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19/10/2013
US OPEN (Women) 2013
 

Nicol David Celebrates Historic US Open Triumph

Reports

 Final   Semi Finals    Quarter Finals   2nd Round  1st Round  Qualifying  Preview
WOMEN'S DRAW
U.S. Open Squash  
 
Round One
11/12 Oct
Round Two
13/14 Oct
Quarters
15/16 Oct
Semis
17 Oct
Final
18 Oct
[1] Nicol David (MAS)
11-5, 11-3, 11-7 (24m)
[Q] Kylie Lindsay (NZL)
Nicol David
11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (36m)
Camille Serme
Nicol David
11-6, 11-6, 11-4 (34m)
Madeline Perry
Nicol David
14-12, 11-4, 11-6 (38m)
Joelle King
Nicol David
13-11, 11-13, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5 (84m)
Laura Massaro
[10] Camille Serme (FRA)
11-4, 11-6, 11-7 (31m)
Samantha Cornett (CAN)
[15] Line Hansen (DEN)
8-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-3 (41m)
Emily Whitlock (ENG)
Line Hansen
6-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-8 (41m)
Madeline Perry
[8] Madeline Perry (IRL)
11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5 (67m)
[Q] Tesni Evans (WAL)
[4] Alison Waters (ENG)
11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (31m)
Aisling Blake (IRL)
Alison Waters
8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10 (58m)
 Donna Urquhart
Alison Waters
12-10, 11-2, 11-3 (37m)
Joelle King
[12] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
11-5, 11-8, 11-2 (25m)
[Q] Olivia Blatchford (USA)
[13] Sarah Kippax (ENG)
11-7, 11-8, 12-10 (33m)
Latasha Khan (USA)
Sarah Kippax
11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (31m)
Joelle King
[5] Joelle King (NZL)
11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6 (50m)
[Q] Nouran Ahmed Gohar (EGY)
[Q] Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (30m)
[6] Low Wee Wern (MAS)
Low Wee Wern
2-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (40m)
Amanda Sobhy
Low Wee Wern
7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8 (66m)
Raneem El Weleily
Low Wee Wern
11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 (86m)
Laura Massaro
Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)
10-12, 11-4, 11-1, 11-8 (47m)
[16] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
[Q] Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY)
5-11, 11-6, 11-3, 7-11, 11-6 (61m)
[11] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
11-7, 5-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 (50m)
Raneem El Weleily
Samantha Teran (MEX)
11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (25m)
[3] Raneem El Weleily (EGY)
[WC] Kristen Lange (USA)
11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (22m)
[7] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
Jenny Duncalf
11-4, 11-7, 12-10 (41m)
Kasey Brown
Kasey Brown
10-12, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (55m)
Laura Massaro
[Q] Lisa Aitken (ENG)
11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (42m)
[9] Kasey Brown (AUS)
[Q] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
11-7, 11-3, 11-2 (17m)
[14] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
Nour El Tayeb
6-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-7 (44m)
Laura Massaro
Victoria Lust (ENG)
11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (26m)
[2] Laura Massaro (ENG)

RESULTS: Women's Delaware Investments US Open, Philadelphia, USA


Qualifying finals:

Lisa Aitken (ENG) bt Thaisa Serafini (BRA) 11-3, 11-9, 11-2 (33m)
Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) bt Olga Ertlova (CZE) 10-12, 13-11, 16-14, 11-9 (59m)
Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Elizabeth Eyre (USA) 11-5, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4 (42m)
Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt Maria Toorpakai Wazir (PAK) 11-2, 11-8, 2-11, 3-11, 11-8 (46m)
Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt Milou van der Heijden (NED) 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (27m)
Nouran Ahmed Gohar (EGY) bt Lucie Fialova (CZE) 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 13-11 (64m)
Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt Melody Francis (AUS) 11-8, 13-11, 11-1 (22m)
Kylie Lindsay (NZL) bt Georgina Stoker (ENG) 11-5, 6-11, 11-9, 12-10 (40m)
 

Final

Nicol David Celebrates Historic US Open Triumph

In her longest title triumph since the introduction of PAR (point-a-rally) scoring, favourite Nicol David overcame second seed Laura Massaro in the final of the Women's Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championship at Drexel University in Philadelphia to become the first player in the event's history to retain the title.

