Carol Weymuller Open 2015
29 Oct - 05 Nov, New York, $50k
 Nour El Sherbini
(Egy) 3-0 [wc] Joelle King (Nzl)
11/5, 11/6, 11/3
Sherbini takes the Weymuller title
Linda Elriani reports
Today was the final day of our 2015 Carol Weymuller Open. It’s been
a tremendous week of squash and the PSA players have definitely left
everyone inspired and motivated.
The tournament is obviously named
after Carol Weymuller herself. Carol started the junior squash
program here at The Heights Casino many years back and it has
obviously grown and expanded along with the sport. We always like to
thank Carol for all her hard work and dedication back at the start,
as we wouldn’t be where we are today with our program if she had not
been forward thinking enough to develop squash in this area.
At 7.30pm the bleachers were packed with eager members, anticipating
the outcome. Our finalists Joelle King from New Zealand, who
was former world # 4, before her injury, and Nour El Sherbini
from Egypt who is world #7, looked bouncy and eager to go! Both
players knowing this was their last huge effort after a very
successful and tiring week at the Weymuller. They will both have a
couple of days off before the US Open starts in Philadelphia later
this week. Either way they will both being going onto the next
tournament full of confidence and high spirits.
In the head to head Nour was 3-1 up but both players have had plenty
of experience in finals, especially Joelle. This is Joelle’s 17th
Tour final, with 8 titles under her belt and its Nour’s 9th tour
final with 4 titles to her name.
This match was going to be particularly interesting as both players,
whilst very much on-form, play very different styles. Joelle plays a
very fast, precise and attacking game, stepping forward on the court
and has more traditional tactics of cutting the ball off around the
T. Nour varies the pace more and goes short with wonderful creative
shots at almost every opportunity and tries to twist and turn her
opponent and take away their rhythm. Who was going to manage to
force their game plan over the other? We’d soon find out!!!!
The match started out with both players playing long, patient
rallies and trying to find their own rhythm. The score stayed even
through to 4-4 but then Nour, who had been uncharacteristically
patient so far, started to slot in her wonderful winning shots as
soon as Joelle hit a slightly lose or short length. Nour went
storming through, putting a very eager Joelle under so much pressure
that she clipped the tin on a couple of openings.
was also particularly fast and fluid today and even when Joelle
looked to have played a winner, Nour was onto it and re-applying
pressure again. The game finished in Nour’s favour with an amazing
forehand volley drop winner from a high length that would usually be
good enough to get someone out of trouble! Nour won the game 11/5.
Could Joelle come out in the second and find her usual faster paced
deep lengths and start to control the middle of the court again or
would Nour continue her near perfect game plan?
The second game started out much the same, with lots of patient long
rallies and Joelle was trying so hard to really take some control.
The points stayed even until 4-4 again and then Nour started surging
forward through the points, playing better and better squash! Nour
seemed to be consciously keeping the pace slower and this forced
Joelle to also hit with less pace and purpose and it was definitely
working in Nour’s favor.
With some errors from Joelle and an array
of winners from Nour after patient thought out rallies, Nour got
herself up to 11/5 game ball again. With one perfect backhand drop
from Joelle she squeezed out one more point but then a perfect
forehand drop in the nick from Nour took her to a 2-0 lead winning
the second 11/6.
In the third game Nour was basically on fire! She played a perfect
game of squash. She was so poised, calm, focused and error free!
Whilst Joelle kept trying her best, she looked like she had run out
of ideas of how to stop this barrage of amazing squash. The more
Joelle tried, harder it became and Nour took advantage of every
single tiny opportunity! Nour stormed through to take the third 11/3
and also the much deserved title of 2015 Carol Weymuller Open
An absolutely thrilled Nour said “I was really focused and
really wanted to win. I was trying to be patient and calm and just
wait for the right opportunity and that made the difference. Thank
you to my brother for being here, I’ve finally won a tournament and
he was here! Also to my parents for staying up and watching me at
2am (on the streaming) and my squash and fitness coach and Shabana
the National coach. The all called me today and gave me the plan and
it worked! Thanks to my sponsors EZZ Steel, Tecnifibre and ‘Brqthru’.
Thanks for a great tournament and to the Mendez family for hosting
me. See you again next year!”
A disappointed looking Joelle said after her final “I
guess I feel mixed emotions right now with getting so close to the
finish line and getting pipped at the post. All credit to Nour, she
played impeccable squash and capitalized on every opportunity and
didn’t let me play my way into the game. I guess I’m just real
really happy to be back competing again and looking forward to
coming back next year – hopefully not as a wildcard!!!”
I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to the people who have put a lot of
time, effort and generosity into making this tournament what it is.
Thanks again and we hope you all enjoyed the 2015 Carol Weymuller
Open as much as we did and we look forward to running it again next
Congratulations again to Nour and good luck to all the PSA players
for the next week at the US Open and beyond! Cheers!
Draws & Results
the players at Heights Casino
Weymuller Open 2015
29 Oct - 05 Oct, New York, $50k
 Raneem El Welily (Egy)
11/6, 11/7, 5/11, 7/11, 11/5
Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
 Raneem El Welily
15/13, 11/7, 11/8
[Q] Joey Chan
 Raneem El Welily
11/4, 9/11, 11/4, 11/8
 Nour El Sherbini
 Nour El Sherbini
11/5, 11/6, 11/3
[wc] Joelle King
 Rachael Grinham (Aus)
119, 11/5, 10/12, 12/10
[Q] Joey Chan (Hkg)
 Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
11/6, 11/7, 11/9
Delia Arnold (Mas)
 Nour El Sherbini
10/12, 11/1, 11/4, 12/10
 Omneya Abdel Kawy
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
12/10, 9/11, 11/3, 9/11, 11/3
Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
[wc] Joelle King (Nzl)
11/6, 8/11, 14/12, 11/8
 Alison Waters (Eng)
[wc] Joelle King
11/9, 13/11, 11/9
 Sarah-Jane Perry
[wc] Joelle King
11/4, 9/11, 11/4, 11/8
[Q] Joshana Chinappa
[Q] Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy)
5/11, 11/9, 11/2, 11/9
 Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
[Q] Joshana Chinappa (Ind)
4/11, 16/14, 11/7, 11/4
 Emma Beddoes (Eng)
[Q] Joshana Chinappa
11/9, 8/11, 5/11, 11/8, 11/9
[Q] Salma Hany
[Q] Salma Hany (Egy)
12/10, 8/11, 11/7, 4/11, 11/9
 Laura Massaro (Eng)
30-Sep, Qualifying Finals:
Joshana Chinappa (Ind)
3-2 Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) 11/7, 11/13, 11/7,
Kanzy El Defrawy (Egy)
3-1 Line Hansen (Den)
11/6, 11/5, 6/11, 11/5
Joey Chan (Hkg) 3-1 Samantha Teran (Mex)
10/12, 11/7, 11/9, 11/4
Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy) 3-1 Yathreb Adel (Egy)
8/11, 11/5, 12/10, 11/8
29-Sep, Qualifying Round One:
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) 3-0 Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
11/3, 12/10, 11/6
Joshana Chinappa (Ind) 3-0 Coline Aumard (Fra)
5/11, 11/7, 11/7, 11/4
Kanzy El Defrawy (Egy) 3-0 Heba El Torky (Egy)
11/4, 11/7, 11/7
Line Hansen (Den) 3-2 Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
11/7, 7/11, 11/6, 8/11, 14/12
Joey Chan (Hkg) 3-0 Donna Urquhart (Aus)
11/4, 11/3, 11/8
Samantha Teran (Mex) 3-0 Victoria Lust (Eng)
11/8, 11/7, 11/8
Yathreb Adel (Egy) 3-0 Maria Toorpakai (Pak)
11/8, 11/6, 11/4
Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy) bye
Linda Elriani welcomes the girls to Casino
Heights with lunch
Top seed toppled in all-Egyptian semi
Linda Elriani reports
Semi finals day arrived at the 2015 Carol Weymuller Open. Everyone
was excited to see some more action packed squash and that’s
certainly what they got and more!!
