RESULTS: Women's Richmond Open, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Cornett Rallies To Richmond Success
Canada's Samantha Cornett survived a dramatic five-game
battle in the final of the Women's Richmond Open, beating
Japanese rival Misaki Kobayashi to win the WSA Challenger
10 squash event in its second year at The Country Club of
Virginia in Richmond, USA
was a clash between two national champions - second seed Cornett,
the world No.32 from Ottawa who is a two-time Canadian champion, and
third seed Kobayashi, the world No.36 from Tokyo who won a record
sixth Japanese national title last year.
was 25-year-old Kobayashi who denied Welsh favourite Tesni Evans
a place in the final, recording a five-game upset over the world
No.31 in the semi-finals.
The WSA World Tour head-to-head record between the finalists
was poised at two-all as the pair lined up for the title. It was a
see-saw contest in which Kobayashi took the opening honours, then
drew level to force a decider after Cornett led 2/1.
But in the pair's third clash which went the full distance - and
their second 3/2 battle this year - it was Cornett who prevailed
7-11, 16-14, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 to win the sixth Tour title of her
think it's quite a skill to be able to spend a whole day with a
friend, and then compete against her in the evening,"
said the Deep River-born 24-year-old (pictured above with Kobayashi
at the presentation ceremony) after her second US Tour title triumph
of 2015. "We had a great day today and the
match ended up being great too. So many five-gamers between us that
next time we may just flip a coin!
"I'm so happy to have won and I look forward to the last bit of this
season! Hopefully I can play just as well!
watched Misaki yesterday and she was putting in some great shots. I
know what she is capable of since the last time we played in a final
she chopped me up. I knew I was going to have to play tight and
offensive squash. Right from the start it was tough. The only thing
that saved me was that she went short a bit too soon in patches
throughout the match. I probably was doing the same if I'm honest,
and it made it for such an even match.
I'm so happy to have played some of my best, smartest, and grittiest
squash today all at the same time.
"The crowd was awesome and excited about the matches all week long,
and it was a great group out to watch today. Misaki and I stayed
with the Urbans and they were nervously sitting on the fence,
cheering for both of us!
"We have been so well taken care of here in Richmond, playing at a
beautiful club, staying with lovely families, and enjoying great
"Thanks so much to Patrick and Winston and Janet and everyone who
put so much effort into the week. It's been an awesome one!"
Kobayashi, who was celebrating her 10th final appearance on the WSA
Tour, added: "Sam and I have played each
other many times and today Sam played really well and forced me to
make a lot of errors."