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09/08/2010
SUN & SURF JERICHO OPEN
 

Latasha Khan Battles To Sun & Surf Success In Vancouver

Sun & Surf Jericho Open, Vancouver, Canada

Latasha Khan Battles To Sun & Surf Success In Vancouver

After a four-month break from Tour action, USA's Latasha Khan made a powerful comeback at the Women's Sun & Surf Jericho Open in Canada by successfully defending the $11,100 WISPA World Tour squash title at the Jericho Tennis Club in Vancouver.

Khan had to be at her best in the opening round, where the indefatigable 37-year-old from Seattle fought off a spirited attack from former Canadian rival Melanie Jans. The former world No25 from Vancouver, also 37, was making her first Tour appearance since February 2007 - and, after qualifying, took Khan the full distance before the top seed began her advance to the final.

Indeed, Khan's opponent in the climax was second seed Alana Miller - the favourite's fourth Canadian opponent in the event.

The defending champion took the opening two games, but Winnipeg-based Miller fought back to draw level.

Khan kept her composure, however, and closed out the match 11-8, 11-7, 12-14, 2-11, 11-7 after 58 minutes to win the Vancouver title for the third time in four years.

The triumph takes world No29 Khan's career WISPA title tally to seven, from 15 final appearances.

1st round:
[1] Latasha Khan (USA) bt [Q] Melanie Jans (CAN) 11-4, 6-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-2 (48m)
[8] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt Imelda Salazar Martinez (MEX) 11-2, 11-5, 11-7 (21m)
[4] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt Thaisa Serafini (BRA) 11-9, 11-6, 12-10 (30m)
Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt [7] Stephanie Edmison (CAN) 12-14, 8-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-9 (48m)
[6] Carolyn Russell (CAN) bt [Q] Karina Heredia Gonzalez (MEX) 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 (16m)
[3] Miranda Ranieri (CAN) bt Genevieve Lessard (CAN) 11-9, 11-3, 12-10 (22m)
[5] Alexandra Norman (CAN) bt [Q] Ivonne Diaz (MEX) 11-1, 11-6, 11-4 (22m)
[2] Alana Miller (CAN) bt [Q] Nayelly Hernandez (MEX) 11-6, 11-4, 11-1 (19m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Latasha Khan (USA) bt [8] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 (37m)
[4] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt Milou van der Heijden (NED) 12-10, 11-7, 11-6 (30m)
[6] Carolyn Russell (CAN) bt [3] Miranda Ranieri (CAN) w/o
[2] Alana Miller (CAN) bt [5] Alexandra Norman (CAN) 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 (41m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Latasha Khan (USA) bt [4] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 16-14, 11-6, 11-9 (34m)
[2] Alana Miller (CAN) bt [6] Carolyn Russell (CAN) 11-9, 11-3, 11-8 (25m)

Final:
[1] Latasha Khan (USA) bt [2] Alana Miller (CAN) 11-8, 11-7, 12-14, 2-11, 11-7 (58m)