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Lindsay Lifts Moscow Open Trophy

Tekamed Moscow Open 2008
Multisport, Moscow, 03-05 Oct, $5k
Round One
[1] Georgina Stoker (Eng)
11/2, 4/11, 11/6, 10/12, 14/12
Leonie Holt (Eng)
Leonie Holt
11-3, 11-5, 11-4 (21m)
Heba El Torky
Heba El Torky
11-1, 6-11, 6-11, 11-1, 11-6 (46m)
Fiona Moverley
Fiona Moverley
9-11, 11-7, 15-17, 14-12, 11-4 (55m)
Kylie Lindsay
[5] Heba El Torky (Egy)
11/7, 11/1, 11/3
Irina Assal (Rus)
[4] Fiona Moverley (Eng)
11/8, 11/7, 11/9
Faustine Gilles (Fra)
Fiona Moverley
11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (17m)
Birgit Coufal
[8] Birgit Coufal (Aut)
11/9, 11/7, 11/8
Olga Ertlova (Cze)
Coline Aumard (Fra)
9/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/9
[7] Lotte Eriksen (Nor)
Lotte Eriksen
11-6, 11-5, 11-13, 9-11, 11-7 (43m)

Deon Saffery

Deon Saffery
8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 12-10 (41m)
Kylie Lindsay

Nouran El Torky (Egy)
11/4, 8/11, 15/13, 12/10
[3] Deon Saffery (Wal)
Linda Hzrukova (Svk)
7/11, 9/11, 11/8, 11/6, 11/2
[6] Kylie Lindsay (Nzl)
Kylie Lindsay
11-3, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9 (29m)
Carolyn Russell
Jenna Gates (Eng)
[2] Carolyn Russell (Can)

Lindsay Lifts Moscow Open Trophy

New Zealander Kylie Lindsay claimed her place in Squash history in Moscow when she beat English opponent Fiona Moverley in the final of the Women's Tekamed Moscow Open to win the first WISPA World Tour squash title to be contested in Russia.

It was a sensational climax for the 24-year-old Matamata who despatched second-seeded Canadian Carolyn Russell in the quarter-finals, then fought from a game down to topple third seed Deon Saffery, from Wales, in the semis.

Moverley, the fourth seed, reached the final of the WISPA Premier Series event at Multisport Moscow after fighting back from 2/1 down to beat Egypt's Heba El Torky.

Moverley, from Hull in East Yorkshire, twice led in the final - and had match ball in the fourth game, the second to go to a tie-break. 

But a tinned volley by the fourth seed proved to be the turning point in the match as Lindsay went on to take the game, and then the decider to record a dramatic 9-11, 11-7, 15-17, 14-12, 11-4 title victory after 55 minutes.

The win gives Kiwi Lindsay her first WISPA Tour title.

Kylie Claims Maiden Tour Final Berth In Moscow

New Zealander Kylie Lindsay scored an impressive upset over third seed Deon Saffery in the semi-finals of the Women's Tekamed Moscow Open to secure her maiden appearance in the final of a WISPA World Tour squash event.

It was the 24-year-old's second shock win of the day in the inaugural Tour event to be held in Russia. Sixth Lindsay, from Matamata, despatched second-seeded Canadian Carolyn Russell in the quarter-finals, then fought from a game down to topple Welsh opponent Saffery 8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 12-10 in the semis.

Lindsay's opponent in the final at Multisport Moscow will be England's fourth seed Fiona Moverley who came back from 2/1 down to beat Egyptian opponent Heba El Torky 11-1, 6-11, 6-11, 11-1, 11-6 to reach her second Tour final.

It was a disappointing outcome for fifth seed El Torky who had celebrated her best ever WISPA World Tour success by reaching the semi-finals.

''I thought this tournament was mine," said the 17-year-old from Alexandria. "I saw her playing in Alexandria, but this time it was totally different. My strategy didn't work at all at the beginning, so I changed it.

"At the beginning of the fourth game, I made a very silly mistake - I never did it in my life before! It drove me mad! I need to play more WISPA tournaments - it's totally different from the juniors.

"I have to focus now on next week's tournament - I hope I will do well there," added the teenager, referring to the Bailian New Era Mall China Open in Shanghai, from 16-19 October.

Holt Halts Stoker In Moscow Upset

England's Leonie Holt pulled off a stunning upset in the first round of the Women's Tekamed Moscow Open when she beat top-seeded fellow countrywoman Georgina Stoker to reach the quarter-finals of the inaugural WISPA World Tour squash event to be held in Russia.

Holt, ranked 199 in the world and the lowest-ranked player in the $4,000 event, twice stemmed fight backs from Stoker before beating the world No61 11-2, 4-11, 11-6, 10-12, 14-12.

The 21-year-old from Leamington Spa now takes on Egypt's Heba El Torky for a place in the semi-finals at Multisport Moscow.

El Torky, the fifth seed from Alexandria, despatched Irina Assal - the only local player competing in the championship - 11-7, 11-1, 11-3.

WISPA Celebrate Tour Debut In Russia

The staging of this week’s Women's Tekamed Moscow Open in Moscow marks the inaugural WISPA World Tour squash event to be held in Russia.

The $4,000 championship, featuring players from 11 countries, will take place at the Multisport Moscow from 3-5 October.

“To bring the WISPA Tour to Russia was always our hope after the success of the WISPA Promotional Tour there, and that has been realised with the Tekamed Moscow Open this week,” said Andrew Shelley, Chief Executive of the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association.

“This event is the latest of our Premiere Series, which sees the WISPA World Tour debuting in new countries and regions. We were in Hangzhou, China, earlier this year and shortly go to Prague - both past Promo Tour destinations. Add to these Vietnam and Taiwan this year for the first time, along with other 'younger' squash countries amongst the thirty nations currently hosting events, and women's international squash is exactly that .... truly worldwide,” added Shelley

“Needless to say, this is a major plank in our push to become part of the Olympic Games.”

Tournament Director
Zoltan Kompis is also delighted to be hosting this historic event: “Everybody is excited – the first professional women’s squash tournament in Russia! It has already created a lot of interest.

“In last 10 years, squash has attained a good level here and we have players participating in professional tournaments – including Irina Assal, who is competing in the Moscow Open, and Alexei Severinov who plays on the PSA Tour.

“A lot of children are learning to play - and a lot of parents think that squash can be a good career for their children,” explained Kompis. “So I hope that this tournament will be a big step in the development of Russian squash - and we hope that it will go well so we can organise some bigger tournament next year!”