Carol Weymuller
US Open
13-16 Oct, New York, USA $37k 

16-Oct, Final:

[6] Cassie Jackman (Eng) bt [1] Carol Owens (Nzl)
9/5, 5/9, 4/9, 9/7, 9/5

Cassie Claims Weymuller Crown
Cassie Jackman, playing in her second final in ten days, went some way to wiping out the memory of her missed opportunity in the British Open by beating top seed and defending champion Carol Owens to claim her third Carol Weymuller and fourth US Open title.

A match of see-sawing fortunes saw Jackman come back from 2-1 down to take the fifth game in controversial circumstances to win the Weymuller US Open.

A brilliant five setter saw both players extended to the limits of their endurance, and with the score at 7/5 in the fifth, Owens was penalised with a conduct stroke for arguing with the referee's decision, giving Jackman match ball which she duly won to take the match.

Jackman added her third Weymuller, and her fourth US Open title, having won the Weymuller event in 1993 and 1996 and the US Open in 1993, 1997 and 1999 (in 2002 the Carol Weymuller Open was elevated to become the Weymuller US Open).

For Owens, the world number one, it was a second consecutive disappointment after losing out in the British Open semis.

Weymuller US Open 2003
13-16 Oct, New York, USA, $37k 
1st Round
Mon 13th
Tue 14th
Wed 15th
Thu 16th
[1] Carol Owens (Nzl)
9/4, 9/2, 9/1
Jenny Tranfield (Eng)
Carol Owens
9/0, 9/3, 9/0
Rebecca Chiu
Carol Owens

9/4, 9/2, 9/1

Natalie Grinham

Carol Owens

9/5, 5/9, 4/9, 9/7,9/5

 Cassie Jackman

[7] Tania Bailey (Eng)
5/9, 9/2, rtd
[Q] Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
[4] Linda Charman (Eng)
9/1, 9/1, 9/1
Latasha Khan (Usa)
Linda Charman
9/5, 9/7, 9/0
Natalie Grinham
[8] Natalie Grinham (Aus)
9/3, 9/0, 9/3
[Q] Vicky Botwright (Eng)
[6] Cassie Jackman (Eng)
9/4, 9/7, 9/3
Rebecca Macree (Eng)
 Cassie Jackman
3/9, 9/6, 9/1, 9/6
Rachael Grinham
 Cassie Jackman

9/1, 10/8, 9/4

Vanessa Atkinson

[3] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
9/7, 9/1, 9/0
[Q] Madeline Perry (Irl)
[5] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
5/9, 9/1, 9/0, 9/5
Fiona Geaves (Eng)
Vanessa Atkinson
9/2, 9/3, 9/10, 10/8
Jenny Duncalf
[2] Natalie Grainger (Usa)
9/6, 1/9, 7/9, 10/8, 9/6
[Q] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
* wild card 

Qualifying (11/12 Oct):
Madeline Perry (IRL) bt Amelia Pittock (AUS)  9-7, 10-8, 9-5
Rebecca Chiu (HKG) bt Isabelle Stoehr (FRA)  10-8, 9-5, 9-1
Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Shelley Kitchen (NZL)  6-9, 9-7, 9-4, 9-4
Vicky Botwright (ENG) bt Nicol David (MAS)  9-3, 10-8, 9-5

1st qualifying round:
Amelia Pittock (AUS) bt Stephanie Brind (ENG)   9-6, 9-7, 9-3
Madeline Perry (IRL) bt Shabana Khan (USA)  9-3, 9-0, 9-1
Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) bt Meredeth Quick (USA)   9-5, 9-0, 9-5
Rebecca Chiu (HKG) bt Tegwen Malik (WAL)    3-9, 9-7, 10-9, 9-2
Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Lara Petera (NZL)    9-7, 10-8, 9-1
Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt Carlin Wing (USA)  9-1, 9-2, 9-2
Nicol David (MAS) bt Pamela Nimmo (SCO) 10-8, 9-5, 9-2
Vicky Botwright (ENG) bt Heidi Mather (AUS) 9-1, 9-3, 9-6

15-Oct, Semi-Finals:
Owens & Jackman
cruise into final
Top seed and defending champion Carol Owens  will meet sixth seed Cassie Jackman in the final at the Casino Heights club, after both scored 3/0 semi-final victories.
Jackman, the 30-year-old world No6 from Norwich in England, is celebrating her second WISPA World Tour final appearance in ten days, after reaching the British Open climax in Nottingham at the beginning of the month. Her opponent Vanessa Atkinson, the fifth seed from the Netherlands, had trouble handling Jackman's powerful short shots as the Englishwoman dominated the mid court area.

