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Squash: Japan’s Kobayashi conquers Cornett to capture St Louis title

Japan No. 1 Misaki Kobayashi beat Canada No. 1 Sam Cornett to win Emerson WSA Racquet Club Pro Series in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: WSA.

Japan No. 1 Misaki Kobayashi beat Canada No. 1 Sam Cornett to win her biggest career title in St Louis. Photo: WSA.

April 14, 2014: Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi claimed the biggest title of her career by defeating tall Canadian Samantha Cornett 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-7) in the final of the Emerson WSA Racquet Club Pro Series, the WSA Tour 10 event at St Louis Racquet Club in St Louis in the US state of Missouri.


Kobayashi, 24, was in sparkling form, as the record-equalling five-time Japanese champion clinically dispatched the reigning Canadian champion for the sixth WSA Tour title of her career.


The World No. 35 from Kanagawa – the highest highest-ranked Japanese woman of all-time – made her breakthrough in the semi-finals where the third seed beat top seed Emily Whitlock, avenging her four-game defeat by the World No. 27 from England in this year’s Greenwich Open.


In the other semi, the fourth-seeded Cornett from Ottawa ended the giant-killing run of Amanda Landers-Murphy, beating the seventh-seeded New Zealander who upset second-seeded American Latasha Khan in the previous round.


The final marked the third Tour meeting between Kobayashi and Cornett, all of which had been on US soil.


“I’m happy with my first Tour 10 title and pleased with the way I performed throughout the tournament. This will build the confidence I needed,” Kobayashi said.


“What make me even more happy is all those texts I received from my family and friends from all over the world. I really appreciate the great support. But this journey is not ended yet – the Mayfair Open starts on Wednesday in Toronto. I’m hoping to keep the good form from here. Onwards and upwards.”


Women’s Emerson WSA Racquet Club Pro Series, St Louis, Missouri, USA



[3] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt [4] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 11-6, 11-7, 11-7



[3] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt [1] Emily Whitlock (ENG) 13-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-9

[4] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt [7] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 11-9, 10-12, 11-2, 11-7



[1] Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt [8] Lucie Fialova (CZE) 11-9, 11-6, 11-8

[3] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt [5] Samantha Teran (MEX) 12-10, 11-9, 11-6

[4] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt [6] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 9-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5

[7] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [2] Latasha Khan (USA) 7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 13-11


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Source: WSA

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