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Winter Club Open 2015

  Winter Club Open 2015
28 Jan - 01 Feb
Winnipeg, Canada, $15k
Round One
29 Jan
30 Jan
31 Jan
01 Feb
[1] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6
[Q] Cyrielle Peltier (Fra)
Dipika Pallikal
11-4, 11-9, 11-3
Nadine Shahin
Dipika Pallikal
11-5, 11-5, 11-8
Donna Urquhart
Dipika Pallikal
11-4, 11-9, 11-8
Heba El Torky
[7] Nadine Shahin (Egy)
11-7, 11-6, 11-6
Linda Hruzikova (Svk)
Amada Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
11-9, 11-3, 11-6
[Q] Maria Toorpakai (Pak)
Amada Landers-Murphy
13-11, 11-8, 12-14, 11-8
Donna Urquhart
[4] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
8-11, 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5
Laura Pomportes (Fra)
Nikki Todd (Can)
14-12, 11-6, 11-7
[3] Samantha Teran (Mex)
Samantha Teran
11-7, 11-9, 4-11, 11-5
Aisling Blake
Samantha Teran
10-12, 11-13, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10
Heba El Torky
[5] Aisling Blake (Irl)
 11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7
Hollie Naughton (Can)
[Q] Thaisa Serafini (Bra)
[6] Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
Olivia Blatchford
 11-6, 11-8, 11-3
Heba El Torky
[Q] Millie Tomlinsson (Eng)
11-8, 11-9, 13-11
[2] Heba El Torky (Egy)

Qualyfying finals
Thaisa Serafini
(Bra) bt Melina Turk(Wpg) 11-2, 11-7, 11-6
Millie Tomlinsson (Eng)bt Nayelly Hernandez 11-1, 11-9, 11-4
Maria Toorpakai (Pak) bt Hana Essam Khedr (Egy) 11-8, 11-8, 11-5
Cyrielle Peltier (Fra) bt Alix Younger (Wpg) 11-8, 11-6, 11-4

Qualifying first round:
Alix Younger (Can) bt Hannah Blett (Can) 11-4, 11-3, 11-5
Melina Turk (Can)
bt Ashley Maienchak (Can) 12-10, 11-5, 11-7
Hana Essam Khedr (Egy)
bt Alexia Clonda (Est) 11-3, 11-2, 11-2
Maria Toor Pakay (Pak) v Mia Kirbyson (Can)
11-3, 11-4, 11-4
Nayelly Hernandez (Mex)
bt Anika Alexander (Can) 11-9, 11-6, 11-3

Pallikal Powers To Winnipeg Win

After conceding a game in the opening round, top seed Dipika Pallikal showed her true class in the Winnipeg Winter Club Women's Open by reclaiming the WSA Challenger 15 squash title at the Winnipeg Winter Club in Winnipeg, Canada, without dropping a further game.

The 2013 champion from India reached the final - the 15th of her career on the WSA World Tour - after beating Donna Urquhart, the fourth seed from Australia making her Tour return after a six-month foot injury break.

In the final predicted by the draw, Pallikal faced second seed Heba El Torky, the 24-year-old world No.26 from Egypt who finished as runner-up in 2014.

El Torky survived a hard-fought five-game semi-final against Samantha Teran, the third seed from Mexico nine years her senior, eventually clinching victory on her third match-ball.

"Right from the start of the final, Dipika looked in full control of her game and the match," said tournament spokesman Trevor Borland. "Dipika was striking the ball crisp and clean as she always does, mixing in an array of wicked offensive boasts, mostly from the forehand side as well as timely flicks and lots of dying length.

"Perhaps Heba's hour and forty-five minute match from the day before had something to do with it, but Dipika looked in as good a form as we had seen this week. After getting down 10-6 in the second, Heba climbed back to 9-10 on a few of Dipika's errors, but at 9-10 Dipika decided to do nothing but wait for an error from El Torky which she was rewarded with after an a very long backhand rally and took the second.

"A little tighter third, but the outcome looked inevitable as Dipika rolled on to win her second Winnipeg Winter Club Women's Open title."

The 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 triumph marks the 10th WSA Tour title of Pallikal's career.

"Very happy to win my first tournament of the year in Winnipeg:)" the 23-year-old from Chennai told her Twitter followers later. "A big thank you to @Fitzsquash & @basu2013 :)"

Seeds Safely Through In Winnipeg

The top four seeds safely made it through to the semi-finals of the Winnipeg Winter Club Women's Open, the WSA Challenger 15 squash event in its sixth year at the Winnipeg Winter Club in Winnipeg, Canada.

Australian Donna Urquhart, the former world No.13 making her Tour comeback after a six-month layoff following foot surgery, was taken to four games by Amanda Landers-Murphy before beating the No.8 seed from New Zealand 13-11, 11-8, 12-14, 11-8.

The Brisbane-based 28-year-old had match-ball at 10-8 in the third, but her fellow Antipodean took advantage of unforced errors from the fourth seed to reduce the deficit. World No.36 Urquhart regrouped in the fourth to secure her anticipated place in the semi-finals.

Her opponent will be Dipika Pallikal, the top seed who is bidding to keep the title in Indian hands for the third year in a row after her success in 2013 and her compatriot Joshana Chinappa's triumph in the 2014 championship.

After dropping a game in her first round match, the 23-year-old world No.14 from Chennai was in commanding form in the quarters, beating rising Egyptian 17-year-old Nadine Shahin 11-4, 11-9, 11-3.

Mexican veteran Samantha Teran got the better of fellow 33-year-old Aisling Blake, beating the fifth seed from Ireland 11-7, 11-9, 4-11, 11-5.

Third seed Teran now takes on Egypt's Heba El Torky for a place in the final. The second seed and 2014 runner-up ended North American interest in the event when she defeated USA's No.6 seed Olivia Blatchford 11-6, 11-8, 11-3.