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22-Sep, Final:
Pakay beats Khan to title
Kim Clearkin reports

After a week of upsets #4 seed Maria Toor Pakay wins her second tour title by defeating reigning champion and two-time finalist Latasha Khan.

After a bruising semi finals Maria's fleeted footwork and fast hands got the better of her older more experienced opponent.

In trying to keep the ball away from her opponent Latasha made more mistakes than Maria allowing her younger opponent to take the first 11-6.

Latasha settled down in the second game, less mistakes, tighter drives, better racquet control to force a tiebreak but nit quite enough to stop Maria from taking the second.

In the 3rdLatasha came out guns blazing and took the 3rd game in style 11-4. Unfortunately for Latasha this was not enough to extend to a 5th but did fight back narrowly losing 11-9 and the match

For the 3rd year a new champion was crowned.

Southwest Open 2012
17-22 Sep, Tempe, Arizona, $10k
Round One
19 Sep 
20 Sep
21 Sep
22 Sep
[1] Latasha Khan (Usa)
11-8, 11-8, 11-2 (24m)
[Q] Antonella Falcione (Arg)
[1] Latasha Khan
11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (41m)
Nicolette Fernandes
[1] Latasha Khan

11-7, 11-9,-11-7 (40m)

[3] Amanda Landers-Murphy

[1] Latasha Khan


11-6, 13-11,
4-11, 11-9 (59m)


[4] Maria Toor Pakay

[5] Victoria Lust (Eng)
11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 (75m)
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
[3] Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
 13-11, 6-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-6 (62m)
[Q] Meat Nasser (Egy)
[3] Amanda Landers-Murphy
11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8 (40m)
[6] Orla Noom
[6] Orla Noom (Ned)
11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (26m)
Alex Clark (Sco)
Celia Allamargot (Fra)
 6-11, 11-5, 13-11, 12-10 (39m)
[7] Birgit Coufal (Aut)
Celia Allamargot
11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (28m)
[4] Maria Toor Pakay
[4] Maria Toor Pakay

14-12, 17-15, 11-4 (57m)

[2] Lauren Selby

Kristen Lange (Usa)
11-9,11-8, 8-11,11-9 (50m)
[4] Maria Toor Pakay (Pak)
Carrie Ramsey (Eng)
13-11, 11-2, 11-8 (40m)
[8] Thaisa Serafini (Bra))
[8] Thaisa Serafini
11-5, 12-10, 11-9 (30m)
[2] Lauren Selby
Ivonne Diaz (Mex)
11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (25m)
[2] Lauren Selby (Eng)
18-Sep, Qualifying:

Mennat Nasser (Egy) bt Katja Amir (Ger)       11-3, 11-2, 11-5 
Antonella Falcione (Arg) bt Maia Kirk (Can)     11-6, 11-8, 11-7
2011 Event  | 
21-Sep, Semis:
Khan & Pakay win contrasting semis
Kim Clearkin reports

Latasha Khan 3-0 Amanda Landers-Murphy

Latashe once again showed amazing consistency and accuracy in this match. Amanda hung on in there and fought hard in every game but couldn't stay with the pace long enough to take a game. Latasha wins 3-0 and proceeds to the final for the third year in a row.

Maria Toor Pakay 3-0 Lauren Selby

With two very different playing styles this was always going to be an intriguing match, difficult to call. The pattern of the match was soon set with a Let being called in the first couple of points.

The match then started to deteriorate - it became extremely physical and laden with let calls. Shots were not being cleared and contact was frequent. The first two games had an unprecedented 41 let calls, and that's not including the strokes and no lets.

A very disjointed and antagonistic couple of games, both edged out by Maria. The third and final game was also won by Maria as Lauren kept her distance.

A disappointing end to a match that should have had everyone on the edge of their seats for the quality of squash but in the end it will be known for its physicality rather than finesse.

20-Sep, Quarters:
Seeds through to Tempe semis
Kim Clearkin reports

After the upsets of te first round, normal order was restored in Arizona as the top four seeds won through to the semi-finals ...

Latasha Khan 3-0 Nicolette Fernandes

In a repeat of last year's final, Both girls came out hitting hard and fast making errors along the way. Latasha however settled down and finished the first game with a set of outright winners. 1-0 Latasha. In the second game, the pattern of the match emerged. Nicolette made some amazing retrievals to counteract Latasha's consistent And relentless rallies. Second game to Latasha.

In the third game Nicolette just couldn't put away her chances, she retrieved and ran but in the end Latasha could put the ball away and made fewer mistakes. A hard fought match but Latasha always had the edge. Latasha came away a 3-0 winner.

