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04/02/2015
Cleveland Classic 2015

Cleveland Classic 2015
29 Jan - 03 Feb, Usa, $50k
Round One
31 Jan 
Quarters
01 Feb
Semis
02 Feb
Final
03 Feb
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11-2, 11-5, 11-7
[Q] Emily Whitlock (Eng)
Nicol David
11-3, 11-6, 11-8
Nour El Tayeb
Nicol David
11-8, 11-2, 11-7 (27m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
Nicol David
11-5, 11-9, 11-4
Raneem El Welily
[8] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
11-9, 11-6, 11-7
[Q] Vicky Lust (Eng)
[5] Alison Waters (Eng)
11-9, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9
Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
11-8, 11-8, 11-5
Annie Au
[4] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
(11-6, 5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6.
Annie Au (Hkg)
Madeline Perry (Irl)
11-3, 11-4, 5-11, 11-4
[3] Raneem El Welily (Egy)
Raneem El Welily
7-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4,
11-6

Camille Serme
Raneem El Welily
11-13, 11-7, 13-15, 11-9, 12-10
Laura Massaro
Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
11-6, 11-6, 11-5
[6] Camille Serme (Fra)
[Q] Yathreb Adel (Egy)
11-8, 11-6, 11-6
[7] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
Low Wee Wern
7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 13-11
Laura Massaro
[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11-3, 11-8, 11-3
[2] Laura Massaro (Eng)

RESULTS: Women's Cleveland Classic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Nicol David Is Cleveland Classic Queen

Malaysia's world number one Nicol David celebrated her fifth successive appearance in the final of the Women's Cleveland Classic by despatching world No.2 Raneem El Welily in straight games to win the WSA International 50 squash event at Cleveland Racquet Club in Cleveland, USA, for the third time.

It was an impressive return to form by the 31-year-old from Penang who suffered a shock quarter-final exit in last month's JP Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York. It was an opening of which Egyptian El Welily took full advantage - going on to claim the WSA International 100 event trophy for the first time.

While David reached the Cleveland climax after a 3/0 semi-final win over unseeded Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy, El Welily was taken the full distance in the other semi before clinching her place in the final with a 12-10 win in the decider against former champion Laura Massaro, the No.2 seed from England.

In the final, defending champion David comfortably took the opening game - but El Welily (pictured above, left, in action with David) came back strongly in the second, opening up 5-2 and 8-4 leads.

But error-free play by the top seed saw David claw back to nine-all before taking the next two points to extend her lead to 2/0.

From three-all in the third, El Welily only managed a further point as the majestic Malaysian powered through to her 11-5, 11-9, 11-4 victory.

It was David's first WSA World Tour title triumph of the year - but the 79th of her career!

"She had a big long tourney win at the ToC and then a tough five-setter yesterday," said the three-time Cleveland Classic champion of her opponent. "I hoped maybe to get the lead and take it to the end."

World Top Two To Contest Cleveland Climax

The world's top two squash players will contest the final of the Women's Cleveland Classic after Malaysia's world number one Nicol David and Egypt's Raneem El Welily, the world No.2, prevailed in contrasting semi-finals of the WSA International 50 event celebrating its fifth year at Cleveland Racquet Club in Cleveland, USA.

In their 21st WSA World Tour clash this millennium, David despatched unseeded Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy 11-8, 11-2, 11-7 in 27 minutes in the 31-year-old from Penang's third successive straight games win in the championship.

Ranked nine in the world - her highest ranking for more than three years - Abdel Kawy is enjoying one of the best runs of her career. But the 29-year-old from Cairo had no answer to David's dominant play.

"Have to trust it will come together if you stick to it," said the Malaysian super star who this month celebrated her 106th month at the top of the world rankings, becoming the longest-reigning world number one of all-time.


Photograph courtesy of Mike Weil

"These guys are so tough,"
added David (pictured above in Cleveland Classic action). "They're always out to get you!"

The seedings suggested an upset in the other semi - but the latest rankings predicted the outcome! El Welily, the third seed ranked two in the world, took on England's Laura Massaro, the No.2 seed and the former world No.2 in a match which truly went the full distance.

It was a match of constantly-changing leads - El Welily having three game-balls in the first game which Massaro won; the Egyptian cruising to a second game win; and the Englishwoman fighting back from 5-8 down in the third to take it after a lengthy tie-break and move 2/1 ahead.

And after El Welily drew level following the fourth game, it was Massaro who reached match-ball first in the decider at 10-7 - but the Egyptian who dug deep to save those three match-balls before finally prevailing 11-13, 11-7, 13-15, 11-9, 12-10 to earn her place in the final.

"I don't feel confident hitting the ball early, but I had to do that today!" admitted 26-year-old El Welily later. "Kawy told me I had to!"

