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18/11/2008
OHIO OPEN
 

Lloyd-Walter Wins Maiden Ohio Title

Ohio Open 2008
Dayton, Ohio, 11-16 Nov, $16k
Round One
13-Nov
Quarters
14-Nov
Semis
15-Nov
Final
16-Nov
[1] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
11/4, 11/3, 11/2 (20m)
Stephanie Edmison (Can)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter
11/3, 6/11, 11/8, 11/5
Lauren Siddall
Dominique Lloyd-Walter
11-4, 11-7, 11-7 (38m)
Manuela Manetta
Dominique Lloyd-Walter
11-4, 15-13, 11-9 (49m)
Alana Miller
[5] Lauren Siddall (Eng)
11/8, 6/11, 11/5, 11/2 (30m)
[Q] Larissa Stephenson (Nzl)
[3] Manuela Manetta (Ita)
11/6, 11/7, 11/7 (25m)
[Q] Miranda Ranieri (Can)
Manuela Manetta
11/9, 9/11, 12/10, 11/9
Tara Mullins
[8] Tara Mullins (Can)
11/4, 11/7, 14/12 (40m)
Georgina Stoker (Eng)
Lucie Fialova (Cze)
11/6, 11/7, 11/5 (36m)
[6] Alana Miller (Can)
Alana Miller
11/7, 11/8, 11/1
Aisling Blake
Alana Miller
11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (40m)
Louise Crome
[Q] Alexandra Norman (Eng)
13/11, 14/12, 11/2
[4] Aisling Blake (Irl)
Runa Reta (Can)
11/6, 11/6, 8/11, 11/6 (40m)
[7] Karen Kronemeyer (Ned)
Runa Reta
11/7, 5/11, 6/11, 11/6, 12/10
Louise Crome
[Q] Genevieve Lessard (Can)
11/6, 11/5, 11/6 (20m)
[2] Louise Crome (Nzl)

Lloyd-Walter Wins Maiden Ohio Title

A packed gallery at the Dayton Squash Center saw England's Dominique Lloyd-Walter do justice to her No1 seeding in the 2008 Women's Ohio Open - a new event on the WISPA World Tour squash calendar - by defeating Canada's Alana Miller in straight games in 49 minutes.

Lloyd-Walter, who dropped only one game during the tournament, got off to a fast start - winning the first game in the climax of the $16,000 Tour event in Dayton, USA.

Miller changed her style and came out swinging with power in the second game, winning the first two points with kill shots finding the nick and floor.  In the standout game of the tournament, Lloyd-Walter powered back with four straight points before points were traded evenly with both players claiming game-balls before the English favourite eventually prevailed.

Miller, the sixth seed from Winnipeg, again led at the beginning of the third game before Lloyd-Walter reeled off five points in a row to take the lead which she never relinquished. 

However, Miller saved two match-balls before the 27-year-old from Harrow ultimately claimed her 11-4, 15-13, 11-9 victory.

The triumph extends Lloyd-Walter's 100% record in WISPA Tour finals to five wins out of five!

Lloyd-Walter & Miller In Ohio Final

England's top seed Dominique Lloyd-Walter will face sixth-seeded Canadian Alana Miller in the final of the Women's Ohio Open in the USA after both players scored straight games semi-final wins in the inaugural $16,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at Dayton Squash Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Lloyd-Walter won her match in 38 minutes of incredibly steady squash. Her opponent Manuela Manetta of Italy fought hard, enduring long rallies and pushed her game to a high level to try and find a way to break her opponent.

Trading extremely tight length shots down both side walls, making great retrieves and the occasional outright kill shot, third seed Manetta never gave up - but in the end the 27-year-old from Harrow was just too patient and consistent, winning the match 11-4, 11-7, 11-7.

In the other semi-final, two Canadian comrades put aside their friendship for 40 minutes to play in front of the enthusiastic gallery at the Dayton Squash Center. Miller beat unseeded Runa Reta 11-9, 11-7, 11-7. Perhaps Reta's five-game upset in the previous round had taken its toll on the 27-year-old from Ottawa - but the win was a repeat of the outcome in two Canadian Nationals' finals, in 2004 and 2007.

The semi-final successes mark the fifth Tour final appearance for Lloyd-Walter - and the seventh for Miller. However, the Canadian may have a stiff task ahead of her, as Lloyd-Walter has yet to be beaten in a WISPA final.

Reta Rallies Into Ohio Semis

In a clash described by tournament organiser Charlie Johnson as 'the match of the tournament so far' unseeded Canadian Runa Reta battled for 53 minutes to overcome second-seeded New Zealander Louis Crome in the quarter-finals of the Women's Ohio Open in the USA to reach the semi-finals of the $16,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at Dayton Squash Center in Dayton, Ohio.

After dropping the first game, Crome fought back to take the next two and looked to be heading towards her anticipated place in the next round. But Reta, 27, from Ottawa, took the fourth, then came from match ball at 7-10 down in the fifth to score her impressive 11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 11-6, 12-10 upset.

It will be a surprise all-Canadian semi-final in the lower half of the draw as Alana Miller, the sixth seed from Winnipeg, upset Ireland's No4 seed Aisling Blake 11-7, 11-8, 11-1.

The other semi will be the match predicted by the seedings - between English event favourite Dominique Lloyd-Walter and Italian Manuela Manetta, the third seed.