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Winnipeg Winter Club Open 2017
01-05 Feb, Winnipeg, Canada, $10k

05-Feb, Final:
Cornett is first home winner

Sam Cornett joins an elite list of players to have won the Winnipeg Winter Club Open title including Emma Beddoes, Dipika Pallikal, Joshana Chinappa and Emily Whitlock.

Cornett and Zeina Mickawy were playing well in the final and there wasn’t much between the two of them. Mickawy as we saw all week came out aggressive and had Cornett retrieving and twisting and turning a fair bit in the opening game. Cornett was able to withstand the pressure and squeak out a very important opening game in extra points 12-10.

The second game continued in much the same manner. Cornett did some excellent retrieving with some great counter drops. She was a little more aggressive today in the final throwing in a number of momentum stopping nicks off some loose serves from Mickaway.

As was the case the previous day in the semi final, Cornett looked to fade or have a slight slip in concentration in the third before regrouping and coming out strong in the fourth. She was able to race off to a 3-4 point lead early in the fourth which she was able to maintain and take come this year's title.

We had another great year at our tournament in Winnipeg and are already looking forward to things next year.

Trevor Borland

Cornett takes the title

Winnipeg Winter Club Open 2017
01-05 Feb, Winnipeg, Canada, $10k
Round One
02 Feb
03 Feb
04 Feb
05 Feb
[1] Sarah Cardwell (Aus)
11-9, 11-5, 11-5
Giselle Delgado (Chi)
[1] Sarah Cardwell

11-7, 11-3, 11-3

[8] Reyna Pacheco
[1] Sarah Cardwell

11-2, 11-6, 11-2

Zeina Mickawy

Zeina Mickawy


12-10, 11-7, 3-11, 11-7


[6] Sam Cornett

[8] Reyna Pacheco (Usa)
11-8, 16-14, 11-9
[Q] Alix Younger (Can)
[7] Laura Pomportes (Fra)
11-5, 11-2, 11-6
[Q] Anika Alexander (Can)
[7] Laura Pomportes

11-9, 5-11, 11-2, 11-7

Zeina Mickawy
[3] Tamika Saxby (Aus)
11-6, 11-3, 11-8
Zeina Mickawy (Egy)
[Q] Nichole Mailey (Can)
11-5, 11-1, 11-3
[4] Danielle Letourneau (Can)
[4] Danielle Letourneau

11-9, 8-11, 11-4,
5-11, 11-6

[5] Nikki Todd
[4] Danielle Letourneau

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

[6] Sam Cornett

[wc] Hannah Blatt (Can)
11-5, 11-4, 11-5
[5] Nikki Todd (Can)
Diana Garcia (Mex)
11-5, 11-5, 11-9
[6] Sam Cornett (Can)
[6] Sam Cornett

11-7, 11-9, 11-2

[2] Nada Abbas
[Q] Nadine Kotb (Egy)
11-7, 11-6, 11-8
[2] Nada Abbas (Egy)

Nadine Kotb (Egy) bye
Nichole Mailey (Can) 3-0 Jordyn Lambert (Can)             11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (18m)
Anika Alexander (Can) 3-0 Mia Kirbyson (Can)             13-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8
Alix Younger (Can) bye

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04-Feb, Semis:
and Cornett through to final

The two best players over the course of the week have advanced to the finals at the 8th annual Winnipeg Winter Club Women’s Open.

Zeina Mickawy of Egypt continued her hot play as she rolled past the first seed, Sarah Cardwell, comfortably and in to her second final in as many weeks.

Mickawy came out attacking like usual and seemed to have Cardwell out of sorts, off balance and defensive from the start and throughout. Cardwell put up a fight but was on the receiving end of too many of the rallies having to work too hard to win points.

In the second semi final it was a highly anticipated all Canadian match up for the second night in a row. Three time national champion Sam Cornett continued her strong steady play this week as she took down a feisty Danielle Letourneau in four games.

Cornett took control early on keeping Letourneau behind her and really minimizing any opportunities for Letourneau to attack. Despite winning the second game a couple long rallies near the end of the second seemed give Letourneau some momentum which she carried in to the third.

She was able to start cutting off more and more shots of Cornett’s putting her nice touch game to work. She won the third comfortably and was neck and neck with Cornett in the fourth until a monster rally at 5-4 which was won by Cornett taking her to 6-4 seemed to give her the much needed final push.

She looked comfortable and controlled from that point on as she made it a happy 26th birthday for herself by advancing to tomorrow’s final.

03-Feb, Quarters:
Mickawy run continues as home finalist is assured

Sarah Cardwell 3-0 Reyna Pacheco

After a back and forth opening game where both players showed some great retrieving ability Sarah Cardwell took a close one 11-7. After the first Cardwell was in control. She kept the Amercian frustrated with her retrieving which lead to a few too many unforced errors as the top seed took it in three and rolled in to the semi finals in her first trip to Winnipeg.

Zeina Mickawy 3-1 Laura Pomportes

An extremely long rally started this match off with lots of low hard hitting with a hot lively ball. Mickawy was attacking attacking at every opportunity while Pomportes was trying to stay steady and consistent. A strange play near the end of the first game as Pomportes stopped the ball thinking it had hit Mickawy. The crowd and Mickawy thought otherwise but with the ref unsure a let was decided. Mickawy managed to finish off the first game with a tin from Pomportes.

Pomportes regained her composure in the second and raced out to a large lead that she was able to maintain taking is 11-5.

Mickawy’s retrieving in the third game was the difference. Right when it looked like she may be tiring the young Egyptian bore down and wouldn’t be denied as she took command of the game and match taking the third 11-2 and the fourth 11-7. The Egyptian hitting numerous cross court service nicks to kill momentum from Pomportes through the match which excited the crowd.

