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David Retains Australian Open Title

Australian Open 2012
13-19 August, Canberra, $50k
Round One
15th  Aug
Round Two
16th Aug
17 Aug
18 Aug
19 Aug
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11/3, 8/11, 11/4, 11/8 (40m)
[Q] Tesni Evans (Wal)
Nicol David
11-4, 11-1, 11-6 (32m)
Low Wee Wern
Nicol David
10-12, 11-1, 11-7, 15-13 (68min)
Alison Waters
Nicol David
11-7, 11-4, 11-5
Madeline Perry
Nicol David
17-15, 11-2, 11-6 (44mins)
Laura Massaro
[10] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
11/3, 11/2, 11/8 (19m)
Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg)
[5] Annie Au (Hkg)
 11/5, 11/2, 11/2 (19m)
[Q] Lisa Aitken (Sco)
Annie Au
11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (32m)
Alison Waters
[15] Delia Arnold (Mas)
11/8, 11/6, 11/3 (30m)
Alison Waters (Eng)
[4] Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/3, 11/9, 11/1 (21m)
Siti Munirah Jusoh (Mas)
Madeline Perry
11-8, 13-11, 11-2 (37m)
Emma Beddoes
Madeline Perry
11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (33mins)
Kasey Brown
[16] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
8/11, 11/2, 8/11, 11/4, 11/3 (61m)
[Q] Sarah Cardwell (Aus)
[8] Kasey Brown (Aus )
11/6, 11/4, 11/2 (28m)
 Line Hansen (Den)
Kasey Brown
7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-9 (50m)
Joelle King
[9] Joelle King (Nzl)
 11/7, 11/7, 3/11, 11/6 (40m)
[Q] Olga Ertlova (Cze)
[Q] Kylie Lindsay (Nzl)
11/7, 11/3, 11/6 (23m)
[12] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
Donna Urquhart
11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4 (34m)
Rachael Grinham
Donna Urquhart
Laura Massaro
Laura Massaro
11-7, 7-11, 13-11, 3-11, 11-9
Dipika Pallikal
Siyoli Waters (Rsa)
11/8, 13/11, 11/9 (31)
[7] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
Emily Whitlock (Eng)
9/11, 11/6, 4/11, 11/9, 11/9 (53m)
[13] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
Emily Whitlock
14-12, 11-8, 11-9 (35m)
Laura Massaro
[Q] Thaisa Serafini (Bra)
 11/1, 11/5, 11/8 (25m)
[3] Laura Massaro (Eng)
Christine Nunn (Aus)
11/5, 11/2, 11/5 (28m)
[11] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
Dipika Pallikal
3-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (43m)
Camille Serme
Dipika Pallikal
11-5, 11-7, 12-10 (32mins)
Amanda Sobhy
[Q] Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
11/4, 11/7, 11/6 (20m)
[6] Camille Serme (Fra)
Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
11/4, 11/6, 11/3 (22m)
[14] Joey Chan (Hkg)
Amanda Sobhy
11-7, 10-12, 11-7, 11-6
Jenny Duncalf
[Q] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
11/7, 11/7, 13/11 (35m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)

David Retains Australian Open Title

Nicol David wins her 62nd WSA World Tour title after retaining the Hi-Tec Australian Open in Canberra, Australia. 

The world No.1 took 44-minutes to see off the challenge of Englishwoman Laura Massaro, who forced the Malaysian to a gruelling 17-15 tiebreak in the first game. 

Massaro, the only player to have defeated David in a WSA World Tour final since 2009, was looking to repeat her 2011 Cleveland Classic result where she stunned David in a four-game defeat. 

But the six-time World Champion held firm after chasing down the first game tie-break and settled in to retain her title in straight games. 

David began the event with a surprising four-game win over young Welsh player Tesni Evans, before comfortably seeing off fellow Malaysian Low Wee Wern in round two.  She was again tested in four games as Alison Waters attempted to throw out the reigning champion, and led after the first game but David proved too strong after a 15-13 fourth game. 

It was the wake-up call David needed however, and she breezed past Madeline Perry in the semi’s and into todays final. 

David recounted the first game after the match: “It was hard to get Laura off my back today.  I had to really get stuck in there, it was mentally and physically tough,”

“In the second I started to get in front and was able to start serving and gaining control. I just knew I wasn’t letting that first game go, it was close, I’m just so glad to win it three-love.”

Earlier in the week, Dipika Pallikal made history as the first Indian player to reach the semi-final of a WSA World Tour Gold event, whilst Amanda Sobhy also upset the odds with a quarter-final appearance after downing seeds Joey Chan and Jenny Duncalf.


Pallikal Falls At Semi Hurdle And David Makes It Final 78

Reigning champion Nicol David moved a step closer to retaining her title at the Hi-Tec Australian Open as she eased past Madeline Perry to make the 2012 final.

The world No.1 was forced to her longest match in over a year by quarter-finalist Alison Waters yesterday, but beat her Irish opponent in straight games to progress to the 78th WSA World Tour title of her career.

Afterwards, David explained that Waters’ quarter-final had sharpened her ahead of todays tie.  She said: “The match yesterday gave me a real motivation to stay focused and stay solid.”

“A match like yesterday makes you sharper and makes you more aware of what your opponent’s trying to do to you.  So today I was a bit more prepared for what was coming.”

She will face No.3 seed Laura Massaro who faced gruelling opposition in her semi-final match against Dipika Pallikal.

Pallikal, who yesterday made history by becoming the first Indian player to make a WSA Gold event semi-final, showed no signs of being affected by her milestone and fully matched her opponent in a five-game thriller.

Despite starting the tie well, Massaro struggled with the Indian’s array of attacking shots from the front of the court.  A tie-break third could have gone either way, and Pallikal again stormed back to level the match in a dominant fourth game.  The experienced Massaro came from behind in the deciding game, and six consecutive points were enough to see the Englishwoman progress to her third WSA Gold final against David

Pallikal Makes History By Reaching Australian Open Semi's


Dipika Pallikal made history after becoming the first Indian player to reach the semi-final of a WSA Gold event at the Hi-Tec Australian Open in Canberra.

Having already seen off the challenge of higher seed Camille Serme in round two, the 20-year-old ended the giant-killing run of Harvard student Amanda Sobhy, who yesterday beat No.2 seed Jenny Duncalf in her own most successful tournament to date.  Pallikal will now face a rested Laura Massaro, who didn’t feature in today’s play as her opponent Donna Urquhart was forced to concede a walkover due to injury.

Australia’s hopes of a home title winner were dealt a final blow as Urquhart’s fellow Aussie Kasey Brown was also eliminated from the event in straight games at the racket of experienced professional and world No.5 Madeline Perry.

The most highly anticipated game of the day came as the six-time World Champion and world No.1 Nicol David squared up to the rejuvenated Alison Waters for the first time since the Englishwoman returned from a year-long absence with an Achilles injury.

Waters, who has won 4 out of 5 WSA World Tour titles so far this year, got off to a great start against the Malaysian favourite, taking the first game 12-10 on the tie-break.  David hit back with a resounding 11-1 second game and gained the advantage in the third, taking it 11-7.  A marathon fourth game ensued, with Waters displaying exactly why she is still a force to be reckoned with a the very highest level of the game.  

Just falling short of pushing a fifth game, the former world No.3 succumbed to defeat at 15-13, but will take comfort from the fact that she pushed David to her longest match in over a year, registering at 68-minutes.  David will progress to play Madeline Perry of Ireland in tomorrow's semi-final.  


[1] Nicol David (MAS) v [4] Madeline Perry (IRL)

[11] Dipika Pallikal (IND) v [3] Laura Massaro (ENG)


[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt Alison Waters (ENG)      10-12, 11-1, 11-7, 15-13 (68min)

[4] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt [8] Kasey Brown (AUS)        11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (33mins)

[3] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [12] Donna Urquhart (AUS)           w/o

[11] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt Amanda Sobhy (USA)         11-5, 11-7, 12-10 (32mins)


Unseeded Sobhy Claims Biggest Scalp While Urquhart Wins All-Aussie Battle

More surprise results dominate the headlines from the Hi-Tec Australian Open in Canberra as 19-year-old Havard student Amanda Sobhy beat another seeded player to progress to the quarter-finals of the WSA World Tour Gold45 event.  

