International SPORT Group British Open, Manchester England
10 – 14 September 2009
BY Arthur Curran
Day Two Report
Today (Wednesday), we see the first round of qualifying for the women’s championship, with 16 players vying for four places in the first round of the main draw.
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) vs. Becky Botwright (ENG)
First match up was between two English ladies, Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ranked #19 in the world rankings) and local girl Becky Botwright, ranked #153, because she has not been playing on the tournament circuit for quite some time, being employed full time by English Squash and Racketball coaching young children in the local schools. In the first game, it was difficult to tell that she had not played seriously for some time, as she stormed through the game in her typical run anywhere style and won 11-4. However Dominique, looking much leaner and fitter than in the past, got into her stride and made her experience tell, taking the next three games 11-5, 11-6, 11-5, to win the match 3 games to 1.
Alana Miller (CAN) vs. Lauren Siddall (ENG)
Second match up looked on paper to be a much closer one, with Squash Star Alana Miller (Canada), #41, against Lauren Siddall from Pontefract, England #39. However it was plain from the start that Lauren was in some difficulty moving around the court, and after Alana took the first game 11-3 and was 7-0 up in the second, Lauren had to withdraw because of a leg injury, which she sustained a couple of days ago in training.
Line Hansen (DEN) vs. Emma Beddoes (ENG)
Third match up saw #26 Squash Star Line Hansen from Denmark against England’s Emma Beddoes, #36, and the difference in rankings showed in the first game when Line sailed into a 7-3 lead then went on to take the game 11-4. However Emma fought back very bravely to take the second game 11-8, after surviving two game balls. Then Line showed her Danish fighting spirit, and despite Emma showing some really good touches, but Line took the next two games 11-6, 11-6, to win the match 3 games to 1.
Fiona Moverley (ENG) vs. Joshna Chinappa (IND)
Next match up, rankings wise, should have been fairly comfortable for Joshna Chinappa from India, #35, with plenty of tournament experience, against England’s Fiona Moverley, only recently gone full time and ranked #51. However, Fiona made it quite clear that her new fitness regime was paying off, as despite Joshna taking an early 8-4 lead, she fought back to get to game ball first, then Joshna tied at 10-10, but Fiona took the next two points to take the first game 12-10. In the second game, with some wonderful squash being played, Joshna sailed into a 10-2 lead, game ball, Fiona pulled back with great resilience to level at 10-10, but this time Joshna took the advantage to take the game 12-10 —1 game all. The next two games were both very close up to 7-7 and then 8-8, but Fiona kept her cool to win them both, 11-7 and 11-9, and the match 3 games to 1. She later described this as the best win of her career to date, and is now really looking forward to her match tomorrow against Line Hansen.
Aisling Blake (IRE) vs. Lauren Selby (ENG)
As we moved into the second half of the first round, the difference is rankings started to show, with first Squash Star Aisling Blake from Ireland, #27, taking just 25 minutes to defeat England’s Lauren Selby, #58, 11-6, 11-4, 11-5!
Sarah Kippax (ENG) vs. Kylie Lindsay (NZL)
After Aisling’s quick win, Sarah Kippax of England, ranked #24, took just one minute longer to defeat Kylie Lindsay of New Zealand, #47, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9. Sarah will be up against Squash Star Aisling Blake tomorrow.
Donna Urquhart (AUS) vs. Laura Hill (ENG)
The next game between Australian Donna Urquhart, #31, now based in Harrogate in England, and Derbyshire based firefighter Laura Hill, #44, was a little closer contested, with the first game very close up to 7-7, but then Donna eased out to take the game 11-8. The second game was close still, very even all the way through to 10-10, then each player taking one point each in turn, the game eventually went to Donna 15-13. Laura took a lot of heart from this game as she stormed through the third game to win 11-4, but then she lost momentum, Donna came back strongly to win the fourth 11-1, and the match 3 games to 1.
Engy Kheirallah (EGY) vs. Deon Saffery (WAL)
The last match between #23 Engy Kheirallah of Egypt and Deon Saffery of Wales, #52, was even tighter, with all games being very close throughout. Engy edged the first game 11-8, then Deon, despite Engy facing three game balls against her to go to 10-10, eased in to take the second 12-10. The next two games were again very close to near the end, but Engy managed to take them both 11-7 and 11-9 to go through to the next round.
Results are as follows:
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) bt. Becky Botwright (ENG) 4/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/5 (45m)
Alana Miller* (CAN) bt. Lauren Siddall (ENG) 11/3, 7/0 ret’d (11m)
Line Hansen* (DEN) bt. Emma Beddoes (ENG) 11/4, 8/11, 11/6, 11/6 (43m)
Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt. Joshna Chinappa (IND) 12/10, 10/12, 11/7, 11/9 (35m)
Aisling Blake* (IRE) bt. Lauren Selby (ENG) 11/6, 11/4, 11/5 (25m)
Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt. Kylie Lindsay (NZL) 11/8, 11/4, 11/9 (26m)
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt. Laura Hill (ENG) 11/8, 15/13, 4/11, 11/1. (33m)
Engy Kheirallah (EGY) bt. Deon Saffery (WAL) 11/8, 10/12, 11/7, 11/9 (50m)
It was a great afternoon of squash from all the ladies involved, and here are the matches to look forward to tomorrow (Thursday, 10 September 2009):
Alana Miller* (CAN) vs. Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG)
Line Hansen* (DEN)vs. Fiona Moverley (ENG)
Aisling Blake* (IRE) vs. Sarah Kippax (ENG)
Engy Kheirallah (EGY) vs. Donna Urquhart (AUS).
*Squash Stars’ Ambassadors
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Results of today’s men’s matches, 2nd qualifying round:
Renan Lavigne (FRA) bt. Robbie Temple (ENG) 6/11, 11/8, 11/5, 11/5 (48m)
Martin Knight (NZL) bt. Amr Swelim (EGY) 11/6, 7/11, 11/4, 5/11, 12/10 (96m)
Yasir Butt (PAK) bt. Chris Ryder (ENG) 12/10, 4/11, 11/8, 8/11, 11/8 (71m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt. Steve Coppinger (RSA) 2/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/9 (55m)
Campbell Grayshon (NZL) bt. Aaron Francomb (AUS) 9/11, 8/11, 11/5, 11/7, 11/9 (132m)
Kashif Shuja (NZL) bt. Mansoor Zaman (PAK) 11/9, 6/11, 11/9, 11/5 (40m)
Simon Rosner (GER) bt. Alan Clyne (SCO) 9/11, 11/9, 11/9, 3/11, 11/9 (78m)
Stephane Galifi (FRA) bt. Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) 18/16, 5/11, 11/4, 11/9 (74m)
Arthur Curran lives in Manchester, England and is an avid squash fan, traveling to places like Belfast, Madrid, Monte Carlo, New York, Connecticut, Dublin and Kuala Lumpur to watch major tournaments, as well as extensively in the UK, and have on several occasions reported tournaments for squashsite.co.uk. Although too old and too ill to be able to play the game he is fascinated by the athleticism and skill involved in the game and with the friendliness shown by all the players.