New Zealand squash No1 and world No11 ranked player Joelle King has fallen at the final hurdle for the second successive year in the US$35,000 Greenwich Open in Connecticut, United States.
King, seeded eighth had earlier beaten top seed Irish Madeline Perry in the quarter-finals and knocked out Indian qualifier Dipika Pallikal in the semis, but was defeated by fourth seeded Egyptian Raneem El Weleily 11-8 11-8 6-11 11-4 in final.
King was also runner-up in the tournament last year. She will play in a US$50,000 tournament in Cleveland later this week.
Jaclyn Hawkes beat Annie Au (Hong Kong) 8-11 11-7 13-11 11-5 in the first round of the same tournament but then was ousted by India's up-and-coming star Dipika Pallikal 7/11 11/7 7/11 11/6 13/11. Jaclyn will next play at the Tournament of Champions in New York.
Joelle King, runner up at the Greenwich Open 2012 with winner Raneem El Weleily