Singapore’s premier squash tournament, the 2011 CIMB Singapore Women’s Squash Masters, is set to dazzle fans in the Republic from 25-30 July. Since its inception in 2007, the event has never failed to attract the cream of the women’s squash universe and this year is no exception.
World No 1 Nicol David of Malaysia will return to defend her title for a fifth time, having won every single edition of the tournament since 2007.
Along with Nicol, the tournament this year will feature eight of the world’s top 10 players including Australia’s Rachael Grinham (world no 3) who made the final in 2008, Northern Ireland’s Madeline Perry (world no 4) and Englishwoman Laura Massaro (world no 7) who in February ended Nicol’s 14 month unbeaten streak at the Cleveland WISPA Classic in the United States.
Including the Qualifying Draw which will be held on 25 and 26 July, 20 of the world’s top 25 players will grace the Lion City for this WISPA (Women’s International Squash Players Association) Gold Tier event which carries a total prize money of US$53,500.
Singapore will be represented by their no 1 player Pamela Chua in the Main Draw, while Jerryca Teo and Nur Adawiyah will play in the Qualifiers. Pamela will play Australia’s Kasey Brown (world no 6) in her opening match.
Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands, a finalist here in 2007 and 2009, will be the player to look for in the Qualifying Draw. The former world no 2 (now world no 18) is on a comeback trail after taking time out to start a family.
Said Singapore Squash Rackets Association (SSRA) President Desmond Hill: “I’m delighted to see this tournament reach a mini-landmark of five years with the strong support of our title sponsor, CIMB Group of Malaysia.”
“Since its beginning, the event has never failed to attract the best players women’s squash can offer and for that, we are thankful for the support from the Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA) and the players. We are confident this year’s tournament will be as spectacular as past years.”
Speaking for title sponsor CIMB Group, Carol Fong, CEO of CIMB Securities, said: “CIMB is pleased to be working with SSRA again to deliver a world-class squash competition. This year’s venue at one of Singapore’s busiest shopping mall, together with the participation of top squash players, will help raise the profile and interest of the sport among fans. Through our involvement as title sponsor over the past five years, we have seen the tournament cement its position as Singapore’s premier squash event. We are particularly proud to be able to give local and regional sporting talents the opportunity to compete at the highest level.”
Matches for the Qualifying Draw (25-26 July) and Round 1 of the Main Draw (27 July) will be held at the Kallang Squash Centre and the action will move to VivoCity for matches from the Quarter-finals onwards.
Chairman of the Organising Committee and SSRA Vice-President Raymond Tan said: “We’re pleased to secure VivoCity as the venue to showcase the final stages of the tournament this year. Our intention is to continue to bring the sport to the fans and the setting up of the glass-court at this iconic retail, entertainment and lifestyle destination will serve to attract more people to this sport and perhaps inspire the beginnings of Singapore’s next squash star.”
Qualifying rounds starts today at Kallang Squash Centre.
Round 1 of Qualifiers:
Low Wee Wern bye
7.00PM: Court 1 Nur Adiwiyah Aziz (SG) v Delia Arnold (MAS)
7.00PM: Court 3 Joey Chan (HKG) v Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS)
7.45PM: Court 3 Latasha Khan (USA) v Natalie Grinham (NED)
7.45PM: Court 1 Sarah Kippax (ENG) v Line Hansen (DEN)
8.30PM: Court 1 Dipika Pallikal (IND) v Emma Beddoes (ENG)
9.15PM: Court 1 Samantha Teran (MEX) v Aisling Blake (IRL)
8.30PM Court 3 Jerryca Teo (SG) v Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL)