The Girl’s First Round at the British Open

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International SPORT Group British Open, Manchester England

10 – 14 September 2009

BY Arthur Curran

Day 4: Women’s First Round

Upset of the day! Donna beats 7th seed—Isabelle Stoehr!

Upset of the day! Donna beats 7th seed—Isabelle Stoehr!

Results from first session:
Rachel Grinham (AUS) (2) bt. Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) 9/11, 12/10, 11/5, 4/11, 11/8 (64m)
Laura Massaro (ENG) (6) bt. Samantha Teran (MEX) 10/12, 7/11, 11/8, 11/4, 11/6 (60m)
Jenny Duncalf (ENG) (4) bt. Sarah Kippax (ENG) 11/5, 11/7, 6/11, 11/2 (41m)
Vanessa Atkinson (NED) (8) bt. Tania Bailey (ENG) 8/11, 11/3, 11/2, 11/8 (37m)

Rachel and Dominique

Rachel  Grinham (AUS) vs. Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG)
The first game started with both players playing tentatively, feeling their way into the game, Dominique took an early lead 4-2, Rachel then took 6 of the next seven points to lead 8-5, Dom took the next three to level at 8-8 and though Rachel took the next point, Dominique served out the game to win 11-9. In the second game Rachel took an early lead 6-2, Dominique levelled up to 6-6, Rachel took the next two points to lead 8-7 then Dom took four points to get game ball at 10-8. However, Rachel saved four game balls to take the game 12-10. Although Dominique took an early lead 4-2 in the third, Rachel turned on the power allowing Dominique only one more point before taking the game 11-5. In the fourth it was Dominique who turned on the power allowing Rachel only the odd point here and there on the way to taking the game 11-4—two games each! The fifth began with Rachel taking an early lead 5-2, Dominique then levelled to 5-5 before Rachel pulled out to lead 9-5. Dominique then closed to 8-9 but this was not quite enough as Rachel served out to win the game 11-8 and the match 3 games to 2. A great game of squash to start the day with.


Samantha & Laura

Laura Massaro (ENG) vs. Samantha Teran (MEX)
What an absolutely enthralling match! In the first, Laura opened out a 3-1 lead, Samantha dug in and took a 5-3 lead, Laura pulled back to 5-5 and then took five of the next seven points to lead 10-7, game ball. But our SquashStars ambassador was not to be outdone. Sam took five points in a row to win the first game 12-10. In the second Laura took a 2-0 lead, but tigress Samantha really dug deep with some fantastic squash to open a 7-3 lead and although Laura closed up to 7-8, Sam eased in front again to serve out the game at 11-7. Were we in for our first upset of the evening? Early opening in the third went to 3-3, then Laura powered out to an 8-3 lead, Samantha took the next two points but Laura took the next two to lead 10-5, game ball, Samantha saved three game balls but Laura eventually took the game 11-8. The fourth game started slowly up to 2-2, but then Laura really showed her fighting spirit, allowing Samantha only two more point and taking the game 11-4. Two games all and a decider to play!! Samantha took an early 4-2 lead, Laura pulled it back to lead 6-4, Sam levelled at 6-6 but then Laura finished much the stronger to take the game 11-6 and the match 3 games to 2. What another fantastic game of squash we had been treated to. Samantha was so very close to causing a real upset, but she was still smiling at the end—what a great ambassador for SquashStars!


Sarah & Jenny

Jenny Duncalf (ENG) vs. Sarah Kippax (ENG)
Jenny started off like a house on fire, taking an early 4-1 lead then only allowing Sarah to score four more poits took the first game 11-5. Again Jenny took a 4-0 lead in the second, but Sarah managed to pull back to 5-5 and then 7-7, but then Jenny showed her experience to serve out to 11-7. The third game started very evenly up to 4-4 but then Sarah really came into the game allowing Jenny only two more points took the third game 11-6. However this must have taken a lot out of Sarah as Jenny powered through the fourth game to win 11-2 and the match 3 games to 1.

Vanessa & Tania

Vanessa & Tania

Vanessa Atkinson (NED)  vs.  Tania Bailey (ENG)
This was Tania’s first match back after a 4 month lay-off after surgery on her hip, but in the first game you would not know that as she took a 7-2 lead, Vanessa pulled back to 8-6 but then Tania went on to win 11-8. However lack of matches then showed on Tania as Vanessa stormed through the next two games 11-3 and 11-2. In the fourth Vanessa took an early lead of 5-3, then 8-4, but despite Tania pulling as close as 8-9, Vanessa served out to win the game 11-8 and the match 3 games to 1. Good win for Vanessa, but we hope that Tania can soon get back to her old form after her operation.