A short lapse in the second allowed the seven-times Dutch champion to come back from 4-8 - but it was short-lived as Jackman took control again and stormed to a 9-1 10-8 9-4 victory.

While Jackman is on the verge of her third US Open title, New Zealand's Carol Owens is hoping for a second successive success after winning the Weymuller trophy for the first time in 2002.

A game of control and power saw Owens dominate Australia's eighth seed Natalie Grinham as the world No1 cruised to a 9-4 9-2 9-1 win and her 49th appearance in a WISPA final.

14-Oct, Quarter-Finals:
Jackman avenges
British Open defeat
Cassie Jackman avenged her British Open final defeat by Rachael Grinham as she marched past the Australian and into the US Open Squash Championship semi-finals.

Jackman, the sixth seed from Norfolk, upset world No.4 Grinham in four games at the Heights Casino in New York.

The 30-year-old showed an explosive turn of pace with some punishing volley kills to the front court.

The three-times US Open champion overcame a first game loss to beat Grinham, the third seed, 3-9 9-6 9-1 9-6 to reach her eighth successive semi-final berth on the WISPA World Tour this year.

The British National champion will now face fifth seed Vanessa Atkinson after the Dutch champion ended the giant-killing run of English qualifier Jenny Duncalf.

The 20-year-old from Yorkshire, who removed No2 seed Natalie Grainger to reach the last eight, led 6-2 and 8-6 in the fourth game - but Atkinson's greater experience eventually told.

The world No5 from The Hague finally clinched a 9-2 9-3 9-10 10-8 victory.

Favourite and defending champion Carol Owens became the only expected semi-finalist to reach the last four when she cruised to a 9-0 9-3 9-0 victory over Hong Kong qualifier Rebecca Chiu.

The New Zealander will now face Australia's Natalie Grinham, the eighth seed who upset England's fourth seed Linda Charman 9-5 9-7 9-0.

Cassie's turn this time

13-Oct, First Round:
Devastating Duncalf Despatches
No2 Seed Grainger

English qualifier Jenny Duncalf pulled off the best result of her career when she despatched home favourite Natalie Grainger, the No2 seed, in five games in the first round at the Heights Casino in New York.

Duncalf, the 20-year-old from Harrogate in Yorkshire who reached the main draw after upsetting world No15 Shelley Kitchen in the qualifying finals, came back from 2-1 down to topple Grainger 9-6, 1-9, 7-9, 10-8, 9-6 as a result of punishing drop shots in the front court.

The former European Junior Champion, ranked 22 in the world, now faces fifth seed Vanessa Atkinson after the world No5 from the Netherlands made up for her disappointing British Open first round exit earlier in the month by beating England's Fiona Geaves 5-9, 9-1, 9-0, 9-5.

Newly-crowned British Open champion Rachael Grinham faces a repeat of the final ten days ago when she meets England's sixth seed Cassie Jackman in the quarter-finals in New York. The Australian third seed comfortably overcame Irish qualifier Madeline Perry 9-7, 9-1, 9-0 while Jackman dismissed compatriot Rebecca Macree 9-4, 9-7, 9-3.

England's Tania Bailey suffered a disappointing return to the WISPA World Tour after virus problems and surgery on her nose when she conceded her first round match against Hong Kong qualifier Rebecca Chiu after taking the first game. Asian Games champion Chiu won the second 9-2, before Bailey retired as a result of sinus problems which she had been suffering from since her arrival in New York.

12-Oct, Qualifying:
Duncalf Dumps Kitchen
In US Open Qualifiers

England's Jenny Duncalf beat New Zealand's world No15 Shelley Kitchen in the qualifying finals of the to claim a place in the first round at the Heights Casino in New York.

The 20-year-old former European Junior Champion from Yorkshire fought back from a game down to upset Kitchen, ranked seven places higher, 6-9 9-7 9-4 9-4 to earn a first round clash with local star Natalie Grainger, the No2 seed.

