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10/11/2008
WOMEN'S CAROL WEYMULLER OPEN

Grainger Retains Carol Weymuller Crown

Carol Weymuller Open 2008
Heights Casino, New York, 04-09 Nov, $42k
Round One
06-Nov
Quarters
07-Nov
Semis
08-Nov
Final
09-Nov
[1] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
12/10, 11/5, 11/13, 11/6
Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
Rachael Grinham
11-6, 11-5, 11-3 (18m)
 Annelize Naude
Rachael Grinham
11-9, 11-9, 11-8
Shelley Kitchen
Shelley Kitchen
9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-1
Natalie Grainger
[8] Annelize Naude (Ned)
11/8, 11/4, 11/7
Louise Crome (Nzl)
[4] Shelley Kitchen (Nzl)
11/5, 11/3, 11/9
[Q] Suzie Pierrepont (Eng)
Shelley Kitchen
11-4, 11-9, 11-4 (28m)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter
[5] Kasey Brown (Aus)
5/11, 11/9, 14/12 rtd
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
Latasha Khan (Usa)
11/7, 11/9, 6/11, 4/11, 11/7
[6] Samantha Teran (Mex)
Latasha Khan
8-11, 4-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (36m)
Vanessa Atkinson
Vanessa Atkinson
11-13, 11-8, 11-3, 12-10
Natalie Grainger
[Q] Lauren Siddall (Eng)
6/11, 11/9, 11/7, 12/10
[3] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
[Q] Manuela Manetta (Ita)
11/7, 11/7, 9/11, 11/3
[7] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
Jaclyn Hawkes
13-11, 11-7, 11-3 (24m)
 Natalie Grainger
[Q] Aisling Blake (Irl)
11/4, 11/5, 11/9
[2] Natalie Grainger (Usa)

Grainger Retains Carol Weymuller Crown


US squash star Natalie Grainger celebrated her third successive appearance in the final of the Women's Carol Weymuller Open by retaining the established WISPA World Tour Silver 30 title at Heights Casino in New York.


But Shelley Kitchen, the fourth-seeded New Zealander who scored one of the best wins of her career when she beat Australian favourite Rachael Grinham in the semi-finals, took the opening game in her maiden appearance in the final.


But second seed Grainger began to take the upper hand, controlling the 'T' and taking Kitchen in short whenever she could.


"Shelley fought hard to try and contain Natalie, but by the fourth Natalie was now on a rampage - her body language looked awesome, she was now in her stride and her infamous back hand drop and volley drops were now in full flow," explained tournament organiser Fiona Geaves, winner of the title 15 years ago.


"There was not one error in the whole game - which she took with the loss of only one point to defend her title and become The Weymuller Champion for 2008," added Geaves.


The 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-1 victory not only takes Grainger's WISPA World Tour tally to 19 titles - but it also brings to eight the number of Tour trophies Grainger has won on 'home soil' since becoming a US citizen in February last year.


Kitchen Overwhelms Grinham For Place In New York Final

 

New Zealander Shelley Kitchen scored one of the best wins of her career when she beat favourite Rachael Grinham in the semi-finals of the Women's Carol Weymuller Open to reach the final of the established WISPA World Tour Silver 30 squash event at Heights Casino in New York.

 

Kitchen, the fourth seed from Auckland, held her nerve throughout the encounter to beat the world number four from Queensland 11-9, 11-9, 11-8.

 

The Kiwi, now in her 19th Tour final, will now face US star Natalie Grainger for the title. 

 

The second-seeded title-holder from Washington battled for four games to overcome former world champion Vanessa Atkinson, the third seed from the Netherlands, 11-13, 11-8, 11-3, 12-10.

 

The success marks Grainger's 37th WISPA Tour final - and her third in succession at the Heights Casino in New York.

 

Grainger Eyes Third Weymuller Final

US star Natalie Grainger is one match away from her third successive appearance in the final of the Women's Carol Weymuller Open after beating New Zealand's Jaclyn Hawkes in the semi-finals of the established WISPA World Tour Silver 30 squash event at Heights Casino in New York.

The second-seeded title-holder from Washington beat seventh seed Hawkes 13-11, 11-7, 11-3 in 24 minutes - sweet revenge for the former world number one who suffered a shock defeat to the Kiwi in last month's World Open in England.

"It was great to win tonight after a tough loss against Jacs in the World Open a few weeks ago," said Grainger.  "I worked to make openings and keep the ball tight, and managed to wear her down in the end."

Grainger will now face third seed Vanessa Atkinson for a place in the final.  Atkinson, the former world number one from the Netherlands, battled back from two games down to overcome unseeded Latasha Khan, from the USA, 8-11, 4-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5.

The other semi-final will also feature two of the top four seeds when Australian favourite Rachael Grinham takes on New Zealander Shelley Kitchen.  Grinham, the 2006 champion beat No8 seed Annelize Naude 11-6, 11-5, 11-3 in just 18 minutes while fourth seed Kitchen defeated England's Dominique Lloyd-Walter 11-4, 11-9, 11-4.

"It's great to be back here in Brooklyn," said Grinham after her speedy victory.  "I felt I played really well tonight, I moved well and felt totally comfortable on the court."

Khan Takes Teran In New York

Unseeded Latasha Khan doubled domestic US interest in the quarter-finals of the Women's Carol Weymuller Open when she upset Mexico's sixth seed Samantha Teran in the opening round of the established WISPA World Tour Silver 30 squash event at Heights Casino in New York.

The 35-year-old from Seattle stemmed a fight back by Teran to win 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 4-11, 11-7 and record her first ever victory over the Mexican.  Khan will now face third seed Vanessa Atkinson for a place in the semi-finals. 

Atkinson, the former world number one from the Netherlands, recovered from a game down to beat her English Pontefract club-mate Lauren Siddall 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 12-10.

England's Dominique Lloyd-Walter also secured an unexpected place in the last eight after breathing difficulties forced Australia's Kasey Brown, the fifth seed, to concede the match with the score standing at 5-11, 11-9, 14-12.

Natalie Grainger leads US hopes in the event as she attempts to reach the final for the third year in a row.  The second seed from Washington defeated Irish qualifier Aisling Blake 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 and will now face New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes.

"I felt I played well, got a good length and this resulted in many opportunities to take the ball into the front of the court - which I love to do," explained Grainger after her first round win.

 

 

   

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