Mon 08 Dec, Qualifying Finals:

Leevey Leads The
World Open Qualifiers

Colin McQuillan reports from Hong Kong


New Zealand’s Tamsyn Leevey sprang the biggest seedings upset of the Qualifying Finals for the Credit Suisse Privilege Women’s World Open Championship in Hong Kong today, removing the third seeded Tegwen Malik of Wales 9-1 9-6 9-7 in 33 minutes that included a lengthy pause while the Welsh 28-year-old recovered from a sharp accidental racket blow to the bridge of her nose.

But those who have watched the progress of the Wellington based 25-year-old since she came back from pregnancy last year to achieve a ranking of three in New Zealand and 40 in the world will not have been completely surprised by the tough tidy squash she produced to so completely defeat a player ranked six places above her.

The closest watch yesterday was kept by her national colleague Shelley Kitchen, the New Zealand No2, who was not entirely pleased at the end of the session to see Leevey’s name come out of the draw as her opponent in the first round proper tomorrow.

Sixth seeded Heidi Mather of Australia also lost her qualifying final, to 25-year-old Belgium Champion Kim Hannes-Teunen, ranked only 107 in the world and seeded 13th for this qualifying competition after time out for injuries and marriage last year.

Now coached by Shaun Moxham, Belgium National Coach and privately connected to the men’s world champion, David Palmer, the tall and strong Hannes-Tuenen took 41 minutes to defeat Mather 3-9 9-4 9-7 9-0 with enough flow and confidence to suggest she might do well tomorrow against Fiona Geaves, the 36-year-old from England.

Headed by Carla Khan of Pakistan and Wendy Maitland of Scotland, the remaining qualifying rankings stood up to examination in Hong Kong today. Khan, the 22-year-old World No23 from London registered for the land of her famous squash family, easily dismissed England’s Kate Roe in straight games. Maitland, the 28-year-old Nottingham based World No26, dealt similarly with Egypt’s Eman El Amir.

The fourth seed, Karen Kronemeyer of Holland, went out to El Amir yesterday, but today the fifth seed, Engy Kheirallah of Egypt, survived a strong 55 minute assault from England’s Becky Botwright 5-9 9-3 9-0 9-5 only to find after the draw that she would have to do the same thing again tomorrow against Becky’s elder sister, Vicky, the World No9, in the first round proper.

England’s 10th seeded Laura Lengthorn accounted for the seventh seeded Australian, Amelia Pittock, today 9-4 9-4 10-9 in 35 minutes to reach a first round encounter with Natalie Grainger, last week’s Qatar Classic winner.

Alison Waters of England was the eighth seeded qualifier and delivered in uncompromising style with a 10 minute 9-5 9-2 9-2 win over Denmark’s Line Hansen that took her to a main round encounter with British Open Champion Rachael Grinham.

Vicky Lankester of England dealt with yesterday’s seedings buster, Runa Reta of Canada, by defeating her 9-2 9-3 4-9 9-6 in 33 minutes to reach a first round match against the younger Grinham, Natalie, who rose to World No4 on the December WISPA list.


Qualifying Results


Rebecca Chiu in front of the World Open poster (featuring her) that is
three stories high on the side of the Hong Kong Squash Centre.

Qualifying Results


During Credit Suisse Women's World Open ceremony Hong Kong number one Rebecca Chiu presented flowers to guest of honour Mrs Betty Tung, wife of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Chief Executive. Flanking them are (left) Andrew Shelley, WISPA Director who was representing WISPA & WSF, (right) Mr David Mui, Chairman, Hong Kong Squash.



Rebecca Chiu



Qualifying Finals:
[1] Carla Khan (Pak) bt [12] Kate Roe (Eng) 9-6 9-1 9-6 (31min)
[10] Laura Lengthorn (Eng) bt [7] Amelia Pittock (Aus) 9-4 9-4 10-8 (35min)
[11] Vicky Lankester (Eng) bt Runa Reta (Can) 9-2 9-3 4-9 9-6 (33min)
[8] Alison Waters (Eng) bt [16] Line Hansen (Den) 9-5 9-2 9-2 (19min)
[13] Kim Hannes-Teunen (Bel) bt [6] Heidi Mather (Aus) 3-9 9-4 9-7 9-0 (41min)
[15] Tamsyn Leevey (NZ) bt [3] Tegwen Malik (Wal) 9-1 9-6 9-7 (33min)
[5] Engy Kheirallah (Egy) bt [16] Becky Botwright (Eng) 5-9 9-3 9-0 9-5 (55min)
[2] Wendy Maitland (Scot) bt Eman El Amir (Egy) 9-4 9-5 9-5 (22min)

07 Dec, Qualifying round one:
Reta Rules in Hong Kong Qualifying
Colin McQuillan reports from Hong Kong

Hong Kong, with their champion, Rebecca Chiu, into the first round of the Credit Suisse Privilege Women’s World Open Championship by right, had reason to be positive today despite losing the rest of their squad in the first round of the qualifying competition.

