CANADA SQUASH RELEASE
Winnipeg’s Alana Miller reaches final at Sun and Surf Jericho Squash Open
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.