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  • Squash in the Olympics?

    In 96 hours, the squash community around the world will be glued to the internet and social media outlets awaiting their fate. On September 8th, 2013 at 12:45pm (Buenos Aires Local Time) the International Olympic Committee, following the announcement of the 2020 Olympic Games Host City, will announce whether or not there will be a new sport joining the Olympic Games in 2020. The wrestling, baseball/softball, and squash communities have spent countless hours preparing their pitch to give their sport the best possible shot at joining (or re-joining) the Olympic Games.

    For most athletes, the Olympic Games is the pinnacle of an athletic career. It’s the ultimate achievement, the universal symbol of success. For squash athletes around the world, it's no different.  While the fate of their sport and their Olympic dreams lie in the hands of others, many would be willing to sacrifice anything to be able to have a chance at an Olympic medal.

    To read more about the squash community and their journey for an Olympic bid, visit Squash 2020.

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     Kasey Brown backing the bid!

  • Congratulations to Donna Urquhart!!

    Australia’s Donna Urquhart won her first title on the women’s professional squash tour since April last year when she beat Danish number one Line Hansen in straight games to win the Crocodile Challenge Cup in Hong Kong on Sunday.

    Urquhart was in total control throughout as she disposed of Hansen 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 in an impressive display.

    The 25-year-old has been in great form of late, including a first ever win over fellow Australian Rachael Grinham at last month’s Australian Open.

    She followed that up by reaching the quarter-finals of the Matamata Open in New Zealand the following week.

    Urquhart went into the Hong Kong tournament as firm favourite and didn’t disappoint, dropping only one game on her way to her seventh career title.

    She now has a week’s break before the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, where she will play Czech Lucie Fialova in the first round.

    Semi-final results – prefix denotes seeding

    Women

    1-Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt 3-Line Hansen (DEN) 11-6, 11-8, 11-6

  • HARROW BACKS MORE TOP SQUASH

    Harrow Sports signed two more top international squash players, Adrian Grant and Chris Simpson, both of the UK.

    Chris Simpson is currently ranked #38 in the world and was the winner of the PSA World Tour Kent Open this year.
    Simpson stated, "I'm very excited to be joining Harrow, they have a range of rackets that both look and play great, so I'm looking forward to starting my PSA season with my new Harrow equipment."

    Adrian Grant is currently ranked #15 in the world, has achieved a highest professional rank of #9, and highest English ranking of #4. Grant has won 16 PSA World Tour titles, gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in men's doubles, currently holds 'most tour titles won' and is second on the all time list of 'Englishmen with tour titles won'. He has participated in a variety of squash fundraisers and is helping to inspire the next generation. He works with www.spiritofsquash.com whose goal is to introduce children to the sport of squash and provide sporting opportunities for young people.

    "I'm thrilled to have signed with the Harrow team and look forward to exciting developments with the Harrow brand, they have a strong reputation within the US and I hope to help establish their image within the UK and Europe. It was an easy decision to partner with Harrow after sampling their range of rackets. I'm 100% confident Harrow will help me reach my goals as a professional squash player," affirmed Grant. Harrow is very excited to be bringing these exceptional athletes on board.

  • Tania Bailey Wins Second and Sustains Injury at Manor Open

     
    Tania Bailey (third from left) after winning second place at the 2011 BSBA Boston Open
    English squash player Tania Bailey had to concede during the fifth and final match against Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) at the 2011 Manor Open due to an unknown injury she sustained during the fourth.
    After surpassing Belen Etchechoury (ARG), Nada Elkalaawy (EGY), and Birgit Coufal (AUT), Bailey found herself facing the eighty-third ranked Perry who won two matches pushing the game into a fifth. But something was noticeably different about Bailey who arduously chose to cut the match short, which meant taking home second-place.
    Bailey is no stranger to injury having torn a hole in her knee last year during the 2011 Women's World Team Championship in Palmerston, North New Zealand. The ensuing surgery forced her to spend the majority of the year in recovery. Yet she managed to make a triumphant return in September at the Carol Weymuller Open where she won first place and her sixth WISPA world title.
    No news on the severity of her injury or how it will affect her early appearances on the 2012 WISPA World Tour schedule. Harrow Sports wishes her a speedy recovery.
    Manor Open 2011
    1st Round: vs. Belen Etchechoury (ARG) 11/4, 11/7, 11/2
    Quarter-Finals: vs. Nada Elkalaawy (EGY) 11/5, 11/2, 11/4
    Semi-Finals: vs. Birgit Coufal (AUT) 11/4, 8/11, 11/4, 11/1
    Final: vs. Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 8/11, 11/8, 8/11, 12/10, 8/5 ret.

     

  • Brown Rises to #5 and Weleily to #7 in WISPA World Rankings

     

    Brown (Right) v. Duncalf, Photo credit: worldsquash.org
    Last month was an exciting time for Harrow’s women squash players as a few managed to take home hard-earned titles, and many succeeded in raising their Women’s International Squash Player’s Association World rankings.

