Lloyd-Walter Survives Marathon To Reach Goshen Semis
30 May 2008
In a quarter-final described by tournament organiser Jim Wellington as "a scorcher of a match which had it all", England's Dominique Lloyd-Walter held off a spirited challenge from Karen Kronemeyer in the Women's Subway Goshen Open to claim her anticipated place in the last four of the $17,000 WISPA World Tour squash event in its fourth year in Goshen in the US state of Indiana.
Lloyd-Walter, the third seed from Harrow, recovered from a game down to beat her unseeded Dutch opponent 7-9, 9-3, 9-3, 7-9, 9-3 in 73 minutes.
"The best moment of all was at the end of game three," Wellington explained. "Dominique won it, and started to leave the court. Karen then exclaimed 'you're not going to shake my hand?' having forgotten that she won the first game!
"Karen seemed to be mentally and physically finished at this point, but to her credit, came back and won the fourth and had to really fight to do so. It was Lloyd-Walter who was physically and mentally stronger in the fifth, maintaining focus long after she thought she would have to, and coming up with some great shots when she needed them most."
There was also local' rivalry in the top half of the draw where former US champion Latasha Khan faced Canadian champion Alana Miller, seeded seven. Khan's length, width, and movement were too good tonight for Miller to make any real inroads as the fourth seed from Seattle battled to a 9-5, 9-7, 9-1 victory in 44 minutes.
Khan will take on Samantha Teran, the Mexican who is now only one match away from reaching the final for the second year in a row. After dropping the first game, top seed Teran went on to beat India's sixth seed Joshna Chinappa 8-10, 9-5, 9-1, 9-1.
 Samantha Teran (MEX) bt  Joshna Chinappa (IND) 8-10, 9-5, 9-1, 9-1 (52m)
 Latasha Khan (USA) bt  Alana Miller (CAN) 9-5, 9-7, 9-1 (44m)
 Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) bt Karen Kronemeyer (NED) 7-9, 9-3, 9-3, 7-9, 9-3 (73m)
 Sharon Wee (MAS) bt  Tricia Chuah (MAS) 9-5, 9-6, 9-4 (34m)