first semi final was between giant killer Joshana Chinappa
from India who is world #24 and a very on form Joelle King,
former world #4, who is doing a very impressive job of her comeback
from her Achilles injury that kept her out the game for a year.
In the head to heads Joelle was 4-1 up but they haven’t played for
over a year so it was interesting to see if things would be
different this time around.
Joelle started the match in the way that every player would want to,
she was moving fluidly, taking the ball incredibly early with great
pace and keeping her opponent pinned in the back and limiting
Joshana’s chance to use her amazing short game.
Joshana didn’t manage to get herself moving the way she has been
this tournament and Joelle got a 5-0 lead very quickly and even
though Joshana got a sprinkling of points, in the end she never
really found her rhythm or managed to rush or out maneuver Joelle
who took the first 11/4.
tables totally turned in the second game and Joshana came out on
court in a similar fashion to Joelle’s first game with an array of
wonderful winners and putting maximum pressure on her opponent. Her
legs now seemed charged with energy and before we knew it Joshana
was 6-1 up.
At 2-7 Joelle started to find her great length again and managed to
control the T more so Joshana had to work harder for the openings.
Joshana continued her run and went 10-5 up.
Joelle gave a huge push to play her own game again and Joshana
started to get a little edgy making several unforced and forced
errors, and then a perfect dying forehand drive allowed Joelle to
comeback to 9-10! The next rally was mammoth with both players
covering the court so brilliantly and finally Joshana won the rally
with a kill on the backhand, evening up the match to 1-1.
The start of the third came was even back and forth with Joshana 4-3
up with the rallies staying fast and ferocious. Joelle suddenly went
back into the mode that she’d started the match playing very
precisely and accurately and went straight through to win the next 8
points in a row to take the third 11/4!!
the fourth Joelle continued her relentless barrage of tight,
accurate, powerful squash and she managed to surge forward to take
an 8-3 lead. Joshana kept pushing and absorbing as much pressure
from Joelle as she could.
She must have had some tiredness in her legs from playing three very
tough 3-2 matches previously but it didn’t really show that much.
Then Joelle started to look nervous for the first time in the match
as if she could suddenly see the finish line and a ticket to the
She played a handful of errors and things started to get very tense.
At 9-8 Joelle played a backhand crosscourt drive than landed too
short, but luckily for Joelle the ball found itself going straight
into the nick taking her to 10-8 match point!
true fair Joelle style she apologized for the luck that was thrown
her way but she must have been relieved inside to get to her first
match point. The last point of the match was won by a stroke (
(11/9) and taking Joelle to a 3-1 win.
A smiling Joelle said afterwards:
“I’m really, really happy to
back in a final of a big tournament and really enjoying being back
in Brooklyn. It’s just nice to enjoying the playing some good squash
"It changes tomorrow as it goes back to be the hunter (rather than
the hunted). The Egyptians are always so nice to play against
because they play incentive squash. Here’s hoping that they play a
second semi final was an all Egyptian affair with team mates Nour
El Sherbini world # 7 who is still only 19 years old against
newly crowned world #1 Raneem El Welily. Raneem recently took
the #1 spot from Malaysian squash legend, Nicol David, who has
dominated for the last 9 years.
As expected the match started off in true Egyptian style with both
players using the front of the court as often as possible. The
points stayed even most the way through the first game with Raneem
reaching game ball first. There were crazy and delightful rallies
with errors and amazing winners coming from both players throughout,
but it was Raneem that clinched the first in the end 13-11.
It really is so much fun to watch these players in action, their
creative squash and unpredictable choices kept us all on the edge of
though Raneem won the first nail biting game she came back out on
court looking like she left her confidence in her racket bag. This
was not helped by the fact that Nour was on fire and couldn’t miss
and was playing freely and relaxed. An error ridden Raneem couldn’t
stop Nour, who maintained her amazing play and soon took the second
The third game was more like the first with the points going to both
players evenly. The rallies were a little longer, they varied the
pace and Raneem looked to have regained some of her previously
There was still a lot of back and forth with winners and errors from
both players but it certainly kept us all guessing who would come
through to take the crucial third game. At 8-8 Nour did an amazing
and very brave backhand cross court volley nick winner from a good
high lob from Raneem. This seemed to take the rug out from under
Raneem’s feet, as another error soon gave Nour the 2-1 lead winning
the third 11-9.
fourth game as completely one sided with Nour blasting through the
game with winners and control and Raneem looked like she nothing
left to throw at the match. Nour took an extensive 9-1 lead and
Raneem’s last ditch attempt to get back some rhythm was pushed aside
by Nour and she went on to take the match 11/5 in the fourth.
delighted Nour said after her huge win “I’m really really happy I
won. She’s my model in squash.
"Raneem has a lot of skills and is really fast and she deserves to
be world #1. I’m really, really happy to win this match as last time
I played her was 3 years ago at the Weymuller in this very court and
I lost 3-1!
"Joelle has just come from an injury and it’s great to see her
competing as before. Hopefully it’s going to be a nice match. I’ll
try to relax and forget about today and remember that there’s one
more match to go!”
Congratulations to both winners who played absolutely amazing squash
and we very much look forward to the final tomorrow between Joelle
King and Nour El Sherbini at 7.30pm.
Down to the last four
at Heights Casino
Linda Elriani reports
Tonight was quarter finals night of the 2015 Carol Weymuller Open.
