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Texas Open 2009
12-17 May, Dallas, $57k

17-May,Final:
[1] Nicol David
bt [2] Natalie Grainger   7/11, 12/10, 11/5, 11/6 (39m)

David Strikes Gold In Texas

Top-seeded Malaysian Nicol David overcame defending champion Natalie Grainger for the second time in seven days when she beat her US rival in the final of the Texas Open.

But the world number one had to fight back from a game down, then survive extra points in the second game, before prevailing in 39 minutes over world number two Grainger in the climax of the eighth staging of the established event at Life Time Fitness in Plano.

"It was a close one and it wasn't an easy task that's for sure," said the delighted 25-year-old from Penang at the post-final presentations.

"She was well into playing every shot imaginable in the first game and in the second I started to get a little bit into my own game. Then, trailing at a crucial 10-8, I managed to pull it through and got the match to one-all.

"Afterwards, I kept my game and Natalie started to make a few unforced errors to give me a better lead. The last game was very tight right throughout, but I knew I had to keep working hard to make this final go my way. Finally, everything worked out for me at the end.

"I'm glad to win my first Texas Open title," concluded David.

It was a confidence-boosting win for the Malaysian superstar who fell to Grainger in the final of the KL Open, on home soil, in March - thereby ending a remarkable 56-match, 17-month unbeaten WISPA Tour run.

The win marks the 36th Tour title of Nicol David's career - and not brings her appearances in successive WISPA finals to 15 since October 2007, but also raises her total number of Tour finals to 51, thus drawing level with Australian Tour rival Rachael Grinham.
 

Texas Open 2009
12-17 May, Dallas, $57k
Round One
14 May
Quarters
15 May
Semis
16 May
Final
17 May
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11/6, 11/3, 11/4 (27m)
[Q] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
[1] Nicol David
11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (30m)
Isabelle Stoehr
[1] Nicol David

11/4, 11/3, 11/6 (30m)

[5] Jenny Duncalf

[1] Nicol David

7/11, 12/10, 11/5, 11/6 (39m)

[2] Natalie Grainger

Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
11/8, 9/11, 11/3, 11/6 (35m)
[Q] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
[3] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
10/12, 11/6, 11/9, 5/11, 11/8 (66m)
Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
[3] Rachael Grinham
8/11, 11/9, 11/7, 8/11, 11/9 (55m)
[5] Jenny Duncalf
[5] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
5/11, 11/5, 11/1, 11/5 (27m)
Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
Kasey Brown
11/6, 11/7, 11/4 (40m)
[6] Alison Waters (Eng)
[6] Alison Waters
11/5, 11/9, 13/11 (42m)
[4] Natalie Grinham
[4] Natalie Grinham

8/11, 11/7, 11/5, 11/4 (36m)

[2] Natalie Grainger

[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11/8, 11/4, 12/10 (27m)
[4] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
Samantha Teran (Mex)
12/10, 11/9, 9/11, 13/11 (57m)
[7] Madeline Perry (Irl)
Samantha Teran
11/5 13/11 11/9 (27m)
[2] Natalie Grainger
[Q] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11/6, 5/11, 5/11, 11/5, 11/9 (47m)
[2] Natalie Grainger (Usa)

13-May, Qualifying Finals:

Raneem El Weleily (Egy) bt Sharon Wee (Mas)                 14/12, 11/1, 11/6
Sarah Kippax (Eng) v Delia Arnold (Mas)                         11/7, 11/3, 7/11, 11/8
Emma Beddoes (Eng)
bt Line Hansen (Den)                     11/8, 9/11, 9/11, 11/8, 11/6
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng) v Lisa Camilleri (Aus)         11/4, 11/7, 11/6


12-May, Qualifying Round One:
 
Raneem El Weleily (Egy) bt Belkys Magaly Velez (Ecu)  
   11/1, 11/3, 11/4
Sharon Wee (Mas) bt Amanda Shoby (Usa)                     
11/6, 11/3, 11/7
Delia Arnold (Mas) bt Ivonne Diaz (Mex)
                          11/4, 11/5, 11/4
Sarah Kippax (Eng) bt Olivia Blatchford (Usa)                  
11/7, 11/6, 10/12, 11/7
Emma Beddoes (Eng) bt Aisling Blake (Irl)                        11/7, 12/10, 11/7
Line Hansen (Den) bt Irina Assal (Rus)
                             11/2, 11/4, 11/2
Lisa Camilleri (Aus) bt Suzie Pierrepont (Eng)                   11/9, 11/7, 6/11, 8/11, 11/9
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng) bt Latasha Khan (Usa)       
5/11, 11/5, 11/5, 11/9

17-May,Final:
[1] Nicol David
bt [2] Natalie Grainger 
              7/11, 12/10, 11/5, 11/6 (39m)

16-May, Semis:
David & Grainger to meet again

Top seeds Nicol David and Natalie Grainger set up a second final meeting inside a week when the progressed to the final of the Texas Open at the expense of Jennyu Duncalf and Natalie Grinham, respectively.

The two Natalies produced a pulsating semi final full of all-angle exploitation, deft racket work and counter attack.

Grinham's scurrying bought gasps from the crowd, as did Grainger's dead nicks. While Grinham started better, as the match wore on Grainger began to extend her opponent a little too far often enough to induce errors, some unforced, and take leads, which she didn't squander in any of the last three games.

"We were both edgy in the first game and she pulled away when I gave her easy lengths - so I had to focus on improving that in the rest of the match," said Grainger.

"I am really pleased to be in the final to defend my Texas Open title - and such a big and enthusiastic crowd is great too."

