SEOUL OPEN 2009—38-minutes, that was how long it took to take down the giant killer Jenny Duncalf. The 26-year old English lass admitted to making more errors than she had hoped for in the biggest final of her career. “I wasn’t really into it in the first, I knew I needed to be more confident of my shots in the second—and I did start seeing it and timing it well. She was taken a bit by surprise I think, but it is a fine line and you cannot fire the ball like that for a whole match.”
On the other side of the court, Nicol David claims her 52nd Tour title, beating Rachel Grinham’s long-standing 51 Tour titles. An enthusiasted Nicol quipped, “Jenny started playing so well that I knew I had to keep working her. It feels really good to have kept the title, especially as everybody is so enthusiastic in Seoul. It is what we play for!”
Seoul Open 2009 is only the fourth Tour event to be staged in South Korea—an initiative by the Seoul Sports Council to help to raise the profile of Squash in the country. “The greatest merit of this Open is that the event penetrates into the daily city-lives of the citizens. We are hoping that Seoul Women’s Squash Open will help Squash succeed in the bid for Olympics in 2016,” explains Mr Lee Jang Ho the Secretary General of Seoul Sports Council.
Nicol’s road to the finals:
- Round 16-2: Beat qualifier Annie Au of Hong Kong, 11-4, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7
- Quater Finals: Beat 8th seed Alison Waters of England, 12-10, 11-5, 12-10
- Semi Finals: Beat 3rd seed Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8
- Finals: Beat 4th seed Jenny Duncalf of England, 11-6, 3-11, 11-6, 11-4