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Monte Carlo Classic 2015

  Monte Carlo Classic 2015
9 - 13 Nov
Monaco, $35k
First Round
10 Nov
11 Nov
12 Nov
13 Nov
[1] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
11-5, 10-12, 11-6, 11-3 (36m)
[Q] Olivia Blatchford (USA)
Sarah-Jane Perry
13-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7 (66m)
Nicolette Fernandes
Sarah-Jane Perry
11-9, 13-11, 11-6 (40m)
Line Hansen
Sarah-Jane Perry
11-4, 13-11, 11-9 (44m)
Jenny Duncalf
[7] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)
11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (27m)
Siyoli Waters (RSA)
[6] Line Hansen (DEN)
11-3 ret.
[Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY)
Line Hansen
11-5, 11-5 ret.
Emily Whitlock
[4] Emily Whitlock (ENG)
11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10 (50m)
Misaki Kobayashi (JPN)
[wc] Coline Aumard (FRA)
7-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-9 (51m)
[3] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
Jenny Duncalf
15-13, 11-4, 11-4 (31m)
Natalie Grinham
Jenny Duncalf
11-8, 12-10, 11-9 (31m)
Rachael Grinham
[Q] Natalie Grinham (NED)
7-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-7 (50m)
[5] Heba El Torky (EGY)
Samantha Teran (MEX)
12-10, 11-4, 4-11, 11-7 (55m)
[8] Tesni Evans (WAL)
Tesni Evans
12-10, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8 (54m)
Rachael Grinham
[Q] Nouran El Torky (EGY)
11-4, 11-1, 11-6 (21m)
[2] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
Results – First Qualifying Round: Monte Carlo Classic
[1] Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Chloe Mesic (FRA) 3-2: 11-4, 7-11, 1-11, 11-8, 11-6
Enora Villard (FRA) bt [8] Cyrielle Peltier (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 11-9
[7] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [L] Elise Romba (FRA) 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-5
[4] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt Marija Shpakova (SUI) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-0
[3] Natalie Grinham (NED) bt [L] Laura Gamblin (FRA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-9
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [5] Deon Saffery (WAL) 3-2: 1-11, 12-10, 13-11, 2-11, 11-4
[6] Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt Victoria Temple-Murray (ENG) 3-1: 11-6, 11-1, 9-11, 11-6
[2] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt Nadia Pfister (SUI) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-3

Result – Final Qualifying Round
[1] Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Enora Villard (FRA) 11/5, 11/8, 11/6 (23m)
[4] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt [7] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 6/11 11/5 13/11 11/7 (53m)
[3] Natalie Grinham (NED) bt Nele Gilis (BEL) 12/10, 11/8, 11/7 (37m)
[2] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt [6] Fiona Moverley (ENG) 11/8, 11/7, 13/11 (27m)
Duncalf Triumphs In Monte Carlo

Jenny Duncalf celebrated her first PSA World Tour title win in five years as she saw off top seeded compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry 3-0 to win the 215 Monte Carlo Classic, PSA W35 tournament.

The former World No.2 has slipped to as low as 21 in the world rankings but has enjoyed a renaissance in recent months, having looked back to some of her best form at the World Series events at the U.S. Open and Qatar Classics, and she continued to build on her improving form to secure an impressive victory over the powerful Perry.

It brings about the 10th title of the Englishwoman’s career.
Perry Pounces On Monte Carlo Semis Spot


Top seed Sarah-Jane Perry (right) progressed to the semi-final of the Monte Carlo Classic, PSA W35 event with a confident 3-1 victory over Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes – keeping alive her hopes of lifting a second PSA World Tour title of the year.

World No.12 Perry edged a tight opening game before pressing on to double her lead in the second as she began to establish a rhythm.

Fernandes fought back in the third with a typical all-action display and excellent court coverage enabling her to work some openings for herself in a bid to get back into the game. However, Perry hit consistent length in the fourth to close out the encounter with a 13-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-1 victory, seeing her through to the last four.

She will face Line Hansen for a place in the showpiece event after the Dane progressed courtesy of an injury to her quarter-final opponent, Emily Whitlock.

