Jenny Duncalf bt Alison Waters 11/7,
11/9, 6/11, 11/9
Duncalf takes title in Brooklyn
Linda Elriani reports
Today was the Grand Finale to our Carol Weymuller US Open. It’s been
a really fantastic week of squash and we were all looking forward to
the final between Alison Waters, world no 5 and Jenny
Duncalf the world no 6, with baited breath.
At 2pm the annex was full and everyone was waiting for the all
English battle to begin. The match started with both players being
very patient and working the ball around the court well and hunting
for the ‘T’. Jenny closed the court down just that little bit better
than Alison and took the first game 11/7.
In the second Alison came out strong and took an early lead and was
certainly keeping up with Jenny’s consistent game and efficient
movement. It was only at the end of the second game that a couple of
errors and unnecessary cross courts gave Jenny back the emphasis and
she took the second in a very tight 11/9.
In the third Alison came out with a strong game and forced Jenny
deeper in the court and forced a few errors and impatient short
shots. Alison kept up this game plan and won the 3rd 11/6. The match
was now getting very interesting and the crowd was thoroughly
enjoying the amazing athleticism from both of the players.
There were many gasps from impressed members as Alison and Jenny
covered the court with an ease that only seriously trained athletes
can ever manage. The fourth game started with lots of long rallies,
but Jenny played a little more steadily and forced Alison to go
short just a little too early and make a few unforced errors. At
10/7 down Alison gave it one last fight and managed to get back to
10-9. The next couple of rallies were re-played with a few nervy
lets but Jenny finally closed the deal and won the Carol Weymuller
US Open 11/9 in the fourth.
said in her thank you speech while collecting her winner’s trophy
“I’m obviously thrilled to have won. I always feel so relaxed here
and made so welcome. It’s just a great neighbourhood” Jenny also
thanked the family that housed her and their support and also her
opponent, friend and team mate Alison, for a great final.
tournament director, I’d like to say HUGE thank you to everyone… to
all the generous contributors who made this tournament happen in the
first place, to Corcoran, our corporate sponsor, to all the
committee members and club staff that worked incredibly hard and
organized everything so thoroughly to make the whole event run very
smoothly, to all the players who came over to Brooklyn to play in
our tournament and put on a fantastic spectacle for us to enjoy and
I feel very privileged and proud to be part of such a wonderful
club, full of such great members and staff. I just hope that you all
enjoyed the squash as much as I did.
One for the future,
Weymuller US Open 2009
03-05 Nov, Brooklyn, New York, Usa, $42k
 Nicol David (Mas)
11/5, 11/1, 11/8
[Q] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
 Nicol David
11/9, 11/6, 12/10
 Vanessa Atkinson
 Nicol David
11/6, 11/4, 11/3
 Jenny Duncalf
 Jenny Duncalf
11/7, 11/9, 6/11, 11/9
 Alison Waters
 Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
8/11, 11/6, 11/8, 9/11, 11/9
[Q] Latasha Khan (Usa)
 Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
11/4, 11/2, 8/11, 11/1
[Q] Annelize Naudé (Ned)
 Jenny Duncalf
11/8, 11/9, 11/4
 Kasey Brown (Aus)
11/9, 11/6, 6/11, 11/9
Tania Bailey (Eng)
[Q] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
11/2, 11/9, 17/15
 Laura Massaro (Eng)
 Laura Massaro
11/3, 11/13, 11/9, 7/11, 11/9
 Alison Waters
 Alison Waters
11/9, 11/1, 11/2
 Rachael Grinham
Donna Urquhart (Aus)
11/6, 11/9, 11/3
 Alison Waters (Eng)
Samantha Teran (Mex)
6/11, 12/10, 11/8, 15/13
 Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
11/2, 11/6, 11/9
 Rachael Grinham
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
8/11, 11/6, 10/12, 11/5, 11/8
 Rachael Grinham (Aus)
Emma Beddoes beat Line Hansen
10/12, 11/3, 17/15, 7/11, 11/7.
