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Waters Celebrates New Year Double In Cleveland

Burning River Classic 2010
Cleveland, Ohio, USA $39k
Round One
31 Jan
01 Feb
02 Feb
03 Feb
[1] Alison Waters (Eng)
9/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/3
[Q] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
Alison Waters
11-7, 11-6, 11-5
Joelle King
Alison Waters

11/5, 11/5, 11/7

Samantha Teran

Alison Waters
11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 3-11, 11-6 (57m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
[6] Engy Kheirallah (Egy)
9/11, 11/9, 11/6, 9/11, 11/5
[Q] Joelle King (Nzl)
[3] Madeline Perry (Irl)
8/11, 11/7, 8/11, 11/1, 11/9
[Q] Aisling Blake (Irl)
Madeline Perry
11-2, 11-8, 11-8
Samantha Teran
[7] Samantha Teran (Mex)
11/7, 5/11, 11/2, 12/10
Lauren Briggs (Eng)
[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
8/11, 8/11, 11/8, 13/11, 11/6
[5] Kasey Brown (Aus)
Kasey Brown
2-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-8
Raneem El Weleily
Raneem El Weleily
8/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/4
Omneya Abdel Kawy
Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
10/4, 11/4, 11/4, 12/10, 11/5
[4] Laura Massaro (Eng)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
11/9, 11/4, 11/9
[8] Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
Isabelle Stoehr
11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5
Omneya Abdel Kawy
Latasha Khan (Usa)
11/6, 11/9, 11/6
[2] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)

30-Jan, Final Round Qualifying Results:
Sarah Kippax bt Deon Saffery 11/6, 11/7, 11/7 to play K Brown
Aisling Blake bt Fiona Moverley 13/11, 11/2, 11/2 to play M Perry
Joelle King bt Lisa Camilleri 11/4, 11/7, 11/2 to play E Kheirallah
Emma Beddoes bt Amanda Sobhy 11/6, 11/9, 4/11, 11/13, 11/2 to play Waters

29-Jan, Qualifying First Round:
Aisling Blake Bye
Fiona Moverley beat Lily Lorentzen 11/7, 11/7, 11/2.
Joelle King beat Yuko Ikeda 11/2, 11/1, 11/1.
Lisa Camilleri beat Fernanda Rocha 11/8, 11/0, 11/1
Amanda Sobhy beat Katja Amir 11/5, 11/1, 11/1
Emma Beddoes beat Samantha Cornett 3/11, 11/8, 11/6, 11/7
Deon Saffery beat Miranda Ranieri 11/9, 11/9, 8/11, 10/12, 16/14

Sarah Kippax Bye


Waters Celebrates New Year Double In Cleveland


England's Alison Waters became the first player to win two WISPA World Tour squash titles this year when she beat Egyptian rival Omneya Abdel Kawy in the final of the Women's Burning River Classic, the $39,000 WISPA World Tour Silver event at Cleveland Racquet Club in Cleveland in the US state of Ohio.


It was only ten days earlier that the pair faced off in the final of the Harrow Greenwich Open in Connecticut, where Waters won the first Silver title of the year without dropping a game.


"Tonight looked to be heading the same way after Alison took a 2/0 game lead, but Omneya had no intention of gifting Alison the title and the TAG watch that went along with the winner’s purse," said tournament organiser Nathan Dugan.


Abdel Kawy won the next two games to draw level – but four tins in nine rallies from the second-seeded Egyptian was the major story of the fifth game as top seed Waters, the world No5 from London, was able to regain her confidence and reclaim the lead.


Despite a mini comeback from Abdel Kawy to go from 9-3 to 9-6, the game already appeared out of reach as Waters went on to win 11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 3-11, 11-6 in 57 minutes.


The victory marked Waters' eighth match win in a row in 2010 and took her career WISPA title tally to four from 11 final appearances.



Waters & Abdel Kawy To Contest Second WISPA Final This Year


Just ten days after battling for honours in the climax of the Harrow Greenwich Open, England's Alison Waters and Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy will meet again in the final of the Women's Burning River Classic, the $39,000 WISPA World Tour Silver event at Cleveland Racquet Club in Cleveland in the US state of Ohio.


Top seed Waters, who moved to a career-high No5 in this month's WISPA world rankings after winning the Greenwich title, brushed aside Samantha Teran, the No7 seed from Mexico, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7.


"I am feeling good at the moment and playing some of the best squash I have played," said the 25-year-old Londoner afterwards.  "I hope there is still some room for improvement though."


Second seed Abdel Kawy needed four games to overcome compatriot Raneem El Weleily, the unseeded 21-year-old from Alexandria who upset fourth seed Laura Massaro and fifth seed Kasey Brown to reach the semi-finals.


El Weleily took the opening game before world No7 Abdel Kawy took control and closed out her 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 victory.


Waters is celebrating her 11th appearance in a WISPA Tour final, while 24-year-old Abdel Kawy is marking up her 22nd.


Teran Topples Perry To Make Cleveland Semis


Mexican squash star Samantha Teran secured a surprise place in the semi-finals of the Women's Burning River Classic after dismissing third seed Madeline Perry in straight games in the quarter-finals of the $39,000 WISPA World Tour Silver event at Cleveland Racquet Club in Cleveland, Ohio.


