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Fourth Monte Carlo Success For Grinham

Monte-Carlo Open 2012
29 October - 2nd November, $25.000
Round One
30 Oct
31 Oct
1 Nov
2 Nov
[1] Madeline Perry (Irl)
7/11 11/6 11/9 11/9 (60mn)
[Q] Nouran Gohar (Egy)
Madeline Perry
 Lisa Aitken
Madeline Perry
13-11, 11-2, 11-7 (31m)
Heba El Torky
Madeline Perry
6-11, 12-10, 11-2, 11-2 (35m)
Natalie Grinham
[7] Gaby Huber (Sui)
8/11 11/2 11/6 11/4 (36mn)
[Q] Lisa Aitken (Sco)
[4] Aisling Blake (Irl)
11/8 11/8 7/11 8/11 11/8 (79mn)
Lucie Fialova
Lucie Fialova
11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11 (53m)
Heba El Torky
[8] Heba El Torky (Egy)
11/9 11/3 13/11 (41mn)
Lauren Selby (Eng)
[Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy)
11/5 11/6 11/3 (15mn)
[5] Omneya Abdel Kawy
Omneya Abdel Kawy
7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (30m)
Nour El Tayeb
Omneya Abdel Kawy
11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (28m)
Natalie Grinham
Coline Aumard (Fra)
1/7 11/7 13/11 (29mn)
[3] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
Tesni Evans (Wal)
11/7 6/11 11/7 9/11 11/9 (57mn)
[6] Latasha Khan (Usa)
Tesni Evans
11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (33m)
Natalie Grinham
[Q] Orla Noon (Ned)
11/5 11/8 11/4 (21mn)
[2] Natalie Grinham (Ned)

Fourth Monte Carlo Success For Grinham  

Natalie Grinham won the Monte Carlo Classic for the fourth time after beating Madeline Perry in Friday's final at the Stade Louis II in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  

The Dutch international, who first won the event in 2006 and later retained the title in 2007, played out an assured campaign in the popular Monaco competition.  She claimed straight game victories in all of her matches on route to the final, dispatching qualifier Orla Noom, Tesni Evans and 2010 champion Omneya Abdel Kawy

Her final opponent, top seeded Madeline Perry of Ireland, dropped an early game in her first round match against fifteen-year-old qualifier Nouran Ahmed Gohar.  She recovered to win in four games, before gaining a walkover as her second round opponent Lisa Aitken was forced to withdraw from the competition with a virus. 

Perry progressed to face No.8 seed Heba El Torky in the semi-final, and after a close tie-break first game, the experienced Irishwoman closed out the victory in three games to ensure her first WSA World Tour final since April. 

The top two seeds lined up for the final of the sixteenth Monte Carlo Classic final, and it was the tournament favourite Perry who started brightest to claim the first game.  Grinham got into her stride in the second however, and a narrow tie-break victory for the Dutchwoman pulled her back level.  From there, Perry was unable to get a look in for the rest of the match.  Grinham claimed the third game by a large 9-point margin, and her opponent was well out of the contest as she won the fourth and final game by the same score-line. 

It is the 34-year-old’s 18th WSA World Tour title, and her second of the year following January’s Tournament Of Champions victory, proving that the former world No.2 is still very much a force to be reckoned with at the top of the women’s game.


Perry & Grinham On Course Through Monte Carlo Quarters
Despite a number of surprise results in the first round of the 2012 WSA Silver Monte Carlo Classic, top seeds Madeline Perry and Natalie Grinham remain on course to meet in the final after successfully navigating the early stages.

Both experienced veterans of the WSA World Tour, the tournament favourites dispatched qualifying pair Nouran Ahmed Gohar and Orla Noom to progress to the quarter-finals.  Grinham beat Noom in a straight-games encounter, whilst a slow start for Perry saw her come from a game down to defeat fifteen-year-old Gohar in four games on the hour mark.

Two unseeded players and a qualifier caused trouble for some of the other seeded contingent however, as Lucie Fialova of the Czech Republic defeated No.4 Aisling Blake, Tesni Evans beat No.6 Latasha Khan, and Scottish qualifier Lisa Aitken stunned No.7 seed Gaby Huber to add to an unlikely quarter-final draw.

The upsets were to be short-lived though as Aitken, progressing to face top seeded Perry, withdrew from the contest after falling ill.  The Irishwoman will now face No.8 seed Heba El Torky, who put down a spirited challenge from Fialova.  The Egyptian took 53-minutes to end the Czech’s hopes of another upset, despite late signs of a comeback and a tiebreak last game.  

Natalie Grinham ended Tesni Evans’ run in the event, claiming a straight-games win to deny the Welsh player.  She will now face Omneya Abdel Kawy in the semi-final stages, after the No.5 seed Egyptian beat compatriot and No.3 seed Nour El Tayeb in a half-hour, four-game contest.