Lloyd-Walter Wins Inaugural Reykjavik Title
Group Squash Classic 2007
Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
9/4, 9/3, 9/0 (25m)
Soraya Renai (Fra)
9/4, 9/2, 9/3 (35m)
3/9, 3/9, 9/0, 9/6, 9/4 (89m)
2-9, 9-6, 9-6, 9-5 (59m)Sarah Kippax
Orla Noom (Ned)
4/9, 9/7, 9/7, 6/9, 9/3 (63m)
Celia Allamargot (Fra)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
9/0, 9/1, 9/1 (23m)
Kerri Shields (Irl)
9/6, 9/1, 9/2 (35m)
Kirsty McPhee (Eng)
9/2, 8/10, 9/5, 9/3 (52m)
Milou Van Der Heijden (Ned)
Camille Serme (Fra)
9/2, 2/9, 9/4, 9/0 (36m)
 Georgina Stoker (Eng)
9/5, 9/6, 9/7 (38m)
9/5, 10/8, 10/9 (47m)
9/1, 9/1, 9/3 (19m)
 Sarah Kippax (Eng)
Victoria Lust (Eng)
9/5, 9/2, 9/1 (26m)
 Tenille Swartz (Rsa)
9/7, 9/7, 1/9, 6/9, 9/7 (72m)
9/3, 9/1, 9/7 (25m)
 Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
Lloyd-Walter Wins Inaugural Reykjavik Title
Third seed Dominique Lloyd-Walter prevailed in an all-English final
of the inaugural Women's Icelandair Group Classic to win the first
ever WISPA Premiere Series squash event at Veggsport Squash Club
in the Iceland capital Reykjavik.
Nursing an ankle injury, Lloyd-Walter had been unable to train before landing in
Iceland - and thus her expectations were low.
However, her defeat of top seed Jaclyn Hawkes in the semi-finals had
taken her through to an unexpected final - where she faced compatriot Sarah
Kippax, the No4 seed.
Kippax started brightly and took the opening game. But Lloyd-Walter, the
26-year-old world No22 from Harrow, fought back to clinch a notable 2-9, 9-6,
9-6, 9-5 victory in a minute short of an hour.
Having come through the disappointment of pulling out of the British Open
earlier in the month, Lloyd-Walter was elated with her Reykjavik win: "I have
never won a tournament this big so I am really, really pleased. I put in a lot
of work this summer with Steve Townsend, Steve Evans and Jenny Tranfield. All
three have given me so much support and I am glad that I have now given
something back to them."
Asked about her foot issue, the new champion explained: "It wasn't so much the
blister but the taping restricting my movement a little and it was slipping
until I fixed it. I was thinking more about that than my game early on."
Lloyd-Walter maintains a distinctive record - having won all three WISPA World
Tour final in which she has competed!
Kippax had mixed emotions: "I am delighted to have got to the final but
disappointed to have lost. I started well and felt I was playing decisively.
But once I had taken the first and was up in the second I seemed to lose some
momentum and she picked up the pace.
"But I gave it my best shot and I am happy as I have picked up some things to go
away and work on," added the 24-year-old from Chester.
English Pair To
Contest Reykjavik Final
The inaugural Women's Icelandair Group Squash Classic, the first ever
WISPA Premiere Series event, will climax in an all-English final after
Dominique Lloyd-Walter and Sarah Kippax overcame their semi-final
opponents in contrasting styles at Veggsport Squash Club in the Iceland
In their third clash this year, third seed Dominique Lloyd-Walter faced New
Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes, the top seed. Hawkes sped to a 2/0 lead, but
the 26-year-old from Harrow fought back to clinch an impressive upset 3-9, 3-9,
9-0, 9-6, 9-4 after 89 minutes.
"Even in the fifth, I didn't think I had a chance," said a delighted
Lloyd-Walter afterwards. "I hadn't trained for a week because of my ankle and I
wasn't confident at all. It was only at 7/4 in the decider that I began to
believe I might win."
Now in her third WISPA World Tour final - though her first for more than
two years - Lloyd-Walter will face Sarah Kippax, the 24-year-old from Chester
who is celebrating her sixth final.
The fourth seed faced surprise opponent Tenille Swartz, the fifth seed
from South Africa who defeated second seed Sharon Wee in a major first
Kippax took the first two games and soon reached match-ball at 8-4 in the
third. But the gritty 20-year-old from Parys bravely fought back to move to 9/8
in a single hand to claim an unlikely game-ball.
Kippax regained the advantage and, after 47 minutes, secured her 9-5, 10-8, 10-9
"I thought I played pretty well, trying to keep the pace up as I thought she may
be a little bit tired from her match yesterday," said Kippax.
Rising star Swartz was not too downhearted: "My legs felt quite heavy and Sarah
is such a physical player and I couldn't keep up. She took me short and I
struggled a bit. But I'm happy as my squash was good and coming to Iceland was
a great experience."
Swartz Swats Stoehr
In Reykjavik Upset
Avenging her loss just a week ago in the British Open, South Africa's
Tenille Swartz secured one of the biggest wins of her career when she
upset second seed Isabelle Stoehr in a five-game marathon in the
quarter-finals of the Women's Icelandair Group Squash Classic, the first
ever WISPA Premiere Series event, at Veggsport Squash Club in the
Iceland capital Reykjavik
Swartz, a 20-year-old from Parys who made her WISPA World Tour debut less
than a year ago, took the opening two games, before the world number 18 from
France fought back to force the match into a fifth-game decider.
Fifth seed Swartz raced 4-0 ahead, but Stoehr again fought back to take the lead
- then saved the first match-ball against the South African at 8-7. But, after
one of the longest rallies of the clash, Swartz finally clinched her
confidence-boosting 9-7, 9-7, 1-9, 6-9, 9-7 victory after 72 minutes.
"I played her a week ago. It gave me an idea of what I needed to do to beat
her. I knew it would be hard but I had a game plan," said the ebullient Swartz
"When I was down in the fifth, I did start panicking a bit but then I thought
that I had got this far so I wasn't ever going to give up.
"Thank goodness I got here," added the surprise semi-finalist, referring to her
difficulty in acquiring a visa to enter the country.
Swartz will now face Sarah Kippax after the fourth seed from England beat
France's unseeded Camille Serme 9-5, 9-6, 9-7.
semi-final will also feature English interest after third seed Dominique
Lloyd-Walter beat compatriot Kirsty McPhee 9-6, 9-1, 9-2 to set up a
clash with New Zealand favourite Jaclyn Hawkes, a 9-4, 9-2, 9-3 winner
over Dutch opponent Orla Noom