Annelize Naude beat Suzie Pierrepont
11/7, 6/11, 11/7, 11/5.
Joshna Chinappa beat Manuela Manetta
11/8, 11/8, 10/12, 11/9.
Latasha Khan beat Victoria Lust
11/5, 9/11, 11/7, 11/6.
Annelize Naudé (NED) beat Belkys Magaly Velez 11/1,11/3,11/1.
Emma Beddoes (ENG) beat Amelia Pittock (AUS) 3/11, 11/7,
Suzie Pierrepont (ENG) beat Amanda Sobhy (USA) 11/5, 5/11,
Line Hansen (DEN) beat Yuko Ikeda (JPN) 11/3, 11/2, 11/5.
Manuela Manetta (ITA) beat Haley Mendez (USA) 11/5,11/4,
Latasha Khan (USA) beat Karen Kronemeyer (NED) 11/5, 11/3,
Joshna Chipappa (IND) beat Julie Cerullo (USA) 6/11, 11/5,
Victoria Lust (ENG) beat Linda Hruzitkova (SVK) 11/6, 11/9,
Waters & Duncalf take out
top seeds in Brooklyn
Linda Elriani reports
evening was the semi final stage of our Carol Weymuller US Open. We
had the biggest crowd of the week so far and we were all looking
forward to seeing some more quality squash.
We were very lucky to have Carol Weymuller herself and her
husband Fred, join us for this weekends matches. Carol and
Fred are responsible for starting the amazing squash program at the
Heights Casino many years ago, so it was a real treat for us that
they were there.
First on court was Rachael Grinham, world no 4 and four-time
British Open champion against English player Alison Waters
who is the world no 5. They were 4-4 in head to head meetings before
entering the court so it was going to be interesting to see who
would go ahead!
The match started well for Rachael getting to a considerable lead,
but once Alison found her rhythm there really was no turning back.
Alison played a fantastic match and made very few errors and moved
around the court with ease and grace, even after a five-setter last
night. After the first game going to Alison 11/9, the next two games
were very one sided with Alison winning the next 2 11/1, 11/2.
Alison said after the match “I was really pleased to win 3-0 as
Rachael is a great player. We’ve had really close matches in the
past so I knew that it could be very tough. I’m very pleased to be
in the final tomorrow and looking forward to the match."
Rachael commented ”I started off OK and then Ali settled into it. I
wasn’t covering the court the way I needed to. She played really
well and is improving all the time.”
Next up was World no 1 Nicol David and World no 6 Jenny
The rallies started off steadily and patiently, with both players
trying to get in front of the other, but soon Jenny started to
control the match and move Nicol out of position and go short at
exactly the right times. Jenny won the 1st 11/6 and we all wondered
what would happen in the second and if Jenny could keep up this
quality of squash.
In the second and third Jenny not only kept up the quality but
improved on it! She moved super fast and effortlessly and she stayed
error free with all her precise short shots. It was a real pleasure
to watch Jenny play such an amazing game of squash and we could only
feel for Nicol who keep trying her hardest to dug her way back into
Nicol didn’t manage to prevent her opponents onslaught and Jenny
went on to win the next two games in a very convincing 11/4, 11/3.
Jenny said “I’m pretty shocked! One for winning (it was her first
time in 19 attempts), but certainly for winning 3/0! I felt calm all
the way through till the end when I thought ‘Don’t mess this up
now!” I always enjoy playing this tournament and if I was going to
beat Nicol, there was a good chance it would be here.”
Nicol said after the match “With all the girls, they are working
really hard and going out and giving it everything. She didn’t let
up an inch and I just had to try and do something and she just kept
on going and went right through!”
This makes tomorrow’s final at 2pm an all English affair and I have
a feeling it will be a great and memorable match with both of these
ladies playing at such a high level. Can’t wait!
