Jenny Tranfield (ENG) bt  Fiona Geaves (ENG) 9-6, 6-9, 9-7, 9-2 (42m)
 Stephanie Brind (ENG) bt  Tania Bailey (ENG) 4-9, 0-9, 9-0, 9-5, 9-5
Tranfield & Brind steal
Salt Lake limelight
Craig Bennett reports from Salt Lake City
Tranfield completed her second upset of the tournament by beating world
#7 Geaves. After splitting the first two games, Tranfield took control
in the third with beautifully executed drops from many different court
positions. She also benefited from Geaves’ errors (five tins in the
third game). Geaves, bothered by an Achilles tendon soreness, was not
moving as aggressively to the front and therefore could not reach
Tranfield’s precise drops. Tranfield’s tenacity has been the difference
in her two upsets and she has won the admiration of the Salt Lake squash
fans. Her efforts to cover all four corners and play beautiful defensive
shots has been inspiring to watch.
Geaves, to her credit, tried gamely to come back from down 2-8 in the
third game. Using steady and effective depth along with beautifully
placed drops, Geaves climbed back to 7-8. But, Tranfield finished the
game with a backhand drop to the nick and then a forehand drop for a
After her third game comeback failed, Geaves was in real trouble and
Tranfield sensed her advantage and cruised to the finals by winning the
last five rallies and the game 9-2.
Like her match in the quarter finals with Tegwyn Malik, Stephanie Brind
started the match slowly losing the first game 4-9 and the second 0-9 to
Tania Bailey. Bailey was playing very well and using her crosscourt
drives to force Brind deep into the backcourt and then finish the rally
with crisp kills and precise drops. Bailey even ran the table in the
second game without even dropping her serve. Just when it looked like
Bailey would finish the match and make a remarkable trip to the finals,
Brind returned the favour in the third game and beat Bailey 9-0 without
dropping her serve. Bailey tried desperately to regain her form in the
fourth game by returning to her effective cross-court drives and played
a deadly cross-court nick to push a brief lead to 5-2, but Bailey’s
movement was visibly slower in the latter stages of the fourth game
which allowed Brind to win the next seven points and the game. The fifth
game obviously favoured Brind and even though Bailey once again took a
5-3 lead the outcome seemed inevitable. Brind was fresher and was still
quick to the ball, while Bailey was labouring.
Bailey Bounces Back To Set Up
All-English Salt Lake Semis
A courageous fight-back by sixth seed Tania
Bailey to upset Egypt's second seed Omneya Abdel Kawy led to a clean
sweep of English triumphs in the quarter-finals of the Women's
Squashworks Open in Salt Lake City, USA.
Bailey, the 24-year-old world No19 from Lincolnshire who has been beset
by a series of health problems since reaching a career-high world No4
over a year ago, fell two games behind as Kawy, ranked ten in the world,
looked set to claim her anticipated place in the WISPA World Tour
In the third game, however, Bailey tightened up her game and began to
take control. The tactic changed the complexion of the match - Kawy,
whose deceptive racquet work and excellent anticipation dictated the
first two games, was now playing from behind the English underdog, and
it was Bailey who was making shots to the front court to end rallies.
Bailey finished the fifth game by running off seven straight rallies to
come from 2-4 down to secure a 6-9 2-9 9-5 9-4 9-4 victory in the best
match of the day in 54 minutes.
Bailey will meet compatriot Stephanie Brind, also a former world No4, in
the semi-finals. Brind, the fourth seed, overturned a whitewash in the
first game to beat unseeded Welsh champion Tegwen Malik 0-9 9-7 9-4 9-3
in 37 minutes.
There was also a significant upset in the top half of the draw where
England's Jenny Tranfield avenged her defeat by New Zealander Shelley
Kitchen in last week's Hyder Open in New York - which Kitchen went on to
win - to upset the third seed in four games.
In a contrast of styles, world No14 Kitchen forced the pace by hitting
hard and low drives - while Tranfield tried to slow the pace by bringing
her drives higher on the front wall and using effective attacking boasts
and cross-court drops to keep Kitchen off balance. Kitchen fell 1-6
behind in the first game but came back to take the lead and win the
The middle two games both went to 'overtime' with Tranfield showing her
grittiness and mental toughness in prevailing 10-8 and 10-9. In the
third game, Tranfield jumped out to an early big lead 7-0 with Kitchen
obviously fatigued. The world No17 from Milton Keynes closed the match
7-9 10-8 10-9 9-2 in 67 minutes.
Fifth seed Tranfield will now meet Fiona Geaves after the top seed
despatched five-times US champion Latasha Khan, the seventh seed, 9-2
9-0 9-2 in just 25 minutes.
13-May, First Round:
Malik Makes Salt Lake
Welsh champion Tegwen Malik secured an
unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the Squashworks Open when she
upset eighth-seeded Malaysian Sharon Wee 9-6 9-3 9-2 in the first round
of the WISPA World Tour event in Salt Lake City, USA.
Malik, 29, from Swansea, now faces fellow Briton Stephanie Brind, the
fourth seed from England who dismissed Canadian qualifier Katie Patrick
9-1 9-6 9-4 in 25 minutes.
Second seed Omneya Abdel Kawy was made to work hard for her place in the
last eight. In the most competitive match of the evening, the Egyptian
cruised to victory in the first game against unseeded Tamsyn Leevey,
only to see the New Zealander win a tough second game. Leevey's comeback
seemed to rattle the 18-year-old from Cairo. Leevey pressed her
advantage in the third game to win easily and go 2/1 ahead.
Despite her young age, Kawy showed veteran poise as she steadied herself
and used her impressive racquet skills to retake control of the match
and win the final two games to record a 9-1 5-9 4-9 9-4 9-4 victory in
Kawy will meet England's sixth seed Tania Bailey, who beat Australian
qualifier Melissa Martin. Bailey has been struggling recently with poor
health, but despite falling behind 0-5, the 24-year-old former world No4
turned the first game and the match with her consistent and accurate
length coupled with attacking volleys and excellent court coverage -
taking just 26 minutes to win 9-7 9-4 9-2.
Shelley strives for US double
New Zealand's Shelley Kitchen, fresh from her triumph in last week's
Hyder Open in New York, is looking for a US double in the Squashworks
Open in Salt Lake City, but looks set to meet England's Fiona Geaves,
who the Kiwi beat in the New York Final, in the semis here. Egypt's
world junior champion Omneya Abdel Kawy is second seed.