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BRITISH OPEN (Women) 2013

Home Win For Massaro After Historic British Open Win

  Final    Semi Finals     Quarter Finals    2nd Round    1st Round    Qualifying  

Women's Draw


Round One
21 May
Round Two
22/23 May
Fri 24 May
Sat 25 May
Sun 26 May
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (30m)
[Q] Joshana Chinappa (Ind)
Nicol David
11-2, 14-12, 11-2
Sarah Kippax
Nicol David
13-11, 11-8, 11-1
Joelle King
Nicol David
11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (27m)
Alison Waters
Nicol David
11-4, 3-11, 12-10, 11-8
Laura Massaro
[10] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
9-11, 13-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 (68m)
Sarah Kippax (Eng)
[6] Joelle King (Nzl)
11-8, 11-7, 11-8
[Q] Sam Cornett (Can)
Joelle King
11-5, 11-7, 11-5
Annie Au
[13] Annie Au (Hkg)
11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 (56m)
Aisling Blake (Irl)
[4] Alison Waters (Eng)
11-13, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (56m)
Emily Whitlock (Eng)
Alison Waters
11-2, 11-4, 8-11, 7-11, 11-4 (42m)
Rachael Grinham
Alison Waters
11-4, 11-3, 11-4
Kasey Brown
[16] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
10-12, 1-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (58m)
[Q] Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
[7] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
11-7, 13-11, 7-11, 11-9
Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
Sarah-Jane Perry
8-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 12-10 (61m)
Kasey Brown
[12] Kasey Brown (Aus)
11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (39m)
[Q] Lauren Briggs (Eng)
Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
10-12, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (49m)
[9] Camille Serme (Fra)
Nour El Tayeb
14-12, 11-4, 11-4 (25m)
Jenny Duncalf
Jenny Duncalf
9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-5
Raneem El Weleily
Raneem El Weleily
8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (48m)
Laura Massaro
[Q] Latasha Khan (Usa)
11-4, 11-4, 11-2 (24m)
[8] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
[Q] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
12-10, 11-8, 11-9 (44m)
[11] Madeline Perry (Irl)
Madeline Perry
11-7, 12-10, 11-5 (25m)
Raneem El Weleily
[Q] Delia Arnold (Mas)
8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (39m)
[3] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
Donna Urquhart (Aus)
11-9, 11-4, 11-4 (22m)
[14] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
14-12, 11-7, 11-8 (29m)
Nour El Sherbini
Omneya Abdel Kawy
11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8
Laura Massaro
[Q]Amanda obhy (Usa)
12-10, 9-11, 14-12, 11-7 (47m)
[5] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
Line Hansen (Den)
14-16, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4 (76m)
[15] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
Dipika Pallikal
6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-6 (45m)
Laura Massaro
Joey Chan (Hkg)
14-12, 11-1, 11-6 (29m)
[2] Laura Massaro (Eng)

