2019 Hashim Khan Championships
March 8th – 10th
Hosted by the Denver Athletic Club
Fresh from a winning the Women’s Howe Cup for Harvard, teammates Kayley Leonard and Sabrina Sobhy stormed through the draw at the Hashim Khan Championships to claim their first title together. The youngest pair in the draw kicked off their campaign by beating second seeds and tour veterans Narelle Krizek and Stephanie Hewitt in straight games.
Leonard/Sobhy faced Connecticut-based South African twins Lume and Elani Landman in the semi-final. The ever-improving twins started out strong, taking the first game before the Harvard team was able to pull it back to 1-1. A very tight third game put Leonard/Sobhy ahead 15-14 with a comfortable 4th game to finish out the match.
On the other side of the draw, top seed Meredeth Quick looked to defend the title she won in 2018 with Suzie Pierrepont. Pierrepont, injured this year, was replaced by Victoria Simmonds in the draw. Quicks/Simmonds came through a comfortable first round to face third seeds Madeline Perry and Kelsey Engman. A highly competitive match saw Perry/Engman take the first game and nearly the second before a cross-court volley nick from Simmonds at 14-14 levelled the game. Quick/Simmonds were able to assert themselves and find their way into the final.
The final was an excellent match that pitted youth against experience. Sobhy/Leonard started off well, taking the first game with some excellent shot-making and retrieving. Quick/Simmonds came back strong in the second, changing their tactics to exploit the middle of the court and taking the game comfortably. Leonard/Sobhy recovered though, with Sobhy stepping across more and more to take middle balls on her backhand. More aggressive frontcourt play from both Leonard and Sobhy saw the youngsters open up a lead they never looked like giving up, eventually taking the match in four games. The title was Leonard’s third WSDA win and Sobhy’s first.
2018 Hashim Khan Championships
March 8th – 11th
Hosted by the Denver Athletic Club
Meredeth Quick successfully defended her 2016 Hashim Khan title at the Denver Athletic Club this past weekend. Quick, partnered with Suzie Pierrepont, defeated #2 seeds and newly crowned 2018 US National Champions, Georgina Stoker and Stephanie Hewitt in a seesaw five-game final. The win extended Quicks Denver winning streak to 3 years having won the 2017 US Nationals with Pierrepont a year prior and the 2016 Hashim Khan Championships with Natarsha McElhinny. Quick, along with her brother Preston, grew up playing at the Denver Athletic Club.
Thank you to the Denver Athletic Club, John and Anne Lesko, the DAC squash committee, and all of the event sponsors for a great event.
Home Town Win for Quick in the Hashim Khan Invitational
Hashim Khan Invitational, hosted by the Denver Athletic Club. March 10th-13th.
Meredith Quick delighted her home crowd with a win at the Hashim Khan Invitational. Quick, who grew up playing at the Denver Athletic Club partnered with Natarsha McElhinny to beat the first time paring of Pierrepont/Rix in the final.
- Friday March 11th. 7pm EST. Dana Betts/Latasha Khan vs. Tina Rix/Suzie Pierrepont. RESULT: Rix/Pierrepont bt Betts/Khan 9-15,8-15,15-11,15-10,15-12
- Saturday March 12th. 7pm EST. Dana Betts/Latasha Khan vs. Meredith Quick/Natarsha McElhinny. RESULT: Quick/McElhinny bt Betts/Khan 12-15,14-15,15-11,15-7,15-14
- FINAL – Sunday March 13th 1pm EST. Meredith Quick/Natarsha McElhinny. RESULT: Quick/McElhinny bt Pierrepont/Rix 15-6,15-11,15-14