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David Strikes Gold In Texas

Texas Open 2009
12-17 May, Dallas, $57k
Round One
14 May
15 May
16 May
17 May
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11/6, 11/3, 11/4 (27m)
[Q] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
Nicol David
11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (30m)
Isabelle Stoehr
Nicol David
11-4, 11-3, 11-6 (30m)
Jenny Duncalf
Nicol David
7/11, 12/10, 11/5, 11/6 (39m)
Natalie Grainger
Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
11/8, 9/11, 11/3, 11/6 (35m)
[Q] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
[3] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
10/12, 11/6, 11/9, 5/11, 11/8 (66m)
Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
Rachael Grinham
8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9 (55m)
Jenny Duncalf
[5] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
5/11, 11/5, 11/1, 11/5 (27m)
Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
Kasey Brown
11/6, 11/7, 11/4 (40m)
[6] Alison Waters (Eng)
Alison Waters
11-5, 11-9, 13-11 (42m)
Natalie Grinham
Natalie Grinham
8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 (36m)
Natalie Grainger
[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11/8, 11/4, 12/10 (27m)
[4] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
Samantha Teran (Mex)
12/10, 11/9, 9/11, 13/11 (57m)
[7] Madeline Perry (Irl)
Samantha Teran
11-5, 13-11, 11-9 (27m)
Natalie Grainger
[Q] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11/6, 5/11, 5/11, 11/5, 11/9 (47m)
[2] Natalie Grainger (Usa)

Nicol David (Malaysia)
Current World Ranking: #1

Natalie Grainger (USA)
Current World Ranking: #2

Rachel Grinham (Australia)
Current World Ranking: #3

Natalie Grinham (Netherlands)
Current World Ranking: #4

Jenny Duncalf (England)
Current World Ranking:

Alison Waters (England)
Current World Ranking:

Madeline Perry (Ireland)
Current World Ranking: #9

Isabel Stoehr (France)
Current World Ranking: #10

David Strikes Gold In Texas

Top-seeded Malaysian Nicol David overcame defending champion Natalie Grainger for the second time in seven days when she beat her US rival in the final of the Texas Open.

But the world number one had to fight back from a game down, then survive extra points in the second game, before prevailing in 39 minutes over world number two Grainger in the climax of the eighth staging of the established event at Life Time Fitness in Plano.

"It was a close one and it wasn't an easy task that's for sure," said the delighted 25-year-old from Penang at the post-final presentations.

"She was well into playing every shot imaginable in the first game and in the second I started to get a little bit into my own game. Then, trailing at a crucial 10-8, I managed to pull it through and got the match to one-all.

"Afterwards, I kept my game and Natalie started to make a few unforced errors to give me a better lead. The last game was very tight right throughout, but I knew I had to keep working hard to make this final go my way. Finally, everything worked out for me at the end.

"I'm glad to win my first Texas Open title," concluded David.

It was a confidence-boosting win for the Malaysian superstar who fell to Grainger in the final of the KL Open, on home soil, in March - thereby ending a remarkable 56-match, 17-month unbeaten WISPA Tour run.

The win marks the 36th Tour title of Nicol David's career - and not brings her appearances in successive WISPA finals to 15 since October 2007, but also raises her total number of Tour finals to 51, thus drawing level with Australian Tour rival Rachael Grinham.


David & Grainger To Meet In Texas Final


The top two seeds Nicol David and Natalie Grainger will meet in the final of the Women's Texas Open after prevailing in the semi-finals of the $57,000 WISPA World Tour Gold squash event at Life Time Fitness in Plano, near Dallas, USA.


Then opening semi-final was the first encounter between the two Natalies since US number one Grainger succeeded fourth seed Grinham as world number two in April.  It was a pulsating clash, full of all-angle exploitation, deft racket work and counter attack.


After a good start by Grinham, Grainger began to extend her Dutch opponent, inducing errors from the world number four before ultimately clinching her 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 victory in 36 minutes.


"We were both edgy in the first game and she pulled away when I gave her easy lengths - so I had to focus on improving that in the rest of the match," explained defending champion Grainger later.


"I am really pleased to be in the final to defend my Texas Open title - and such a big and enthusiastic crowd is great too."


Grinham added:  "It was hard because I felt that I was getting to the ball, but missing some in the second game.  I lost a bit of confidence and to her credit she took advantage and played well.  I am really disappointed that I didn't play better in the fourth."


After upsetting third seed Rachael Grinham to reach the semis, England's Jenny Duncalf was under pressure throughout the match against Nicol David as ball after ball came back and anything loose was put away. 


It was a dominant performance from the world number one from Malaysia who notched up her 11-4, 11-3, 11-6 win after 30 minutes.


"I was just on today," said David, who will now meet Grainger in the second WISPA final in seven days, after beating her Tour rival in last week's Cayman Islands Open.


"I knew I had to be because she would be gunning for me, so I was pleased with my focus and my game."


