2017 Briggs Cup
Hosted by the Apawamis Country Club, Benefiting City Squash
Qualifiers Sobhy/Todd Win 2017 Briggs Cup
The 2017 Briggs Cup, benefiting City Squash, begins Friday at the Apawamis Club in Rye, New York. This is the second time the bi-annual event has included a WSDA draw alongside the SDA event. This is the 8th installment of the event overall and it remains one of the premier events on both calendars.
Top seeds are current #1 ranked team, Meredeth Quick and Suzie Pierrepont. The event will mark two years since Quick last lost a match in a WSDA ranking event. Quick’s last loss came in the final of the 2015 Briggs Cup when she and partner, Natarsha McElhinny lost in the final to Stephanie Hewitt and Dana Betts. Looking to defend her title, Hewitt is seeded #2 with partner Narelle Krizek.
The event is a return to competition for USA super star, Amanda Sobhy. Sobhy, is preparing for her PSA World Tour come back at the Tournament of Champions in January having sustained an ruptured Achilles in March of this year while competing against USA team mate, Olivia Blatchford in Columbia.
Sobhy is partnered with rising doubles star and current PSA world #52 and PSA player of the month, Niki Todd. Sobhy/Todd face sister pairing (the third set of sister to compete on the WSDA pro tour!) Alexia and Andrea Echeverria in the first round of qualifying on Friday.
In the top half of the draw, #1 seeds Quick/Pierrepont are seeded to face Latasha Khan and Tehani Guruge in the semi final, while in the bottom half #2 seeds, Narelle Krizek and Stephanie Hewitt are seeded to face Amy Milanek and Georgina Stoker. Milanek/Stoker will be looking to go one better than they did in 2015 when they lost in the semi final, 15-14 in the 5th to eventual winners, Betts/Hewitt.
Photo Credit: Justin Willet
Dana Betts and Stephanie Hewitt survived a late come back from #2 seeds Meredeth Quick and Natarsha McElhinny to claim the first WSDA Briggs Cup.
The final match of the 2015 Briggs Cup was another rollercoaster, which seemed to be the theme of the weekend. Quick/McElhinny looked out of sorts starting the match and soon found themselves 2-0 down. A change of pace and tactics saw the pair fight back to level the match 2-2 before Betts/Hewitt claimed the 5th game and the title.
The Briggs Cup, a bi-annual event that benefits the New York City urban program City Squash, is the biggest doubles tournament in the country, with over 97 matches being played over the weekend.
Dana Betts & Stephanie Hewitt defeated Meredith Quick & Natarsha McElhinny 4, 8, (14), (12), 12.
Photo Credit: Justin Willet
The 2105 Briggs Cup final will be contested by the top seeded teams after both narrowly made it through tough semi final matches with 6 of the 10 games played in the semi-finals finishing 15-14.
In the top half of the draw top seeds Betts/Hewitt survived a marathon semi final against new paring Georgina Stoker and Amy Milanek. Betts/Hewitt took a one sided first game 15-8 but from then onwards were pushed to the limit by Stoker/Milanek. The rest of the match was separated by just one point per game with Stoker’s impressive court coverage and shot making putting immense pressure on Betts/Hewitt. Long rallies and hard fought points saw Hewitt/Betts eventually prevail 15-14 in the 5th.
In the bottom half of the draw #2 seeds Meredeth Quick and Natarsha McElhinny were also pushed to 5 games by another new paring, Victoria Simmonds and Amy Gross. Quick/McElhinny took the first two games but Simmonds/Gross pulled the match level to 2-2 with long rallies and smart play. Quick/McElhinny started the 5th game well with Quick hitting 6 outright winners to give them the lead they needed to close out the match.
Dana Betts & Stephanie Hewitt def. Gina Stoker & Amy Milanek; 8 ,(14) ,14 ,(14), 14
Meredeth Quick & Natarsha McElhinny def. Amy Gross & Victoria Simmonds; 13, 12, (14), (14) , 11
The last event on the 2015 squash doubles calendar is underway in Rye, New York. The Briggs Cup, which for the first time features a WSDA pro draw is the biggest on the combined mens/women’s calendar with a prize fund of over $125,000.
The long standing event benefiting NYC urban squash program, CitySquash takes place at the Apawamis Club in Rye, New York and features the top players in the world.