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24/10/2016
Carol Weymuller Open 2016

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Carol Weymuller Open 2016
18 - 24 Oct
New York, USA, $50k
Round One
20-21 OCT
Quarters
22 OCT
Semis
23 OCT
Final
24 OCT
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
11-8, 11-6, 11-8
[Q] Kanzy Emad El Defrawy (EGY)
Nour El Sherbini
11-9, 11-4, 11-4
Olivia Blatchford
Nour El Sherbini
12-10, 11-8, 11-4
Sarah-Jane Perry
Nour El Sherbini
13-11, 11-6, 11-3 (40m)
Alison Waters
[8] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
11-5, 11-6, 11-6
[Q] Olivia Blatchford (USA)
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
11-6, 11-4, 11-4
[Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY)
Sarah-Jane Perry
11-6, 11-6, 11-3
Joshna Chinappa
[4] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
12-10, 11-9, 11-8
[Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY)
[3] Alison Waters (ENG)
11-5, 11-2, 11-3
Delia Arnold (MAS)
Alison Waters
11-4, 6-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7
Joelle King
Alison Waters
11-9, 10-12, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8
Camille Serme
[5] Joelle King (NZL)
13-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-9
Donna Urquhart (AUS)
[6] Annie Au (HKG)
11-4, 7-11, 11-2, 11-5
[WC] Haley Mendez (USA)
Annie Au
11-3, 11-7, 11-8
Camille Serme
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 13-11
[2] Camille Serme (FRA)
Qualifying

Results - Qualifying Finals:
[7] Kanzy Emad El Defrawy (EGY) bt [1] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 3-1: 5-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9
[4] Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt [5] Samantha Teran (MEX) 3-0: 12-10, 16-14, 11-8
[3] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt [8]Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-2: 10-12, 3-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-1
[6] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) bt [2] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-0: 11-7, 13-11, 11-9

 
REPORTS
El Sherbini Retains Carol Weymuller Open Crown

World No.1 Nour El Sherbini captured the Carol Weymuller Open, PSA W50 title for a second successive year after an assured display from the 20-year-old Egyptian saw her defeat 2014 winner Alison Waters at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn.

El Sherbini, the reigning World Champion, breezed through to the final without dropping a game and defeated Englandís Sarah-Jane Perry to book her place in the showpiece finale.

Waters, meanwhile, came up with arguably the performance of the tournament in her semi-final fixture to overcome recent Delaware Investments U.S. Open winner Camille Serme in a blistering five-game battle.

It was the Englishwoman who lead the head-to-head record between the pair 4-2 coming into the match, but El Sherbini stormed out of the traps to hold a 6-1 lead in game one, only to see Waters fight back to claim game balls on two occasions.

A determined El Sherbini came back though to take it on the tie-break and, despite even starts to the second and third games, the Egyptian pulled away in both to wrap up a 13-11, 11-6, 11-3 victory to capture her first PSA World Tour title since she became World Champion in April.

ďItís a thrill to defend my title again this year after winning it last year, and that was the start of a really special season," said El Sherbini.

"Letís hope that this will be the start of a special season again this year."
 
Waters And El Sherbini Set Up Weymuller Showdown

Englandís Alison Waters pulled off the result of the night, and one of her biggest wins in recent months, as she downed recent Delaware Investments U.S. Open champion Camille Serme in a thrilling five-game battle to secure a place in the final of the 2016 Carol Weymuller Open, PSA W50 tournament, that will see her take on World No.1 Nour El Sherbini for the spoils.

Waters, the 2014 Weymuller champion, came through a tough five-game battle with New Zealandís Joelle King to reach the last four but showed no signs of fatigue as she came out full off attacking intent against Frenchwoman Serme, the 2013 runner-up, who had secured her semi-final spot courtesy of a routine 3-0 win over Annie Au.

The match started at a blistering pace, with both players attacking and utilising all four corners on the court to stretch their opponent as they matched each point for point all the way to 10-9, when it was Waters who struck the first blow. The Englishwoman then looked to be in cruise control as she edged 8-3 ahead in the second only to see Serme claw her way back into contention and level the match via a tense 12-10 tie-break.

From then on they traded points back and fourth, sharing the third and fourth games, to set up a nail-biting decider during which it was Waters who stepped up to dominate the T, taking six consecutive points from 4-4 to hold match balls at 10-4 and eventually complete the win at the fifth opportunity.

ďIím obviously delighted to have won and to have backed up yesterdayís match,Ē said Waters.

ďIím happy to see the work I have done over the summer come into play. I felt like I was thinking more about me and controlling the pace and not just letting her get into her rhythm, which she is so strong at.

ďIím looking forward to being in the final tomorrow and Iím really enjoying being here in Brooklyn.Ē

In the second semi-final it was World No.1 and World Champion El Sherbini who emerged triumphant in straight games, but she was made to work hard by opponent Sarah-Jane Perry.

