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31/01/2022
Cleveland Classic 2022

Cleveland Classic 2022

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Cleveland Classic 2022
Women's Draw
27 - 31 Jan
Ohio, USA, $51,250k

ROUND TWO
 28 JAN
QUARTERS
  29 JAN
SEMIS
30 JAN
FINAL
31 JAN

[2] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4 (40m)
[9/16] Haley Mendez (USA)

Joshna Chinappa
5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (36m)
Mariam Metwally
Joshna Chinappa
11-9, 12-10, 11-8 (34m)
Georgina Kennedy
Georgina Kennedy
11-7, 6-11, 11-2, 11-6 (40m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
 
[9/16] Mariam Metwally (EGY)
10-12, 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 (44m)
[6] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
[7] Georgina Kennedy (ENG)
11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (24m)
[9/16] Enora Villard (FRA)
Georgina Kennedy
11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4 (45m)
Olivia Fiechter
[3] Olivia Fiechter (USA)
11-4, 11-7, 11-8 (25m)
[9/16] Aifa Azman (MAS)
[4] Olivia Clyne (USA)
11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (28m)
[9/16] Rachel Arnold (MAS)
Olivia Clyne
11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (32m)
Tinne Gilis
Tinne Gilis
11-9, 11-9, 5-11, 9-11, 11-9 (63m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
[8] Tinne Gilis (BEL)
11-8, 11-13, 11-9, 11-6 (51m)
[9/16] Jasmine Hutton (ENG)
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (31m)
[5] Tesni Evans (WAL)
Sabrina Sobhy
11-5, 11-4, 2-11, 11-4 (32m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
[9/16] Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
11-8, 12-10, 7-11, 7-11, 11-9 (51m)
[1] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

ROUND ONE

[2] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bye
[9/16] Haley Mendez (USA) bt Nadia Pfister (SUI) 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (23m)
[9/16] Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Cristina Gomez (ESP) 11-2, 11-5, 11-6 (21m)
[6] Nadine Shahin (EGY) bye
[7] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bye
[9/16] Enora Villard (FRA) bt Anna Serme (CZE) 11-8, 11-9, 11-2 (30m)
[9/16] Aifa Azman (MAS) bt Ineta Mackevica (LAT) 11-1, 11-5, 11-8 (22m)
[3] Olivia Fiechter (USA) bye
[4] Olivia Clyne (USA) bye
[9/16] Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt Tessa ter Sluis (NED) 11-9, 11-5, 11-7 (21m)
[9/16] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bt Menna Nasser (EGY) 7-11, 11-8, 11-1, 11-3 (29m)
[8] Tinne Gilis (BEL) bye
[5] Tesni Evans (WAL) bye
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt [WC] Caroline Fouts (USA) 11-2, 11-6, 11-7 (29m)
[9/16] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 11-9, 11-6, 14-12 (28m)
[1] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye

REPORTS

Final

Kennedy Lifts Cleveland Classic Crown
England’s Georgina Kennedy is the 2022 Cleveland Classic champion after she got the better of higher-ranked compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry at the Cleveland Racquet Club by a 3-1 scoreline.



The win will elevate Kennedy into the top 10 of the PSA World Rankings for the first time and caps a meteoric rise into the upper echelons of the game, with the 24-year-old sitting outside of the world’s top 150 this time last year.

Seeded No.7 for the PSA World Tour Bronze event, Kennedy eliminated both the No.2 seed and No.3 seed – Joshna Chinappa and Olivia Fiechter – en route to the final, and her win over Perry has seen her leapfrog Fiechter to break the top 10.

Perry came through a difficult five-game battle against Belgium’s Tinne Gilis in the previous round and was looking to finally get her hands on the Cleveland Classic trophy after falling to Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb in the 2020 final.

However, the England No.1 had lost out to Kennedy in December’s CIB Squash Open Black Ball – their only previous meeting on the PSA World Tour – and Kennedy made it two wins out of two as she claimed an 11-7, 6-11, 11-2, 11-6 victory in 40 minutes to seal the ninth title of her career and her first of 2022.

Result – Final: 2022 Cleveland Classic
[7] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bt [1] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 6-11, 11-2, 11-6 (40m)



Semi Finals
[2] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
9-11, 10-12, 8-11 (34m)
[7] Georgina Kennedy (ENG)


First time that the players encounter each other on tour, so the statistics are still to be written down.



Very tough three gamer today, where the physical aspect of the game might have made the difference. The match started with a very organized game structure from both of the players. A crucial comeback from the English player, who was 10-7 down and worked really hard to take the second game, and eventually took the victory.

As Kennedy mentioned afterwards "I couldn't find my back corners as well as I did yesterday, so I knew I had to dig in and try to avoid her (Chinnapa's) backhand, which is very deceptive. I eventually was able to do that, so I'm very happy to get through to the final!"

[8] Tinne Gilis (BEL)
9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 9-11 (63m)
[1] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)


Another first time PSA encounter for these two players tonight in Cleveland.



In the first two games, Sj found herself positioning really well on the court, which gave her a lot of options that she could capitalize with her great touch and creativity. Tinne kept pressuring with her amazing court coverage.

Tables turned to tie the score 2-2 when Perry hit a couple errors and Gilis was able to get into the rhythm of the game, hitting great length to then finish her rallies going short on a straight volley.

Last game was an absolute thriller of long creative rallies. Eventually, a couple errors from Gilis, who seemed slightly out of the game, gave Perry a 10-7 lead. Not without a lot of work to counterattack a gutsy Tinne, who managed to save 2 match balls. That wasn't enough from the Belgian to stop the number 1 seeded to get through to the finals for the second time in a row here in Cleveland.
 
Preview

Sobhy Named Top Seed for 2022 Cleveland Classic

The draw for the 2022 Cleveland Classic, PSA World Tour Bronze event has been released, with US No.1 Amanda Sobhy heading up the draw for the event which will take place from January 27-31 at the Cleveland Racquet Club.

Sobhy is seeded to play No.2 seed and World No.5 Sarah-Jane Perry, from England, in the final. The pair have met eight times on the PSA World Tour, with Sobhy holding a 5-3 advantage over Perry in their head-to-head record. The last time the two met was at the Bahl & Gaynor Cincinnati Gaynor Cup final in 2020, where Sobhy claimed the title in a 45-minute, 3-1 victory.

Meanwhile, defending champion Nour El Tayeb returns to Cleveland to retain the title that she picked up two years ago. It will be El Tayeb’s second event back on the PSA World Tour after giving birth to her first child, Farida, earlier in 2021. She will face either Ineta Mackevica from Latvia or Malaysia’s Aifa Azman in her first match.

There is plenty of home interest in the draw aside from Sobhy, with Olivia Fiechter and Olivia Clyne occupying the 5/8 seeded positions. Sobhy's younger sister, Sabrina, will also fly the flag for the USA, as well as Haley Mendez and 16-year-old tournament wildcard Caroline Fouts.

England’s Georgina Kennedy will be a dark horse for the event. The World No.17 climbed an impressive 140 places in 2021 and reached her first PSA Gold semi-final at the Black Ball Sporting Club in December to break into the world's top 20.

Kennedy will face Finland’s Emilia Soini in round one, with the winner setting up a clash with No.4 seed Joshna Chinappa in round two.

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