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31/08/2014
HONG KONG OPEN (Women) 2014

Reports
Final  Semi Finals  Quarter Finals  2nd Round  1st Round  Qualifying
Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial
Hong Kong Open 2014
 Women's Draw  $77k
Click here for Men's Draw
Event History
2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013
Round One  
26-27 Aug
Round Two
28 Aug
Quarters
29 Aug
Semis
30 Aug
Final
31 Aug
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (31m)
[Q] Delia Arnold (Mas)
Nicol David
11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7 (46m)
Emma Beddoes
Nicol David
11-8, 11-4, 11-3 (27m)
Joey Chan
Nicol David
11-8, 11-4, 11-2 (27m)
Amanda Sobhy
Nicol David
11-4, 12-10, 11-8 (39m)
Nour El Tayeb
Emma Beddoes (Eng)
12-10, 11-5, 11-6 (32m)
Siyoli Waters (Rsa)
Joey Chan (Hkg)
11-3, 11-6, 11-4 (25m)
[Q] Milou van der Heijden (Ned)
Joey Chan
11-8, 13-11, 11-7 (31m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
[7] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
11-2, 11-5, 6-11, 11-6 (40m)
Tesni Evans (Wal)
[8] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
11-6, 13-11, 11-5 (31m)
[Q] Salma Hany (Egy)
Amanda Sobhy
11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (31m)
Victoria Lust
Amanda Sobhy
11-5, 1-11, 11-7, 11-3 (37m)
Camille Serme
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
11-8, 11-9, 12-10 (43m)
Victoria Lust (Eng)
Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
11-4, 11-5, 11-2 (19m)
[Q] Latasha Khan (Usa)
Jenny Duncalf
11-13, 6-11, 11-4, 11-3, 12-10 (77m)
Camille Serme
[3] Camille Serme (Fra)
11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5 (41m)
[Q] Laura Pomportes (Fra)
Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
11-4, 11-8, 11-7 (26m)
[4] Alison Wates (Eng)
Alison Wates
11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (40m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
Alison Wates
11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-8 (32m)
Nour El Tayeb
Nour El Tayeb
11-9, 10-12, 11-2, 12-10 (47m)
Laura Massaro
Line Hansen (Den)
11-3, 5-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8 (63m)
Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
[Q] Mariam Metwally (Egy)
13-11, 12-10, 11-8 (37m)
Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
Nour El Tayeb
11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 7-11, 11-5 (74m)
Low Wee Wern
Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg)
7-11, 11-4, 11-2, 11-8 (48m)
[5] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
Heba El Torky (Egy)
11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (26m)
[6] Annie Au (Hkg)
Annie Au
9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (41m)
Rachael Grinham
Rachael Grinham
11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 12-10 (58m)
Laura Massaro
[Q] Samantha Teran (Mex)
11-4, 11-7, 12-10 (37m)
Rachael Grinham (Aus)
Nouran Gohar (Egy)
11-8, 11-4, 11-7 (20m)
Joshana Chinappa (Ind)
Nouran Gohar
11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9 (53m)
Laura Massaro
[Q] Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy)
11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (24m)
[2] Laura Massaro (Eng)
Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open 2014 -
Qualifying Results:
Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) bt Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9 (47m)
Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt Zulhijjah Binti Azan (MAS) 12-10, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9 (42m)
Delia Arnold (MAS) bt Elise Ng (HKG) 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (19m)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 12-10, 11-9, 11-4 (34m)
Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (29m)
Latasha Khan (USA) bt Lau Tin Yan (HKG) 11-2, 11-2, 11-5 (19m)
Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt Li Dongjin (CHN) 8-11, 11-2, 8-11, 11-6, 11-3 (42m)
Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) bt Belen Etchechoury (ARG) 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (20m)

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Final    

David Marks Decade Of Hong Kong Open Titles

Malaysia's formidable squash player Nicol David today marked a tantalising trio of metric milestones in the climax of the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open today - winning the Women's Squash Association World Series Gold title for the 10th year in a row; clinching her 50th straight match win in the former British colony; and notching up the 75th WSA World Tour title of her career!

David, the world number one since August 2006, arrived in Hong Kong having suffered a rare semi-final defeat in a WSA World Series event - a four-game loss to Egypt's world No3 Raneem El Welily in the Malaysian Open which denied the 31-year-old from Penang a 12th successive appearance in the final of her home country's principal event.

But, true to form, David bounced back in Hong Kong - dropping just a single game en-route to the 94th final of her career.

Her unexpected opponent was Nour El Tayeb, the No16 seed from Egypt who had resumed her giant-killing exploits last week in Malaysia to knock down the second, fourth and fifth seeds in Hong Kong to reach her second unscheduled World Series final in a week.

