WSA WORLD TOUR NEWS
Houston Hosts Champion Fiberglass Texas
7 April 2014
One of the longest-established events on
the Women's Squash Association World Tour celebrates Gold
for the first time in Houston this week when the
Champion Fiberglass Texas Open opens its doors to 11 of the
world's top 20 women at The Downtown Club at the Met in
the USA's fourth largest city from 8-13 April.
The 2014 WSA Gold 50 championship
marks the 13th staging of the event which has alternated between
Dallas and Houston each year since its launch in
Malaysia's world No7 Low Wee Wern
is seeded to win the title for the first time - but will face
stiff competition from three former champions, including
title-holder Madeline Perry, the world No8 from Ireland;
France's Camille Serme, the 2012 champion now ranked six
in the world; and Australia's former world number one Rachael
Grinham, the champion in 2004 and 2011 who made her Texas
Open debut in the inaugural event in 2002.
Home hopes will be led by New York's
Amanda Sobhy, the 20-year-old Harvard University student who
celebrates a career-high world No15 ranking this month.
"Having a Gold level, the first time here,
is a tribute how much squash has grown in the last two years in
this city," said John Leavy, President of the Houston
Squash Racquets Association, the championship hosts. "The
sponsors have gotten together and decided to show off how much
they want this sport to match the exciting growth of Houston.
"Taking over the HSRA one and a half years
ago, I received 1-2 mails, or calls monthly, about where to play
squash and how newcomers could get involved. That number is up
to between 12-15 monthly with questions about our squash
"The HSRA, along with our long-time
partner Champion Fiberglass, is excited to see the talent we
have been able to attract this year.
"Not only many veterans that have played
here before - such as Camille Serme 2012's winner here -
but also Madeline Perry, 2013's winner in Dallas.
"Returning is Rachael Grinham and
Kasey Brown, and Donna Urquhart. But also the
ladies knocking on the top players door such as Low Wee Wern,
Sarah-Jane Perry, and especially Nour El Sherbini,
a surprise at the recent Worlds," added Leavy.
"All players will be treated to entrance
to the US Clay Court Tennis Championships, a wonderful Wednesday
night party at one of the sponsor beautiful homes, swag bags
with many goodies, and a "special" tournament treat!
HSRA is ready to show off to the world how we can put on a show
equalled to other top cities. Streaming video will be available
starting April 10th hosted by
Please tune in, or stop by, to see some exciting sport being
1st round draw:
all the latest WSA Tour news:
 Madeline Perry (IRL) v Qualifier
 Kasey Brown (AUS) v Qualifier
 Dipika Pallikal (IND) v Qualifier
 Annie Au (HKG) v Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)
 Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Joshana Chinappa (IND)
 Camille Serme (FRA) v Amanda Sobhy (USA)
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v Qualifier
 Low Wee Wern (MAS) v Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)