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Karina Tyma (right) and Wen Li Lai (left) at the trophy presentation

LTCC Women’s Open: Tyma Makes It Two In 2021

Poland’s Karina Tyma has followed up her historic victory earlier this year with a second on tour, as she won the Life Time City Centre Women’s International Squash Open on Sunday in Houston, Texas.

The event was held with cross-border participation only due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with players currently residing in Canada, Mexico or host nation, the United States being permitted to play in the Challenger 10 women’s tournament.

As the No.3 seed, Tyma received a bye through to the second round of the event, where she faced Singapore’s Sneha Sivakumar, beating the 20-year-old in straight games.

The Pole, who currently occupies the World No.76 spot in the World Rankings, then came up against the unseeded Vanessa Raj, who had taken out No.6 seed Julia Le Coq. Tyma downed the Malaysian to reach the semi-finals, before then getting the better of No.2 seed Marina Stefanoni, winning 3-0.

The 21-year-old advanced to her third final on Tour, where she faced No.4 seed Wen Li Lai. She needed just 31 minutes on court to defeat the Malaysian, to claim her second title on the Tour, following her historic win at the SOAP Engineering Squash Open in April.

Along with Raj, 15-year-old Kriti Muthu also made the quarter-finals, in what was only her second appearance on the Tour. She downed No.8 seed Arisha Khan to make the last eight for the first time in her fledgling career.

Results: Life Time City Centre Women’s International Squash Open
Final
[3] Karina Tyma (POL) bt [4] Wen Li Lai (MAS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (31m)

Semi-Finals
[4] Wen Li Lai (MAS) bt [1] Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 3-1: 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 13-11 (45m)
[3] Karina Tyma (POL) bt [2] Marina Stefanoni (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 13-11, 11-6 (29m)

Quarter-Finals
[1] Nicole Bunyan (CAN) bt [7] Alina Bushma (UKR) 3-1: 11-5, 10-12, 12-10, 11-9 (47m)
[4] Wen Li Lai (MAS) bt Kriti Muthu (IND) 3-0: 11-2, 11-2, 11-3 (17m)
[3] Karina Tyma (POL) bt Vanessa Raj (MAS) 3-1: 5-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-7 (39m)
[2] Marina Stefanoni (USA) bt [5] Amna Fayyaz (PAK) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (24m)

Round Two
[1] Nicole Bunyan (CAN) bt Selena Georgieva (BUL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (30m)
[7] Alina Bushma (UKR) bt Margot Prow (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 11-1 (27m)
Kriti Muthu (IND) bt [8] Arisha Khan (USA) 3-1: 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4 (35m)
[4] Wen Li Lai (MAS) bt Hannah Blatt (CAN) 3-0: 11-5, 11-1, 11-4 (21m)
[3] Karina Tyma (POL) bt Sneha Suvakumar (SGP) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (22m)
Vanessa Raj (MAS) bt [6] Julia Le Coq (FRA) 3-1: 5-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)
[5] Amna Fayyaz (PAK) bt Yana Sharma (USA) 3-1: 11-8, 11-2, 8-11, 11-6 (28m)
[2] Marina Stefanoni (UA) by Anika Sarna (USA) 3-0: 11-2, 11-1, 11-2 (13m)

Round One
Selena Georgieva (BUL) bt [WC] Ariyan Irani (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 (17m)
Margot Prow (ENG) bt [WC] Deborah Shriver (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-8 (20m)
Kriti Muthu (IND) bt [WC] Zaina Zaidi (USA) 3-1: 4-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 (29m)

Hannah Blatt (CAN) bt [WC] Hana Cochinwala (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-2, 11-4 (16m)
Sneha Sivakumar (SGP) bt [WC] Amita Sarna (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (19m)
Vanessa Raj (MAS) bt [WC] Zahrah Iqbal (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-2 (16m)
Yana Sharma (USA) bt [WC] Noor Naseem (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 (16m)
Anika Sarna (USA) bt [WC] Ameera Saadat (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (18m)

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