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Women's Squash Week 2015
10-15 Mar, Calgary, Canada, $15k

15-Mar, Final:

[3] Emily Whitlock (Eng) 3-2 [1] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
                11/9, 8/11, 8/11, 11/5, 11/6

Whitlock wins big in Calgary

Emily Whitlock captured her biggest title to date as she beat top seed Rachael Grinham in the final in Calgary.  

Meghan Glenday reports

What a close match, and what an incredible one to watch!

Rachael has astonishing exhibitionist style shots that she pulls out at the most opportune moments. It's always such a pleasure to watch her dominate on court. However, Emily did not quit for one second this week and her determination carried into the final.

What ultimately got Emily the winning title was not only her resilience to go for every winner that Rachael dished out, but to then put them all away herself. Truly world class squash played by both. Congratulations on your big win Emily, you definitely deserved it!

Thanks so much to all of the sponsors, billets and volunteers. You all made this week a HUGE success. And thanks to the refs for dedicating your time to this wonderful sport. We definitely need you guys around!

A big kudos to tournament director, Susie King! You organized yet another fantastic week of women's squash!

Thanks to all of the professional and amateur players who entered this event! We hope to see you all back again next year!

14-Mar, Semis:
It's Grinham and Whitlock for the title
Meghan Glenday reports

Donna Urquhart finally put some pressure on toip seed Rachael Grinham in the semi finals. It’s the first time this week that Rachael hasn’t quite owned the court. Donna pulled off quite a few amazing winners into the back corners that Rachael was unable to retrieve.

“She (Donna) started off really well and I found that she was lobbing at me a lot. She was playing a little bit different than what she usually does and I think I was little unprepared and a little bit taken aback…”

Rachael had to start pulling out more creative shots against Donna, which started to give her an edge over the match.

“Yeah, after the first game I just wanted to make it a bit more competitive.. and luckily I did snatch the second game which…obviously made it a lot different…it got me to being 1-1 rather than being down 2-0…”

As the match progressed Donna started making a few more errors, and Rachael used it to her advantage. Her final shot was an incredible cross-court volley drop that ended the match 3-1. It was definitely an exciting game to watch!

Emily Whitlock managed a 3-1 victory against Line Hansen in their semi-final match.

Line Hansen played pretty aggressively and was hitting the ball really hard, but it looked as though she was also struggling a bit with a pulled muscle from a fall in the previous match. Either way it doesn’t seem like it would have made a big difference in this game. Emily was giving her no chances to put anything away. She stayed on top of everything and was so quick to the ball. It’s obvious that Emily’s just not giving in this week.

“I feel good, I’ve never beaten Line before. It’s the first time I’ve ever beaten her so I’m really happy I could do it here ‘cause I really enjoy playing here and it’s good that I could back up my results from last year when I was not feeling so great, and having to take a couple months out after that, but now I’ve kind of proven that it was a dodgy period and I am fit and strong especially in conditions where it’s really fast off the front wall…the altitude plays a big part in it..so I’m pretty pleased I could beat Fiona in 3 and then beat Line as well... so I’m pretty stoked.”

Emily got into Calgary a week early and got herself accustomed to the altitude, which seems to have paid off big time as she's been playing amazing squash.

Emily moves on to the final to play against Rachael on Sunday.

“I’ve never played Rachael before…I’ve always wanted to …it’ll be good, I’m really looking forward to it.. I don’t even know about my strategy yet, I’m still trying to ‘warm down’ after this one so …I’ll probably think about it in the morning.”

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Women's Squash Week 2015
10-15 Mar, Calgary, Canada, $15k
Round One
12 Mar 
13 Mar
14 Mar
15 Mar
[1] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
11-6, 11-9, 11-5
Danielle Letourneau (Can)
[1] Rachael Grinham
11-2, 11-4, 11-5
[Q] Jackie Moss
[1] Rachael Grinham

