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Jan 26, 2005, by Ron Beck, SquashTalk,
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Katie Patrick upsets Eman El Amir (Photo © 2005 by Debra Tessier)

Katie Patrick from Canada scored a very big win tonight in the final match of the opening round of the Dayton WISPA Open when she upset #4 seed Eman El Amir.

Shaking off a strong second game from El Amir, Patrick charged back with confidence taking the last two games and the match, earning her a Thursday date with Australia's Kasey Brown.

Compatriot Tara Mullins wasn't as fortunate as she lost a tough contest against fifth seed Rebecca Botwright.

In the women's event in Ohio, England's top seed Linda Elriani brushed aside her first round opponent as she progressed safely towards her second successive WISPA World Tour title in the USA this month. The world No6 from Eastbourne beat Canada's Marnie Baizley 9-2 9-1 9-1.

Whilst Elriani's quarter-final opponent was also expected to be a Canadian, unseeded Mexican Samantha Teran caused one of the two upsets in the first round when she beat Canada's sixth seed Runa Reta 9-3 9-4 9-1.

In men's qualifying action, Laurens Jan Anjema, continuing from his electrifying win over Peter Nicol in Chicago last weekend, easily qualified, beating Matt Giuffre and Raj Nanda to earn a main draw date with John White tomorrow.

Last week Anjema pulled off the biggest win of his short career when he upset former world No1 Peter Nicol in straight games in the first round of the Windy City Open in Chicago. His opponent in the opening round of the Dayton Open is Scotland's No3 seed John White, the Windy City Open champion.

White is likely to face fifth seed Jonathon Power in the quarter-finals - in what would be a rematch of the Chicago semi-final which White clinched in a 94-minute marathon.

Peter Nicol is top seed in the $40,000 Dayton Open - and drawn to face fellow Englishman Julian Wellings in the first round.

EBS Dayton Open Results, Wednesday Jan 26:
WISPA Round One:
(1) Linda Elriani (ENG) def Marnie Baizley (CAN) 9-2 9-1 9-1
Samantha Teran (MEX) def (6) Runa Reta (CAN) 9-3 9-4 9-1
(3) Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) def (Q) Jana Smeralova (CZE) 9-1 9-3 9-7
(5) Rebecca Botwright (ENG) def (Q) Tara Mullins (CAN) 9-6 6-9 9-4 9-3
(8) Kasey Brown (AUS) def Manuella Manetta (ITA) 9-1 9-2 9-6
Katie Patrick (CAN) def (4) Eman El Amir (EGY) 9-6 7-9 9-1 9-7
(7) Lauren Briggs (ENG) def (Q) Lily Lorentzen (USA) 9-0 9-4 9-5
(2) Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) def (Q) Suzie Pierrepont (ENG) 9-3 9-3 9-2
PSA Qualifying:
Final Round:
Wael El Hindi (EGY) def Mark Heather (ENG) 11-8 11-10 (2-0) 11-10(2-0)
Laurens Jan Anjema (NL) def Raj Nanda (AUS) 8-11 11-7 11-4 11-4
Jonathan Kemp(AUS) def Timothy Manning (AUS) 11-6 11-7 9-11 11-5
Cameron Pilley (AUS) def Shahid Zaman (PAK) 11-4 11-2 11-5

First Round:
Wael El Hindi (EGY) bye
Mark Heather (ENG) def Laurent Elriani (FRA) 7-11 11-8 8-11 11-10(9-7) 11-5
Raj Nanda (AUS) def Nick Kyme (BER) 11-6 9-11 11-8 11-8
Laurens Jan Anjema (NL) def Matt Giuffre (CAN) 11-7 11-2 11-2
Tim Manning (AUS) def Tommy Berden (NL) 11-9 3-11 10-11 (2-4) 11-3 1-1 ret.
Jonathan Kemp (AUS) def Stephane Galifi (FRA) 11-7 11-1 7-11 2-11 11-3
Cameron Pilley (AUS) def Beau River (USA) 11-1 11-5 11-3
Shahid Zaman (PAK) def Jamie Crombie (USA) 11-8 11-8 11-7


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