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  • World Open Squash 2011 Wrap Up

     
    Duncalf, David, Teran,  Grinham
    The 2011 World Squash Open ended at the Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam, the Netherland’s City of Sports yesterday with Malaysia’s Nicol David and England’s Nick Matthew taking top honors on the awards podium—but before they got there, they had to put up quite a fight against a few of Harrow’s own.
    It all began during round one where Raneem El Weleily (EGY) and Kasey Brown (AUS) both swiftly won their respective matches to meet each other in round two. But despite El Weleily’s well-known ability to play the angles of the court to her advantage, it was Brown who remained victorious 4/11, 11/7, 11/3, 6/11, 11/8.
     
    El Weleily and Brown, Round
    But, unfortunately for Brown, the quarter-finals was where her journey ended, which was a few steps further than that of Omneya Abdel Kawyu (EGY) who fell in round one to Egypt’s Kanzy El Dafrawy. But David admits going against Brown was not easy.
    “The score doesn’t reflect how hard it was out there,” said David on the World Open Squash official website. “It was maybe 3-0, but it felt more like 5 or 6 games actually. Kasey had a very hard game yesterday, but still, she is such a strong player. She has stepped up her game so much, if you lower your guard ever so slightly, she gets on it.”
     
    Teran and Grinham, Round 2

    Meanwhile, Samantha Terán (MEX) was busy moving through the ranks past Tesni Evans (WAL)—11/5, 11/3, 11/7; Rachael Grinham (AUS) –4/11, 11/2, 11/3, 12/10; and Dipika Pallikal (IND)—11/6, 11/8/ 11/9 to meet Jenny Duncalf (ENG) in the semi-finals. Duncalf managed to score 11/9, 11/4, 11/7, which put her in front of David who ended up taking home her sixth World Open Squash Title.

    As for the men, Chris Ryder (ENG) might have lost to Olli Touminen (FIN) in round one—8/11, 11/4, 11/4, 11/4—but he didn’t lose his sense of humor.
    “Off for my ‘loser burger’. Maybe a shandy too. Every cloud [has a silver lining]…” he posted on his Twitter page shortly after the match.
    Overall, Harrow’s-sponsored players put on a good show and will continue to do so as both the WISPA and PSA world tours move forward

     

  • Samantha Terán Continues Winning Streak

     

    Photo: MexSport

    Samantha Terán (MEX) beats Rachel Grinham (AUS) 4/11, 11/2, 11/3, 12/10 at the World Squash Open in Rotterdam, Netherlands to advance to the quarter finals just days after her unpredictable victory at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    Last week, the well-seasoned 30-year-old player defeated new-comer Samantha Cornett (CAN) 11/6, 11/4, 11/6 to win her first gold medal in women’s singles and quickly won a second against Columbia in Women’s Doubles with Nayelly Hernandez (MEX) at her side. See if the top-ranked Mexican woman of all-time continues her hot streak, Nov 4.

  • Kasey Brown Takes Down Top Seed Nicol David

    The 2011 U.S. World Open [1] is off to an electrifying start as Kasey Brown(AUS) finallytook down her frequent opponent, and World Number 1 champion Nicol David yesterday at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Despite losing all 9 previous matches against the Malaysian five-time World Champion, the 26-year-old Harrow-sponsored player [6] earned the biggest win of her career after four quick games where she scored 11/9, 6/11, 11/9 and 11/4. Watch her keep up

    the pace on PSA Squash TV.
  • Raneem El Weleily Wins Carol Weymuller Open

    Harrow Sports would like to congratulate Raneem El Weleily (EGY) on her substantial win at the Gold 45 Carol Weymuller Open in Brooklyn, New York. Not only did Weleily, who is one of Harrow’s sponsored squash players, finally overtake England’s Jennifer Duncalf to win the overall event— including the biggest prize of her career, but she also scored the highest ranking of her professional career, shooting from number 12 to seven [3] on the Women’s International Squash Player’s (WISPA) official world rankings.
    Duncalf, who is Great Britain’s top female squash player and last year’s Carol Weymuller Open champion, was favored to win once again—that is, until Weleily arrived ready to take the lead.
    Harrow racquet in hand, she went full-strength and managed to win all three games against the world number 2, at 11/7, 15/13 and 11/4.
    Weleily is currently competing in the 2011 U.S. World Open from Oct. 2-3 in Philadelphia.
  • U.S. To Face New Zealand in Quarterfinals

    The United States defeated Wales and Australia by identical 3-0 scores
    to remain unbeaten in pool play at the 2011 Women's World Junior
    Squash Championships in Boston MA. With the victories, the U.S. now
    moves on to the quarterfinals where they will face New Zealand today.

    The U.S. lived up to their #2 overall seeding as they had no trouble
    against their fellow Pool B opponents. Olivia Blatchford
    continued to impress as she took no time in beating Hannah Davis,
    11-3, 11-4, 11-4, while Haley Mendez needed just 16 minutes to beat
    Jennifer Haley, 11-4, 11-7, 11-1.

    In the night session, the U.S. did not skip a beat in sweeping
    Australia. Blatchford struggled a bit against Bethany
    Btazier in the first two games, before proving her dominance in game
    three, winning 11-8, 11-8, 11-3.

