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Duncalf Wins Carol Weymuller US Open Crown In New York

Less than 24 hours after beating the reigning world number one to record the best individual win of her career, England’s Jenny Duncalf claimed the biggest title of her life by winning the Women’s Carol Weymuller US Open – beating her England team-mate Alison Waters in the climax of the $42,450 WISPA World Tour Silver event at Heights Casino in New York, USA.

Duncalf, the world No6 from Harrogate in Yorkshire, took the opening game – but third seed Waters came out strong in the second and took an early lead.  However, a couple of errors and unnecessary cross courts at the end of the game gave Duncalf back the emphasis and the fourth seed took the game.

Waters, the world No5 from London, again came out with a strong game and forced her opponent deeper in the court and forced a few errors and impatient short shots – ultimately taking the game to reduce the deficit.

With both players amazing the packed crowd with their supreme athleticism, the fourth game started with a number of long rallies.  After a few unforced errors from Waters, Duncalf moved on to match-ball at 10-7.

However, Waters gave it one last fight and managed to get back to 10-9.  The next couple of rallies were re-played with a few nervy lets, but Duncalf finally closed out the match 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9 to win the US Open title for the first time.

“I’m obviously thrilled to have won,” Duncalf told the enthusiastic crowd at the trophy presentations.  “I always feel so relaxed here and made so welcome.  It’s just a great neighbourhood.”

Duncalf, who reached the final after beating Malaysia’s world No1 Nicol David for the first time in her 15th Tour meeting, now boasts six WISPA Tour titles from 11 final appearances.  The reigning British National champion’s latest success comes only seven days after Duncalf won her previous biggest ever title – at the Women’s Soho Square Championship in Egypt.

Duncalf also becomes the first English winner of the US Open title since 2003, when her illustrious compatriot Cassie Jackman claimed the prestigious title for the fourth time.

Final:
[4] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [3] Alison Waters (ENG)     11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9

Semi-finals:
[4] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [1] Nicol David (MAS)     11-6, 11-4, 11-3
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [2] Rachael Grinham (AUS)     11-9, 11-1, 11-2

Quarter-finals:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [7] Vanessa Atkinson (NED)     11-9, 11-6, 12-10
[4] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Tania Bailey (ENG)     11-8, 11-9, 11-4
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [5] Laura Massaro (ENG)     11-3, 11-13, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9
[2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Samantha Teran (MEX)     11-2, 11-6, 11-9

1st round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Emma Beddoes (ENG)     11-5, 11-1, 11-8
[7] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) bt [Q] Latasha Khan (USA)     8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9
[4] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [Q] Annelize Naude (NED)     11-4, 11-2, 8-11, 11-1
Tania Bailey (ENG) bt [6] Kasey Brown (AUS)     11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [Q] Joshna Chinappa (IND)     11-2, 11-9, 17-15
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Donna Urquhart (AUS)     11-6, 11-9, 11-3
Samantha Teran (MEX) bt [8] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL)     6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 15-13
[2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG)     8-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8

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