CFO Consulting Services Women's Squash
06-11 Mar, Calgary, Canada, $15k
Hany wins big at Calgary Women's Squash Week
This year was a well weighted final, the best we’ve seen in the
five years hosting the Calgary CFO Consulting Services Women's
Squash Week. There was really no predictable outcome all the way
through the match.
Fiona Moverley, the top seed was really feeling the
pressure put on by fourth seed Mayar Hany.
They played a clean and fast length game, with
killer boasts to move each other up to the front.
Both Fiona and Mayar’s execution was so strong, it came down to
who could hit tighter, lower, and quicker. They had both put
their efforts this week on playing the very best fundamental
squash they could. It worked to their advantage against their
other opponents leading up to the final round. Against each
other, however, their similar strategy proved to be more
difficult and they both really had to grind this one out.
Neither one of them were willing to give in to one another’s
game. They pushed each other to their limits, and really fought
it out. Never letting up or giving up, they were both determined
to play each point to the fullest.
really cracks the ball. All of her drive’s and cross courts are
hit quite low, it’s really remarkable how she manages to get
them so deep in the back.
Mayar also had strong mental determination all week. The focus
was written on her face. She definitely managed to stay in the
zone. Her pressure in this match was slightly greater than
Fiona’s and it forced Fiona into making a few more mistakes than
Just barely losing the first two games, it was really tough for
Fiona to push through and try to win the third. The advantage at
that point was with Mayar, and she was fortunate to steal the
We really commend these two players for their
solid performances this week and a huge congrats to Mayar for
claiming this year’s title!
Thanks so much to all of the sponsors, billets, volunteers and
refs. You all make this week a huge success. Your time,
commitment and support are truly appreciated.
Thanks to all of the professional and amateur players who
entered this event. We hope to see you all back again next year!
Calgary Women's Squash Week 2018
06-11 Mar, Calgary, Canada, $15k
 Fiona Moverley (Eng)
11/8, 11/4, 11/6 (21m)
[Q] Milnay Louw (Rsa)
 Fiona Moverley
11/5, 11/9, `11/7(29m)
 Amanda Landers-Murphy
 Fiona Moverley
 Rachael Grinham
 Fiona Moverley
11/9, 17/15, 11/8 (45m)
 Mayar Hany
 Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
11/3, 11/3, 11/6 (21m)
[Q] Nouran El Torky (Egy)
 Danielle Letourneau (Can)
11/9, 11/4, 11/8 (28m)
[Q] Anna Kimberley (Eng)
 Danielle Letourneau
11/8, 9/11, 9/11, 11/8, 11/8 (50m)
 Rachael Grinham
 Rachael Grinham (Aus)
121/7, 11/6, 11/6 (31m)
Menna Hamed (Egy)
Catalina Pelaez (Col)
11/5, 11/5, 11/7 (26m)
 Mayar Hany (Egy)
 Mayar Hany
9/11, 11/5, 14/12, 11/9 (48m)
 Nadine Shahin
 Mayar Hany
11/9, 11/3, 11/4 (27m)
 Jenny Duncalf
[Q] Diana Garcia (Mex)
11/4, 11/8, 11/8 (32m)
 Nadine Shahin (Egy)
[wc] Maria Toorpakay (Pak)
11/8, 11/3, 11/1 (18m)
 Nikki Todd (Can)
 Nikki Todd
9/11, 11/3, 11/8, 11/9 (37m)
 Jenny Duncalf
Alexandra Fuller (Rsa)
4/11, 7/11, 11/6, 11/8, 11/4 (47m)
 Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
Nouran El Torky (Egy) 3-2 Nicole Bunyan (Can)
8/11, 11/6, 8/11, 13/11, 12/10 (57m)
Milnay Louw (Rsa) 3-1 Jackie Moss (Can)
11/0, 8/11, 11/8, 11/6 (33m)
Diana Garcia (Mex) 3-1 Alison Thomson (Sco)
9/11, 11/3, 11/7, 11/5 (40m)
Anna Kimberley (Eng) 3-2 Emilia Soini (Fin)
12/14, 7/11, 11/8, 11/9, 11/5 (64m)
Round One, 06-Mar:
Jackie Moss (Can) 3-2 Laura Tovar (Col)
11/4, 11/7, 4/11, 6/11, 11/7 (46m)
Alison Thomson (Sco) 3-1 Erin Roberts (Can)
11/5, 5/11, 11/2, 11/5 (31m)
Diana Garcia (Mex) 3-0 Bethany Churchill (Can)
11/5, 11/4, 11/2 (22m)
Anna Kimberley (Eng) 3-0 Nour Elhendawi (Egy)
11/6, 11/8, 11/7 (26m)
Moverley and Hany through to final
It was a bit of an upset for the Rachael Grinham fans
down at the courts Saturday evening in the first semi final
match. Rachael was defeated a straight 3-0 against Fiona
Moverley, but she still managed to impress the crowd and put
on an incredible show for everyone.
