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JC Open 2018
01-04 Nov, Ottawa, Canada, $11k

Emotional win for top seed Sam in Ottawa
Heather Wallace reports

Today's match up in the final of the JC Women's Open between Samantha Cornett and Hollie Naughton was a very emotional affair for Samantha & all of the Ottawa supporters.

This tournament was held in memory of Samantha's father who tragically passed away in 2017. Everyone could see that this tournament meant a great deal to Samantha as she came out in the first game very focused, playing patient deep squash.

She had Hollie continually pinned back & finished of fthe rallies with some great short shots when Hollie retrieved with a loose ball. Samantha took the 1st game in style 11-5. Hollie had a relatively easy run to the final, so now that she was on the back foot, she was not ready for it, trying to force some winners which were definitely not on, resulting in impatient errors.

This only helped Samantha play with confidence & pile on the pressure to win the 2nd game 11-7. Hollie came out in the 3rd game playing with more patience & better length.

Sam however was in no mood to let Hollie back in & matched her with patient play & attacking at the right time, hitting inch perfect winners.

After three nervous errors at match ball, Samantha converted on the 4th to become the 2018 JC Women's Open Champion.

JC Open 2018
01-04 Nov, Ottawa, Canada, $11k
Round One
01 Nov
02 Nov
03 Nov
04 Nov
[1] Sam Cornett (Can)
1107, 11-4, 11-5 (31m)
Nicole Bunyan (Can)
[1] Sam Cornett

11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (22m)

Emilia Soini
[1] Sam Cornett


11-6, 11-6, 5-11, 5-11, 11-5


[3] Ho Tze-Lok

[1] Sam Cornett


11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (33m)


[2] Hollie Naughton

[6] Enora Villard (Fra)
11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (26m)
Emilia Soini (Fin)
[5] Nikki Todd (Can)
11-6, 11-1, 11-4 (19m)
Anna Kimberley (Eng)
[5] Nikki Todd

11-2, 11-2, 12-10 (24m)

[3] Ho Tze-Lok
[3] Ho Tze-Lok (Hkg)
11-1, 11-3, 11-6 (17m)
Jemyca Aribado (Phi)
Catalina Pelaez (Col)
11-4, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4 (26m)
[4] Vanessa Chu (Hkg)
[4] Vanessa Chu

11-2, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10 (46m)

[7] Lucy Turmel
[4] Vanessa Chu

11-5, 13-11, 11-7

[2] Hollie Naughton

Alison Thomson (Sco)
11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (28m)
[7] Lucy Turmel (Eng)
Diana Garcia (Mex)
8-11, 12-14, 11-9, 12-10, 13-11 (51m)
[8] Lee Ka Yi (Hkg)
[8] Lee Ka Yi

11-8, 11-3, 11-7 (31m)

[2] Hollie Naughton
Anna Serme (Cze)
11-5, 11-7, 11-9 (22m)
[2] Hollie Naughton (Can)
Top seeds through to all-Canadian final
Heather Wallace reports

Samantha Cornett & Hollie Naughton held their seeding to reach tomorrow's final of JC Women's Open.

Samantha was pushed to the limit by Ho Tze-Lok. Samantha in the first 2 games played well constructed rallies with great length & height, then taking her attacking opportunities well with some great short winners. In the 3rd & 4th game, Samantha lost her aggressive edge, playing more loose balls & making impatient errors.

The loose play also allowed Ho Tze-Lok to pick her winners & win the next 2 games. In the 5th game, Samantha came out with more assertive play, hitting much better length & then attacking with renewed confidence. She regained control of the match & won the 5th with some great winners.

Hollie had a straight 3-0 victory over Vanessa Chu. Hollie definitely came out firing, hitting all her marks, with Vanessa also hitting a lot of uncharacteristic errors which we did not see in her previous match. Vanessa made a game of it in the 2nd, getting the ball deeper with some nice height to move Hollie off the T.

Some deft trickle boasts by Vanessa at the front kept her level with Hollie throughout the game, but a few careless errors at the end, allowed Hollie to narrowly close out the game. Hollie re-established control of the 3rd game hitting better overall quality of length & moved higher up on the T to then dominate with her volleys.
Top four seeds through to semis in Ottawa
Heather Wallace reports

The match of the day was between Vanessa Chu, No. 4 seed & Lucy Turmel.

Vanessa came out firing in the 1st game, catching Lucy off guard with her clever boasts from all parts of the court, winning it easily 11-2. Lucy had a better start to the 2nd game hitting much deeper length. This made all the difference getting Lucy back into the match, pinning Vanessa behind her & neutralizing Vanessa's boasting & front court short shots.

Lucy took the 2nd game 11-5. Vanessa was back in front in the 3rd game thanks to some great winning drives dying in the back court. She kept ahead in the score through the 3rd game, to take it 11-8. In the 4th game Vanessa came out very aggressive, taking the ball early & with pace.

Lucy to her credit kept her concentration & with some great retrieving kept the score close. Both players exchanged winners, but it was Vanessa who had the match balls & converted on the second one to take the 4th game & match 12-10.

Hollie Naughton No. 2 seed & Ho Tze-Lok, No. 3 seed both had relatively straight forward 3-0 wins. Both players dominated their matches with their pace & volleying.

In the final match of the day, Samantha Cornett, No. 1 seed beat Emilia Soini. In contrast to the previous fast paced matches, this was a more controlled placement dual. Sam's length was impeccable & she made great use of the height on the front wall.

Emilia lost patience with defending the high balls making a lot of errors giving the more experienced No. 1 seed an easy run in at the end of all 3 games.
Round One:
Canadian trio through to last eight in Ottawa
Heather Wallace reports

Hometown crowd packed the gallery to watch the all Canadian match up of Samantha Cornett vs Nicole Bunyan. The match was a fast paced affair with Samantha dominating in the hitting of winners department. Nicole could not match Samantha & gave away too many free points to Samantha with runs of unforced errors. Samantha won comfortably 3-0, playing well.

Hollie Naughton was equally impressive in her 3-0 match win vs Anna Serme. Hollie controlled the match moving Anna around the whole court with some great unretrievable volleys short into the front of the court.

Nikki Todd the 4th Canadian in the draw also won 3-0 over Anna Kimberley. Nikki was very tight tonight with great length & excellent short shots, even a couple of doubles like front court boasts hit from the back court.

The only upset of the night was a win for Emilia Soini over 6th seed Enora Villard. This match was definitely one of shotmaking. No patient play down the walls in this match. Emilia was definitely dialled in for this match, hitting volley winners & crosscourt flicks from all over the court. Emilia came out on top, 3-0.

Diana Garcia also pushed 8th seed Lee Ka Yi to the limit. Diana opened up a 2-0 lead through a combination of her offensive volleys & Lee Ka Yi's unforced errors. Lee Ka Yi however remained very calm & slowly worked her way back into the match, finding her feel in her drop shots.

The match was very close throughout & the 5th game was very exciting for the crowd, Diana coming back from 6-10 down with some great winners to get a match ball at 11-10. Lee Ka Yi in her calm manner then rifled off 3 winners of her own to take the 5th game 13-11 & the match.

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