But, despite taking David (pictured above in action with El Tayeb) to game balls in the second, the 21-year-old from Cairo was unable to penetrate the top seed's armoury as the Malaysian marched through to a resounding 11-4, 12-10, 11-8 victory.

"I'm really pleased to win 3/0 and win in Hong Kong again," David told www.squashsite.co.uk after her triumph in 39 minutes on an all-glass court erected in the Hong Kong Park Sports Centre.

"Nour is an up and coming player and she never gave up, especially in the second when she really pressured me and played exactly to her game plan. I had to really focus and work hard to take four points in a row to win that game.

"It was crucial to win the second and not give Nour confidence and play her rhythm because she's proven why she's in these finals. I knew I needed that second game and then took it on full speed in the third game.

"I lost last week in Malaysia, but I always enjoy it here in Hong Kong and it's especially nice to win here again after last week's disappointment.

"I'll head home to Malaysia now," continued Hong Kong Open champion. "This is a good boost for my preparations ahead of the Asian Games coming up in South Korea."
 

Semi Finals

Major Hong Kong Milestone Beckons For Nicol David

Nicol David stands one match away from a remarkable tenth successive title and a phenomenal 50th straight victory in the former British colony after brushing aside US number one Amanda Sobhy in today's semi-finals of the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open.

The world number one from Malaysia beat eighth seed Sobhy 11-8, 11-4, 11-2 in just 27 minutes on the first day of action in the Women's Squash Association World Series Gold event on an all-glass court erected in the Hong Kong Park Sports Centre.

The win sees the 31-year-old into the 94th WSA World Tour final of her career.

"No doubt, she played a strong first game," David (pictured above in action with Sobhy) said later. "We were both finding our feet and our range on the court.

"Then it was just a matter of putting the work in in the second and third games, and her shots didn't come in as well and she missed a few shots she doesn't usually, so I just had to put the pressure on.

"I'm just going to be focusing on what I have to do. I just love playing here. It raises my game and I always play my best squash. I'm just going to go all out and leave it all out there."

David will now face event giant-killer Nour El Tayeb, the 16th seed from Egypt who reached her second successive surprise WSA World Series final after a dramatic 11-9, 10-12, 11-2, 12-10 triumph in 47 minutes over No2 seed Laura Massaro, the reigning world champion from England.

El Tayeb marched into the semis after consecutive upsets over fifth seed Low Wee Wern and No4 seed Alison Waters - then shocked world No2 Massaro for the second time in ten days!

"I have no words to describe how I feel at the moment," said the jubilant 21-year-old Egyptian (pictured above in action with Massaro). "To beat Laura twice, and to reach two huge finals, it's just unbelievable.

"I'm in the best form of my life. It's definitely the best two weeks of my life, for sure.

"I understand if I won one match, but to back it up for two weeks, I really don't know how to explain it. The furthest I was looking was the first round!"

 

Quarter Finals

Sobhy Sinks Serme For Second Successive World Series Semi

US squash star Amanda Sobhy claimed "one of my best-ever wins" when she upset third seed Camille Serme in today's quarter-finals of the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open to reach her second successive Women's Squash Association World Series Gold event semi-final.

The 21-year-old from New York, in her final year at Harvard University, had never beaten Serme before. But, buoyed by a surprise last four finish in last week's WSA World Series Malaysian Open, the No8 seed dug deep to overcome the world No5 from France 11-5, 1-11, 11-7, 11-3 in 37 minutes.

"I was just running around and playing too short in the second," Sobhy (pictured above in action with Serme) admitted later. "I just had to settle down again and I was pleased with how relaxed I was.

"I'm really happy. It's a good day and I can go back to school happy whatever happens next.

"It's nice to know I'm getting close to the top ten players while I'm still at school," added the US number one who currently stands at nine in the WSA world rankings. "It will be great when I've finished and can go full time on the tour."

Sobhy now faces a tough test in Nicol David, the top seed from Malaysia who is bidding for a remarkable tenth successive title. The world No1 put paid to domestic interest in the remainder of the championship by beating surprise opponent Joey Chan, the Hong Kong number two who ousted No7 seed Omneya Abdel Kawy in the previous round

David defeated the 15th seed 11-8, 11-4, 11-3 to take her winning streak in Hong Kong to 48 matches.

Egyptian Nour El Tayeb is also extending a magnificent Malaysian Open run in Hong Kong: The 16th seed from Cairo secured her latest scalp with an 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-8 victory over Alison Waters, the fourth seed from England.