The match, the first US Open final to go the full distance in ten years, saw Malaysia's world number one (pictured above, left, with Massaro) fight back from 2/1 down to defeat England's world number two Massaro 13-11, 11-13, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5 in 84 minutes.

It was an appropriate climax to the Women's Squash Association World Series Platinum event, which - for the first time ever - was providing equal prize money to the men's event.

For five games the pair traded blows, testing each other out with long, patient, well-crafted rallies - with unforced errors few and far between.

Barely a point separated the finalists in the first two games: Massaro reached game ball first in the opener, but David took it 13-11. From nine-all in the second, it was the Malaysian who had the first chance to get the game - but Massaro drew level after a second tie-break game.

Massaro held onto a slender lead through the third to take the lead 11-7, but was unable to capitalise on a 7-4 lead in the fourth as David took five points in a row to force the decider.

From two-all in the fifth, David moved ahead to 7-3 after some rare errors from her opponent. A winning boast for 10-5, then a ball driven into the deep that Massaro was unable to retrieve saw David leap into the air in delight.

"It feels fantastic, it means a lot to win that match and to win another US Open title," said David.

"It's been such a journey this year; I knew Laura was playing well and I would have to dig deep. When I was down in the fourth, she maybe stepped off it a little, I just knew I had to keep going and going to the last point."

David held an 18-5 career head-to-head lead over Massaro going into the final - but had lost their two most recent encounters. The victory marks the 30-year-old from Penang's third WSA Tour title in a row, and the 69th of her career.

"Liz helped me such a lot, she gave me the confidence to go in there, to know I could do it, and she and the team in Amsterdam have been doing that for the last ten and a half years," added David, in praise of her coach Liz Irving.

"This is such a fantastic event - all credit to US Squash, the sponsors and the venue. Making the prize money equal is putting the women's game where it deserves to be and we all look forward to coming back for the next ten years!"
 

Semi Finals

Nicol David & Laura Massaro To Meet In US Open Final

Top seeds Nicol David and Laura Massaro will contest the Women's Delaware Investments U.S. Open Championship final at Drexel University in Philadelphia after coming through contrasting semi-finals of the Women's Squash Association World Series Platinum event, which - for the first time ever - is providing equal prize money to the men's event.

Second seed Massaro, the world No2 from England, reached her second US Open final in three years - but needed five games and almost one and a half hours to get past surprise opponent Low Wee Wern, the No6 seed from Malaysia who ousted last year's Egyptian runner-up Raneem El Weleily in the previous round.

Massaro (pictured above, right, with Low) recovered from 1-4 to take the first game 11-6. The Malaysian underdog was ahead for most of the second game before drawing level.

Again the next two games were shared, 29-year-old Massaro reclaiming the lead after the third and her 23-year-old seven-ranked opponent coming back from 1-4 down to take the fourth.

The Englishwoman took the lead in the decider, 3-1 then 6-4, but a determined Low brought it back to seven-all.

Massaro again took the lead at 8-7 before appealing a let which was over-ruled into a stroke for 9-7. A winning boast and a crosscourt dropshot gave Massaro the 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 victory after 86 minutes.

"I started well, it's just a pity I couldn't carry on like that for the whole match," said Lancashire lass Massaro. "But she played well, she's like a human sponge, she just keeps soaking everything up and you end up just having to go for something.

"It's great to be back in the final in a big event like this. It was a long break over the summer so it feels good to be back playing these events again."

It took less than half the time for favourite Nicol David to earn her place in the final for the second year in a row.

The world number one faced Joelle King, the No5 seed from New Zealand. Playing with her usual authority, David (pictured above, left, with King) led 8-2 in the opening game. But the Kiwi world No5 mounted an impressive comeback, drawing level at eight-all before moving ahead to game ball at 10-9.

The world number one held firm though, taking the game 14-12 - and soon after wrapping up the match 14-12, 11-4, 11-6 in 38 minutes to move one step closer to becoming the first player for more than 20 years to successfully defend the US Open title.

"I started well but Joelle came back strong at the end of the first," said David. "I told myself I couldn't let her get that one, so I dug in, then managed to push through in the next two games.

"It's good to be back in the final. I'll just rest up, focus on what I need to do and go out and give it all."

David is celebrating the 88th WSA Tour final of her career, while Massaro is marking her 25th.

