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Winnipeg Winter Club Open 2018
01-04 Feb, Winnipeg, Canada, $10k

Down to the final in Winnipeg
Trevor Borland reports

Top seeded Egyptian Nadine Shahin claimed her second $10k title in two weekends as she beat Misaki Kobayashi in the final in Winnipeg ...

The 2018 Winnipeg Winter Club Women’s Professional Squash Championships wrapped up today with a contest between the 1st and 3rd seeds in the event.

The top seed, Shahin, came out strong early setting the tone for the match with some hard hitting length and full stretch gets. It looked early like Shahin strategy would be to push the pace and test the stamina of Kobayshi.

The first two games ended up both needing extra and were split by the two players, Shahin winning the first and Kobayashi taking the second. By winning the second game however, Kobayashi had to expend a lot of energy. The Egyptian player seemed to sense a little fatigue from Kobayashi and she began to push the pace more with hard hitting length and attacking with volleys at every opportunity.

She comfortably took the third and was well placed to take the title. The crowd was of course hoping for a fifth and deciding game by Shahin had other plans as she was relentless with her pressure. This began to affect Kobayashi as we saw more and more errors creep in to her game.

Shahin was able to safely carry the momentum to the finish line and win her first Winnipeg Winter Club Women’s Professional Squash Championship.
 
Winnipeg Winter Club Open 2018
01-04 Feb, Winnipeg, Canada, $10k
Round One
01 Feb
Quarters
02 Feb
Semis
03 Feb
Final
04 Feb
[1] Nadine Shahin (Egy)
11-1, 11-1, 11-2 (19m)
Anam Mustafa Aziz (Pak)
[1] Nadine Shahin

11-8, 13-15, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7 (62m)

[5] Ho Tze-Lok
[1] Nadine Shahin

11-9, 11-9, 11-3 (33m)

[4] Zeina Mickawy

[1] Nadine Shahin

 

12-10, 10-12, 11-5, 11-4 (43m)

 

[3] Misaki Kobayashi

[5] Ho Tze-Lok (Hkg)
11-3, 11-3, 11-2 (20m)
Melina Turk (Can)
[6] Nikki Todd (Can)
11-3, 11-5, 11-4 (20m)
Nicole Mailey (Can)
[6] Nikki Todd

11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (32m)

[4] Zeina Mickawy
[4] Zeina Mickawy (Egy)
11-4, 11-2, 11-6 (21m)
Nour Elhendawi (Egy)
Devika Deraj (Can)
11-2, 11-0, 11-4 (18m)
[3] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
[3] Misaki Kobayashi

11-7, 11-3, 11-8 (26m)

[8] Diana Garcia
[3] Misaki Kobayashi

4-11, 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5 (65m)

[7] Menna Hamed

Alix Younger (Can)
11-6, 11-3, 11-4 (25m)
[8] Diana Garcia (Mex)
Anika Alexander (Can)
11-0, 1105, 1105 (18m)
[7] Menna Hamed (Egy)
[7] Menna Hamed

12-10, 11-3, 9-11, 11-8 (40m)

[2] Danielle Letourneau
Jordyn Lambert (Can)
11-3, 11-4, 11-5 (23m)
[2] Danielle Letourneau (Can)
 
Down to the final in Winnipeg
Trevor Borland reports

The first of our two semi finals featured an all Egyptian match up with #1 Nadine Shahin taking on last years’ finalist and #4 seed Zeina Mickawy. The first game started out as expected with some hard hitting, hard retrieving rallies. Both players were pushing each other early, testing out each other’s legs with numerous punishing rallies.

Shahin managed to pull out the first game with a tight 11-9 score. The hard hitting pace continued in the second game. However Mickawy started to show her variety with a number a great touch drop shots taking an early lead 6-2. However, Mickawy then went on an error streak combined with some great tight length from Shahin and we were all tied up at 7. Shahin again managed to cut off a few more shots and apply the pressure taking the second by the same 11-9 score.

In the third Shahin raced out to an early lead and never looked back as she applied relentless pressure with great attacking volleys. Shahin moved on to the final by taking the third comfortably 11-3.

The second match of the day featured a third Egyptian, Menna Hamed taking on Misaki Kobayashi of Japan. In the first game Kobayashi was rattled early with what she felt were some calls against her and wasn’t able to shake off the frustration as Hamed dominated with an 11-4 opening game. Kobayashi regained her focus during the break and came out ready to go in the second.

She started getting in front of her opponent with some good length allowing her to show off her fine touch. With a number of precise drops she was back in it at 1-1. Both players were looking to gain the advantage to move the other short first in the rally throughout the third game.

Both players displayed their ability to consistently put in the volley drop, however it was kobayashi taking the game with an emphatic roll out nick off the serve on game ball in the third. Hamed would not be deterred as she continued to work her length to set up her volley drops, which she caught fire on in the fourth.

The crowd was in awe of the accuracy and consistency of the Egyptian. It was anyone’s match heading in to the fifth. With both players perhaps feeling a little fatigued a few more incidents of interference occurred. With Kobayashi having established a comfortable lead, there was then a stoppage in play to fix up a cut knee the Eyptian suffered while attempting a tough get.

After a ten minute break, Kobayashi was then able to win two straight points and secure her place in the final.

 

Egyptian trio reach semis in Winnipeg
Trevor Borland reports

Quarter Final Night in Winnipeg lived up to the expectations the crowd had for it. The first match of the night ended up being the tightest. It was the first seed Nadine Shahin taking on Ho Tse-Lok (Tomato) of Hong Kong.

The match featured a total contrast in styles. Shahin, a strong aggressive player in both movement and hitting tried to set the tone with some hard hitting. Tomato’s game plan of slowing the game down and keeping the ball straight seemed like the right one as the two players were tied at one game all after the first two. Shahin taking the first 11-8 and Tomato taking the second in extra points 15-13.

The third game went quickly in the way of the Egyptian with Tomato appearing to tire. However, the Hong Kong player dug deep to pull out a tight 11-9 fourth with some fantastic volley drops. The fifth game was back and forth with the top seed holding a slight lead throughout. In the end it was the pace of the Egyptian proving just a little too much for the young Tomato Ho of Hong Kong.

The second match featured the hard hitting Zeina Mickawy taking on crowd favorite Nikki Todd. Mickawy who was last years finalist came out strong looking to improve on her placing this year.

Mickawy’s pace made Todd have to stretch out frequently and sometimes she just didn’t have the reach to track down all Mickawy’s shots. While Todd mounted a strong come back in the second game with some fantastic displays of delicate touch.

However she came up a point short losing it 11-9. Giving all that she could in the third just wasn’t quite enough to overcome the talented young Egyptian who is looking like a strong possibility to make the final in Winnipeg once again.

The third match of the night saw the only upset according to the seeding. Canadian interests were dashed when the #2 seed Danielle Letourneau of Calgary fell to the third Egyptian player to make it in to the semi finals here in Winnipeg.

The first game was a tight in extra points after the Canadian let an early 6-2 lead slip away. Near the end of the game she made some uncharacteristic errors, particularly on the backhand side.

The frustrating play kept up for Letourneau in the second as Hamed took it in efficient fashion 11-3. The feisty Canadian was not ready to go down without a fight as she battled hard in the third. Letourneau’s brave play paid off with a tight 11-9 win in the third.

Hamed was able to race out to a two point lead in the 4 th which she was able to maintain throughout. Both players showed a great array of accurate low kill shots, but in the end it was the Egyptian pulling off the upset by an 11-8 score.
 

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