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Squash - 04. January 2012.

Top ranked women on form at day1 of World Series Finals

In its first ever competitive appearance at an ATCO World Series Final
event, the newly rebranded WSA (formerly WISPA) saw eight of its top
professional players battle it out in the first round of group stage

Split into two groups, the World Series Final event looks to emphasise the
sport’s aggressive and dynamic qualities by enforcing the ‘best of three
games’ rule in order promote a more attacking style of play on the ATCO
glass show court.

Group A pairing, Madeline Perry and Donna Urquhart were first onto court
this afternoon.  World no3 Madeline Perry started well, climbing to an 8/4
lead against her Australian opponent before closing out the first game
11-7.  In a similar run of form to the first game, she led the second 8/2
with Urquhart unable to respond with a successive run of points.  The Irish
international closed out the match in 18minutes, 11/7, 11/6.

Also in Group A, World Champion Nicol David showed the kind of form that
makes her the favourite to win the WSA event, as she dispatched Camille
Serme of France in 17minutes.  The Malaysian never allowed Serme into the
match and a comfortable scoreline of 11/6, 11/6 is evidence of David’s
desire to progress through to the final stages of the event, to be
broadcast live on SkySports this weekend.

The first Group B match was contested by an all-English pairing.  Jenny
Duncalf and Laura Massaro clashed a number of times in 2011 with the higher
seed Duncalf winning only once in four, though she did claim the last
battle in the World Open quarter-finals.  Massaro started the sharper of
the pair winning four points on the bounce to extend an 8/4 lead and
closing out the game 11/5.  The World No2 responded well though,
capitalising on some lose front-court play from Massaro to claim the second
game 11/6 and force the first three-game match of the tournament.  Duncalf
continued her punishing form into the third game, despite a stern effort
from her opponent, and pulled ahead at 6-all to claim five points in a row
and the first win in Group B.

Experienced Aussie, Rachel Grinham then faced Low Wee Wern of Malaysia in
the final WSA match of the day.  Wern came from behind to surprise Grinham
in the first game, coming from 5/9 down to win 11/9.  A refocused Grinham
came back to court and leapt to a 6-point lead before closing out the
second game 11/8.  She then fought her way through a close third game and
despite taking a nasty looking fall into the front of the court, finished
the match 11/9.

*Day1 Group Results:*

Madeline Perry bt Donna Urquhart – 11/7, 11/6  (18mins)

Nicol David bt Camille Serme – 11/6, 11/6  (17mins)

Jenny Duncalf bt Laura Massaro – 5/11, 11/6, 11/6  (32mins)

Rachael Grinham bt Low Wee Wern – 9/11, 11/8, 11/9  (36mins)

*Day2 Fixtures:*

Madeline Perry vs Camille Serme

Nicol David vs Donna Urquhart

Jenny Duncalf vs Low Wee Wern

Rachael Grinham vs Laura Massaro

*WSA Women’s Groups*

*Group A
*Nicol David (Malaysia)
Madeline Perry (N.Ireland)
Camille Serme (France)
Donna Urquhart (Australia)

*Group B
*Jenny Duncalf (England)
Rachael Grinham (Australia)
Laura Massaro (England)
Low Wee Wern (Malaysia)
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