2019 NBCC LA Open
$25,000 including $5,000 Hotel Allowance
Unseeded Niki Todd and Sabrina Sobhy Win NBCC LA Open
Winning Team Sabrina Sobhy & Niki Todd with NBCC Vice Chair, Dr Linda Rothweiler, DDS and the Coalition’s contribution to the tournament purse
Niki Todd successfully defended her title this weekend at the NBCC LA Open with partner Sabrina Sobhy. This will be the second time Todd/Sobhy will appear on the trophy, Todd having partnered with Amanda Sobhy in 2018 to win the event. Unseeded Sobhy/Todd came past 3/4 seeds Tina Rix Stout and Victoria Simmonds in the first round.
The fast, narrow court clearly suited Sobhy/Todd’s mobile, fast-paced game as they overcame the English team in three games. In the semi-finals, the dynamic duo faced second seeds Kelsey Engman and Madeline Perry. A tight three games featured some excellent court coverage from both teams with the youngsters proving more consistent toward the business end of the games.
In the top half of the draw, top seeds Meredeth Quick and Suzie Pierrepont defaulted into the semi-finals with the withdrawal of Jenny Duncalf with a wrist injury sustained in a practice match the day before. This set up a rematch of last year’s semi-final where Quick/Pierrepont faced then unseeded Canadians Jackie Moss and Jaimie. Moss/Laird came into the match with confidence following a very close match previously but were disappointed to face a solid performance from Quick/Pierrepont who controlled the pace of the game to their advantage.
The final, much like last year, was expected to be an interesting matchup pitting youth against experience. Once again youth prevailed as Sobhy/Todd’s consistent play and excellent court coverage proved too much for the top seeds.
This year’s event, benefiting the National Breast Cancer Coalition, was the first stop for the WSDA in the 2019/20 season. The next event, The Westchester Country Club Pro Doubles, begins Thursday, October 31st.
Jonathan Club is proud to announce that The National Breast Cancer Coalition is the charitable beneficiary of the 2019 NBCC LA Open and tournament proceeds will help further enhance their mission. NBCC is a grassroots organization dedicated to ending breast cancer through action and advocacy by linking hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals from across the country into a dynamic, diverse coalition. Their activism has generated more than $3.6 billion new dollars for breast cancer research, they monitor how research funds are spent, expand access to quality health care for all, and work to ensure that trained advocates influence all decision making that affects breast cancer. The LA Open will include a Main Draw featuring 16 of the world’s top-ranked women and a Qualifying Draw which provides up and coming pros the opportunity to compete for a spot in the Main Draw. A $25K prize purse makes the LA Open one of the top tier tournaments on the Women’s Pro Doubles Squash Tour.
We hope that you’ll partner with us to help advance women’s professional sports, the growth of squash in Los Angeles and breast cancer research by supporting the largest pro women’s doubles squash event on the West Coast. Please find more information about sponsorship and Pro-Am packages attached. To get involved with this event, contact Tournament Director and Jonathan Club Head Squash Pro, Karen Kronemeyer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-292-1297. We look forward to getting you on court and squashing out breast cancer together!
2018 BREAKFORM|RE LA Open
The 2018 BREAKFORM|RE LA Open hosted by the Jonathan Club and organised by Head Pro Karen Kronemeyer and WSDA player Latasha Kahn was a huge success and a much welcome return to the west coast for the WSDA. The draw was an exciting mixture of new faces and old, culminating in a final that was a war of youth vs experience in which youth prevailed.
Notable new additions to the WSDA at this event were Canadian duo, Jackie Moss and Jamie Laird. Moss/Laird won through qualifying to make the semifinals defeating third seeds, Kelsey Engman and Madeline Perry along the way before narrowly falling to Pierrepont/Quick. In the bottom half of the draw, another Canadian was making her mark. Samantha Cornett paired with tour veteran Victoria Simmonds to defeat second seeds, Tina Rix Stout and Fernanda Rocha.
Thank you to everyone who supported this event. Special thanks to Karen and her team at the Jonathan Club for putting on an exceptional event.
The Jonathan Club in LA will rejoin the WSDA calendar for the 2018/19 season with a $25,000 event run by the current head pro, Karen Kronemeyer. This event will be the first ranking event of the season for the WSDA and promises to be an event not to be missed!
The LA Open main draw will include 16 of the world’s top-ranked female players. In addition to the professional tournament, there will be a Squash Doubles Professional / Amateur (Pro-Am) Tournament providing the opportunity for squash fans from all over the country to partner with one of the female pros and compete against other Pro-Am teams. The Pro and Pro-Am tournaments begins Thursday, October 25.
The event is being run in conjunction with the Jonathan Club’s month-long Breast Cancer Research initiative and SoCal Squash and will be the biggest ever pro women’s doubles squash event in Los Angeles!
For Pro-Am information please contact Karen Kronemeyer at: