Jenny Duncalf is searching for an 11th PSA World Tour title in Canada
Duncalf Takes Favourite Tag for Granite Open
The Slaight Music and Roundtable Capital Granite Open, PSA W25 event begins on Tuesday January 19 with former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf heading a superb draw in Toronto, Canada.
Duncalf slipped to as low as 21 in the world rankings towards the end of last year but enjoyed a renaissance in November as she captured her first PSA World Tour title in five years with victory over fellow Englishwoman Sarah-Jane Perry in the final of the Monte Carlo Classic.
You can watch live streaming of the 2016 Granite Open on the link below. The order of play follows (all times are local):
15:00  Olivia Blatchford (USA) v [Q] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
15:45 [Q] Nele Gilis (BEL) v  Samantha Teran (MEX)]
16:30  Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v Fiona Moverley (ENG)
17:15  Rachael Grinham (ENG) v [Q] Deon Saffery (WAL)
18:00 Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) v  Victoria Lust (ENG)
18:45 [Q] Nouran El Torky (EGY) v  Dipika Pallikal (IND)
19:30  Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v [WC] Nikki Todd (CAN)
20:15 Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) v  Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)
That victory saw Duncalf, who has 10 PSA World Tour titles to her name, move up seven places to her current rank of 14th in the world and she will look to consolidate that improvement by challenging for honours in Canada.
The 33-year-old will line up against compatriot Fiona Moverley in the first round of action, who showed her ability to compete at the top level in November’s Qatar Classic clash with Laura Massaro where she took a game off the current World No.1.
Last year’s runner-up Dipika Pallikal is aiming to go one better than her final defeat in her most recent outing at this event which saw her fall 3-1 to Perry.
The Indian No.2 won a solitary PSA World Tour title in in 2015 and has fallen below compatriot Joshna Chinappa at the summit of her country’s rankings. Chennai native Pallikal is looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Egyptian qualifier Mariam Metwally at the recent J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions and gets her tournament under way against Nouran El Torky in round one.
Former World Champion Rachael Grinham is also in action and has her eyes set on improving on last year’s quarter-final exit where she lost to Chinappa. The Australian World No.18 did however show some promising form towards the end of last year, including a narrow defeat to World No.6 Omneya Abdel Kawy in December’s Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open.
Grinham lines up against Welsh qualifier Deon Saffery for a place in the quarter-final and will look to kickstart her attempts to win a first PSA World Tour title since 2014.
England’s Victoria Lust, meanwhile, makes her first appearance at the Granite Open since 2014 where she bowed out in the opening round. The 26-year-old is a vastly improved player this time around though and currently sits at a career-high World No.21 ranking. Lust, who appeared at the Tournament of Champions in New York two weeks ago, gets her event off to a start against Misaki Kobayashi.
Main Draw, PSA W25, Slaight Music and Roundtable Capital Granite Open, Toronto, Canada
 Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v Fiona Moverley (ENG)
[Q] Nele Gilis (BEL) v  Samantha Teran (MEX)
 Olivia Blatchford (USA) v [Q] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) v  Victoria Lust (ENG)
 Rachael Grinham (ENG) v [Q] Deon Saffery (WAL)
Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) v  Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)
 Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v [WC] Nikki Todd (CAN)
[Q] Nouran El Torky (EGY) v  Dipika Pallikal (IND)