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14/04/2014
TEXAS OPEN 2014
 

El Sherbini Triumphs In Texas

Texas Open 2014
08-13 Apr, Houston, Usa, $50k
Round One
10 Apr 
Quarters
11 Apr
Semis
12 Apr
Final
13 Apr
[1] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
11/9 11/9, 9/11, 11/7 (64m)
Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
Low Wee Wern
11/3, 11/8, 10/12, 11/6 (46m)
Nour El Sherbini
Nour El Sherbini
11-7, 11-13, 13-11, 10-12, 11-4 (75m)
 Camille Serme
Nour El Sherbini
11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8 (48m)
Dipika Pallikal
[7] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
11/4, 11/4, 12/10 (29m)
[Q] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
[8] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
11/7, 11/5, 11/5 (24m)
Joshana Chinappa  (Ind)
Rachael Grinham
11/8, 15/17, 6/11, 4/11 (47m)
Camille Serme
[3] Camille Serme (Fra)
10/12, 11/6, 11/4, 11/8 (40m)
Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
[Q] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
12/10, 11/8, 11/5 (36m)
[4] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
Dipika Pallikal
11/4, 11/6, 10/12, 10/12, 11/5
(64m)
 Nicolette Fernandes
Dipika Pallikal
11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 (55m)
Madeline Perry
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
12/10, 10/12, 11/5, 8/11, 11/8 (65m)
[5] Annie Au (Hkg)
[Q] Emma Bedoes (Eng)
11/4, 11/5, 4/11, 11/8 (42m)
[6] Kasey Brown (Aus)
Emma Bedoes
11/7, 9/11, 11/6, 11/8
(48m)
Madeline Perry
[Q] Joey Chan (Hkg)
7/11, 11/4, 11/6, 12/10 (38m)
[2] Madeline Perry (Irl)
Qualifying Final:
Joey Chan (Hkg) bt Victoria Lust (Eng) 11/5, 10/12, 12/10, 11/8
Nour El Sherbini (Egy) bt Siyoli Waters (Rsa) 11/5, 11/6, 11/6
Emma Beddoes (Eng) bt Kristen Lange (Usa) 11/5, 11/4, 11/5
Donna Urquhart (Aus) bt Anna Kimberley (Eng) 11/3, 11/5, 11/6

Qualifying Round One:
Victoria Lust (Eng) 3-0 Daksha Pathak (Usa) 11/4, 11/3, 11/1
Nour El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0 Larissa Stephenson (Nzl) 11/9, 11/6, 11/6
Siyoli Waters (Rsa) 3-0 Roxanna Keshavarz (Eng) 11/3, 11/2, 11/6
Kristen Lange (Usa) 3-0 Anaka Alankamony (Ind) 11/7, 11/4, 13/11
Anna Kimberley (Eng) 3-0 Belen Etchechoury (Arg) 11/2, 11/6, 11/5

 

El Sherbini Triumphs In Texas

Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini claimed the biggest Women's Squash Association World Tour title of her career when she upset India's No4 seed Dipika Pallikal in the final of the Women's Champion Fiberglass Texas Open in Houston, USA.

The match brought to a climax a sensational week for the 18-year-old qualifier from Alexandria who removed three seeds - including Malaysia's event favourite and world No7 Low Wee Wern - en-route to the final of the WSA Gold 50 event at The Downtown Club at the Met.

Pallikal, the world No12 from Chennai, was celebrating the biggest Tour final of her career - while world junior champion El Sherbini was continuing the form of her life which had seen the youngster reach last month's WSA World Championship final after upsetting world number one Nicol David.

"Both players started off battling some early nerves, getting tangled and playing several lets, but El Sherbini (pictured above, left, in action with Pallikal) quickly settled to take the first game 11-6," reported event spokesman Larissa Stephenson.

"Both players have similar attacking styles but Pallikal showed more patience in the second game, working solid tight drives and controlling the pace well, giving El Sherbini fewer options to take the ball in short. Pallikal held on to take the game, but lost focus in her game plan, becoming increasingly rattled by the referee's decisions.

"Nour stepped up in the third game, working in nice holds and great length, adding some of her trademark sublime drop shot nicks to take the lead. More conversations with the referee from both girls, and to Pallikal's frustration the third ended with a stroke to El Sherbini off a Pallikal drop shot.

"The fourth was the closest of the games, point for point to seven-all with both girls working more length and showing good patience before attacking. El Sherbini managed to pull away and gain a couple of points, giving her a cushion at 10-7.

"Pallikal fought back, holding her nerve and hitting some great shots to work El Sherbini around the court and save one match ball, but that was all she managed as El Sherbini held on to take the match, backing up her impressive form from the World Open to take the title here at the Texas Open."

The 11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8 triumph in 48 minutes marks the fourth - but biggest - Tour title of El Sherbini's career to date and is sure to see the world No13 make further significant progress in the next WSA World Rankings.