The quarter finals night is always my favorite night at tournaments
because it’s four extremely high quality matches all on one court.
The weather for most of today was so rainy and grey, but the
atmosphere here in the Heights Casino squash courts was vibrant,
exciting and fun!
up on the championship court was the world #24 Joshana Chinappa
from India and against fellow Egyptian qualifier Salma Hany
Ibrahim, who is world # 20. Both players have fought their way
from the qualifying rounds and well and truly earned their place in
the quarter finals here tonight. In the head to heads Joshana is 3-0
up even though her ranking is slightly lower than Salma’s.
This was definitely the match of the night! Both players really put
it all out there on the court and give it their absolute best to
earn their place in the Weymuller semi-final.
Salma can out in the first game in control and managed to push to a
6-2 and 7-4 lead but it wasn’t long until Joshana started to find
her length and then consequently started to get Salma off the T
where she likes to be to slot in her wonderful short shots. There
were a few lets asked for at the front backhand and many were no
lets and before we knew it Joshana finished off the first game 11/9
with some precise drops and tight drives.
second game was even through to 4-4 and then Salma started to pull
away with the help of a few errors from Joshana and a couple of
loose services where Salma hit two cross court volleys on the
forehand straight into the nick! Salma took the second 11/8 to even
the match up at 1-1.
In the third game Salma kept the pressure on and used her short game
at every opportunity. Both players were enjoying using the front
backhand corner but Salma’s shorts were particularly accurate in the
third. Salma took the third game 11/5 winning the last point with a
forehand cross court winner from the back and to take a 2-1 lead.
fourth started out evenly but both players were a little tense and
some unforced errors crept in. It was Joshana that took the momentum
to the next level near the end of the game and Salma was left having
to cover the court and suck up the pressure as much as she could to
keep in the game.
Salma did a huge dive at the front forehand which resulted in a cut
on her elbow and a time out to stop the bleeding. Joshana pushed
ahead with an array of great short shots and a loose forehand drop
from the back from Salma gave Joshana the chance to step onto it and
hit a wonderful dying cross court to take the match to the fifth.
With both players taking out higher ranked players you could see
that today they were playing more cautiously than their last matches
where they had nothing to lose and were playing free and relaxed.
The fifth game was very even all the way through with many creative
winners, wonderful movement and both players hunting for the ball to
volley and take control of the T. There were lots of lets (some
resulting in ‘no let’) with both players not wanted to go through
off balanced and risk playing a loose shot especially with both
players having such great short games.
10-9 match ball Joshana put Salma in one last pressure situation
resulting in her forehand drive going out of court to give Joshana
her very much deserved place in the semi final.
After the epic fiver setter was over I asked Joshana how she felt,
“I feel great, I really do. It was such a hard match and at one
point I really didn’t think I was going to make it! I really hung in
there as I much as I could. I’m really looking forward to playing in
the semi’s tomorrow.”
on court was the Sarah-Jane Perry from England who is world
#15 against Joelle King from New Zealand who came off a great
win yesterday against the 3 seed Alison Waters. They had only played
once and that match went down to the wire with Joelle winning 11-9
in the fifth!
This match was very difference than the first, with the ball mostly
being played to the back of the court deep with long rallies. Joelle
started the match in fine form and surged ahead with some perfect
purposeful drives and wonderful short shots to take a 10-5 lead.
Sarah-Jane gave a big push and managed to regain some control of the
T but it all happened a little too late and Joelle won the first
points stayed more even in the second until Joelle climbed away from
5-5 to 10-5 again. The same push came from Sarah-Jane as in the
first and this time she managed to even things up to 10-10.
With both players being more than 6 foot tall they play their best
squash when right up on the T and taking everything on the volley.
They both were vying for the control of the middle but it was Joelle
that came through with the help of a tin from Sarah-Jane to take the
Joelle followed the same pattern and started the third in fine
fettle. Joelle was playing the ball so tight and controlling the
middle so well that it was really exposing Sarah-Jane’s movement,
where she sometimes struggles to twist and turn.
we knew it Joelle was 5-1 then 9-6 up. Sarah-Jane was not going out
without a fight and she battled to stay in the match which included
some banter with the referee! Joelle eventually came through the
very tight 3 game match 11/9.
A happy Joelle said afterwards
“I guess I’m happy to finish that
off in 3! I felt I played well in patches and SJ kept coming back at
me, especially at the end of each game. I’m really happy to win the
3rd and come back from 9-6 down. I’m looking forward to being back
in the semi finals tomorrow and hopefully I can play well.”
third match of the evening was an all Egyptian quarter final with
team mates Omneya Abdel Kawy and Nour El Sherbini
playing one another. They are world 6 and 7 respectively. In the
head to head in PSA event it’s 1-1 so it would going to be
interesting to see if age and experience over ruled and the vibrant
The first game was very closely contested with both players going
for their winners as soon as possible during the rallies. Omneya got
to game ball first at 10-8 but Nour made her team mate work hard to
finally win the game 12-10.
In the second game Nour was very simply on fire! Nour could NOT
miss! Omneya didn’t have an answer to any of Nour’s play. Nour made
no errors and played a very smart game with many amazing winners
thrown in which made Omneya look a little flat and sluggish. Nour
won the second in an impressive 11/1.
third followed a very similar tone and Nour went 8-2 up before
Omneya could even think about what she needed to do. Omneya started
to go for some desperate shots to try and get some points back but
it didn’t pay off. Nour won the third 11/4.
Nour took a 3-1 lead in the fourth and we thought she would go
straight through like the last two games, but Omneya started to find
a better length and control the T and started to look more relaxed
and fluid so she could start to use her deadly front court winners.
Nour also lost her previous great straight length and started cross
courting which Omneya took full advantage of. Omneya pushed to get a
wonderful retrieving and great tactical play got Nour to her first
match ball at 10-9. Omneya gave one last push before Nour went
through to win the fourth 12-10 taking her into the semi finals
A smiling Nour said “I’m really, really glad I won that! I really
wanted to win so badly! Omneya is so talented and she’d not just my
team mate, she’d like my big sister. She’s definitely more
experienced than me as she’s 10 years older! Her shots weren’t
working for her today she hit a lot of tins. I’m really happy to be
through, I just needed this match to give me more confidence. Even
though Omneya wasn’t at her best, in the end I was praying that she
would put it in the tin!!”
up on the championship court, but certainly not least was the world
#1 Raneem El Welily against Hong Kong’s on form Joey Chan
who is world #29.
