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It's High Five For Teran In Homeland

Harrow Mexican Open 2008
Silver Squash, Pachuca, 01-06 Jul, $16k
Round One
03 Jun
04 Jun
05 Jun
06 Jun
[1] Samantha Teran (Mex)
9/0, 9/0, 9/2 (16m)
[Q] Karina Heredia Gonzalez (Mex)
Samantha Teran
9-0, 9-0, 9-1 (13m)
Deon Saffery
Samantha Teran
9-5, 9-2, 9-3 (26m)
Donna Urquhart
Samantha Teran
9-4, 10-8, 9-2 (45m)
Louise Crome
[7] Deon Saffery (Wal)
7/9, 9/7, 9/3, 1/9, 9/7 (51m)
[Q] Ivonne Diaz (Mex)
[4] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
9/2, 9/7, 10/9 (38m)
Mami Nishio (Jpn)
Donna Urquhart
10-9, 9-4, 10-8 (31m)
Georgina Stoker
[6] Georgina Stoker (Eng)
9/2, 6/9, 2/9, 9/7, 9/4 (49m)
[Q] Graciela Lopez Perez (Mex)
Heba El Torky (Egy)
9/4, 9/1, 9/0 (18m)
[8] Karina Hererra Zuniga (Mex)
Heba El Torky
9-2, 10-8, 9-5 (33m)
Louise Crome
Louise Crome
1-9, 9-3, 9-0, 9-1 (33m)
Karen Kronemeyer
Eman El Amir (Egy)
9/1, 7/9, 9/5, 9/3 (41m)
[3] Louise Crome (Nzl)
Nayelly Hernandez (Mex)
9/5, 9/1, 9/5 (23m)
[5] Karen Kronemeyer (Ned)
Karen Kronemeyer
9-7, 9-7, 9-0 (29m)
Latasha Khan
[Q] Sarycarmen Diaz (Mex)
9/2, 9/1, 9/2 (24m)
[2] Latasha Khan (Usa)

It's High Five For Teran In Homeland

Mexican squash star Samantha Teran stormed to victory in the Women's Harrow Mexican Open to notch up her fifth Tour title in a row this year in the maiden $16,000 WISPA World Tour event at Silver Squash in Pachuca, Mexico.

The 27-year-old top seed was facing New Zealander Louise Crome, the third seed, for the second time in seven days in a Tour final.  And Teran came out firing in the opening game - building up a 7-0 lead before Crome was able to make her mark.

The favourite again had the better start in the second, moving 7-2 up.  But the Kiwi started to change her game and settled down, slowing down the pace before moving ahead to game-ball at 8-7.

But Teran fought back to reclaim the advantage and take the game.

And the world No18 from Mexico City maintained the upper hand to clinch the match 9-4, 10-8, 9-2 after 45 minutes.

Now with 12 titles from only 14 appearances in WISPA Tour finals, Teran has extended her final 'success rate' to 86% - putting into the shade her nearest Tour rivals Nicol David, the world No1 from Malaysia at 67%; Dutch star Vanessa Atkinson (61%) and Australian Rachael Grinham (59%).

Teran & Crome Line Up Again In Mexican Open Final

Just seven days after contesting the Los Angeles Open final in the USA, Samantha Teran and Louise Crome will meet again in the climax of the Women's Harrow Mexican Open after successes in the semi-finals of the maiden $16,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at Silver Squash in Pachuca, Mexico.

Favourite Teran, the 27-year-old Mexican number one who inspired this inaugural event some 90 kilometres east of Mexico City, continued her powerful run with a 9-5, 9-2, 9-3 defeat of Australian Donna Urquhart, the fourth seed, in 26 minutes.

The scoreline belies the true picture of the match - it was a closely-contested battle the whole way through. In the end it was the Aussie's many errors and the constant pressure from the home heroine that cost her the match and gave Teran a place in her fifth WISPA final of the year.

"This was a great game - itís always harder to play a lefty!" said the victorious Mexican afterwards. "She played very well - it was good experience for me to play her last week in LA to understand her game. I am very happy she came to Mexico and hope that she comes back for more!"

