Squashworks Open 2003
08-11 May, Salt Lake City, USA, $11.5k

England's Cassie Jackman cruised to victory in the final of the Women's Squashworks Open in Salt Lake City, USA - beating compatriot Vicky Botwright 9-2 9-2 9-5 in the climax of the $11,500 WISPA World Tour event.

The 30-year-old former world No1 and world champion from Norfolk is enjoying a magnificent run since returning to top flight squash at the beginning of this year after undergoing career-threatening back surgery for the second time last September.

Jackman, who won a record-equalling fifth British National title in February, swept through the Squashworks event without dropping a game to claim the 23rd WISPA title of her career in her 45th final. 

It was the world number nine's third WISPA title of the year, and came just a week after Jackman led England to their 27th successive title in the European Team Championships.


Report from KSL TV in Utah

Squashworks Open 2003
08-11 May, Salt Lake City, USA, $11.5k
1st Round
Thu 8th
Fri 9th
[1] Cassie Jackman (Eng)
9/3, 9/1, 9/0
Shabana Khan (Usa)
Cassie Jackman
9/4, 9/1, 9/0
Madeline Perry
Cassie Jackman

9/0, 9/6, 9/0

Nicol David

Cassie Jackman

9/2, 9/2, 9/5


Vicky Botwright

[5] Madeline Perry (Irl)
9/0, 9/4, 9/5
[Q] Heidi Mather (Aus)
[4] Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
9/6, 9/1, 10/8
Lara Petera (Nzl)
Rebecca Chiu
9/6, 10/9, 4/9, 9/4
Nicol David
[7] Latasha Khan (Usa)
10/8, 9/6, 9/4
Nicol David (Mas)
[Q] Amelia Pittock (Aus)
2/9, 9/7, 9/5, 9/3
[8] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
Jenny Duncalf
9/4, 9/2, 9/4
Vicky Botwright
Vicky Botwright

9/2, 9/6, 9/7

Sharon Wee
[Q] Samantha Teran (Mex)
9/4, 8/10, 9/4, 9/4
[3] Vicky Botwright (Eng)
Kate Allison (Eng)
8/10, 9/2, 9/0, 9/6
[6] Sharon Wee (Mas)
Sharon Wee
9/6, 10/8, 9/7
Alison Waters
[Q] Alison Waters (Eng)
9/2, 9/6, 9/3
[LL] Meredith Quick (Usa)

Qualifying finals:
Alison Waters (Eng) bt Vicky Lankester (Eng)  2-9, 9-2, 9-2, 4-9, 9-4
Amelia Pittock (Aus) bt Julia Beaver (Usa)  9-3, 9-3, 9-1
Samantha Teran (Mex) bt Melissa Martin (Aus)  9-5, 9-3, 9-1
Heidi Mather (Aus) bt Meredith Quick (Usa)  9-3, 9-3, 9-4

Qualifying first round:
Vicky Lankester (Eng) bt Steffanie Moore (Usa)  9-1, 9-2, 9-2
Alison Waters (Eng) bt Olga Sola (Esp)  5-9, 9-4, 7-9, 9-4, 9-3
Amelia Pittock (Aus) bt Louisa Hall (Usa)  9-1, 9-4, 9-1
Julia Beaver (Usa) bt Tina Rix (Eng)  10-9, 7-9, 4-9, 9-4, 9-1
Melissa Martin (Aus) bt Diana Huerta (Mex)  9-2, 9-3, 9-0
Samantha Teran (Mex) bt Katie Patrick (Can)  9-4, 9-7, 9-1
Meredith Quick (Usa) bt Carlin Wing (Usa)  9-1, 9-0, 9-1
Heidi Mather (Aus) bt Alana Miller (Can)  9-3, 9-1, 9-3

RESULTS & Reports

English Triumph In Malaysian Battles
Cassie Jackman and Vicky Botwright will meet in an all-English final after achieving straight games victories over Malaysians in the semi-finals in Salt Lake City, USA.

Jackman, the top seed from Norfolk, ended unseeded Nicol David's run with a 9-0 9-6 9-0 win over the two-times world junior champion from Penang,  David had earlier upset arch rival Rebecca Chiu, the fourth seed from Hong Kong who beat the Malaysian in the 2002 Asian Games final.

Vicky Botwright, the third seed from Manchester, defeated sixth seed Sharon Wee 9-2 9-6 9-7 to reach her third WISPA World Tour final in the US this year. 

The final will mark the English pair's first meeting since February's first round of the British National Championships which Jackman survived in five games before going on to lift the title for a record-equalling fifth time.

Both semi-finals of the Squashworks Open will be England v Malaysia affairs, with Cassie Jackman facing Nicol David and Vicky Botwright up against Sharon Wee.

Top seed Jackman cruised past Ireland's Madeline Perry, while two-time world junior champion David gained revenge for her Asian Games defeat with a 3/1 victory over Rebecca Chiu.

Botwright saw off the challenge of Yorkshire's Jenny Duncalf, while Wee took advantage of the withdrawal of second seed Jenny Tranfield, beating qualifier Alison Waters 3/0 to reach the semi-finals.

First round:
Malaysia's twice world junior squash champion Nicol David pulled off the only, modest, upset on the opening day of the Women's Squashworks Open in Salt Lake City, USA, to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with Hong Kong's Rebecca Chiu.