The match started well with both players looking to find their
rhythm. Raneem was trying to take the ball in short whenever
possible whilst Joey was trying to make the rallies longer, slow
down the pace and keep the ball on the walls. With the playing
styles of these two players being very different the rallies they
were won in very varied ways. The points went to and fro evenly all
the way through and at 14-13 Raneem won the game with a back wall
nick off a great lob.
the second game the pattern stayed the same with both players trying
to get their own style and rhythm over the other. Raneem looked as
if she was struggling to get herself up a gear when needed and Joey
played so steadily and error free that Raneem really had to win all
her points as Joey wasn’t giving any away to her. Raneem showed us
quick flashes of her brilliance and there was enough to pull herself
The third game was a continued battle for Raneem to find her usual
graceful rhythm and Joey was doing a fantastic job of putting up
some lobs and using her great fading drops in the front to out
position Raneem. The score was even at 7-7 and suddenly Raneem found
a few points where she could put the ball away. Raneem when through
to win the match 11-8 in the third.
clearly wasn’t playing her best squash but the true sign of a
champion is still managing to find a way to win even on your not so
After the match Raneem said “I’m feeling OK, a bit too calm and
slow and I’m trying to be more energetic. The court is so hot and
obviously the ball is too bouncy so I’m trying to find myself
between all of that! I’m happy that we have an Egyptian finalist
either way and hope that tomorrow will be a better day!”
Here ends yet another amazing evening of squash. We really have been
treated to some wonderful matches and the players are such
We can’t wait for the semi finals tomorrow at 2.30pm and 3.15pm to
see who will make it through to the Weymuller Open final.
After the completion of the quarterfinals we had drinks, food and
great music, as always, from our fab DJ Nudie on the squash level.
Today we had the junior ‘Play a Pro’
which ran from 2.00pm-3.00pm before the quarterfinals.
It’s our juniors chance to get on court with some of the best
women’s squash players in the world. That doesn’t happen every day!
A huge thank you goes to Emma Beddoes, Alison Waters, Jenny Duncalf,
Yathreb Adel, Laura Massaro, Donna Urquhart, Samantha Teran and Heba
El Torky for taking the time to play with them.
They all gave up part of their afternoon to play with our juniors
and the kids all had such an amazing time. The PSA women are so
great at giving back and spreading the joy and love of squash to
This weekend we are also running our
first Weymuller Pro-Am hard ball doubles event.
Four pros, Line Hansen, Nicolette Fernandes, Emma Beddoes and
Latasha Khan teamed up with our keen doubles members and hit the
doubles court! The final is tomorrow so we’ll see which pro can turn
their hand to a different racket sport the best!
02-Oct, Round One, Top
Quarter-finals set at Heights Casino
Linda Elriani reports
The second day of first round action at Heights Casino saw the
quarter-final lineup completed as top seed Raneem El Welily
battled past Dipika Pallikal in five, qualifier Joey Chan
beat Rachael Grinham in four, and Omneya Abdel Kawy and Nour El Sherbini set up an all-Egyptian quarter-final ...
Tonight was the second half of the 1st round of the 2015 Carol
Weymuller Main draw. It has been so great having all the main draw
matches on the championship court again this year.
This means all the matches are streamed live and also the viewing
for our spectators here at the Casino is great too! It’s so nice for
all the PSA players to know that their family and friends can watch
their matches from afar.
on the Championship court was world # 6 and last year’s Weymuller
finalist Omneya Abdel Kawy against PSA president Jenny
Duncalf who won the Weymuller back in 2009 and 2010. Both
players have been playing the PSA professional circuit for many
years so there was a lot of serious experience out there on court in
this match. In the head to head Omneya is up 9-2 over Jenny.
The match started well for Jenny and while both players moved the
ball around the court a lot using court courts and angles, Jenny
managed to control each of the rallies just that little better than
Omneya up until she got to 10-6 game ball at least. Omneya suddenly
pounced into gear and Jenny squandered her lead with a few loose
shots and errors that had not be there at the beginning. Omneya went
through to win the next 6 points in a row taking the first game
started off well again with a 5-1 lead but once again Omneya won the
next 6 points in a row to then take the lead at 7-5. This time Jenny
took the bull by the horns and stepped it up and went through to
take the second in a very close 11/9.
In the third game Omneya was completely in control. Jenny’s lengths
were too short and gave Omneya a free range of the middle which is
where she plays her best. Omneya won the third in a convincing 11/3.
Jenny came back in the fourth looking determined and she soon
regained her composure and found her length, forced Omneya back on
the court and errors started to creep in. Jenny got an impressive
10-4 lead hitting much tighter, deeper lengths but just like déjà vu
Omneya got onto a roll again winning 5 points in a row but at 10-9
Jenny finally decided this was her game and went through to win
the match was in the fifth and final game and we were left wondering
who was going to find their momentum first out of the 2 players. The
match had been very up and down and patchy for them both players and
whoever got their rhythm first was managing to dominate and win many
points pretty quickly.
Unfortunately for Jenny it was Omneya that very quickly got ahead first.
Omneya’s short shots were amazing and soon she had a 7-1 lead! Jenny
couldn’t regain her previous weight on her lengths to force Omneya
back, so Omneya went through to win 11/3 in the final game.
happy Omneya said after her five setter “I’m feeling good for the
1st match of the season. Since June I haven’t played any tournaments
so in the 1st game I didn’t see the ball well. I was struggling in
the beginning and Jenny was moving well.
"I just relaxed and started to go for my winners and Jenny made some
errors and then started to tense up. It was a crucial game. My head
wasn’t tough enough. I played in phases and so did she, I’m glad
that I played my game in the fifth. I ‘m happy for my win and I look
forward to my match tomorrow.”
match on the championship court was between World # 7 Nour El
Sherbini from Egypt and Hong Kong’s Delia Arnold who is
world # 12. Nour and Delia hadn’t played each other before this
evening so it was going to be interesting to see who would win their
Nour played very steadily and kept the T and used her height
advantage to cut off shots so well and force Delia to move around
the court. Whilst Delia did a great job retrieving and trying to
find her position on the T it didn’t stop Nour imposing her game and
she went through to win the first 11/6.
In the second game the points went back and forth evenly and Delia
was really moving well and managed to win one particularly long and
exciting rally with a perfect backhand volley drop whilst running
back almost off balance. This was followed up by a perfect forehand
boast from Delia which took her to 7-7. Nour had been looking like
she had another gear in her and suddenly she used it to take the
next 4 points in the row and also the game 11/7.
The third game Delia kept trying to win back the T and stop Nour
from using her wonderful volley drops and short shots. Delia put in
her own fair share of great winners and she eventually got a 9-7
lead. Nour gave a final push to control the middle and with a
variety of holds, perfect boast winners and a crosscourt kill, Nour
took the match 11/9 on the third.
said after her win: “It was my 1st match of the season and I was
a bit nervous. I was thinking about how my game was good or bad and
not thinking about the game plan.
