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Mighty Moverley Takes Edinburgh Title


RESULTS: Women's Edinburgh Open, Edinburgh, Scotland

1st round:
[1] Lucie Fialova (CZE) bt [Q] Lauren Gray (SCO) 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (18m)
Lucy Beecroft (ENG) bt [5] Sina Wall (GER) 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (20m)
[3] Tamika Saxby (AUS) bt [Q] Alison Thomson (ENG) 7-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-8 (44m)
Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt [6] Chloe Mesic (FRA) 11-2, 11-6, 11-4 (18m)
[7] Leonie Holt (ENG) bt Anna Klimundova (CZE) 10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 (36m)
[4] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [Q] Ineta Mackevica (LAT) 11-3, 11-7, 11-2 (19m)
[8] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bt [Q] Jessica Davis (ENG) 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6 (32m)
[2] Birgit Coufal (AUT) bt Enora Villard (FRA) 12-10, 12-10, 11-6 (27m)
[1] Lucie Fialova (CZE) bt Lucy Beecroft (ENG) 11-3, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7 (35m)
Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt [3] Tamika Saxby (AUS) 10-12, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-3 (55m)
[4] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [7] Leonie Holt (ENG) 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (35m)
[8] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bt [2] Birgit Coufal (AUT) 11-8, 11-3, 11-3 (21m)
Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt [1] Lucie Fialova (CZE) 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 11-2 (34m)
[4] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [8] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) 11-3, 6-11, 11-9, 12-10 (47m)
Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt [4] Nele Gilis (BEL) 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 11-6 (51m)

Mighty Moverley Takes Edinburgh Title

Clearly almost back to her best after a five-year break from the WSA World Tour, England's unseeded Fiona Moverleywas the surprise winner of the Women's Edinburgh Open after upsetting four higher-ranked players in a row in theWSA Challenger 5 squash event at Edinburgh Sports Club in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The 28-year-old from Hull's biggest scalp came in the semi-finals when she defeated Lucie Fialova, the top seed from the Czech Republic, 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 11-2 in 34 minutes.

In the final, the sixth of her career, Moverley battled for 51 minutes to overcome 18-year-old Nele Gilis, the fourth seed from Belgium, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 11-6.

"She's a real battler," said Moverley after the final. "It looked like she was tired but she never stopped. I knew I needed to move her around and play my short game when I could, and I did that well for the most part. She's better than me at a hard-hitting game, so I needed to mix it up and I was pleased with how I played at the end."

The triumph marks Moverley's fourth WSA Tour title, the first of which she claimed in Spain in 2009 after three years on the Tour.

"It feels great to win another WSA title. After five years off the circuit, mainly because of lack of funds, I thought it was time to give it another go and I'm really enjoying it. I should be back in the top 100 now - I just need to get a few more tournaments in.

"I'm having a great time playing in Hull, where squash is really on the up with all the work at the Humber Junior Squash Academy and the support that Dr Allam is giving to all the squash projects in the area. Long may it continue!"

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