Finals: Stefanoni and Sachvie take the titles
Stefano claims maiden title
Marina Stefanoni continued to demonstrate her undoubted potential by winning the Bermuda Open Championships women’s squash title last night.
At just 16 years old, the remarkably talented American played with a maturity that belied her years, to overcome England’s Anna Kimberley in straight games, 11-8, 11-8, 12-10.
Stefanoni, who returns to school next week in Connecticut was delighted to claim her first Professional Squash Association honours, which will see her continue towards her immediate goal of getting into the top 50 in the world rankings.
“It was a great match, the whole tournament was really tough and so I’m delighted to have won it,” said Stefanoni, who took up the sport at the age of nine and went into the final with a world ranking of 71.
“I won 3-0 but all the games were really tight. Anna is a really strong player and I had to fight hard for every point.
“I’ve played in four or five professional tournaments but this is my first title, which is really exciting. When I first became a professional, matches were really tough to just to beat anybody. The seniors are so much faster, fitter, stronger and sharper, it was a real challenge.
“In the future my ultimate goal is to be world No 1. Right now, I have to pick and choose which tournaments I can play in because it can conflict with school. For the immediate future, I think I can get into the top 50, that would a good realistic aim for right now.
Both top seeds were beaten in the semi-finals as Jaymie Haycocks and Nick Sachvie advanced to the men’s final, Haycocks beating Chris Binnie in five games while Sachvie despatched Lyell Fuller in four.
The women’s final will see USA’s second seed Marina Stefanoni take on US-based Englishwoman Anna Kimberley after they beat Catalina Pelaeaz and Nessrine Ariffin.
Quarters: Locals bow out on Day Two
No joy for local hopefuls Noah Browne and Micah Franklin as the top four men’s seeds – Chris Binnie, Jaymie Haycocks, Nick Sachvie and Lyell Fuller – progress to the semi-finals in Bermuda.
In the women’s draw top seed Nicole Bunyan was ousted by Malaysia’s Nessrine Ariffin, who joins the remaining seeds Anna Kimberley, Catalina Pelaez and Marina Stefanoni in the semis.