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  • Squash Talk

    Denver, Colo. - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - The start of December was one to remember. The 2014 SHOP.CA Women’s World Team Squash Championship drew athletes, coaches and squash
    fanatics from 20 countries to share more than just a competition but also the sport. Every athlete kept fans fixated on the court with heart-pounding action all week long.

    #WWTSQUASH2014 HIGHLIGHTS
    England defeated first-time finalists Malaysia 2/1 to win the 2014 World Championship title for the seventh time this past weekend. Team Malaysia upended the favorite, Egypt 2/0 in the semifinal round. Raneem El Welily fell to Nicol David in one of the most competitive match ups of the week and Low Wee Wern upset Nour El Sherbini for the deciding point to solidify Malaysia’s slot in the final. Amanda Sobhy and Team USA beat France 2/0 to capture 5th place and their best finish in the World Team Championship. Lastly, we would like to highlight Omneya Abdel Kawy who played in her eighth World Championship!

    SHOP THE LOOK
    Harrow Sports proudly outfitted Team Canada, Malaysia, India, USA, Wales and was the official apparel provider and racquet sponsor of the WWT Tournament. Harrow also supported the new line of string during the tournament. If you didn’t get a chance to test the new line of string, please contact Dave Rosen or Manek Mathur for samples.

    WELCOME BACK
    Team Harrow would like to welcome Laurens Jan Anjema and Donna Urquhart back to the court after months of being sidelined with injuries.  We are thrilled to see the Harrow racquets in hand and moving!

    Share your squash updates, apparel and equipment by tagging @harrowsports to be featured on the Official Harrow Sports Instragram and Twitter accounts.#TeamHarrow #UnleashYourGame

  • Harrow Signs Laurens Jan Anjema

    Anjema signs with Harrow

    LJHarrow

     Laurens Jan Anjema will become the new global ambassador of Harrow after signing a three year deal with the fast growing squash brand based in the United States.

    The thirty-one year old from The Hague used his new racket, the Harrow Stealth, for the first time last weekend during the Dutch Squash Championships in 2014 in Amsterdam, in which he justified his seeding by winning his ninth consecutive national squash title by beating fellow Harrow player Piedro Schweeertman in four games in the final. 
     
     “I am very excited to be part of the Harrow team”, said the world number sixteen. “The first time I put the Harrow Stealth in my hands, I immediately had a great feeling. Good equipment is crucial for any professional athlete and it feels awesome to know that I don’t have to worry about this for the next couple of years”, added the Dutch ace.

     

     "We are ecstatic to have a player of LJ's ability and global appeal on board. He has been a top player and worldwide favorite on the PSA Tour for years and we are confident he will continue to stay at the top of his game as he plays his way back into the top ten in the world rankings. We continue to innovate with new products and LJ will be at the forefront of this development as we eagerly work to expand our brand around the world", said Dave Rosen, Vice President of Racquet Sports at Harrow.
  • 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.

     

  • 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.
  • 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.

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