El Sherbini was quick share her joy with her Facebook fans: "So happy to win my 4th and my biggest title in my career in the Texas Open - it's been an amazing week here started from the first round of the qualification.

"To win the tournament and to beat some seeded players (omneya abdel kawy no 11, wee wern no 7, camille serme no 6 and dipika pallikal no 12)

"Hopefully I can make it to the top 10 in May's ranking. Thank you everyone for your support. Now it's time for some shoppingggggg!"

Texas Open images courtesy of Martin Langley (presentation) and Arma─čan ▄nal (action)

For all the latest WSA Tour news: wsaworldtour.com

Pallikal & El Sherbini To Contest Texas Title

After pulling off significant upsets in the semi-finals of the Women's Champion Fiberglass Texas Open in the USA, India's No4 seed Dipika Pallikal and Egyptian qualifier Nour El Sherbini will contest the final of the Women's Squash Association Gold 50 event at The Downtown Club at the Met in Houston.

Former Asian Junior Champion Pallikal marched into the biggest Tour final of her career in sensational style. The 22-year-old world No12 from Chennai battled for 75 minutes - enduring three tie-break games - to beat second seed Madeline Perry, the Irish number one ranked four places higher in the world, 11-7, 11-13, 13-11, 10-12, 11-4.

The win, which levels her Tour head-to-head record with Perry to two-all, takes Pallikal (pictured above, left, with Perry) into her first Tour final of the year, but the 12th of her career.

El Sherbini maintained the magnificent form which saw the teenager become the youngest player in history to reach the WSA World Championship final last month when, unseeded, she scored a series of upsets in Malaysia - including the scalp of the world number one Nicol David.

In her fifth Tour meeting with third seed Camille Serme, the 18-year-old from Alexandria defeated the world No6 from France 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 in 55 minutes to move into the seventh Tour final of her career.

El Sherbini (pictured above with Serme, left) leapt from 27 to 13 in the WSA World Rankings after her historic World Championship run in March - and can already be sure to improve on this position in the May list.

The final will mark the third Tour meeting between Pallikal and El Sherbini since June 2010 - with Pallikal looking for her maiden win.

Texas Open images courtesy of Martin Langley

Streaming video will be available starting April 10th hosted by www.livestream.com  Please tune in, or stop by, to see some exciting sport being played."

For all the latest WSA Tour news: wsaworldtour.com
 

Sherbini Shocks Top Seed In Texas

Malaysian favourite Low Wee Wern suffered at the hands of the sport's teenage 'giant-killer' when she crashed out of the Women's Champion Fiberglass Texas Open to 18-year-old qualifier Nour El Sherbini in the quarter-finals of the Women's Squash Association Gold 50 event at The Downtown Club at the Met in Houston, USA.

The Egyptian produced one of the shocks of the millennium last month when she downed Malaysia's world number one Nicol David at the WSA World Championship to become the event's youngest ever finalist.

Wee Wern, ranked seven in the world, was hoping to avenge her compatriot's home soil defeat. But it was world No13 El Sherbini that again prevailed in Houston, taking 46 minutes to claim her surprise semi-final berth 11-3, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6.

Alexandria-based El Sherbini (pictured above, left, with Wee Wern), who later this year could win the World Junior title for a record fourth time, now takes on third seed Camille Serme for a place in the final.

French number one Serme, the world No6, ended the run of Australia's eighth seed Rachael Grinham - beating the 37-year-old former world champion, who made her Texas Open debut in 2002, 8-11, 17-15, 11-6, 11-4 in 47 minutes.

The other semi-final will be the clash predicted by the seedings - featuring Madeline Perry, the defending champion from Ireland, and Dipika Pallikal, India's top-ranked player who is making her Texas Open debut.

Second seed Perry, ranked eight in the world, avenged her defeat to Emma Beddoes in last month's WSA Gold Windy City Open by beating the English qualifier 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8 in 48 minutes.

Fourth seed Dipika Pallikal - with coach Sarah Fitz-Gerald, the Australian legend who won five world titles, in her corner - had to resist a determined fightback by Guyana's unseeded Nicolette Fernandes before prevailing 11-4, 11-6, 10-12, 10-12, 11-5 in 64 minutes.

Seeds Suffer In Texas Openers

There were upsets aplenty in the opening round of the Women's Champion Fiberglass Texas Open, the Women's Squash Association Gold 50 event at The Downtown Club at the Met in Houston, USA.

The championship, which has alternated between Dallas and Houston since its launch in Houston in 2002, has attracted 13 of the world's top 20 women squash players - led by Malaysia's world No7 Low Wee Wern.

The 23-year-old top seed from Penang survived a tricky opener, avenging her shock defeat by Sarah-Jane Perry in last year's British Open by beating the world No18 from England 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 in 64 minutes.

