Ottawa Women's International
07-10 Nov 2002, Ottawa, Canada, $7.5k


Proving defiantly that experience is more significant than age, England's Suzanne Horner fought back from a game down to overpower second-seeded Scot Pamela Nimmo to lift the Ottawa Women's International title in Ontario, Canada.

The top-seeded 39-year-old, a twice World Over-35 champion from Wakefield in Yorkshire, defeated Nimmo 5-9, 9-4, 9-5, 9-6 in 38 minutes to claim her first WISPA World Tour title since January 2001 - but the 23rd of her career since 1988.

In the play-off for third place, Malaysia's Sharon Wee beat England's Kate Allison 9-5, 9-2, 9-7 in 20 minutes.

"The WISPA girls are great ambassadors and the squash playing has been great," reported Ottawa International promoter Keith Fagan at the conclusion of the WISPA World Tour event.

The finalists with event organiser Heather Wallace

Full details from Ottawa

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Ottawa Women's International 2002
07-10 Nov 2002, Ottawa, Canada, $7.5k
1st Round
Thu 7th
Fri 8th
Sat 9th 
Sun 10th
[1] Suzanne Horner (Eng)
9-1, 9-1, 9-1 (16m)
Katie Patrick (Can)
Suzanne Horner
9-5, 0-9, 9-2, 9-4 (50m)
Melanie Jans
Suzanne Horner

9-3, 9-3, 9-3 (27m)

Sharon Wee

Suzanne Horner

5-9, 9-4, 9-5, 9-6 (38m)

Pamela Nimmo

[6] Melanie Jans (Can)
9-4, 9-1, 9-6  (30m)
[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
[3] Sharon Wee (Mas)
9-2, 9-3, 9-2  (32m)
Louise Lefebvre (Can)
Sharon Wee
9-7, 9-6, 9-2 (40m)
Alison Waters
[7] Dana Betts (Usa)
9-2, 9-0, 9-3  (20m)
Alison Waters (Eng)
[5] Marnie Baizley (Can)
4-9, 9-4, 10-8, 9-7  (60m)
[Q] Olga Sola (Esp)
Marnie Baizley
7-9, 9-5, 10-8, 5-9, 9-5 (65m)
Kate Allison
Kate Allison

10-8, 9-2, 10-8 (35m)

Pamela Nimmo

[4] Kate Allison (Eng)
6-9, 9-3, 9-1, 9-5  (36m)
Tara Mullins (Can)
[8] Karen Kronemeyer (Ned)
9-1, 9-5, 9-4  (30m)
Lauren Briggs (Eng)
Lauren Briggs
9-0, 9-7, 9-5 (33m)
Pamela Nimmo
[2] Pamela Nimmo (Sco)
9-2, 9-0, 9-5  (38m)
Runa Reta (Can)
RESULTS & Reports

England's veteran Suzanne Horner continued to defy the years, as the top seed beat Scotland's Pamela Nimmo 5-9, 9-4, 9-5, 9-6 in the final at the Goodlife club.

Sharon Wee won the third place play-off, beating Kate Allison 9-5, 9-2, 9-7.


Top seeds Suzanne Horner and Pamela Nimmo duly progressed through the semi-finals of the Ottawa Women's International, setting up a final meeting between the current world numbers 13 and 16.

Horner scored a comfortable victory over Malaysia's Sharon Wee, winning 9-3, 9-3, 9-3, but Nimmo was pushed by Yorkshire's fourth seed Kate Allison, who will feel aggrieved at losing 3-0 in a 10-8, 9-2, 10-8 scoreline.


The top four seeds all won through to the semi-finals in Ottawa, ending local interest.

Top seed Suzanne Horner needed a ten-minute break in her match against Melanie Jans, after being struck on the arm by Jans' racket. Horner meets Malaysian Sharon Wee in the semis, while Pamela Nimmo and Kate Allison meet in the other, all-British, semi-final.

Wee will be attending Liz Irving's Elite Squash Academy in Amsterdam, as part of the Malaysian SRA's bid to improve their standing in women's squash.  Full story from the New Straits Times

First Round  

England's top-seeded veteran Suzanne Horner, making her first appearance since the French Open in September, wasted no time in her first round match, taking just 16 minutes to defeat Canada' Katie Patrick. Her anticipated opponent in the final, Scotland's Pamela Nimmo, also scored a 3-0 victory against local opposition.

Two seeds departed in the first round, as England's Alison Waters and Lauren Briggs scored upset victories to reach the quarter-finals.

Before the event Suzanne Horner played an exhibition match against another veteran, event organiser and 11-time Canadian Champion Heather Wallace. The result ... a five game victory to the current world number 13.


Sarah Kippax (Eng) bt Julia Beaver (Usa)  7/9, 9/1, 9/7, 9/1
Olgpo Sola (Esp) bt Isumi Matsuda (Jpn)  9/4, 9/5, 9/4

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