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18/05/2014
BRITISH OPEN (Women) 2014
 

Nicol David Reclaims British Open Crown



 
2012 Event         2013 Event
WSA
30th Anniversary
WSA
30th Anniversary

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 Allam British Open 2014
Women's Draw
The Sports Arena, Hull Uk, $100k
 
Round One
13th May
Round Two
14th-15th May
Quarters
16th May
Semis
17th May
Final
18th May
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11-8, 12-10, 11-8 (36m)
[Q] Heba El Torky (EGY)
Nicol David
11-6, 13-11, 11-4 (40m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
Nicol David
11-7, 12-10, 11-4 (39m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
Nicol David
8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-2 (43m)
Alison Waters
Nicol David
8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (64m)
Laura Massaro
[16] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
11-6, 13-11, 10-12, 11-8 (50m)
Line Hansen (Den)
[11] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
12-10, 11-4, 11-9 (30m)
[Q] Deon Saffery (WAL)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 13-11 (62m)
Camille Serme
[6] Camille Serme (Fra)
13-11, 11-3, 11-2 (31m)
Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
[5] Alison Waters (Eng)
9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6 (62m)
[Q] Samantha Cornett (CAN)
Alison Waters
11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (31m)
Tesni Evans
Alison Waters
11-4, 8-11, 11-5, 11-1 (46m)
Joelle King
[12] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
6-11, 12-10, 11-7, 4-11, 13-11 (65m)
[Q] Tesni Evans (WAL)
[15] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-2, 11-6 (44m)
Joshana Chinappa (Ind)
Joshana Chinappa
11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-1 (43m)
Joelle King
[4] Joelle King (Nzl)
11-2, 11-5, 11-5 (33m)
[Q] Siyoli Waters (RSA
[Q] Nouran Ahmed Gohar (EGY)
11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4 (42m)
[3] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
Raneem El Weleily
11-5, 11-6, 11-3 (20m)
Kasey Brown
Raneem El Weleily
11/5, 11/6, 11/8 (32m
Low Wee Wern
Raneem El Weleily
6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7 (44m)
Laura Massaro
[WC] Emily Whitlock (Eng)
11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 11-4 (47m)
[14] Kasey Brown (Aus)
Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9 (50m)
[13] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
Emma Beddoes
11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-9 (76m)
Low Wee Wern
[Q] Delia Arnold (MAS)
11-6, 7-11, 11-1, 11-13, 11-7 (64m)
[7] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (33m)
[8] Madeline Perry (Irl)
Nicolette Fernandes
15-17, 11-7, 13-15, 11-3, 12-10 (84m)
Sarah Kippax
Sarah Kippax
11/8, 12/10, 11/8 (41m)
Laura Massaro
Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11-6, 2-11, 6-11, 13-11, 11-8 (57m)
[10] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
[Q] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3 (41m)
[9] Annie Au (Hkg)
Annie Au
11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (31m)
Laura Massaro
Joey Chan (Hkg)
11-3, 11-4, 11-7 (26m)
[2] Laura Massaro (Eng)


Qualifying Finals 12 May:
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 13-11 (43m)
Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt Lucie Fialova (CZE) 11-6, 11-8, 4-11, 11-6 (54m)
Deon Saffery (WAL) bt Aisling Blake (IRL) 8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-9 (51m)
Siyoli Waters (RSA) bt Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 6-11, 11-7 (52m)
Nouran Ahmed Gohar (EGY) bt Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 11-8, 4-11, 11-5, 11-6 (44m)
Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Kylie Lindsay (NZL) 11-6, 11-5, 5-11, 11-4 (34m)
Delia Arnold (MAS) bt Latasha Khan (USA) 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (30m)
Heba El Torky (EGY) bt Samantha Teran (MEX) 11-8, 12-14, 8-11, 11-9, 13-11 (95m)

