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WSA: Beddoes retains Winnipeg title

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Top seed Emma Beddoes fought back from two games down to retain the 2012 Meadowood Pharmacy Open against Line Hansen of Denmark at the Winnipeg Winter Club in Manitoba.

World No24 Hansen dictated the pace from the start, cutting off the ball early and hammering in the straight volley kills.  She established an early 7-3 lead, stifling a Beddoes fight-back and closed out the first game 11-8.

In the second, the Dane continued to dictate the pace but Beddoes was able to trade points with her to nine-all when a fortunate bit of luck went Hansen’s way and she closed the game 11-9.

The third game saw more of a traditional display from Englishwoman Beddoes, as she physically controlled the game with superb retrieving and pacifying effectiveness with her length.  A gutsy, reinvigorated effort saw the world No22 take the third 11-6, to kick-start her title retention bid.

It was a similar scenario in the fourth game as Beddoes continued to boss the rallies, with her opponent unable to mount any serious contention after such a promising start.  Hansen succumbed again to an 11-6 defeat to take the match to its fifth game.

Hansen looked energetic as she attempted to quell the ferocity of Beddoes’ play.  She hits the first winner and followed it with a number of other quick points.  Little separated the pair early on.  Long rallies, collisions and let-balls demonstrated the want of both players to get their hands on the 2012 title.

Beddoes broke free to lead 7-3 and then 8-5,  but Hansen dug deep and found herself back in contention at 7-8.  With the end in sight, Emma Beddoes stayed strong and took the next three points and the game 11-7, to retain her Meadowood title, and her seventh WSA final win.

Final:

[1] Emma Beddoes (ENG) bt [2] Line Hansen (DEN) 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7

Semi finals:

[1] Emma Beddoes (ENG) bt [4] Lauren Briggs (ENG) 11-5, 11-2, 4-11, 11-6

[2] Line Hansen (DEN) bt [6] Samantha Cornett (CAN) (11-2, 11-6, 11-9)

Quarter finals:

[1] Emma Beddoes (ENG) bt [5] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 10-12, 11-7, 13-11, 11-6

[4] Lauren Briggs (ENG) bt [8] Tesni Evans (WAL) 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4

[6] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt [3] Gaby Huber (SUI) 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9

[2] Line Hansen (DEN) bt Stephanie Edmison (CAN) 11-8, 11-7, 11-7

Round one:

[1] Emma Beddoes (ENG) bt Nikki Todd (CAN) 11-4, 11-1, 11-2

[5] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Alix Younger (CAN) 11-4, 11-5, 11-6

[4] Lauren Briggs (ENG) bt Genevieve Lessard (CAN) 11-2, 11-7, 11-4

[8] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Maia Kirk (CAN) 11-4, 11-2, 11-6

[6] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt Tara Chawla (CAN) 11-2, 11-3, 11-1

[3] Gaby Huber (SUI) bt Zephanie Curgenven (ENG) 11-6, 11-4, 11-6

Stephanie Edmison (CAN) bt [7] Alexandra Norman (CAN) 11-5, 11-9, 11-2

[2] Line Hansen (DEN) bt [Q] Ashley Malenchuk (CAN) 11-6, 11-5, 11-7

 

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