The Englishwoman has scalped the likes of Nicol David already this season and stood toe-to-toe with El Sherbini for long stints in the match, none more so than when she fought back from 6-1 down in the first to force a tie-break, but couldn't find a killer blow to get a game on the board as El Sherbini kept her title defence alive.

ďIím definitely happy to be back in the final again this year,Ē said El Sherbini.

ďToday the first game was important. I always seem to have a tough first game!

ďIím looking forward to the final. I played Alison last week so I know it will be hard but Iím just happy to be back in the final.Ē
 
Home Hope Blatchford Axes Duncalf on Opening Day of Carol Weymuller Open
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United States No.2 Olivia Blatchford claimed a second successive win over former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf to seal her place in the quarter-final stage of the 2016 Carol Weymuller Open, PSA W50 tournament taking place at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn.

World No.32 Blatchford only just made it through qualification after coming back from two games down to defeat Englandís Mille Tomlinson in the final round, and the 23-year-old raised her game to put in an assured display against Duncalf.

The duo had met just once previously, with Blatchford also causing an upset on that occasion, and the American dominated the 'Tí and forced Duncalf into the back corners to take an 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 victory.

ďMy dad always used to say, ĎAct the way you want to feelí, so I did," said Blatchford.

"I thought that if I went out there and executed the game plan, which was to go deep and attack short when I could, win or lose I would have to be proud.

"I watched Jenny at this tournament years ago beating [former World No.1] Natalie Grainger and I was in awe with the way she struck the ball. It was a pleasure to play her on the court that I first saw her play on."

Blatchford will have the distinction of facing defending champion Nour El Sherbini in the next round after the Egyptian rose to a win in straight games against compatriot Kanzy Emad El Defrawy.

El Sherbini, the current World No.1 and World Champion, quickly rose to a two-game lead, before going 8-2 up in the third. A resurgent El Defrawy found her way back into the game and briefly threatened a comeback, but El Sherbini held firm to close out the win by an 11-8, 11-6, 11-8 margin.

ďIím feeling good, the first round is never easy and Kanzy is never easy [to play against]," explained El Sherbini, who last week reached the final of the Delaware Investments U.S. Open.

"I havenít played Kanzy in a long time, but we used to play all the time in the juniors since we were seven years old. Itís my first time to play on the court this tournament and itís hard to connect between two big tournaments, so I just wanted to go in and get used to the court.

"The last game I got used to the court more and tried more shots. Maybe I relaxed a little and went for my shots. I was trying all the shots to get used to the court but maybe it wasnít the best time to try them."

Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa and World No.11 Sarah-Jane Perry were the other victors on the opening day of main draw action after they defeated Egyptian qualifiers Salma Hany Ibrahim and Mariam Metwally, respectively.

Chinappa and Perry will face each other in the last eight in what will be their first meeting since 2014, with Perry winning on that occasion.
 
Blatchford Delights To Double U.S. Interest In Carol Weymuller

American number two Olivia Blatchford, the World No.32, made it fifth time lucky at the Carol Weymuller Open as she came through the final round of qualification to join compatriot, and tournament wildcard, Haley Mendez in the main draw and double home interest in the W50 event taking place at The Heights Casino, Brooklyn.

Blatchford, second only to World No.6 Amanda Sobhy on the US standings, failed to progress through the two-day qualification battle on her previous four attempts - in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2011 - but produced an impressive come from behind victory to down Englandís Millie Tomlinson 3-2.

It was the No.39 who started strongest, playing patient, aggressive squash to deny Blatchford time on the ball and it paid dividends as she took the first two games 12-10, 11-3. But the tenacious Blatchford fought back, coming from 8-5 down in the third to turn the game, and the match, around - going from strength to strength and eventually sealing the match courtesy of a dominant 11-1 fifth game.

ďI was thinking Ďshe is going to have to pry this from my fingers tips if she wants to winí,Ē said Blatchford afterwards.

ďOn these types of courts when itís hot, itís really a free for all. After the first two games I thought I would try to make it more about the squash and less about the conditions - I guess it worked.Ē

Blatchford will now face Englandís former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf in the main draw, where she will be eyeing an upset win, while she is joined by a trio of Egyptians as it was Kanzy Emad El Defrawy, Mariam Metwally and Salma Hany Ibrahim who came through the remaining three qualification battles to upset the odds and take out the two top ranked qualifiers.

Defrway secured an impressive win as she got past the experienced Nicolette Fernandes, the top seeded player in qualification, 3-1 while Metwally and Ibrahim secured impressive 3-0 wins over Samatha Teran and Tesni Evans, respectively.

Ibrahim in particular impressed as she held the dangerous Evans, number two seeded qualifier, to love and set up a first round match with Indiaís Joshna Chinappa.

 

 

 

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