Amanda Landers-Murphy 3-1 Orla Noom

Amanda got off to a flying start leaving Orla to catch up in the first game. This match was about who could play the most winners. Both girls attacked at every opportunity but it was Amanda that took her opportunities. Despite a second game rally by Orla to square the match at 1-1 it was Amanda that came out victorious taking the match 3-1.

Maria  Toor Pakay 3-0 Celia Allamargot

Maria came put all guns blazing. In a high energy, high intensity match, Celia was always on the Blackfoot wondering what was coming next off Marias racket. Maria quickly took the lead and Celia dug in to see if she could stem the tide of points.

The second game was closer but Maria came out on top. The third game had some hotly contested points but Maria's pace proved too much and she won the match 3-0,

Lauren Selby 3-0  Thaisa Serafini

In a match at a very different pace from the previous one we found two players producing controlled and constructed rallies. very few unforced errors in this match with Laura using height and width to her advantage.

Always in control, Lauren often dominated the long points but Thaisa hung in. The match ended with 2 long rallies, producing lets, with Lauren finally putting the ball away to win the match 3-0.

Frogs' Talk
Salut Fram,

Je m'incline 3/0 sur plus forte aujourd'hui.

Elle a bien joué et ses coups d'attaque était incisif. J'ai essayé de jouer un jeu qui n'était pas vraiment le mien mais dont j'avais besoin pour contrôler le T et ça a été dur mentalement de m'y tenir.

Je voulais ralentir, jouer soft sur son revers pour avoir des ouvertures et poser à l'avant et donc casser le rythme. Mais jouer lent et en toucher ça n'est pas vraiment mon style alors ça m'a prit beaucoup pour m'y tenir.

Malheureusement ca n'a pas suffit. Et dès que j'essayais de mettre du poids et de frapper ça revenait encore plus fort et encore plus bas. J'ai donné ce qu'il restait mais j'avais laissé quelques plumes dans mon match d'hier tant physiquement que mentalement (surtout sur les 2 derniers jeux au tie break) Rien a regretter.

 Je venais en tant que qualif au départ et je m'en sors avec un quart alors je ne vais pas me plaindre. Bon 1er tournoi de la saison.

Demain retour sur NYC et reprise du rythme boulot/entraînement après cette super semaine à Phoenix.

Un grand merci à Tina et Garry, très bonne organisation, ça a été un régal, ainsi qu'à ma famille d'accueil pour leur gentillesse et leur disponibilité.
Prochaine échéance le Mexique dans un mois et demi, ce qui me laisse le temps de me préparer.

Bon courage à Mat et à Greg pour le British GP!

19-Sep, Round One:
Two and a nearly uspets in Arizona
Tina Fuselli reports

Another gruelling win for Nicolette Fernandes, a solid upset from Celia Allamargot, and a narrow escape for Amanda Landers-Murphy.

Latasha Khan bt Antonella Falcone
         11-8, 11-8, 11-2 (24 mins)

Almost a major injury in the 2nd game when Antonella thought Latasha would play the ball in one direction only to be deceived by quick racquet work. In trying to change her direction Antonella lost her footing and twisted her knee.

After a quick injury time out Antonella returned to the court to finish the game. In the 3rd the injury combined with 2-0 deficit was too much as Antonella really struggled to pick up the short balls allowing Latasha to run out a 3-0 win

Nicolette Fernandes bt Vicky Lust
        11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 (75 mins)

This was always going to be a battle, the girls had just played each other last week where Nicolette took the victory so Vicky was definitely out for revenge. Both girls are coming back from injury which has kept them off the courts for most of the year

In all the games Nicolette got off to great starts, 5-0, 5-0, 4-0 but every time Vicky though back. In the second game Nicolette got a 5-0 lead only to see her lead clawed back to 7-7 but Nicolette athleticism and determination came into play when she literally threw herself across the court and into the side wall to pick up a shot, get up, chase the length and another 5 shots to win the point on a no let decision.

Another let call and 15 shots later Nicolette took the second 11-8.

Longest rally of the match with over 50 shots this time Vicky winning to make the score 1-4 and claw her way back to take the game 11-8

Still fighting but Nicolette was not going to lose the 4th and took t 11-8 after 75 mins play and a repeat of last week's match in Orange County.

Amanda Landers-Murphy bt Mennat Nasser
       13-11, 6-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-6 (62 mins)

Another long match with newcomer Mennat Nasser trying to create an upset just like last week. The game was going to be a shootout with both players going for their shots.

1st game Mennat pulls back to 10-10 has game ball but Amanda saved the point to take the game 13-11. Game 2 and 3 go to Mennat who is frustrating Amanda with her trickle boast and drops from the back of the court.

4th game Amanda with Mennat missing her shots (frustration led to her hitting her head with her hand several times).

