Ruth Swindell reports:
It has been a great tournament, ending with an exciting final between top seed Julianne Courtice and 5th seed Rachael Chadwick.
Rachael has had a fantastic tournament knocking out 4th seed Melissa Alves in the quarter finals and finishing above her seeding.
Julianne handled the pressure of a home tournament well and was boosted by the home support. She played a solid and constructive game, and fully deserved to retain the title.
Semis : All-English final as Jules and Chadders triumph
The final of the Northern Open will be an all English, all Manchester affair, and a repeat of last year’s final after top seed and club pro Julianne Courtice came from a game down to beat Hana Ramadan and Rachael Chadwick did the same against South African Milnay Louw.
Quarters : Courtice and Chadwick take home hopes into semis
Courtice beat Scotland’s Alison Thomson in four games to set up a semifinal against Egypt’s Hana Ramadan, who ended the hopes of wildcard Elise Lazarus in straight games.
Chadwick came from two-one down to upset French fourth seed Melissa Alves, and will meet Milnay Louw who prevailed in a five game all-South African quarterfinal against Alexandra Fuller.
Round ONE : Home quartet advance
It was a good day for the home contingent in Manchester as four English players advanced to round two – Alicia Mead as per seeding, but Olivia Howell, Elise Lazarus and Alice Green all beat 9/16 seeds to progress.
It wasn’t an English clean sweep though, as Pakistan’s Moqaddas Ashraf came from two games down to upset Charlotte Jagger.