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