1st Round Qualifying 11 May:
Donna Urquhart (Aus)
v Fiona Moverley (Eng) 11-9, 11-5, 11-6 (21m)
Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy) v Olivia Blatchford (Usa) 11-9, 11-5, 12-10 (34m)
Lucie Fialova (Cze) v Jessica Davis (Eng) 11-9, 11-3, 11-6 (25m)
Sam Cornett (Can) v Tamika Saxby (Aus) 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (27m)
Aisling Blake (Irl) v Cyrielle Peltier (Fra) 11-6, 16-14, 12-10 (53m)
Deon Saffery (Wal) v Birgit Coufal (Aut) 11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8 (31m)
Lisa Camileri (Aus) v Laura Pomportes (Fra) 11-3, 11-5, 2-11, 8-11, 11-3 (38m)
Siyoli Waters (Rsa) v Victoria Temple-Murray (Eng) 12-10, 11-4, 4-11, 11-4 (37m)
 


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Final

Nicol David Reclaims British Open Crown

World number one Nicol David avenged her title loss last year by beating England's defending champion Laura Massaro in today's final of the Women's Allam British Open Squash Championship to win the historic Women's Squash Association (WSA) World Series Platinum title at the Sports Arena in Hull for the fifth time since 2005.

World No2 Massaro took a tight first game 11-8 before the Malaysian (pictured above in the final) stormed back to take the next three games 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 in 64 minutes to win the 74th WSA World Tour title of her career.

"To win the British Open means the world," the delighted 30-year-old from Penang told the crowd: "Laura played a great match today and I really had to dig deep to win this title back.

"I was playing for my life out there. It felt great to come out on the winning end knowing that all the hard work that you put in does pay off.

"Dr Allam (pictured above with David, centre, and Massaro) has brought the prestige back to the British Open and it's been fantastic. Raising the prize money for the women has been tremendous for the tour. We need more people like Dr Allam involved in the sport," concluded David.

The Malaysian's coach Liz Irving, a former world No2 from Australia, summed up the significance of the win to her Twitter followers later: "I am so humbled by the integrity of Nicol. Her drive, her work ethic. She worked hard for this title! A real inspiration!"

Despite the loss, Massaro remained upbeat: "I can honestly say I gave it my all today, so overall I'm pretty pleased. I knew today would bring out Nicol's best level, I hoped it would. You want to play players at the top of her game and my main goal was to play my best.

"I wanted to come off today knowing where I stand, whether I deserve to be anywhere near her in the rankings or not," continued the 30-year-old from Preston. "I'm not far away at all, we were both at our best.

"I gave it everything that I had so I can't be too disappointed with the result. Even though I've lost it will give me a lot of confidence going into the next tournament.

"It's a goal to be number one in the world, but she's a brilliant player. I'm going to have a little break next week as it's my only chance before the Commonwealth Games. I've got a lot of doubles practise coming up and I'm really looking forward to the Games," conclude the England No1.

Pictures Courtesy of SquashPics.com 
 

Semi Finals

Nicol David & Laura Massaro Set Up British Open Final Rematch

England's defending champion Laura Massaro and Malaysian Nicol David will contest the final of the Allam British Open Squash Championship for the second year in a row after the world's top two players came through four-game semi-finals today in the Women's Squash Association (WSA) World Series Platinum event in Hull.

World No2 Massaro, the reigning world champion, beat Egyptian Raneem El Welily 6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7 in 44 minutes in front of a packed and partisan crowd at the Hull Sports Arena to notch up the 30th WSA World Tour final appearance of her career.

The 30-year-old from Preston (pictured above with El Welily) will be hoping for a repeat of last year's climax where she became the first English woman in 22 years to win the historic title.

"Defending the title means a huge amount," said Massaro after her impressive win over the player one place below her in the WSA World Rankings. "To win it once is a big honour but to do it two years in a row would be massive.

"I've made my seeded position now so I can finally play with a bit of pressure off. The crowd were fantastic today and will hopefully be just as loud tomorrow.

