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Granite Open 2016

Granite Open 2016
17-22 Jan
Toronto, Canada, $25k
Round One
19 Jan
20 Jan
21 Jan
22 Jan
[1] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
7-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9 (44m)
Fiona Moverley (ENG)
Fiona Moverley
11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-9 (60m)
Samantha Teran
Fiona Moverley
5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (41m)

Victoria Lust
Victoria Lust
11/6, 11/2, 11/4 (45m)
Nicolette Fernandes
[7] Samantha Teran (MEX)
11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8 (69m)
[Q] Nele Gilis (BEL)
[8] Olivia Blatchford (USA)
11-7, 8-11, 7-11, 13-11, 11-4 (68m)
[Q] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
Olivia Blatchford
11-8, 11-8, 11-1 (31m)

Victoria Lust
[4] Victoria Lust (ENG)
11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-3 (34m)
Miosaki Kobayashi (JPN)
[Q] Deon Saffery (WAL)
11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8 (33m)
[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
Deon Saffery
8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-9 (77m)
Nicolette Fernandes
Nicolette Fernandes
12-10, 11-9, 11-9 (62m)
Dipika Pallikal
Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)
12-10, 11-1, 16-14 (43m)
[6] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)
[wc] Nikki Todd (CAN)
7-11, 11-9, 4-11, 12-10, 11-9 (58m)
[5] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY)
Salma Hany Ibrahim
12-10, 11-2, 11-4 (34m)

Dipika Pallikal
[Q] Nouran El Torky (EGY)
11-4, 9-11, 11-2, 11-7 (37m)
[2] Dipika Pallikal (IND)

Results – Final Qualifying Round: Slaight Music and Roundtable Capital Granite Open 2016
[1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [6] Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-0 : 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
[3] Nouran El Torky (EGY) by [8] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 3-2: 11-9, 10-12, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8
[4] Deon Saffery (WAL) bt [7] Cheyna Tucker (RSA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-3, 11-2
[5] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [2] Maria Toorpakai Wazir (PAK) 3-2: 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8

Final Semi Finals Quarter Finals


Fernandes And Lust Set Up Granite Open Final Meeting


Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes and England’s Victoria Lust will compete for their first PSA World Tour titles of 2016 in the final of the Slaight Music and Roundtable Capital Granite Open, PSA W25 event after they managed victories over Dipika Pallikal and Fiona Moverley, respectively.

Fernandes went behind early on in the opening game of her fixture with last year’s runner-up Pallikal and found herself a game ball down. Some fantastic counter drops and cross court winners soon saw the World No.28 overturn Pallikal’s lead though to seize a one-game advantage.

A brief blood break disrupted play in the second but the battle soon resumed with some frantic attacking play from both players. Fernandes eventually got the better of the Indian No.2 with an extremely hard-fought 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 victory to move through to the final, where she will fight for a first PSA World Tour title since 2012.

“I just thought that was a beautiful, clean game of squash,” said Fernandes.

“We train so hard to play games like that. Squash prevailed, you know. I was just happy that I played well.

“Now I need to regroup and start again tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Lust halted the fine form of compatriot Moverley who had already caused a storm early on in the event when she eliminated former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf and seventh seed Samantha Teran. Moverley took the opener and seemed poised to continue her spectacular run but an assured display from Lust saw the World No.21 up the consistency of her shots to take the win in four games.
Moverley Continues Fine Run In Granite Open


England’s Fiona Moverley kept up her superb start to the Slaight Music and Roundtable Capital Open, PSA W25 event after coming through a brutal five-game thriller against experienced Mexican Samantha Teran in the quarter-final.

Moverley was out for revenge after her last encounter with Teran resulted in the 28-year-old bowing out of the prestigious J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions at the final qualifying round stage.

“I’m delighted to be in the semi finals,” said Moverley.

“I knew tonight’s match was going to be tough and long because of her athleticism. It’s not easy to win a rally when the ball keeps coming back. But I stuck to my game plan and mentally stayed strong throughout the match to finally see out the fifth.

“I can’t wait to play again tomorrow.”

There is guaranteed to be an English finalist after Moverley’s compatriot, Victoria Lust, stormed to victory against United States player Olivia Blatchford. Lust dominated the 31-minute encounter and has set up a semi-final meeting with Moverley as she looks to reach her first PSA World Tour final since August.

Second seed Dipika Pallikal is also through to the last four thanks to a straightforward win against Salma Hany Ibrahim and will go head-to-head with Nicolette Fernandes, who came back from two games down to defeat Welsh qualifier Deon Saffery, for a place in the final.
Moverley Moves Past Duncalf In Shock Granite Open Result


World No.42 Fiona Moverley managed one of the biggest scalps of her career in the opening round of the Slaight Music and Roundtable Capital Granite Open, PSA W25 event after a stunning 3-1 victory over title favourite and former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf.

Top seed Duncalf edged the early stages of the game and rose into a one-game lead after moving Moverley into all four corners of the court and attacking with vigour whenever her fellow Englishwoman hit a loose shot. However, in a flurry of high-quality efforts from both players, Moverley fought back to take three games without reply and complete a superb win for the Hull-based 29-year-old.

“I’m over the moon to have won that match,” said Moverley.

“Even though I believed I could win and went on feeling positive, it’s always hard to convert that into a win. She punished anything loose and I had to fight in some of the big points, especially when I was down in a couple of the games, so I’m pleased with the way I stuck in until the end. I can’t wait for the next match tomorrow against Sam.

“We only played recently and I’m looking for my revenge.”

Elsewhere, former World Champion Rachael Grinham also fell to a lower-ranked opponent, succumbing to a 3-1 defeat against Welsh qualifier Deon Saffery. The Australian No.1 made a number of errors early on in the match which allowed Saffery to build up an unassailable lead. Saffery is set to face Nicolette Fernandes in the next round thanks to the sixth seed’s win over New Zealand’s Amanda Landers-Murphy.

Last year’s runner-up Dipika Pallikal remains on course to reach a second successive final after seeing off Egypt’s Nouran El Torky in a confident four-game salvo. Salma Hany Ibrahim awaits the Indian No.2 in the quarter-final after edging Canadian wildcard Nikki Todd in a 3-2 triumph.

Victoria Lust and Olivia Blatchford, meanwhile, will contest the event’s other quarter-final fixture after they claimed victories over Misaki Kobayashi and Millie Tomlinson, respectively.
Colossal Battles Grace The Granite Open Final Qualifying Round


The final round of qualifying for the Slaight Music and Roundtable Capital Granite Open, PSA W25 event produced some mesmerising clashes for gathered spectators in Toronto, Canada.

In a terrific match of immense quality, Belgian No.1 Nele Gilis came up against World No.48 Maria Toorpakai Wazir. Gilis started strongly and marched to a commanding 2-0 lead, however, under the stewardship of former World No.1 Jonathan Power, Wazir bounced back magnificently to level the score at 2-2, forcing the match into a decider. In a closely fought fifth game, Gilis ultimately prevailed 11-8 and progresses to the main draw where she will face Mexico’s Samantha Teran.