Duncalf was joined in the main draw by another English qualifier. Vicky Botwright, who celebrated her rise to a career-high 13 in the October world rankings by reaching the quarter-finals of this month's British Open, defeated Malaysia's Nicol David 9-3 10-8 9-5, and will now take on Australia's 8th seed Natalie Grinham for a place in the quarter-finals.

Ireland's Madeline Perry also qualified, beating Amelia Pittock 3/0 in the finals.

"It was a pretty tough match against Amelia but I always felt I was in control," said Perry. "But it's great to qualify as this is a major event and all the top players in the world are here."

09-Oct, Previews:
Geaves Gets Go-Ahead For US Open

England's Fiona Geaves, who six weeks ago suffered a serious injury which dislodged three of her front teeth, has been given the all clear to compete in next week's Carol Weymuller Women's US Open.

"My dentist has just given me the best news possible - that I won't need implants and that two of my teeth should make a complete recovery," said the world No12 from Gloucester. "Luckily the nerves aren't dead, so they're healing quite nicely."

It was in a training session with the England U23 squad that Alison Waters lost her footing and accidentally hit Geaves in the mouth with her head. Wearing a protective brace, the plucky Geaves went on to compete in the women's event in last week's British Open in Nottingham - as well as the Women's Over-35 event, which she won.

On Tuesday this week, however, Geaves faced former world No3 Sue Wright in an English National League match - and suffered a further setback when she was again hit in the mouth by her opponent's racket.
"Although her racket only really skimmed my face very slightly, it was still an awful shock and I felt quite sick - and was tempted to stop the match there and then," Geaves recalls. "However, it's against my nature to do something like that, so I carried on. I really should have beaten her, but my concentration had gone.

"I've lost my brace now, so my front teeth are unsupported for the first time in six weeks, so I've got to be extra careful - even with eating. I've got to remember to put food straight to the back of my mouth - and that's not very easy to do!

"So after being uncertain for the past few days, I can now go to New York and compete in the US Open - but I won't throw myself around and I will be wearing a gum shield," said the unseeded Englishwoman who won the Carol Weymuller Open ten years ago. "Luckily I'm playing Vanessa Atkinson in the first round. I'm sure I'll be OK with her, but if it had been one or two of the other players, I would have been a bit worried!"

Owens & Grainger set for
New York Showdown

World number one and defending champion Carol Owens is top seed for October's $37k Carol Weymuller US Open in New York, and is expected to face world number two Natalie Grainger in the final at the Heights Casino club.

Owens, disappointed last week in her failure to collect the British Open title she so wanted, was reported in the New Zealand press as considering retirement.

There is a strong English contingent in the draw, with Owens needing to get past Jenny Tranfield before a possible quarter-final match with Tania Bailey, and Linda Charman expected to be her semi-final opponent.

The bottom half sees Cassie Jackman and Rebecca Macree lined up for a first-round clash, while Fiona Geaves faces ex-Geordie Vanessa Atkinson. New British Open champion Rachael Grinham faces a qualifier before a possible quarter-final with Jackman.

A breath of fresh air for Tania
From Peterborough Now

TANIA Bailey will make her comeback after eight months on the sidelines at the US Open next week.

The Stamford squash queen picked up a mystery virus at the back end of last year and has struggled with her fitness ever since.

It wasn't until a specialist diagnosed her problems may be linked to the fact she has suffered with breathing problems that the 23-year-old has started to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

Since then she has been going to classes to learn how to breathe properly through her nose which has brought a slow improvement.

Ideally Bailey would want to take another six months off to fully recover, but has decided to fly out to New York tomorrow in a bid to maintain her place in the rankings and earn some money.

Bailey said: "I would like another six months working on my fitness, but unfortunately I need to earn some money and I want to maintain my ranking.

"At the moment I am in a position where I don't have to qualify for tournaments so I can go over there and know that I will go through to the first round and pick up points for that."

Bailey was a beaten finalist at the US Open last year, but even though she is delighted to be back on court she doesn't hold out much hope for her chances of winning even her first match.

"It is a shame that I am going back and will not be able to compete properly," added Bailey.

"I really am not expecting to go anywhere in the tournament and will be surprised to get through my first match.

"I am looking forward to going out there and being back on the circuit and getting a match under my belt.

"Hopefully a few more solid months of training after this and I will be able to start working my way back up the rankings in the New Year."

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