Rachael commented that all of the players from
the quarter final onward are strong and would be tough opponents
to play regardless. So, she’s “just happy to have made it to the
semis this year”.
Nonetheless, she plays impressive squash and any player who ends
up against her seems to be quite uncertain going into their
Fiona stated that she now understands why Rachael is considered
to be such a challenge to play: “She is completely
unreadable…you have no idea where the ball is going, and it
really can go anywhere.”
“She also hits winners and you kind of have to accept that she
will get a lot of points off them… ” With that said, Fiona knew
that with Rachael constantly going for the winners she would
also make quite a few errors as well. “She has a high-risk way
When asked what her strategy was to counteract Rachael’s style
of play, Fiona said it was to “play basic squash and not to open
the court up, keep hitting my targets and limit what Rachael
could do. If I give her too many openings and angles she can be
In commenting on Rachael’s deceptive play, Fiona confirmed that
“it’s scary deceptive…every shot! You really have no chance to
settle, no time to relax. You have to be constantly reading
Fiona also had difficulty retrieving some of Rachael’s short
game, even when she got to the ball in time.
“She puts a lot of cut on the ball, and her floating boasts are
really effective. She feathers the ball and it just dies at the
Even up against Rachael’s intricate and deceptive game, Fiona’s
attentive and conservative approach is what put her in a better
position to win this round. She was well prepared for the
challenging squash ahead and knew what she had to do to own the
match. Her ‘basic’ strategy proved to be extremely effective
against her tricky opponent and she was highly deserving of this
win. With that said, she was still relieved and very happy to
have won the match in only 3 games.
Mayar Hany was also really happy to win her match in 3
games against her higher ranked opponent Jenny Duncalf.
“It’s my first time playing a 15k event [let
alone final] so I’m super excited about it!”
Although Jenny managed to slow Mayar’s pace down slightly from
Mayar's previous matches this week, it wasn’t enough to throw
Mayar off her strong performance.
Jenny was down by quite a bit in all three games and attempted
to make a few comebacks throughout the match, but she was unable
to pull herself out of this one. Mayar was just too steady and
consistent and she made the solid effort to stay ahead in
Her plan against Jenny was to play good length, deep in the
back, and then put the ball away up front, keeping it as far
away from her at all times. She knew that Jenny was able to move
really well and it would be hard to use her fast game to her
advantage in this case.
In asking Mayar about her approach for playing Fiona next, she
said that she has not yet played her and doesn’t really have a
set strategy at this time. She will have to quickly figure it
out when she meets her abilities firsthand on Sunday.
Best of luck to both Fiona and Mayar in the
final. It will likely be an intense match as these two battle it
out for the title!
Guess the party theme ...
Egyptians in disguise
Top seeds advance to semis
Last year, Danielle Letourneau and
Rachael Grinham met in the semi final round. Danielle put on
a brilliant show beating Rachael 3-0. A year later, Rachael came
into this quarter final match more aware of Danielle’s strength
and determination on court and thus better prepared to keep up
with it. Even so, it still proved to be another grind for
Rachael and she came really close to another defeat. The games
were close (11-8,9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8). Danielle played a very
clean game, Rachael made quite a few surprising errors.