RESULTS: PSA World Series Allam British Open, Pontefract, England

Qualifying finals

Joshana Chinappa (Ind) 3-1 Deon Saffery (Wal) 11/13, 11/9, 11/9, 11/5 (47m)
Emma Beddoes (Eng) 3-0 Nada Elkalaawy (Eng) 11/4, 11/5, 11/6 (25m)
Lauren Briggs (Eng) 3-0 Melody Francis (Aus) 11/3, 11/5, 11/7 (30m)
Sam Cornett (Can) 3-0 Olga Ertlova (Cze) 11/6, 11/5, 11/5 (29m)
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) 3-0 Lucie Fialova (Cze) 11/8, 11/2, 11/9 (30m)
Latasha Khan (Usa) 3-2 Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 11/8, 15/13, 9/11, 7/11, 17/15 (73m)
Delia Arnold (Mas) 3-0 Birgit Coufal (Aut) 11/5, 11/5, 11/6 (15m)
Amanda Sobhy (Usa) 3-1 Lisa Aitken (Sco) 13/11, 11/4, 5/11 , 11/3
19 May, Qualifying Round One:
Joshana Chinappa (Ind) bt Gaby Huber (Sui) 11/8, 11/4, 6/11, 11/1 (50m)
Deon Saffery (Wal) bt Siyoli Waters (Rsa) 11/8, 11/8, 14/12 (38m)
Emma Beddoes (Eng) bt Amina Helal (Eng) 11/3, 11/3, 8/11, 11/5 (37m)
Nada Elkalaawy (Eng) bt Tesni Evans (Wal) 7/11, 11/5,12/10, 11/6 (45m)
Lauren Briggs (Eng) bt Thaisa Serafini (Bra) 11/8, 11/7, 11/6 (37m)
Melody Francis (Aus) bt Keely Taylor (Eng) 11/1, 11/1, 11/4 (14m)
Sam Cornett (Can) bt Sarah Cardwell (Aus) 13/11, 11/6, 11/9 (36m)
Olga Ertlova (Cze) bt Olivia Blatchford (Usa) 5/11, 16/18, 11/6, 11/2, 11/9 (64m)

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  Final    Quarter Finals    2nd Round    1st Round    Qualifying  
Semi Finals

Home Win For Massaro After Historic British Open Win

Laura Massaro has become the first Englishwoman to win the Allam British Open title in 22 years after a superb performance to defeat top seed Nicol David

The 29-year-old from Preston saw the perfect start to British Open campaign, beating unseeded Joey Chan in the opening round, followed by a tricky four-game tie against Dipika Pallikal of India.  Massaro needed to another good performance to see off the challenge of Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy in the quarter-finals, before recovering from a game down to beat close rival Raneem El Weleily in yesterday’s semi. 

All the signs were pointing to another title win for Nicol David, as the world champion from Malaysia looked strong in her early round matches againstJoshana Chinappa and Sarah Kippax.  In the quarters she dismissed Joelle King in straight games, and Alison Waters faired no better in the semi-final round as the seven-time world champion moved into the final yet to drop a game. 

Massaro, who defeated the world No.1 on her home-turf in the KL Open in March, got off to the best possible start in the final of this $90,000 World Series event.  She stormed to a five-point lead before David could register a response, and had her opponent retrieving into all four corners of the court.  

Volleying well and picking her moment to attack short, the Englishwoman closed out the first game, but David game back in the second with all guns blazing.  Her length extended, she caused problems for Massaro for the first time in the match, who struggled to gain time on the tee, pinned to the back of the court.  A 7-1 lead was soon converted by the Malaysian to draw level, which set up a nail-biting third game. 

Both players battled for the middle of court, hunting the volley to deny the other time.  The scores remained close throughout the game until David snuck ahead in the last few points.  Massaro salvaged three game balls however, and served to win the third game before winning the crucial point on a video review stroke. 

With the home favourite back in front, David refocused but was unable to launch a similar counter attack as she had in the second game.  Massaro, tactically astute all match, stayed with the higher seed during the early points, before pulling ahead to 7-3 with the crowd roaring their support.  David’s error count increased uncharacteristically as she searched for the winning points, and wasted a vital point by serving out to gift Massaro championship ball. 

The four-time British Open winner salvaged two points, but this was not to be her year as the packed audience celebrated witnessing the first home winner of the British Open since Lisa Opie in 1991.  An excellent tactical effort from Massaro sees the Englishwoman clinch the third World Series title and the twelfth of her career.

Quarter Finals

David And Top Seeds Reach British Open Semi

Nicol David remains on course to retain her Allam British Open title, and her first of 2013 after beating sixth seed Joelle King in the quarter-finals. 

The world No.1 from Malaysia was evenly matched in the opening game at the Hull and East Riding Squash Club, after adverse weather conditions called a halt to play at the KC Stadium.  Only a tiebreak separated the pair, but David had the edge over her opponent and maintained her narrow advantage to take the second game.  King’s counter-attacking efforts began to take their toll however, and she was unable to put up much of a fight in the third, with David closing out the win. 

