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St James Classic 2023

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$20,000 Women's St James Classic 2023, The St James, Springfield, Virginia, USA, PSA Challenger Tour 20
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St James Classic 2023
Women's Draw
14 - 18 Mar
Virginia, USA, $20k

ROUND TWO
15 Mar
QUARTERS
16 Mar
SEMIS
17 Mar
FINAL
18 Mar

[1] Farida Mohamed (EGY)
11-7, 13-11, 8-11, 12-14, 11-7 (60m)
[9/16] Marina Stefanoni (USA) 

Farida Mohamed
11-8, 11-3, 11-7 (24m)
Xin Ying Yee


Farida Mohamed
11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (28m)
Jana Shiha

Farida Mohamed
12-10, 11-8, 11-7 (27m)
Chan Sin Yuk
Xin Ying Yee (MAS)
7-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 (57m)
[6] Lucy Beecroft (ENG)
Alicia Mead (ENG)
6-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-4 (36m)
[7] Ineta Mackevica (LAT)
Alicia Mead
8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-9 (36m)
Jana Shiha
[3] Jana Shiha (EGY)
12-14, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 (38m)
[9/16] Nardine Garas (EGY)
[4] Chan Sin Yuk (HKG)
11-9, 12-10, 12-10 (25m)
[9/16] Chan Yiwen (MAS)
Chan Sin Yuk
11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (22m)
Salma Eltayeb
Chan Sin Yuk
12-10, 11-8, 11-8 (35m)
Katie Malliff
[9/16] Salma Eltayeb (EGY)
11-2, 11-5, 11-3 (13m)
[5] Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
[8] Katie Malliff (ENG)
11-6, 11-4, 11-2 (21m)
[WC] Maria Moya (ECU)
Katie Malliff
11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 3-0 ret. (30m)
Nada Abbas
[9/16] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND)
11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 (34m)
[2] Nada Abbas (EGY)

ROUND ONE

[1] Farida Mohamed (EGY) bye
[9/16] Marina Stefanoni (USA) v Menna Hamed (EGY)
[9/16] Marta Dominguez Fernandez (ESP) v Xin Ying Yee (MAS)
[6] Lucy Beecroft (ENG) bye
[7] Ineta Mackevica (LAT) bye
[9/16] Nadia Pfister (SUI) v Alicia Mead (ENG)
[9/16] Nardine Garas (EGY) bt Alex Haydon (AUS) 9-2 ret. (3m)
[3] Jana Shiha (EGY) bye
[4] Chan Sin Yuk (HKG) bye
[9/16] Chan Yiwen (MAS) bt [WC] Maria Alejandra Porras (USA) 11-5, 11-1, 11-4 (17m)
[9/16] Salma Eltayeb (EGY) bt Tessa ter Sluis (NED) 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (17m)
[5] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bye
[8] Katie Malliff (ENG) bye
[WC] Maria Moya (ECU) bt [9/16] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 (28m)
[9/16] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND) bt Diana Garcia (MEX) 11-7, 14-12, 12-10 (30m)
[2] Nada Abbas (EGY) bye

REPORTS

Final

Yuk Downs Top Seed Mohamed For Title

Chan Sin Yuk, pictured here in New York City in May 2022, was the victor in Springfield this week
Chan Sin Yuk, pictured here in New York City in May 2022, was the victor in Springfield this week

Hong Kongís Chan Sin Yuk claimed her third title of the season with a victory at the St James Womenís 20K Classic presented by Expression Networks on Saturday.

The Hongkonger came into the Challenger 20 level competition as the No.4 seed, and she received a bye through the opening dayís play, which took place at the St James in Springfield, VA, United States.

Yuk started her week in the second round, with a confident performance. She got the better of Malaysiaís Chan Yiwen in straight games, before then also winning in three in the quarter finals of the tournament. She downed Egyptís Salma Eltayeb in just 22 minutes in the last eight.

Her semi-final opponent was Englandís Katie Malliff, after the No.8 seed had downed No.2 seed Nada Abbas. Yuk made sure that there would be no surprise in the last four, as she beat the Englishwoman in straight games to move through to the final.

The Hongkonger came up against the tournamentís top seed, Farida Mohamed, in the final in Springfield. A first game tie-break was crucial for Yuk to go on and win the match. She claimed it 12-10, before then going on to win in straight games. The World No.38 was able to claim the biggest title of her career, and she did so without dropping a game.
 
Semi Finals

Mohamed and Yuk Into Final

Farida Mohamed, pictured here at the Squash On Fire Open in 2023, is into the final in Springfield
Farida Mohamed, pictured here at the Squash On Fire Open in 2023, is into the final in Springfield

Egyptís Farida Mohamed and Hong Kongís Chan Sin Yuk will meet in the final of the St James Womenís 20K Classic presented by Expression Networks in Springfield, VA.