 3-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5

[4] Donna Urquhart

[1] Rachael Grinham 


11/9, 8/11, 8/11, 11/5, 11/6


[3] Emily Whitlock

[6] Milou van der Heijden (Ned)
11-8, 12-14, 13-11, 11-8
[Q] Jackie Moss (Can)
[7] Lucie Fialova (Cze)
11-9, 11-5, 11-6
Lotte Eriksen (Nor)
[7] Lucie Fialova
12-10, 11-8, 11-6
[4] Donna Urquhart
[4] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-5
Nikki Todd (Can)
Hollie Naughton (Can)
11-2, 11-8, 11-4
[3] Emily Whitlock (Eng)
[3] Emily Whitlock
11-9, 11-3, 11-6
[Q] Fiona Moverley
[3] Emily Whitlock

11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7

[2] Line Hansen

[Q] Fiona Moverley (Eng)
12-10,11-6, 10-12, 4-11, 11-3
[8] Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg)
[Q] Milnay Louw (Rsa)
10-12, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8
[5] Nadine Shahin (Egy)
[5] Nadine Shahin
11-9, 12-10, 3-11, 11-8
[2] Line Hansen
[Q] Cyrielle Peltier (Fra)
 8-11, 12-14, 11-7, 11-8, 11-4
[2] Line Hansen (Den)
11-Mar, Qualifying Finals:

Jackie Moss (Can)
3-0 Sachika Ingale (Ind)                               11-4, 11-8, 11-8
Cyrielle Peltier (Fra) 3-2 Lee Ka Yi (Hkg)              13-11, 6-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7
Milnay Louw (Rsa) 3-2 Maria Toorpakay (Pak)        11-9, 10-12, 14-12, 7-11, 11-9
Fiona Moverley (Eng) 3-0 Antonelle Falcione (Arg)                      11-5, 11-5, 11-4

Qualifying Round One:

Jackie Moss (Can) 3-0 Diana Garcia (Mex)                             12-10, 11-7, 11-4
Sachika Ingale (Ind) 3-0 Melina Turk (Can)                             11-8, 11-6, 11-4
Cyrielle Peltier (Fra) 3-1 Kelsey Souchereau (Can)          8-11, 11-3, 11-0, 11-7
Lee Ka Yi (Hkg) 3-2 Giselle Delgado (Chi)           10-12, 12-14, 11-4, 11-2, 11-7
Milnay Louw (Rsa) 3-0 Erin Roberts (Can)                               11-2, 11-3, 11-2
Fiona Moverley (Eng) 3-0 Jamie Laird (Can)                           11-4, 11-2, 11-0

13-Mar, Quarters:
Top four through to semis

Meghan Glenday reports

The Women’s Amateur event kicked off Friday evening! It’s always a humbling experience stepping out on court again after having just spent three consecutive days watching pro players astonish us all with their refined skills. A nice reminder that there’s always another level of squash to strive for!
These many levels are also being demonstrated in the pro event this week.

Even after Lucie Fialova’s strong 3-0 win against Lotte Eriksen in round one on Thursday, Donna Urquhart managed to calmly defeat Lucie 3-0 in the quarters.

And although Nadine Shahin’s incredible speed has been very evident so far, Line Hansen still achieved a steady 3-1 win against Nadine in their quarter final match.

Calgary’s Jackie Moss has had an unbelievable 3 day winning streak this week, but up against #1 seed Rachael Grinham, Rachael has claimed yet another effortless 3-0 conquest.

In the last match of the evening, the two English players finally faced each other. Fiona Moverley’s overall performance has been extremely impressive so far, but with Emily Whitlock’s strong focus and determination to push onward, she owned this match 3-0.

We’ll certainly continue to see the caliber of play rise as we head into the semi-finals! Looking forward to yet another evening of incredible squash!

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12-Mar, Round One:
Moss marches into quarters

Local favourite Jackie Moss continued her run as she beat sixth seed Milou van der Heijden in four games to set up a quarter-final against top seed Rachael Grinham.

Grinham is one of six seeds to progress, the other upset coming as Fiona Moverley, like Moss a qualifier,   overcame eighth seed Liu Tsz-Ling in five games.

Meghan Glenday reports

First day of the Main Event was a big one! The first two to advance into quarter finals early on in the day were Lucie Fialova and Donna Urquhart; Lucia beating Lotte Eriksen 3-0 and Donna taking a win against Nikki Todd  3-1.

