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Weleily Is Unstoppable...

Carol Weymuller Open 2011
20-25 Sep, Heights Casino, Brooklyn, NY, $50k
Round One
22 Sep
23 Sep
24 Sep
25 Sep
[1] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
8/11, 11/6, 11/8, 11/5
Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
Jenny Duncalf
11/8, 11/4, 11/6
Joelle King
Jenny Duncalf
11/8 11/6 11/9
Kasey Brown
Jenny Duncalf 
11/7 15/13 11/4
Raneem El Weleily
[6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
11/3, 11/7, 9/11, 15/17, 12/10
Joelle King (Nzl)
[3] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
11/7, 4/11, 11/5, 11/7
Donna Urquhart (Aus)
Rachael Grinham
 7/11, 11/8, 11/5, 11/6
Kasey Brown
[5] Kasey Brown (Aus)
9/11, 12/10, 11/2, 11/6
[Q] Joey Chan (Hkg)
[Q] Samantha Teran (Mex)
9/11, 11/9, 11/8, 12/10
[7] Camille Serme
Camille Serme
9/11, 9/11, 11/8, 11/9, 11/9
Raneem El Weleily
Raneem El Weleily
14/12, 11/0, 11/8
Madeline Perry
Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
6/11, 11/5, 11/6, 7/11, 13/11
[4] Laura Massaro (Eng)
[Q] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
 6/11, 11/8, 11/9, 13/11
[8] Annie Au (Hkg)
Annie Au
 11/13, 11/6, 11/3, 11/8
Madeline Perry
[Q] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
11/6, 11/13, 11/6, 11/7
[2] Madeline Perry (Irl)

Weleily Is Unstoppable...                                                                                                                                                     Raneem El Weleily won the biggest title of her career this week in New York at the Gold 45 Carol Weymuller Open, taking out four top 10 stars along the way in devastating style.

The tournament was at full strength with 16 of the top 20 players in the world taking part.

El Weleily's title chances almost ended in the first round when she had to save 2 match balls against world no.5 Laura Massaro before beating the British Champion 13/11 in the fifth. The first round saw all 8 matches being extended to at least 4 games. New Zealand's no.1 Joelle King also upset the seedings to beat Omneya Abdel Kawy 12/10 in the fifth. There were also tough wins for defending champion and top seed Jenny Duncalf, Madeline Perry, Rachael Grinham, Kasey Brown, Camille Serme and Annie Au.

The quarter finals featured some highly entertaining matches which kept the crowds enthralled through out. World no.2 Jenny Duncalf played the perfect match against Joelle King, not allowing the Kiwi to play her strong attacking game and won in straight games. Madeline Perry dropped the first game to Annie Au but kept her patience and started to find her length in the second before dominating the rest of match. Kasey Brown won the Aussie battle with Rachael Grinham. Brown had never beaten Grinham before in six attempts and after the first game it looked like it would be 7 wins in a row for Grinham. Brown stepped up the court and controlled the T with exquisite volleys and went on to take the match in 4 games. El Weleily came through another 5 setter, this time coming from 2-0 down to beat Camille Serme in the match of the night. The match could have gone either way but it was Weleily risk taking that paid off on the key points.

The semi finals saw both winners play near perfect squash. Weleily continued her amazing run, this time upsetting Perry in straight games. The Egyptian edged a tough opening game 14/12. This proved to be crucial and her confidence rose and she played faultless squash to win it 11/0. Weleily stayed strong in the 3rd and halted a Perry comeback to win it 11/8 and move into her biggest final. Duncalf had a great record against Brown, only losing once in 8 previous meetings, but 4 of those matches had gone the distance. This time Duncalf was in imperious form and didn't allow Brown to step up and control the match. The defending champion won in straight games and moved into her 4th Carol Weymuller final in a row.

The final was played out in front of a packed out show court. Weleily had never previously beaten Duncalf in 4 meetings but once again started the match playing quality attacking squash, at 7-7 Weleily broke away to take the game 11/7. Duncalf looked to be back in control in the second and moved into a 10/6 lead. The world no.2 couldn't convert her game balls and after some incredible rallies Weleily took the game 15/13. On the verge of winning her biggest title, she could have been forgiven for showing signs of nerves, but instead it seemed to fire her up even more and she forced the pressure on Duncalf even more, attacking anything loose. At 5/3 up Weleily broke away and took the 3rd game 11/4.

A 3rd career title for Raneem El Weleily and her first Gold level title. It was a fantastic week for her and will likely see her move into the World's top 8 in next month's ranking.

A great tournament, featuring high quality matches from the start, congratulations to Linda Elriani and the rest of the organising team. We look forward to seeing the tournament back even bigger and better next year.

All the players now go onto Philadelphia for the US Open with the main draw starting on the 2nd October.


King And Weleily Cause Upsets With Nail Biting Wins


The world’s best players were in action at the Heights Casino in New York last night for the first round of the WISPA Gold Carol Weymuller Open. In hot and humid conditions the courts were bouncy and the matches were close, with all 8 matches going beyond three games.


Joelle King has been in great form this year and the New Zealand no.1 is on the verge of a place in the top 10. She started strongly against Omneya Abdel Kawy, taking a comfortable 2-0 lead. Kawy had won their only previous meeting back in 2009 and came back fighting taking the 3rd game before saving two match balls in the 4th, eventually taking it 17-15 on the tie-break. King again let 4 match balls slip by at 10-6 in the fifth but finished the match off 12-10 with a beautiful drop shot. King had admitted afterwards that she had felt nervous closing out the match against Kawy, a player she admires a lot.


Raneem El Weleily had played Laura Massaro 6 times in 2010 and had won 4 of those matches, so there was a good chance another upset was on the cards. Massaro however has recently entered the top 5 and with another victory over Nicol David at the CIMB Singapore Masters in July, it seemed the British Champion had stepped up another level. Weleily’s risky shot making was paying off though and she moved ahead 2-1. Massaro leveled with a controlled and error free 4th game and then had 2 match balls in the decider. She was unable to close it out and Weleily came through 12-10.  


Top seed Jenny Duncalf led the way for the rest of the seeds. The world no.2 dropped the first game to Jaclyn Hawkes but took charge from the 2nd game to win in 3-1. She goes onto face King in the quarter final. Second seed Madeline Perry lost the second game to Dipika Pallikal but stayed in control for the remainder of a fast paced and hard hitting match. Perry plays Annie Au in the quarter final. Au overcame Emma Beddoes 13-11 in the 4th game, although Beddoes had her chances in the 3rd and 4th. Rachael Grinham maintained her perfect record against compatriot Donna Urquhart, winning in 4 games. Grinham’s quarter final opponent is another Australian, Kasey Brown. Fifth seed Brown lost the first game to Joey Chan and edged the 2nd on a tie break, before easing away to victory. World no.8 Camille Serme also lost the first game to her opponent Samantha Teran. The rest of the match was close, with only a few points separating the pair, but it was Serme who won the crucial points and go on to face Weleily in the quarter final.