"Delia has created a lot of upsets recently and it was my first time
to play her so I was expecting what was coming. It was a hard match,
each game could have gone either way. I’m glad to be through and
keen to play Omneya tomorrow.”
match of the night was between qualifier Joey Chan who is
world # 29 and Australia’s Rachael Grinham who has had a very
long and success career so far starting out by winning the world
juniors championships when she was only 16 years old. Rachael and
Joey have played 8 times before this evening with Rachel 7-1 up in
the head to head rally.
Rachael had a wonderful start to the match and couldn’t miss
whenever she took the ball in short. Before we knew it Rachael was
7-1 up! Joey slowed up the pace a little more and finally found her
rhythm and started to plug her way back into the first game. The
court started to open up for Joey and Rachael started to make some
forced and unforced errors. Joey’s climb took her all the way up to
10-9 and with an unexpected cross court drop winner from the back of
the court she took the first 11/9. It was a very impressive
started the second very well and Rachael was going short way too
soon and not managing to push Joey back in the court with her
length. Both players were using the lob beautifully and the
variation in pace was lovely to see as very often squash is played
at a very fast pace. With one too many counter drops from Rachael,
Joey was able to attack the deep from the very front of the court,
leaving her opponent stranded many times and she took the second
In the third it was Rachael that got a 4-1 lead until Joey continued
in a similar vein as the last game, making the pace of the game as
slow and controlled as possible. She was using the lob as much as
she could and then doing some deceptive holds in the front off of
Rachael’s forced back wall boasts. Joey managed to surge forward
from 3-5 down to 9-5 up in one hand. Just as we thought that Joey
was heading for a 3-0 win Rachael’s creative squash started to flow
and she cut off the ball and moved Joey around in many unexpected
ways. Rachael went on to win the next 6 points in a row with only
one hand out for Joey and took the fourth 12-10.
The fourth went back into Joey’s favor and she very quickly got an
8-2 and 9-5 lead but yet again Rachael’s unorthodox play helped her
to claw her way back to 10-10. Joey gave one last push and came
through 12-10 to just scrape a 3-1 win.
Before tonight, Joey has only beaten Rachael once 3 years ago so in
her interview straight after the match Joey mentioned how happy she
was to win and that Rachael is a great competitor and mover and that
she has magic hands!! Well, Joey’s touch on the court tonight was
pretty awesome too and we look forward to seeing if Joey can put her
slower, more controlled game over her opponents tomorrow.
last match on the championship court was between India’s #1 Dipika Pallikal and newly crowned world #1
Raneem El Welily
from Egypt. Raneem just recently knocked the legendary Nicol David
off her 9 year world # 1 spot, so she is clearly arriving here in
Brooklyn on form and in good spirits!
Raneem was 9-0 up in the head to head with Dipika, and she started
well in the first game and it was helped along by Dipika’s errors
and soon she went through to win the first 11/6.
The second game was still leaning in Raneem’s favor but some
mistakes crept in and Dipika was playing some great attacking
volleys and was moving really well around the court. The score
stayed pretty even until 6-5 to Dipika and then with a couple of
awesome drops from Raneem and some errors from Dipika, Raneem when
almost straight through to win the second 11/7.
movement off the spot is so dynamic, she got onto some great short
shots from Dipika and managed to get herself out of trouble and
reapply the pressure.
The third game was all Dipika! She came out on fire! She played
attacking low deep drives, she was forward on the T and taking in
precise volley drops and kills in the front. Raneem didn’t react
quickly or well enough to this huge push from Dipika and she went
through to win the third 11/5.
The fourth started in the same way with Dipika looking extremely
confident and making barely any errors whilst she was on this
rampage. Raneem started to look unsure and she couldn’t seem to stop
herself from going short as if to see if this next drop shot would
be the winner.
were definitely moments of brilliance from Raneem but she was
struggling to find her consistency and wasn’t putting the basic
tactical work in to change Dipika winners to errors. At 10- 7
Dipika’s watch caught Raneem’s knuckle on her playing hand and
caused it to bleed so Raneem has a time out to stop the bleeding.
Once Raneem returned to the court there was only one more rally for
Dipika to take the fourth 11/7 and take the new world #1 to a fifth
In the fifth Raneem started out looking much more confident than she
had been in the last two games. Her short game was more accurate
again and she was controlling the T. Raneem took a 3-0 lead, but
with two perfectly disguised forehand boasts
from Dipika and an
error from Raneem, it made us realize the fight was not yet over.
Just an Dipika pulled back in to the game again she seemed to get a
little excited and made a couple of unforced errors and this gave
the green light for Raneem’s confidence. Her immense experience
guided her through the last few points of the fifth game to win it
11/5. It was a really amazing match and effort from Dipika and
Raneem must have definitely felt that she dodged a bullet tonight
getting out of this one!
I asked Raneem how she felt after her match she said: “Pressure,
lots and lots of pressure!! You asked me what it’s like to be world
#1 and being so hungry and it being so close in ranking points makes
me feel the importance of every point.
"So 2 or 3 rallies are enough for me to start feeling badly,
especially with the results yesterday- everyone is beating
everyone!! I lose my game and my nerve when I play with pressure but
I am learning to play with it!”
It was another fantastic night of squash and we all look forward to
the quarterfinals starting at 3.30pm tomorrow afternoon. After the
quarter finals we have a Weymuller function with food, drinks and
our very own DJ Nudie (Annelize Naude) playing her fantastic tunes.
Round One, bottom:
English suffer in Round One
Linda Elriani reports
It was the bottom half of the draw at Heights Casino in Brooklyn
tonight, with four English players seeded to progress to the
In the event only one of those - British champion Sarah-Jane
Perry - made it, as qualifiers Joshana Chinappa and Salma Hany
and wildcard Joelle King recorded upset wins
to put out Emma Beddoes, Alison Waters and Laura Massaro.
First on the Championship court was
world #5 Laura Massaro from England, who won the Weymuller
back in 2012 and her young teenage Egyptian opponent, Salma Hany
Ibrahim, ranked world #20.
In their head to head in PSA tournaments Laura stands at 2-0 but
Salma came very close in one of them so we knew we are in for a
great and competitive match. This match was by far the most exciting
one of the evening!
The match started ferociously with movement all over the court with
attacks and counter attacks, especially from Salma. Laura was trying
to find her rhythm and stop the shorts from her young opponent.
Salma managed to wrong foot Laura with her great holds and ability
to straighten up the ball from the front forehand when under a
massive pressure. Salma squeezed out the first game 12-10.
Laura came out playing her game in the second and managed to vary
the pace more and control the T and she came through to win 11/8.
