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Owens in great comeback win!
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11.18.00 by Martin Bronstein
Eye Group Women's World Open Squash Championship, Meadowbrook Center, Edinburgh, Scotland
Report and Analysis
CAROL OWENS WINS SENSATION FINAL TO BECOME NEW WORLD CHAMPION
WHO WROTE THIS SCRIPT? Would you, or any one of sound mind, write a fictional story where the two semifinals and the final of a tournament had dramatic comebacks from the edge of defeat? Naah, it would never sell. Who'd believe it? After yesterday's semi-finals with Sarah Fitz- Gerald and Natalie Grainger both coming back from 2/0 and Grainger from 8-2 in the third, what were the odds of it happening in the final? Well, my friends, it did happen again and I saw it with my own eyes and my mouth is still dry from staying open so long.
ALRIGHT, NOT QUITE THE SAME.
NO TIME TO TAKE A HOLIDAY
Two points from the world title. Impossible to lose, no? Wrooong! Owens hit a forehand drop to get the service and an impatient Joyce tried smack Owen's serve into the nick, and hit tin. Probably the costliest shot of her life. Owens said later: "I thought I was going to lose so I might as well relax and play as though I had nothing to lose."
TWO MATCH BALLS BUT NO CIGAR
Owens had Joyce running the diagonals with exceptional control and finally killed the ball to save that match ball. Then, with the help of two more Joyce errors and her own forehand drop she won the game 10-8. You could feel every spectator start to breath again. This was just wonderful stuff and for most of the time the crowd were silent with tension.
OWENS IN CONTROL
IT STARTED YOUNG
RESULT OF FINAL
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Carol Owens, shown here in her semifinal win over Fitz-Gerald, put together a great complete tournament winning the World Open for Australia. (Photo © 2000 Fritz Borchert)
Leilani fell short against Carol Owens after several successive wins against her. (Fritz Borchert photo for Squashtalk © 2000)
Carol Owens World Champion (photo Fritz Borchert)
RESULTS: Eye Group Women's World Open Squash Championship, Edinburgh, Scotland
Leilani Joyce beat Natalie Grainger 9-6,
9-3, 9-10, 4-9, 9-5
Natalie Grianger (eng) bt Stephanie Brind(
Eng) 9-2, 9-5, 9-3. Carol Owens (Aus) bt Tania Bailey (Eng) 9-2, 9-5, 9-3
Round of 16 results: