CAROL WEYMULLER OPEN 2011
Weleily Is Unstoppable...
Weymuller Open 2011
20-25 Sep, Heights Casino,
Brooklyn, NY, $50k
 Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
8/11, 11/6, 11/8, 11/5
Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
11/8, 11/4, 11/6
11/8 11/6 11/9
11/7 15/13 11/4
Raneem El Weleily
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
11/3, 11/7, 9/11, 15/17, 12/10
Joelle King (Nzl)
 Rachael Grinham (Aus)
11/7, 4/11, 11/5, 11/7
Donna Urquhart (Aus)
7/11, 11/8, 11/5, 11/6
 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
 Camille Serme
9/11, 9/11, 11/8, 11/9, 11/9
Raneem El Weleily
Raneem El Weleily
14/12, 11/0, 11/8
Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
6/11, 11/5, 11/6, 7/11, 13/11
 Laura Massaro (Eng)
[Q] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
6/11, 11/8, 11/9, 13/11
 Annie Au (Hkg)
11/13, 11/6, 11/3, 11/8
[Q] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
11/6, 11/13, 11/6, 11/7
 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.
was at full strength with 16 of the top 20 players in the world taking part.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.