"There's always pressure going into a final, especially when you're a defending champion. Playing Nicol there won't be pressure because she's world number one but it just comes down to playing my game plan as well as I can on each day," added the Lancashire lass.

David, a four-time winner of the title, overcame determined Londoner Alison Waters by a similar scoreline to deny the hosts a first all-English final for 23 years.

"Alison was really fired up in the first game, I knew I had to be that intense from the beginning and I just hung in there and stayed that way throughout the match," said David after her 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-2 win.

The mighty Malaysian (pictured above with Waters) will now be competing in her 93rd final on the WSA Tour.

"It's a repeat of the final last year, but I don't think we'll be doing anything differently we're just going to be playing our best squash in the final of the British Open and you should expect a really good battle," continued the 30-year-old from Penang.

"The British Open to me is very prestigious, it's like winning the World title. It has so much history behind it and just knowing that you're part of it makes a difference when you're out there on court playing squash in front of a great crowd."

Pictures Courtesy of SquashPics.com 

 

Quarter Finals

Massaro & Waters On Course For Home British Open Final

Defending champion Laura Massaro and world No6 Alison Waters are on course to meet in an all-English final of the Allam British Open Squash Championship - the first for 23 years - after prevailing in the quarter-finals of the Women's Squash Association (WSA) World Series Platinum event at the Sports Arena in Hull.

Fifth seed Waters reached her third semi-final in four years after upsetting No4 seed Joelle King 11-4, 8-11, 11-5, 11-1 in 46 minutes - avenging a straight games defeat to the New Zealander in last year's US Open.

"The semi-finals of the British Open is a big occasion, I'm really pleased to be there and I'm looking forward to it," said the 30-year-old Londoner (pictured above with King). "It's great to be playing a tournament in Britain in front of a home crowd."

Waters now faces world No1 and tournament favourite Nicol David, the four-time champion from Malaysia who is aiming to regain the title after losing out to Massaro last year.

David beat career-long Egyptian rival Omneya Abdel Kawy 11-7, 12-10, 11-4 and told the crowd afterwards: "I played much better today. Kawy is such a crafty player, I was really pleased to come through it and take the victory.

"I'm through to another semi-final but it never gets boring, it just gets better. Everything counts, I'm so pleased to be here at the British Open in Hull again with a great crowd and it's nice to have such a knowledgeable crowd."

Earlier title-holder Massaro swept into her third successive semi after beating England team-mate Sarah Kippax.

The world No2 from Preston was tested by the Halifax-based player who was making her first ever British Open quarter final appearance. However, reigning world champion Massaro was able to draw on her experience and come out the stronger at the end of each game.

"It was tough going into the quarter final against an England team-mate and someone I've known for years and years," said Massaro (pictured above with Kippax) after her 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 victory.

"On paper I was a heavy favourite so that is sometimes difficult to handle. I'm pleased to come through - she's had a couple of giant killings!

"After I won the event last year, it was a bit of a surprise. It took me a while to get my head round it and realise that everyone was still gunning for me. I feel really good to be in the next round.

"The legacy work they do here and at our British Nationals is massive and it helps get more kids playing squash and introduce them into the game. It's such a great way to get kids involved.

"The coverage I've had from the World Championships has helped get me a good reception wherever I go and I'm really enjoying it. It was nice to see them getting behind everyone and great to see a full side wall!"

Massaro will face third seed Raneem El Welily after the world No3 from Egypt defeated seventh-seeded Malaysian Low Wee Wern 11-5, 11-6, 11-8.

Commenting on her upcoming match, the Lancastrian added: "She's phenomenal with the racket and I'll have to be on my game plan 100%. We've played in the last three events and I'll have to be fully focused."

Pictures Courtesy of SquashPics.com 
 

2nd Round (Top Half of draw)

Favourite David Moves Into British Open Quarters

Malaysia's top seed Nicol David moved a step closer towards a seventh final appearance in eight years when she beat rising England star Sarah-Jane Perry in straight games in today's second round of the Allam British Open Squash Championship, the Women's Squash Association (WSA) World Series Platinum event at the Sports Arena in Hull.

The formidable 30-year-old from Penang - who already boasts 73 WSA World Tour titles, including four British Open crowns - is eager to make up for last year's shock final defeat by English rival Laura Massaro.

"The British Open is like playing in the World Championships, so I'm thrilled to be here playing in it," said David (pictured above with Perry) after her 11-6, 13-11, 11-4 win in 40 minutes.

"It was a great match and I had to dig deep especially in the second game where I was behind so I'm pleased with the finish."

David now faces 11th seed Omneya Abdel Kawy, the 28-year-old Egyptian with whom she has enjoyed a 17-year rivalry since the pair contested the British Junior U14 Open final in January 1997.

World No13 Kawy pulled off a notable upset over sixth seed Camille Serme, beating the world No5 from France for the first time in over three years 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 13-11 in 62 minutes.

There was home success in an earlier second round clash when Londoner Alison Waters, the No5 seed, beat Welsh qualifier Tesni Evans 11-7, 11-9, 11-6.

Evans, the 21-year-old world No32 from Rhyl, had claimed her maiden appearance in the event's last 16 after a stunning upset over highly-rated Indian star Dipika Pallikal, ranked 10 in the world.

"After that first round win, I knew I couldn't take her lightly," said world No6 Waters, the reigning and four-time British National champion (pictured above with Evans).

"This is a very special tournament - I remember going to see it when I was about ten. I would really like to get my hands on the trophy.

"I've always done well in the Nationals - so it would be nice now to get this international title."

Waters will now face fourth seed Joelle King for a place in the semi-finals. New Zealander King took four games to see off unseeded Indian Joshana Chinappa 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-1.

Pictures Courtesy of SquashPics.com
 

2nd Round (Lower Half of draw)

Massaro & Kippax Set Up English British Open Quarter-Final

Home interest in the women's semi-finals of the Allam British Open Squash Championship is already assured after No2 seed Laura Massaro, the defending champion from Preston, and Cheshire's unseeded Sarah Kippax today came through contrasting second round matches in the Women's Squash Association (WSA) World Series Platinum event at The Sports Arena in Hull.

Massaro cruised to an 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 win over Annie Au, the No9 seed from Hong Kong to whom she had lost three times in their previous six meetings.

"To say I'm chuffed to get through is an understatement," said the 30-year-old (pictured above with Au) who made history in March by becoming the first Englishwoman to hold both the World and British Open titles simultaneously. "Although I can get quite fiery, I was even more fired up tonight. I really wanted to win and I had to be at the top of my game as Annie is such a talented player.

"It's really great to play in front of a home crowd as they really get behind you. Of course I'd like to win another one but I'm taking each round as it comes," added world No2 Massaro.

The title-holder will line up against England team-mate Kippax in Friday's quarter-finals. The Halifax-based 31-year-old maintained her 100% career record against Guyana star Nicolette Fernandes - but her sixth successive win since March 2004 was the first to go the full distance, with Kippax finally emerging victorious 15-17, 11-7, 13-15, 11-3, 12-10 after 84 minutes.

"It was a long one!" conceded Kippax (pictured above) after reaching the British Open quarter-finals for the first time at her tenth attempt. "The first game seemed to go on forever but it was a truly great match. It's my first ever quarter final in the event, so I'm thrilled.

"It's even nicer to play well in your home country. My sister and dad are both here as well as my husband so I'm just pleased to do well in front of them too."

Kippax later told her Twitter followers: "I'm incredibly privileged to have been involved in one heck of a battle vs @NicoletteGuyana (complete warrior) on an amazing stage @BOSquash."