After the completion of the semis we had a cocktail party for the
adults and a ‘Play a Pro’ event for our juniors.
Dominique Lloyd-Walter, Vanessa Atkinson, Annelize Naude, Joshna
Chinappa and Samantha Teran all played with the juniors and really
made their day and gave them an experience that they definitely
So a BIG thanks to the players who gave up their time to do this. We
really appreciate it.
This tournament really is inspiring for all our juniors and adults
Top seeds make
Linda Elriani reports
Tonight was the quarter final stage of our Carol Weymuller US Open.
The annex was full of eager supporters hungry for more amazing
squash from the WISPA players.
The first match this evening was Rachael Grinham from
Australia and our no 2 seed against Samantha Teran the
Mexican no 1.
Rachael played a great match, varying the pace and moving Samantha
all over the court and never letting her completely settle. Rachael
won in 3 games and said “I am glad to have won that. I was happy to
get a good start. She seemed to be getting more and more into it as
the match went on. After yesterday I was glad to win in 3 and I
don’t think that it hurt me that she had a match lasting over an
hour and half last night!!!”
Samantha commented after the match “It was my first time to play
Rachael and it was a great experience as she plays such a different
game than most people and I feel I really learned about where to put
the ball as she really moves the ball around so well. In the 2nd and
3rd games I felt a bit more comfortable which was nice. It was a
good tournament for me”.
Second up was an all English battle for the semi-final spot with
Alison Waters, world no 5 playing Laura Massaro world no
This match was the most exciting of the evening. Laura truly dug in
and Alison had to fight to win every point. It was a good tactical
match, the sort of match that would be useful for our juniors to
watch…lots of volleying, controlling the ‘T’ and going short at the
right moments…great match. It went down to the wire with Alison
eventually winning 11/9 in the 5th.
Alison mentioned “I played Laura 2 weeks ago in Hong Kong and lost
3/2 so it’s really good to win this time. I felt relatively in
control, but I didn’t seem to finish it off enough. I’m looking
forward to playing Rachael tomorrow”.
Laura seemed relatively happy with her performance commenting “
After getting off to a bad start in the 1st game, I was glad to get
into the match and make it as close as it was. I played OK overall,
I just didn’t stay as positive in the 5th as I would have liked”.
Next on was another match between compatriots Tania Bailey,
who is recently back from injury to play Jenny Duncalf our no
4 seed and world no 6.
Jenny played very well and was moving around the court like a little
whippet! Tania did a great job in the 1st and 2nd games and did some
fantastic kill shots from no where and volleyed strongly to move
Jenny around. It looked a little like Tania’s extended period off
injured took its toll in the third game.
Jenny said as she stretched out after her match “ I’m very happy to
win 3/0 against Tan. She’s such a great player and even though she’s
had a tough time recently with her injuries, you can never relax
cause she can hammer one in at any moment!
The last match of the evening was between the current world no 1,
Nicol David and the former world no 1 Vanessa Atkinson.
This was an enjoyable match to watch and Vanessa put up a great
fight in the first and third game. She even had a game ball in the
third, but couldn’t capitalize on it before Nicol slotted a forehand
drop in the nick!
Nicol said “ I just knew that Vanessa would come out strong and from
our past encounters she knows my game. I’m just glad to win 3-0.
Bailey & Teran in Brooklyn upsets
Linda Elriani reports
was the start of the main draw at the Carol Weymuller US Open at The
Heights Casino here in Brooklyn NY. There was a very exciting and
busy line up for tonight with eight matches for our lucky supporters
to feast upon. There are 8 of the top 14 in the world playing in our
event so the quality of the squash was extremely high.
The first two matches on were Jaclyn Hawkes from New Zealand
and our no 8 seed against Samantha Teran the no1 from Mexico
and world no 15 on court 2. Alison Waters from England and
our no 3 seed and world no 5 played Donna Urquhart from
Australia, world no 24 on court 3.