The seven-time world champion will now face Englishwoman Alison Waters after the fourth seed’s impressive victory over Australia’s Kasey Brown.  Brown was unable to match the efficiency displayed by the home hopeful who dominated the match and allowed the twelfth seed no chance to get into her stride. 

Raneem El Weleily maintained her good form in the event by dispatching eighth seed Jenny Duncalf.  The Englishwoman took a closely fought lead against the No.3 seed, but El Weleily recovered well and launched an aggressive attacking effort to storm to victory and into the next round. 

The Egyptian will face English rival Laura Massaro, following the local Yorkshire-woman’s four game defeat of Omneya Abdel Kawy.  Having defeated fifth seed Nour El Sherbini in last night’s second round, Kawy was in promising form but Massaro was clever in her deconstruction of the Egyptian’s game.  At 2-0 she looked good value for her lead, but Kawy refused to give up and managed to end the third game on her terms.  The world No.2 bounced back immediately however and ended the contest in four to reach her fourth successive World Series semi-final. 

2nd Round Bottom Half

Britain and Egypt Hold Strong In Second Round Two Day 

Jenny Duncalf survived a worrying first game scare to confirm her place in the quarter-finals of the Allam British Open 2013

In the second day of a split round two draw, the world No.8 needed to be alert against a quick and gutsy Nour El Tayeb, who seemed to be enjoying the grand World Series stage. 

El Tayeb, ranked No.23 in the WSA world rankings was able to match her opponent in the early stages, and saved three game balls to force the first game to a tiebreak.  Duncalf tightened her attacking shots to the front to combat the speed of the Egyptian, and gladly closed the game out 14-12.

The loss seemed to dishearten the 20-year-old form Cairo, who gave away five successive points in the second game to sure up Duncalf’s position.  This gave the Englishwoman the confidence to attack higher up the court and she ended the contest with a further two quick games.  "It doesn’t matter if we play in the Sahara desert or in the middle of the snow," Duncalf told SquashSite after the match, "it’s still the British Open, and if you are a good squash player, you’ll play well on any court."

The 2008 British Open runner-up will face Raneem El Weleily, who looked in good form as she dispatched the experienced Madeline Perry in straight games.  The Egyptian No.3 seed wasted no time in setting about her usual attacking game, and Perry was happy to take her opportunities too as they both racked up some quick points.  El Weleily’s lower error rate gave her a slight advantage to take the first game, but Perry made a real battle of game two to force a tiebreak.  In the end though there was nothing she could to do as the world No.3 put the game to bed, followed by a dominant third to end the contest. 

"It’s the first time I played with sleeves on," said El Weleily on the cold court temperature, "so definitely not my favourite conditions. But it’s a good court, and I like it, but no, it’s not as easy as it looks, plus it’s a very risky game so you need a plan B!  "Jenny and I have had some pretty nice battles, and last year, I reached the semis after beating her in the quarters, so I hope we’ll have another great battle tomorrow."

Despite surprising last year’s British Open onlookers by reaching the final at 16-years of age, Nour El Sherbini failed to match per past form as she succumbed to a straight games loss to compatriot Omneya Abdel Kawy.  Sherbini, seeded fifth for the event, lost out narrowly in the first game as both players made their way through a far from flawless performance.  The cold court made attacking shots all the more dangerous, but the Egyptians scored points and gave them away in equal measure as little else separated them at the tiebreak.  The more experienced Kawy was able to do enough to claim the opening game however, and some more tactical play saw the former world No.4 run out 3-0 winner against the higher seed. 

"I think the difference today came from the pressure she felt, because she is the highest ranked player, and that she got into the final last year," said Kawy. "But also, maybe the way I played surprised her, I thought she was going to play a lot more shots at the front, but she didn't." 

