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Squash - 28. February 2015.

Champion Massaro On Course In Chicago



Champion Massaro On Course In Chicago


RESULTS: Windy City Open presented by Guggenheim and EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, Chicago, USA

Women's 1st round (lower half of draw):
[6] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [Q] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 11-6, 11-5, 11-3 (26m)
[14] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (37m)
[16] Emma Beddoes (ENG) bt Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) 4-0 ret.
[3] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [Q] Delia Arnold (MAS) 7-11, 11-5, 11-6, 13-11 (50m)
[7] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Habiba Mohamed (EGY) 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6 (65m)
[11] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 11-6, 2-11, 15-13, 11-6 (41m)
[9] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [Q] Tesni Evans (WAL) 11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8 (44m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [Q] Line Hansen (DEN) 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 (25m)

England's Laura Massaro began the defence of her Windy City Open presented by Guggenheim and EquiTrust Life Insurance Company title in style in Chicago when she beat Malaysian qualifier Delia Arnold in four games on the second day of first round action in the first WSA World Series squash event of the year at the University Club of Chicago.

The former world champion from Preston (pictured above, right, with Arnold), ranked three in the world, recovered from a game down to extend her unbeaten run over world No.28 Arnold, winning 7-11, 11-5, 11-6, 13-11.

Massaro now takes on England team-mate Emma Beddoes, the 16th seed from Leeds. Beddoes had the easiest run through to the last 16 round, barely breaking sweat after her Egyptian opponent Salma Hany Ibrahim conceded their match with just four points on the scoreboard.

There was further English success on the night when Sarah-Jane Perry powered past Nicolette Fernandes, registering her first win over the world No.20 from Guyana 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 after 37 minutes.

World No.16 Perry, who arrived in the USA fresh from her surprise British National Championship title success in Manchester - where she beat favourite Massaro to claim the trophy for the first time - now takes on French number oneCamille Serme.

The sixth seed from Creteil crushed top-ranked Canadian Samantha Cornett 11-6, 11-5, 11-3 in just 26 minutes to make the second round for the second year in a row.

Second seed Raneem El Welily, the world No.2 from Egypt (pictured above, right, with Hansen) who was the 2014 runner-up, eased into the second round after seeing off Danish qualifier Line Hansen 11-3, 11-5, 11-3.

"Only got 25 min on the glass court tonight!!" Hansen told her Twitter followers shortly afterwards. "Raneem was in chop chop mood."

El Welily, 26, from Cairo, now also faces a fellow countrywoman in the next round when she takes on Omneya Abdel Kawy. The Cairo-based No.9 seed got the better of Tesni Evans, beating the Welsh qualifier 11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8.

In her maiden meeting with fast-rising Egyptian teenager Habiba Mohamed, Malaysia's No.7 seed Low Wee Wernneeded 65 minutes to secure an 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6 victory.

"Happy with my 3-1 win against Egyptian Habiba Mohamed today!" tweeted the world No.8 (pictured above, right, with Mohamed) from Penang afterwards. "Looking forward to a rest day tmr before taking on Rachael Grinham!"

2nd round line-up:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) v [Q] Heba El Torky (EGY)
[5] Alison Waters (ENG) v [Q] Victoria Lust (ENG)
[4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [10] Annie Au (HKG)
[8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [13] Madeline Perry (IRL)
[6] Camille Serme (FRA) v [14] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[3] Laura Massaro (ENG) v [16] Emma Beddoes (ENG)
[7] Low Wee Wern (MAS) v [11] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v [9] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)

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