David, still only 19, ruled Asian women's squash for a number of years leading up to last October's Asian Games in South Korea. In a major upset in the final, the title-holding teenager was beaten in straight games by Chiu.
It was David's first loss to her Hong Kong rival in four meetings that year, and her first Asian defeat since winning three Asian Championships titles and the Asian Games gold medal in 1998.

In only her third WISPA event this year since taking a rest from the World Tour since May last year, the unseeded Nicol David beat seventh seed Latasha Khan, of the USA, 10-8 9-6 9-4 to set up her revenge match with Chiu. Fourth-seeded Chiu defeated New Zealand's Lara Petera 9-6 9-1 10-8.

Fresh from leading England to success in the women's European Team Championships on Sunday, top seed Cassie Jackman cruised to a 9-3 9-1 9-0 win over USA's Shabana Khan and now faces Ireland's Madeline Perry, the 5th seed, for a place in the semi-finals.

Jackman's England team-mate Jenny Tranfield, her seeded opponent in the final, withdrew from the event with a flu virus on arrival in the USA. English qualifier Alison Waters became the beneficiary of this withdrawal when she beat American 'lucky loser' Meredith Quick 9-2 9-6 9-3 to take Tranfield's anticipated slot in the quarter-finals.


Craig Bennett reports

England's second seed Jenny Tranfield has been forced to withdraw due to illness, which means a big break for qualifier Alison Waters.

Instead of having to play the world # 10 Tranfield she now gets "lucky loser" Meredith Quick of the USA, who was drawn to take Tranfield's place.

The other qualifiers are Mexico's Samantha Teran, who now faces Vicky Botwright, and Australians Heidi Mather and Amelia Pittock.

In addition to the 2003 Squashworks WISPA Open matches, the U.S. players are playing a separate U.S. Elite Challenger tournament sanctioned by the United States Squash Racquets Association (USSRA).

There are six of the top U.S. professionals here in Salt Lake City for both the WISPA tournament and this U.S. Challenger. Results from this U.S. Challenger will be used to determine the three spots on the U.S. National Team which represents the U.S. in the Pan American Games.

These spots are very prestigious and coveted. The U.S. players are really looking forward to this competition. Play in the U.S. Challenger also begins on Thursday May 8th with two New Yorkers: Julia Beaver vs. Carlin Wing @ 6:45 PM on Court # 2.

Thu results:
Julia Beaver defeated Carlin Wing   9-0, 9-1, 9-2

Fri results: 
Meredeth Quick defeated Louisa Hall  9-5, 8-10, 9-6, 9-2
Shabana Khan defeated Carlin Wing  9-7, 9-0, 9-2

Sat results:
Latasha Khan defeated Meredeth Quick  9-5, 9-4, 10-8
Julia Beaver defeated Shabana Khan  9-1, 9-2, 9-3
Latasha Khan defeated Louisa Hall  7-9, 9-2, 9-0, 9-5

Sun results:
Latasha Khan defeated Julia Beaver  6-9, 9-6, 9-1, 9-2
Meredeth Quick defeated Shabana Khan  9-2, 9-2, 5-9, 9-3
Louisa Hall defeated Carlin Wing  9-0, 9-0, 9-2

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2002 Event

Squashworks Open, 02-05 May

[1] Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS) bt [2] Natalie Pohrer (ENG) 9-3, 9-7, 9-6

Sweet Win For Fitz-Gerald In Salt Lake City
Australia's world No1 Sarah Fitz-Gerald bt England's world No5 Natalie Pohrer 9-3 9-7 9-6 in the final  to claim her eighth successive title on the WISPA World Tour. This was the pair's first meeting since the Tournament of Champions semi-final in January. The US success by the four-times world champion from Melbourne, unbeaten since August last year, takes her WISPA career title tally to 54.

[1] Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS) bt [4] Jenny Tranfield (ENG)    9-5, 9-1, 9-6
[2] Natalie Pohrer (ENG) bt [3] Tania Bailey (ENG)  9-3, 9-2, 9-0

[1] Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS) bt [Q] Carla Khan (PAK) 9-2, 9-1, 9-0
[4] Jenny Tranfield (ENG) bt [5] Annelize Naude (RSA)   9-4, 9-1, 9-0
[3] Tania Bailey (ENG) bt Cheryl Beaumont (ENG) 9-5, 9-4, 9-1
[2] Natalie Pohrer (ENG) bt [6] Maha Zein (EGY)     9-0, 9-0, 9-0

First Round:
[1] Sarah Fitz-Gerald (Aus) bt Lara Petara (Nzl)  9/0, 9/3, 9/1
[Q] Carla Khan (Pak) bt [7] Latasha Khan (Usa)  3/9, 9/4, 4/9, 9/2, 9/5
[4] Jenny Tranfield (Eng) bt Vicky Lankester (Eng)  9/3, 9/2, 9/6
[5] Annelize Naude (Rsa) bt [Q] Louise Crome (Nzl)  9/3, 9/6, 10/8
Cheryl Beaumont bt [8] Eman el Amir (Eng)  9/7, 7/9, 9/4, 10/8
[3] Tania Bailey (Eng) bt Shabana Khan (Usa)  9/0, 9/2, 9/3
[6] Maha Zein (Egy) bt [Q] Karen Morrissey (Aus)  8/10, 9/4, 9/2, 7/9, 9/5
[2] Natalie Pohrer (Eng) bt [Q] Kate Allison (Eng)  9/0, 9/1, 9/1

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