Kippax Claims US Title Double
Sarah Kippax has completed a back-to-back title swoop after winning the WSA Tour 15 Squash On Fire event in Washington D.C.
Last week the 29-year-old won the Hampton Squash Week event in New York as top seed, and yesterday completed the double as she toppled No.1 seed Samantha Teran in Washington.
Seeded second for the event, the Englishwoman had beaten qualifier Salma Hany and Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy in the opening two rounds, before reaching the final with a straight games win over Lucie Fialova.
There she faced Teran of Mexico who, having dispatched qualifier Celia Allamargot in round one, then laboured through two five-game battles against Misaki Kobayashi and unseeded Farah Abdel Meguid to reach the final.
In a very cat-and-mouse final, Kippax led after the first game, but was immediately pegged back by the Mexican. The pair were tightly contested throughout, with the Englishwoman again taking the lead after the third but Teran forced the fifth and final game as the contest ticked past the hour mark.
In a final that couldn’t have been any closer, Teran held match-ball but was unable to convert as Kippax claimed the tie-break win to record her ninth WSA World Tour title, and second in as many weeks.
There were notable performances from Lucie Fialova and Farah Abdel Meguid as the Czech player beat No4 seed Aisling Blake in the quarter-finals, whilst Meguid stunned her opposition by beating not only No.5 seed Yathreb Adel in round one, but also No.3 seed Latasha Khan in the quarters.
1 Samantha Teran (MEX) bt 6 Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 11-7, 10-12, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6 (66m)
Farah Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt 3 Latasha Khan (USA) 4-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-9 (47m)
7 Lucie Fialova (CZE) bt 4 Aisling Blake (IRL) 1-11, 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8 (65m)
2 Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt 8 Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6
1 Samantha Teran (MEX) bt [Q] Celia Allamargot (FRA) 11-9, 11-4, 11-2 (30m)
6 Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Kristen Lange (USA) 11-4, 11-3, 11-2 (16m)
3 Latasha Khan (USA) bt Camille Lanier (USA) 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (32m)
Farah Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt 5 Yathreb Adel (EGY) 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8 (36m)
7 Lucie Fialova (CZE) bt [Q] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7 (40m)
4 Aisling Blake (IRL) bt [Q] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 11-8, 11-8, 11-3 (47m)
8 Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) bt Maud Duplomb (FRA) 11-1, 11-7, 11-3 (26m)
2 Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [Q] Salma Hany (EGY) 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 (28m)