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Squash - 26. June 2007.

Manetta Upsets Teran In LA Open

RESULTS:      Women's Epstein Becker & Green Los Angeles Squash Open, Los Angeles, USA



[1] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [8] Runa Reta (CAN) 9-1, 9-0, 9-3 (20m)

[4] Lauren Briggs (ENG) bt [5] Latasha Khan (USA) 9-5, 9-3, 9-2 (42m)

[3] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND) 9-0, 9-6, 4-9, 10-8 (27m)

[6] Manuela Manetta (ITA) bt [2] Samantha Teran (MEX) 9-4, 6-9, 9-3, 9-7 (70m)



It was the pair's second meeting on US soil since January - but this time the 24-year-old from Parma avenged her defeat in the Dayton Open in Ohio by overcoming world No22 Teran 9-4, 6-9, 9-3, 9-7.


“I knew that if I wanted to win I would have to play my best, and I did," said Manetta to www.squashsite.co.uk .   "I felt in control most of the time.  I was holding the ‘T’ and making her do the work.  Sometimes I lose concentration and make mistakes - but that didn’t happen today.


“I lost 3/1 to her in Dayton in January, so it was good to get revenge for that.”


Manetta will now face Raneem El Weleily after the third seed from Egypt ended the giant-killing run of Joshna Chinappa, beating the unseeded Indian 9-0, 9-6, 4-9, 10-8.


In the other semi-final, top seed Natalie Grainger will face England's No4 seed Lauren Briggs.  US champion Grainger defeated Canada's Runa Reta 9-1, 9-0, 9-3 while Briggs beat former US champion Latasha Khan 9-5, 9-3, 9-2.


Semi-final line-up:

[1] Natalie Grainger (USA) v [4] Lauren Briggs (ENG)

[6] Manuela Manetta (ITA) v [3] Raneem El Weleily (EGY)




Issued by Howard Harding on behalf of WISPA

Women’s International Squash Players' Association

Tel: (+44) 1737-243333; Mobile: (+44) 7773-325130; Email: HowHard@aol.com

WISPA: Tel: (+44) 20 7222 1667; Email: wispahq@aol.com

WSQ 3940                     23 June 2007


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