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27/01/2009
HARROW GREENWICH OPEN
 

Grainger Celebrates Hometown Success In Greenwich

Harrow Greenwich Squash Open 2009
03-04 Jan,
Greenwich, CT, USA
Round One
22 Jan
Quarters
23 Jan
Semis
 24 Jan
Final
25 Jan

[1] Natalie Grainger (USA)
11-5, 11-5, 11-4
Annie Au (HKG)

Natalie Grainger
11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 3-11, 11-2
Raneem El Weleily
Natalie Grainger
11/8, 5/11, 11/7, 9/11, 11/1 (46m)
Vanessa Atkinson
Natalie Grainger
11/4 8/11 12/10 9/11 13/11 (58m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy

[8] Raneem El Weleily (EGY)
11-7, 11-4, 11-9
[Q] Joey Chan (HKG)

[4] Vanessa Atkinson (NED)
12-10, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG)

11-4, 11-4, 11-4
Lauren Briggs
[7] Lauren Briggs (ENG)
11-3, 11-7, 11-5
[Q] Amelia Pittock (AUS)

[5] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL)
11-7, 11-8, 11-6
Tania Bailey (ENG)

Tania Bailey
10-12, 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3
 
Laura Lengthorn-Massaro
9/11, 11/7, 5/11, 11/6, 13/11 (58m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
[3] Laura Lengthorn-Massaro (ENG)
11-9, 11-9, 11-6
[Q] Lauren Siddall (ENG)
[6] Samantha Teran (MEX)
11-6, 6-11, 12-10, 11-8
[Q] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
Samantha Teran
5-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 14-12
 
[2] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)
11-3, 11-9, 11-8
Line Hansen (DEN)

 

Grainger Celebrates Hometown Success In Greenwich

 

US number one Natalie Grainger celebrated hometown success in the Women's Harrow Greenwich Open when she beat second-seeded Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy in the final of the $25,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at the Field Club of Greenwich in Greenwich.

 

Favourite Grainger, formerly based in Washington DC and winner of the title in 1998 and 1999, was competing in the established event for the first time since relocating in Greenwich last year.

 

Both players had survived marathon five-game semi-finals.  But, despite being stretched to five games for the third time in three days, it was local favourite Grainger who ultimately prevailed, saving a match-ball in the decider to defeat Kawy 11-4, 8-11, 12-10, 9-11, 13-11 in 58 minutes.

 

"Omneya is an amazing player; so skilful," said 31-year-old Grainger of her 23-year-old opponent.   "I was really lucky to win today.  But I am years older so I must take the wins when I can!"

 

The downcast Abdel Kawy responded:  "This tournament wasn't mine.  I was winning when I was down, now lost when I was up.  It is in my head.  I don't know what is wrong but I made a good start to the year and I was strong all the way through."

 

Grainger's long-awaited Greenwich hat-trick brings her WISPA career title tally to 20.

 

Lengthorn-Massaro Beats Bailey In Greenwich Clash

 

Tania Bailey, out of action most of last year following knee surgery, took higher-ranked England team-mate Laura Lengthorn-Massaro the full distance in the quarter-finals of the Women's Harrow Greenwich Squash Open before bowing out of the $25,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at the Field Club of Greenwich in Greenwich, USA.

 

The unseeded 29-year-old made her breakthrough in the first round, upsetting New Zealand's fifth seed Jaclyn Hawkes.  Bailey, who reached number four in the world in 2003, took the first game against Lengthorn-Massaro - but the third seed ultimately prevailed to win 10-12, 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3.

 

Natalie Grainger, the two-time champion from the USA who is seeded to win the crown again for the first time since 1999, was also taken to five games.  But the Greenwich-based 31-year-old beat Egypt's eighth seed Raneem El Weleily 11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 3-11, 11-2 to set up a semi-final clash with fourth seed Vanessa Atkinson.

 

Atkinson, like Grainger a former world number one, despatched England's Lauren Briggs 11-4, 11-4, 11-4.