Adel Upsets Top Seed in Mexico

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Sixteen-year-old Yathreb Adel of Egypt stunned top seed Aisling Blake to become the surprise winner of the first$10K Mexico Open

The competition, held in the nation’s capital Mexico City, was not short of upsets from the early stages as Welsh qualifier Deon Saffery beat No5 seed Olivia Blatchford in four games in round one.  Last week’s Internacional Sporta Open champion Nicolette Fernandes then shocked promising English teenager and No2 seed Emily Whitlock in a three game defeat in the quarter finals. 

Adel took up Whitlock’s role as teenage sensation as she then defeated Fernandes to book her place in the final, whilst Blake battled to eventual victory after a long five-game encounter with No4 seed Samantha Cornett of Canada. 

The Egyptian made quick work of the first game against Blake, as the Irishwoman struggled to get into the contest after her endurance effort in the previous round.  A much closer encounter then ensued, but it was Adel who was able to apply the finishing touches, claiming two tie-break wins to seal the teenager’s third WSA World Title. 

[3] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [1] Aisling Blake (IRL) 11-5, 13-11, 13-11 (47m)

[1] Aisling Blake (IRL) bt [4] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8
[3] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [8] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 11-8, 11-9, 11-7

[1] Aisling Blake (IRL) bt [7] Thaisa Serafini (BRA) 11-2, 11-5, 11-2
[4] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt [6] Kylie Lindsay (NZL) 9-11, 15-13, 11-6, 8-11, 12-10
[3] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [Q] Deon Saffery (WAL) 11-7, 11-4, 11-6
[8] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt [2] Emily Whitlock (ENG) 11-9, 12-10, 11-6

1st round:
[1] Aisling Blake (IRL) bt [Q] Karla Urrutia (MEX) 11-7, 11-2, 11-6
[7] Thaisa Serafini (BRA) bt [Q] Diana Elisa Garcia Fierro (MEX) 11-4, 11-6, 11-4
[4] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt Maria Fernanda Rivera (MEX) 11-5, 11-5, 11-4
[6] Kylie Lindsay (NZL) bt Nayelly Hernandez (MEX) 11-4, 4-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5
[Q] Deon Saffery (WAL) bt [5] Olivia Blatchford (USA) 9-11, 11-2, 11-5, 11-4
[3] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [Q] Graciela Lopez Perez (MEX) 11-6, 11-3, 11-4
[8] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt Ivonne Diaz (MEX) 11-6, 11-13, 11-8, 11-8
[2] Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt Kristen Lange (USA) 11-9, 11-3, 11-7


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