"I can't believe it," said the delighted 21-year-old. "It was completely the opposite type of game than against Wee Wern yesterday - Alison hits the ball really hard and I was having to try to contain her.

"I'm so happy to be in the semis here. My coach has been telling me to enjoy the game and I was really enjoying that match!"

El Tayeb now faces a further English opponent after second seed Laura Massaro survived a testing five-game battle against 10th seed Rachael Grinham, saving a match-ball in the decider to beat the 2002 champion 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 12-10 in 58 minutes.

"I was always in control," joked Massaro, the world No2 (pictured above in action with Grinham). "She's in great form so I knew it was going to be a tough match, and I think she worked out how to play this court against Annie (Au) yesterday.

"I was down in two of the games I won, I just had to keep sticking in and stay strong like I always do," added the Lancashire lass.

"I've enjoyed my matches on here this year, but it will be good to get on the all-glass court tomorrow."

 

2nd Round

Chan Charges Into Hong Kong Open Quarters

Hong Kong underdog Joey Chan claimed an unexpected place in the last eight of the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open after despatching No7 seed Omneya Abdel Kawy in straight games in today's second round of the Women's Squash Association World Series Gold event in Hong Kong.

The world No23's 11-8, 13-11, 11-7 win over 2009 finalist Kawy, ranked 11 places higher, provides solitary home interest in the quarter-finals since compatriot Annie Au, the Hong Kong number one and sixth seed, crashed out of the event, beaten by Australia's 2002 champion Rachael Grinham, seeded 10.

Chan's surprise success sees the 26-year-old left-hander (pictured above in action with Kawy) back in her country's major Open event for the first time for three years. "I am really glad to get through the quarters after 2011, Omneya is a really talented player," said the 15th seed.

"Since the game was fast in pace, I just tried to take the control at court and kept running around, and be patient on making every attack and the rallies as long as possible."

Chan will now line up against top seed Nicol David, the defending champion from Malaysia who was taken to four games by Emma Beddoes before beating the 13th seed from England 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7.

"I just want to enjoy the match and the atmosphere and do my best," added Chan.

At 37 years old and competing in her 11th Hong Kong Open since 2001, Grinham today showed that she is still a force to be reckoned with. The Queenslander recovered from a game down to see off Au 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 in her first win over the world No9 since July 2011.

"I thought I played really well, but I knew I had to keep smacking the ball hard, not my usual sort of game at all," Grinham said later. "If she gets her shots going on this court she's deadly, she's beaten me a few times on here so I needed to keep it fast to take her options away.

"Two years ago I'd have been happy to think I had two years left, so now I'm just taking it month by month," added the former world number one. "I still feel I've got the game to beat the top players, but maybe not three or four of them in a row!"

Third seed Camille Serme made the last eight by the skin of her teeth, saving two match-balls to hold off England's No9 seed Jenny Duncalf 11-13, 6-11, 11-4, 11-3, 12-10 in 77 minutes.

"At two-nil down I was thinking that it couldn't be worse," admitted the top-ranked French player. "I just tried to calm myself down and get my tactics right, I was a bit mixed up in my head.

"I got lucky on the second match ball and I told myself that this is my chance now. It's never nice to lose a match like that, I'm just glad I was the winner today."

But there were a further upset when 16th seed Nour El Tayeb beat fifth-seeded Malaysian Low Wee Wern 11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 7-11, 11-5 in 74 minutes.

Egyptian El Tayeb, the 21-year-old world No25 from Cairo, is enjoying a stunning run on the WSA World Tour after reaching last week's Malaysian Open from the position of 16th seed and now making the last eight in Hong Kong for the first time.

"That's how it is with Wee Wern," said El Tayeb after her first ever win over the world No7. "She sucks me into her slow pace and for large parts of the match I just couldn't play my game! Omar [Elborolossy] kept telling me I needed to wake up, and thankfully in the fifth I managed to get on top again."

 

1st Round Lower Half
 

Au Doubles Home Interest In Hong Kong Open Last 16

Hong Kong number one Annie Au doubled home interest in the last 16 round of the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open - and ensured two local players in the second round for the first time for three years - when she beat Egypt's Heba El Torky in today's first round of the Women's Squash Association World Series Gold event in Hong Kong.

"My aim was just to get past the first round," the world No9 said later.

"I'm satisfied with my performance today so I'll just focus on one match at a time," added Au (pictured above in action with El Torky), who now joins compatriot Joey Chan in the next round.