Event website: www.usopensquash.com

Quarter Finals (lower half of draw):

Laura & Low Line Up US Open Semi

In her first ever victory over the world No3 from Egypt, Low Wee Wern upset 2012 runner-up Raneem El Weleily in the quarter-finals of the Women's Delaware Investments U.S. Open Championship at Drexel University in Philadelphia to ensure double Malaysian interest in the semi-finals for the first time in the event's history.

The sixth seed from Penang, who has never before progressed beyond the first round, will meet second seed Laura Massaro in the semi-finals - joining defending champion and fellow Penangite Nicol David in the penultimate round.

Low came through a five-game thriller to progress to the last four of the Women's Squash Association World Series Platinum event which - for the first time ever - is providing equal prize money to the men's event.

The Malaysian (pictured above with El Weleily) twice stemmed leads by third seed El Weleily before clinching her breakthrough 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8 win in 66 minutes.

El Weleily pulled away from seven-all in the first to take the opening game. After 23-year-old Low levelled, it was the Egyptian who moved on from seven-all in the third to reclaim the lead.

The 24-year-old from Cairo looked on course for a second successive place in the semis as she led 7-4 in the fourth - but Low hung in to level at eight-all before two strokes took the match into a decider.

El Weleily's error count suddenly increased dramatically as five tins gave the Malaysian underdog a 6-1 advantage. The Egyptian worked her way back, however, and edged ahead at 8-7.

But a successful appeal against a let turned into a stroke to give Low a 9-8 lead - then two more errors took the Malaysian into the semis.

"I feel like going back on for another game, the rallies were so hard it doesn't feel like it's all over," said the jubilant winner. "It's definitely one of my best wins, but there was no pressure on me going into the match, so I just had to stick in and that seemed to work in my favour today."

World No2 Laura Massaro was up against surprise opponent Kasey Brown, and was eager to get revenge for the ninth-seeded Australian's upset over her England team-mate Jenny Duncalf in the previous round.

Brown started strongly, building up leads 5-2 and 7-3. But Massaro (pictured above with Brown) fought back to level at eight-all and moved on to game-ball.

But the England number one from Preston lost out on a video review and Brown seized the chance to take the opening game.

Massaro came out strongly in the second - and ultimately controlled the next three games.

From 6-2 in the second and 7-3 up in the third, the 29-year-old soon established a 2/1 lead before closing out the match 10-12, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 after 55 minutes.

"We hadn't played for a couple of years, so I had to get used to how Kasey plays, and she's playing well at the moment," said Massaro, the 2011 champion.

"She's very strong down the middle so I had to adjust my game to counter that and I'm happy with how I played the last three games."

 

(top half of draw):

King Crushes Waters To Make Second US Open Semi

New Zealand's Joelle King earned herself a surprise second successive semi-final appearance in the Women's Delaware Investments U.S. Open Championship after pulling off a notable upset over England's No4 seed Alison Waters in the quarter-finals of the Women's Squash Association World Series Platinum event which - for the first time ever - is providing equal prize money to the men's event.

Londoner Waters, ranked four in the world, went into the match 3/1 ahead in previous Tour meetings - with a straight games win over the world No5 from Cambridge in their most recent clash in the KL Open in March.

Waters duly took a 6-2 lead in the opening game - but King worked her way back, taking five points in a row from 5-8 down to reach game ball as a let given to Waters was turned into a no let on video review.

Waters saved those game balls, but a stroke later put the Kiwi ahead.

King (pictured above, right, in US Open action with Waters) dominated the next two games, dropping just five points as she stormed to a 12-10, 11-2, 11-3 victory in 37 minutes.

"Quite often when you sneak a game, like I did the first, you can get on a roll like I did tonight," said the 25-year-old New Zealand champion.

"Alison probably wasn't at her best but I'm pleased with how I played and really happy to be in the semi-finals again. It's been a long break so it's good to be back plying tournaments again, and this is such a great one to do well in."

King will face defending champion Nicol David for a place in the final. The world number one from Malaysia defeated Irish rival Madeline Perry 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 in 34 minutes.

"I knew I had to be on from the start," said David (pictured above in action with Perry), bidding to become the first player for more than 20 years to successfully defend the title. "Madeline is so strong from the middle and she had me on the run a lot of times so I had to work hard to stay in front."

Perry, the world No9 from Belfast who went into the match with only one win over David in 22 meetings, was not unhappy with her performance: "I thought I played pretty well there, but it's pretty warm on there and she was getting everything back.

