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01/07/2007
WOMEN'S SAN DIEGO CLASSIC
 

San Diego Title Brings Up Grainger Hat-Trick

Women's Betteridge & Breitling San Diego Squash Classic, San Diego, CA, USA

 

Final:

[1] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [2] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) 9-2, 9-3, 9-3 (31m)

 

Semi-finals:

[1] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [3] Lauren Briggs (ENG) 9-0, 9-2, 9-2

[2] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt [4] Manuela Manetta (ITA) 9-6, 10-8, 9-5

 

Quarter-finals:

[1] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [7] Neha Kumar (CAN) 9-0, 9-0, 9-0

[3] Lauren Briggs (ENG) bt [Q] Karen Kronemeyer (NED) 9-5, 0-9, 9-10, 9-4, 9-3

[4] Manuela Manetta (ITA) bt [5] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 9-3, 6-9, 3-9, 9-3, 9-4

[2] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt [6] Deon Saffery (ENG) 10-8, 9-4, 9-4

 

1st round:

[1] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt Milou van der Heijden (NED) 9-0, 9-1, 9-1

[7] Neha Kumar (CAN) bt Sarycarmen Diaz (MEX) 9-6, 6-9, 9-2, 9-7

[3] Lauren Briggs (ENG) bt Stephanie Edmison (CAN) 9-2, 9-2, 9-0

[Q] Karen Kronemeyer (NED) bt [8] Sarah Parsons (CAN) 9-3, 9-0, 9-0

[5] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Imelda Salazar Martinez (MEX) 9-6, 9-1, 9-3

[4] Manuela Manetta (ITA) bt [Q] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 9-6, 9-1, 9-2

[6] Deon Saffery (ENG) bt Lily Lorentzen (USA) 9-0, 9-2, 9-6

[2] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt Ileana Novelo (MEX) 9-0, 9-2, 9-0

 

San Diego Title Brings Up Grainger Hat-Trick

US champion Natalie Grainger notched up a hat-trick of successive WISPA World Tour titles in her new home country when she beat Egypt's Raneem El Weleily in the final of the Women's Betteridge & Breitling San Diego Squash Classic in San Diego, California.

 

After taking the Texas Open title in May, then struggling to a five-game win over the teenager only a week ago in the final of the Epstein Becker & Green Los Angeles Open, top seed Grainger was in sensational form as she romped to a 9-2, 9-3, 9-3 victory over the second seed El Weleily in 31 minutes.

 

"The capacity crowd at San Diego Squash enjoyed some of the best Squash of the weekend in the final, where Grainger asserted herself from the start," said tournament organiser Chris Walker, the former England international.  "After a close five-game match last weekend in the final of the LA Open, Grainger knew she had to be on top form to keep the world junior champion at bay."

 

The win marked the latest stage in a remarkable comeback year for the 29-year-old former world number one from Washington DC who became a US citizen in February, then began a sequence of victories which included the US National title and four further Tour crowns.

 

The San Diego triumph brings Grainger's haul to 15 WISPA titles in a career which began with success in the Coupe de Stade Francais in France in March 1997

 

Grainger & El Weleily To Meet Again In US WISPA Final

Natalie Grainger is on course to win her third successive WISPA World Tour on home soil in the USA - and will face Egypt's Raneem El Weleily for the second time in a week in the climax of the Women's Betteridge & Breitling San Diego Squash Classic in San Diego, California.

 

Top seed Grainger, the in-form US champion from Washington DC, conceded just two points in two matches as she romped through to face England's third seed Lauren Briggs in the semi-finals of the new Tour event in San Diego.

 

Briggs, who had been stretched to five games by Dutch qualifier Karen Kronemeyer in the previous round, was no match for the experienced Grainger, going down 9-0, 9-2, 9-2 as the favourite notched up her 31st appearance in a WISPA final.

 

Teenager El Weleily, who tested Grainger for five games in last week's Epstein Becker & Green Los Angeles Open final, has also reached the final without dropping a game. And the 18-year-old second seed from Alexandria also faced an opponent who had been taken the full distance 24 hours earlier, Manuela Manetta eventually dislodging India's fifth seed Joshna Chinappa 9-3, 6-9, 3-9, 9-3, 9-4.

 

But the fast-improving fourth seed from Italy was unable to reproduce the same form in the semis as El Weleily strode to a 9-6, 10-8, 9-5 victory, and her fourth WISPA Tour final.