Tenth Title For Khan At OC Open
Top seed Latasha Khan beat Nicolette Fernandes on home soil to
claim the WSA Tour 10 Orange County Open 2012.
Having made it past compatriot Kristen Lange in
straight games in round one, the veteran player then took four games to dispatch
gutsy qualifier Mennat Nasser, who beat No.5 seed Maria Toor Pakay in
her first round match.
A further three game win over Lauren Selby saw
the Seattle-born American progress to her 21st WSA World Tour final. There she
faced unseeded Nicolette Fernandes of Guyana, who not only beat No.8 seedBirgit
Coufal in round one, but also No.4 Amander Landers-Murphy and No.6 Victoria
Lust on her way to a surprise final appearance.
The American world No.28 showed enough
experience however, to establish a firm lead in the final against her opponent,
ten years her junior. Khan ran a narrow first game 11-9, before a similarly
paced second game also went the 39-year-old’s way. Fernandes refused to go down
without a fight, and a lull in pace gave the Guyanese international the
opportunity to score some points, and Fernandes took the third game to a
comfortable 11-5 score-line.
Khan came back in the fourth to re-establish her
dominance and put down any threat of a comeback with a strong 11-7 win to claim
the win and her milestone tenth WSA World Tour title.
Latasha Khan (USA) bt Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 11-
Latasha Khan (USA) bt  Lauren Selby (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9
Fernandes (GUY) bt  Victoria Lust (ENG) 6-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-5
Latasha Khan (USA) bt [Q] Mennat Nasser (EGY) 3-11, 11-5, 11-6, 13-11
Selby (ENG) bt Alexandra Norman (CAN) 11-6, 11-9, 11-5
Fernandes (GUY) bt  Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 12-10, 5-11, 12-10,
Victoria Lust (ENG) bt  Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 11-5, 11-13, 11-9, 10-12,
Latasha Khan (USA) bt Kristen Lange (USA) 11-3, 11-5, 11-8
Nasser (EGY) bt  Maria Toor Pakay (PAK) 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 6-11,
Selby (ENG) bt [Q] Bine Malund Lind (DEN) 11-4, 11-8, 11-3
Norman (CAN) bt  Orla Noom (NED) 9-11, 11-7, 11-2, 9-11, 11-9
Fernandes (GUY) bt  Birgit Coufal (AUT) 11-6, 11-6, 11-5
Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt Thaisa Serafini (BRA) 5-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-7
Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [Q] Carrie Ramsey (ENG) 11-6, 11-5, 11-8
Kobayashi (JPN) bt [Q] Antonella Falcione (ARG) 11-0, 11-6, 11-3