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GWC Squash House Challenger 2022

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$6,000 Women's GWC Squash House Challenger 2022, GWC Squash House, Greenwich, CT, USA, PSA Challenger Tour 5
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GWC Squash House Challenger 2022
Women's Draw
23 - 26 Sep
Greenwich, CT, USA, $12k

ROUND ONE
23 SEP
QUARTERS
24 SEP
SEMIS
25 SEP
FINAL
26 SEP

[1] Marina Stefanoni (USA)
11-6, 11-7, 11-0
Caroline Fouts (USA)

Marina Stefanoni
11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7
Lucie Stefanoni
Marina Stefanoni
12-10, 11-2, 11-9
Hannah Blatt
Marina Stefanoni
11-7, 11-3, 11-5
Laura Tovar
[6] Lucie Stefanoni (USA)
11-4, 11-3, 11-7
Diana Gasca (MEX)
[8] Hannah Blatt (CAN)
11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9
Anastasiia Kostiukova (UKR)
Hannah Blatt
11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7
Akanksha Salunkhe
[3] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND)
12-10, 11-1, 11-6
Zaynab Khan (PAK)
[4] Zeina Zein (EGY)
11-2, 11-1, 11-2
[WC] Lara Varma (USA)
Zeina Zein
11-9, 11-5, 4-11, 11-6
Laura Tovar
Laura Tovar
11-6, 11-4, 11-4

Torrie Malik
[7] Laura Tovar (COL)
w/o
Arisha Jahan Khan (USA)
Julia Le Coq (FRA)
11-9, 11-6, 11-9
[5] Diana Garcia (MEX)
Julia Le Coq
10-12, 11-8, 13-11,
11-7
Torrie Malik
Sohaila Ismail (EGY)
11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 11-4
[2] Torrie Malik (ENG)
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Stefanoni Wins On Home Soil

Marina Stefanoni (left) and Laura Tovar (right) at the prize giving ceremony in Greenwich

USA’s Marina Stefanoni came through as the tournament’s top seed to win the GWC Squash House Challenger in Greenwich, Connecticut, beating Colombia’s Laura Tovar in the final on Monday evening.

The American came into the Challenger 5 level tournament as the home favourite and the top seed, and she started with a confident performance against compatriot Caroline Fouts. She got the better of her fellow American in straight games, including winning the third game without dropping a point, as she got her campaign off to the perfect start.

Stefanoni then defeated younger sister Lucie, the competition’s No.6 seed, in a four-game battle in the quarter finals, before overcoming India’s Akanksha Salunkhe in the last four. The Indian was the No.3 seed, but after a first game tie-break, the American had the momentum, and was able to win in three.

The 19-year-old carried on her form into the final, where she came up against the tournament’s surprise package, Colombia’s Laura Tovar. The No.7 seed had taken down Nash Cup winner Zeina Zein and No.2 seed Torrie Malik to reach the final, but Stefanoni was too good on Monday evening. The American dropped just 15 points to win 11-7, 11-3, 11-5, claiming the title on home soil.

Thanks to the victory in Greenwich on Monday, Stefanoni has maintained her 100% record in finals on the PSA Challenger Tour, and now has six wins from six finals at the age of just 19.
 
Tovar Causes Upset To Meet Stefanoni

Laura Tovar celebrates after beating Torrie Malik in the semis of the GWC Squash House Challenger

The GWC Squash House Challenger final is set, with Colombia’s Laura Tovar causing a second straight upset to set up a meeting with home favourite Marina Stefanoni on Monday evening in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Tovar came into the tournament as the No.7 seed, and caused a surprise in the quarter finals when she defeated last week’s Nash Cup victor Zeina Zein, the young Egyptian starlet.

After beating the 17-year-old in a four-game battle, she set up a clash with England’s Torrie Malik, the tournament’s No.2 seed, in the last four. Tovar continued her great form, and dropped just 14 points across the entire match to win 11-6, 11-4, 11-4.

She will now face top seed and home favourite Marina Stefanoni in the final on Monday, after the American came through in straight games against India’s Akanksha Salunkhe. A tight first game went the way of the American on a tie-break, and from there she remained in control to win 12-10, 11-2, 11-9, and advance to the final.

The final of the GWC Squash House Challenger, which will see home favourite Marina Stefanoni and Colombia’s Laura Tovar go head-to-head for the title, will take place on Monday, September 26.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and SQUASHTV.
 
Stefanoni Showdown Set For Quarters

Marina Stefanoni


The GWC Squash House Challenger got underway on Friday in Greenwich, Connecticut, United States, and two home hopes, in Marina and Lucie Stefanoni, have set up a quarter final clash at the Challenger 5 level tournament.

Marina came into the competition as the top seed, and she took on fellow American Caroline Fouts in the opening round of the tournament, dropping just 13 points across a straight game victory, in which she even won the third 11-0 to assert her dominance.

She will now face younger sister Lucie in the last eight in Greenwich, after the American defeated Mexico’s Diana Gasca in the first round. The tournament’s No.6 seed dropped just a point more than her elder sibling in her opening day contest, winning 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 to make the quarter finals.

Elsewhere in the draw, Frenchwoman Julia Le Coq took the only surprise win of the first round, as she defeated Mexico’s No.5 seed Diana Garcia to make it through. Le Coq won a tight first game 11-9, before then winning the second game comfortably. The third was also close, but the Frenchwoman was able to clinch the win in straight games. She will now face England’s No.2 seed Torrie Malik in the quarter finals of the Challenger 5 level competition.

The GWC Squash House Challenger continues with quarter final action on Saturday, September 24, where the Stefanoni will go head-to-head along with he other three matches, as places in the semi-finals are secured.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and SQUASHTV.
 
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Zein Aiming For Back-To-Back Wins

Zeina Zein

The GWC Squash House Challenger, takes place from Friday, September 23 to Monday, September 26 at the GWC Squash House in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The women’s Challenger 5 level tournament will see USA’s Marina Stefanoni as the top seed on home soil, with England’s Torrie Malik and Indian Akanksha Salunkhe seeded to make last four at least.


Egypt’s Zeina Zein moved up to World No.70 following her victory at the Nash Cup in London, Ontario, Canada, where she claimed her biggest Tour title to date. We spoke to the Egyptian following her win, and ahead of this week’s event in Connecticut.

“The Nash Cup was my biggest tournament to enter and my biggest career win. I was so happy to get through, as I had lots of tough matches. I was also thrilled with my performance during the week,” the young Egyptian said.

“My confidence level has been boosted. I am getting more comfortable on court with every match and I just go for my shots.”

The Challenger 20 level crown in Canada was the biggest of her fledgling career, and the 17-year-old will be aiming to go back-to-back this week to continue her rise up the World Rankings.

“I really wish I can win here in Greenwich, I’ll work as hard as I did in the Nash Cup and hopefully it pays off in this tournament too,” she explained.

“I’d love to get more wins and hopefully reach the top 50 in summer or maybe more, I won’t say no to that.”

Mexico’s Diana Garcia, Colombian Laura Tovar, Canada’s Hannah Blatt and another home hope, in Lucie Stefanoni, will make up the rest of the top eight seeds, with Carole Fouts, Arisha Khan and wildcard Lara Varma adding to the American contingent in action on home soil.

The event takes place from Friday, September 23 to Monday, September 26 at the GWC Squash House in Greenwich, Connecticut.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and SQUASHTV.