MONTE CARLO CLASSIC
Natalie Nets Grinham Win In Monte Carlo
Carlo Classic 2007
Monaco, 10-15 Dec
 Natalie Grinham (Aus)
9/3, 9/1, 9/2 (32m)
Latasha Khan (Usa)
9-3, 9-1 (38m)
9-0, 9-0, 9-6 (37m)
9-7, 9-6, 9-7 (49m)
 Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
9/4, 9/1, 9/1 (32m)
Manuela Manetta (Ita)
 Vanessa Atkinson
9/3, 7/9, 10/9, 9/2 (45m
Annelize Naude (Ned)
9-7, 9-1, 9-5 (57m)
9/3, 9/2, 9/5 (32m
[Q] Lauren Siddall (Eng)
[Q] Lauren Briggs
9/6, 9/4, 9/5 (64m
 Samantha Teran (Mex)
9-3, 9-6 (32m
Omneya Abdel Kawy
Omneya Abdel Kawy
4-9, 9-2, 9-4, 9-6 (47m)
Line Hansen (Den)
9/4, 9/3, 9/4 (42m
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
8/10, 9/7, 9/2, 4/9, 9/4 (66m)
 Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
9-2, 9-4, 9-6 (39m)
[Q] Laura Hill (Eng)
9/7, 9/2, 9/0 (39m)
 Rachael Grinham (Aus)
Natalie Nets Grinham Win In Monte Carlo
Australia's Natalie Grinham successfully defended her title in the
Women's Monte Carlo Squash Classic - but her straight games victory
in the final of the $31,500 WISPA World Tour Silver squash event in
the Monaco capital was sweet revenge for the loss to her older sister
Rachael Grinham in the final of the World Open in Madrid
The clash was the Queensland siblings' 17th WISPA Tour meeting
since their first in 2001 - their third in a final and their seventh this
But it also followed a string of three successive wins by Cairo-based
Rachael - despite the Netherlands-based Natalie being ahead in the world
rankings over the period.
Rachael led 7-2 in the first game and 7-3 in the third: But on both
occasions Natalie, who had not dropped a game leading to the final,
regained control before clinching the match 9-7, 9-6, 9-7 in 49 minutes.
"After winning in Seoul (in April), I hurt my foot, and then later on my
wrist," explained Natalie, the world No2. "I am still having treatment
for that and getting a little pain. But though I am not quite 100% I am
well on the way," added the 29-year-old from Toowoomba who started the
year with a win and ended it on a similar high.
But the two-time Monte Carlo champion acknowledged her slow start:
"Rachael had been beating me and I was unsure how to play her - and I was
too defensive and not confident enough. Then I relaxed and changed my
Rachael Grinham, who beat Natalie en-route to both her World Open
and British Open triumphs in 2007, was delighted to have made her
45th WISPA final: "I was trying hard but not making smart shot
decisions. I was pleased enough to make the final but maybe Natalie was
more up for it."
Natalie - now the winner of 12 Tour titles, including four this year - was
delighted to be presented with her Fred of Monaco ring. Runner-up Rachael
was similarly enchanted with hers - and both praised local hospitality and
the organisation of the Monaco Squash Federation. The pair will
leave the Principality having offered up a splendid finale to the 12th
Monte Carlo Classic.
Grinhams To Contest Monte Carlo Final
Australian sisters Natalie Grinham and Rachael Grinham,
ranked two and three in the world, will meet in the final of the
Women's Monte Carlo Squash Classic in their first clash since
contesting the final of the World Open seven weeks ago in Madrid.
Top seed Natalie Grinham - the younger of the pair, based in the
Netherlands - despatched England's No5 seed Laura Lengthorn-Massaro
9-0, 9-0, 9-6 in 37 minutes to take a place in the final without dropping
Last year's champion, now in her 27th WISPA World Tour
final, was clearly not only focussed on reaching the climax for the
financial return. “Half the reason I play this event is to win some Fred
jewellery and I am really happy that I will now!” said Grinham junior.
