professional competing regularly around the
world, Chua is taking part in her third WISPA circuit event over the
past twelve months.
However, the 105th-ranked Singaporean will be banking on her
improved game in the American collegiate squash scene to give
herself a slim chance of an upset.
“In college squash, the players are more aggressive in their
approach to gameplay. That has made me raise my agility, reflexes
and pace,” said the Stanford University undergraduate.
Looking ahead at the future of Singapore squash, Chua believes
players at all levels will need greater exposure if they are to
narrow the gap between themselves and the world’s best.
“Personally I will like to compete on the WISPA circuit more
often, but it is a major challenge for us as we have our respective
study or work commitments to juggle,” she commented.
“Many of the top players in the circuit travel regularly and are
playing their trade as full-time professionals. We will need to have
more international exposure if we are to push ourselves further.”
She sees the generation after hers to make that breakthrough as
Singapore attempts to recapture the former glory days in the sport.
“We presently have a good junior programme. It is very structured
and comprehensive,” she noted. “Under the guidance of (former
Malaysia national player) Sandra Wu, the juniors are coming up very
strong and can close the gap with our neighbours in the future.”
As Chua steps onto the court for her battle with Brown, it will not
just be the flag of the nation she is carrying. The juniors watching
among the audience will also be looking to her for inspiration she
jousts for every point.
Marathon All-Malaysia Tie
Sets Pace in Final Qualifying
Eight quality contenders, four final slots in the main draw, four
exciting match-ups. That summed up the action in the final round of
qualifying on the second day of action at Kallang Squash Centre.
In the end, the biggest star in qualifying Natalie Grinham,
Malaysia’s Delia Arnold, Sarah Kippax of England and WISPA
New Zealander President Jaclyn Hawke completed the main draw
The opening match was an all-Malaysian affair between Arnold and Low
Wee Wern and it had all the elements of an exciting encounter.
They did not disappoint as they served up a titanic contest in their
bid to join top-ranked compatriot Nicol David in the round of 16.
Exchanges were sharp and furious as neither wanted to give a quarter
in all five sets, but it was Arnold who eventually prevailed after
winning the final three points without reply in a 102-minute contest
that left the packed Kallang audience enthralled.
Arnold admitted the contest was delicately balanced that it took all
her might to triumph in the fifth game. “It could have gone either
way as both of us are trying very hard to hang in there,” said the
Malaysian in the post-match interview.
“My mind wanted me to win so badly and all I could think about was
getting the final result on court. I am glad I am able to win and
Leading From the Front Against Big Guns
Draw & Results
25-Jul, Qualifying Round One:
Grinham Leads Qualifying Charge
The opening day of action in the CIMB Singapore Women’s Squash
Masters 2011 witnessed some world-class squash as the contestants
battled out for the four remaining slots in the main draw.
The biggest name in action was undoubtedly former world number two
Natalie Grinham. The Australian-turned-Dutch rolled back her
wonderful career with a masterclass against American opponent
Although it was a straight-games victory for the seasoned player,
she was made to work hard for her win in the 40-minute battle
between skill and strength in the encounter.
With her elder sister and tournament second seed Rachael supporting
on the sidelines and young baby boy in tow, Natalie expressed
satisfaction in her progress into the final round of qualifying.
Praising to her opponent for a valiant contest, she commented:
“Latasha is my regular training partner and one of my best friends
on tour. She is also one of the toughest opponents to play against,
so I am relieved to be able to move into the next stage.”
Several matches of the day were tightly contested affairs, with
little separating the professionals in end-to-end court action.
England’s Sarah Kippax came from two games down to overcome
her Danish opponent Line Hansen 3-2 in over an hour of exhilarating
Matching her effort was Hong Kong’s rising star Joey Chan. In
a see-saw affair that saw several thrilling long rallies, she
eventually prevailed against her taller Malaysian challenger Siti
Munirah Jusoh in five games.
India’s Dipika Pallikal kept the Asian challenge going as she
fended off her English opponent Emma Beddoes in four.
Although Singapore players Nur Adawiyah Aziz and Jerryca
Teo gave their all against their professionals opponents, it was
not sufficient as they were brushed aside in under 20 minutes.
After matching stroke for stroke in the first two games, Malaysian
Delia Arnold was too powerful for Adawiyah to overcome in the
final set as she wrapped up the contest 11-5, 11-6, 11-1.
Teo was given a lesson in the professional game as her New Zealand
opponent Jaclyn Hawkes used her athleticism and strength to
her advantage to blow away the final two games after a tight first.
Both locals were pleased with their commendable performances despite
the losses and highlighted the gulf in standards between themselves
and the professionals.
“I was trying to stay in court as long as I could and pleased to
have put in a good showing,” commented Adiwiyah in her post-match
interview. “There were a couple of strong rallies in the first two
games and I was trying to catch up. But in the third she was much
faster and earlier with her shots and forced me deep into the back
which made my mission tougher.”
Echoing the same sentiment was Teo as she acknowledged her
opponent’s superiority in the defeat. “In the first game I was using
home ground advantage while she was warming up and testing the
ball,” she noted.
“She picked up the pace after that and showed the difference in the
leagues between professional players and us where we also had to
juggle with our studies or work with the sport.”
Wrapping up the evening’s action was another five-game duel between
Mexico’s Samantha Teran and Aisling Blake of Ireland.
In a game where every point was hard-won and the gap precariously
close, it was Teran who prevailed.
Nicol goes for more in
After claiming her 7th Malaysian Open title, Nicol David heads for
the Singapore Masters where she will be aiming for her 5th title in