    Raneem El Weliely (EGY) continued to prove herself as runner-up to Nicol David (MAS)at the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open, where Kasey Brown managed to reach round two in the tournament, and number five on WISPA’s world rankings.

    England’s Tania Bailey won her sixth WISPA title and first tournament since 2009 at the Coronation London Open last week after breezing through Farah Abdel Mequid (EGY), Tesni Evans (WAL), Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG), and Cigany Sillevis (NED).

     
    Tania Bailey, Photo credit: squashsite.co.uk

    1st round: Tania Bailey (ENG) v. Cigany Sillevis (NED) 11-3, 11-3, 11,-3

    Quarter-Finals: v. Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 11-9, 11-9, 11-6
    Semi-finals: V. Tesni Evans (WAL) 11-5, 11-5, 11-5
    Final: v. Farah Abdel Mequid (EGY) 9-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-2
    Korea’s Ahn Eun Chan, also took home her second trophy this year by winning the Women’s Indian Summer Tournament in St. Paul  a mere sixth months after capturing  the biggest WISPA World Squash Tour title ever won by a Korean at the Women’s Black Knight Open in Perth, Australia.

     
    Ahn Chan (R) Photo credit: squashsite.co.uk

    1st Round: Maria Fernanda Rivera (MEX) 11-4, 11-23, 11-3

    Quarter-finals: Celia Allamargot (FRA) 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6
    Semi-Finals: Alex Clark (SCO) 7-11, 12-10, 11-4, 10-12, 14-2
    Final: Zephanie Curgenven (ENG( 11-12, 11-8, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6
    As for the rest of Harrow’s players, they succeeded in substantially raising their position on the squash charts. See below for honorable mentions.

    Updated WISPA World Rankings
    Nov
    Dec
    +
    Kasey Brown
    AUS
    6
    5
    1
    Raneem El Weleily
    EGY
    8
    7
    1
    Samantha Terán
    MEX
    17
    13
    4
    Gaby Huber
    SUI
    32
    30
    2
    Victoria Lust
    ENG
    31
    30
    1
    Coline Aumard
    FRA
    71
    56
    15
    Alexandra Norman
    CAN
    64
    63
    1
    Samantha Cornett
    CAN
    46
    44
    2
    Olga Ertlova
    CZE
    49
    48
    1
    Ahn Eun Chan
    KOR
    63
    53
    10
    Megan Craig
    NZL
    123
    84
    39
  • Harrow Sports Welcomes Chris Fuller

    Harrow Sports is proud to announce that it has recently signed two-time British Junior Champion Chris Fuller as its newest sponsored squash player.
    The 20-year-old athlete, who hails from Nottingham, UK has been a dedicated squash player since the age of 12 and quickly rose through the ranks to eventually join theProfessional Squash Association’s world tour in November of 2009.
    But Fuller’s ascent was not without a few setbacks. In 2005 and 2006 he sustained two injuries that kept him on the side lines for a short-time. Yet he managed to recover and win the British Junior Open under 17 category in 2006, and the British Junior Open under 19 category in 2009.
    Thus far, his career highlights include being a 2 time European Junior Team Gold Medalist, Sao Paulo Open 2010 Semi Finalist, and Progetto Open 2010 Finalist.
    Harrow Sports looks forward to supporting Fuller's promising career.
  • Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Squash Open 2011 Wrap Up

     
    Raneem El Weleily and Nicol David
    The 2011 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Squash Open wrapped up yesterday at the Hong Kong Squash Center in China with exciting results for some of Harrow’s players.
    Eighth-ranked Raneem El Weleily (EGY) managed to overtake Sina Wall (GER), Madeline Perry (IRL), Joey Chan (HKG), and Low Wee Wern (MAS) to reunite with her frequent rival, Nicol David  (MAL) in the finals where she fought her way up to second place.

    “I played a good tournament, she told Squash Stars it’s been a great weekend [and] I’m happy to be the runner up.”

    What also makes the 22-year-old athlete happy is finally getting a break from the court—at least for a little while. “Now, I’m off for a while, a long long while,” she said. “I don’t want to see a squash racket, a squash court, a ball, anyone. I just want to have fun…and by the beginning of the year…we have two tournaments coming up in the US [so I’ll be] getting ready for those."
     
    Kasey Brown
     
    Raneem El Weleily:
    Round One: Sina Wall (GER) 11/6, 11/4, 11/7
    Round Two:Madeline Perry  (IRL) 11/7, 11/7, 11/8
    Quarters: Joey Chan (HKG) 11/7, 11/3, 7/11, 9/11, 11/8
    Semis: Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11/6, 9/11, 11/3, 11/9
    Final: Nicol David (MAL): 11/5, 11/4, 11/9

    Kasey Brown:
    Round One: Melody Francis (AUS) 11/5, 11/6, 11/7

    Round Two: Joey Chan (HKG)  11/8, 11/5, 11/8
  • 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.

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