Duncalf admitted that the game was not easy:  "She seemed to be in front of me the whole time. I played pretty well but she gave me no room or time.  I tried to slow it down but nothing worked.  It was hard."


Duncalf Despatches Grinham In Texas Upset


England's Jenny Duncalf battled for 55 minutes to upset third seed Rachael Grinham in the Women's Texas Open to reach the last four of the $57,000 WISPA World Tour Gold squash event at Life Time Fitness in Plano, near Dallas, USA.


The fifth seed from Harrogate in Yorkshire recovered from a game behind to beat Grinham 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9 - recording her third successive victory over the world number three from Australia since May last year.


The win takes Duncalf into her second surprise semi in less than two weeks - and it was an upset over Rachael's sister Natalie Grinham that led the England number one into the last four of the Cayman Islands Open:  "It was a risk to play in Cayman, as being fifth seed wasn't ideal - but if you want to try and beat these players you have to put yourself in the mix," explained Duncalf.


"Rachael has a really good touch, and puts the unexpected one in short and it had to be in the back of my mind to cover it."


Grinham senior, who clearly found the court's unusual clear glass right side wall difficult, added:  "She is moving very well these days, which is a bit of a pain!  It is a bit hard as the court is tricky.  The forehand side is not so easy, but she held it together better than I did."


Duncalf now faces favourite Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia who beat France's No8 seed Isabelle Stoehr 11-5, 11-8, 11-7.


Natalie Grinham made up for her Grand Cayman disappointment by beating England's sixth seed Alison Waters 11-5, 11-9, 13-11 in an earlier quarter-final.


The fourth seed from the Netherlands now meets Natalie Grainger - though the second seed from the USA had to fight back from 1-8 down in the second game before going on to beat unseeded Mexican Samantha Teran 11-5, 13-11, 11-9.


Teran Takes Perry In Texas Tussle


Unseeded Mexican Samantha Teran recorded the best win of her career when she beat seventh seed Madeline Perry in the Women's Texas Open to claim a place in the quarter-finals of the $57,000 WISPA World Tour Gold squash event at Life Time Fitness in Plano, near Dallas, USA.


"This tournament gives me good luck," exclaimed the 28-year-old from Mexico City after her 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 13-11 victory over Perry, the world No9, in 57 minutes.


"The first time I won against a top 20 player was in Dallas.  The last time I got to the semis against the seeding - and now here I have won against a top 10 player for the first time.


"I like Dallas a lot!" added world No16 Teran, Mexico's highest-ranked player of all-time.


Teran will now line up against Natalie Grainger, the second seed from the USA.  Suffering from a head-ache, the world No2 from Greenwich had to come from 2/1 down to overcome English qualifier Emma Beddoes 11-6, 5-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9.


Grainger is expected to meet top seed Nicol David in Sunday's final.  The world number one from Malaysia took just 27 minutes to topple English qualifier Dominique Lloyd-Walter 11-6, 11-3, 11-4.


2009 Texas Open Boasts Biggest Ever Prize Fund


The Women's International Squash Players Association is celebrating the fact that the 2009 Texas Open the eighth edition of the event since 2002 will be the biggest ever.


Bucking the world financial climate, the WISPA World Tour championship which alternates between Houston and Dallas - will boast a total prize fund of $57,750.


Dallas SRA President Sanjeeb Samanta is pleased to report:  "This year, we met an unprecedented milestone.  While local corporations found the economic situation a barrier to supporting the event, nearly sixty individuals from the Dallas squash community stepped forward to fund 100% of the cost."


This support has enabled the event to elevate to WISPA Gold band - and already has world number one Nicol David, from Malaysia, indicating that she will enter the event she last played in 2005.


WISPA Chief Executive Andrew Shelley expressed delight with the success of the Dallas SRA fund-raising operation:  "It is a tribute to the generosity of local enthusiasts that they stepped up to the plate when there was a danger of the tenth anniversary of the first WISPA event in Texas not taking place.


"And to take it higher too is awesome.  Their reward will be a great week of squash and lots of interaction with the players and I am sure a great time will be had by all.  They deserve it."


The event - whose title-holders include former world number ones Natalie Grainger, Vanessa Atkinson, Rachael Grinham and Carol Owens - takes place from 12-17 May at Life Time Fitness in Plano, near Dallas.


Other top women who have signed-up (name,ranking):
Kasey Brown (13)
Jaclyn Hawkes (18)
Lauren Briggs (19)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (22)
Line Hansen (23)
Aisling Blake (30)
Alana Miller (32)
Latasha Khan (33)
Emma Beddoes (36)
Georgina Stoker (60)
Irina Assal (75)
Stephanie Edmison (83)
Thaisa Serafini (99)
Samantha Cornett (103)
Olivia Blatchford (107)
Laura Pomportes (109)
Nicolette Fernandes (113)
Amanda Sobhy (118)
Ivonne Diaz (121)
Belkys Magaly Velez (142)
Karina Heredia Gonzalez (151)
Lia Paz Noguez (171)
Yuko Ikeda (171)
Merhan Amr Mahmoud (213)