NATALIE GRAINGER WINS CAROL WEYMULLER OPEN

"Shelley fought hard to try and contain Natalie, but by the fourth Natalie was now on a rampage - her body language looked awesome, she was now in her stride and her infamous back hand drop and volley drops were now in full flow," explained tournament organiser Fiona Geaves, winner of the title 15 years ago.
 
"There was not one error in the whole game - which she took with the loss of only one point to defend her title and become The Weymuller Champion for 2008," added Geaves.
 
The victory not only takes Grainger's WISPA World Tour tally to 19 titles - but it also brings to eight the number of Tour trophies Grainger has won on 'home soil' since becoming a US citizen in February last year.
 
Semi-finals:
[4] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt [1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-9, 11-9, 11-8
[2] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [3] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) 11-13, 11-8, 11-3, 12-10
 
Quarter-finals:
[1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [8] Annelize Naude (NED) 11-6, 11-5, 11-3
[4] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) 11-4, 11-9, 11-4
[3] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) bt Latasha Khan (USA) 8-11, 4-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5
[2] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [7] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 13-11, 11-7, 11-3 
 
1st round:
[1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Raneem El Weleily (EGY) 12-10, 11-5, 11-13, 11-6
[8] Annelize Naude (NED) bt Louise Crome (NZL) 11-8, 11-4, 11-7
[4] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt [Q] Suzie Pierrepont (ENG) 11-5, 11-3, 11-9
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) bt [5] Kasey Brown (AUS) 5-11, 11-9, 14-12 ret.
Latasha Khan (USA) bt [6] Samantha Teran (MEX) 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 4-11, 11-7
[3] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) bt [Q] Lauren Siddall (ENG) 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 12-10
[7] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bt [Q] Manuela Manetta (ITA) 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3
[2] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [Q] Aisling Blake (IRL) 11-4, 11-5, 11-9
 
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Carol Weymuller Open, Heights Casino, New York, USA
Final:
[2] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [4] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-1
 
US squash star Natalie Grainger celebrated her third successive appearance in the final of the Women's Carol Weymuller Open by defeating New Zealand’s Shelley Kitchen 9-11 11-8 11-6 11-1 to retain the established WISPA World Tour Silver 30 title at Heights Casino in New York.