Big Day for American Women
Lily Lorentzen and Louisa Hall Advance in Poughkeepsie Qualifying
Louisa Hall (#76 in the world,) who recently concluded her illustrious college career at Harvard, and Lily Lorentzen (#61 in the world,) who has put her Harvard entrance on hold for the time being, both had big wins in first day qualifying today at Poughkeepsie New York.
Today, only two matches were played in the qualifying bracket but they both involved American players. This 10-player bracket produces 4 winners who then advance to the main tournament bracket of 16.
Lorentzen (USA) defeated Jemma Saxby (Aus):
Hall (USA) defeated Lisa Camilleri (Aus):
It was a particulary satisfying win for Hall, since she had just concluded playing in a mandatory US women team selection event at Merion, Pennsylvania on Monday evening.
It's not every day of the week that the world's top players of a sport descend on the banks of the Hudson river in Poughkeepsie, NY. But this week, at Vassar College, there's the chance to watch the very best that the game of squash can offer.
DRAW PREVIEW [draw]
The 2005 event includes World #5 Natalie Grainger (USA), plus the 2004 finalists, Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egypt) and Fiona Greaves (Eng). If Grainger advances, she will meet Abdel Kawy in this year's semi final. Abdel Kawy, who is currently ranked world #7 has the front court game to potentially give Grainger a very stiff test. Grainger can be expected to deploy her power game in an attempt to keep Kawy off balance.
In the other half of the draw, Isabelle Stoehr, who gave Linda Elriani a strong fight last week should be the favorite over #2 seed Fiona Geaves, who may not have the reserves to keep up with Stoehr's all court game.
Vassar Class of '32 WISPA Open
Qualifying Day One Results:
(USA) def Jemma Saxby (AUS) 9-6 9-1 9-1
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