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CSC Delaware Open 2023


$12,000 Women's Delaware Open 2023, Vicmead Hunt Club, Wilmington, Delaware, USA, PSA Challenger Tour 10
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CSC Delaware Open 2023
Women's Draw
23 - 26 Feb
Delaware, USA, $12k

23 Feb
24 Feb
 25 Feb
26 Feb

[1] Ka Yi Lee (HKG)
11-6, 11-4, 11-5
Menna Nasser (EGY)

Ka Yi Lee
11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (21m)
 Chan Yiwen
Ka Yi Lee
8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 (38m)
Kaitlyn Watts
Ka Yi Lee
13-11, 11-8, 7-11,
11-4 (37m)
Kenzy Ayman
[6] Chan Yiwen (MAS)
11-9, 11-7, 11-2
[WC] Catalina Pelaez (COL)
Low Wee Wern (MAS)
11-6, 11-9, 11-6
[7] Karina Tyma (POL)
Low Wee Wern
11-7, 11-2, 11-6 (30m)
Kaitlyn Watts
Kaitlyn Watts (NZL)
11-8, 11-7, 11-6
[4] Rana Ismail (EGY)
Wen Li Lai (MAS)
11-8, 11-7, 11-3
[3] Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
Wen Li Lai
11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 10-12, 11-6 (48m)
Xin Ying Yee
Xin Ying Yee
11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 12-10 (32m)
Kenzy Ayman
[8] Xin Ying Yee (MAS)
11-8, 11-8, 11-7
Alex Haydon (AUS)
[5] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND)
11-3, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8
Diana Garcia (MEX)
Akanksha Salunkhe
11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (26m)
Kenzy Ayman
Au Yeong Wai Yhann (SGP)
11-3, 11-8, 11-6
[2] Kenzy Ayman (EGY)
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Ayman Downs Top Seed Lee In Final

Kenzy Ayman plays a backhand shot during her first round match at the Open de France de Squash
Kenzy Ayman took the title at the CSC Delaware Open this week

Egypt’s Kenzy Ayman claimed her second Challenger 10 level crown of the season, beating Hong Kong’s Ka Yi Lee to win the CSC Delaware Open title.

Ayman was victorious at the 4th HCL SRFI Indian Tour – Chennai Leg earlier in the campaign, when she defeated home favourite Sunayna Kuruvilla in the final. She then came into the tournament as the No.2 seed, and had a pretty comfortable run through to the final.

The Egyptian won her opening round match in straight games, getting the better of Singaporean No.1 Au Yeong Wai Yhann. She then defeated India’s Akanksha Salunkhe, the draw’s No.5 seed, also in straight games to advance to the last four of the competition.

The semis was where Ayman dropped her first game, but she was already two games to the good at that point. She came up against Malaysian Xin Ying Yee, and regrouped after dropping the third game to win the fourth on a tie-break 12-10.

In the final, the World No.59 took on Hong Kong’s Ka Yi Lee, the tournament’s top seed. The Hongkonger was ranked 15 places higher at the start of the week, but thanks to a 13-11 tie-break win in the first, it was Ayman who held the early advantage. She doubled that after winning the second 11-8, but then saw Lee fight back to win the third game. Once again, Ayman regrouped to win the fourth, and to claim her second title of the campaign.
Quarter Finals

Unseeded Watts Makes Last Four

Kaitlyn Watts at the Expression Networks BVAC Women's Open in Calgary
Kaitlyn Watts

New Zealand’s Kaitlyn Watts is into the semi-finals of the CSC Delaware Open, after beating former World No.5 Low Wee Wern in the last eight.

Watts made her way into the quarters after getting the better of Egypt’s No.4 seed Rana Ismail in straight games, while the Malaysian downed Polish No.1 Karina Tyma to make it through to the last eight.

Those results guaranteed an unseeded player in the semi-finals, and Watts was the one to take that spot. A close first game went the way of the Kiwi 11-7, and from there, she was in complete control. The World No.77 dropped just eight points over the next two games to secure a straight games victory.

Watts will now take on the tournament’s top seed, Ka Yi Lee, in the semis on Saturday. The Hongkonger also overcame a Malaysian, in No.6 seed Chan Yiwen, in straight games. Lee took a very tight 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 win in just 21 minutes to make the last four.

The pair have only met once in the past, with Watts getting the better of this week’s top seed on that occasion. That 3-1 win for the Kiwi came at the Pacific Toyota Cairns Squash International back in 2017, and Lee will be looking to avenge that defeat in the last four.

The other semi-final at the Vicmead Hunt Club on Saturday evening will see the Egypt’s Kenzy Ayman and Malaysia’s Xin Ying Yee go head-to-head. The Egyptian, who is the No.2 seed, got the better of India’s Akanksha Salunkhe in straight games, while Yee had to got the distance in her quarter final. She survived a comeback from compatriot Wen Li Lai, eventually winning 11-6 in the fifth game.

The semis of the CSC Delaware Open will take place on Saturday, February 25 at the Vicmead Hunt Club in Wilmington, DE, United States.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.
Round 1

Malaysia’s Wern and Lai Among Surprise Winners

Low Wee Wern in action at the MARIGOLD Singapore Squash Open in 2022
Low Wee Wern

The Malaysian duo of Low Wee Wern and Wen Li Lai were among the three unseeded players to secure wins on the opening day of the CSC Delaware Open.

Wern, a former World No.5, is continuing her comeback to the Tour after a lengthy absence through injury. The Malaysian took on No.7 seed Karina Tyma in the first round of the Challenger 10 women’s event, and she got the better of the Polish No.1 in straight games.

