Australian Kasey Brown, world No. 16 and current Women’s Squash Association (WSA) president, is ready to once again compete in the Delaware Investments U.S. Open at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Brown famously defeated top-seeded and current world No. 1 Nicol David, of Malaysia, in the quarterfinals of the 2011 U.S. Open and hopes to replicate that level of intensity and play. Though Brown loves playing in Philadelphia, she doesn’t harbor the same love for the Philly classic: the Cheesesteak.
After moving from Greenwich, CT, back to Oz, Brown competed in the Commonwealth Games Mixed Doubles, where she, partnered with Cameron Pilley, walked away with a bronze medal after defeating New Zealand’s Joelle King and Martin.
On the political side of squash, as president of the WSA, Brown secured a major long-term agreement with Hallmark Events Group to sponsor the Women’s World Squash Championships for the next three years, with a guarantee of total prize-fund money above US$ 500,000. As Brown notes in the interview below, growth of professional women’s squash is of upmost importance, which is reflected by tournaments that offer equal prize money between the men’s and women’s tours.
How has the U.S. Open changed since you first played it?
Every year, the Delaware Investments U.S. Open gets bigger and better. It is such a significant tournament for WSA and women's sport because it was the first World Series squash event to offer equal prize money.
What are you looking forward to most about this year's U.S. Open?
The U.S. Open has always held a special place for me. My personal sponsor, Delaware Investments, is also the title sponsor of the event, and I would not have had the opportunity to pursue my squash goals without them. The atmosphere of the tournament is amazing at Drexel University, and I am looking forward to competing in front of the Philadelphia crowd.
Best U.S. Open memory?
Defeating world Number 1, Nicol David, at the 2011 U.S. Open in the quarterfinals with my coach, Rod Martin, in my corner.
Who are your squash idols?
Rodney and Michelle Martin
Favorite place to visit in Philadelphia?
Agnes Irwin School
Have you tried a Philly Cheesesteak?
I haven't, so I can't judge, but I feel cheese and bread kills a good steak.