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Rhode Island Open 2018
15-18 Nov, Providence, Usa, $5k

Final: Fiechter claims a first
Arthur Gaskin reports

The Rhode Island Final was a
great match, which was well attended started off with a high tempo.

Egypt's Menna Hamed was looking to move home favourite Olivia Fiechter around the court early to see if there were any signs of fatigue from the previous night - no such luck for Menna and it was all about Olivia in the first.

The second and third games were anyone’s. Menna playing some aggressive squash but her error count was to high and Olivia was far to solid and at 10/9 in the third earned her first match ball.

Menna saved that and earned herself a game ball only to put an ambitious backhand drop into the tin to hand serve back to Olivia who tidied up nicely to close it out 13-11, and with it claim her first PSA title.
Rhode Island Open 2018
15-18 Nov, Providence, Usa, $5k
Round One
14 Nov 
15 Nov
16 Nov
17 Nov
[1] Nicole Bunyan (Can)
11-7, 11-9, 11-6
Marie Stephan (Fra)
[1] Nicole Bunyan

11-4, 11-8, 11-6

[8] Nessrine Ariffin
[1] Nicole Bunyan

11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-13, 12-10

[3] Olivia Fiechter

First PSA title for Olivia

[3] Olivia Fiechter


11-6, 11-9, 13-11


[5] Menna Nasser



[8] Nessrine Ariffin (Usa)
11-2, 11-0, 11-3
Zahab Kamal Khan (Pak)
[6] Charlotte Jagger (Eng)
3-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-5
Fanny Segers (Fra)
[6] Charlotte Jagger

11-3, 11-3, 11-8

[3] Olivia Fiechter
[3] Olivia Fiechter (Usa)
14-12, 11-5, 5-11, 11-5
Melissa Alves (Fra)
Julia Le Coq (Fra)
[4] Lucy Beecroft (Eng)
[4] Lucy Beecroft

11-8, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7

[5] Menna Nasser
[5] Menna Nasser

11-4, 11-6, 11-9

[2] Kace Kartley
Alexa Jacobs (Usa)
11-4, 11-2, 11-2
[5] Menna Nasser (Egy)
Elspeth Young (Sco)
[7] Alicia Mead (Eng)
[7] Alicia Mead

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

[2] Kace Kartley
[wc] Quincy Beck (Can)
14-12, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9
[2] Kace Kartley (Eng)
Arthur Gaskin reports

First semi between Nicole Bunyan and Olivia Fiechter was a great showcase for squash and proved how healthy the womens game is. This match had everything! Different styles with Nicole relaxed/smooth and Olivia very deliberate.

Splitting the first two games, Nicole established a solid lead in the 3rd - A mini comeback from Olivia wasn't enough and 2/1 to Nicole it was.

The 4th was a brutal game, grueling rallies, stressful movements and savage attacking counter dropping from both players. At 10/9 Nicole had her first match ball and a second at 11/10, set it up nicely for a backhand volley drop to just clip the tin and Olivia took it 13-11 to set up a decider.

The American brought that momentum into the 5th and raced to a 6-2 lead and again to 10-7 only for Nicole to save 3 match balls to take the match into a tiebreak. At this point it was a toss of a coin. Both players had multiple match balls,dug deep, played at an incredible tempo & bringing the best out of each other & there wasn't a body in the crowd that didn't start to feel for the player who would come out at the wrong end of this tiebreaker.

A tin, a backhand hold cross later and Olivia was victorious after 70 minutes! While both players embraced, the crowd stood to clap in appreciation for the display of squash they showed.

Semi 2 was a bit more of a one sided affair with Menna array of attacking very difficult for Kacey to deal with. the 3rd was a close game with kacey racing to a 5/1 lead but Menna was in no mood for a 4th and after a few intense exchanges it was Menna who pulled through in 3 games.the night off with Kace pulling through in four.
Arthur Gaskin reports

Nicole Bunyan started the night off and continued to look strong and dominant despite flashes of brilliance from Nessrine Arrifin, Nicole was to consistent and strong.

Next up Olivia Fiechter raced to a 2/0 lead. A spirited thirdrd from Charlotte Jagger which was not enough to extend the match, sets up a cracking semi between the two former Princeton team-mates.

Menna Nasser and Lucy Beecroft were next, both epitomizing the two nations styles of squash and was a real crowd pleaser with the Egyptian coming through in four.

Last up Alicia Mead and Kace Bartley  provided the crowd with a quality match to finish the night off with Kace pulling through in four and is now set to meet Menna Nasser in the other semi final. "

Round One:

Great night of squash at the Rhode Island Open with crowd favorite and local legend Quincy Beck showing a dazzling display of squash with her trademark lob drop style taking second seed Kace Bartley by surprise to game ball in the first to just fall short.

Q sustained her level and hung tough to sneak a tight third. The 4th was nip and tuck only for Bartley to pull away at the end hitting an outrageous volley crosscourt nick to close the 11-9 and with it the match. The former Brown #1 can be proud of her performance!

Olivia Fiechter and Melissa Alves was the match of the day and didn't disappoint. A high quality match with plenty of variety. With Olivia taking a tight first it would've taken a brave man to bet against the tenacious American. Both of these recent college grads will be ones to look out for in the future for sure.

Top seed Nicole Bunyan was impressive, after a nervous start from both she looked the cooler of the two and at the end of each game had more variety and severity in her hitting to come through in three.

Matches were well attended and great to see so many of the juniors staying till the end absorbing the squash on show and getting inspired.

It's 9.59pm, an hour since the last match concluded - squash balls are being cracked off the front wall in the distance ...

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