Massaro told her Twitter followers later: "Wow disappointed is an understatement! I lost 12-10 in the 5th to Raneem having had 3 match balls. Great match by both of us! #progress"

The triumph takes El Welily into her third successive WSA Tour final, and immediately follows her surprise title success in last month's JP Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York.

The milestone marks the 23rd Tour final of the Egyptian's career - but the earlier semi-final success takes David into her 98th final, where she will be looking for her 79th title!

 

World No2 El Welily Survives French Test In Cleveland

Egypt's world No.2 Raneem El Welily claimed her anticipated place in the semi-finals of the Women's Cleveland Classic - but the 2013 champion was taken the full distance before overcoming France's sixth seed Camille Serme in the quarter-finals of the WSA International 50 squash event celebrating its fifth year at Cleveland Racquet Club in Cleveland, USA.

Serme, who dropped to seven in the February world rankings, twice led the 26-year-old from Cairo who strengthened her grip on second place in the latest WSA list. But El Welily dug deep in the decider to close out the match 7-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-6.

"She controlled the match throughout most of it," admitted the third-seeded Egyptian afterwards. "I'm just happy I could keep my head strong and push back."

El Welily now faces her world ranking predecessor Laura Massaro, the 31-year-old from England who stood in second place throughout 2014. The No.2 seed fought off a tough challenge from Low Wee Wern, beating the seventh seed from Malaysia 7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 13-11.

"It always feels like a tactical game when playing her," said the former world champion from Preston later. "A lot of long rallies and with Wern you can't afford to open up the court too early because she will pounce on it and punish you."

There will also be Egyptian interest in the other semi-final when unseeded Omneya Abdel Kawy takes on career-long rival Nicol David, the Malaysian superstar who this month became the longest-reigning world number one of all-time!

Abdel Kawy survived the battle of the non-seeds when she defeated giant-killer Annie Au, the world No.11 from Hong Kong who ousted fourth seed Nour El Sherbini in the opening round.

But Kawy, who earned her quarter-final slot after despatching England's fifth seed Alison Waters, maintained her dominant form to see off Au 11-8, 11-8, 11-5.

"Her lob and drop is amazing," said the 29-year-old from Cairo of left-hander Au. "Last time I played her she smashed me. When I play with Annie I have a plan but didn't do it. This time I did it."

David had to be on her top form to defeat Nour El Tayeb, the new world No.6 from Egypt, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 and earn her 21st WSA World Tour meeting with Abdel Kawy over the past 15 years.

"Having different game plans for different players is key," said the 29-year-old from Penang after her quarter-final victory. "Basically, a set base game plan and adapting it accordingly for different players."
 

Abdel Kawy & Au Progress In Cleveland

Hong Kong's Annie Au and Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy caused major upsets in the Women's Cleveland Classic after ousting fourth seed Nour El Sherbini and fifth seed Alison Waters, respectively, in the opening round of the WSA International 50 squash event celebrating its fifth year at Cleveland Racquet Club in Cleveland, USA.

In her first win over the world No.4 from Egypt in four meetings over the past three years, Au recovered from 2/1 down to overcome El Sherbini, pulling away from six-all in the decider to close out the match 11-6, 5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6.

The Hong Kong left-hander (pictured above with El Sherbini, foreground), ranked 10 in the world, will now face fellow non-seed Abdel Kawy, the world No.9 who also earned her first victory over a higher-ranked opponent since 2012 when she beat Waters, the world No.5 from England.

Waters, who reached last week's Tournament of Champions final in New York against the odds, drew level after the Cairo-based Egyptian took the opening game - but it was Abdel Kawy who survived a close fourth game to clinch the match 11-9, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9 to earn herself a place in the quarter-finals for the second year in a row.

Defending champion Nicol David made up for the disappointment of a surprise Tournament of Champions quarter-final exit with a commanding 11-2, 11-5, 11-7 victory over English qualifier Emily Whitlock.

The world number one from Malaysia progresses to meet Nour El Tayeb for a place in the semi-finals. The eighth seed from Egypt also overcame an English qualifier, beating Victoria Lust 11-9, 11-6, 11-7.

Laura Massaro became England's only representative in the last eight after seeing off compatriot Sarah Kippax, also a qualifier, 11-3, 11-8, 11-3. The No.2 seed, champion in 2011, now faces seventh seed Low Wee Wern, the world No.7 from Malaysia who beat Egyptian qualifier Yathreb Adel 11-8, 11-6, 11-6.

Raneem El Welily is also a former champion eager to make a further appearance in the event's final. The third seed from Egypt - now ranked two in the world and tournament winner in 2013 - defeated Irish veteran Madeline Perry 11-3, 11-4, 5-11, 11-4 and will be hoping to make amends for her shock quarter-final exit in 2014 when she takes on Camille Serme in the next round.

The top-ranked French player, seeded six, defeated England's former world No.2 Jenny Duncalf 11-6, 11-6, 11-5.
 

 


 

 

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