"The first three games could have gone either way for both players with some stroke calls hurting both," reported a spokesman for the event. "In the third they collided and both went down with Perry getting the worst of it.

"After consultation with the on-site physio, and the referee checking on her, Perry was able to win the third. But Wern came out in the fourth with a determined look and went up 7-6 and never looked back."

Wee Wern summed up the match for her Twitter followers later: "Tough 1st round against Sarah Jane Perry. Glad to come through with a close 3-1 win in 64 mins. Quarters against Nour el Sherbini tomorrow."

Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini produced one of the day's three upsets: The 18-year-old from Alexandria was a qualifier - but endorsed the quality of the form which earned her a place in last month's WSA World Championship final by despatching higher-ranked compatriot Omneya Abdel Kawy, the No7 seed from Cairo, 11-4, 11-4, 12-10 in just 29 minutes.

The opening match of the day saw the demise of fifth seed Annie Au. Guyana's unseeded Nicolette Fernandes led after the first and third games - but the left-hander from Hong Kong, ranked nine in the world, drew level on both occasions.

But the feisty Fernandes, ranked 10 places below, stuck to her guns and closed out the match 12-10, 10-12, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8 after 65 minutes to earn a place in the quarter-finals for the first time.

England's Emma Beddoes became the second qualifier to make the last eight after upsetting sixth seed Kasey Brown, the WSA President from Australia (pictured above, extreme right, with fellow WSA members at the event's Welcome Reception), 11-4, 11-5, 4-11, 11-8 in 42 minutes.

Beddoes, the world No23 from Leeds, will now face No2 seed Madeline Perry, the defending champion from Ireland. Perry recovered from a game down to beat Hong Kong qualifier Joey Chan 7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 12-10.

France's world No6 Camille Serme, the highest-ranked player in the draw, ended domestic interest in the event when she beat New York's Amanda Sobhy 10-12, 11-6, 11-4, 11-8. The No3 seed, winner of the title in 2012 when last in Houston, progresses to face eighth seed Rachael Grinham.

The 37-year-old twice champion from Australia, who made her Texas Open debut in the inaugural championship in 2002, defeated India's Joshana Chinappa 11-7, 11-5, 11-5.

But there was Indian success earlier when fourth seed Dipika Pallikal saved five game-balls in the opening game en-route to a 12-10, 11-8, 11-5 victory over Australian qualifier Donna Urquhart. The world No12 from Chennai, making her Texas Open debut, now faces Fernandes for a place in the semi-finals.

 

Houston Hosts Champion Fiberglass Texas Open Gold

One of the longest-established events on the Women's Squash Association World Tour celebrates Gold for the first time in Houston this week when the Champion Fiberglass Texas Open opens its doors to 11 of the world's top 20 women at The Downtown Club at the Met in the USA's fourth largest city from 8-13 April.

The 2014 WSA Gold 50 championship marks the 13th staging of the event which has alternated between Dallas and Houston each year since its launch in 2002.

Malaysia's world No7 Low Wee Wern is seeded to win the title for the first time - but will face stiff competition from three former champions, including title-holder Madeline Perry, the world No8 from Ireland; France's Camille Serme, the 2012 champion now ranked six in the world; and Australia's former world number one Rachael Grinham, the champion in 2004 and 2011 who made her Texas Open debut in the inaugural event in 2002.

Home hopes will be led by New York's Amanda Sobhy, the 20-year-old Harvard University student who celebrates a career-high world No15 ranking this month.

"Having a Gold level, the first time here, is a tribute how much squash has grown in the last two years in this city," said John Leavy, President of the Houston Squash Racquets Association, the championship hosts. "The sponsors have gotten together and decided to show off how much they want this sport to match the exciting growth of Houston.

"Taking over the HSRA one and a half years ago, I received 1-2 mails, or calls monthly, about where to play squash and how newcomers could get involved. That number is up to between 12-15 monthly with questions about our squash community.

"The HSRA, along with our long-time partner Champion Fiberglass, is excited to see the talent we have been able to attract this year.

"Not only many veterans that have played here before - such as Camille Serme 2012's winner here - but also Madeline Perry, 2013's winner in Dallas.

"Returning is Rachael Grinham and Kasey Brown, and Donna Urquhart. But also the ladies knocking on the top players door such as Low Wee Wern, Sarah-Jane Perry, and especially Nour El Sherbini, a surprise at the recent Worlds," added Leavy.

"All players will be treated to entrance to the US Clay Court Tennis Championships, a wonderful Wednesday night party at one of the sponsor beautiful homes, swag bags with many goodies, and a "special" tournament treat!

"The HSRA is ready to show off to the world how we can put on a show equalled to other top cities. Streaming video will be available starting April 10th hosted by www.livestream.com  Please tune in, or stop by, to see some exciting sport being played."