Salma started the third game on fire and with a couple of errors
from Laura she was 7-2 and then 8-5 up . Laura lost the great length
that she had which pinned down Salma in the second. Salma took
advantage of her lead and won 11/7.
The fourth was all Laura. She pushed up the court, took the ball
earlier and hit her length with a purpose again with some lovely
hold cross court flick drop shots to finish off the rally. Salma
started making errors and started reacting to Laura’s attacking
game. Laura went through to win 11/4.
The fifth started off pretty evenly with Laura taking a small lead
at 3-1 but soon Salma started hitting an array of wonderful winners
again from all the court and she went ahead to 9-4. Laura gave a
huge push and started to climb back and Salma looked as though she
was starting to doubt herself a little mentally, though she chased
down every single ball and even did the splits in the front forehand
corner whilst trying to get back one of Laura’s drop shorts. Laura
clawed back to 7-9 and then Salma hit a cross court volley nick
winner off the serve to take her to match ball.
Salma panicked in
the next rally and mishit the ball and you were let thinking that
Laura could maybe pull this off! At 9-10 Laura had Salma running all
over the court and then out of nowhere Salma hit an amazing
unexpected forehand boast to take the match and her first win off
Laura 11-9 in the fifth.
A red faced and extremely happy looking Salma said:
speechless! It’s not that I can’t believe I won it’s that I pushed
myself so much when I was tired! I didn’t want to lose this time
after last year but I still had a feeling I’m not going to win, even
though I’m playing well. So I made myself smaller goals and just
told myself ‘just one point at a time’ as when I told myself I’ve
got to win it felt harder.
"When it was 2-2 Omneya, Raneem, Nour and
my friend Bolla (who drove 90 minutes to come and watch me) told me
‘You have only one game left so give it your all! Don’t lose your
focus like last time’. I’m also impressed with my nick and boast at
Second match on the championship court was world #11
from England against India’s Joshana Chinappa who is world #
24. Emma recently got engaged to fellow Englishman and squash pro
Eddie Charlton so there will be wedding bells ringing in 2016!! Emma
has a 2-0 lead in the head to head but they haven’t played each
other for a couple of years so it was interesting to see if the
young Indian player had managed to close the gap since their last
Emma started the match in fine form and didn’t let Joshana settle
and she won handily 11/4. The second was a true battle and but a
much different match than the previous one with longer more
traditional rallies up and down the wall. Joshana started to do more
with the ball than Emma and get in front of her and chop the ball in
at the front. The score went back and forth but Joshana came through
in a marathon 16-14!
The third stayed in Joshana’s favor and she used the front of the
court well with great disguised backhand boasts. Emma seemed to have
fallen into a reactive mode and before we knew it Joshana was 2-1 up
winning the third 11/7. Emma came out much more aggressively in the
fourth and even though she fell down twice in the game she keep her
composure and won 11/8.
In the fifth Emma went too defensive and was pushing the ball around
the court and Joshana took advantage of this and attacked short
whenever Emma’s lengths were not deep enough. With a fall that
caused Emma’s calf to briefly cramp and a few more winners, Joshana
went through to get her first win from the English woman in her
Joshana said after her match “I’m happy of course. It was a tough
match and it could have gone either way. With Emma being on form and
at her highest ranking I’m really glad I pulled through”.
The next match on was between England’s
Sarah-Jane Perry who
is world #15 against qualifier Kanzy El Defrawy who is world
Their head to head is 1-1, with Kanzy winning last time they
played back in June so we could be sure that Sarah-Jane wanted to
get her own back!
Kanzy came out in the first game on fire and went 7-1 up before SJ
had turned around. SJ found a little rhythm but Kanzy went on to win
the first 11/5.
The second SJ was ready for the random winners and started to push
up to the front better and use her great lob to regain her position
throughout the rallies.
In typical Kanzy form, she dived around the
court several times in her huge efforts to retrieve everything
humanly possible, with one of them resulting in a time out for
bleeding knee. SJ came through in the end winning the second in
The third was very one sided, SJ is deceptively fast around the
court and has an amazing reach into the front and this really helped
her suck up the pressure that Kanzy was trying put her under at the
front of the court. SJ keep forward on the court and volleyed more
and won the third 11/2.
The fourth was more evenly battled again, but with SJ’s constant
pressure, a few more desperate dives from Kanzy and SJ taking the
ball early helped her pull away at the end of the game and finally
take the match 11/9.
Sarah-Jane said afterwards ‘I thought I stuck in well there. She
caught me a bit off guard in the first game going short. I haven’t
played the Weymuller before and it took a bit of time to get used to
the court. Kanzy beat me last time we played back in June so it was
to get my revenge!”
The last match on the championship court went on court very late due
to all the very long and exciting squash previously. This match was
between last year’s Weymuller Champion Alison Waters from
England who is world # 4, against former world # 4 Joelle King
from New Zealand.
Joelle has just recently come back from a serious achilles injury and is gradually clawing her way back up the world
rankings to her rightful spot again. Alison is in the lead in the
head to head, 4-2, but with both players playing a fast attacking
game from the T, we knew it would an excellent match.
This match was of a very high caliber of squash with both players
hitting deep, tight drives into the corners and volleying everything
they could. Their movement was clean and sharp and there were very
few lets unlike some of the previous matches. Joelle managed to
control the T more than Alison in the first, the rallies were long
and hard fought but Joelle came through 11/6.
Alison found her rhythm in the second and starting finding her
targets in the back and allowing her to use the middle of the court
more and finish the rallies off at the front. Alison went through to
win 11/8 to make the match even at 1-1.
The third game was the hardest of them all and ended up being the
most crucial of the match. Both players were vying for the T and
keeping the pace high and aggressive. There were some wonderful
attacking volleys and deep dying lengths and it was Joelle that
eventually sneaked the third 14-12. Alison pushed hard but never
really got her control back after the mammoth third game and Joelle
went through to win 11/8 to make it the third upset of the night!
Joelle said after her win
“It was tough for both of us after such
long matches before. I think we both came out well considering.
She’s a tough competitor and we’ve had so many battles over the
years and it’s so nice to be back on court with her.
"The third game
was a turning point and I think it took a lot out of both of us, but
when you win those games it can give you a spring in your step
again. I’m looking forward to playing SJ, we’ve only played once
So here ends another incredibly exciting night of squash at The
Heights Casino. The quality of the matches tonight was fantastic and
the matches were so enjoyable to watch.
We all look forward to
the second half of the first round starting at 5.30pm on Friday
night. See you again soon !