Danielle Letourneau 3-2 Nikki Todd

The third match of the night was an all Canadian battle. Nikki and Danielle’s smiles came off once the match started. The first game was back and forth throughout with good patience from both. Towards the end of the game Danielle came up with a couple delicate short shots to win it 11-9. Nikki maintained a lead throughout the second game and Danielle couldn’t ever catch up.

Nikki came out in the third focused, while Danielle looked like her concentration had slipped. But she quickly turned that around with some nice winners. Danielle upped the pace and the pressure with volleys and took it 11-4. In the fourth game, Nikki lost some momentum with serves going out, but she worked hard to get to a 6-2 lead. From there Danielle started to find tin and Nikki took it 11-5.

The decider saw both players digging deep. A run of tins from Nikki built a big lead for Danielle, and a cross court nick put her to 10-6. Danielle finished it off on her first opportunity to win the game 11-5 and the match 3-2.

Sam Cornett 3-0 Nada Abbas

The last match of the night was Canada vs Egypt for the last remaining spot in the semi finals. Sam had the reach advantage in this one. She also played a steadier game. Nada was trying to be aggressive but was popping out loose shots.

All three games saw a good mix of pace and disciplined, controlled squash from Sam. The Canadian won the first game in a nail biter going to extra points. After that, Nada looked frustrated in the second and third.

Sam was the picture of calmness, and that seemed to make all the difference in this match. She takes the match in 3 with Nada giving the third game to her with many errors.

02-Feb, Round One:
Mickawy joins seven seeds in Winnipeg quarters

All eight first round matches finished with three-nil results, the only upset coming as Zeina Mickawy beat third seed Tamika Saxby.

Selected reports ...

Sarah Cardwell 3-1 Gisele Delgado
This was a fantastically athletic match between two great athletes. From early on in the match it was obvious we were going to be in for some exciting squash. Three rallies in Cardwell showed off her court speed as Delgado had her twisting and turning and running all over the court before finally taking the rally and getting the crowd in to a frenzy early. There was great pace throughout the first game with lots of shots being cut off. Cardwell led 10-6 in the first before Delgado brought it back to 10-9. Another long hard paced rally finished off the first game in favour of Cardwell 11-9. While the scores in the next games were 11-5, 11-5 the games felt much closer than that. Cardwell was able to ultimately push a little deeper and keep the errors a little fewer than Delgado throughout. The match was a great start to the tournament for the crowd here in Winnipeg.

Reyna Pacheco 3-0 Alix Younge(CAN)
This match was a competitive one throughout. The hometown local number 1 Alix Younger put up a strong fight. Despite the home crowd behind her it was the American Pacheco that was able to keep her errors a little fewer than Younger and catch the home town girl on a few change of direction boasts. Pacheco will now move on to play the top seed Sarah Cardwell.

Ziena Mckawy 3-0 Tamika Saxby
This was a rematch of last weeks semi final in Cincinnati with unfortunately for the #3 seed here in Winnipeg it was a fairly similar result. McKawy came out aggressive both in her hitting and her movement. She raced out to a two game lead and had Saxby a little frustrated. However Saxby came out in the third more focused with a game plan to slow things down it appeared. Mckawy though continued her strong play and won the match in three to move on and face Laura Pomportes of France.

Laura Pomportes 3-0 Anika Alexander
Write Up by: Anika Alexander
Tonight I played Laura Pomportes in the first round of the main draw in the women's Profesional squash event. I went into the first game saying to myself to just focus on finding my length and to not play offensively. Unfortunately, I got too excited and forgot about my whole game plan. I started the game with hitting the ball too hard and going for winners too early. First game score was 11-5.

Going into the second game I knew I really needed to slow down the pace and stop hitting so many tins. The game started pretty well but I couldn't keep up at her fitness level. I then lost 11-2.

Third game I found myself finally hitting length and fewer errors. I felt that our rallies were longer and better. I feel I did okay but certainly wished I had focused more in the first two games on the basics.

I really enjoyed playing Laura, she's a clean player. I found that her game style was fairly simple. But definitely someone to watch out for, she's quick, strong and consistent.

Nikki Todd 3-0 Hannah Blatt
Write up by: Hannah Blatt
I felt I kept the ball deep and tight to the wall and stayed patient until I found an opportunity to move it short. The first game the points were very close and back and forth. I was determined to retrieve every shot resulting in Nikki making a few unforced errors. At 6-5 Nikki seemed to settle in and take a bit more control of the game by raising the ball and controlling the pace.

The second and third game I changed my game plan and tried to hit with more pace because she was lifting the ball and the rallies were slow. So I took the ball earlier and tried to speed up the rally to change the pace. I decided to be more aggressive and play more of a shooter than a retriever. Nikki played very well, she was patient, waiting for her opportunities and made fewer errors. I just needed to keep the rallies going, possibly hit more length and rally more down the wall to tire her out and then add in a short shot. I wasn't expecting to win because the odds were in her favour, considering the fact that she has been training and in the professional circuit the past couple years while I am still a junior squash player and in school. Next time, My goal is to get at least one game and exhaust her:)

Sam Cornett 3-0 Diana Garcia
These two have played a few times before so they both knew what to expect going in. There was a lot of hard hitting with both players trying to control the pace up and down the left wall. Cornett was able to stay in front for majority of the time but Garcia played some offensive boasts and tight length to test her opponent. Despite her best efforts Garcia found herself behind Cornett more often not and the Canadian took the first two 5 and 5.

The third game was neck and neck up until the final epic point of the match which seemed to have both players going corner to corner numerous times before cornett was able to a hit a finishing into the forehand corner taking it 11-9 and the match in three street. She will move to take on the #2 seed Nada Abbas.


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