Kawy will face local Laura Massaro in tomorrow’s quarter-final round, following the second seeds four-game win over Dipika Pallikal.  It was the Indian player who started in better form, attacking quickly in the cool conditions, with Massaro struggling to retrieve. 

The Englishwoman was able to move her opponent off the tee more in the second game and claimed a narrow tiebreak game to draw level, before taking an equally close third.  The home hopeful had more breathing room in the fourth game as Pallikal’s error count rose, and she sped to match point with a comfortable cushion.  Pallikal took a nasty slip in the final rally, colliding head-first with the side-wall but the match was Massaro’s and the world No.2, along with Duncalf and Alison Waters who progressed on Wednesday, remain on course for British success. 

"It's such tough conditions on there I just had to concentrate on each point,” said the Englishwoman. “It might have seemed a bit excessive but I needed to keep on geeing myself up and that was the only way to do it."

2nd Round Top Half

Mixed Day For Home Hopefuls In British Open Round Two

The home contingent saw mixed fortunes in yesterday’s first of a split-second round draw of the Allam British Open 2013.

Sarah-Jane Perry came painfully close to scalping another seeded player in the first match of round two, with the newly capped England international unable to convert a two-game lead over Kasey Brown of Australia.

The 22-year-old, who defeated seventh seed Low Wee Wern in yesterday’s opener, continued her strong form into round two.  The Englishwoman played well to the front of the court, allowing her opponent no opportunity to find a consistent rhythm, and took an impressive two-game lead.  Facing an impending loss, Brown made an effort to push forward, depriving Perry time on the tee and forcing errors from the younger player.

This seemed to have the desired effect, and with the attacking threat of Perry somewhat neutralised compared to the opening games, the Australian world No.12 gained a foothold and drew level at 2-all.

The fifth game very close and the scores were tied at 6-all before Brown pulled away with a succession of nicks to hold match ball at 7-10.  Buoyed by the home crowd, Perry rallied hard and fought her way back to force a tiebreak, but unfortunate positioning in the final rally handed Brown the stroke and with it, the match.

The Australian said after the match: “I went on there thinking that Sarah-Jane hits amazing shots, so I'm going to get in before she does.  I made a few mistakes in the first two games, but after that I concentrated on my basic game, and it slowly got better.

Once I got the third game, I guess I relaxed a bit and thought I'd just keep the pressure on and see what would come out of it.  Last year I was up 2-0 up, and lost 3-2. So it's a nice feeling this year to turn it round, and it actually gives me confidence to know that I can!”

Brown will progress to Friday’s quarter-final to face another home hopeful, Alison Waters.  Waters quickly ran to a 2-game lead against her opponent, four-time British Open winner Rachael Grinham, with the Australian looking out of sorts.  But the former world No.1 cut out the unforced errors that had plagued her earlier points, and she began to mount a respectable comeback against the No.4 seed.  Grinham continued to hit her targets at the front and back of the court and Waters, perhaps with one eye already on Friday’s quarter-final, struggled to raise her game, giving away cheap points.

The third and fourth games showed Grinham’s quality as she slowly gained momentum, but her hour-long first round match yesterday was beginning to show.  Waters was able to capitalise on her opponents’ flagging legs and close out the tie, in 42-minutes.  

"It's a tough court to play on, and Rachael really didn't get into it at the start," said Waters afterwards, "but I knew she'd find her range sooner or later."

“Rachael's won this four times so I knew she wouldn't be easy to beat, even when I was 2-0 up.  She found her range in the third and fourth and I wasn't mixing it enough, I was playing too much down the backhand and she took advantage.

"In the fifth I just told myself to stick to basics and keep my length, and I managed to stay in front.”

Joelle King continued the strong form from her opening round into round two at Hull City’s KC Stadium, and demonstrated her title ambitionsby dispatching Annie Au in straight games. The No.6 seed proved to be too good on the day, with her powerful well-angled crosscourt drive regularly causing Au problems and the 24-year-old could scape just a handful of points before King ended the contest in straight games.

