Though Egyptian Raneem El Weleily went on to capture her second World Junior Championships title in August, Natalie Grainger firmly established that WISPA events are at a different level. In the first Betteridge & Breitling San Diego Squash Classic, held in late June, Grainger stormed to the title by dropping just 12 points in her four matches, including a decisive three game win over Weleily in the final, 2, 3, 3.
Just a week earlier, Grainger overcame the determined El Weleily in the LA Open in five tight games, but not this time around. “The capacity crowd at San Diego Squash enjoyed some of the best squash of the weekend in the final,” said event organizer Chris Walker. “Grainger asserted herself from the start.”
For Grainger it was her third consecutive WISPA tour title in the US, the first being the Texas Open last May. For her career, Grainger now counts 15 titles over her 10-year career.