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Danielle Letourneau in action in Washington, D.C. earlier this year

Calgary Women’s Week RD2: Top Three Survive Five-Game Scares

The second round of the Calgary CFO Consulting Services PSA Women’s Squash Week saw plenty of five-game battles, with three of the involving the top seeds of the tournament, with all three just making their way into the quarter finals of the Challenger 20 level tournament.

Top seed Danielle Letourneau, playing on home soil in Canada, came up against Scotland’s Georgia Adderley in her first match of the competition, and she needed all five games and just under an hour to make her way through to the last eight of the tournament.

Letourneau won the first game on a tie-break, but saw the young Scot level the match. The Canadian then won the third as well to hold the advantage for a second time, but she was unable to grab the match in four. Instead, Adderley fought back again to send the match into a decider. In the end, the World No.20 was able to secure the victory, after 59 minutes, to move through to the last eight.

She will now face No.7 seed Marie Stephan in the quarter finals, after the Frenchwoman came from behind to down England’s Lily Taylor, also in five games. Stephan found herself 2-1 down after three games, but ground out an 11-9 win in the fourth, before going on to take the fifth and move into the last eight of the competition.

In the bottom half of the draw, Australia’s Donna Lobban, the No.2 seed for the tournament, had to fight back after a terrible start in her second round contest with Lucy Beecroft. The Aussie found herself two down, having scored just seven points across those first two games. However, she fought back, and won both the third and fourth, the latter on a tie-break, to keep the match alive. Lobban then won the deciding game 11-3 to move into the last eight where she will face Ka Yi Lee, one of five Hongkonger through to the quarters.

Another of those is the tournament’s No.3 seed, Tze Lok Ho, who also had to come from two games down to take victory in her second round contest at the Winter Club in Calgary. She went two game behind against Mexico’s Diana Garcia, but won the next three in quite comfortable fashion to advance to the last eight.

The only surprise result of the second round saw another Hongkonger, in the unseeded Chan Sin Yuk, defeated No.5 seed Milou van deer Heijden in a four-game battle. Yuk lost the first on a tie-break, but then dropped just 11 points across the next three games to secure her spot in the last eight.

The quarter finals of the Challenger 20 level tournament will be played at the Calgary Winter Club on Friday, March 4, with the last eight battling it out for places in the semi-finals.

Second Round Results: Calgary CFO Consulting Services PSA Women’s Squash Week
[1] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt Georgia Adderley (SCO) 3-2: 12-10, 5-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8 (59m)
[7] Marie Stephan (FRA) bt Lily Taylor (ENG) 3-2: 11-7, 4-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-4 (47m)
[6] Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG) bt Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 11-7, 2-11, 13-11 (50m)
[3] Tze Lok Ho (HKG) bt Diana Garcia (MEX) 3-2: 9-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 (57m)
[4] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 11-8 (28m)
Chan Sin Yuk (KHG) bt [5] Milou van der Heijden (NED) 3-1: 11-13, 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 (32m)
[8] Ka Yi Lee (HKG) bt Tessa ter Sluis (NED) 3-1: 8-11, 12-10, 11-4, 13-11 (30m)
[2] Donna Lobban (AUS) bt Lucy Beecroft (ENG) 3-2: 1-11, 6-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-3 (46m)

Quarter Final Draw: To Be Played Friday, March 4
[1] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v [7] Marie Stephan (FRA)
[6] Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG) v [3] Tze Lok Ho (HKG)
[4] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) v Chan Sin Yuk (HKG)
[8] Ka Yi Lee (HKG) v [2] Donna Lobban (AUS)

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