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WISPA: Grinham triumphs in Texas Open

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The Grinham sisters

RESULTS: Texas Open, Dallas, USA

RESULTS: Texas Open, Dallas, USA

Final:
[1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [2] Kasey Brown (AUS) 11-5, 10-12, 12-10, 11-7

Rachael Grinham Triumphs In Texas

Top seed Rachael Grinham triumphed in the final of the Women’s Texas Open to win the WISPA World Tour Silver 30 squash event at Downtown YMCA in Dallas for the second time since 2004.

It was after beating her younger sister Natalie Grinham in the quarter-finals that Rachael went on to meet second seedKasey Brown in the first all-Australian final in the event’s ten-year history.

Both finalists had prevailed in five-game semi-finals – and in both cases had to recover from two-game deficits.

But it was Grinham, the former world number one and world champion from Queensland, who came out stronger in the climax. The 34-year-old world No4 maintained her career unbeaten run against Brown, beating the world No6 from New South Wales 11-5, 10-12, 12-10, 11-7.

“The Texas Open is one of our favourite tournaments and we really enjoy the hospitality that we experience while here, every time,” said Grinham after her seventh Texas Open appearance since the inaugural championship in 2002.

The win marks Grinham’s first WISPA Tour title of the year – but the 31st of her career.

Semi-finals:
[1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [7] Sarah Kippax (ENG) 9-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-7
[2] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [4] Joelle King (NZL) 5-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4, 12-10

Grinham & Brown In All-Australian Texas Title Bid

The tenth edition of the Women’s Texas Open will climax in its first all-Australian final after top seed Rachael Grinhamand second seed Kasey Brown survived dramatic five-game semis in the WISPA World Tour Silver 30 squash event atDowntown YMCA in Dallas.

Grinham, the former world number one and world champion from Queensland, had to fight back from two games down – and survive a tie-break in the third game – to overcome Sarah Kippax, the No7 seed from England who reached the last four after upsetting third seed Low Wee Wern.

The 34-year-old world No4 regained the upper hand to close out the match to win 9-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-7 – and reach the 59th Tour final of her career.

Remarkably, Brown’s match followed a similar pattern: the world No6 from New South Wales recovered from the loss of the first two games to fourth seed Joelle King to beat the defending champion from New Zealand 5-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4, 12-10.

Brown’s victory takes the 25-year-old into her 21st WISPA final.

The final will mark the pair’s sixth Tour meeting since April 2007 – with underdog Brown seeking her first win.

Quarter-finals:
[1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Natalie Grinham (NED) 11-3, 11-3, 11-5
[7] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [3] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-7, 11-5, 2-11, 11-9
[4] Joelle King (NZL) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 11-5, 11-8, 11-8
[2] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [5] Samantha Teran (MEX) 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 12-10

Kippax Wipes Out Wee Wern In Dallas

Sarah Kippax captured an unexpected place in the semi-finals of the Women’s Texas Open after ousting third seedLow Wee Wern in the WISPA World Tour Silver 30 squash event at Downtown YMCA in Dallas.

The seventh-seeded English woman stormed to an 11-7, 11-5, 2-11, 11-9 victory over Wee Wern, the world No13 from Malaysia.

Kippax, ranked 18 in the world, will now face top seed Rachael Grinham after the Australian defeated her younger sisterNatalie Grinham 11-3, 11-3, 11-5. Natalie, the former world No2, is making her tour comeback after the birth of her first child last year.

There will be Australian interest in the other semi-final where second seed Kasey Brown takes on fourth-seeded New Zealander Joelle King, the title-holder.

Brown, the world No6 from New South Wales, survived a close four-game clash with Samantha Teran, beating the fifth seed from Mexico 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 12-10.

Kiwi King took just three games to overcome Hong Kong’s Joey Chan 11-5, 11-8, 11-8.

Semi-final line-up:
[1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v [7] Sarah Kippax (ENG)
[2] Kasey Brown (AUS) v [4] Joelle King (NZL)

First round:
[1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [Q] Sina Wall (GER) 11-5, 11-3, 11-6
Natalie Grinham (NED) bt [6] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 10-12, 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8
[3] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) 11-5, 11-3, 7-11, 11-9
[7] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Latasha Khan (USA) 11-7, 7-11, 11-1, 11-9
Joey Chan (HKG) bt [8] Delia Arnold (MAS) 11-8, 11-3, 3-11, 9-11, 11-8
[4] Joelle King (NZL) bt [Q] Olivia Blatchford (USA) 11-5, 11-3, 11-7
[5] Samantha Teran (MEX) bt [Q] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6
[2] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [Q] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 11-3, 11-7, 11-4

Natalie Sets Up Grinhams Clash

Australian-born sisters Rachael Grinham and Natalie Grinham will meet for the first time since contesting the World Open semi-finals in September 2009 when they line-up in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Texas Open, the WISPA World Tour Silver 30 squash event at Downtown YMCA in Dallas.

Natalie, the younger of the pair who is making her Tour comeback after the birth of her first child last year, battled to a five-game first round upset over sixth-seeded US teenager Amanda Sobhy, winning 10-12, 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8.

By contrast, top seed Rachael Grinham, winner of the title in 2004, needed only three games to see off German qualifierSina Wall 11-5, 11-3, 11-6.

The 34-year-old world No4 from Queensland will be hoping to avenge her defeat by Natalie in Amsterdam 19 months ago when the Toowoomba twosome meet in Dallas for the 24th time since August 2000.

Hong Kong’s Joey Chan also pulled off a five-game upset when she beat Malaysia’s eighth seed Delia Arnold 11-8, 11-3, 3-11, 9-11, 11-8.

Chan, the 22-year-old world No23, will now take on fourth seed Joelle King, the defending champion from New Zealand who removed US qualifier Olivia Blatchford 11-5, 11-3, 11-7.

Quarter-final line-up:
[1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Natalie Grinham (NED)
[3] Low Wee Wern (MAS) v [7] Sarah Kippax (ENG)
[4] Joelle King (NZL) v Joey Chan (HKG)
[2] Kasey Brown (AUS) v [5] Samantha Teran (MEX)

 

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