The former World Junior Champion beat No.2 seed Jenny Duncalf in four games, a feat that she previously attained at the Cleveland Classic in February, when the world No.3 was forced to retire injured.  

Sobhy will now face Dipika Pallikal, who also upset the seedings by defeating No.6 Camille Serme of France in four games.  The Indian international came from a game behind to get the better of Serme and record the biggest win of her career to date.

Two Australian hopefuls looking for a title win on home soil were drawn to face each other in round two, the experienced Rachael Grinham against Donna Urquhart.  It was the 25-year-old from Yamba, New South Wales who started the match quicker of the two, and Urquhart sprang away to a 2-game lead.  Grinham’s resolute and clever play saw her claw a game back in her favour but the younger player held her nerve and closed out the match, ending the former world No.1’s hopes of a second Australian Open title.

Urquhart progresses to face No.3 seed Laura Massaro who, despite being forced to an early first-game tiebreak, played a steady game to see off young teenager and fellow Englishwoman Emily Whitlock.

Also holding hopes of a home title win, Kasey Brown came from a game down to beat Joelle King of New Zealand.  The No.8 seed will now face the experienced Irishwoman, Madeline Perry who, after a tie-break second game, beat Emma Beddoes in three games to book her quarter-final place.

Alison Waters continued to make short work of her seeded opponents as she got the better of No.5 seed Annie Au, gaining some revenge for her defeat at the hand of the Hong Kong international at the Allam British Open second round back in May.

Waters will face the biggest test of her injury comeback to date, as she is faces World Open Champion and world No.1 Nicol David in the next round.  After dropping a game to Welsh youngster Tesni Evans in the first round, David was in a clinical mood as she dispatched fellow Malaysian Low Wee Wern in 32-minutes, dropping just 11 points in the whole match.


Whitlock & Sobhy Take Out Seeds, David Is Tested


It was a good day for the youngsters in the first round of the Hi-Tec Australian Open, as Harvard Sophomore Amanda Sobhy and England's Emily Whitlock upset the seedings. Sobhy, the 2010 World Junior Champion made short work of 14th seed Joey Chan of Hong Kong. The 19 year old, currently ranked no.26, was at a ranking high of no.17 last year before College commitments have stopped her playing a full season on tour. Whitlock, the recent World Junior semi finalist, went the distance with Jaclyn Hawkes of New Zealand, twice coming from a game down to record her first top 20 win. Sobhy will now play second seed Jenny Duncalf while Whitlock will play third seed Laura Massaro in the last 16.


Elsewhere, World No 1 Nicol David didn't have it all her own way against 19 year old Tesni Evans of Wales. David won the opening game handily before Evans stormed back to take the second game. David closed it out 11-8 in 4th against an inspired opponent. “I was working hard the whole match to win that one,” David said later. “You can see what she can do with the ball, she’s a real talent. Every point counted, she didn’t give up any point easily. I just had to hang in there and stick to my game.”


On form Alison Waters took out no.15 seed Delia Arnold. On paper this is an upset but the former World No 3 has won her last 4 tournaments and is certainly the player to avoid. 


Australians Kasey Brown, Rachel Grinham and Donna Urquhart all came through their matches in 3 games. Grinham and Urquhart now face each other for a place in the quarter finals, while Brown takes on 2009 Champion Kiwi Joelle King who needed four games to beat Czech qualifier Olga Ertlova. There was almost a fourth Australian player into the second round when Sarah Cardwell twice led no.16 seed Emma Beddoes before eventually succumbing to the athletic English girl in the fifth.


There were also comfortable wins for 2010 Champion Madeline Perry, 2008 Champion Annie Au, Low Wee Wern, Dipika Pallikal and Camille Serme.