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20/08/2012
SQUASH ON FIRE 2012
 

Kippax Claims US Title Double

Squash On Fire 2012
14-19 Aug, Washington DC, USA, $15k
Round One
16 Aug 
Quarters
17 Aug
Semis
18 Aug
Final
19 Aug
[1] Samantha Teran (Mex)
11/9, 11/4, 11/2 (30m)
[Q[] Célia Allamargot (Fra)
Samantha Teran
11-7, 10-12, 11-7,
10-12, 11-6 (66mins)
Misaki Kobayashi
Samantha Teran
11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 6-11, 11-8 (60mins)
Farah Abdel Meguid
Samantha Teran
11/8, 6/11, 11/9, 8/11, 12/10 (80m)
Sarah Kippax
[6] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
11/4, 11/3, 11/2 (16m)
Kristen Lange (Usa)
[3] Latasha Khan (Usa)
9/11, 11/4, 11/7, 11/5 (32m)
Camille Lanier (Usa)
Latasha Khan
4-11, 12-10, 12-10,
11-9 (47mins)
Farah Abdel Meguid
[5] Yathreb Adel (Egy)
11/9, 11/9, 6/11, 11/8 (36m)
Farah Abdel Meguid (Egy)
[Q] Sabrina Sobhy (Usa)
9/11, 11/7, 12/10, 11/7 (40m)
[7] Lucie Fialova (Cze)
Lucie Fialova
11-1, 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8 (65mins)
Aisling Blake
Lucie Fialova
11-6, 11-9, 11-1 (35mins)
Sarah Kippax
[Q] Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
11/8, 11/8, 11/3 (47m)
[4] Aisling Blake (Irl)
Maud Duplomb (Fra)
11/1, 11/7, 11/3 (26m)
[8] Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy)
Kanzy El Dafrawy
12-10, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6
Sarah Kippax
[Q] Salma Hany (Egy)
11/4, 11/7, 11/8 (28m)
[2] Sarah Kippax (Egy)

Squash On Fire, Washinton D.C.

Kippax Claims US Title Double

Sarah Kippax has completed a back-to-back title swoop after winning the WSA Tour 15 Squash On Fire event in Washington D.C.

Last week the 29-year-old won the Hampton Squash Week event in New York as top seed, and yesterday completed the double as she toppled No.1 seed Samantha Teran in Washington.

Seeded second for the event, the Englishwoman had beaten qualifier Salma Hany and Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy in the opening two rounds, before reaching the final with a straight games win over Lucie Fialova.

There she faced Teran of Mexico who, having dispatched qualifier Celia Allamargot in round one, then laboured through two five-game battles against Misaki Kobayashi and unseeded Farah Abdel Meguid to reach the final.

In a very cat-and-mouse final, Kippax led after the first game, but was immediately pegged back by the Mexican.  The pair were tightly contested throughout, with the Englishwoman again taking the lead after the third but Teran forced the fifth and final game as the contest ticked past the hour mark.

In a final that couldn’t have been any closer, Teran held match-ball but was unable to convert as Kippax claimed the tie-break win to record her ninth WSA World Tour title, and second in as many weeks.

There were notable performances from Lucie Fialova and Farah Abdel Meguid as the Czech player beat No4 seed Aisling Blake in the quarter-finals, whilst Meguid stunned her opposition by beating not only No.5 seed Yathreb Adel in round one, but also No.3 seed Latasha Khan in the quarters.

Semi-finals:

The giant-killing run of unseeded Egyptian Farah Abdel Meguid was finally ended by top seed Samantha Teran in the semi-finals.  Meguid didn't go quickly however, pushing Teran to five games in an hour-long match.  Sarah Kippax dispatched No.7 seed Lucie Fialova in straight games to set up a top seed final, in which she'll be hoping to record back-to-back titles following her Hampton Squash Week title win last week

Quarter-finals:

World No.61 Farah Abdel Meguid claimed the only upset of the round after beating experienced professional and third seed Latasha Khan in a four-game match featuring two tie-break rounds.  The Egyptian will face top seed Samantha Teran in the semi-final, whilst last weeks Hampton Squash Week winner Sarah Kippax will play Lucie Fialova.

1st Round

Only one upset at the WSA World Tour 15 Squash On Fire event in Washington, as Farah Abdel Meguid defeated fellow Egyptian and No.5 seed Yathreb Adel in a four game encounter.  The rest of the seeds made it through to the quarter finals and will line-up as follows:

 

Reporting by Aisling Blake

Qualifying Final:

In the final day of qualifying for the Squash On Fire event in Washington D.C, top seeded qualifier Nicolette Fernandes made sure of her place in round one after beating Ivonne Diaz of Mexico.  The court seemed to suit the Guyanese player who started well and took an early lead in the first game. Her early dominance set the tone for the rest of the match as she eased into the main draw with a 3-0 win.  Fernandes said after the game: "I like these courts, it's a good start to the tournament and  now I'm looking forwards to seeing who I have in the main draw."

Lily Lorentzen, patriotic in her red white and blue outfit put up a spirited fight against young Sabrina Sohby in the second of today's qualifying matches. The appreciative audience witnessed a closely fought first game with Sohby looking more comfortable around the T as the game progressed.  Lorentzen started better in the second game with deep length but it wasn't enough to combat the clever tactical play of the younger American and Sohby stretched her lead to 2-0.  Courtside, as his daughter had a lead of 2-0 and 8-1 up in the 3rd game, her father Khaled Sohby certainly felt the pressure ease off as he conceded, "Ah, she's relaxed now".

The third match of the day was an all-Egyptian tie between Salma Hany and Salma Hatem Youssef.  From the outset it was clear that these two teenagers had played each other many times before, demonstrating the ability to anticipate where the ball was going before her opponent had struck the ball.  It was a close contest with no clear winner in sight for most of the first game, however after winning the first, Hany managed to come back from a 6-1 deficit in the second game to lead 2-0.  She managed to get in front of Hatem Youssef more consistently and used the front of the court well. Hany now plays Sarah Kippax in the main draw tomorrow.  

The last qualifier of the event saw Celia Allamargot of France take on Scot Alex Clark.  Moving efficiently around the court, Allamargot kept Clark digging balls out of the back left corner with hard crosscourts, waiting for the loose ball to cut off at the front and stretching her taller opponent many times along a long diagonal line.  The first game came easily for the Frenchwoman but Clark found her stride in the second game and pushed back with solid retrievals and precise drives.  A few too many errors from Allamargot kept Clark in the lead 9-7, then 10-8, but Clark did not convert and Allamargot squeezed by 12-10.  The third game was tight until at 4-6 down, Allamargot ran up five straight points to take the lead 9-6.  Again the score seesawed to 10-9 with Allamargot firing a low, sliding drive beyond Clark’s exceptional reach to win in three.