"I thought I'd won some of the rallies three times over, but when she's playing like that there's not a lot you can do!"

Event website: www.usopensquash.com
 

2nd Round Bottom Half of Draw

Brown Brushes Aside Duncalf In US Open Upset

Australia's Kasey Brown produced a resounding upset in the second round of the Women's Delaware Investments U.S. Open Championship when she despatched seventh seed Jenny Duncalf in straight games to claim an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the Women's Squash Association World Series Platinum event which - for the first time ever - is providing equal prize money to the men's event.

Brown, the US-based world No11, went into the match 1/8 down in her head-to-record with Duncalf - her only win against the world No6 from England coming exactly three years ago.

A series of unforced errors by Duncalf gave Brown, the runner-up two years ago (pictured above in action with Duncalf), the opening game.

Duncalf settled after that, taking a lead of 4-1 in the second. The 28-year-old from New South Wales drew level at five-all before going on to extend her lead to 2/0.

Duncalf again led in the third, but Brown caught up at six-all before racing on to match-ball at 10-7. Duncalf won the next three points to level, but a powerful drive took Brown to the brink again before a stroke sealed the upset.

"This place holds a special place in my heart," admitted a delighted Brown after her 11-4, 11-7, 12-10 victory in 41 minutes. "After 2011, and being sponsored by Delaware Investments, plus I always seem to play well on this court.

"It feels great to be able to pull it out today. I've been working on a few things to help me out in tight matches like this and that certainly helped me pull through at the end."

Brown moves on to meet her third successive English opponent - second seed Laura Massaro - in a repeat of the 2011 final.

World No2 Massaro recovered from a game down to beat Egypt's Nour El Tayeb 6-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-7.

"I hadn't played Nour for such a long time and she took me by surprise in the first," admitted Massaro later. "I was pretty terrible in that game though! After that it turned into a bit of a catfight, I had to really gee myself up to stay in it.

"I'm happy to get through that one, hopefully I can refocus for the quarters now."

US interest in the championship ended when Low Wee Wern, the No6 seed from Malaysia, defeated New Yorker Amanda Sobhy 2-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5.

"Playing on the glass court is so different," said Low (pictured above with Sobhy) after her first ever meeting with the US number one. "And if you give Amanda anything loose she'll punish you.

"I just couldn't get it past her in the first, but with Nicol giving me advice I started to step up more - playing a bit more like she does! This court is punishing if you get stuck at the back, so I'm glad I was able to change it around."

Wee Wern will now meet Egypt's Raneem El Weleily for a place in the semi-finals after the world No3 from Cairo survived a five-game battle with compatriot Omneya Abdel Kawy, a former world No4.

Abdel Kawy twice came from behind to force a decider, but last year's runner-up El Weleily held her nerve to clinch an 11-7, 5-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 victory after 50 minutes.

"Playing a friend is the hardest thing you can do in a tournament," said victor El Weleily. "I was so nervous, just trying to stop making mistakes and I was so, so, lucky in the end."

Top half of draw

Patchy Waters Makes US Open Quarters

England's Alison Waters admitted that it was a 'patchy' performance that saw the fourth seed survive her second round encounter with Australia's Donna Urquhart in the Women's Delaware Investments U.S. Open Championship, the Women's Squash Association World Series Platinum event which - for the first time ever - is providing equal prize money to the men's event.

Waters, the world No4, went into the match at Drexel University in Philadelphia boasting a 4/1 career head-to-head record over the left-hander from New South Wales, ranked 21 places lower.

But the Londoner squandered an 8-3 lead in the opening game to allow Urquhart to win the next eight points in a row to take an unlikely one game lead. Waters upped her game to take the next two to go 2/1 up - but Urquhart came out firing in the fourth to level the match.

Waters (pictured above in action with Urquhart) took early leads in the decider - but the Australian underdog drew level at seven-all. Two careless tins from the Englishwoman put Urquhart within two points of the match - but three crisp winners later gave Waters match-ball at 10-9.

A stroke saw Urquhart draw level at 10-all - but Waters converted her next match-ball to finally secure her 8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10 win after 58 minutes.

"Donna played well, but I was pretty patchy throughout," admitted Waters. "I'm just glad to have got through!"

