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Milestone For Massaro After Carol Weymuller Victory

Carol Weymuller Open 2012
25-30 Sep, Brooklyn, New York, $50k
Round One
27 Sep 17.30 - 19.45
28 Sep
29 Sep
30 Sep
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11/9, 11/5, 11/6
Kasey Brown (Aus)
 Nicol David
 11/9, 5/11, 11/3, 11/7
Alison Waters
Alison Waters
11-7, 11-7, 11-4
Laura Massaro
Laura Massaro
11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (34mins)
Raneem El Weleily
[5] Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/7, 8/11, 11/7, 11/2
[Q] Alison Waters (Eng)
[4] Laura Massaro (Eng)
7/11, 4/11, 11/2, 11/3, 11/8
Low Wee Wern (Mas)
Laura Massaro
 9/11, 11/4, 11/3, 11/6
Annie Au
[6] Annie Au (Hkg)
 3/11, 11/4, 9/11, 11/3, 11/3
[Q] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
Camille Serme (Fra)
4/11, 11/8, 7/11, 11/4, 14/12
[7] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
Nour El Sherbini
 11/6, 11/9, 11/6
[3] Jenny Duncalf
 Nour El Sherbini
11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9
 Raneem El Weleily
[Q] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
11/9, 11/6, 11/6
[3] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
Joelle King (Nzl)
11/6, 11/5, 11/7
[8] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
Joelle King
3/11, 10/12, 11/3, 11/9, 13/11
Raneem El Weleily
[Q] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
11/9, 11/9, 11/3
[2] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)

Milestone For Massaro After Carol Weymuller Victory

Laura Massaro claimed her milestone tenth WSA World Tour title yesterday as the Englishwoman completed her Carol Weymuller Open 2012 campaign with a win over Raneem El Weleily.

Massaro almost failed to make it past the first round of the Gold Series event after going two games down against Low Wee Wern of Malaysia.  She managed to turn the match around to win in five, but again lost the first game against Annie Au in the quarter-finals before showing her resilience to battle past the No.6 seed from Hong Kong.

In the semi’s, Massaro faced Alison Waters, a dangerous prospect following her defeat of Madeline Perry in the first round, followed by the shock win over world No.1 Nicol David.  Massaro played a steady game however and dismissed the threat of her compatriot in straight games to set up the final against world No.2 Raneem El Weleily.

The Egyptian had faced a similarly tough route to the final when, after beating Jaclyn Hawkes in straight games, she too had to battle back from a two game deficit to overcome Joelle King of New Zealand.

She then defeated fellow-Egyptian Nour El Sherbini, banishing memories of her British Open loss at the hand of the teenager, to make her second consecutive WSA World Tour final after winning the CIMB Malaysian Open last week.

Massaro came out on top after a closely fought first game, and extended a strong lead in the second as her opponent struggled to find any consistency with her short game.  Short of ideas, El Weleily succumbed to defeat in straight games, and Massaro’s win will really increase the pressure at the top of the WSA World Rankings.

Massaro And Weleily To Contest Carol Weymuller Open Final

Laura Massaro and Raneem El Weleily will contest the WSA Gold Series Carol Weymuller Open final, after defeating their respective national compatriots at Casino Heights in New York. 

Third seed Massaro ended the run of qualifier Alison Waters in straight games, her first WSA victory over her fellow Englishwoman in 2012.  Waters defeated top seed Nicol David in the quarter-finals, but was unable to reproduce the performance that extended her tournament campaign. 

Massaro will face last week’s CIMB Malaysian Open champion Raneem El Weleily in the final, who overcame teenager Nour El Sherbini in a close four-game clash.  Weleily lost out to Sherbini when the pair faced each other in the British Open semi’s back in May, but the world No.2 made no mistake on this occasion, dropping only the third game on the way to her second successive WSA World Tour final. 

Weleily last played Massaro in round one of this event in 2011, when the Egyptian needed a fifth game tiebreak to overcome her opponent.  Earlier in the year, Massaro got the better of Weleily in the Cleveland Classic.  Massaro currently leads the head-to-head against the world No.2, with seven wins to Weleily’s four. 

Waters Dimisses David In Carol Weymuller Quarters
Alison Waters stuns onlookers at Casino Heights in New York as she dismisses world No.1 Nicol David in the quarter-finals of the WSA Gold Series Carol Weymuller Open.

The English qualifier took four games to subdue the reigning World Champion, who lost out to Raneem El Weleily in last week’s CIMB Malaysian Open, making it David’s first consecutive tournament losses since 2009.  Waters will now face compatriot Laura Massaro in the semi-final.  The world No.3 beat Hong Kong international Annie Au after coming from behind in a similar pattern to her first round clash.

Teenager Nour El Sherbini beat higher seed Jenny Duncalf in straight games to prolong the Egyptian’s maiden Carol Weymuller campaign and continue Duncalf's wait for a semi-final appearance stretching back to January.

Sherbini will face Raneem El Weleily in the second semi-final of the event, as the world No.2 fought back from two games down to defeat unseeded Joelle King of New Zealand in five games.  The final result could have gone either way as little separated the pair in the fifth game, and a tiebreak was forced before the Egyptian was able to finish off the tie.

Two Seeds Down In Carol Weymuller Opener

The fiercely contested WSA Gold Series Carol Weymuller Open in New York yielded few surprises in round one at Heights Casino last night, but a number of close results proved for an exciting opening day of competition.

The only big surprise of the first round came as unseeded Joelle King moved past eighth seed Rachael Grinham in straight games, attributing to the Australian’s second successive first round exit.  The New Zealand international King will progress to face last week’s Malaysian Open champion Raneem El Weleily, who beat King’s compatriot Jaclyn Hawkes.

With the draw for the Carol Weymuller Open being completed last month, newly promoted world No.9 Alison Waters still had to qualify for the event based on her previous months world ranking.  The former world No.3 faced fifth seed Madeline Perry in their first round clash, the player's third meeting of 2012.  Waters recorded her third successive win over the Irish international in four games.  She will now face Nicol David in the quarter finals after the world No.1 beat Australian Kasey Brown in straight games.

Other Englishwomen joining Waters in the quarters are Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf who played contrasting games to ensure their progression.  Third seed Duncalf dismissed qualifier Dipika Pallikal of India in three games, whilst Massaro faced world No.10 Low Wee Wern of Malaysia in a five-game thriller.

The Englishwoman stormed back from two games down to draw level, before closing out the win to advance to the quarters where she will face Annie Au of Hong Kong.  Au also faced a difficult start to the competition as she twice came from behind to overcome a resilient Donna Urquhart in five games.

Teenaged prodigy Nour El Sherbini started her first Carol Weymuller campaign with five-game battle against unseeded Frenchwoman Camille Serme.  Like Au, Sherbini was also forced to come from behind twice to force the fifth and final game, in a contest that couldn’t have been much closer. With very little separating the pair, a tie-break was forced which went in favour of young Egyptian, 14-12 and the 17-year-old will have little time to recover before facing Duncalf in the next round.