First Round Second session results:
Donna Urquhart (AUS) (Q) bt. Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) (7) 11/7, 11/9, 8/11, 7/11, 11/7 (43m)
Alison Waters (ENG) (3) bt. Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 11/6, 11/9, 11/6 (31m)
Madeline Perry (IRE) (5) bt. Line Hansen (DEN) (Q) 11/9, 11/5, 11/2 (30m)
Nicol David (1) bt. Lauren Briggs (ENG) 11/5, 11/4, 11/6 (25m)


Isabelle & Donna

Donna Urquhart (AUS) vs. Isabelle Stoehr (FRA)
After the first two games we felt there had to be an upset on the cards eventually, and this is where it was to happen. The first game started as is usual very evenly up to 6-6, but then Donna, who had played superbly through the qualifying rounds, took control and went to 10-6. Although Isabelle saved the first game point she could do nothing about the second, and Donna took the game 11-7. The second was again very even with the lead changing hands several times up to 9-9, then Donna served out to win 11-9. In the third Donna took an early lead of 4-3, Isabelle fought back to lead 7-4, Donna leveled up at 7-7 but then Isabelle finished the stronger to take the game 11-8. The fourth started evenly again up to 4-4, Isabelle then pulled away to lead 9-4 and eventually won the game 11-7. A fifth and final decider! Isabelle took an early lead 4-1 and then 7-5, but Donna found an inner strength and served out to take the game 11-7 and the match 3 games to 2. What a fantastic result for young Donna, and when I managed to track her down later I found her out in the garden in tears. She was so overwhelmed, and told me this was a result she had been playing for for ages and could not believe she had done it. The best result of her career so far, and personally I do not think it will be the last—this youngster is going to go far!

Jaclyn & Alison

Jaclyn & Alison

Alison Waters (ENG) vs. Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL)
This was a match some supporters thought could finish very close, given the form that Jaclyn has shown recently. However, she found Alison in a completely non-forgiving touch of form, and although she battled very bravely, especially in the second game, Alison proved much the stronger to win 11-6, 11-9 and 11-6.

Line & Madeline

Line & Madeline

Madeline Perry (IRE) vs. Line Hansen (DEN)
This was another match that brought together a qualifier against a seeded player, and Line played very strongly in the first game, staying very close up to 8-9, saving one game ball at 10-8 but then losing out at 11-9 to Madeline. In the second Line eased out to a 4-1 lead, but then Madeline turned on the gas allowing Line only one more point on her way to win the game 11-5. Madeline then came out looking for a quick win, storming into an 8-0 lead, then Line took a couple of points but Madeline finished emphatically to win 11-2, and the match 3 games to nil.

Nicol & Lauren

Nicol & Lauren

Nicol David (MAS) vs. Lauren Briggs (ENG)
This was the match most people had waited for all day, to see the World Champion and No. 1 in action. Lauren felt a little unlucky, gaining entry into the main draw with the withdrawal of Natalie Grainger, but then being drawn against Nicol in the re-draw. However she was determined to give of her best, which she certainly did, but Nicol, our Squash Stars ambassador proved far too strong to win in three straight games.

So we now move from The Northern Club in Didsbury to the quarter finals tomorrow at the National Squash Centre with some great matches to look forward to.

Rachel Grinham (AUS) (2) vs. Laura Massaro (ENG) (6)
Jenny Duncalf (ENG) (4) vs. Vanessa Atkinson (NED) (8)
Donna Urquhart (AUS) (Q) vs. Alison Waters (ENG) (3)
Nicol David (MAS) (1) vs. Madeline Perry (IRE) (5)

Men’s Second Round Results:
James Willstrop (ENG) (10) bt. Karim Darwish (EGY) (1) 5/11, 4/2, retired (22m)
Azlan Iskandar (MAS) (12) bt. Thierry Lincou (FRA) (7) 11/13, 11/4, 5/11, 14/12, 11/5 (91m)
Amr Shabana (EGY) (3) bt. Alister Walker (ENG) (11) 7/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/7 (48m)
David Palmer (AUS) (5) bt. Wael El Hindi (EGY) (9) 11/6, 1/11, 8/11, 11/7, 11/5 (74m)
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt. Adrian Grant (ENG) (8) 11/8, 11/8, 8/11, 11/7, 11/5 (74m)
Nick Matthew (ENG) (4) bt. Cameron Pilley (AUS) (15) 11/3, 11/3, 11/6 (30m)
Peter Barker (ENG) (6) bt. Ong Beng Hee (MAS) (16) 11/7, 11/7, 11/8 (66m)
Gregory Gaultier (FRA) (2) bt. Kashif Shuja (NZL) (Q) 11/5, 11/7, 11/1 (25m)

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DSC_0027Arthur 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 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.

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