Duncalf felled in New York final

Harrogate's Jenny Duncalf in action at last year's National Championship. CREDIT Steve Line.

Harrogate's Jenny Duncalf in action at last year's National Championship. CREDIT Steve Line.

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HARROGATE’s British number one Jenny Duncalf was beaten in New York this week at the Gold 45 Carol Weymuller Open.

She lost to Raneem El Weleily in the final of the competition, her opponent clinching the biggest title of her career to date.

The squash tournament was at full strength with 16 of the top 20 players in the world taking part.

Defending champions Duncalf knocked out New Zealand number on in the quarter-final before seeing off Kasey Brown in the semi-final to reach her fourth consecutive Weymuller final

The final was played out in front of a packed out show court. Weleily had never previously beaten Duncalf in four meetings but once again started the match playing quality attacking squash, at 7-7 Weleily broke away to take the game 11/7. Duncalf looked to be back in control in the second and moved into a 10/6 lead. The world no.2 couldn’t convert her game balls and after some incredible rallies Weleily took the game 15/13. On the verge of winning her biggest title, she could have been forgiven for showing signs of nerves, but instead it seemed to fire her up even more and she forced the pressure on Duncalf even more, attacking anything loose. At 5/3 up Weleily broke away and took the third game 11/4.

All the players now go onto Philadelphia for the US Open with the main draw starting on October 2.