Quick/Pierrepont Claim Third NYC Open Title
The 4th annual NYC Open hosted by The University Club of New York took place this weekend. The event ran alongside the club’s centennial squash celebration, marking 100 years of squash at the venue. The WSDA event was a popular addition to the weekend’s program that included singles exhibition matches on the Oracle NetSuite glass court set up in the downstairs library and a full Trinity/Princeton matchup.
The top half of the draw started with a repeat of last year’s final when top seeds Meredeth Quick and Suzie Pierrepont squared off against Lume and Elani Landman. The Landman twins started the match well, taking the first game before the top seeds found their rhythm to take the match in four games. The top seeds moved on to Saturday’s first semi final, meeting Victoria Simmonds and Seanna Keating who had beaten #3/4 seeds Dana Betts and Tina Rix in the first round. A slow match, on a frozen court courtesy of a Con Ed heating shutdown, put the top seeds through in three games.
In the bottom half of the draw, second seeds, Stephanie Hewitt and Latasha Khan (Khan replacing an injured Narelle Krizek) faced a strong challenge in the first round from established pair Alicia Rodriguez and Nabilla Ariffin. Rodriguez/Ariffin took a 2-0 lead before the second seeds were able to establish themselves.
The semi final followed a similar pattern with Hewitt/Khan finding themselves 2-0 down to the rapidly improving partnership of Madeline Perry and Kelsey Engman. Engman/Perry themselves came back from 2-0 down to win their first round match against qualifiers and tour newcomers, Alexia Echeverria and Princeton/Greenwich Academy Alum Maria Elena Ubina. On the still frozen court, Hewitt/Khan fought back to 2-2 with some precision shooting from Khan and solid retrieving from Hewitt but couldn’t quite complete the comeback putting Engman/Perry into their first WSDA final.
By Monday heat had thankfully been restored to the club, allowing top seeds and current #1 ranked pair Quick/Pierrepont to establish a fast pace and race to a 2-0 start before Engman/Perry settled in. A very one-sided 3rd game saw Perry/Engman find their game and control the pace sending the match into a 4th game. The 4th game went point to point before a no let call at 8-9 in favor of Pierrepont/Quick allowed the top seeded team to run off a string of points to match ball, claiming their third consecutive NYC Open title on the second match point.
Quick/Pierrepont Seek 3rd NYC Open
The University Club of New York hosts the 4th annual WSDA NYC Open this coming weekend. Last years champions and current #1 ranked pair, Meredeth Quick and Suzie Pierrepont will be seeking their 3rd consecutive title in a highly competitive field.
The event runs alongside the University Club Squash Centennial celebration and promises to be an amazing showcase of squash at every level.
There is no live stream available for this event but live scoring is available atwww.wsdaprotour.com/live/
Quick/Pierrepont Successfully Defend NYC Open Title
Meredeth Quick and Suzie Pierrepont successfully defended their NYC Open title this weekend at the University Club of New York. The current top ranked team faced tour new comers, Elani Landman and her twin sister Lume in the final.
The South African born twins, both currently living and working in Connecticut defeated #3 seeds Emily Lungstrum and Victoria Simmonds in the quarterfinals. The younger pair, both currently playing on the PSA world tour, exhibited excellent court coverage and steady play through out the weekend.
Following their surprise quarter final win the twins were awarded a default into the final when #2 seeds, Dana Betts and Georgina Stoker were forced to withdraw when Stoker sustained a foot injury that left her unable to compete. Stoker/Betts had narrowly beaten Merion teaching pro, Alicia Rodriguez and partner Nabilla Ariffin in the first round.
In the top half of the draw, Quick/Pierrepont met qualifiers Kelsey Engman and former PSA top 10 player, Madeline Perry in the quarterfinals. It was a return to the tour for Engman who has been absent due to graduate school commitments. Engman/Perry proved to be a strong pair and will certainly be ones to watch for the rest of the season.
The semi final that was played more than made up for the lack of a second match with newlywed, Tina Rix Stout continuing the form she displayed a few weeks ago in St Louis. Quick/Pierrepont were lucky to survive the onslaught of winners from both Rix Stout and Rocha with the match being decided by just a few errors towards the end of games 3 and 4.
Thank you to this years main sponsors, Silverpeak, Saratoga Partners, Harrow Sports, Tim George and Artie Schwabe. Thank you also to everyone else who supported the event as well as the University Club of New York and especially tournament chair, Phil Hofmann.
Meredeth Quick/Suzie Pierrepont Bt. Lume Landman/Elani Landman
15-12, 15-14, 15-10
Bill Ullman/Latasha Khan ft. Rob Coakley/Meredeth Quick