We had some long and intense matches played in the afternoon which carried the last match of the day well into the late evening.

The six other winners who will be advancing through to the quarter finals are Rachael Grinham, Fiona Moverley, Nadine Shahin, Line Hansen, Emily Whitlock as well as local Jackie Moss.

Another incredible win for Jackie Moss!

She continues her way through the main draw after beating Milou van der Heijden 3-1. This Calgary qualifier is in the zone this week! She’s been consistent in keeping the pressure on and staying focused, and she’s been loving every moment of it so far.

“I’m feeling strong, fit and competitive…and I’m having fun!”

Jackie will be facing Rachael Grinham next in the quarter finals.

“I’ve got nothing to lose, it will be a great experience, I’m excited, but I’m going to treat it like any other match.”

We look forward to watching you in the quarters, Jackie! Good Luck!

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Salut Fram,

Ça fait une petite semaine que je suis maintenant à Calgary.

Je perds 3/2 en 82' contre Line Hansen dans le main draw. Match très intense !

Je n'ai pas su conclure contre cette joueuse d'expérience du top 20.
Ce match ne se joue à rien c'est vraiment dommage.

On peut tout travailler dans le sport.. mais l'expérience c'est quelque chose qu'on acquiert avec temps et ce soir j'ai beaucoup appris..

Next stop Montréal la semaine prochaine


Qualifying Complete

Local favourite Jackie Moss delighted the home crowd in Calgary as she beat qualifying top seed Sachika Ingale in straight games to reach the main draw.

Susie King reports

In the first match of the qualification finals, Fiona Moverley came out strong against Antonella Falcione, winning 3-0.

Milnay Louw and Maria Toorpakai had an intense match. It started out slow but as the games progressed both players picked up the pace and put on the pressure.

Milnay’s winning drops and her incredible reach won her the match 3-2.

Lee Ka Yi and Cyrielle Peltier also had a great match. Their rallies were clean with minimal interference.

Amazing gets by both players. It was very close in games but Peltier took the win 3-2.

Another great round for Calgary’s Jackie Moss! She came out really focused, again, beating Sachika Ingale 3-0.

Looking forward to seeing how she performs in the Main draw on Thursday.

The pro players had a very special welcoming this year. They were officially honored in to Calgary with a White Hat Ceremony, a long-standing tradition and a symbol of Western hospitality.

Thanks Lauren for bringing in the White Hat Volunteers to make this a very special evening! Hopefully we’ll see some of the white hats down at the courts this week!

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Salut Fram,

Ça fait une petite semaine que je suis maintenant à Calgary.

Je perds 3/2 en 82' contre Line Hansen dans le main draw. Match très intense !

Je n'ai pas su conclure contre cette joueuse d'expérience du top 20.
Ce match ne se joue à rien c'est vraiment dommage.

On peut tout travailler dans le sport.. mais l'expérience c'est quelque chose qu'on acquiert avec temps et ce soir j'ai beaucoup appris..

Next stop Montréal la semaine prochaine


Qualifying Round One:

Susie King reports

We had a great start to our second annual Calgary CFO Consulting Services Women’s Squash Week!

The junior girls have been bustling around gathering autographs from the pro players. Their goal is to have all of the ladies sign their programs by the end of the week.

It will be a very nice keepsake to inspire them throughout their own squash endeavors.

Giselle Delgado and Lee Ka Yi played some exciting squash earlier on today, battling it out in five. Lee was down 2-0 and managed a come back to take the win 10-2, 12-14, 11-4, 11-2, 11-7.

The international qualifiers came out really strong today, but it was nice to see so many local Calgarians pumped up for the challenge.

Although they won’t be making it through to round two, Erin Roberts, Jaime Laird and Kelsey Souchereau all made gracious attempts against their higher ranked opponents.

Kelsey had a strong start against Cyrielle Peltier. Cyrielle took the win in four, but Kelsey’s skillful boasts were definitely her feat in the first game.

A major highlight today was local Jackie Moss’s 3-0 win against Mexico's Diana Garcia. She dominated with a very crisp backhand drive and a strong stance on the T, taking everything early with very minimal error.

Fantastic match Jackie, we look forward to watching you play in the second round of qualification!

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