Monday, December 19, 2011

Tania Bailey Wins Second and Sustains Injury at Manor Open


Tania Bailey (third from left) after winning second place at the 2011 BSBA Boston Open


English squash player Tania Bailey had to concede during the fifth and final match against Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) at the 2011 Manor Open due to an unknown injury she sustained during the fourth.

After surpassing Belen Etchechoury (ARG), Nada Elkalaawy (EGY), and Birgit Coufal (AUT), Bailey found herself facing the eighty-third ranked Perry who won two matches pushing the game into a fifth. But something was noticeably different about Bailey who arduously chose to cut the match short, which meant taking home second-place.

Bailey is no stranger to injury having torn a hole in her knee last year during the 2011 Women's World Team Championship in Palmerston, North New Zealand. The ensuing surgery forced her to spend the majority of the year in recovery. Yet she managed to make a triumphant return in September at the Carol Weymuller Open where she won first place and her sixth WISPA world title.

No news on the severity of her injury or how it will affect her early appearances on the 2012 WISPA World Tour schedule. Harrow Sports wishes her a speedy recovery.


Manor Open 2011
1st Round: vs. Belen Etchechoury (ARG) 11/4, 11/7, 11/2
Quarter-Finals: vs. Nada Elkalaawy (EGY) 11/5, 11/2, 11/4
Semi-Finals: vs. Birgit Coufal (AUT) 11/4, 8/11, 11/4, 11/1
Final: vs. Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 8/11, 11/8, 8/11, 12/10, 8/5 ret.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Brown Rises to #5 and Weleily to #7 in WISPA World Rankings

Brown (Right) v. Duncalf, Photo credit: worldsquash.org


Last month was an exciting time for Harrow’s women squash players as a few managed to take home hard-earned titles, and many succeeded in raising their Women’s International Squash Player’s Association World rankings.

Raneem El Weliely (EGY) continued to prove herself as runner-up to Nicol David (MAS)at the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open, where Kasey Brown managed to reach round two in the tournament, and number five on WISPA’s world rankings. 

England’s Tania Bailey won her sixth WISPA title and first tournament since 2009 at the Coronation London Open last week after breezing through Farah Abdel Mequid (EGY), Tesni Evans (WAL), Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG), and Cigany Sillevis (NED).



Tania Bailey, Photo credit: squashsite.co.uk
1st round: Tania Bailey (ENG) v. Cigany Sillevis (NED) 11-3, 11-3, 11,-3
Quarter-Finals: v. Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 11-9, 11-9, 11-6
Semi-finals: V. Tesni Evans (WAL) 11-5, 11-5, 11-5
Final: v. Farah Abdel Mequid (EGY) 9-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-2

Korea’s Ahn Eun Chan, also took home her second trophy this year by winning the Women’s Indian Summer Tournament in St. Paul  a mere sixth months after capturing  the biggest WISPA World Squash Tour title ever won by a Korean at the Women’s Black Knight Open in Perth, Australia.



Ahn Chan (R) Photo credit: squashsite.co.uk
1st Round: Maria Fernanda Rivera (MEX) 11-4, 11-23, 11-3
Quarter-finals: Celia Allamargot (FRA) 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6
Semi-Finals: Alex Clark (SCO) 7-11, 12-10, 11-4, 10-12, 14-2
Final: Zephanie Curgenven (ENG( 11-12, 11-8, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6


As for the rest of Harrow’s players, they succeeded in substantially raising their position on the squash charts. See below for honorable mentions.



Updated WISPA World Rankings
Nov
Dec
+
Kasey Brown
AUS
6
5
1
Raneem El Weleily
EGY
8
7
1
Samantha TerĂ¡n
MEX
17
13
4
Gaby Huber
SUI
32
30
2
Victoria Lust
ENG
31
30
1
Coline Aumard
FRA
71
56
15
Alexandra Norman
CAN
64
63
1
Samantha Cornett
CAN
46
44
2
Olga Ertlova
CZE
49
48
1
Ahn Eun Chan
KOR
63
53
10
Megan Craig
NZL
123
84
39

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Harrow Sports Welcomes Chris Fuller


Harrow Sports is proud to announce that it has recently signed two-time British Junior Champion Chris Fuller as its newest sponsored squash player.

The 20-year-old athlete, who hails from Nottingham, UK has been a dedicated squash player since the age of 12 and quickly rose through the ranks to eventually join the Professional Squash Association’s world tour in November of 2009.

But Fuller’s ascent was not without a few setbacks. In 2005 and 2006 he sustained two injuries that kept him on the side lines for a short-time. Yet he managed to recover and win the British Junior Open under 17 category in 2006, and the British Junior Open under 19 category in 2009.

Thus far, his career highlights include being a 2 time European Junior Team Gold Medalist, Sao Paulo Open 2010 Semi Finalist, and Progetto Open 2010 Finalist.  

Harrow Sports looks forward to supporting Fuller's promising career.