WSA President Kasey Brown was denied a second successive quarter-final berth after losing to Egypt's No3 seed Raneem El Welily. The world No3 from Cairo was in blistering form as she despatched Australian Brown, the 14th seed, 11-5, 11-6, 11-3 to make the last eight for the third year in a row.

The fairy-tale run of England's unseeded Emma Beddoes also came to an end today - but the gutsy 28-year-old, who ousted Egypt's world No7 Nour El Sherbini in the biggest upset of the first round, staged a mighty come-back from two games down to level the match against seventh seed Low Wee Wern.

But the Malaysian held her nerve to regain control in the decider, ultimately closing out the match 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-9 in 76 minutes to move into her first quarter-final.

Pictures Courtesy of SquashPics.com 
 

1st Round

Britons Lead The Way On Opening Day Of British Open Upsets

Britons led a widespread cull of seeds in today's opening day of main draw action in the Women's Allam British Open Squash Championship, the Women's Squash Association (WSA) World Series Platinum event at the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre in Hull.

England's unseeded Emma Beddoes kicked off the upsets, taking out Egypt's 13th seed Nour El Sherbini 11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9 in 50 minutes to claim a first appearance in the second round of the historic championship at her seventh attempt.

It was teenager El Sherbini who made headlines at this year's WSA World Championship after ousting seven-time champion and world No1 Nicol David en-route to the final - a run which led the 18-year-old from Alexandria to leap to No7 in the latest world rankings.

"I'm a bit shocked to be honest - in a good way though, of course," said Beddoes, the 28-year-old world No20 from Leeds. "I knew it'd been playing well - getting to the quarter finals in Texas gave me lots of confidence - so I guess the pressure was on her coming into the match. I just played my game and I'm delighted to win!

"The Worlds and the British Open are the two major events that everyone wants to win, so I obviously wanted to do well but I hadn't put any expectations on myself as I knew I had a tough draw."

A short time later Beddoes was joined in the last 16 by compatriot Sarah Kippax, the world No22 from Halifax who fought back from 2/1 down to see off 10th seed Jenny Duncalf, also from Yorkshire, 11-6, 2-11, 6-11, 13-11, 11-8 in 57 minutes.

At the end of the day, qualifier Tesni Evans ensured Welsh interest in the second round for the first time in more than two decades when she upset India's No12 seed Dipika Pallikal, the world No10, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7, 4-11, 13-11 in 65 minutes.

The 21-year-old from Rhyl, ranked 32 in the world, now faces British champion Alison Waters, the No5 seed from London, ranked 26 places higher.

Nicolette Fernandes will also be celebrating an unexpected maiden appearance in the second round after dismissing former finalist Madeline Perry, the No8 seed from Ireland, 11-8, 11-4, 11-4.

"It was clear Madeline wasn't quite right," conceded the Guyana star, who will now line up against Kippax. "It's hard to keep your focus but I thought I did that well. She has been one of the most consistent players for so long so she's always dangerous even when she isn't 100%.

"Sarah and I practice all the time so I'm just going to go on and enjoy it," added the 30-year-old world No19. "I'm enjoying my squash at the moment and that's helping me play well."

One of the event's greatest stars also bowed out unexpectedly. Four-time champion Rachael Grinham, the 15th seed from Australia, twice led unseeded Joshana Chinappa. But the world No21 from India held her nerve to win 7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-2, 11-6 to secure a first time in the last 16.

The event's top two seeds comfortably overcame their initial hurdles as they began their bid to meet in Sunday's final. Top seed Nicol David defeated Egyptian qualifier Heba El Torky 11-8, 12-10, 11-8, while England's defending champion Laura Massaro (right), the No2 seed, despatched Joey Chan of Hong Kong 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 in just 26 minutes.