Qualifying at Heights Casino
Linda Elriani reports
photos by Jean Ervasti
Tonight was the last evening of the qualification at the 2015 Carol
Weymuller Open. It’s always an exciting round as it really is all or
nothing…main draw or out! The matches were very exciting and a
fantastic display of how athletic and amazingly skilled the top
women squash players are.
Our budding young squash juniors where also busy collecting
autographs from the PSA players, it’s always so great to see how
inspired they are by these amazing women.
Weymuller@Lunch was held in the Governors Room at the Heights Casino
was packed with members and Corcoran sponsors and everyone enjoyed a
delicious lunch. It was a great chance to thank Corcoran for their
amazing support of the Carol Weymuller for over 13 years now.
an interview with Jenny Duncalf from England, who is the president
of the PSA women’s division and former Weymuller champion in 2009
and 2010. The group was treated to some great answers by Jenny and
the crowd of patrons was given the opportunity to ask some of their
own questions as well.
This was followed by the first of the qualifying finals matches
played at 1.30pm between Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes who is
world # 23 and Joshana Chinappa from India who is world
#24. So with a full stand of keen and excited members the first match
This match was the longest and most closely contested match of the
day. The court was hot again and the rallies were long but Joshana
took control of the middle of the court and managed to take the
The second started evenly with each player vying for the T and then
at 4-4 Nicolette fell and had to have a time out for her bleeding
finger. Once the game continued Nicolette squeezed ahead and
eventually took the second 13-11.
Nicolette started the third game well but soon Joshana found her
momentum and managed to work Nicolette around the court beautifully
before using her accurate short game to finish the rallies. Joshana
took the third 11/7.
It looked like Joshana was probably going to take the match from
here forward but this doesn’t happen when you play someone as feisty
as Nicolette! You really have to win every point as she will not go
down without giving her all. Nicolette’s amazing retrieving and some
attacking volleying along with a few mistakes from Joshana gave
Nicolette the fourth game 11/7.
The fifth game started with a couple of unforced errors from both
players while they found their rhythm again and it was even with
points going back and forth until 5-5. Then from 5-5 Joshana gave a
big push and played the second half of the fifth game error free,
whilst Nicolette suddenly seemed to lost her focus and made some
errors and had a couple of strokes against her. This allowed Joshana
to go through and win the fifth and final game 11/6.
After her match Joshana said “It’s SOOO hot!!! But it was a great
match from beginning to end. I’m happy of course to get through”.
The first evening match on court at 5.30pm was between
El Defrawy who is world # 36 playing Denmark’s #1 player Line
Kanzy started the match on fire with every shot coming off and she
rapidly took a 5-1 lead. Line started to find her rhythm as the
first game went on but she started too late and Kanzy took the first
Kanzy came out in the second with gusto and Line seemed to be
reacting to Kanzy’s attacking game rather than playing her own. With
a short break for a bleeding knee soon Kanzy took the second 11/5.
In the third Line played incredibly well, she stepped forward,
hitting her lengths with weight and purpose and was played some
really well thought out short shots to win the points. Kanzy gave
everything to stay in the game and was literally diving around the
court to win rallies but Line’s squash was too accurate and tight
and Kanzy couldn’t stop her from winning the third 11/6.
In the fourth Kanzy took back the control and the huge effort that
Line had put into winning the third game seemed to have taken its
toll. Kanzy played excellent aggressive squash to win the final game
11/5 to qualify for the main draw.
A very happy and smiling Kanzy said after her win
“I feel great!!
I’ve never played Line before so I didn’t know what to expect. I
just tried to play simple squash. My only problem today was I was a
little hyper! When it’s too much it’s not good and I start being all
over the court and diving!!Then instead of hitting a good length I
was sometimes hitting it too hard and was too excited! I’m really
pleased, it’s my first time to qualify for this tournament. I’m
excited to keep it going!!”
The next match was between world # 32
Samantha Teran from
Mexico against Joey Chan the world # 29 from Hong Kong.
Both Joey and Sam play a patient game with great retrieving so in
the very warm conditions we knew the match would have long, hard
The points in the first game went evenly back and forth until 5-5
and then Sam sneaked away to get her first game ball at 10-6. Joey
pushed to volley more and managed to get back to 10-10. Sam got her
second game ball and after probably the longest rally of the day Sam
clinched it 12-10.
After the first game Joey gradually took more and more control of
the match. Both players varied the pace nicely and Joey threw in
some nice holds to stop Sam in her tracks. Joey won the second game
11/7 with an impressive backhand volley drop winner from high above
Now at one all in games both players really wanted to get the 2-1
lead. The third game was very evenly matched and both played really
well, varying the pace, looking to volley and use the front of the
court when they could, but in the end Joey’s nimble movement and
great shot selection won her this important game 11/9.
The last game was error free and played with consistent and constant
pressure from Joey. Samantha could no longer hang in the rallies and
Joey went through to win 11/4 and qualify for the main draw.
Joey was obviously thrilled to qualify and said
“I’m very happy
because it is the second $50,000 tournament that I have qualified
for in 3 years. Playing Sam is always a very tough match.
"She is a
strong fighter and she forces you to really concentrate. No matter
who I play next I will try my best and with the court being hot here
you really have to fight!”
Our last match of the evening was a wonderfully tense and colourful
one between two young and very talented Egyptian players, Yathreb
Adel and Salma Hany Ibrahim ranked 27 and 20 in the world
respectively. They are both only 19 years old but play like they
have played squash for many, many years!
This match was the complete opposite of the match just before, where
the players played long, patient rallies until they got their
openings to go short. This match was played in a very aggressive
style with both players looking for every single chance to cut the
ball off short and finish the point. Both players moved around the
court so incredibly well, as if they almost knew ahead of time what
the other person was going to play. This did cause a number of lets
throughout the match but made for very entertaining squash.
Yathreb played a great first game with more great tight lengths than
Salma and so giving herself more openings to use her creative
winners. Yathreb took the first game 11/8.
Salma came out in the second all guns blazing, hitting aggressive
hard lengths and holding the ball wherever she could to delay
Yathreb’s movement. Yathreb started to make more unforced errors too
and Salma took the second in a very impressive 11/5.
The third ended up being the deciding factor for the whole match.
Yathreb started the game with more discipline and varying the pace a
little more and got a 5-2 lead and then a 9-5 lead. Salma suddenly
cut out the errors and pushed up to be in front of Yathreb. Yathreb
clung onto her lead and did get game ball first but Salma had other
plans and before we knew it Salma had taken the game 12-10.
Whilst Yathreb fought all the way in the fourth Salma’s amazing
athleticism and shot production carried her right through to win the
match and the fourth game 11-8.
Salma was delighted after the match and said “The last 2
tournaments I didn’t make it through the qualification, so for this
tournament I was worried not to get through as well. But I told
myself to just enjoy playing in one of my favorite tournaments.
