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Granite Open 2015

Granite Open 2015
16-20 Feb, Toronto, Canada, $25k
Round One
17 Feb
18 Feb
19 Feb
20 Feb
[1] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
12-10, 11-1, 11-2 (22m)
[Q] |Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
Amanda Sobhy
11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (25m)
Delia Arnold
Amanda Sobhy
11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6
Sarah-Jane Perry
Sarah-Jane Perry
8-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-7
Dipika Pallikal
[6] Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
10-12, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 12-10
Delia Arnold (Mas)
[8] Joey Chan (Hkg)
11-9, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8
Line Hansen (Den)
Line Hansen
11-5, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5 (45m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
11-13, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10 (55m)
[Q] Deon Saffery (Wal)
Tesni Evans (Wal)
 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (60m)
[3] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
Dipika Pallikal
11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 13-11 (75m)
Jenny Duncalf
Dipika Pallikal
11-13, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9
Joshana Chinappa
[Q] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (44m)
[5] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
[wc] Nikki Todd (Can)
11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (29m)
[7] Joshana Chinappa (Ind)
Joshana Chinappa
11-1, 11-8, 11-6 (23m)
Rachael Grinham
[Q] Sam Cornett (Can)
9-11, 11-13, 13-11, 11-6, 11-6 (55m)
[2] Rachael Grinham (Aus)

WSA Silver 25 Granite Club Open, Toronto, Canada

Perry Powers To Career-Biggest Title At Granite Open

Just five days after winning the British National crown for the first time, England's Sarah-Jane Perry powered to the biggest international squash title of her career after upsetting India's Dipika Pallikal in the final of the Women's Granite Open in Canada.

Success in the WSA International 25 event in its fourth year at the Granite Club in Toronto marks the 24-year-old from Kenilworth's eighth WSA World Tour title - and her first ever win over Pallikal, the world No.13 from Chennai, in three meetings since October 2011.

Fourth seed Perry, the world No.16, made it to her 11th Tour final after overcoming top seed and defending champion Amanda Sobhy - ranked six places higher - in the semi-finals.

But it was Pallikal who had the upper hand in the opening game, with Perry making too many unforced errors. The English underdog corrected this in the second, pulling away from six-all to level the match.

Perry maintained the momentum in the third, racing to a 6-2 lead. But 23-year-old Pallikal fought back to level at 10-10, before Perry clinched the game 12-10.

Pallikal twice led in the fourth at 6-5 and 7-6 - but the Indian number one was unable to fend off Perry, who took five points in a row on the way to her 8-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-7 triumph, and her second Granite Open title since 2013.

"I'm thrilled to win my second Granite title," exclaimed the jubilant champion. "I love it here and it seems to make me play well. A fantastic tournament as always and I'm already looking forward to coming back next year.

"It's been a tough couple of weeks - I'm looking forward to a few days off now before Chicago!"

Last week in England, Perry overcame fellow countrywomen Alison Waters and Laura Massaro, ranked three and five in the world, respectively, en-route to winning the British National Championship title against expectations.

Perry succinctly summed up her February success to her followers on Twitter: "9 days. 8 matches. 35 games. 474 minutes. 2 titles .... AND RELAX"

Perry Downs Champion Sobhy To Make Granite Final

England's Sarah-Jane Perry continued the giant-killing run she began last week on the other side of the Atlantic when she defeated defending champion and top seed Amanda Sobhy in the semi-finals of the Women's Granite Open at the Granite Club in Toronto.

Perry, the world No.16 from Kenilworth, arrived in Canada later than anticipated after overcoming fellow countrywomen Alison Waters and Laura Massaro, ranked three and five in the world, respectively, en-route to winning the British National Championship title for the first time against expectations.

Seed four in Toronto, Perry romped to a 2/0 lead over Sobhy before the world No10 fought back to draw level.

But the 24-year-old English underdog - in her maiden meeting with US number one Sobhy - dug deep to regain the initiative before closing out the match 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6.

"Unfortunately lost out 3-2 to a solid @SJPerry15," tweeted Sobhy later. "Fought well to come back from 2-0 down, but lost juice in the end. Fun match to play tho"

Perry progresses to meet Dipika Pallikal, the third seed who survived a four-game battle with fellow Indian Joshana Chinappa, winning 11-13, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9.

Perry, the 2013 Granite Open champion, was delighted with her continuing success in Toronto: "Really happy to be through to the final after a few tough matches. Looking forward to the final.

"It's been a while since I last played Dipika so it should be interesting. I will definitely be having a couple of days of well-deserved rest afterwards."

Perry was given a stern test in her opening match in the event - needing almost an hour to see off fellow Briton Deon Saffery, the world No.45 from Wales.

"That was a tough first match," Perry recalled. "It was always going to be after only arriving late on Monday but Deon came out firing, making it very difficult for me. She didn't let up the whole match and I was chuffed to be able to push through against such a tough opponent who was playing well.

