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It’s Brown’s Day In Dayton

Australia’s Kasey Brown ended a 20-month WISPA World Tour title drought at the Women’s EBS Dayton Open when she beat England’s Sarah Kippax in the final of the $21,350 WISPA World Tour squash event in its fourth year at Dayton Squash Centre in Dayton in the US state of Ohio.

The world No12 from New South Wales dropped two games en-route to the final – but the New York-based 24-year-old got the better of third seed Kippax in straight games, winning 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 in 31 minutes.

“Although Sarah kept it close in game one, it was clear that Kasey planed to dominate the T, dominate the front of the court, and dominate the match,” said tournament organiser Charlie Johnson. “Both of the first two games had some incredible rallies, where Sarah was fighting hard to find the form she had last time she played Kasey and took her to five games, but she just couldn’t find it.”

At the awards ceremony, Sarah was gracious in defeat and thanked the sponsors for supporting the event and thanked promoter Charlie Johnson for all the attention to the players’ needs over the course of the event.

“Kasey echoed these thanks and also mentioned how great it was to see the strength of junior play on-site and how it illustrates the growth and popularity of the game,” Johnson added. “Both players promised to come back next year when we again host the Dayton Open in conjunction with the largest junior tournament in the Midwest.”

It was a confidence-boosting win for Brown in her first Tour final appearance since August 2008 – and takes her Tour tally to ten titles since winning her first at the WA Open on home soil in May 2005.

Final:
[1] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [3] Sarah Kippax (ENG)     11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (31m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [5] Joelle King (NZL)     14-12, 11-5, 11-7 (38m)
[3] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [Q] Olivia Blatchford (USA)     11-6, 12-10, 11-9 (32m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [6] Alana Miller (CAN)     11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 13-11 (55m)
[5] Joelle King (NZL) bt [4] Line Hansen (DEN)     11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (34m)
[3] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [7] Lisa Camilleri (AUS)     11-5, 11-1, 11-9 (28m)
[Q] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt [8] Miranda Ranieri (CAN)     11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (31m)

1st round:
[1] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt Amelia Pittock (AUS)     11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8 (46m)
[6] Alana Miller (CAN) bt Melody Francis (AUS)     11-9, 11-6, 12-10 (39m)
[4] Line Hansen (DEN) bt [Q] Imelda Salazar Martinez (MEX)     11-9, 11-6, 11-8 (29m)
[5] Joelle King (NZL) bt Alexandra Norman (CAN)     11-2, 11-8, 11-5 (26m)
[7] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [Q] Genevieve Lessard (CAN)     11-2, 11-3, 11-2 (16m)
[3] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Elise Ng (HKG)     12-10, 11-1, 11-6 (21m)
[8] Miranda Ranieri (CAN) bt [Q] Carolyn Russell (CAN)     11-1, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10 (44m)
[Q] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt [2] Latasha Khan (USA)     11-3, 3-0 ret.

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