17-21 March, Seattle, USA
 Preston Quick bt
 Michael Puertas 9/7, 3/9, 10/9, 9/0
 Latasha Khan bt  Meredith Quick 9/1, 9/4, 9/3
Titles retained in Seattle
Preston Quick and Latasha Khan both retained their US
National titles in in finals in Seattle on Sunday.
For Khan it was her fifth title, and third in a row, as she raced past
Meredith Quick to deny Preston's younger sister the title as she had in
Preston faced a harder task against Michael Puertas, but after winning a
crucial tie-break in the third game didn't look back.
 Michael Puertas bt  Damian Walker
0/9, 9/7, 1/9, 10/8, 9/4
 Preston Quick bt
 Jamie Crombie 9/6, 9/6, 9/0
 Latasha Khan bt
Michelle Quibell 9/1, 10/9, 1/9, 9/5
 Meredith Quick bt  Louisa Hall 9/3, 8/10, 1/9, 9/10, 9/2
into US Finals ...
The defending US Nationals champions, Preston Quick and Latasha Khan, both
moved into the finals in Seattle.
Quick continued his record of 3/0 wins in the event, beating Jamie Crombie
to reach his third successive final. He will face a new opponent this time
though, as top seed and 2002 champion Damian Walker became the latest
victim of Michael Puertas, who completed another five-game victory to deny
Walker a fourth consecutive final appearance.
In the women's semis Latasha Khan avenged sister Shabana's semi-final
defeat at the hands of Michelle Quibell in straight games, while Preston's
sister Meredith beat second seed Louisa Hall in a see-saw five game
The women's final is a repeat of last year, when the Quicks became the
first brother-sister team to reach the National finals, so they will be
hoping for a historic family double celebration in Sunday's climax.
 Damian Walker bt Beau River 9/4, 9/1, 9/3
 Michael Puertas bt Ryan Donegan 7/9, 10/8, 9/0, 4/9, 10/9
 Jamie Crombie bt Julian Illingworth 2/9, 6/9, 9/3, 9/2, 9/2
 Preston Quick bt Chris Gordon 10/9, 9/1, 9/0
 Latasha Khan bt Lily Lorentzen 9/6, 10/8, 9/2
Michelle Quibell bt  Shabana Khan 9/0, 8/10, 2/9, 9/4, 9/6
 Meredith Quick bt Ivy Pachoda 6/9, 9/5, 9/8, 0/9, 9/5
 Louisa Hall bt Margaret Elias 9/1, 9/2, 9/5
Top seeds Untroubled
in US quarters
The top two seeds in both men's and women's events in the 2004 US
Nationals in Seattle moved relatively untroubled into the semi-finals
while their prospective opponents all endured five-game battles.
Defending women's champion Latasha Khan was expected to meet her
sister Shabana in the semi-finals, but the 2001 champion was outlasted by
Michelle Quibell, who recently collected the national college title and
led her Yale team to the team title
College Finals from Yale
Second seed Louisa Hall faces Meredith Quick in the other
The men's defending champion, Preston Quick, survived a close call
to take the first game 10/9 against Chris Gordon, who is training and
playing in the UK, but was untroubled thereafter dropping just one more
Top seed Damian Walker dropped just eight points against UK-based
Beau River, and both Quick and Walker will have enjoyed seeing Michael
Puertas and Jamie Crombie work their way to 3/2 quarter-final victories.
Draws & Results
from US Squash