Indian Summer, Macau & Caboolture Summary

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Indian Summer 9th to 13th November, $6000

Ahn Eun Chan won her second WISPA title at the inaugural Indian Summer event in Minneapolis/St Paul. The Korean number one came from a game down in her quarter final against Celia Allamargot and prevailed in an epic semi final, 14-12 in the fifth, over Scotland’s Alex Clark

Her opponent in the final, Zephanie Curgenven, had never been beyond the 1st round of a tour event but the former England Junior international had shown signs of great improvement recently after rediscovering her passion for the game a few years ago. Curgenven beat Genevieve Lessard of Canada in the 1st round 3-1 and then stunned top seed Milou Van Der Heijden 11-7 in the fifth in the quarter finals. A few weeks ago Curgenven lost in the 1st round of the Santiago Open to Alexandra Norman 3-1, this time though she was in dominant form and eased past the Canadian 3-0.

The final was a fitting climax and neither player showed signs of the efforts from their previous tough matches. Chan in the end just had a bit more in the tank and took the match 11-6 in the decider.

It was Chan’s second title of the year and fourth final in 2011, a place in the top 50 looks imminent.

Final: [4] Ahn Eun Chan (KOR) bt Zephanie Curgenven (ENG) 10-12 11-8 11-6 10-12 11-6 (46m)

Macau Open 10th to 13th November, $16000

Joey Chan won her first title of the year with a straight game victory over Aisling Blake in the final of the Macau Open, back on the calendar after a two year break.

The Hong Kong number two has been on the brink of breaking through to the top twenty for the past year and she seems to have found a new level at the right time.

Chan was untroubled in her first round and quarter final matches but had to fight for over 70 minutes in her semi final against Malaysia’s Delia Arnold. Chan eventually prevailed 11-5 in the fifth against a player ranked one place above her in the latest rankings.

On the other side of the draw, Ireland’s Aisling Blake caused two upsets on the way to her first final since May 2010. In the quarter finals she beat fourth seed Line Hansen in four games and then knocked out top seed Jaclyn Hawkes in straight games.

Although the final was in straight games, the match could have gone either way with nothing separating the players for most of the encounter. Chan won the crucial points near the end of all three games to clinch the fourth title of her career.

Blake will have her chance for revenge in the first round of the Hong Kong Open where she will play home favourite Chan. [Editor’s latest update: Joey beat Aisling again in Round 1 of HKG Open! 11/6, 11/8, 11/6 (42m)]

Final: [2] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [5] Aisling Blake (IRL) 11-8 11-9 11-9 (38m)

Caboolture Open 11th to 13th November, $4000

New Zealand’s Megan Craig won her first WISPA title at the Caboolture Open beating second seed Maggy Marshall in the final.

The 18 year old from Blenheim has been in good form this year, reaching the last 16 of Women’s Junior Worlds and reaching two WISPA finals.

Craig upset sixth seed Christine Nunn in the second round and then recovered from two games down to edge top seed Sarah Cardwell 11-9 in the fifth in the quarter finals. Craig again found herself down in the semi final, this time against fourth seed Tamika Saxby, but she won a two tie breaks in the second and third games to ease away to victory in the fourth.

On the opposite side of the draw second seed Maggy Marshall was also having a tough time of it, making it to the final the hard way. She recovered from two games down in the second round to beat Aimee Slatter and then saved match balls in the quarter finals to beat Jessica Turnball in an epic 13-11 in the fifth. Her semi final opponent was a former top 30 player in Melissa Martin, making a welcome return to action. Martin hadn’t dropped a game in her first three matches and gave Marshall all sorts of problems. The second seed however prevailed in four games.

The final saw Marshall start strongly and take the opener, both players hungry for their first tour title. It seemed the previous matches had taken their toll on Marshall though as Craig began to take control of the match and eased through the next two games before holding off a late surge from Marshall in the fourth.

Watch out for Megan Craig in 2012, she could be one to watch.

Final: [10] Megan Craig (NZL) bt [2] Maggy Marshall (AUS) 9-11 11-4 11-1 11-8 (34m)

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