Samantha and Jaclyn’s match was definitely the longest match of the
evening, with lengthy rallies and extreme patience. It seemed that
neither player wanted to risk going short first. It was well over an
hour and a half as the fourth game ended in 17/15 in Samantha’s
Samantha commented after the match “I knew it would be a very tough
match. The last time we played it was the longest recorded women’s
match since the new PAR scoring!!!! Last time she won and this time
I felt that she controlled the match at the start, but I felt
stronger and stronger as it went on. It was a fight to win that last
point! I love this tournament, I’ve played it for the last 4 years
and I always stay with the same family, they are great.”
Alison beat Donna in 3, she said “I played Donna in the British Open
recently and I knew I couldn’t take her lightly as she is a skillful
player. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s match, whoever it may be”
The next matches to be played were Laura Massaro from England
and our no 5 seed and the world no 8 against Joshna Chinappa
the top Indian player, who qualified last night on court 2. On court
3 was Rachael Grinham from Australia and our no 2 seed and
world 4 playing Dominique Lloyd-Walter from England and world
Laura managed to get Joshna off the court in 3 games. Laura said
after she’d finished “I felt like I played OK for the first game and
then she slotted in a few winners in the second and third and I lost
my length a bit and got drawn into playing the same way. I was glad
to win in three in the end”
Dominique nearly caused the upset of the evening, losing her match
with Rachael in a very closely contested 3/2. Dominique is looking
fitter and faster than ever and played an excellent match, but
couldn’t quite close it down in the end. Rachael commented “I’m just
really glad to have won that match. I only beat her 3/2 in the 1st
round of the British Open. She is in great shape and she’s very
consistent and doesn’t make errors.
The matches following were Jenny Duncalf, our no 4 seed and
world no 6 was playing Annelize Naudé from the Netherlands
who qualified yesterday on court 2 and on court 3 was Vanessa
Atkinson the Dutch no 1 and former world no 1 playing Latasha
Khan from USA also another qualifier from last night.
Jenny is looking very fit and trim these days and played extremely
well in the three games that she won, with a lapse of concentration
on the 3rd. Jenny mentioned “ It is really nice to be back in
Brooklyn after two years. I lost the 3rd and my focus a bit and
Annelize got a good start, but then I re-grouped for the 4th”
Latasha had a great tournament and nearly got the better of the
higher seed Vanessa in the nail biting five-setter, going right down
to the wire with Vanessa just winning 11/9 in the 5th. Vanessa said”
It was just hard! I struggle with Latasha as she’s got such good
shots. I only beat her in five last time. I was lucky in the end! I
have to play Nicol tomorrow so I think I need to play slightly
The last two matches on were Nicol David the current world
no1 playing English player and qualifier Emma Beddoes on
court 2 and on court 3 was Tania Bailey from England and
world no 19 against Kasey Brown from Australia who is
currently world no 11.
Nicol played a very professional and clinical game and looked super
fit and strong, giving you the feeling that she still has at least
four more gears that she could move into if needed! Nicol beat Emma
3/0. The very last match of a long evening of amazing squash was
Tania and Kasey’s which was a very high pace and athletic match,
with Tania coming out on top in four.
To top the evening off, we also had our “Meet and Greet” cocktail
party where the pro players stood up and introduced themselves to
all our members. The members then had a unique chance to chat with
the players and get to know them a little better. Thanks again to
all our generous members and all the support they have given this
Qualifying complete in Brooklyn
Linda Elriani reports
Tonight was the last round of the qualification at our 2009 Carol
Weymuller US Open to see which 4 players would go through to the
main draw, which is starting on Thursday at 5.30pm.