The 25-year-old No6 seed will face Australian veteran Rachael Grinham for a place in the quarter-finals. Grinham, the 37-year-old tenth seed who made her debut in the 2001 championship - and was champion a year later - defeated Mexican qualifier Samantha Teran 11-4, 11-7, 12-10.

Egypt's Nouran Gohar celebrated her first appearance in the championship in great style - by upsetting India's No14 seed Joshana Chinappa, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist in Scotland earlier this month, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7.

"She's hard to play as she has so many shots," said 16-year-old Gohar. "But I managed to play my game, keeping the pace up and the court helped me when I got the chance to play dropshots. It's my first time in HK so I'm very happy to make the last sixteen!"

Gohar, the world No29 from Cairo, now lines up against No2 seed Laura Massaro. England's world champion beat Egyptian qualifier Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy 11-6, 11-4, 11-3.

In a surprising first-ever meeting with a 17-year-old fellow countrywoman, 16th seed Nour El Tayeb admitted to a bout of nerves - despite arriving in Hong Kong after reaching last week's Malaysian Open final against expectations.

The 21-year-old world No25 from Cairo took 37 minutes to see off qualifier Mariam Metwally, ranked more than 60 places lower, 13-11, 12-10, 11-8.

"I was nervous through the whole match," admitted El Tayeb. "Even though I never played her before I knew she was very good, and after last week I want to do well again but I was trying too hard to be relaxed and just made myself too anxious!

"It was close all the way through, I'm just glad to win in the end."

El Tayeb will now take on Low Wee Wern, the fifth seed from Malaysia who made up for the disappointment of a second round Malaysian Open exit to beat Hong Kong wildcard Tong Tsz-Wing 7-11, 11-4, 11-2, 11-8.

"She came out strong in the first," said Low. "But after that I felt comfortable right up to 10-3 match ball, she gave it all she had and came back well so I was glad to get off in four in the end."

 

1st Round Top Half
 

Birthday Girl Nicol Celebrates Successful Hong Kong Campaign Opener

Title-holder Nicol David gave herself a perfect present on her 31st birthday as she successfully began her defence of the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open trophy with a straightforward win in today's first round of the Women's Squash Association World Series Gold event in Hong Kong.

The Malaysian world No1 notched up her 46th successive match win in the championship, beating compatriot Delia Arnold 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 as she bids to clinch a remarkable tenth Hong Kong title in a row since 2005.

Top seed David (pictured above in Hong Kong action with Arnold) will now face Emma Beddoes, the 13th seed from England who defeated recently-crowned South African champion Siyoli Waters 12-10, 11-5, 11-6.

Hong Kong will be represented in the second round after Joey Chan beat Dutch qualifier Milou van der Heijden 11-3, 11-6, 11-4. The Hong Kong number two, seeded 15 in the championship, will now face Egypt's No7 seed Omneya Abdel Kawy for a place in the quarter-finals.

The only upset of the day came when England's unseeded Victoria Lust beat Nicolette Fernandes, the 12th seed from Guyana. The pair were poised at three wins apiece in their head-to-head record before the match - but underdog Lust defied three recent losses in a row to the world No19 to defeat Fernandes 11-8, 11-9, 12-10 to land a place in the last 16 round.

Lust, the Canada-based world No32, will now line up against Amanda Sobhy, the No8 seed from the USA who despatched Egyptian qualifier Salma Hany Ibrahim 11-6, 13-11, 11-5.

 

Qualifying

Six Nationalities Survive Women's Hong Kong Open Qualifiers

Players from six different nations will add to the draw of the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open after surviving today's qualifying finals of the Women's Squash Association World Series Gold event in Hong Kong.

18-year-old Salma Hany Ibrahim leads a trio of Egyptians into round one after beating Argentina's sole representative Belen Etchechoury. The world No36 has been drawn to face Amanda Sobhy, the No8 seed from the USA.

Latasha Khan of the USA becomes the oldest player to make the main draw after seeing off local hope Lau Tin Yan in straight games in just 19 minutes. The 41-year-old from Seattle is celebrating her 22nd year on the WSA World Tour and has now competed in more than 200 events!

Khan is drawn to meet England's No9 seed Jenny Duncalf in what will be the pair's seventh Tour clash in more than 11 years.

But it is Malaysian qualifier Delia Arnold who has the toughest task: The 28-year-old from Selangor despatched Hong Kong's Elise Ng 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 in just 19 minutes and will now face top-seeded compatriot Nicol David.

The world No1 is bidding for an incredible 10th straight title since first winning the trophy in December 2005. The Malaysian pair will line up at 5.30pm local time on Tuesday - with Nicol bidding to begin the defence of her title with a 46th successive match win in the championship.

 


 

 

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