Waters now faces fifth seed Joelle King, the world No5 from New Zealand who defeated England's Sarah Kippax 11-9, 11-4, 11-7.

"I had a close match against Nouran (Gohar) in the first round, and that was probably just the kick up the bum I needed," admitted 25-year-old King afterwards. "I'm glad I was able to come out and play much better today, even if I did make a few errors at the start."

Favourite Nicol David maintained her 'clean sheet' in the event by beating Camille Serme 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 in a repeat of her victory over the fast-improving French number one in last week's Carol Weymuller Open final in New York.

"I was really pumped up for this, ready to give my best," said the world number one from Malaysia (pictured above in action with Serme) after extending her career head-to-head record over world No10 Serme to 10-0.

"We played last week and she was playing really well, so I knew she would be fired up for it. I managed to settle and get into my game but it wasn't easy, she played well again."

David, bidding to become the first player to defend the title for over 20 years, now meets Irish rival Madeline Perry, the No8 seed from Belfast who recovered from a game down to beat Dane Line Hansen 6-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-8 in 41 minutes.

"She started well, her length was better than mine and I just couldn't get control of any rallies," said Perry, the 36-year-old world No9. "But I felt much better from the start of the second.

"I've been struggling with a knee injury for the last couple of months, so it's just nice to be playing again. I'm looking forward to the quarter-finals and having another rest day can't hurt!"

Event website: www.usopensquash.com

For all the latest WSA Tour news: wsaworldtour.com
 

1st Round Lower Half

Super Sobhy Soars Into US Open Last 16

New Yorker Amanda Sobhy singlehandedly carried US hopes into the second round of the Women's Delaware Investments U.S. Open Championship after a revenge victory over Guyana's Nicolette Fernandes on the second day of first round action in the Women's Squash Association World Series Platinum event which - for the first time ever - is providing equal prize money to the men's event.

Despite being unseeded, Fernandes is now ranked higher than Sobhy, the 16th seed. And world No19 Fernandes demonstrated the significance of her higher placing by beating the US star in last week's Carol Weymuller Open clash in New York.

But after losing out on a fiercely-competitive first game at Drexel, world No23 Sobhy (pictured above, right, with Fernandes) proceeded to totally dominate the remainder of the match as she advanced to the last sixteen for the second time since 2010, much to the delight of the Drexel crowd.

Sobhy took control from the outset of the second and proceeded to take the next two games for the loss of just five points - and build up an 8-2 lead in the fourth.

Fernandes fought back to 5-8, and from 5-10 down saved three match balls before finally succumbing as she tinned a dropshot to her own anguish - and Sobhy's delight.

"Yes, a bit of revenge was on my mind after losing to Nicolette in the Carol Weymuller last week," admitted Sobhy after her 10-12, 11-4, 11-1, 11-8 win in 47 minutes. "She's been playing well, and I was fortunate to get another shot so soon.

"It's been a good summer, I've been able to train more than study and hopefully I can get my ranking back up to the top twenty. I'll be back later on to support Sabrina in her match and hopefully we can keep this Sobhy Super Streak going!"

A Sobhy double did not materialise, however, when younger sister Sabrina Sobhy, a 16-year-old qualifier, went down 11-7, 11-3, 11-2 to Egypt's 14th seed Nour El Tayeb.

"I know Sabrina very well from the juniors," said 20-year-old Tayeb. "I never played her but I've heard about her a lot. As you can see I was very focused today, because I know how dangerous Sabrina can be."

There was further Egyptian success when last year's runner-up Raneem El Weleily took a step close to a second successive appearance in the final with an 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 win over experienced Mexican Samantha Teran.

"It wasn't an easy first round to get," said third seed El Weleily (pictured above in action with Teran). "It's very hot on there and she doesn't stop running.

"It would mean everything to me to win this event. It's one of the very biggest and I've got my family here supporting me this week so hopefully I can keep on winning for them."
 

(top half of draw)

Buoyant Nicol David Wins Historic US Opener

Malaysia's Nicol David successfully began her defence of the Women's Delaware Investments U.S. Open Championship title after dismissing New Zealand qualifier Kylie Lindsay in the first round of the Women's Squash Association World Series Platinum event which - for the first time ever - is providing equal prize money to the men's event.

David, the world number one from Penang bidding to become the first player for more than 20 years to retain the title, eased to an 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 victory in 24 minutes at Drexel University in Philadelphia in her maiden meeting with the world No43 from Matamata.

