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Squash: Jenny Duncalf wins Women’s Qatar Classic

November 25, 2009

In a sensational day for English squash at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in the Qatar capital Doha, Nick Matthew and Jenny Duncalf both beat higher-ranked opponents in the finals of the Qatar Classic in straight games, to claim their biggest titles on the international Tours.

Yorkshire woman Jenny Duncalf followed her second upset in two weeks over Malaysia’s World No.1 Nicol David yesterday, to crush Australia’s world No.4 Rachael Grinham in the climax of the $74,000 WISPA World Tour championship.

It took 27-year-old Duncalf, the world No.6 from Harrogate, only 23 minutes to despatch Grinham 11-5 11-3 11-3 – thus reducing the 8-4 career head-to-head lead the Queenslander boasted before today’s clash.

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The stunning victory brings Duncalf’s tally of Tour wins this month to three – following the Soho Square Championship success in Egypt on the first of the month, and her triumph in the US Open in New York just seven days later.

Winner of the British National Championship at the beginning of the year, Duncalf has enjoyed a remarkably consistent run on the WISPA Tour since last year’s appearance in the Qatar Classic in October 2008 – reaching at least the quarter-finals in the 16 events since.

“I think it was a combination of me playing well and Rachael not being on today – she wasn’t moving well and made quite a few errors,” said Duncalf after her career-best success.

“It’s a funny sort of win – there’s no adrenalin pumping or anything – but I’ve won the Qatar Classic, even though I can’t quite believe it yet!

“I was thinking beforehand that this would be my 13th win a row, hoping it wouldn’t be unlucky 13! I wish there was another tournament next week now!”

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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