A disappointed Grinham said : "It was hard because I felt that I was getting to the ball, but missing some in the second game. lost a bit of confidence and to her credit she took advantage and played well. I am really disappointed that I didn't play better in the fourth."

Duncalf knew what she would be in for against the world champion, and got exactly that from David. Under pressure throughout as ball after ball came back and anything loose was put away, it was a dominant performance from the world number one.

"I was just on today," said David. "I knew I had to be because she would be gunning for me, so I was pleased with my focus and my game."

"She seemed to be in front of me the whole time," said Duncalf. "I played pretty well but she gave me no room or time. I tried to slow it down but nothing worked. It was hard!"

The final will be the third meeting of the year between David and Grainger, the world's top two. Grainger ended David's 18-month unbeaten run in Kuala Lumpur in March, a defeat which David avenged in last week's Cayman Open final.
 

 
15-May, Quarters:
Duncalf despatches another Grinham

England's Jenny Duncalf battled for 55 minutes to upset third seed Rachael Grinham to reach the last four in front of a full house with dozens standing behind the two banks of seating at Life Time Fitness in Plano, near Dallas.

The fifth seed from Harrogate in Yorkshire recovered from losing the first beat Grinham in five games - recording her third successive victory over the world number three from Australia since May last year. At 10/9 in the fifth the pair exchanged a backhand rally amounting to around 30 shots before Rachael snapped by putting a long cross court drop into the tin.

The win - the Englishwoman had covered the court, reaching more short stuff than ever, which was perhaps the difference - takes Duncalf into her second surprise semi in less than two weeks - it was an upset over Rachael's sister Natalie Grinham that led the England number one into the last four of the Cayman Islands Open.

"It was a risk to play in Cayman, as being fifth seed wasn't ideal - but if you want to try and beat these players you have to put yourself in the mix," explained Duncalf.

"Rachael has a really good touch, and puts the unexpected one in short and it had to be in the back of my mind to cover it."

Grinham senior, who clearly found the court's unusual clear glass right side wall difficult, added: "She is moving very well these days, which is a bit of a pain! It is a bit hard as the court is tricky. The forehand side is not so easy, but she held it together better than I did."

Duncalf now faces favourite Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia who beat France's No8 seed Isabelle Stoehr, the French champion's great technique blunted by Nicol's pace.

Natalie Grinham made up for her Grand Cayman disappointment by beating England's sixth seed Alison Waters.

The fourth seed from the Netherlands did go game ball down in the third at 10/11, but was moving and breathing well. As she said afterwards, "I'm still coughing but feeling better than last week. She went out better in the third and I had to kind of stick in there. I played as if I had already lost it, got relaxed and got another chance."

Grinham now meets Natalie Grainger - though the second seed from the USA had to fight back from 1-8 down in the second game before going on to beat unseeded Mexican Samantha Teran.
  

 
14-May, Round One:
Teran takes top tenner

The afternoon session of the first round saw one significant upset as Mexico's Samantha Teran beat Madeline Perry - her first ever win over a top ten player - in five games to reach the quarter-finals ...

"This tournament gives me good luck!

"The first time I won against a top 20 player was in Dallas, last time I got to the semis against the seeding, and now here I have won against a top 10 player for the first time.

"I like Dallas a lot!"

13-May, Qualifying Finals:
English Players Dominate
Texas Open Qualifiers


English players claimed all but one of the qualifying places in the Women's Texas Open after impressive victories by Sarah Kippax, Emma Beddoes and Dominique Lloyd-Walter in the $57,000 event at Life Time Fitness in Plano, near Dallas, Texas.

Beddoes secured the biggest upset, fighting back from 2/1 down to beat Denmark's world No24 Line Hansen. The world No36 from Nottingham earns a first round match with second seed Natalie Grainger, the world No2 from the USA looking for her third successive Texas triumph.

Kippax reached three places higher in the world rankings to overcome Malaysian Delia Arnold in four games. The world No26 from Halifax now faces Dutch star Natalie Grinham, the No4 seed.

But Lloyd-Walter's reward for her straight-games win over Australian Lisa Camilleri is a main draw clash with top seed Nicol David.

The world number one from Malaysia is making her first appearance in the event since 2005, when she crashed out in the quarter-finals. The 25-year-old from Penang arrives in Plano fresh from her triumph in last week's Cayman Islands Open.
 

 

13-May, Qualifying Finals:

28-Mar-09:

Texas goes Big
 
WISPA is celebrating the fact that the 2009 Texas Open - the eighth edition of the event since 2002 - will be the biggest ever.

Bucking the world financial climate, the championship - which alternates between Houston and Dallas - will boast a total prize fund of $57,750.

Dallas SRA President Sanjeeb Samanta is pleased to report: "This year, we met an unprecedented milestone. While local corporations found the economic situation a barrier to supporting the event, nearly sixty individuals from the Dallas squash community stepped forward to fund 100% of the cost."

This support has enabled the event to elevate to WISPA Gold band - and already has world number one Nicol David, from Malaysia, indicating that she will enter the event she last played in 2005.

WISPA Chief Executive Andrew Shelley expressed delight with the success of the Dallas SRA fund-raising operation: "It is a tribute to the generosity of local enthusiasts that they stepped up to the plate when there was a danger of the tenth anniversary of the first WISPA event in Texas not taking place.

"And to take it higher too is awesome. Their reward will be a great week of squash and lots of interaction with the players and I am sure a great time will be had by all. They deserve it."

The event - whose title-holders include former world number ones Natalie Grainger, Vanessa Atkinson, Rachael Grinham and Carol Owens - takes place from 12-17 May at Life Time Fitness in Plano, near Dallas.
 
 

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