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Squash - 08. September 2011.

Siyoli Waters wins in D.C

Top seed Siyoli Waters won her second title of the year this week at the
Tour 4 Dread Series in the US capital.

The South African recently recorded her highest ranking on the WISPA World Rankings and her good form looks to have continued into September.

Waters started off the week with a first round bye whilst all the others
seeds were battling for a place in the quarter finals. Second seed
Lauren Selby had the easiest time of it, taking just 19 minutes to beat
young American Camille Lanier. There were also straight game victories
for Japanese third seed Misaki Kobayaski, fifth seed Merhan Amr Mehmoud
from Egypt and Canada's Genevieve Lessard, the sixth seed. The last seed
to make it through to quarter final was Denmark's Sally Skaarenborg. The
Dane had to battle for five games to beat local coach Larissa
Stephenson, eventually coming through 11/9 in the decider.
There were two seeds to fall in the first round, as young Americans
Katie Tutrone and Sabrina Sobhy made the last eight. Tutrone beat fellow
American Elpiniki Clement in five games whilst Sobhy stunned fourth seed
Stephanie Edmison, beating the Canadian in straight games.

The quarter finals saw top seed Waters make her first appearance of the
tournament and she wasted little time in moving through to the semi
final. Waters took just 18 minutes to beat Tutrone, having too much
experience and shot selection for the US junior. Waters' semi final
opponent, Kobayaski, had an equally comfortable time in her match,
taking only a minute longer than Waters to beat Lessard. The bottom half
of the draw saw both quarter finals going to four games but it was the
higher ranked players who moved through to the semi finals. Selby
dropped the first game to Skaarenborg on a tie break, but soon started
to find her range at the start of the second and looked comfortable for
the rest of the match. Mehmoud had to work hard to end Sobhy's chances,
the pair split the first two games before Mehmoud won the crucial third
game on a tie break. She closed out the match in the fourth game,
although Sobhy continued to make it close right until the end.

The crowd were treated to two great semi finals, with both matches going
the full distance. Waters found herself two games down against Kobayashi
and looked likely that the Japanese number one would be moving through
to the final. However Waters started to play better squash in the third
game and the match slowly began to turn. Kobayashi had a chance to close
it out in the fourth but Waters took it on the tie break. The fifth
could have gone either way but it was the top seed who gained the last
few crucial points to win it 11/9.
With such a high quality first match, the crowd were probably not
expecting the second semi final to provide the same drama and
entertainment, but they would have been mistaken. Selby and Mehmoud put
on a great display of contrasting styles that also went all the way to
11/9 in fifth. Selby found herself two games to one down as Mehmoud's
attacking shot making found it's target. Selby began to mix it up in the
fourth with high lobs and her superb touch at the front of the court. It
was even in the fifth up until 9 all when two strokes handed the match
to the English girl.

The final between to the top two seeds was a fitting end to a great
tournament in the capital. Waters retrieval abilities saw her force
Selby into errors as she took the first game 11/6. There was nothing
between them in the second and it was Waters who managed to edge it on
the tie break. Selby was finished though and the third followed a
similar pattern to the second but this time it was Selby who found that
little bit extra to take the third and extend the match, much to the
delight of the crowd. It wasn't to be a first title of the year for the
English girl however as she didn't have enough to push Waters in the
fourth and the top seed eased away to victory and clinch her second
WISPA title.

Final -

[1] Siyoli Waters (RSA) bt [2] Lauren Selby (ENG) 11/6 12/10 12/14 11/2

Semi Finals -

[1] Siyoli Waters (RSA) bt [3] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 1/11 8/11 11/8
12/10 11/9 (45m)
[2] Lauren Selby (ENG) bt [5] Merhan Amr Mahmoud (EGY) 8/11 11/9 12/14
11/2 11/9 (55m)

Quarter Finals -

[1] Siyoli Waters (RSA) bt Katie Tutrone (USA) 11/3 11/3 11/7 (18m)
[3] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt [6] Genevieve Lessard (CAN) 11/3 11/5 11/2
[5] Merhan Amr Mahmoud (EGY) bt Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 11/4 6/11 12/10 11/8
[2] Lauren Selby (ENG) bt [8] Sally Skaarenborg (DEN) 10/12 11/3 11/4
11/3 (32m)

1st Round -

[1] Siyoli Waters (RSA) bye
Katie Tutrone (USA bt [7] Elpiniki Clement (USA) 11/8 12/10 3/11 6/11
11/8 (44m)
[3] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Georgina Stoker (ENG) 11/6 11/4 11/8 (24m)
[6] Genevieve Lessard (CAN) bt Katja Amir (GER) 11/4 11/5 11/5 (20m)
[5] Merhan Amr Mahmoud (EGY) bt Alix Younger (USA) 11/8 11/5 11/8 (25m)
Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt [4] Stephanie Edmison (CAN) 11/9 11/6 11/8 (23m)
[8] Sally Skaarenborg (DEN) bt Larissa Stephenson (NZL) 11/8 9/11 11/7
9/11 11/9 (43m)
[2] Lauren Selby (ENG) bt Camille Lanier (USA) 11/3 11/2 11/7 (19m)
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