The New Zealander spoke to SquashSite after her match, saying: “Today I came prepared, and I thought it was going to be colder than it actually was!  Annie is lethal with her short game, so I kept her out of her attacking position, and made my lead early.

“Both Sarah and Nicol are tough competitors.  I’m looking forward to the quarters, especially in this lovely setting.  Hopefully they’ll have a long 5 setter, and will kill each other off!”

King will play top seed and four-time British Open champion Nicol David in Friday’s quarter-final round.  The Malaysian faced home interest Sarah Kippax, who did well to defeat Natalie Grinham in a 68-minute tie on Tuesday.  The world champion David started the match strongly, retrieving to a good length and quickly punishing loose shots.  The second was a different contest entirely.  The Chester-born Englishwoman returned to court with a strategy and caused problems from the first point with some sensible, tight play.  She took her opportunities well at the front of the court and stayed with the Malaysian throughout the game to force a tiebreak.  The world No.21 held game ball at 11-10 but was unable to find the crucial point, before David came back to win 14-12.

Disheartened, Kippax was sucked back into a similar pattern as the first game.  Her opponent moved up a gear, winning a succession of points without reply and ran out a relatively untroubled third game to book her quarter-final place.

Speaking to SquashSite after the match, David said: “It’s so good to be back on the glass court, it’s the first time for us here in this setting and we are all pretty excited to be here.

“In the second, Sarah was feeding off the crowd, and was carried by the momentum. I made sure that I took that game and come back stronger in the 3rd.”

1st Round
Perry, Tayeb & Kippax Spring Surprises At British Open Round One
The first day of the Allam British Open main draw held a number of surprise results as the world’s elite battle for supremacy in squash’s oldest event. 
Unseeded English duo Sarah-Jane Perry and Sarah Kippax caused big upsets in front of a home crowd at the Pontefract Club in West Yorkshire, England, whilst Egyptian Nour El Tayeb also claimed an unfancied win. 
Having risen 42 places in the WSA World Tour rankings since this event last year, Sarah-Jane Perry has taken giant leaps in improving her game.  This has been reflected in three WSA titles claimed so far in 2013, and the 23-year-old put in a performance of the highest quality to defeat No.7 seed Low Wee Wern
The powerful Englishwoman took a strong lead early on, whilst her Malaysian opponent was slow in rising to the occasion.  A tiebreak second game showed signs of a struggle from Wee Wern and despite narrowly losing out 13-11, she returned to court to take the third game.  Still acclimatising to the Tour as a Top20 player, the world No18 adjusted her game to combat the Malaysian’s fight-back, and held firm to deny Wee Wern a fourth game victory and record the best result of her career to date. 
Her first World Series second round appearance will be against No.12 seed Kasey Brown, following the Australian’s straight games dismissal of qualifier Lauren Briggs
Following Nour El Tayeb’s four-game defeat of No.9 seed Camille Serme, the Egyptian will have her eye on another scalp in round two as she faces eighth seed Jenny Duncalf.  Duncalf will have other ideas however, after defeating Latasha Khan of the USA, and looking for her second career appearance in the British Open final, having finished runner-up in 2008.
Qualifier Sarah Kippax also impressed home audiences with a marathon win against No.10 seed Natalie Grinham.  Kippax lost out in a narrow opening game to the experienced Dutch international, but scrapped to an even closer 13-11 tiebreak win in the second.  Back level, she set about taking the lead from the former world No.3 but after claiming a quicker third game, was pegged back in the fourth.  Another determined effort from the 30-year-old Englishwoman however, saw the unseeded player progressing in 68-minutes to face world champion Nicol David in round two. 
David’s British Open title defence got off to the best of starts as the Malaysian beat Indian qualifier Joshana Chinappa in straight games.  Her main threats to the title, second and third seeds Laura Massaro and Raneem El Weleily were also showing promising early form, with local Yorkshire-born Massaro defeating Joey Chan in straight games, whilst El Weleily of Egypt overcame qualifier Delia Arnold 3-1. 
Massaro will face Dipika Pallikal in round two, following the Indian international’s 75-minute marathon win over Line Hansen of Denmark, and El Weleily will play in-form Irishwoman Madeline Perry, who dispatched Emma Beddoes in straight games. 
Fourth and fifth seeds Alison Waters and Nour El Sherbini saw successes against their respective opponents in round one.  Waters of England came from a game down to defeat promising teenager and compatriot Emily Whitlock, while 17-year-old Sherbini took two tiebreak games to defeat Harvard student Amanda Sobhy 3-1. 
Waters will now face four-time British Open champion Rachael Grinham in round two, though the Australian won’t have too long to recover from her five-game battle with Nicolette Fernandes.  Sherbini will face Egyptian compatriot Omneya Abdel Kawy following the No14 seed’s three-game win over Donna Urquhart.  Sixth seed Joelle King was also comfortable on route through to the next round after beating qualifier Samantha Cornett of Canada.  The Kiwi will play Annie Au of Hong Kong, following the No.13 seed’s 3-1 win over Aisling Blake
Winners of today’s round one matches will move to the KC Stadium in Hull for a televised schedule on SquashTV for the rest of the week.  The $90,000 World Series event will hold round two split over Wednesday and Thursday with the quarter-finals on Friday, and the semis and final taking place on Saturday and Sunday. 



