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Expression Networks BVAC Open 2023


$12,000 Women's Expression Networks BVAC Open 2023, Bow Valley Athletic Club, Calgary, Canada, PSA Challenger Tour 10
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Expression Networks BVAC Open 2023
Men's Draw
13 - 17 Feb
Calgary, Canada, $12k

14 Feb
15 Feb
16 Feb
17 Feb

[1] Nicole Bunyan (CAN)
11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7 (38m)
[9/16] Ching Hei Fung (HKG)

Nicole Bunyan
11-7, 10-12, 15-13,
11-8 (45m)
Cheng Nga Ching
Nicole Bunyan
11-8, 13-11, 12-10 (42m)
Marie Stéphan
Nicole Bunyan
5-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 (46m)
 Diana Garcia
[9/16] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG)
11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (23m)
[5] Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
[8] Alicia Mead (ENG)
12-10, 11-4, 11-5 (30m)
[9/16] Alison Thomson (SCO)
 Alicia Mead
11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (32m)
Marie Stéphan
[3] Marie Stéphan (FRA)
11-3, 11-7, 11-2 (19m)
[9/16] Ambre Allinckx (SUI)
[4] Zeina Zein (EGY)
11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (25m)
[9/16] Sohaila Ismail (EGY)
Zeina Zein
7-11, 11-7, 11-0, 11-8 (33m)
Kaitlyn Watts
Kaitlyn Watts
11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (32m)
 Diana Garcia
[6] Kaitlyn Watts (NZL)
11-9, 11-2, 11-8 (25m)
[9/16] Ali Loke (WAL)
[9/16] Diana Garcia (MEX)
11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (26m)
[7] Alex Haydon (AUS)
 Diana Garcia
6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (32m)
Énora Villard
[9/16] Riya Navani (USA)
11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (25m)
[2] Énora Villard (FRA)


[1] Nicole Bunyan (CAN) bye
[9/16] Ching Hei Fung (HKG) bt Hannah Guthrie (CAN) 11-3, 11-3, 11-2 (19m)
[9/16] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) bt Catherine Giachino (CAN) 11-5, 11-2, 11-1 (16m)
[5] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bye
[8] Alicia Mead (ENG) bye
[9/16] Alison Thomson (SCO) bt Maddison Laine (CAN) 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (24m)
[9/16] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) bt Georgia Watson (CAN) 11-2, 11-2, 11-0 (12m)
[3] Marie Stéphan (FRA) bye
[4] Zeina Zein (EGY) bye
[9/16] Sohaila Ismail (EGY) bt Sara Khan (CAN) 11-1, 11-2, 11-8 (12m)
[9/16] Ali Loke (WAL) bt Niki Shemirani (IRI) 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7 (37m)
[6] Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) bye
[7] Alex Haydon (AUS) bye
[9/16] Diana Garcia (MEX) bt Jaime Laird (CAN) 11-4, 11-1, 11-1 (17m)
[9/16] Riya Navani (USA) bt Amelia Knapp (CAN) 12-10, 11-6, 11-2 (23m)
[2] Énora Villard (FRA) bye



Unseeded Mexican Diana Garcia Claims Second Successive Title

World No.89 Diana Garcia silenced the Calgary crowd as she recovered from a game down to defeat home favourite Nicole Bunyan and lift the Expression Networks BVAC Women’s Canadian Open and pick her up her second PSA Challenger event title in a row.

Diana Garcia & Nicole Bunyan in action
An edgy start from both players made for lots of traffic around the middle of the court, with Bunyan becoming more and more frustrated with the contact that Garcia was initiating. Despite this, the Canadian managed to keep the ball moving and hit crisp lines to the back to take control of the game and win it 11-5.

Garcia responded well in the second and started to look less nervous and more confident on court, firing balls into the front corners to test the movement of Bunyan. The Mexican utilised her backhand drop and crosscourt mix to always keep the No.2 seed on her toes and took the second and third games 11-4, 11-8 to lead 2-1 and place one hand on the trophy.

Garcia continued to motor forward in the match and blocked out the home support for Bunyan well to remain focused on the task at hand. Bunyan looked to be running out of ideas in the contest, whilst Garcia was picking off the lengths of the Canadian. Garcia ran out to 10-5 and converted at the third time of asking to lift her second PSA Challenger title in a row.
Semi Finals

Home Favourite Bunyan To Face Giant Killer Garcia For The Title

Home favourite and No.2 seed Nicole Bunyan will face giant killer Diana Garcia from Mexico in the final of the Expression Networks BVAC Women’s Open 2023 after the pair beat France’s Marie Stephan and Kaitlyn Watts respectively.

The two surprise semi-finalists opened the day’s play at Bow Valley Square as Diana Garcia and Kaitlyn Watts took to the court in a bid to reach the final. The Mexican came out the blocks at a frightening pace, taking the ball extremely early and pushing Watts into all four corners and forcing the New Zealander into some extreme movements.

Diana Garcia in action.

After losing the opening game 11-5, Watts responded in strong style and started to step up the court and put her own pressure onto Garcia. Watts ran out to 8-3 and looked sure to be drawing level in the match, but Garcia had other ideas. The 30-year-old got back to winnings ways and impressively took the next eight points to steal the game from Watts, winning 11-8.

