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IJM Land Penang Women's Open 2013 champion Emma Beddoes (right) and runner-up Rachael Grinham of Australia with their trophies.
GEORGE TOWN: England’s Emma Beddoes took a giant step towards breaking into the world’s top 20 after stunning top seed Rachael Grinham of Australia in the US$10,000 (RM31,800) IJM Land Penang Women’s Open squash tournament final at the Nicol David International Squash Centre on Saturday.
Third seed Beddoes, currently ranked 30th in the world, put in a solid display to take out world No. 16 Grinham 14-12, 11-3, 7-11, 11-9 in just under an hour.
After winning a tight first set 14-12, the 28-year-old from Leeds trumped her opponent with her speed and good coverage of the court to take the second set 11-3.
Former world champion Grinham fought back to win the third set 11-7 and looked to be in control of the fourth set, which she led 9-7. But Beddoes refused to buckle and reeled off four straight points to seal the title.
“I was not certain of winning the tournament until I won the final point. I am happy to win because Rachael is a strong player and played some unbelievable shots in the final.
“I came to Penang in good physical condition, and will use this triumph as motivation to get more victories and break into the top 20 in the world,” said Beddoes, whose previous best position in the rankings was No. 21.
Beddoes had to work hard for her Penang Open title, having come through three tough four-setters in as many days.
Before overcoming Grinham, she defeated the talented Egyptian youngster Mariam Ibrahim Medwally 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 in the quarter-finals, and then ousted defending champion Joshna Chinappa of India 11-5, 11-5, 9-11, 12-10 in a marathon semi-final tie.
“The draw was not kind to me, but I am glad to have overcome the three tough challenges. I am now looking forward to the Macau Open next week, in which most of the cast from the Penang Open will be competing.”
For Grinham, the Penang Open title remains elusive. She lost the 2006 final to home favourite Nicol David.
“It was very close in the fourth set. I felt that I was in control but somehow failed to close it out.
“This is one of those rare days where I am happy with my performance despite losing. I feel I put on a good show today, but Emma played very well. She is definitely in better form than her current rankings,” said the 36-year-old Grinham.
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