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12/01/2007
WOMEN'S HARROW GREENWICH OPEN
 

Glory For Grinham In Greenwich

Tournament
Harrow Women's Greenwich Squash Open,
Greenwich, CT, USA

Final:
[2] Natalie Grinham (AUS) bt [5] Natalie Grainger (USA) 9-7, 9-5, 9-7

Semi-finals:
[5] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [3] Tania Bailey (ENG) 9-7, 9-4, 9-3
[2] Natalie Grinham (AUS) bt [8] Alison Waters (ENG) 10-9, 9-0, 9-2

Quarter-finals:
[5] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [1] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) 9-0, 1-9, 9-6, 9-3
[3] Tania Bailey (ENG) bt [7] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 9-4, 9-3, 9-4
[8] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [4] Madeline Perry (IRL) 9-6, 8-10, 9-4, 9-6
[2] Natalie Grinham (AUS) bt [6] Vicky Botwright (ENG) 9-2, 9-0, 9-7

1st round:
[1] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) bt [Q] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 9-3, 9-6, 3-9, 10-8
[5] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt Laura-Jane Lengthorn (ENG) 8-10, 9-7, 9-4, 3-9, 9-2
[3] Tania Bailey (ENG) bt Sharon Wee (MAS) 9-3, 9-4, 9-3
[7] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Shelley Kitchen (NZL) 9-3, 9-2, 4-9, 9-0
[8] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [Q] Latasha Khan (USA) 9-1, 9-0, 9-7
[4] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt Engy Kheirallah (EGY) 9-0, 9-6, 9-7
[6] Vicky Botwright (ENG) bt [Q] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) 9-2, 9-2, 9-4
[2] Natalie Grinham (AUS) bt [Q] Samantha Teran (MEX) 9-0, 9-7, 9-2

Glory For Grinham In Greenwich
Natalie Grinham extended her unbeaten record on the WISPA World Tour to 12 matches when she beat USA's fifth seed Natalie Grainger in the final of the Harrow Women's Greenwich Squash Open at the Field Club in Greenwich, USA.

Grinham, the 28-year-old second seed from Queensland, defeated Grainger 9-7, 9-5, 9-7 to repeat her win over the 29-year-old from Washington DC in the semi-finals of the World Open in Belfast in November.

In the final, Grinham lost narrowly to world number one Nicol David - but went on to win the Monte Carlo Classic in Monaco in December, then the Marsh Apawamis Open in Rye, USA, earlier this month.

The Netherlands-based world No4 - who won a record three Commonwealth Games gold medals on home soil last year - has now notched up the tenth WISPA World Tour title of her career.

Natalies Make Greenwich Final
It will be an all "Natalie G" final in Connecticut, USA, where USA's fifth seed Natalie Grainger and Australia's No2 seed Natalie Grinham will contest the climax of the Harrow Women's Greenwich Squash Open at the Field Club in Greenwich.

Though seeded behind her opponent Tania Bailey, Grainger had not lost to the world No5 from England since November 2002. Showing the same form which saw her trounce top seed Vanessa Atkinson in the previous round, Grainger despatched Bailey 9-7, 9-4, 9-3 to reach the 26th WISPA World Tour final of her career.

The 29-year-old from Washington DC will meet her Australian namesake in a repeat of their meeting in last November's World Open semi-finals in Northern Ireland .

Natalie Grinham, the runner up in Belfast who has reached two further WISPA finals since then, also beat an English opponent in straight games when she removed eighth seed Alison Waters in a 10-9, 9-0, 9-2 scoreline.

Grinham, the 28-year-old world No4 from Queensland who is based in the Netherlands , is celebrating her 19th Tour final.

Grainger Upsets Atkinson In Greenwich
World number three Vanessa Atkinson again failed to live up to expectations when she crashed out of the Harrow Women's Greenwich Squash Open, beaten 9-0, 1-9, 9-6, 9-3 by fifth seed Natalie Grainger in the quarter-finals of the WISPA World Tour event at the Field Club in Greenwich, USA.

Top seed Atkinson, the former world champion from the Netherlands , lost unexpectedly in the first round of last week's Marsh Apawamis Open in Rye .

Grainger, from Washington DC in the USA - and also a former world number one - now goes on to meet No3 seed Tania Bailey, who beat England team-mate Jenny Duncalf, the seventh seed, 9-4, 9-3, 9-4.

There will also be English interest in the other semi-final after Alison Waters, the No8 seed from London , upset Ireland 's fourth seed Madeline Perry 9-6, 8-10, 9-4, 9-6.

Waters will face second seed Natalie Grinham, the in-form Australian who despatched England 's sixth seed Vicky Botwright 9-2, 9-0, 9-7. Queenslander Grinham, winner of the Apawamis Open title, will be looking to notch up her fourth successive WISPA final appearance.

Semi-final line-up:
[5] Natalie Grainger (USA) v [3] Tania Bailey (ENG)
[2] Natalie Grinham (AUS) v [8] Alison Waters (ENG)

Bailey Bounces Back In Greenwich
Showing no signs of the breathing difficulties which caused her to withdraw from last week's Marsh Apawamis Open in Rye, third seed Tania Bailey romped to a straight games win over Malaysia's Sharon Wee in the first round of the Harrow Women's Greenwich Squash Open at the Field Club in Greenwich, USA.

The 27-year-old from Lincolnshire in England prevailed 9-3, 9-4, 9-3, and will now take on England team-mate Jenny Duncalf for a place in the semi-finals. Seventh seed Duncalf took four games to overcome New Zealand's world No14 Shelley Kitchen 9-3, 9-2, 4-9, 9-0.

Vanessa Atkinson put her shock first round loss in Rye behind her as she beat New Zealand qualifier Jaclyn Hawkes 9-3, 9-6, 3-9, 10-8. The top seed from the Netherlands now meets local star Natalie Grainger, the fifth seed from Washington DC who needed five games to wear down England's unseeded Laura-Jane Lengthorn 8-10, 9-7, 9-4, 3-9, 9-2.

Quarter-final line-up:
[1] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) v [5] Natalie Grainger (USA)
[3] Tania Bailey (ENG) v [7] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
[4] Madeline Perry (IRL) v [8] Alison Waters (ENG)
[2] Natalie Grinham (AUS) v [6] Vicky Botwright (ENG)