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Cleveland Classic 2023


$75,000 Women's Cleveland Classic 2023, Cleveland Racquet Club, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, PSA World Tour Silver
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Cleveland Classic 2023
Women's Draw
01 Jan- 05 Feb
Detroit, USA, $80k

02 Feb
03 Feb
 04 Feb
05 Feb

[1] Joelle King (NZL)
11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (33m)
[9/16] Jasmine Hutton (ENG)

Joelle King
11-8, 6-11, 3-11, 11-3, 11-7 (52m)
Olivia Fiechter
Olivia Fiechter
11-8, 11-9, 14-12 (41m)
Olivia Clyne
Olivia Clyne
13-11, 11-8, 7-11,
11-6 (45m)
Georgina Kennedy
[6] Olivia Fiechter (USA)
6-11, 11-3, 11-2, 5-11, 11-8 (47m)
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN)
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA)
11-4, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5 (43m)
[5] Nele Gilis (BEL)
Olivia Clyne
8-11, 8-4 retired (27m)
Nour El Tayeb
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
11-3, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8 (58m)
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
Tomato Ho (HKG)
11-3, 7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7 (51m)
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
Tomato Ho
11-9, 11-6, 11-2 (36m)
Tesni Evans
Tomato Ho
11-3, 11-2, 11-3 (24m)
Georgina Kennedy
[7] Tesni Evans (WAL)
3-11, 14-12, 11-7, 15-13 (53m)
[9/16] Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
[8] Georgina Kennedy (ENG)
11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-4 (44m)
[9/16] Mélissa Alves (FRA)
Georgina Kennedy
11-7, 10-8 retired (18m)
Amanda Sobhy
[9/16] Emily Whitlock (WAL)
11-9, 11-1, 4-11, 10-12, 11-5 (45m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA)


[1] Joelle King (NZL) bye
[9/16] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bt Hana Moataz (EGY) 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 (28m)
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 11-8, 12-14, 11-8, 11-8 (42m)
[6] Olivia Fiechter (USA) bye
[5] Nele Gilis (BEL) bye
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (23m)
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND) 11-2, 12-10, 11-3 (30m)
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bye
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye
Tomato Ho (HKG) bt [9/16] Hana Ramadan (EGY) 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (47m)
[9/16] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-7, 15-13, 11-0 (28m)
[7] Tesni Evans (WAL) bye
[8] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bye
[9/16] Mélissa Alves (FRA) bt Aifa Azman (MAS) 11-9, 4-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 (56m)
[9/16] Emily Whitlock (WAL) bt Lucy Beecroft (ENG) 12-10, 6-11, 11-3, 11-13, 11-9 (63m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bye
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Kennedy Retains Cleveland Classic Title

England's Georgina Kennedy has retained her Cleveland Classic crown after defeating Olivia Clyne of America 3-1 in the 2023 decider.

Kennedy, who defeated her compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry at last year's event, continued her rich vein of form to land the Cleveland Classic title in successive years after reaching the quarter-finals at the Tournament of Champions and scooping the Carol Weymuller Open trophy.

The pair had only met twice on the PSA World Tour going into the final, with Kennedy winning both previous encounters. Both players made a strong start to the opening game as the pace turned up a few notches at the tail-end.

Kennedy landed four successive points to go 9-7 up, but Clyne saved two game balls to force a tiebreaker. Kennedy was able to eventually pull away from Clyne to clinch the opener 13-11.

It was neck and neck in the second with the scores locked at 7-7, but Kennedy established some crucial breathing space to nudge 10-8 in front, and the World No.14 converted game ball at the first attempt to go 2-0 up.

Kennedy came firing out of the blocks in the third as she looked to seal the title in straight games but Clyne, making her first appearance in a final since 2019, responded superbly as she halved the deficit after winning 11-7.

Losing the third fired the defending champion up, moving into a 6-2 lead, but Clyne surged back to reduce the arrears to two points.

However Kennedy was able to hold off the fightback from Clyne to convert Championship ball at the first time of asking and make it back-to-back titles in Cleveland.

Afterwards Kennedy said: "I’m thrilled to have retained the title. I’ve said it a few times this week but I definitely did not expect it.

