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06/04/2006
WOMEN'S TEXAS OPEN
 

Botwright Triumphs In Texas Open

Tournament
Women's Texas Open,
Downtown Club, Houston, USA

Final:
[1] Vicky Botwright (ENG) bt [8] Engy Kheirallah (EGY) 9-5, 9-3, 9-2 (33m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Vicky Botwright (ENG) bt [5] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) 10-8, 9-1, 9-4 (46m)
[8] Engy Kheirallah (EGY) bt [3] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 9-2, 9-7, 9-1 (23m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Vicky Botwright (ENG) bt [6] Rebecca Chiu (HKG) 9-0, 9-1, 9-3 (29m)
[5] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt [4] Laura-Jane Lengthorn (ENG) 9-5, 9-6, 7-9, 9-5 (61m)
[3] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [7] Pamela Nimmo (SCO) 9-7, 8-10, 9-3, 9-0 (40m)
[8] Engy Kheirallah (EGY) bt [2] Natalie Grainger (USA) 9-6, 9-3, 9-6 (26m)

1st round:
[1] Vicky Botwright (ENG) bt Rebecca Botwright (ENG) 9-2, 9-2, 9-4 (25m)
[6] Rebecca Chiu (HKG) bt [Q] Manuela Manetta (ITA) 9-1, 9-6, 9-1 (37m)
[4] Laura-Jane Lengthorn (ENG) bt Melissa Martin (AUS) 9-6, 9-4, 10-9 (41m)
[5] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt [Q] Sarah Kippax (ENG) 9-0, 9-3, 9-1 (29m)
[7] Pamela Nimmo (SCO) bt Sharon Wee (MAS) 9-7, 9-1, 9-4 (28m)
[3] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [Q] Runa Reta (CAN) 9-2, 9-5, 9-3 (24m)
[8] Engy Kheirallah (EGY) bt Samantha Teran (MEX) 9-4, 5-9, 9-5, 9-6 (66m)
[2] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [Q] Alana Miller (CAN) 10-9, 8-3 ret.

Qualifying finals:
Runa Reta (CAN) bt Christina Mak (HKG) 9-3, 6-9, 4-9, 10-9, 10-8 (100m)
Alana Miller (CAN) bt Silvia Angulo Rugeles (COL) 9-2, 9-0, 9-4 (15m)
Manuela Manetta (ITA) bt Jenna Gates (ENG) 9-7, 9-7, 9-4 (50m)
Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Tara Mullins (CAN) 9-3, 10-8, 9-1 (33m)

Botwright Triumphs In Texas Open
Less than three weeks after winning two medals in the doubles squash events in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, England's Vicky Botwright reaffirmed her strength in singles when she beat Egypt's Engy Kheirallah in the final of the Women's Texas Open at the Downtown Club at the Met in Houston, USA.

The 28-year-old top seed from Manchester took 33 minutes to defeat surprise opponent Kheirallah, the No8 seed, 9-5 9-3 9-2 to claim her fourth WISPA World Tour title.

Kheirallah Crushes Kawy To Reach Houston Final
Egypt's Engy Kheirallah upset the seedings in the Women's Texas Open Squash Championship for the second day in a row when she crushed compatriot Omneya Abdel Kawy, the third seed, 9-2, 9-7, 9-1 in 23 minutes reach the final of the WISPA Silver event at the Downtown Club at the Met in Houston, USA.

It was the 24-year-old No8 seed from Alexandria's third upset in six months over the world No11. The victory takes Kheirallah into her fifth WISPA World Tour final in which she will be looking to extend her impressive record of four wins out of four!

The Egyptian's opponent in the final will be England' top seed Vicky Botwright, who beat fellow Commonwealth Games star Shelley Kitchen 10-8, 9-1, 9-4 in 46 minutes. Botwright, the world No5 from Manchester, claimed silver and bronze medals in the doubles in Melbourne, while New Zealander Kitchen clinched a surprise bronze in the singles.