Qualifying Winners Confirm British Open Main Draw

Two highly competitive rounds of qualifying at the Pontefract Squash Club in Yorkshire, England has confirmed first round draw of the WSA World Series Allam British Open.

The most memorable match of the qualifiers was certainly Latasha Khan’s marathon match against young Misaki Kobayashi of Japan, lasting a brutal 73-minutes.  The experienced American led by two games, one of which a 15-13 tiebreak, when the 23-year-old launched her comeback, stealing a narrow third game 11-9, before gaining momentum to draw level after the fourth.  The pair, still deadlocked at 10-all, commenced the second tiebreak of the contest and the veteran Khan had to draw on all her experience to put down the world No.42 and claim the final game 17-15.

The 40-year-old American will now face home hopeful Jenny Duncalf in the first round of the British Open following her wins over Kobayashi and earlier, Maud Duplomb of France.

Joshana Chinappa faces arguably the most difficult prospect of all of the successful qualifiers, having been drawn to face top seed and three-time British Open champion Nicol David in tomorrow’s opening round.

The Indian had to stem the two-game comeback of Gaby Huber of Switzerland in the first qualifying round, before coming from a game down to defeat Welsh hopeful Deon Saffrey in four games to reach the World Series main draw.

Not fatigued after a gruelling year of studying at Harvard College, American Amanda Sobhy qualified for round one after dispatching local Claire Walker, followed by Scottish national Lisa Aitken.  Sobhy will face prodigal teenager and last year’s finalist Nour El Sherbini of Egypt in her opening round clash.

English pair Emma Beddoes and Lauren Briggs confirmed their main round appearance on home soil following straight games wins over Nada El Kalaawy and Melody Francis respectively.  Beddoes, who dropped a game in her first qualifying match against Amina Helal, will face in-form Irishwoman Madeline Perry who won the Texas Open earlier this month.  Briggs will face Australian twelfth seed Kasey Brown.

Samantha Cornett of Canada will face Kiwi Joelle King in tomorrow’s opening round following strong 3-0 wins against Sarah Cardwell and Olga Ertlova.

Last month’s Irish Open runner-up Nicolette Fernandes will face former British Open champion Rachael Grinham after beating Victoria Temple-Murray and Lucie Fialova in straight games, whilst Malaysian Delia Arnold’s victories over Laura Pomportes and Birgit Coufal see her drawn to face No.3 seed Raneem El Weleily of Egypt.

The WSA Allam British Open first round will be played at the Pontefract Squash Club