Another great week at the Equinox Orange County Open finished on a high note as Line Hansen won her 13th WSA title with a nail-biting 80-minute marathon victory over Emily Whitlock in the final.
Whitlock recovered well after a brutal 90-minute semifinal battle the previous day against Tesni Evans and evened things up against Hansen after finding herself 1-0 down and then 2-1 down. The last time these two players met was in the final of the Black Knight Open in 2012 in which the Dane won in straight games and that experience could have given her the edge as she crept ahead and secured victory, 11-8 in the fifth.
It is Hansen’s second title of 2013 after winning the NSC Series No.1 back in March.
Hansen had this to say after: “My first time to Orange County and first time in California. All the players have been looked after so well, great club hotel right next door, dinners and boat trip! Don’t think any of the players can complain. Obviously really happy to win, there has been so many good and long matches. I’ll love to come back again next year.”
Both players will now head across the country to New York to play in the Carol Weymuller Open, with qualifying starting tomorrow.
 Line Hansen (DEN) bt  Emily Whitlock (ENG) 11-4 10-12 11-8 5-11 11-8 (80 mins)
Article and image courtesy of the Women’s Squash Association