Friday, July 19, 2024

Happy Hollie-day as Naughton triumphs

Canadian Hollie Naughton wins home title at Mississauga
By Squash Mad Reporter

Hollie Naughton, left, is pictured with runner-up Maria Toorpakai Wazir and tournament sponsor Doug Ramsay
Hollie Naughton, left, with runner-up Maria Toorpakai Wazir and tournament sponsor Doug Ramsay

Canada’s Hollie Naughton claimed the maiden WSA World Tour title of her career when she beat Pakistan opponent Maria Toorpakai Wazir in the final of the inaugural Women’s ORC Open at her home club in Mississauga.

Seeded two, the 20-year-old world No.65 reached the final of the WSA Tour 5 squash event at the Ontario Racquet Club after seeing off Canadian team-mate Nikki Todd, the third seed, in the semi-finals.

Fourth seed Wazir upset the form book in the other semi when she took out top-seeded South African Cheyna Tucker.

Naughton twice came from behind in the final – then saved two match-balls in the decider to beat Wazir 8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-1, 12-10 in 51 minutes to make her Tour title breakthrough.

“It means the world to me to win my first WSA title here at home,” said the jubilant Naughton.

WSA Women’s ORC Open, Mississauga, Canada

1st round:
[8] Sachika Ingale (IND) bt Karina Heredia Gonzalez (MEX) 11-4, 14-12, 11-2 (14m)
[5] Catalina Pelaez (COL) bt Sarah Hopton (CAN) 11-1, 11-3, 11-3 (14m)
[7] Micaala Seth (CAN) bt Giselle Delgado (CHI) 11-7, 11-9, 14-12 (24m)
[6] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt Seanna Keating (CAN) 11-8, 11-5, 11-4 (19m)
[1] Cheyna Tucker (RSA) bt [8] Sachika Ingale (IND) 12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10
[4] Maria Toorpakai Wazir (PAK) bt [5] Catalina Pelaez (COL) 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 10-12, 14-12
[3] Nikki Todd (CAN) bt [7] Micaala Seth (CAN) 11-4, 10-12, 11-4, 11-7
[2] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt [6] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 6-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8
[4] Maria Toorpakai Wazir (PAK) bt [1] Cheyna Tucker (RSA) 16-14, 11-4, 11-8
[2] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt [3] Nikki Todd (CAN) 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9
[2] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt [4] Maria Toorpakai Wazir (PAK) 8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-1, 12-10 (51m)

Picture courtesy of WSA 


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