5th and last game Amanda has her confidence back but Mennat is not going down easily but finally Amanda's resilience pays off and she takes the game and match

Orla Noom bt Alex Clark
          11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (26mins)

Last of the afternoon sessions. Orla went on with a mission after seeing the #5 seed go down and almost the #3 she was not going to let anyone stop her and took the match in straight games

Celia Allamargot bt Birgit Coufal
         6-11, 11-5, 13-11, 12-10 (39 mins)

Another seed #7 goes down, these girls covered a lot of ground moving the ball in every direction and all corners. Great retrieving by both players with Celia sneaking the win in 4.

Maria Toor Pakay bt Kristen Lange
         11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 (50 mins)

This match was about who could hit harder, both girls trying to out hit the other, lots of lets and loose balls.

Kristen fights back to take the 3rd and as the girls got more tired they would go for the shots and then back to hard hitting. Maria taking it in 4.

Thaisa Serafini bt Carrie Ramsey
         13-11, 11-2, 11-8 (40 mins)

First game was tight but Thaisa sneaked the game 12-10. Second went Thaisa 's way but Carrie thought back hard in the 3rd but not enough as Thaisa would be a straight game winner.

Lauren Selby bt Ivonne Diaz
          11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (25 mins)

Last match if the evening and Lauren, like Orla, was in no mood to be on court for long while Ivonne did her best to scupper the plans but Lauren was having none of it and won 3-0.

Frogs' Talk
Salut Fram,
I'm a happy girl right now :) Je viens de gagner 3/1 contre Birgit! Match serré et intense que je vais chercher avec les tripes.

Il fait très chaud, la balle rebondit beaucoup et même si j'adore ces conditions, j'avoue que c'était dur ce soir.

Je sentais qu'elle était plus atteinte que moi alors j'ai continué à pousser et à tout aller chercher.

Je n'aime vraiment pas son jeu qui est tout en toucher et finesse, alors que moi, j'aime quand ca va plus vite et que ça frappe plus. Mais j'ai réussi à passer outre et j'ai essayé d'imposer mon jeu en la mettant le plus possible sous pression.

 Je savais qu'il y avait la place mais c'est toujours different entre le savoir et le faire. Donc je suis vraiment contente. Je n'etais jamais alle aussi loin dans un 10000$, et c'est pas fini...

Demain je joue Maria Toor Pakay. Je sais que ca va etre un match dur et très physique mais une fois de plus, je n'ai rien à perdre et je vais tout donner.


Frogs' Talk

Frogs' Talk

Coucou Fram,

Je suis actuellement à Phoenix pour mon 1er WSA de la saison. Je devais être dans les qualifications mais le tableau ayant changé une première fois il y a une semaine (une fille des qualif a fait forfait j'ai donc obtenu un bye) je me suis retrouvée main draw, je suis donc là depuis dimanche soir. Ça m'a permit de m'acclimater, de faire plusieurs practice avec les filles, et j'avoue de faire, aussi, un pti break avec le boulot ;)

Le tableau de qualifs, qui devait être un tableau de 8 joueuses s'avère être un tableau de 4 joueuses avec donc seulement 2 matches pour prendre les 2 derniers spot du main draw.

Ce dernier ayant été refait une 2e fois à cause du forfait de la tête de série 2, Misaki, ce qui a donné un bye à Alex Clark et Ivonne Diaz.. Un peu compliqué avec les changements de dernière minute, mais tout a été parfaitement géré par Tina Fuselli, l'organisatrice du WSA.

Aujourd'hui on était toutes conviées à une réception au magasin Toyota, qui est le sponsor principal du tournoi. Un buffet pour le déjeuner et quelques photos des filles avec une magnifique voiture au milieu (j'ai essayé de partir avec mais ça n'a pas marché, en plus, elle était déjà vendue :(... lol)

Le tournoi est vraiment bien organisé. Tina s'occupe de tout à merveille et se plie en 4 pour nous.

C'est ma première fois ici et je trouve cet endroit magnifique. Il fait chaud, il fait beau, et il y a des palmiers et des cactus partout. 30 degrés dès 9h du mat et ça monte jusqu'à au moins 40 pour ne redescendre qu'à 30 le soir. Sympa!

Et j'ai la chance d'avoir une famille d'accueil vraiment très gentille. Ils sont habitués aux Français vu qu'ils avaient eu Greg, Geof et Yann il y a deux ans. J'ai beaucoup de chance d'être tombé sur eux. Ils sont au top :) et leur maison aussi... ;)

Je suis donc toute prête pour mon match de demain. Je joue contre Birgit Coufal que je connais depuis les années juniors. J'espère faire un bon match et je vais essayer d'aller chercher une place en quart. Je te tiendrai au courant de mon résultat et des autres matchs demain soir.


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