VIDEO: Duncalf downed by Kippax at first hurdle

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ON a day of shocks in the women’s draw at the British Open in Hull, Harrogate’s Jenny Duncalf found herself caught by surprise when she was defeated by Halifax’s Sarah Kippax.

In a remarkable turnaround, Kippax saved five match points in the fourth game and came back from 7-0 down in the fifth to book herself a place in the second round, winning 11-5, 2-11, 6-11, 13-11, 11-8 in just under an hour.

Harrogate's Jenny Duncalf.

Harrogate's Jenny Duncalf.

She will now meet Nicolette Fernandes from Guyana, who caused another upset at the University of Hull when beating eighth seed Madeleine Perry 3-0. Another unexpected result saw Leeds-based Emma Beddoes defeat 13th seed from Egypt Nour El Sherbini 3-1.

But given where she had to come from, it was Kippax whose triumph perhaps provided the greatest shock of the day.

Afterwards, she said: “I did fear the worst when I was 10-5 down in that fourth game.

“It obviously wasn’t a positive situation to find myself in but, I guess you just kind of think you’ve got nothing to lose so I just thought ‘go for it’.

“I don’t think anybody could have really predicted what was going to happen in that game – fortunately for me I think was able to play my best squash when I was down. Given the siutation, I had nothing to lose really

“This win is such a massive confidence boost. I know that I’m in form and, again, going into the next round, I’ve got nothing to lose so we’ll just have to see what happens.”

An understandably disappointed Duncalf admitted her lack of match-fitness – she has not played competitively for more than five weeks wdue to an Achilles tendon injury – proved telling.

“I should really have won that match,” said Duncalf.

“I’m just not match fit at the moment. You can do as many gym sessions as you want, but you can’t account for not having that match fitness that you need and that’s what told in the end.

“Fair play to Sarah, she could tell I was struggling and played accordingly, making the rallies longer.
“I’ve been tired on court before, but never like that.”

Over at The Sports Arena, the first round of the men’s draw continued, with Pontefract’s James Willstrop, the fifth seed, coming through a tough first round encounter against Germany’s Simon Rosner, winning 5-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 in 72 minutes.

The result sets up a second round encounter with Omar Mosaad on Thursday after the Egyptian eased past South Africa’s Stephen Coppinger in their opener.

Harrogate-based Chris Simpson was hammered 11-4, 11-2, 11-3 in just 32 minutes by second seed and world No 1 Gregory Gaultier.


Women’s Round One

Emma Beddoes (Eng) bt [13] Nour El Sherbini 11-5 7-11 11-6 11-9 (50m)

[7] Low Wee Wern (Mas) bt [Q] Delia Arnold (Mas) 11-6 7-11 11-1 11-13 11-7 (64m)

[3] Raneem El Weleily (Egy) bt [Q] Nouran Gohar (Egy) 11-4 11-6 8-11 9-11 11-4 (42m)

[14] Kasey Brown (Aus) bt [WC] Emily Whitlock (Eng) 11-8 11-4 7-11 11-4 (47m)

Nicollette Fernandes (Guy) v [8] Madeline Perry (Irl) 11-8 11-4 11-4 (33m)

Sarah Kippax (Eng) bt [10] Jenny Duncalf (Eng) 11-6 2-11 6-11 13-11 11-8 (57m)

[9] Annie Au (HKG) bt [Q] Donna Urquhart (Aus) 11-7 9-11 11-9 11-3 (41m)

[2] Laura Massaro (Eng) bt Joey Chan (Hkg) 11-3 11-4 11-7 (26m)

[4] Joelle King (Nzl) bt [Q] Siyoli Waters (Rsa) 11-2 11-5 11-5 (33m)

Joashana Chinappa (Ind) bt [15] Rachel Grinham (Aus) 7-11 11-7 5-11 11-2 11-6 (44m)

[Q] Tesni Evans (Wal) bt [12] Dipika Pallikal (Ind) 6-11, 12-10, 11-7, 4-11, 13-11 (65m)

[5] Alison Waters (Eng) bt [Q] Samantha Cornett (Can) 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6 (62m)

[16] Sarah Jane Perry (Eng) bt Line Hansen (Den) 11-6, 13-11, 10-12, 11-8 (50m)

[1] Nicol David (Mas) bt [Q] Heba El Torky (Egy) 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 (36m)

[6] Camille Serme (Fra) bt Nour El Tayeb (Egy) 13-11, 11-3, 11-2 (31m)

[11] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) bt [Q] Deon Saffrey (Wal) 12-10, 11-4, 11-9 (30m)

Men’s Round One

Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) bt [Q] Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 10/12, 6/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/5 (81m)

[Q] Gregoire Marche (Fra) bt Cameron Pilley (Aus) 9/11, 3/11, 11/9, 11/9, 11/4 (80m)

Omar Mosaad (Egy) bt Steve Coppinger (Rsa) 11/8, 12/10, 11/6 (52m)

Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) bt Peter Barker (Eng) 5/11, 5/11 retired injured (29m)

[5] James Willstrop (Eng) bt Simon Rosner (Ger) 5/11, 11/5, 11/8, 11/9 (72m)

[2] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt Chris Simpson (Eng) 11/4, 11/2, 11/3 (32m)

[3] Ramy Ashour (Egy) bt [Q] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) 12/10, 11/4, 11/8 (34m)

[7] Amr Shabana (Egy) bt [Q] Max Lee (Hkg) 11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8 (52m)