"When I lost the first game it crossed my mind that I was going to
lose 3-0 and not make it through, but then I told myself to fight
for every point and when I came out in the second game I just told
myself….win the point and play a good serve, win this point and play
a good serve….over and over!!
"It was just so mental today and I know
that my mum and brother were watching me (on the live streaming) and
sometimes I looked at the camera and imagined they were there
supporting in the stands, which helped a lot. Yathreb is a good
friend of mine and we have played each other since we were 8 years
old and still player each now!
Congratulations to all the players who qualified. All the matches
were such great quality squash and everyone thoroughly enjoyed them.
The first round matches start tomorrow night at 5.30pm and we are
all very much looking forward to watching some more of the amazing
29-Sep, Qualifying Round One:
Qualifying under way at Heights Casino
Linda Elriani reports
The weather in NY is particularly humid and sticky at the
moment and consequently the courts are very hot and bouncy
making it difficult to finish the rallies.
The 5.30pm match is between
world # 23 Nicolette Fernandes
from Guyana and Kiwi Amanda Landers-Murphy the world #40.
Nicolette played a very consistent and controlled game keeping
Amanda under constant pressure for the first game. Amanda gave a
big push in the second, making a vested effort to volley and
take the T and get a 9-5 lead. Nicolette regained her composure
and came through to take the second 12/10. The climb back from
2-0 down proved too big for Amanda and Nicolette eventually won
the match in three ...11/3, 12/10, 11/6.
after her win…”It was nice to get back on court after San
Fran. I love being back here, I think I play good squash here. I
don’t think the heat has anything to do with it!!! I was happy
with a 3-0 win against Amanda as she is playing well.”
The second 5.30pm match was French # 2 and world # 43
Coline Aumard against India’s Joshana Chinappa who is
currently ranked #24 in the world. This was a very tense and
physical match with lots of lets and interference, but Joshana
managed to hold the T and keep the balls away in the corners
from Coline’s volleys. Joshana eventually won in a tense four
game match 5/11, 11/7, 11/7, 11/4. Joshana and Nicolette play
tomorrow at 1.30pm.
Joshana said after her match
“I’m glad I got through, I didn’t get the best start and with
Coline being an aggressive and accurate player you can’t do
that. She played really well. I’m glad I got through 3-1”.
There was a very enthusiastic crowd at 6.15pm on the
championship court when home grown Olivia Blatchford,
world # 37, played Denmark’s Line Hansen who is ranked
world #26. Line recently married another world ranked squash
player, Cameron Pilley, and who is here this week at court side
to coach her.
This match was definitely the game of the
night with the marathon match going back and forth until it was
eventually even at 2-2. The fifth game was a nail bitter and the
points were evenly won until it eventually went right down to
the wire at 10-10. Olivia was playing a more attacking game with
some wonderful short winning shots, but it was the impatient
short shots that lost Olivia points at very vital times.
Line kept plugging away and trying to keep her length as
consistent and tight as she could to stop Olivia’s aggressive
game. A backhand boast error and then a stroke on the forehand
finally gave Line her ticket to the qualifying finals. It was
heart breaking for Olivia as she also lost last year in an
equally close five setter. Next year Olivia.
A red faced
Line said “To be honest I think that Olivia played better and
deserved to win! I think that she’s really talented and when she
gets the last parts of her game right she’ll be very dangerous!
I hope that I can step it up tomorrow as I was struggling to
find the right pace on there, but I’ll take the win!”
The second 6.15pm match was two budding young Egyptian players
Heba El Torky and
Kanzy El Defrawy ranked #22 and # 36 in the world
respectively. Kanzy played a very aggressive attacking game and
kept Heba from finding any kind of rhythm. Kanzy came through in
three … 11/4, 11/7, 11/7. Line and Kanzy play at 6.15pm
A smiling Kanzy said “I trained really hard over the
last months and it was really frustrating to lose 1st round in
San Fran. I was 2-0 up and then lost there! I felt l had a lot
of pressure going there and my body was tired and wasn’t feeling
good on court.
"Since that I have decided to change my thinking, so today I
went out and enjoyed every moment. I knew it was going to be a
tough match but I felt zero pressure and stress. I want to make
people happy as I’ve had a lot of support so I hate to let them
down. I feel happy but not satisfied and I’m really looking
forward to tomorrows match. It’s great to know I’ll be playing
tomorrow’s match with fresh legs. It’s the first time that I
have made it through the first round here, so I’m really looking
forward to it!”
The 7.00pm match on the east court
was between Joey Chan who is the world #29 from Hong Kong and
Australian’s Donna Urquhart who is world # 30. Joey seemed to
like the hot conditions better than Donna and won 11/4, 11/3,
11/8 to go through and play tomorrow in the qualifying finals.
Joey said “I feel good about my match because I didn’t think
I could win in three. Donna plays at a fast pace so I tried not
to get into her pace and keep being patient. Donna and I are
both left handers and have very strong forehands so I tried to
keep it to her back hand. I am happy to get through and hope to
win tomorrow against Sam as it’s such a great place here.”
The second 7.00pm match was between Samantha Teran the
world # 32 from Mexico and England’s Victoria Lust who is
currently world #21. This match was a tense but consistent play
from Samantha and too many errors from Victoria helped Samantha
to get through to play tomorrow against Joey at 7.00pm.
very happy Samantha said
“It’s hot!!! Actually, I’m very happy, just because this is
my first win since my injury. I was thinking point by point and
game by game…..now I can book my practice court for tomorrow! I
really enjoy playing, especially here. The Weymuller is the
first professional tournament I ever played outside Mexico, so
it means a lot to me and I try to come back every year. The only
years that I don’t come back is what I’ve been injured.”
The 7.45pm match on the west court was between world # 27
Yathreb Adel from Egypt and Maria Toorpakai from
Pakistan who is world #51. It was a relatively one sided game
with Yathreb varying the pace well and keeping a great length
into the back, preventing Mariaf from using her array of winners
at the front.
Yahreb came through to win 11/8, 11/6,
11/4 and when I asked her how she was feeling she said:
“Good, really good now! It was a good match to start with, a
fair match. Maria is really good with her racket so I was just
trying to move her around and not go too short from the
beginning. It’s the first match at the beginning of a new season
so I’ll just give it my best and hopefully it’ll be a good
Egyptian’s Salma Hany Ibrahim, world #20 got a bye
this evening through to the qualifying finals, due to Nouran
Gohar withdrawing and previously qualifying Dipika Pallikal
from India moving into the main draw.
It was a truly
fantastic evening of squash to start off the 2015 Weymuller.
Congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to the
final round of the qualifying tomorrow. Good luck to all