The distinguished Malaysian (pictured above with Lindsay) is looking for her third straight WSA World Tour title win after successes in last month's Malaysian Open and last week's Carol Weymuller Open in New York.

"It's great to be back, knowing that I had a good run here last year and also last week in New York," said the title-holder.

"The US Open has set the benchmark for World Series squash events in offering equal prize money and treating the women's event as equal in very way," added the 30-year-old. "Everyone just wants to thank them for the effort they're putting into this."

In a repeat of last week's Carol Weymuller final, David will now meet France's Camille Serme, the No10 seed who beat Canadian Samantha Cornett 11-4, 11-6, 11-7.

The championship, which is boasting five home players in the main draw for the first time in history, started disappointingly for two who fell at the first hurdle.

The indefatigable Latasha Khan (pictured above, foreground, with Kippax), the 40-year-old from Seattle who is making her ninth appearance in the main draw since 2002, went down 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 to England's 13th seed Sarah Kippax.

"It's fantastic to get a match under your belt on the glass court so early in the tournament," said world No21 Kippax. "You can't give Latasha an inch, she's so experienced, and she was starting to get into her stride at the end. I was a bit lucky, but pleased to finish it in three."

Qualifier Olivia Blatchford, a 20-year-old from New York, crashed out 11-5, 11-8, 11-2 to Donna Urquhart, the No12 seed from Australia.

After the disappointment of early exits from the Malaysian Open and Carol Weymuller Open, England's No4 seed Alison Waters was back at her best to beat Ireland's Aisling Blake 11-7, 11-6, 11-3.

"Aisling was playing well and finding her length from the start," admitted the world No4 from London (pictured above with Blake). "It took me a while to find my range. It's always a bit of an unknown quantity in your opening match, but I'm glad to get through in three and looking forward to the rest of the tournament now."

Eighth seed Madeline Perry was given a scare by Tesni Evans, a 20-year-old Welsh qualifier making her maiden appearance in the event. Experienced Irish number one Perry led 2/0, but plucky Evans fought back to draw level.

The 36-year-old world No9 dug deep, however, to regain the advantage and close out the match 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5 after 67 minutes.

 

Qualifying

Olivia Blatchford & Sabrina Sobhy Create US Open History

For the first time in the history of the event, five home players will compete in the main draw of the Women's Delaware Investments U.S. Open Championship after impressive straight games victories by New Yorkers Olivia Blatchford and 16-year-old Sabrina Sobhy in the qualifying finals of the Women's Squash Association World Series Platinum event at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Blatchford ousted Dutch opponent Milou van der Heijden 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 in 27 minutes while US Junior champion Sobhy became the one of the youngest players to make the main draw when she despatched higher-ranked Australian Melody Francis 11-8, 13-11, 11-1 in just 22 minutes.

Sabrina, who will now line-up alongside her older sister Amanda Sobhy, the 16th seed, in the main draw, is drawn to face Egypt's No14 seed Nour El Tayeb.

But it was Egypt's Nouran Ahmed Gohar who became the youngest player to make the first round after removing Czech opponent Lucie Fialova 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 13-11. Gohar, who only celebrated her 16th birthday a week ago, will face New Zealand's No5 seed Joelle King.

Australia's Sarah Cardwell (pictured in US Open action above) gave herself the best possible 22nd birthday present by outlasting higher-ranked Pakistani Maria Toorpakai Wazir 11-2, 11-8, 2-11, 3-11, 11-8 in 46 minutes.

"I didn't mean to change my game after going 2-0 up," said the world No76 from Melbourne. "But I tried to finish it too quickly. At 5-1 down in the fifth I just about got it back in time!"

Other winners were Tesni Evans, of Wales, who beat US wildcard Elizabeth Eyre; Egypt's Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy, who upset Czech opponent Olga Ertlova; England's Lisa Aitken who dismissed Brazil's Thaisa Serafini in straight games; and New Zealander Kylie Lindsay who beat England's Georgina Stoker in four games.

Before the draw was made, a delighted Lindsay (pictured in US Open action below) said: "It's good to get through to play one of the top girls in my first U.S. Open. It's the biggest tournament I've ever made the main draw of."

Rather than 'one of the top players', the Kiwi was drawn to face THE top player - Malaysia's world number one and title-holder Nicol David!