Alana to the Finals at Sun & Surf

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Winnipeg’s Alana Miller reaches final at Sun and Surf Jericho Squash Open

Sun & Surf is held at Jericho Tennis Club.

VANCOUVER – Alana Miller of Winnipeg defeated Carolyn Russell of Vancouver in straight games Saturday to advance to the championship final at the $11,000 Sun and Surf Jericho Open women’s professional squash tournament.

The competition is the opening event on the Canadian squash circuit and a stop on the women’s pro tour.

Miller, playing at her first tournament since being a runner-up at the national championships in May, took the match 11-9, 11-3, 11-8 in 25 minutes.  It is also her second final this season on the pro tour.  She lost the championship match at the Racquet Club International in St.Louis in April.

“It was a pretty good match for me,” said Miller, ranked 37th in the world and seeded second here.  “The court was a bit cool and the ball didn’t move as quickly which made for some loopy lengths. Carolyn handled that well and I just tried to cut off her shots as quickly as I could.”

After the nationals, Miller took a seven-week break from competition to mend a nagging hip injury.  She returned to the courts a month ago for training.  “The hip is feeling very good right now,” said Miller.  “I’m really happy to be back on the Tour.”

In the other semi, top-seed Latasha Khan of the U.S., also on the comeback from injury, defeated Nicolette Fernandes of Guyana 16-14, 11-6, 11-9.  Khan is ranked 29th internationally.

The final is on Sunday at noon (local) at the Jericho Club.

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