Danielle can get to a lot of winners and is really good at
claiming her spot on the T. She is constantly ready to deliver
her next shot. She read Rachael well in this match and kept the
pressure on her. Danielle knew if she stayed focused and played
steady she would be able to give Rachael another solid run.
Rachael did play smart as per usual but was hitting quite a few
loose shots, forcing her into a position to scramble more often
than necessary. That being said, when Rachael is that good at
retrieving balls, having to scramble from time to time doesn’t
seem to matter. Rachael plays a clever and 'rockstar-esque'
game, only the few who’ve made it to the very top are able to
showcase this type of talent. It’s the ‘World #1’ advantage that
seems to continue to stick with her even later on in her career.
Rachael’s squash is so much fun to watch and it has made her a
fan-favourite in this tournament.
Fiona Moverley and Amanda
Landers-Murphy played a match of endurance, drawing out each
rally with crisp clean length, and then battling it out up
front, with their equally refined short game. Fiona subtly
dominated by having better control over the pace of the rallies.
Although Amanda made a solid effort in keeping up with Fiona’s
execution, she often left herself open and in vulnerable
positions for Fiona to put away winners. Fiona took the match
Fiona will play Rachael in the semi-final round on Saturday. It
will be interesting to see how their different styles hold up
against one another's. Given Fiona’s refusal to give up control
over any rally, Rachael may have to up her focus drastically and
play even smarter in order to throw Fiona off her game.
The two Egyptians Mayar Hany and
Nadine Shahin really put on an incredible performance in
their Friday night match together. Wow, do they ever hit the
ball fast! They both fought for each point and played their
shots with high intensity; hitting everything early, hard and
fast. They also both demonstrated confidence in their abilities.
There seemed to be no hesitations on either end, and they just
went for it. Mayar did deliver a stronger performance overall
and took the win 3-1. She just seemed to be one step ahead of
Nadine throughout the match.
Jenny Duncalf gave up her first game to
Nikki Todd, but then upped her intensity to claim the win
3-1. Her full potential has yet to be reached in this event. She
seems to be able to deliver a stronger performance under a bit
more pressure, so her match against Mayar tomorrow will be an
Nikki really gave Jenny a good fight however and used any loose
shots to her advantage. She was quick to the ball, consistent in
her play and was able to read Jenny’s movement quite well. Nikki
plays a light and fun game and always looks like she’s enjoying
herself out there, no matter the outcome.
|08-Mar, Round One:
It’s always such a pleasure spending International Women’s Day
down at the courts with a great group of fierce female squash
players from around the globe.
The first match of Round 1 was highlighted by
long rallies and very tight squash between Rachael Grinham
and Menna Hamed. The first rally was a thing of beauty with
many perfectly executed shots, great movement, very little
player contact, and ended with Rachael winning the rally via a
deceptive forehand drive down the wall. Rachael continued this
clever play throughout the match, but Menna kept her cool and
fought for every point.
Most of the big rallies in this match ended with Rachael hitting
perfect shots to width and length, using deception, hitting
unreturnable skids (a shot you rarely see) and forcing mistakes.
Menna played tough but she just could not get Rachael off of her
game. Menna was forced to go for shots and play even tighter to
the tin. When you have to play that style, errors are bound to
creep in. Menna played impressively but Rachael used her
experience. Games 2 and 3 were clinical displays by Rachael as
Menna was pushed to her limits. Rachael was a deserving 3-0
winner, but hats off to Menna for continuing to play tough.
The second match of the day featured a well
rested Danielle Letourneau vs Anna Kimberley who had
played a tough match the night before against Emilia Soini. Anna
came out the winner of a 3-2 match after being down 0-2. It was
a long and tough 64 minutes against Emilia, which leads you to
wonder how much was left in Anna’s tank to feed into Thrusday’s
match against Danielle.
Both Anna and Danielle played tentative squash at the beginning
and it seemed as if they were both rushing their shots. There
were many short rallies, shots that were loose, a fair amount of
referee involvement and lots of tin by both players. Nervousness
was a factor and it showed. Anna and Danielle had their best
rally of the 1st game at 10-9 and it was a well played rally
with both ladies not giving an inch and playing solid squash.
