Suzie Pierrepont / Meredith
Quick 3-0 Dana Betts / Stephanie Hewitt
10, 4, 11
First-Time Partners Quick & Pierrepont
defeat defending Champions Betts/Hewitt to Collect NYC Open
The WSDA tour stopped in NYC this weekend for the second annual
NYC Open, hosted by the University Club.
The round of 16 featured five first time pairings and three new
faces in the draw. Julie Cerullo, Brooke Cooper and Ashley West
all making their NYC Open debuts in the main draw.
Local pair, Emily Lungstrum and Julie Cerullo won through
qualifying to face eventual winners Quick/Pierrepont. Cerullo, a
former top US junior player and Princeton Tiger, showed great
potential on the left wall with impressive court coverage and
In the top half of the draw, Victoria Simmonds and Amy Milanek
came back from two games down to push 4th seeds Latasha Khan and
Tehani Guruge to a seesaw fifth game. Khan/Guruge eventually
Two tough semi finals played out on Sunday afternoon with top
seeds Betts/Hewitt coming back from 2-0 against Khan/Guruge.
Steady, smart play from Khan and impressive shot making from
Guruge saw the #4 seeds take the first two games before
Betts/Hewitt were able to establish themselves, using their
experience to apply pressure to a tiring Guruge, eventually
closing the match out 15-2 in the 5th. This was the third time
in three events that Khan/Guruge have lost to the #1 in a five
game semi final.
The 2nd semi final featured #2 seeds, sister partnership Narelle
Krizek and Natarsha McElhinny, and #3 seeds, Meredeth Quick and
Suzie Pierrepont. Krizek/McElhinny took a close first game
15/14. Despite an array of incredible shot making from Krizek
the lower ranked team was able to work their way back into the
match with some strong and steady play from Quick that
eventually saw the lower ranked team take the match 3/1.
Monday night’s final was preceded by the pro-am final in which
Narelle Krizek and Chris Oberbeck over came Stephanie Hewitt and
Mark Walsh in three games.
The WSDA final between defending champions and #1 seeds, Dana
Betts and Stephanie Hewitt and #3 seeds Meredeth Quick and Suzie
Pierrepont was great display of tactics and shot making from
both teams. Played out mostly down the left wall, Betts/Hewitt
struggling to make an impact on a rock solid Quick, who’s
combination of excellent shot selection and patience proved too
consistent for the current #1 ranked team with Quick/Pierrepont
winning, 10, 4 and 11.
Thank you to everyone who supported the event. Tournament
organizers include Tournament Chair, Phil Hofmann, Squash
Chairman, Scott Fuller, Scott Wilson and Rob Coakley.
For full results and a replay of the final please see
Betts & Hewitt seeded to defend NYC Open
The first ranking event of the WSDA season begins this weekend
with the NYC Open, hosted by the University Club of New York.
The eight-team draw is topped by World #1 ranked pair, Dana
Betts and Stephanie Hewitt. Betts/Hewitt are seeded to
defend their 2015 title in a draw that includes four first-time
At the bottom half of the draw, the #2 seeded team of sisters,
Narelle Krizek and Natarsha McElhinny will be looking to go
one better than last year when they were defeated by
Betts/Hewitt in a close 3/1 final.
Also in the bottom half of the draw, and seeded to meet Krizek/McElhinny
in the semi final is new paring, Meredeth Quick and Suzie
Pierrepont. This will be Pierrepont’s first WSDA event in
seven months following a ruptured achilles tendon sustained in
the final of the Chicago Open in May.
In the top half of the draw Betts/Hewitt are seeded to face the
rising stars of the WSDA, Latasha Khan and Tehani Guruge
in the semi final.
Khan/Guruge have improved rapidly in the last two seasons. They
narrowly missing out on the final of both the Wilson Cup and the
Chicago Open earlier in the year, with close 3/2 loses to the #1
seeds in both semi finals.
The event also features two local players, Emily Lungstrum
and Ashley West. Lungstrum, paired with former top US junior
player, Julie Curello will be hoping to secure a main draw spot
from qualifying on Friday night.
Ashley West will make her NYC Open debut with World #9, Tina
Rix in the main draw on Saturday following the withdrawal of
Fernanda Rocha with a torn meniscus.
Pro Am play begins Friday the
1st at 3pm and pro matches begin Saturday the 2nd at 2pm.
All pro matches will be at the University Club with the final
scheduled for Monday night at 5.30pm.
Tournament organizers include University Club
squash chairman Phil Hofmann along with Scott Fuller, Scott
Wilson and Rob Coakley.