Egyptians claimed the lions’ share of places in the qualifying finals of the Women’s JP Morgan Tournament of Champions after major upsets on the second day of qualifying action in the WSA Gold 50 squash event in New York, USA.
Ireland’s Madeline Perry was the highest-ranked player to suffer at the hands of a lower-ranked opponent from Alexandria. The world No.15 from Belfast, twice a semi-finalist in the prestigious WSA World Tour championship at New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal, went down 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 in 52 minutes to Mariam Metwally, the 18-year-old world No.46. Hard hitting teenager Mariam Metwally forced veteran Madeline Perry into a defensive posture after losing the first game 11-9. Hitting hard and taking the ball early, Metwally moved Perry around the court resulting in a number of Perry errors under pressure.
Fellow Alexandrian Heba El Torky also claimed an unexpected place in the final qualifying round after despatching Sarah-Jane Perry, the world No.16 from England, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9 – also in 52 minutes. After Perry won the first game, El Torky changed tactics. Instead of hitting line drive length, she started moving the ball into the diagonal corners. The fatigue factor set in for Perry who began making several unforced errors. Perry had a final surge in the fourth, coming back from 4-10.down to 9-10 but couldn’t go any further.
World No.27 El Torky will now face compatriot Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy for a place in the main draw after the 20-year-old world No.66 from Cairo became the lowest-ranked player to survive when she upset Guyana’s world No.21 Nicolette Fernandes 6-11, 11-2, 13-11, 11-1.
Meanwhile Metwally will line up against Victoria Lust, the 25-year-old world No.32 from England who claimed one of the biggest scalps of her career by overcoming Indian hope Joshana Chinappa, ranked ten places higher, 13-11, 18-16, 12-10. It was the barest margin of victory as both players displayed excellent retrieving capability, but Lust, whose concentration never lapsed, was slightly better at getting to the ball early.
Mexican star Samantha Teran became the oldest player to win a place in the qualifying finals after surviving a 65-minute battle against England’s Sarah Kippax, the world No.20.
Teran, the world No.33 and reigning Pan American champion, clinched a 14-12, 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-6 victory to set up a play-off against England’s world No.19 Jenny Duncalf. The former world No.2 from Yorkshire is one step away from a fifth appearance in the Tournament of Champions’ main draw after beating Canadian Hollie Naughton 10-12, 11-2, 11-4, 11-7. Although Naugtton unleashed her power hitting to claim the first game after being down 4-9, Duncalf’s experience became increasingly evident as
staked her claim to the center of the court and wore Naughton down by hitting several crisp winners. ;
England’s Emma Beddoes denied home hopes of a qualifying success – and became the highest-ranked player to survive in the process – after beating New York’s Sabrina Sobhy 11-7, 11-7, 11-9.
The 29-year-old world No.18 from Leeds will now face Egypt’s 18-year-old Salma Hany Ibrahim for a place in the main draw.
RESULTS: Women’s JP Morgan Tournament of Champions, New York, USA
1st qualifying round:
Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Sina Wall (GER) 11-1, 12-10, 11-7 (20m)
Victoria Lust (ENG) bt Reeham Sedky (USA) 12-10, 11-3, 11-3 (33m)
Heba El Torky (EGY) bt Nikki Todd (CAN) 11-9, 11-5, 12-10 (30m)
Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) bt Donna Urquhart (AUS) 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 (39m)
Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt Latasha Khan (USA) 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9 (43m)
Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt Olivia Fiechter (USA) 8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (30m)
Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Cecelia Cortes (USA) 11-6, 11-4, 11-9 (31m)
Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Olivia Blatchford (USA) 8-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7 (50m)
2nd qualifying round:
Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Madeline Perry (IRL) 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (52m)
Victoria Lust (ENG) bt Joshana Chinappa (IND) 13-11, 18-16, 12-10 (46m)
Heba El Torky (EGY) bt Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9 (52m)
Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) bt Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 6-11, 11-2, 13-11, 11-1 (51m)
Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) bt Laura Pomportes (FRA) 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 (21m)
Emma Beddoes (ENG) bt Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (35m)
Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Sarah Kippax (ENG) 14-12, 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-6 (65m)
Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 10-12, 11-2, 11-4, 11-7 (38m)
Qualifying finals line-up:
Mariam Metwally (EGY) v Victoria Lust (ENG)
Heba El Torky (EGY) v Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY)
Emma Beddoes (ENG) v Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY)
Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v Samantha Teran (MEX)