Danielle prevailed in this terrific rally by hitting a downright
winner and nabbed the first game 11-9.
The second and third game reflected the better squash that these
girls are capable of and there were more consistent and
structured rallies. Danielle started to execute flawlessly by
hitting better length, being more aggressive, making less
mistakes and showing more confidence. Anna seemed to struggle
more and one could only think of the incredible effort that she
had put in the night before. It was a steadier Danielle who
closed out the match 3-0. Kudos to Anna for putting up a good
battle. She is applauded for her consistent efforts – there’s no
quitting in this player!
Although Nouran El Torky managed to
impress us with her intense performance against Nicole Bunyan on
Wednesday night, Amanda Landers-Murphy seemed to play
another level up tonight, beating Nouran 3-0. Amanda kept
control over the court and Nouran just couldn’t keep up this
time. We’re looking forward to watching Amanda play top seed
Fiona Moverley in Friday’s semifinal round.
Fiona Moverley also had a solid 3-0 win tonight against
Milnay Louw. She made sure to put her shots away,
delivered perfect length and pace on the ball, and made it
really difficult for Milnay to retrieve.
The level of intensity and speed in the match between
Catalina Pelaez and Mayar Hany was very high. Both players
really attacked the ball. It was a fast-paced game, with
incredible plays above the tin, making for some very impressive
rallies. Catalina played with intensity and held her own, but
Mayar was incredibly strong and focused, and played with
confidence. Her short game was spot on, and her drives were
crisp and clean. The precision in her technique won her the
Nadine Shahin played smart against Diana Garcia,
also winning 3-0. She dominated the rallies with nice deception,
strong cross courts and amazing follow through. We’ll see how
her approach stacks up against Mayar’s in Friday’s match.
Alexandra Fuller came out super strong in the first two
games against Jenny Duncalf and really put the pressure
on. Alexandra’s flawless delivery and assertiveness seemed to
throw Jenny off her game. She was making a lot of unforced
errors. Being down quite a bit, Jenny still used the final
rallies of the second game as an opportunity to play out each
shot with intent, enabling her to regain her focus and poise
going into the third.
It was a smart move on her part, as she spun the match around,
forcing Alexandra into defensive mode in the 3rd, 4th and 5th
game. It was an unfortunate loss for Alexandra but a great
mental come back from Jenny! We are pleased to see her advance
through to the quarterfinal round against Niki Todd.
Last match of the evening, Niki Todd
had an effortless win against Wild Card Maria Toorpakai Wazir.
Coming off court, it was quite clear that Maria was disappointed
in her overall performance. Squash is definitely a tougher sport
to sustain, both physically and emotionally, especially at the
elite level that these pros are playing. We are hoping to see
Maria keep up the battle and return next year to make a solid
Nicole Bunyan and Nouran El Torky’s match was a great
opener to Wednesday evening’s qualification finals.
Both players covered the court really well, and claimed their
space, keeping the ball away from each other at every
opportunity. Nouran read her opponent well and had great
strategic placement of her shots throughout the match. She made
really good use of the court. Nicole had really good reach and
was quick to get into good position, forcing Nouran to scramble
and move around a lot. Nicole is a very level headed strong
player and pleasant to watch.
It was Nouran’s intensity and determination that stole the 5th
game (13-11). Otherwise it could have gone either way.
Jackie Moss didn’t manage to get a point in her first
game against Milnay Louw, but she gained her ground in
the second and held her own throughout the rest of the match.
Both Jackie and Milnay played a consistent low and hard game,
with hardly any shots above the service line. Their movement was
very similar, with minimal interference, keeping the match going
at an even pace. Milnay’s overall endurance seemed to win out in
the end, beating Jackie 3-1.
Although Alison Thomson came out strong and won the first
game against Diana Garcia, Diana upped her performance
just a bit, forcing Alison into a more reactive position for the
remainder of the match. Diana has solid technique and high
Her strengths are subtle but have proven to be quite effective.
