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Nishio Upsets Patrick in Indiana
By Jim Wellington, Oct 14, 2006, Reporting from Goshen Indiana
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Quarterfinal action in Goshen Indiana. (photo:©2006 Amber Perry)
Mami Nishio beats Katie Patrick. (photo:©2006 Amber Perry)

The strong and talented Katie Patrick was not quick enough to stay with a very fit and tenacious Mami Nishio in the quarter-finals of the Women's Subway Goshen Squash Open in Indiana, USA. 

Nishio, the fifth seed from Japan, romped to a 9-2, 9-3, 9-7 win over the third-seeded Canadian in just 27 minutes – and will now face another Canadian for a place in the WISPA World Tour event's final.

Alana Miller, the top seed from Winnipeg, needed 42 minutes to get the better of eighth seed Jenny Wright, of Wales, in a 9-6, 9-7, 9-4 scoreline. Jenny Wright and Alana Miller played tight squash with excellent depth in the first two games.  Wright went up 7-4 in the second, and although she served four times with seven in hand, she was unable to close the game.  Wright looked coordinated and smooth.  She challenged well throughout, but Milller's strength and experience was apparant as she finished 9-6, 9-7, 9-4 in 42 minutes.

The other semi-final will be an Irish/Indian affair.  Aisling Blake, the second seed from Sligo, defeated Japan's Chinatsu Matsui 9-0, 9-1, 9-10, 9-6. Chinatsu Matsui started out cold and nervous with tins and missteps as a confident and focused Aisling Blake won the first two games at one and love.  The second game was a see-saw, barn burner with four game balls and two match balls saved before Chinatsu held on to take it 10-9.  Aisling appeared to be devastated in the fourth as she quickly went down 0-6 in seven short rallies, but fatigue and nerves got the better of Chinatsu.  Aisling steadied her resolve and won 11 of the next 12 rallies and the match 9-0, 9-1, 9-10, 9-6 in 48 minutes.

In the final quarter, Chennai-based Joshna Chinappa, the third seed, beat Canadian Tara Mullins 9-1, 9-3, 9-10, 9-3, with too much variety and deception for Mullins.

1st round:
[8] Jenny Wright (WAL) bt Imelda Salazar Martinez (MEX)             9-2, 9-0, 9-6
[7] Tara Mullins (CAN) bt Karen Wellington (USA) 9-0, 9-0, 9-0

[1] Alana Miller (CAN) bt [8] Jenny Wright (WAL) 9-6, 9-7, 9-4 (42m)
[5] Mami Nishio (JPN) bt [4] Katie Patrick (CAN)   9-2, 9-3, 9-7 (27m)
[3] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [7] Tara Mullins (CAN)          9-1, 9-3, 9-10, 9-3 (44m)
[2] Aisling Blake (IRL) bt [6] Chinatsu Matsui (JPN)           9-0, 9-1, 9-10, 9-6 (48m)

Joshna Chinappa is too strong forTara Mullins. (photo:©2006 Amber Perry)


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