Joey Chan, a 15-year-old who refused to be overawed by the occasion, took the experienced fifth seed, Engy Kheirallah of Egypt, to four games over 41 minutes, Karen Lau kept the sixth seeded Heidi Mather on court for 25 minutes in their straight games encounter, forcing the strong Australian into many nervous tinned errors in the opening phase, Elise Ng pushed the 12th seeded Kate Roe of England to five games over 61 minutes, only losing touch in the dying minutes of the match, Christina Mak played determinedly against England’s Becky Botwright for 25 minutes and Chiu Ka Kei achieved a 2-9, 3-9, 0-9 scoreline against Tamsyn Leevey over 16 minutes that may compare favourably with other results from the talented New Zealander in future rounds.

The resounding success of the first qualifying round came, however, from Canada’s unseeded Runa Reta, a 23-year-old fast footed player from Ontario, coached by the former Scottish No1, Heather Wallace, who out-ran and eventually out-psyched the fourth seeded Dominique Lloyd-Walter 8-10, 9-1, 9-7, 1-9, 9-1 over 55 minutes to reach a qualifying final against the 11th seeded Vicky Lankester of England.
The only other qualifying seed to fall was Holland’s Karen Kronemeyer, the 14th seed, who was beaten 9-1, 6-9, 9-1, 9-10, 9-4 over 89 minutes by Egypt’s Eman El Amir, who will play the second seeded Wendy Maitland in the qualifying finals.

Carla Khan, the top seed from Pakistan, defeated Egypt’s Sra Badr 9-0, 9-5, 9-2 in 18 minutes, but the fastest win of the day went to the third seeded Tegwen Malik of Wales who defeated in ten minutes without dropping a point.







First Qualifying Round Results:
[1] Carla Khan (Pak) bt Sara Badr (Egy)  9-0, 9-5, 9-2 (18m)
[12] Kate Roe (Eng) bt Elise Ng (Hkg)  9-1, 5-9, 2-9, 9-2, 9-5 (61m)
[7] Amelia Pittock (Aus) bt Milja Dorenbos (Ned)  9-5, 9-0, 9-0 (19m)
[10] Laura Lengthorn (Eng) bt Sarah Kippax (Eng)  9-3, 9-0, 9-0 (19m)
Runa Reta (Can) bt [4] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)  8-10, 9-1, 9-7, 1-9, 9-1 (55m)
[11] Vicky Lankester (Eng) bt Magriet Huisman (Ned) 9-5, 9-4, 9-2 (25m)
[8] Alison Waters (Eng) bt Raneem El Weilily (Egy)  9-0, 9-5, 9-2 (22m)
[16] Line Hansen (Den) bt Maha Zein (Egy)  w/o
[13] Kim Hannes-Teunen (Bel) bt Amnah El Trabolsy (Egy)  10-8, 9-0, 9-4 (26m)
[6] Heidi Mather (Aus) bt Karen Lau (Hkg)  9-3, 9-2, 9-2 (25m)
[15] Tamsyn Leevey (Nzl) bt Chiu Ka Kei (Hkg)  9-2, 9-3, 9-0 (16m)
[3] Tegwen Malik (Wal) bt Frania Gillen-Buchert (Sco)  9-0, 9-0, 9-0 (10m)
[16] Becky Botwright (Eng) bt Christina Mak (Hkg)  9-3, 9-2, 9-1 (25m)
[5] Engy Kheirallah (Egy) bt Joey Chan (Hkg)  9-3, 1-9, 9-6, 10-8 (41m)
Eman El Amir (Egy) bt [14] Karen Kronemeyer (Ned)  9-1, 6-9, 9-1, 9-10, 9-4 (89m)
[2] Wendy Maitland (Sco) bt Katline Cauwels (Bel)  9-6, 9-3, 9-5 (26m)