She makes minimal errors, plays a good short game and manages to
pick up everything. So far in this event she’s played strong and
very consistent. We’re looking forward to seeing how she does
against Nadine Shahin in tomorrow’s first round of the Main.
Good luck, Diana!
Emilia Soini came out really steady in the first two
games against Anna Kimberley. She was making immaculate
shots in all corners. Winning boasts, winning drops, winning
length. Her serves were also really strong. All around, she had
solid technical skills and good anticipation.
Anna held her own in each of the rallies but couldn’t seem to
put it away in the beginning. She did however make a final push
towards the end of the third game and stole it, ultimately
turning the match around in her favour. Emilia ended up losing
her strength and started to make more mistakes in the 4th and
5th, giving up the win 3-2.
Wednesday was another intense round, we’re wishing all of the
winning qualifiers the best of luck in the Main Event.
To top off a great night of squash, the Sponsor-Player meet
and greet was yet another huge hit. A big thanks to Enzo
DiPietro and Elizabeth Laborde for hosting this year, and all of
those involved in putting together such a wonderful evening!
off our 5th annual Calgary CFO Consulting Services Women’s
Squash Week, we had a great turnout to watch Tuesday night’s
matches and a strong first group of qualifiers.
Local player Kelsey Souchereau had to pull out of the event, so
the first match of round 1 qualifications was unfortunately a
withdrawal. Nouran El Torky will advance to round two of
qualifications and will play Nicole Bunyan on Wednesday.
The second match between Laura Tovar and Jackie Moss was
the most intense of the evening. Jackie’s fitness this season
appears to be on point. She’s determined to go far in this event
and it was apparent in the fast and steady pace she played
throughout her first match.
Jackie forced Laura to play defensively in the first two games
and Jackie’s intensity seemed to tire Laura out by the end of
game two. Despite looking drained, Laura found a good groove in
the third and 4th game. Her shots were more precise and she was
less readable in her movement. She also slowed her pace down
which seemed to throw Jackie off quite a bit.
However, Jackie managed to turned it back around in the 5th,
pulling herself out of the lull and putting the pressure back
on. She will now advance to play Milnay Louw in the next round
on Wednesday. Good luck Jackie!
Erin Roberts also gave Alison Thomson a good run
in the 3rd match of the evening. With fast footwork to the front
and good retrieval overall, Erin didn’t make things easy for her
opponent. Still, Alison played a smart game, with crisp shots
and good deception, which earned her a 3-1 win.
In the final two matches of the evening, Diana Garcia had a
solid win against Bethany Churchill and Anna Kimberley came out
strong against Nour Elhendawi, both winning 3-0. Diana will
advance to play Alison Thompson and Anna will be up against
Thanks to all of the sponsors and spectators who came out to
watch the first round of qualifying. It was a great start to the
week, and we hope to see you all down at the courts again
Back to Calgary for WSW
The 2018 Calgary CFO Consulting Services Women’s Squash Week is
kicking off at the Calgary Winter Club March 6-11th,
We are happy to welcome back the top seeds Fiona Moverley,
Jenny Duncalf and Rachael Grinham, all incredibly
talented players. Last year, Jenny was seeded first but had to
pull out of the tournament early due to injury, so we’re hoping
to get to see more of her skills in this year’s event.
We have two Canadians in the Main Draw this year, Danielle
Letourneau and Nikki Todd. Danielle Letourneau made
it all the way to the finals last year, but lost to Sam Cornett,
also from Canada. We’re looking forward to seeing Danielle push
through the main draw again this year.
Sending out a warm welcome to all of the new and returning
players. Hope your stay in Calgary is another great one! We’re
looking forward to watching all of you play!
Main draw matches start Thursday with noon and 12:45pm matches,
and 6 matches in the evening from 4:30pm onward.
Also running alongside the PSA event is a Women’s Squash Week
Amateur Tournament, Thursday through Sunday. We have 74 amateur
women signed up to play! Looks like it’s going to be another
fantastic week of Squash!