"Everyone keeps reminding me I'm British Champion, which feels great but I've got a job to do here and a really tough match ahead of me in the next round so I'm just keeping my focus on that for now."


Indian Duo Set Up Surprise Granite Semi

Indian squash hierarchy will be put to the test in the semi-finals of the Women's Granite Open in Canada when the country's top two players Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa meet for a place in the final of the WSA International 25 event marking its fourth year at the Granite Club in Toronto.

Seventh seed Chinappa produced the unexpected clash after upsetting second-seeded Australian Rachael Grinham 11-1, 11-8, 11-6 in 23 minutes.

The former world number one and world champion from Queensland was taken to five games in the opening round - just hours after landing in Toronto after a flight from Australia - and was clearly now feeling the effects.

"Playing Rachael is always hard," said Chinappa, the world No.21 from Chennai. "I felt that she didn't play her usual game today. I am quite glad to have won in three."

Chinappa (pictured above being advised between games by South African number one Siyoli Waters) will now do battle with compatriot Pallikal - with whom she made history last year by winning India's first squash gold medal in the Commonwealth Games with a sensational and unexpected triumph in the Women's Doubles in Scotland.

The third seed, also from Chennai, was fully extended by England's experienced Jenny Duncalf before beating the No.5 seed 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 13-11 in 75 minutes.

"Really happy to win," said a delighted 23-year-old Pallikal later. "Jen played really well today. I knew I had to stick in there and play the rallies out.

"When I was match ball down, I told myself to play the rallies out and stay in there for as long as it takes. And that really helped. Happy to win!"

There will be English interest in the other semi-final where newly-crowned British National champion Sarah-Jane Perry takes on top seed Amanda Sobhy.

Perry, the fourth seed from Kenilworth, was taken to four games by Line Hansen before overcoming the unseeded Dane 11-5, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5.

"I started well but as the match went on Line found more and more shots," explained 24-year-old Perry. "She was slotting anything I left loose!

"After she took the third, I knew I had to get back in front and try and control the pace. Thankfully it worked and I'm really pleased to be through to the semis."

Sobhy, the 21-year-old world No.10 from the USA who has taken time off from her final year studies at Harvard University to defend her Granite title, beat Malaysia's Delia Arnold 11-6, 11-3, 11-8.

"Happy to win in three today against Delia," said Sobhy. "She's a strong player and put the ball away if I gave her anything loose in the middle.

"Now I play SJ tomorrow. We have never played before so it should be a good match."

Seeds Suffer In Toronto Tests

While defending champion and favourite Amanda Sobhy quickly progressed to the quarter-finals of the Women's Granite Open in Canada, seeds Nicolette Fernandes and Joey Chan both crashed out of the first round of the WSA International 25 squash event marking its fourth year at the Granite Club in Toronto.

Sixth seed Fernandes, the world No.20 from Guyana, took the opening two games against Malaysian Delia Arnold. But the Kuala Lumpur-born world No.28 soon recovered the advantage, closing out the next three games to score an impressive 10-12, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 12-10 upset.

Arnold's reward is a clash with world No.10 Sobhy, the 21-year-old from the USA who took time out from her studies at Harvard University to defend her Toronto title. Sobhy despatched New Zealand qualifier Amanda Landers-Murphy 12-10, 11-1, 11-2 in just 22 minutes.

"Happy to be back at the Granite Open," said the young New Yorker. "When I saw it on the calendar, I knew I was going to miss that week of school because there was no way I was going to miss this event!"

It was Danish number one Line Hansen who caused the other upset, seeing off Joey Chan, the No.8 seed from Hong Kong, 11-9, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8.

Hansen, the world No.27 from Odense, will now face fourth seed Sarah-Jane Perry, the world No.16 from England competing in her first Tour event since winning the British National title last week against expectations.

"Joey has really good hands so I tried to give her as little time as possible," said Hansen after her shock win. "I think it worked in big parts of the match. Really happy with the win and looking forward to playing the British Champion tomorrow, aka SJ!! By the way LOVE this event!!"

Perry was made to work hard to earn her place in the last eight, needing 55 minutes to beat Welsh qualifier Deon Saffery 11-13, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10.

"That was tough," said 24-year-old Perry. "Deon was really up for it and played some great squash and made it very difficult for me.

"I love it here at Granite, so I am glad to be back but also looking forward to some rest before tomorrow's match."

Hopes of home success on day one looked strong when Canadian qualifier Samantha Cornett opened up a two-game lead over second seed Rachael Grinham.

But the experienced Australian, a former world number one and world champion, dug deep to claim a 9-11, 11-13, 13-11, 11-6, 11-6 victory in 55 minutes.

"I'm obviously happy to get through," said Grinham, the world No.12 from Queensland who stepped off the plane from Australia only hours before the match! "Sam really played well in the first two. I just hung in there and got the third and then mentally the match swung my way."

Grinham will now line up against seventh seed Joshana Chinappa, the Indian number two who joins Indian number one Dipika Pallikal in the quarter-finals.