We had 4 great matches lined up…
First match on was Line Hansen the Danish no 1 to play
Emma Beddoes, one of the young up and coming English players who
has just come straight from reaching a WISPA final in a tournament
in Winnipeg. This match was the longest and most gruelling of the
evening. It was extremely closely contested and played in a great
spirit and it was almost a shame that one of the players didn’t get
to qualify at the end of it! Emma eventually won 3/2.
Emma said after the match “It was a ridiculously long and brutal.
Neither of us gave anything away, I don’t think that I realized she
was tired until the last point! I kept pushing…it is my 1st time to
New York, so I’m really happy I qualified”
Second match was Annelize Naudé from the Netherlands playing
the no 1 qualifier, English player Suzie Pierrepont who is
now based up in Rye, Connecticut. Annelize came out on top by
playing the ball deep to length and controlling the ‘T’. Suzie
showed many moments of controlling the rallies but couldn’t link
them together for long enough to pressurize Annelize. Annelize won
in 4 games. Annelize put her win down to her billets cooking, saying
“Margaret’s cooking! What more can I say!” I’ve also tasted some of
Margaret’s cooking and I have to admit it is pretty amazing!
Third match of the evening we had Manuela Manetta the Italian
no 1, who is always popular with the members to play top ranked
Indian Joshna Chinappa. It was an exciting match but Manuela
just couldn’t keep the ball straight and deep enough to stop
Joshna’s array of shots. Joshna commented “I’m relieved to have made
the main draw. I’ve come all the way from India to play this event
so I’m glad it has been worth the trip” Joshna won in a close 3/1.
The last match for us this evening was Latasha Khan USA no 2
and recent winner of 4 WISPA events to play Victoria Lust,
another young hopeful from England just starting out on the WISPA
tour. Vicky played well, but Latasha showed the experience of a more
mature player and was steady and consistent when it really mattered.
Latasha also gave her billet Martha Dietz all the credit, saying
“it’s all Martha….she’s my lucky charm!”. Apparently Latasha has
always played well in Martha’s presence, so maybe Vanessa needs to
keep Martha away from tomorrows match!
Under way in Brooklyn
Linda Elriani reports
Today was the kick off to our 2009 Carol Weymuller US Open.
We had four USA players in the qualification event, which was of a
particularly high caliber this year. 3 of the 4 USA players are
still juniors and with a full house of local supporters, first up,
was Amanda Sobhy, one of USA’s top juniors against Suzie Pierrepont
the No 1 qualifier.
Amanda gave a good fight and played extremely well to win the second
game, but eventually Suzie’s precision and controlling of the ‘T’
took its toll on Amanda and Suzie went through to the last round of
qualifying winning 3-1 (11/5, 5/11, 11/7, 11/5).
Secondly was our very own Haley Mendez, who is still only 16 years
old and has improved vastly over the last couple of years and is
always a contender in any US junior tournament. Her opponent was
Manuela Manetta, the Italian no 1.
Haley played a very mature match, really soaking up a lot of
Manuela’s pressure, keeping the ball deep, tight and straight.
Manuela’s consistent game was too good in the end, but Haley should
definitely be very proud of herself and her performance, especially
with this being her very 1st WISPA match. Her score was a very
respectable 11/5, 11/4, 11/6 (3-0).
Haley spoke to me after the match and she said ‘It was a lot of fun
out there. I went in with no expectations, so I could just enjoy the
match and the support of the members and gain some valuable
experience. The sad thing is that I’m out now, so I won’t be able to
play again until next year!’
Lastly, but definitely not least our Heights Casino, Julie Cerullo,
who has just gone to Princeton and arrived with her college squash
team in tow to support her. Her opponent was Joshna Chinappa from
Julie came out flying in the first game with accurate drives and
volleys, winning it 11/6. Joshna settled into the match in the
second and improved the quality of her lengths and made less errors.
Joshna won third in a similar fashion but Julie put out a courageous
last effort in the 4th only just losing it 12/10.
It was an exciting evening of squash and we are all looking forward
to the last round of qualifying tomorrow starting at 5.30pm at the