After an impressive upset in the previous round over second seed Latasha Khan, fifth-seeded Dutch player Karen Kronemeyer went into her match against New Zealand's Louise Crome, the third seed, with her confidence soaring - and stormed to a 9-1 victory in the first game.

The Kiwi, having looked nervous in the first, started the second a different player. The 30-year-old from Auckland picked up the pace, sending Kronemeyer to all the corners of the court and soon levelled the match.

The third and fourth were very much a repeat of the second - the Dutch player unable to keep up with the pace as Crome powered to a 1-9, 9-3, 9-0, 9-1 victory in 33 minutes.

"Iím really pleased to win that one," said the New Zealander, now in the 13th Tour final of her career.

"Karen played exceptionally well in the first game, and I was really struggling to get into the game. For the rest of the match I was hitting better length and taking control of the rallies. Itís been great here in Mexico. Itís like one big familyÖ everyone is so friendly."

Kronemeyer Conquers Khan In Pachuca

Fifth seed Karen Kronemeyer claimed an unexpected place in the semi-finals of the Women's Harrow Mexican Open after upsetting Latasha Khan, the second seed, in the quarter-finals of the maiden $16,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at Silver Squash in Pachuca, some 90 kilometres east of Mexico City.

Kahn, the seven times US national champion from Seattle, led 7-1 in the first game and 7-2 in the second. But both times, Dutch star Kronemeyer battled back to clinch the games before Khan capitulated with eight successive errors in the third to hand the match 9-7, 9-7, 9-0 to the 27-year-old from The Hague.

"I played well," Kronemeyer admitted afterwards. "I felt like I caught her out of position which meant I didnít have to do as much running. I found it difficult to breathe and didnít want to run, so I was shouting a lot," added the winner, alluding to the altitude.

Kronemeyer faces Louise Crome for a place in the final. The third seed from New Zealand ended the brave run of Heba El Torky, beating the unseeded 17-year-old Egyptian 9-2, 10-8, 9-5.

Favourite Samantha Teran, the 27-year-old Mexican number one who inspired this inaugural event in Pachuca, took just 13 minutes to despatch Deon Saffery, the seventh seed from Wales who was struggling with a twisted ankle sustained earlier in the event.

The 9-0, 9-0, 9-1 victory tales Teran through to the other semi-final where she will meet Australian Donna Urquhart, the fourth seed from Queensland who beat England's Georgina Stoker 10-9, 9-4, 10-8.

El Torky Overturns Seedings In Mexican Open

Egyptian teenager Heba El Torky produced the only upset on the opening day of action in the Women's Harrow Mexican Open, the maiden WISPA World Tour squash event at Silver Squash in Pachuca, some 90 kilometres east of Mexico City.

Unaffected by the altitude (2,400m), the 17-year-old from Alexandria dismissed eighth-seeded Mexican Karina Herrera Zuniga 9-4, 9-1, 9-0 in just 18 minutes.

With Mexicans claiming all four qualifications places - and three local players already through to the main draw - seven Mexicans started the first round of the inaugural $16,000 event which had been initiated by Samantha Teran, the country's number one player and top seed.

Not surprisingly, the five-court Silver Squash centre in Pachuca was full of family, friends and enthusiasts. But they only really had something to cheer about when Graciela Lopez Perez reached two-all with Georgina Stoker, the sixth seed from Merseyside in England.

The 17-year-old Mexican, in her first year on the WISPA Tour, already has a great touch to combine with her strength - and that, along with the altitude, certainly levelled up affairs. Stoker admitted that she noticed the affect of the height, and was relieved to get past Perez 9-2, 6-9, 2-9, 9-7, 9-4 after 49 minutes.

Welsh international Deon Saffery only squeezed into the quarter-finals after a tussle with Ivonne Diaz. Tentative at first on an ankle that she had turned in practice the day before, seventh seed Saffery eventually prevailed - and now faces home favourite Samantha Teran.

The combination of results leaves eight different nationalities in the last eight - so, from seven Mexicans at the start of the day, only top seed Teran survived and remains on course to win the title that she was instrumental in putting together.