Botwright, 28, is celebrating her 12th appearance in a WISPA final and looking for her first Texas Open title after reaching the semi-finals last year.

Kheirallah Cruises To Grainger Win In Houston
Egypt's Engy Kheirallah recorded a notable upset in the quarter-finals of the Women's Texas Open Squash Championship when she beat US star Natalie Grainger, the second seed, in straight games at the Downtown Club at the Met in Houston, USA.

The 24-year-old eighth seed from Alexandria despatched Grainger, a former world No1 from Washington, 9-6, 9-3, 9-6 in just 26 minutes to set up an all-Egyptian semi-final with Omneya Abdel Kawy.

The third seed from Cairo battled for 40 minutes against seventh seed Pamela Nimmo to beat the Scot 9-7, 8-10, 9-3, 9-0.

The other semi-final will reunite two stars of last month's Commonwealth Games in Australia when England's Vicky Botwright, a silver and bronze medallist in the doubles, faces New Zealand's Shelley Kitchen, a silver medallist in the women's doubles and surprise bronze medallist in the singles.

Fifth seed Kitchen, from Auckland, maintained her form in the WISPA Silver event in Houston to upset England's fourth seed Laura-Jane Lengthorn 9-5, 9-6, 7-9, 9-5 in 61 minutes.

Botwright, the event favourite from Manchester, overpowered Hong Kong's Rebecca Chiu 9-0, 9-1, 9-3 in 29 minutes.

Becky Bombs In Botwright Battle
Top seed Vicky Botwright survived her first test on the WISPA World Tour against Rebecca Botwright, beating her younger sister in straight games in the opening round of the Women's Texas Open at the Downtown Club in Houston, USA.

Playing in her first Tour event since winning a silver and bronze medal in last month's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Botwright senior won 9-2 9-2 9-4 in 25 minutes to set up a quarter-final clash with sixth seed Rebecca Chiu.

The Asian Games champion from Hong Kong beat Italian qualifier Manuela Manetta 9-1, 9-6, 9-1.

Local interest in the WISPA Silver event is being led by Natalie Grainger, but the second seed from Washington was taken to the limit in the first game by Canadian qualifier Alana Miller before winning 10-9.

Grainger was then 8-3 up in the second game, when Miller conceded the match after suffering a foot injury which was later diagnosed as plantars fascitis.

Reta Survives Qualifying Marathon In Houston
Canadians Runa Reta and Alana Miller could hardly have gained qualifying slots in the Women's Texas Open at the Downtown Club in Houston, USA, in more contrasting circumstances.

Miller took just 15 minutes to brush aside Colombia's Silvia Angulo Rugeles 9-2, 9-0, 9-4 in the qualifying finals to earn a place in the main draw of the established WISPA World Tour event against second-seeded American Natalie Grainger.

Reta, however, battled for 100 minutes against Hong Kong's Christina Mak fighting back from 1/2 down, then surviving two tie-break games before emerging the exhausted victor in a 9-3, 6-9, 4-9, 10-9, 10-8 scoreline.

The 25-year-old from Ottawa now meets Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy, the third seed.

England's Vicky Botwright is top seed in the WISPA Silver event and meets her younger sister Rebecca Botwright for the first time on the WISPA tour.

Updated 1st round draw:
[1] Vicky Botwright (ENG) v Rebecca Botwright (ENG)
[6] Rebecca Chiu (HKG) v [Q] Manuela Manetta (ITA)
[4] Laura-Jane Lengthorn (ENG) v Melissa Martin (AUS)
[5] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) v [Q] Sarah Kippax (ENG)
[7] Pamela Nimmo (SCO) v Sharon Wee (MAS)
[3] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v [Q] Runa Reta (CAN)
[8] Engy Kheirallah (EGY) v Samantha Teran (MEX)
[2] Natalie Grainger (USA) v [Q] Alana Miller (CAN)