It was the 28-year-old world No14's second successive US victory over Perry, the world No8 from Belfast.


"Madeline had not played to the top of her game in the first round and she started off in her quarter final in the same vein," said tournament organiser Nathan Dugan after seventh seed Teran's 11-2, 11-8, 11-8 win.  "She never really looked settled on the court, despite moments of quality - and Samantha took full advantage."


Perry confirmed that things had not gone her way:  "I haven't been feeling great on court all week.  I could have done with Samantha giving me a few cheap points - but she was solid today and didn't give me anything to get going."


There was a further upset when Egypt's unseeded Raneem El Weleily claimed the scalp of a second seed when she beat Kasey Brown, the fifth seed from Australia, 2-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-8.


"Kasey had survived a severe test and a couple of match balls during her first round, but was unable to produce the same miraculous comeback when faced with a 2/1 game deficit today," Dugan explained. 


"Raneem had quoted the previous night that she never knew which player was going to turn up; the good Raneem or the bad one.  Well it was the latter that started the match, with Kasey taking full advantage.  Good Raneem didn’t stay dormant for long though as she controlled the second game from start to finish."


El Weleily will now play compatriot Omneya Abdel Kawy, the No2 seed who needed four games to overcome France's Isabelle Stoehr 11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5.


"We both play a similar way," said Abdel Kawy, the world No7.  "It is high risk, so we will see who hits more tins tomorrow.  That will determine the winner!"


Raneem Rallies To Second Massaro Upset In Cleveland


Egypt's Raneem El Weleily pulled off the second US upset in a week over England's Laura Massaro in the first round of the Women's Burning River Classic when she beat the world No9 in five games to reach the quarter-finals of the $39,000 WISPA World Tour Silver squash event at Cleveland Racquet Club in Cleveland, Ohio.


"Raneem looked to be completely off the boil in the first two games, making a string of unforced errors including serving out and boasting the ball in to the tin on the return of serves," reported tournament organiser Nathan Dugan.


But the unseeded 21-year-old from Alexandria turned things round in the third game and went on to beat Massaro – ranked 12 places higher – 10-12, 4-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-5.


Australia's fifth seed Kasey Brown also mounted an incredible recovery to beat English qualifier Sarah Kippax.  At 2/1 up in games and two points away from winning at 9-3 in the fourth, Kippax experienced a major comeback by Aussie Brown who ultimately clinched an 8-11, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-6 victory to earn the chance to meet El Weleily for a place in the semi-finals.


But New Zealand qualifier Joelle King produced the shock of the event with a five-game victory over world number 13 Engy Kheirallah.  After sharing the first two games, 21-year-old King raced to an early advantage in the third.


"During a rally at 8-3, Joelle was completely knocked off her feet after playing her shot and found herself seated on the floor," said Dugan.  "But she was still able to get up and scramble the next shot back somehow and went on to take the game 11-6.  An upset looked on the cards when Joelle extended a game four lead to 6-3, but Engy had other ideas."


Sixth Kheirallah took the fourth game to level the match – but the fast-improving Kiwi sprung back in the fifth, eventually delivering the final blow with a tight backhand drop that was too tight for the Egyptian to return, giving her a well-earned 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5 victory.



The top four seeds in qualifying progressed to the main draw at the Cleveland Racquet Club on Saturday afternoon, but not without a scare or two along the way! Aisling Blake was the first to progress into the main draw with a victory over Fiona Moverley. Fiona started well taking a 9-5 lead by cutting the ball off on the volley. Aisling changed the pace a little to neutralize the volley, which she did pretty effectively taking the game 13-11 and then she dominated the second and third games.

Joelle King was too strong on the night for Lisa Camilleri. Joelle, the world number 31, moved very smoothly all match and played with great consistency. Lisa joked “it was like playing against a giant brick wall, the ball just kept coming back!”

Emma Beddoes and Amanda Sobhy produced a thriller for the crowd in the third match of the day. The first two games went to Emma, and it looked like the world number 33 was on course for a comfortable win. There were patches of brilliance from the young American in the second game, but the combination of the tin and a very patient opponent meant Amanda was facing a massive task to turn it around. Much to the crowds delight, turn it round she did, as a series of great holds and attacking stroke play gave Amanda, and the crowd, something to get excited about. She won the game 11-4. Emma looked to have shaken off the loss of the third, producing a solid start to the fourth game. Once again errors came from the 16 year olds racquet, but a string of excellent attacking rallies brought Amanda straight back to 5 each. From then on it was a see-saw battle with both trying to seize the initiative. Amanda worked Emma to every corner of the court again, and again, and again. The work took its toll and an exhausted looking Beddoes started to crumble. At 11-10 game ball to Amanda, they had a gut wrenching rally which Emma won, but it left both players bent over doubled gasping for air. 11-11 produced another tired error from Emma, and this time Amanda was able to close out with a tight counter drop shot. That was the last stand for the talented American though as Emma dug deep to reel off 9 straight rallies and book a place in the main draw. Whether she has any legs left for tomorrow will have to wait and see.

The Last match of the night was a fairly one sided affair between two players both residing in Yorkshire, England. Sarah Kippax took full advantage of a sluggish Deon Saffery, who had survived a marathon 16-14 in the 5th, the prior day. Sarah extended some early rallies and looked ion control of the match from then on.