Both the winner and runner up receive fine items from the Fred of Paris
Rachael Grinham, based in Cairo, faced Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy,
the third seed who is also based in her country's capital. After dropping
the first game, Grinham senior went on to claim a 4-9, 9-2, 9-4, 9-6
victory after 47 minutes.
Abdel Kawy was disappointed with the result, but will have every
opportunity to get to know her opponent’s game even better soon. “We
hardly ever practiced together before, but we did almost every day last
week. I want to train with Rachael more, as I think that she will improve
my squash,” added the 22-year-old.
On the match itself, Kawy said: “Rachael started slowly, hitting the tin,
as she sometimes does, and I saw my opportunity. But later she changed it
and put me under pressure.”
Rachael Grinham is celebrating her 45th appearance in a WISPA
World Tour final - and her seventh Tour meeting with her sister this year!
Laura Is Victor As Vanessa Is Vanquished
England's Laura Lengthorn-Massaro pulled off a long-awaited upset
over Vanessa Atkinson when she beat the former world champion from
the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the Women's Monte Carlo
The 12th staging of this popular WISPA World Tour squash
event at the Stade Louis II in the Monaco capital has
attracted a high-class field led by Australian sisters Natalie Grinham
and Rachael Grinham, ranked two and three in the world,
It was the 24-year-old from Preston's sixth WISPA World Tour
meeting with Atkinson over the past five years - with Lengthorn-Massaro
losing out in all previous cases, four times in straight games.
And fourth seed Atkinson, champion of the event two years ago and
runner-up in 2006, took the first game for the loss of just a single
However, from 4-0 up in the second, the gremlins started to assert
themselves - and in one hand the Dutch star found herself 4-8 down.
Errors crept in and Atkinson was unable to press her advantage.
The match ended tamely after 57 minutes with two tinned drives as fifth
seed Lengthorn-Massaro claimed her breakthrough 1-9, 9-7, 9-1, 9-5 win.
"In the first game I gave her too many short rallies and her confidence
was up a bit," said the Lancastrian winner. "But in the second, I kept
thinking 'stay in this, extend the rallies and play deeper'. She began to
give me openings and I felt I finished the match strongly," Laura
Atkinson admitted to being jaded: "She seemed more up for it, battling it
out and making fewer mistakes towards the end. I started quite well but
my resilience is not so good at the moment. I seem to be crumbling a
little rather than fighting. I guess I am a little jaded."
Lengthorn-Massaro now faces defending champion Natalie Grinham for
a place in the final. The top-seeded Australian beat New Zealand's No7
seed Jaclyn Hawkes 9-4, 9-3, 9-1.
Natalie's Cairo-based sister Rachael Grinham, the second seed, also
enjoyed a straight games win, ending French interest in the event with a
9-2, 9-4, 9-6 over sixth seed Isabelle Stoehr.
The reigning British Open and World Open champion now faces
fellow Egypt-based Omneya Abdel Kawy after the third seed beat
Mexico's Samantha Teran 9-7, 9-3, 9-6.
Seeds Survive Opening Classic Encounters
The Women's Monte Carlo Classic - the 12th staging of
this popular WISPA World Tour squash event at the Stade Louis II
in the Monaco capital - has attracted a high-class field. And the
top eight seeds survived the first round to face further action in the
quarter-finals of this year-ending $31,500 championship.
Australian sister Natalie Grinham and Rachael Grinham
overcame first round opponents in straight games as they head towards a
predicted meeting in the final - their first since contesting the World
Open climax in Madrid in October.
Top seed Natalie, the defending champion, despatched USA's Latasha Khan
9-3, 9-1, 9-2 in 32 minutes, while Rachael, the reigning World Open
and British Open champion who is the second seed, defeated English
qualifier Laura Hill 9-7, 9-2, 9-0 in 39 minutes.
In her bid to reach the final for the third successive year, fourth seed
Vanessa Atkinson took 45 minutes to overcome Dutch compatriot
Annelize Naude 9-3, 7-9, 10-9, 9-2.
The 2005 champion from The Hague will now face England's Laura
Lengthorn-Massaro, after the fifth seed from Lancashire beat English
qualifier Lauren Siddall 9-3, 9-2, 9-5.