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Lloyd-Walter Wins Inaugural Reykjavik Title

Icelandair Group Squash Classic 2007
27-29 Sep, Reykjavik, $14k
Round One
Sep 27
Sep 27
Sep 28
Sep 29
[1] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
9/4, 9/3, 9/0 (25m)
Soraya Renai (Fra)
Jaclyn Hawkes
9/4, 9/2, 9/3 (35m)
Orla Noom
Jaclyn Hawkes

3/9, 3/9, 9/0, 9/6, 9/4 (89m)


2-9, 9-6, 9-6, 9-5 (59m)Sarah Kippax
[6] Orla Noom (Ned)
4/9, 9/7, 9/7, 6/9, 9/3 (63m)
Celia Allamargot (Fra)
[3] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
9/0, 9/1, 9/1 (23m)
Kerri Shields (Irl)

9/6, 9/1, 9/2 (35m)
Kirsty McPhee
[8] 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)
[7] Georgina Stoker (Eng)
Camille Serme
9/5, 9/6, 9/7 (38m)
Sarah Kippax
Sarah Kippax

9/5, 10/8, 10/9 (47m)

Tenille Swartz

Rosa Jonsdottir (Isl)
9/1, 9/1, 9/3 (19m)
[4] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
Victoria Lust (Eng)
9/5, 9/2, 9/1 (26m)
[5] Tenille Swartz (Rsa)
Tenille Swartz
9/7, 9/7, 1/9, 6/9, 9/7 (72m)
Isabelle Stoehr
Deon Saffery (Eng)
9/3, 9/1, 9/7 (25m)
[2] 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 capital Reykjavik.

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 round upset.

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 victory.

"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 later.

"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.

The other 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