    Results:

    [2] USA bt [10] WALES 3/0
    Haley Mendez bt Jennifer Haley 11-4, 11-7, 11-1 (16m)
    Olivia Blatchford bt Hannah Davies 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (23m)

    [2] USA bt [7] AUSTRALIA 3/0
    Olivia Blatchford bt Bethany Brazier 11-8, 11-8, 11-2 (23m)

  • Third Time is the Charm for El Tayeb

    U.S. Seeded to Meet Egypt in Team Finals as Pool Play Begins Today

    Nour El Tayeb (r) defeated former champion Nour El Sherbini, 11-5, 3-11, 11-7, 11-8, to win the Women's World Junior Individual Squash Championship in Boston, MA. Tayeb, who had also reached the final the previous two years, losing to El Sherbinin in 2009, wasn't about to let her final crack the the world title get away, winning the final two games after El Sherbini had leveled the match at 1 all.

    As in their previous meeting in the 2009 final, the first game went well for El Tayeb, who took an early lead of 4-1, extending it to 9-3 before closing out the game. But, again as it had in 2009, the second game went away from the top seed as 3/4 seed El Sherbini, still aged only 15, built up a 9-3 lead before taking the game to draw level. It was nip and tuck throughout the third and fourth games until two winners in a row brought El Tayeb her first match-ball at 10-7. A daring, but unsuccessful, long drop temporarily reduced the gap for El Sherbini, but when the underdog's boast later then clipped the tin, El Tayeb was finally able to celebrate her status as World Champion.

    Final:
    [1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [3/4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 11-5, 3-11, 11-7, 11-8 (42m)

    U.S. Seeded #2 as Pool Play Gets Underway

    Team pool play begins today with the U.S. seeded to meet Egypt in the finals. The U.S. team will look to improve on their fourth place finish at the 2009 World Championships in Chennai, India.

  • All Egyptian final in the WWJ championships...

    The final will mark the second all-Egyptian world junior squash final in eight days after Marwan El Shorbagy took on Mohamed Abouelghar at the Junior Men's final in Belgium.

    El Sherbini and El Tayeb have faced each other in tournament finals on three different occasions, with El Sherbini coming out on top twice, including the 2009 World Junior Championship singles final in Chennai, India.

    The U.S. now sets their sights on the team competition, which will begin with pool play on Tuesday morning. Seeded # 2 overall, they will take on Guyana at 11:00 AM, followed by matches against Wales and Australia on Wednesday. Based on their pool play results, the U.S. would then advance to the knockout portion of the competition that begins Thursday and will conclude with the team finals on Saturday. Competing in the team event for the U.S. are Olivia Blatchford, and Hayley Mendez.

    Results:

    [1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [5/8] Emily Whitlock (ENG) 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (25m)

    To see all the results from the 2011 Women's World Junior Squash Championships, along with the upcoming Pool Play schedule, please click here.

  • WWJ championships - Friday 22nd...

    more great games slated for today in the WWJ championships...

    14.45 [5/8] Kanzy El-Dafrawy (Egy) v Mariam Metwally (Egy)

    15.30 [3/4] Nour El Sherbini (Egy) v [9/16] Ho Ka Po (Hkg)
    16.15 [5/8] Nouran El Torky (Egy) v [9/16] Tesni Evans (Wal)

    17.00 [1] Nour El Tayeb (Egy) v [9/16] Anaka Alankamony (Ind)
    17.45 [9/16] Salma Hany (Egy) v Haley Mendez (Usa)

    18.30 [3/4] Olivia Blatchford (Usa) v [9/16] Melissa Alves (Fra)
    19.15 [5/8] Emily Whitlock (Eng) v [9/16] Megan Craig (Nzl)

  • WWJ championships, Boston, MA

    tonights updates from the WWJ Squash Championships...

    Main Draw.
    Round 3:
    Blatchford beat Lee (Hong Kong) 4, 12-10, 8
    Mendez beat Saxby (Seeded 5-8) 8, 12-10, 9
    Ubina lost to Megan Craig (Seeded 9-16) 6, 5, 1

    Main Draw Plate
    Round 2:
    Chu lost to Choi (Hong Kong) 13-11, 8, (3), (7), (9)

    Some updates from our guys out in Boston at the WWJ Squash Championships...

    Main Draw:
    Round 1
    Olivia Blatchford (Number 3/4 seed): Bye
    Haley Mendez: Bye
    Maria Elena Ubina beat Stephan (France), 8,2, 12-10
    Julianne Chu lost to Ragavendran (India) (6), 5, (10), 9, (6)

    Main Draw:
    Round 2
    Blatchford beat Ragavendran (India) 1, 4, 3
    Mendez beat Proana (Ecuador) 5, 1, 3
    Ubina beat Landman (South Africa) 8, 4, 6
    Fiechter lost to Alankamony (India) (8), (10-12), (4)

    Main Draw Plate
    Round 1
    Fiechter: Bye
    Chu beat Davies (Wales) 6, 1, 5

    Main Draw Plate
    Fiechter beat Temple-Murray (England) 8, 12-10, 4

  • Dominika Witkowska crowned 2011 Polish National Champion

    Harrow Sponsored squash player Dominika Witkowska won the 2011 Polish National squash championship, racking up her fifth title. See below for some pictures of Dominika with her custom squash racquet, aptly named the 'passion'.

    Congratulations Dominika!



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