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Open Costa Brava Project 2023


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 Open Costa Brava Project 2023
Women's Draw
08-10 Jun
Santa, Cristina, D'Aro, Spain, $k

[2] Saran Nghiem (ENG) bt [1] Asia Harris (ENG) 11-8, 14-12, 10-12, 6-11, 11-9 (73m)

[1] Asia Harris (ENG) bt [3] Kiera Marshall (ENG) 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (27m)
[2] Saran Nghiem (ENG) bt [6] Hana Ismail (EGY) 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 (69m)

[1] Asia Harris (ENG) bt [5] Sofía Mateos (ESP) 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (28m)
[3] Kiera Marshall (ENG) bt [8] Katie Wells (ENG) 11-5, 13-11, 11-8 (27m)
[6] Hana Ismail (EGY) bt [4] Léa Barbeau (FRA) 12-10, 11-9, 11-5 (25m)
[2] Saran Nghiem (ENG) bt [7] Ninon Lemarchand (FRA) 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (21m)

1st round:
[1] Asia Harris (ENG) bt Suzanne Peters (NED) 11-2, 11-2, 11-2 (17m)
[5] Sofía Mateos (ESP) bt Ona Blasco (ESP) 14-12, 11-8, 13-11 (38m)
[8] Katie Wells (ENG) bt Franka Vidovic (CRO) 8-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10 (44m)
[3] Kiera Marshall (ENG) bt Megan van Drongelen (NED) 11-8, 11-2, 8-11, 11-3 (31m)
[4] Léa Barbeau (FRA) bt Montserrat Fajardo (ESP) 11-1, 13-11, 11-3 (19m)
[6] Hana Ismail (EGY) bt Catarina Nunes (POR) 11-5, 11-2, 11-6 (19m)
[7] Ninon Lemarchand (FRA) bt Maria Ballo (ESP) 11-6, 11-1, 11-1 (18m)
[2] Saran Nghiem (ENG) bt Mariana Ventura Martins (POR) 11-2, 11-1, 11-3 (14m)
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Nghiem Wins Thrilling All-English Final

The Open Costa Brava Squash Project 2023 came to an end over the weekend with Saran Nghiem winning a thrilling all-England final, beating Asia Harris 11-9 in the fifth game to capture the Challenger 3 title.

Nghiem was also involved in a five-set battle in her semi-final with Hana Ismael, winning in 69 minutes. Harris however needed just 27 minutes to overcome compatriot Keira Marshall 3-0 to reach the final.

World No.92 Nghiem is currently on leave from her studies at Harvard University in USA and started in great style in the final, opening up a two-game advantage over Harris winning 11-8, 14-12 to place one hand on the trophy.

Asia Harris was not going to go down without a fight, she battled back and after saving a match ball at 10-9, she stole the third game 12-10 to breathe more life in the contest. Harris then found herself 5-2 in the fourth game but then rattled off winner after winner to only drop one point as she forced a fifth game, winning 11-6.

Nghiem started well again in the deciding game, leading 4-1. She then moved to 9-6 and despite pressure coming from Harris, Nghiem closed out the game 11-9 to claim her second PSA title.

Mateos Excited To Play On Home Soil

The Open Costa Brava Squash Project takes place this week, and Sofia Mateos is looking forward to playing on home soil in Spain.

The event, a Challenger 3 level women’s competition, will see Mateos as the No.5 seed. She will be the leading Spaniard in action, and she is looking forward to having the home support behind her.

“Playing at home feels different. A lot of people is supporting you, including family and friends. It’s a nice feeling,” she said.

“Of course I will have a bit of pressure to do it well but I feel like I’m playing good in this moment. I did well in my past tournaments so I feel confident and ready to play.”

Mateos will be aiming to win her maiden Tour title this week, and to do so on home soil would mean a lot to the Spaniard.

“Winning the title this week in Spain and surrounded by my family and friends would be amazing. It would also be the opportunity to get into the top 100, which has been my main goal these few past months,” she explained.

Mateos will be one of four Spaniards in action this week in Costa Brava. She will take on compatriot Ona Blasco in the opening round to guarantee home representation in the quarter finals. Montse Fajardo and Maria Ballo will be the other two Spanish women taking to the court this week.

England’s Asia Harris will be the tournament’s top seed, and she will be joined by compatriots Saran Nghiem and Kiera Marshall as the top three seeds for the competition. Frenchwoman Lea Barbeau rounds out the top four.

Another Frenchwoman, in Ninon Lemarchand is also seeded for the event, with Egypt’s Hana Ismail and England’s Katie Wells making up the rest of the top eight seeds. There will be two Dutchwomen, in Suzanne Peters and Megan van Drongelen in action this week, along with a pair of Portuguese women. Catarina Nunes and Mariana Ventura Martins will both feature.

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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