The Mexico Open is under way,with Arthur Curran on the spot in Mexico City …
Today here in Mexico City at the Squash Pro Club, we saw the final qualifying matches to find four players who would go through to the main draw tomorrow.
Deon Saffery (WAL) beat Pamela Anckermann (GUA) 11/1, 11/4, 11/3. 19 mins.
This match was a fairly comfortable win for Deon Saffery of Wales, who had no difficulty in winning 3 – 0 against the girl from Guatemala, as the score suggests. Deon now plays Olivia Blatchford in the first round.
Karla Urrutia (MEX) beat Karina Heredia (MEX) 11/4, 11/2, 11/8. 21 mins.
A little like the previous match, but the score does not suggest just how close this match was. Karla, recent winner of the Mexican National Championship, and still only 19years old, showed that she has over the last twelve months become a really fabulous player who has every chance of following in Samantha Teran’s footsteps and becoming a force in the world rankings.
She seemed very comfortable in the first two games against a more senior player, and although Karina fought back well in the third she could not do enough to stop Karla going through to the first round, where she will now meet the No 1 seed Aisling Blake.
Diana Garcia (MEX) beat Lorena Pena (MEX) 13/11, 11/1, 11/5. 20mins.
Another all Mexican match started off very tight, both girls playing some great squash and keeping the score very tight after Diana had taken an early lead of 5/2. They levelled out eventually at 8/8, Diana got the first game ball at 10/8, Lorena levelled at 10/10 and again at 11/11, but Diana showed she was the stronger player and finished off at 13/11.
From then on Diana showed great strength to take the next two games fairly comfortably to win 3 – 0. She now has to play Thaisa Serafini from Brazil in the first round tomorrow.
Graciela Lopez (MEX) beat Leonie Holt (ENG) 11/5, 3/11, 11/3, 4/11, 11/7. 42 mins.
As is often the case in these tournaments, the last game is usually the longest , and this was certainly the case here. This match see-sawed backwards and forwards all the way through, with both girls really battling and playing some great squash.
Graciela took the first quite comfortably, as did Leonie the second, and again Graciela the third. Just after the start of the fourth with Graciela leading 3/2, she took an almighty tumble hitting her back and head very hard on the floor, but after some very careful treatment from the medical attendants she came back after a 6 minute break to bravely carry on, but although she did not appear to be affected by the injury Leonie took the initiative to win that game and take the match to a decider.
Although Leonie led 4/3 early in the fifth, she had no answer to the strong play of Graciela, who went on to win the final game and the match 3 games to 2. She now faces Yathreb Adel the No 3 seed from Egypt in the first round.
That’s it for tonight, will be back tomorrow for the first round of the main draw which starts at 1600 hours local time here in Mexico.