“Coming into this event with the strength of the draw, the fact that I made it to the final is a huge achievement for me and I knew it would be an extremely good battle with Liv (Clyne).

“She’s been playing amazing squash - I watched her match yesterday and I was definitely worried.

"She’s so attacking and puts you under so much pressure, so I’m really proud of myself for coming through that because that really could have gone either way.”

Kennedy and Clyne head to Detroit next for the DAC Pro Squash Classic, a silver-level event, which takes place between February 7-11 at the Detroit Athletic Club. All the action will be streamed live on PSA channels.

Visit the PSA website or follow the PSA on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube to keep up with the upcoming women's DAC Pro Squash Classic and the men's Pittsburgh Open, which is taking place at the Rivers Club, 8-12 February.
Semi Fiinals

Reigning Champion Kennedy Into Final While Clyne Downs Fiechter

Georgina Kennedy

Defending Cleveland Classic champion Georgina Kennedy moved a step closer to defending her title after dispatching Tomato Ho 3-0.

Kennedy, who's been in excellent form after overcoming some health issues earlier this season, was relentless throughout in her pursuit of reaching the final against Ho, who impressively claimed two scalps on route to the last four.

The Englishwoman came firing out of the blocks in the first game, racing into a 7-1 lead, and was stepping up to the front of the court well and finding her targets excellently as she won 11-3 in just seven minutes.

The unrelenting Kennedy continued her blistering start in the second, making the pace difficult to handle for her opponent as she doubled her lead with a comfortable 11-2 win.

Kennedy's range of shots were causing problems for Ho in the third, as the reigning champion eased her way into the final after triumphing 11-3.

Afterwards Kennedy said: "I'm really happy. The preparations were tough for Tomato (Ho) - she's been playing so well all tournament and I knew she would be full of confidence, but I also knew it was her first time in the semi-final of a big tournament and, sometimes, you're so content with that it can be hard to mentally get up for that.

"I tried my best to keep the tempo high and get on top of her as quickly as possible and never let off. I was happy with my performance today and I'm absolutely chuffed to be in the final.

"Coming in, with the strength of the draw, I didn't expect it but there's been a few retirements and I'm really happy and I'm looking forward to it tomorrow."

Kennedy meets America's Olivia Clyne in the final, who produced a terrific performance to overcome her compatriot Olivia Fiechter in straight games.

Unseeded Clyne, who's into her first final this season, took control of the first game superbly as she had Fiechter chasing round the court with her excellent shot selection as she claimed the first 11-8.

Olivia Clyne

Nothing much separated the two Americans in the second game, in what was just their third-ever meeting on Tour, but Clyne strengthened her grip on the match when she took an 11-9 win.

Fiechter produced the ideal response to going two games down as she convincingly moved 10-4 up and looked to have found a foothold back in the contest.

However Clyne dug deep to deny her fellow American the chance of halving the deficit, saving six game balls with some extraordinary play before going on to edge the battle 14-12 and book a place in the final.

"I'm a bit in shock!" said Clyne post-match.

"I'm also not shocked as I was just saying to my husband that I said to everyone around me that maybe all this work I'm putting in, I may not reap the dividends for six months and I have to be okay with that.

"It might take until next season to start seeing the rewards of all the hard work that I've been doing, but it's great that we're in the second tournament of the start of this year and I'm in the final!

"It's surreal but I think it's testament to the village of people that I have who care about me who put so much effort and time into me."

The Cleveland Classic final takes place tomorrow (Sunday February 5) at 16:30 (GMT-5), with the match from the Cleveland Racquet Club available to watch live on the PSA website and SQUASHTV.

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.
Quarter Finals

Ho Claims Another Scalp To Reach Last Four

Tomato Ho continued her impressive streak at the Cleveland Classic as she claimed another scalp, defeating Wales' No.1 Tesni Evans to reach the semi-finals for the first time at a Silver-level event.

Ho, who knocked World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry out of the tournament yesterday, continued her rich vein of form against Evans as she battled back from an early deficit to take the first game 11-9.