Rachael Grinham and Jenny Duncalf will line up against each other in the other semi-final fixture with Grinham seeing off Tesni Evans and Duncalf preventing Natalie Grinham from facing her sister in the next round.

Grinham Sisters Down El Torky Sisters

The opening round of the Monte Carlo Classic, PSA W35 tournament saw siblings Natalie (right) and Rachael Grinham come out on top in their respective encounters against sisters Heba and Nouran El Torky.

Natalie eased through qualification without dropping a game and continued her fine form into her encounter with number five seed Heba, defeating the Egyptian World No.20 with a 7-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-7 victory to reach the quarter-final stage.

She will meet England’s Jenny Duncalf in the next round after she recovered from a first game wobble against wildcard Coline Aumard to progress.

Former World Champion Rachael meanwhile scythed through Nouran in straight games and her reward is a quarter-final clash with Tesni Evans who downed Samantha Teran in four.

Number one seed Sarah-Jane Perry progressed against Olivia Blatchford despite dropping the second game and will line up against Nicolette Fernandes, who beat Siyoli Waters 3-0.

Emily Whitlock overcame Misaki Kobayashi in a hard-fought encounter and she faces Line Hansen for a place in the semi-final with the Dane relatively fresh after her match against Mariam Metwally was cut short after just one game due to the latter suffering from an injury.

Majestic Matches On Show In Monte Carlo


The main draw of the Monte Carlo Classic, PSA W35 tournament begins on Tuesday November 10 with a number of big names on show in Monaco.

England No.3 Sarah-Jane Perry is seeded first for the event and is looking for her second PSA World Tour title of 2015 having already lifted silverware at the Granite Open back in February.

The World No.12 has been in decent form over the past few months and reached the final of September’s NetSuite Open before losing to Amanda Sobhy.

Perry, whose last PSA World Tour appearance yielded a second round finish at the Qatar Classic, will meet Olivia Blatchford in round one.

Former World Champion Rachael Grinham is also among the forerunners for the crown but is yet to taste success so far this year. The 38-year-old started 2015 in fine form and made it to the final of the Calgary CFO Consulting Services WSA Women’s Squash Week in March but has only made it out of the first round of a PSA World Tour event once since August, where she reached round two of last week’s Qatar Classic.

Egypt’s Nouran El Torky is her opponent in the opening round with the World No.54 out to cause an upset.

Jenny Duncalf also made it to the second round of action at the Qatar Classic before losing to Annie Au and has finished in the last 16 in her last PSA World Tour appearances.

The experienced World No.21, who turns 33 today, will be hoping for a win to kickstart her birthday celebrations and lines up against wildcard Coline Aumard for a place in the quarter-final.

Emily Whitlock is also in with a shout of taking honours in Monte Carlo after a strong 2015 that has seen her capture three PSA World Tour titles and rise up the World Rankings to her current career-high World.18 spot. Macclesfield-born Whitlock goes head-to-head with Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi in the first round.
Monte Carlo Classic Qualifying Gets Under Way

The first qualifying round of the Monte Carlo Classic, PSA W35 tournament saw promising 19-year-old Belgian Nele Gilis overcome Deon Saffery in the round’s standout tie.

Saffery dropped just a solitary point en-route to claiming the opening game but Gilis fought back to take the next two games on the tie-break. Despite a brief reprieve which saw Saffery level things up in the fourth, Gilis kept up her onslaught to record a 1-11, 12-10, 13-11, 2-11, 11-4 victory and seal her spot in the final round of qualifying.

She will do battle with former World No.2 Natalie Grinham there after the Dutchwoman claimed a 3-0 win over Laura Gamblin.

France’s Enora Villard overcame compatriot Cyrielle Peltier in straight games after a dominant performance and she has set up a next round clash with Mariam Metwally, the top qualifying seed who flirted with elimination against Chloe Mesic before earning the win in five.

United States player Olivia Blatchford advanced to the final qualifying round after she beat Nadia Pfister and Fiona Moverley will go head-to-head with her after securing a 3-1 victory over Victoria Temple-Murray.

Meanwhile, Nouran El Torky and Millie Tomlinson will line up against each other in the next round after they rose to respective wins over Marija Shpakova and Elise Romba.

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