She will be joined in the quarter finals by compatriot Wen Li Lai, who defeated the No.3 seed, also in straight games. Lai downed Australia’s Sarah Cardwell, the World No.69, in three to book her spot in the last eight of the competition.

The other surprise winner in terms of seeding on day one in Delaware was New Zealand’s Kaitlyn Watts. The Kiwi No.2 overcame the challenge of Egypt’s Rana Ismail, the draw’s No.4 seed. Watts, like the two Malaysians, won in straight games to book her spot in the next round, and she will now take on Wern to guarantee an unseeded player in the semi-finals.

Elsewhere, Chan Yiwen and Xin Ying Yee made it four Malaysians to move into the quarter finals. Yiwen will now take on top seed Ka Yi Lee after beating the returning Catalina Pelaez, who was featuring on Tour for the first time since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.

Pelaez Returns After Three Years

Catalina Pelaez
Catalina Pelaez will feature on Tour for the first time since March 2020

The CSC Delaware Open is one of two tournaments on the Challenger Tour this week, and Colombia’s Catalina Pelaez will be returning after three years.

The Challenger 10 level competition will see 16 women battle it out for the title at the Vicmead Hunt Club in Wilmington, DE, United States from Thursday, February 23 to Sunday, February 26.

Pelaez will be the tournament’s wildcard, with the Colombian making her first appearance on Tour in almost three years, playing for the first time since the Tour’s COVID-19 enforced suspension in March 2020. Unsurprisingly, she is looking forward to getting back out on to court competitively once more.

“I am very excited to finally be back on tour. I am really looking forward to play competitive squash again, feel the adrenaline and hopefully be able to play without pain. I have missed so much the life of a pro squash player and I want to get back to it,” she explained.

“I am grateful with Ray Chan-A-Sue, who contacted me to see if I wanted to wildcard for his tournament. I have played his tournament in Delaware four times in the past, so I am happy that this will be my first tournament back. It’s a small club with great people and host families that brings back a lot of good memories.

“I am really just hoping to be able to play good squash, enjoy it and see what happens. I know I am at my 100% level yet, but I think this is a good start and it will give me confidence and strength to start over.”

The last time the Colombian featured on Tour was at the Queen City Open in March 2020, one of the very last events held prior to the Tour’s enforced six-month suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Obviously, that changed things for Pelaez, as it did for a lot of other players on Tour. Since then, the 31-year-old has got engaged, and will get married this year, but it also gave her a bit more time to deal with a long-term injury problem.

“At the end of 2015, my left knee started to bother me. It wasn’t all the time, but then with the years it kept getting worse. After a tough match, I wasn’t able to go up or down the stairs normal and then I wasn’t able to train the next day,” she admitted.

“In 2017, it was pretty bad, so I took 4 months off to do physiotherapy, but it wasn’t helping much. Eventually it got a bit better and at the end of 2018 I started working on my mind a lot with the help of Maxim Weithers.

“2019 was a great year. I was able to push myself in training, play tournaments and do well. I was feeling well and started 2020 training in Prague and playing a tournament in Finland. And when pandemic hit, I was in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada at a PSA event [the aforementioned Queen City Open].

“During COVID-19, I trained a lot in my mom’s apartment and outside when the government started to let people work out outside, but it was not the same as moving inside a squash court.

“In 2021 when finally I started running outside more with my coach and some teammates, my knee started to bother again a bit, so I started to bike instead of run. Then on court my knee didn’t feel normal and it was hurting again. Since the Tour had not started fully yet for all countries, I decided to take some time off court, do physiotherapy and strengthening so I could start 2022 healthy.

“[At the] beginning of 2022, I had to play a qualifying event for Team Colombia, but my knee did not respond well. It became very swollen and it hurt so after that I decided to take another MRI and see the doctor. The cartilage under my patella was very worn out.

“From December 2021 to February 2022 it had worn from 10mm to 17mm. So I ended up having surgery on March 12, 2022. During surgery, apart from the cartilage being worn out, there was an area that had no cartilage at all, so the doctor made two perforations to create a bleeding and to create a scar tissue to help with the pain.”

With all those injury issues hopefully behind her, the Colombian can now try and focus on becoming her country’s leading player once more. That won’t be easy, though, with Laura Tovar now a solid member of the world’s top 100. Making it back to her career-high of Wold No.56 is one of Pelaez’s goals for the future.

“I am looking forward to training hard, being able to get back and hopefully achieve a better ranking than my best one yet of World No.56. I am also working hard to get back to Colombian No.1 and to represent my country again.”

Pelaez will face off against Malaysia’s Chan Yiwen in the opening round of the tournament, facing off against the draw’s No.6 seed for the first time in their careers.

World No.44 Ka Yi Lee will be the leading woman in the draw, with the Egyptian duo of Kenzy Ayman and Rana Ismail and Australia’s Sarah Cardwell, the runner-up at this event in 2017, among the top four seeds. A second Malaysian, in Xin Ying Yee, along with India’s Akanksha Salunkhe and Polish No.1 Karina Tyma, who will feature on Tour for the first time in four months, will be in the top eight seeds.

Mexico’s Diana Garcia, fresh off winning the Expression Networks BVAC Women’s Open last week in Calgary, will be aiming for her third win of the year already. Former World No.5 Low Wee Wern will also feature, along with Singaporean No.1 Au Yeong Wai Yhann and New Zealand’s Kaitlyn Watts.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.

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