First-Time Partners Quick/Pierrepont defeat defending Champions Betts/Hewitt to Collect NYC Open Title
The WSDA tour stopped in New York this weekend for the second annual NYC Open, hosted by the University Club.
The round of 16 featured five first-time pairings and three new faces in the draw. Julie Cerullo, Brooke Cooper and Ashley West all made their NYC Open debuts in the main draw.
Local pair Emily Lungstrum and Julie Cerullo won through qualifying to face eventual winners Quick/Pierrepont. Cerullo, a former top US junior player and Princeton Tiger, showed great potential on the left wall with impressive court coverage and shot selection.
In the top half of the draw, Victoria Simmonds and Amy Milanek came back from two games down to push 4th seeds Latasha Khan and Tehani Guruge to a seesaw fifth game. Khan/Guruge eventually prevailed, 15-11.
Two tough semi finals played out on Sunday afternoon with top seeds Betts/Hewitt coming back from 2-0 against Khan/Guruge. Steady, smart play from Khan and impressive shot making from Guruge saw the #4 seeds take the first two games before Betts/Hewitt were able to establish themselves, using their experience to apply pressure to a tiring Guruge, eventually closing the match out 15-2 in the 5th. This was the third time in three events that Khan/Guruge have lost to the #1 in a five game semi final.
The second semi final featured #2 seeds, sister partnership Narelle Krizek and Natarsha McElhinny, and #3 seeds, Meredeth Quick and Suzie Pierrepont. Krizek/McElhinny took a close first game 15/14. Despite an array of incredible shot making from Krizek, the lower ranked team was able to work their way back into the match with some strong and steady play from Quick that eventually saw the lower ranked team take the match 3/1.
Monday night’s final was preceded by the pro-am final in which Narelle Krizek and Chris Oberbeck overcame Stephanie Hewitt and Mark Walsh in three games.
The WSDA final between defending champions and #1 seeds, Dana Betts and Stephanie Hewitt and #3 seeds Meredeth Quick and Suzie Pierrepont was a great display of tactics and shot making from both teams. Played out mostly down the left wall, Betts/Hewitt struggled to make an impact on a rock solid Quick, whose combination of excellent shot selection and patience proved too consistent for the current #1 ranked team, with Quick/Pierrepont winning, 10, 4 and 11.
Thank you to everyone who supported the event. Tournament organizers include Tournament Chair, Phil Hofmann, Squash Chairman, Scott Fuller, Scott Wilson and Rob Coakley.
For full results http://www.wsdaprotour.com/nyc-open-2/
World ranked #1 pair Dana Betts and Stephanie Hewitt seeded to defend NYC Open Title
The first ranking event of the WSDA season begins this weekend with the NYC Open, hosted by the University Club of New York.
The eight-team draw is topped by World #1 ranked pair, Dana Betts and Stephanie Hewitt. Betts/Hewitt are seeded to defend their 2015 title in a draw that includes four first-time partnerships.
At the bottom half of the draw, the #2 seeded team of sisters, Narelle Krizek and Natarsha McElhinny will be looking to go one better than last year when they were defeated by Betts/Hewitt in a close 3/1 final. Also in the bottom half of the draw, and seeded to meet Krizek/McElhinny in the semi final is new paring, Meredeth Quick and Suzie Pierrepont. This will be Pierrepont’s first WSDA event in seven months following a ruptured achilles tendon sustained in the final of the Chicago Open in May.
In the top half of the draw Betts/Hewitt are seeded to face the rising stars of the WSDA, Latasha Khan and Tehani Guruge in the semi final. Khan/Guruge have improved rapidly in the last two seasons. They narrowly missing out on the final of both the Wilson Cup and the Chicago Open earlier in the year, with close 3/2 loses to the #1 seeds in both semi finals.
The event also features two local players, Emily Lungstrum and Ashley West. Lungstrum, paired with former top US junior player, Julie Curello will be hoping to secure a main draw spot from qualifying on Friday night. Ashley West will make her NYC Open debut with World #9, Tina Rix in the main draw on Saturday following the withdrawal of Fernanda Rocha with a torn meniscus.
Pro Am play begins Friday the 1st at 3pm and pro matches begin Saturday the 2nd at 2pm. All pro matches will be at the University Club with the final scheduled for Monday night at 5.30pm.
Tournament organizers include University Club squash chairman Phil Hofmann along with Scott Fuller, Scott Wilson and Rob Coakley
Matches will streamed live on www.wsdaprotour.com/live Saturday, December 2nd, from 6pm ET.