 Half

Qualifying

Saffery & Evans Produce Historic Welsh Double In Hull

There will be double Welsh interest in the main draw of the Women's British Open Squash Championship for the first time this millennium after Deon Saffery and Tesni Evans both survived today's qualifying finals of the 2014 Allam-sponsored event at the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre in Hull.

Deon Saffery produced the day's biggest upset, fighting back from two games down to beat Ireland's world No31 Aisling Blake 8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-9 in 51 minutes.

Welsh champion Saffery, ranked 52 in the world and the lowest-ranked player to make the main draw, is rewarded with a first round meeting with Omneya Abdel Kawy, the No11 seed from Egypt.

21-year-old Tesni Evans will also be celebrating her maiden appearance in the historic championship's main draw after defeating 30-year-old New Zealander Kylie Lindsay 11-6, 11-5, 5-11, 11-4.

Evans, ranked 32 in the world, will line up against Indian number one Dipika Pallikal, the world No10.

A pair of Egyptians also prevailed in the qualifiers: 16-year-old Nouran Ahmed Gohar was successful at her first attempt, beating Japan's 24-year-old Misaki Kobayashi 11-8, 4-11, 11-5, 11-6 - while Heba El Torky earned her second appearance in the first round after surviving the day's longest battle.

The 23-year-old from Alexandria fought for 95 minutes to overcome Mexico's former world No11 Samantha Teran 11-8, 12-14, 8-11, 11-9, 13-11. El Torky will now line up against favourite Nicol David, the world No1 from Malaysia bidding to win the title for a fifth time.

There were additional qualifying wins by Australian Donna Urquhart, Canadian Samantha Cornett, Malaysian Delia Arnold and Siyoli Waters of South Africa.

 

Preview

Massaro & David Eye Up British Open Rematch

The world's top two women squash players are expected to go head-to-head in the final of the Allam British Open for the second year in a row when the 2014 edition of the sport's most historic championship reaches its climax at the Sports Arena in Hull next Sunday.

Massaro, the world No2 from Preston, upset the form book 12 months ago in Humberside when she beat defending and four-time champion Nicol David to become England's first winner of the title for 22 years. Malaysian David has dominated the women's game for the past eight years, this month celebrating her 94th successive month as world number one since August 2006.

Massaro went on to strengthen her claim as the 30-year-old from Penang's biggest threat when she won the Women's Squash Association's World Championship in David's home town in March to bring the sport's premier trophy back to England after a 15-year absence.

"The British will be really special this year," said Massaro, bidding to become the first home player to defend the title since 1959. "Returning as defending champion will be a nice feeling.

"I've tried to keep my training the same as it has been for the last few events," added the 30-year-old. "No need to change a formula that has been working.

"However, I am fully aware of how hard it is to win the British Open once - let alone twice - so I will take it round by round and see how it goes. If I am lucky enough to win the title again it will be a career-high for me for sure."

David admits to working harder this year to reclaim the title, which is in its third year of title-sponsorship by Hull-based Allam Marine, founded by Egyptian Dr Allam.

"The players and myself especially are glad that we can compete in the prestigious British Open annually again with the support of Dr Allam seeing this through these three years while having us back in Hull," said the top-seeded Malaysian. "He has even raised the prize money for the Women's event too.

"This has given me more of a reason to work harder for this year and I am already looking forward to starting off the tournament.

"Just to be part of the British Open is a privilege for me," added David. "It'll be such a bonus if everything falls into place coming into this week competing with top class squash players to take this title.

"Winning my first British Open in 2005 was such a battle at every round and once I won that title, it hit me just how significant it was being a British Open champion.

"It spurred me on to keep winning more since that very moment - an experience that is difficult to describe but an unforgettable one."

David will face a qualifier in the opening round while, for the second year in a row, Massaro will begin her campaign against Joey Chan of Hong Kong.

The WSA World Series Platinum championship gets underway at the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre on Tuesday (13 May) before moving to The Sports Arena in Hull from the second round, through to the final on Sunday (18 May).