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Squash - 01. October 2008.

Kippax Celebrates Dutch Double In Enschede

 

RESULTS:        Women's Pepsi Max Enschede Squash Open, Enschede, Netherlands

 

1st round:

[1] Sharon Wee (MAS) bt [Q] Lauren Selby (ENG)  11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7 (36m)

[7] Elise Ng (HKG) bt [Q] Kylie Lindsay (NZL)  11-13, 8-11, 13-11, 11-3, 11-8 (58m)

[4] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Celia Allamargot (FRA)  11-5, 11-5, 11-2 (20m)

[5] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Dagmar Vermeulen (NED)  16-14, 11-5, 11-6 (36m)

[8] Laura Hill (ENG) bt [Q] Lucie Fialova (CZE)  11-5, 11-3, 10-12, 11-3 (34m)

[3] Manuela Manetta (ITA) bt Vicky Hynes (ENG)  11-8, 11-9, 18-16 (36m)

Deon Saffery (WAL) bt [6] Orla Noom (NED)  11-5, 9-11, 18-16, 6-11, 11-5 (65m)

[2] Latasha Khan (USA) bt [Q] Emma Chorley (ENG)  11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (31m)

    Quarter-finals:

[1] Sharon Wee (MAS) bt [7] Elise Ng (HKG)  13-11, 11-7, 11-1 (26m)

[4] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [5] Joshna Chinappa (IND)  9-11, 14-12, 11-3, 4-11, 11-3 (42m)

[8] Laura Hill (ENG) bt [3] Manuela Manetta (ITA)  11-1, 5-11, 6-11, 11-3, 12-10 (51m)

[2] Latasha Khan (USA) bt Deon Saffery (WAL)  11-8, 11-7, 13-11 (31m)


    Semi-finals:

[4] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [1] Sharon Wee (MAS)  11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (27m)

[8] Laura Hill (ENG) bt [2] Latasha Khan (USA)  6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 15-13 (55m)


    Final:

[4] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [8] Laura Hill (ENG)  11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (33m)

 

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Kippax, who also won the WISPA event in 2006, made her breakthrough in the semi-finals when she upset Malaysian favourite Sharon Wee in straight games.


 

Despite being ranked 16 places above Hill in the WISPA world rankings, Kippax faced her final opponent following four successive Tour losses to her seven year older compatriot – the most recent being in the Forexx Dutch Open earlier in the month.


 

However, from the outset it was clear that the world number 31 from Halifax, was in her element in Enschede, moving and hitting freely against a tired looking Hill.  Kippax took the opening game with relative ease after racing away to an early 8-3 lead, and managed to pull back an 8-2 deficit in the second game to effectively kill the match.


 

Even though Hill, a fire-fighter from Derbyshire, kept trying hard and never gave in, it wasn’t enough to upset the rhythm of her opponent as Kippax went on to win 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 to lift the Pepsi trophy for the second time in three years.


 

The title marks the fifth Tour triumph in Kippax’s career – and will be a major confidence-booster for the 25-year-old in next month’s Hi-Tec World Championships in Manchester where she was recently appointed as “Official Ambassador” for the first joint men’s and women’s World Opens to be staged in the UK.

 

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