Moverley Moves Past Duncalf in Shock Granite Open Result
World No.42 Fiona Moverley managed one of the biggest scalps of her career in the opening round of the Slaight Music and Roundtable Capital Granite Open, PSA W25 event after a stunning 3-1 victory over title favourite and former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf.
Top seed Duncalf edged the early stages of the game and rose into a one-game lead after moving Moverley into all four corners of the court and attacking with vigour whenever her fellow Englishwoman hit a loose shot. However, in a flurry of high-quality efforts from both players, Moverley fought back to take three games without reply and complete a superb win for the Hull-based 29-year-old.
You can watch live streaming of the 2016 Granite Open on the link below. The order of play follows (all times are local):
17:45 Fiona Moverley (ENG) v  Samantha Teran (MEX)
18:30 [Q] Deon Saffery (WAL) v  Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)
19:30  Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v  Dipika Pallikal (IND)
20:15  Olivia Blatchford (USA) v  Victoria Lust (ENG)
Moverley will face experienced Mexican Samantha Teran in the last eight after she dispatched Belgian teenager Nele Gilis in four. The duo last met as recently as a fortnight ago in the final qualifying round of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions with Teran triumphing on that particular occasion.
“I’m over the moon to have won that match,” said Moverley.
“Even though I believed I could win and went on feeling positive, it’s always hard to convert that into a win. She punished anything loose and I had to fight in some of the big points, especially when I was down in a couple of the games, so I’m pleased with the way I stuck in until the end. I can’t wait for the next match tomorrow against Sam.
“We only played recently and I’m looking for my revenge.”
Elsewhere, former World Champion Rachael Grinham also fell to a lower-ranked opponent, succumbing to a 3-1 defeat against Welsh qualifier Deon Saffery. The Australian No.1 made a number of errors early on in the match which allowed Saffery to build up an unassailable lead. Saffery is set to face Nicolette Fernandes in the next round thanks to the sixth seed’s win over New Zealand’s Amanda Landers-Murphy.
Last year’s runner-up Dipika Pallikal remains on course to reach a second successive final after seeing off Egypt’s Nouran El Torky in a confident four-game salvo. Salma Hany Ibrahim awaits the Indian No.2 in the quarter-final after edging Canadian wildcard Nikki Todd in a 3-2 triumph.
Victoria Lust and Olivia Blatchford, meanwhile, will contest the event’s other quarter-final fixture after they claimed victories over Misaki Kobayashi and Millie Tomlinson, respectively.