The Hong Kong No.1, who sits 22 places behind Evans in the World Rankings, produced high quality squash throughout as she clinched the second 11-6, finding her targets superbly to strengthen her grip on the match, before capping off an excellent performance with a comfortable 11-2 win.

Afterwards, Ho said: "It feels amazing! I've been through to a Bronze event quarter-final before, but this is the first time at a Silver event I've reached the quarter-finals and semi-finals so I feel so amazing!

"I'm surprised with the result because I didn't think it would be 3-0. I just played point by point and didn't think much because the first game I was losing by four or five points so I didn't think about it and just played my game."

Ho will face defending champion Georgina Kennedy in the semi-finals tomorrow, who sealed a last four spot in circumstances she wouldn't have wanted - as Amanda Sobhy retired from the match at the end of the second game due to injury.

The reigning champion took the first game 11-7, converting game ball at the first attempt with a terrific shot, and Kennedy managed to hold off a fightback from Sobhy in the second to go 2-0 up. However a troubling back injury for the US No.1 led to her ending the match early through retirement.

“It’s so sad to see Amanda (Sobhy) in pain like that. I knew from the first game that she was struggling and when it got to the second game, when I went 6-2 up, I thought it was inevitable at that point," said Kennedy.

“I could see she was really struggling. She’s a joke skill-wise and I lost my concentration a little bit because I was feeling bad for her, I could see how much pain she was in and she rattled so many quick points!

“I had to lock in for a couple more points but I knew she wasn’t up for it today, which is a shame because the last time we played at World Tour finals she absolutely thrashed me and I was excited to see what I could do today against her. Me and Amanda get on really well and I wish her the speediest of recoveries.”

Meanwhile, USA's Olivia Fiechter downed the tournament's top seed Joelle King in five games for a place in the semi-finals.

Fiechter, who defeated King in their last meeting at the CIB Egyptian Open, responded well to trailing to the Kiwi by taking the first game 11-8.

However King, who's been in sublime form this season, was in determined mood after falling behind, taking the second 11-6 before a comprehensive 11-3 triumph in the third nudged her ahead.

But Fiechter produced the perfect riposte, a commanding 11-3 win in the fourth was followed up by edging a closely-fought battle in the decider to advance to the last four.

“It was such a battle. Joelle (King) has been in incredible form this year, she’s had an incredible season with some huge wins and she just came off a semi-final at ToC (Tournament of Champions)," Fiechter explained.

“It was really falling away from me after the second and third – she was just controlling the match. I just told myself to do something different to throw her off her game and inject myself back into the match and fortunately doing that, picking the pace back up, I worked my way back in.

“The fifth game was back and forth and I told myself to be positive and to take some risks, and beating a player like Joelle is one of the biggest wins of my career and it means so much.”

Fiechter will meet her American compatriot Olivia Clyne for a place in the final, whose semi-final clash with Nour El Tayeb was cut short after she retired through injury in the second game.

El Tayeb went 1-0 up after winning 11-8, but a heel injury sustained midway through the second game halted play for a few minutes.

The Egyptian attempted to carry on, however she was unable to continue and retired from the contest.

“I wish Nour (El Tayeb) the speediest of recoveries. I had a panic attack when it happened as when you see someone get injured when you’re playing it’s one of the worst feelings," Clyne said.

"No matter how much you want to win or make a semi-final, no one wishes to win that way. It's terrible and bad things happen sometimes, but you've got to make the best of the situation and I'm looking forward to getting back on court tomorrow."

The semi-finals of the Cleveland Classic 2023 will be played on Saturday February 4 at the Cleveland Racquet Club.

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 2

Ho Knocks World No.8 Perry Out To Book Quarter-Finals Spot

World No.36 Tomato Ho produced the biggest shock of round two of the Cleveland Classic as she dispatched World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry to progress to the quarter-finals, claiming a 3-2 victory at the Cleveland Racquet Club.

Meanwhile, No.2 seed Amanda Sobhy avoided an early exit from the tournament as she managed to overcome a spirited fightback from Emily Whitlock to win 3-2.

The quarter-finals of the Cleveland Classic 2023 will be played on Friday February 3 at the Cleveland Racquet Club, with the action streamed live on

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

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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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