Top seed Mohamed took on Egyptian counterpart Jana Shiha in the semi-finals of the Challenger 20 level competition, and she was in imperious form. The World No.17 took the victory in straight games, winning 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 to move through to a 10th final on the PSA Tour.

She will take on Hong Kongís Chan Sin Yuk on Saturday evening, after the tournamentís No.4 seed came through a tough three-game contest with Englandís Katie Malliff. The opening game went to a tie-break, with Yuk taking it 12-10, before she then went on to win the second and third games, both by 11-8 scorelines.

The quarter finals of the St James Womenís 20K Classic presented by Expression Networks will take place on Thursday, March 16. You can keep up to date with daily updates from the tournament on the PSA Challenger Tourís Twitter and Facebook.

Action from Springfield is being streamed throughout the week on the St James website. Live scores are available on the PSA World Tour website here.
 
Quarter Finals

Malliff Joins Top Seeds In Semis

Katie Malliff, pictured here in Washington, D.C. in February 2023, is into the last four in Springfield
Katie Malliff, pictured here in Washington, D.C. in February 2023

Englandís Katie Malliff downed the tournamentís No.2 seed to reach the semis of the St James Womenís 20k Classic presented by Expression Networks.

The Englishwoman, who is the No.8 seed for the Challenger 20 level competition, came up against Egyptís Nada Abbas in the last eight, and she won the opening game 11-8. The Egyptian, who is currently the World No.19, fought back to level the contest, but Malliff was able to win the third as well to hold the lead once more. She also won the first few points in the fourth, before Abbas was forced to retire from the contest, sending the Englishwoman through to the last four.

She will now take on Hong Kongís Chan Sin Yuk in the semi-finals, after the tournamentís No.4 seed defeated Egyptís Salma Eltayeb in straight games. The other semi-final will see Egyptís Farida Mohamed and Jana Shiha face off. Top seed Mohamed defeated Malaysiaís Xin Ying Yee in three, while Shiha came from a game down to defeat Englandís Alicia Mead in four games.

Round 2

Eltayeb, Mead and Yee Knock Out Seeds


Alicia Mead

Malaysiaís Xin Ying Yee, Englishwoman Alicia Mead and Egyptís Salma Eltayeb all knocked out seeds to reach the last eight of the St James Womenís 20K Classic presented by Expression Networks on Wednesday evening.

The young Egyptian put together an incredible performance in her last 16 contest, as she dropped just ten points against Canadaís Danielle Letourneau. The No.5 seed is continuing her return from injury but Eltayeb was too good in an 11-2, 11-5, 11-3 victory.

Englandís Mead got the better of Latvian No.1 and the tournamentís No.7 seed, Ineta Mackevica. The Latvian won the opening game 11-6, but after Mead levelled the contest by taking the second on a tie-break, she had complete control. The Englishwoman won the third and fourth comfortably to move through to the last eight in Springfield.

Malaysiaís Xin Ying Yee caused her second upset the hard way, as she came from two games down to defeat Englandís Lucy Beecroft. The Englishwoman, who made the final in Calgary last week, took the opening two games by an 11-7 scoreline. However, Yee fought back, winning the third 11-8, before then taking both the fourth and deciding fifth games with ease to book her spot in the quarters.

She will now take on top seed Farida Mohamed, after the World No.17 had to fight past home favourite Marina Stefanoni. The Egyptian led by two games, but the American fought back to level the match, including saving match balls in the fourth. Mohamed was able to regroup, though, and she claimed the fifth game 11-7 to advance to the last eight.

She is joined in the quarter final by compatriots Nada Abbas and Jana Shiha, Hong Kongís Chan Sin Yuk and Englandís Katie Malliff, with the four all coming through their second round matches safely.
 
Round 1

Wildcard Moya Among First Round Winners

Wildcard Maria Moya caused an opening day upset to reach the second round of the St James Womenís 20K classic presented by Expression Networks.

Moya, the Ecuadorian No.1, was the wildcard for the Challenger 20 level competition in Springfield, VA, and she ate up against Australiaís Sarah Cardwell on the opening day of the event.

All three games were tight, but it was the Ecuadorian that came out on top in all three. She took the first 11-9, before then winning the second on a tie-break to keep the momentum in her favour. The third was slightly more comfortable, with Moya winning it 11-8 to book her second round spot.

She will be joined in the last 16 of the competition by Malaysiaís Chan Yiwen and Xin Ying Yee. Yiwen defeated the other wildcard, in American Maria Alejandra Porras, while Yee got the better of Spanish No.2 Marta Dominguez Fernandez in a five-game battle.

Egyptís Nardine Garas and Salma Eltayeb were among those who also booked their places in the last 16, with Indiaís Akanksha Salunkhe, Englandís Alicia Mead and home hope Marina Stefanoni moving through to the second round.
 
Preview

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