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Karina Tyma (second right) with the SOAP Engineering Open trophy

SOAP Engineering Open: Tyma Claims Maiden Title

Poland’s Karina Tyma has secured her first title as a professional on the PSA Tour, thanks to a victory at the SOAP Engineering Open in Texas, United States.

The World No.88 took out three seeded players en route to the title, including a huge win over the top seed, and World No.42, Haley Mendez, in the last four.

20-year-old Tyma started the event with a win over American Anika Serna, before then taking down India’s No.8 seed Akanksha Salunkhe in the second round.

She then downed Mendez in the last four, before coming up against Frenchwoman Julia Le Coq in the final. After losing the first game, the Pole came back to win the next three games, to secure the first title of her career.

Elsewhere in the tournament, there was a great run to the semi-finals for the unseeded Englishwoman Margot Prow, who defeated No.6 seed Arisha Khan in her opening match.

Results: SOAP Engineering Squash Open
Final
[4] Karina Tyma (POL) bt [5] Julia Le Coq (FRA) 3-1: 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (47m)

Semi-Finals
[4] Karina Tyma (POL) bt [1] Haley Mendez (USA) 3-2: 11-4, 11-8, 3-11, 5-11, 11-3 (52m)
[5] Julia Le Coq (FRA) bt Margot Prow (ENG) 3-2: 11-5, 3-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 (42m)

Quarter-Finals
[1] Haley Mendez (USA) bt [7] Alina Bushma (UKR) 3-1: 11-7, 4-11, 11-8, 11-9
[4] Karina Tyma (POL) bt [8] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-6
[5] Julia Le Coq (FRA) bt [3] Amna Fayyaz (PAK) 3-1: 11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 11-5
Margot Prow (ENG) bt Vanessa Raj (MAS) 3-1: 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5

Round One
[1] Haley Mendez (USA) bt Kriti Muthu (IND) 3-0: 11-3, 11-0, 11-2
[7] Alink Bushma (UKR) bt Charlotte Meneert (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-4, 11-3
[8] Akanksha Salunkhe (IND) bt Serena Daniel (USA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-5
[4] Karina Tyma (POL) bt Anika Sarna (USA) 3-0: 11-0, 11–3, 11-1
[3] Amna Fayyaz (PAK) bt Yana Sharma (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-1, 11-8
[5] Julia Le Coq (FRA) bt Ariyan Irani (USA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-3, 11-2
Margot Prow (ENG) bt [6] Arisha Khan (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-3
Vanessa Raj (MAS) bt [2] Wen Li Lai (MAS) 3-2: 11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 5-11, 11-7

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