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Richmond Open 2016








Richmond Open 2016
12-16 Apr
Richmond, Virginia, USA $10k
Round One
[1] Kanzy Emad El Defrawy (EGY)
11-9, 11-1, 11-1
[Q] Karla Urrutia Gomez (MEX)
Kanzy Emad El Defrawy
11-3, 11-5, 11-9
Marie Stephan
Kanzy Emad El Defrawy
11-4, 11-8, 12-10
Hana Ramadan
Kanzy Emad El Defrawy
11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 11-8
Nouran El Torky
[Q] Emilia Soini (FIN)
11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8
[8] Marie Stephan (FRA)
[7] Reyna Pacheco (USA)
11-9, 11-13, 11-4, 11-0
[Q] Sachika Balvani (IND)
Sachika Balvani
11-5, 11-9, 11-4
Hana Ramadan
Hana Ramadan (EGY)
11-7, 11-6, 11-6
[4] Nikki Todd (CAN)
[3] Nouran El Torky (EGY)
11-6, 11-8, 12-10
Diana Garcia (MEX)
Nouran El Torky
11-9, 11-6, 11-8
Anna Kimberley
Nouran El Torky
8-11, 2-11, 5-11
Misaki Kobayashi
Anna Kimberley (ENG)
16-14, 11-8, 11-4
[6] Catalina Pelaez (COL)
[5] Georgina Stoker (ENG)
9-11, 9-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-5
[Q] Low Wee Nee (MAS)
Georgina Stoker
11-3, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5
Misaki Kobayashi
Kelsey Engman (USA)
11-2, 9-11, 11-4, 11-2
[2] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN)


Results – Final Qualifying Round: Richmond Open 2016

[L] Sachika Balvani (IND) bt [4] Alicia Rodriguez (MEX) 3-2: 11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5
[2] Emilia Soini (FIN) bt [L] Jennifer Pelletier (CAN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-8
[5] Karla Urrutia Gomez (MEX) bt [3] Jenny Haley (WAL) 3-2: 5-11, 11-5, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9
[L] Low Wee Nee (MAS) bt [1] Nabilla Ariffin (USA) 3-2: 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 4-11, 12-1




El Defrawy Captures Richmond Open Crown

Top seed Kanzy Emad El Defrawy lifted her second PSA World Tour title in her last three events after sweeping to a 3-1 victory over Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi in the final of the Richmond Open, PSA W10 tournament.

El Defrawy had been in scintillating form in the build up to the final and had scythed through the field without losing a single game. Kobayashi, meanwhile, downed Kelsey Engman and Georgina Stoker in four, before following that up with a straight games dismantling of Egypt’s Nouran El Torky.

The first game between El Defrawy and Kobayashi was an even affair with both players aiming to volley at every opportunity and use their drop shots to great effect.

El Defrawy managed to take the first game but the Egyptian found herself pegged back by a dominant Kobayashi in game two after the World No.38 began to utilise some deceptive boasts which tested El Defrawy’s superb athleticism.

El Defrawy responded by upping the pace as she rattled off a number of powerful drives to force some errors from Kobayashi and she moved on to take the next two games without reply, wrapping up an 11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 11-8 triumph in 55 minutes to lift her first PSA World Tour title of 2016.
Top Three Seeds Sweep Into Richmond Open Semis


The top three seeds in the 2016 Richmond Open, led by title favourite Kanzy Emad El Defrawy, all secured their semi-final berths after easing past their quarter-final opponents in the PSA W10 tournament.

El Defrawy looked supremely confident during her encounter with Marie Stephan and played an aggressive, fast-paced brand of squash to unsettle the Frenchwoman’s rhythm and rack up an 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 victory to seal her place in her first PSA World Tour semi-final of 2016.

There, she will meet a fellow Egyptian, 18-year-old Hana Ramadan, after the World No.101 continued her stunning form in this tournament with a victory over Indian qualifier Sachika Balvani.

Ramadan exhibited an array of attacking shots at the front of the court which paid immediate dividends as she powered to the win in straight games.

Meanwhile, Japanese number two seed Misaki Kobayashi downed England’s Georgina Stoker to move into the last four and she will line up against Nouran El Torky, who defeated Anna Kimberley.
El Defrawy Eases Into Richmond Open Last Eight


Egypt’s Kanzy Emad El Defrawy secured her place in the quarter-final of the Richmond Open, PSA W10 tournament with a straightforward 3-0 triumph over Mexican qualifier Karla Urrutia Gomez in the opening round.

Top seed El Defrawy, who is renowned for her athletic prowess and exciting style of play, had the better of a closely-fought first game before blitzing to victories in the second and third for the loss of just a solitary point in each.

The World No.37 claimed an 11-9, 11-1, 11-1 win in straight games to set up a quarter-final encounter with France’s Marie Stephan who saw off Finnish qualifier Emilia Soini in four.

Second seed Misaki Kobayashi remains on course to meet El Defrawy in the final after she defeated home player Kelsey Engman 3-1. Kobayashi romped to victory in game one and, a second game reversal aside, held firm to complete the victory and seal her place in the last eight where she will meet Georgina Stoker, who recovered from 2-0 down to beat Low Wee Nee.

Nouran El Torky is also through after a routine 3-0 win against Diana Garcia and her reward is a quarter-final clash with Anna Kimberley with the Englishwoman downing Colombia’s Catalina Pelaez to progress.

Indian qualifier Sachika Balvani and 18-year-old Egyptian Hana Ramadan will face off in the other quarter-final fixture thanks to respective wins over Reyna Pacheco and Nikki Todd.
Low Lunges Into Richmond Open Main Draw


Malaysia’s Low Wee Nee came up with the biggest upset in the final qualifying round of the Richmond Open, PSA W10 tournament after prevailing in five games against top qualifying seed Nabilla Ariffin.

Low, sister of former World No.5 Wee Wern, made less unforced errors than her opponent in a mixed match and her patience proved to be the difference between the two, with the Malaysian eventually claiming an 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 4-11, 12-10 win to reach the opening round of the main draw.

Low is set to line up against Georgina Stoker for a place in the quarter-final as she participates in her first PSA World Tour main draw of 2016.

Emilia Soini will join Low in the main draw after she downed Jennifer Pelletier in a confident three-game salvo and she fill play France’s Marie Stephan in round one.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s Karla Urrutia Gomez required five games to defeat Jenny Haley, recovering from seeing her 2-1 lead shattered to close out the victory and set up a difficult first round meeting with title favourite Kanzy Emad El Defrawy.

Sachika Balvani was the other victor in the final round of qualifying thanks to her win over Alicia Rodriguez and she is rewarded with a fixture against Reyna Pacheco.