The second game scoreline was repeated in the third game as Garcia booked her place in her second final of 2023. The resistance from Watts was strong in patches but the Mexican was too aggressive in the right areas on the day.

Bunyan came out to a warm reception at Bow Valley Square as the Calgary crowd were eager to see a home finalist. The No.2 seed used her strong movement and solid technique to move the ball into difficult positions for Stephan to have to deal with in the opening game. She ran through to take the game 11-8 and draw first blood in the tie.

Stephan stepped up in the following game and kept her squash simple but effective as she moved from strength to strength to earn a 7-0 lead. Bunyan started to mount her comeback and looked more confident attacking the front corners with nothing to lose. All of a sudden, the Canadian was back to 9-9. A stroke for each player sent the game into a tiebreak, which Bunyan managed to play the better of the two and take the game 13-11.

Stephan’s frustration at losing game two was evident as she returned to the court in the third game. Bunyan was calm and collected however and continued to work the ball into good areas and set herself up with two match balls at 10-8. A stroke and a good squeeze on the side wall from Stephan forced another tiebreak, but the same rallies happened again in the next two rallies but this time, Bunyan was the beneficiary as she claimed a place in the final.

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Quarter Finals

Garcia Downs Top Seed To Gatecrash Semi-Finals

Mexico’s Diana Garcia produced a terrific performance in the third quarter final of the day to overcome a 42 ranking place deficit and beat top seed and World No.47 Enora Villard to each the final four in the Expression Networks BVAC Women’s Open 2023.

Villard looked strong in the opening game as she hit crisply to the back corners and heaped the pressure onto Garcia which resulted in poor replies from the Mexican, allowing Villard to take game one 11-6.

Garcia was not deterred however and came back onto court with a great attitude and started to move up the court and try to take time away from Villard. The game plan was working as the Colley kills and boasts were causing the top seed all kinds of trouble. Garcia ran through to take the final three games 11-7, 11-6, 11-3 in 32 minutes.

“I feel amazing! I know she is a really good player, so I’m just so happy to win,” said Garcia.

“I tried to play fast and move her, I wanted to volley where I could and I thought the court was quite dead at the front. I am trying to make it to the World Championships. I have two other 10k events coming up and I want to do well in all of those and here this week to hopefully make the World Championships.”

No.3 seed Marie Stephan got the quarter finals underway with a win over England’s Alicia Mead in four games. The Frenchwoman struggled to adjust to the glass court in the opening game which allowed Mead to capitalise on loose balls and pull away on the scoreboard to win game one 11-7.

After losing that first game, the higher seed found her range on the court and it was now Mead who was struggling to read some bounces in the back corners and making errors, which was only giving Stephan confidence. She confidently took the following three games 11-7, 11-0, 11-8 in 33 minutes.

Kaitlyn Watts produced a terrific performance in the following match as she overcame No.4 seed Zeina Zein in straight games to reach the semi-finals. The pace of the game was extremely hight throughout, with both players showcasing excellent movement to pull off unbelievable retrievals. After winning the opener 11-7, the New Zealand No.2 hung tough in the following games to win both 11-9 and book her place in the final four.

Home favourite Nicole Bunyan completed the semi-final line-up as she came through a tricky contest with Hong Kong’s Cheng Nga Ching to keep home hopes alive in the Challenger 10 event.

Bunyan’s solid technique was allowing her to put pressure on Ching and deal with the attacks that she was facing herself. After Bunyan took the opening game 11-7, the Hong Kong player responded with great shots to the front two corners and made life difficult for the home favourite.

With the score level at 1-1, the pair produced a huge third game battle with all corners in use and terrific rallies on show. The game’s momentum changed constantly, especially as the game reached a tiebreak. Ching saved four game balls but wasn’t able to convert on her ow game balls, as Bunyan closed the games out 15-13. Bunyan took the fourth game 11-8 to close out the match and reach the semis.

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

After a week without any Challenger Tour action, the Expression Networks BVAC Women’s Open begins on Monday afternoon in Calgary.

The Challenger 10 level competition will run alongside the Oxford Properties Canadian Men’s Open presented by AirSprint Private Aviation, all of which will take place at the Bow Valley Athletic Club in Calgary from Monday, February 13 to Friday, February 17.

Frenchwoman Enora Villard will be the top seed for the women’s event, with compatriot Marie Stephan also among the top four seeds. Nicole Bunyan will be the No.2 seed and the leading Canadian in the draw, with 18-year-old Zeina Zein as the No.4 seed, and looking for her third Tour title.

England’s Alicia Mead will join the Oceanic trio of Sarah Cardwell, Alex Haydon and Kaitlyn Watts as the remainder of the top eight seeds, who will all receive byes through the opening round’s action.

The Hong Kong duo of Cheng Nga Ching and Ching Hei Fung are among the 9/16 seeding bracket, along with Switzerland’s Ambre Allinckx and Scotland’s Alison Thomson. Mexican No.1 Diana Garcia will also be in that bracket, and aiming to win for the second time in 2023 after her victory on home soil at the Faltami Squash Inn Classic last month.

There will be nine Canadians in action in total, with Bunyan leading the way. Catherine Giachino, Hannah Guthrie, Sara Khan, Amelia Knapp, Jaime Laird, Maddison Laine, Niki Shemirani and Georgia Watson will also be in action this week in Calgary.

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

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