September 2012

20,020 Players Back World Squash Day!

World Squash Day has attracted more than 20,020 players to back the sport’s 2020 Olympic bid. The players and their clubs have signed up to take part in the biggest squash match in history on 20 October to support the World Squash Federation’s Olympic ambitions.

“This is a phenomenal milestone to reach, with almost a month to go before World Squash Day actually happens, and we can confidently expect that figure to rise significantly as more clubs join in this fantastic project”, WSF Chief Executive Andrew Shelley said.

The list of clubs who signed up this week includes groups from Japan, Singapore, Finland, Liechtenstein, Brazil, Estonia, Russia, Malta, Belgium, Qatar, Uganda and the Cook Islands, plus St Vincent and The Grenadines, as well as all the bigger squash nations.

WSD founder Alan Thatcher added: “We quickly moved forward from 10,000 players to 15,000 and in a matter of days we could see we were getting close to 20,000. I wanted to witness that historic moment and stayed up half the night to see it happen!

“The 2020 Bid is supported by so many star players, including women’s world champion Nicol David from Malaysia, Egypt’s Ramy Ashour (ri) and England’s great rivals James Willstrop (mi) and Nick Matthew (le), ranked one and two in the world.

Clubs can register to take part by visiting the website: www.worldsquashday.com


Nick Matthew takes British Grand Prix title!

In the all-English final 2-times World Champion Nick Matthew (le) beat World No1 compatriot James Willstrop (ri) 4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 after 78 minutes of play to win the British Grand Prix 2012.

Unbeaten in his previous 14 PSA encounters with Willstrop, Matthew went into the match as favourite – particularly as Willstrop, the World No1, had come through a gruelling two-hour semi-final against third-seeded Frenchman Greg Gaultier while Matthew spent well under half the time in his win over England team-mate Peter Barker.

“Everybody talks about James’s racket skills – but he’s also the toughest and fiercest competitor I’ve ever played. It doesn’t matter what he’s done before,” said Matthew in response to MC Sue Wright’s suggestion that Willstrop’s previous match might have taken its toll.

Final:
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [1] James Willstrop (ENG) 4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (78m)

Semi-finals:
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 14-16, 15-13 (118m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [4] Peter Barker (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 (48m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 (66m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 12-10, 10-12, 11-5, 11-7 (68m)
[4] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-8, 11-1, 11-3 (43m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Alister Walker (BOT) 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3 (58m)

1st round:
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (59m)
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt Jens Schoor (GER) 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)
Simon Rosner (GER) bt [Q] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (49m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 (36m)
[4] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 11-2 (85m)
Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 7-11, 7-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-6 (87m)
Alister Walker (BOT) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-7, 14-12, 11-3 (57m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 14-12, 12-10, 11-0 (48m)


Matthew eased into the British Grand Prix final!

In the all-English semi-final between World No2 Nick Matthew (le) and his compatriot Peter Barker (ri), Matthew took the chance of a clinical 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 victory to reach his 2nd British Grand Prix after just 48 minutes of play.

Final:
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [1] James Willstrop (ENG)

Semi-finals:
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 14-16, 15-13 (118m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [4] Peter Barker (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 (48m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 (66m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 12-10, 10-12, 11-5, 11-7 (68m)
[4] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-8, 11-1, 11-3 (43m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Alister Walker (BOT) 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3 (58m)

1st round:
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (59m)
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt Jens Schoor (GER) 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)
Simon Rosner (GER) bt [Q] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (49m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 (36m)
[4] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 11-2 (85m)
Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 7-11, 7-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-6 (87m)
Alister Walker (BOT) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-7, 14-12, 11-3 (57m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 14-12, 12-10, 11-0 (48m)


Willstrops beat Gaultier with refs support!

It was a great match over 117 minutes between World No1 James Willstrop (ri, ENG) and World No3 Greg Gaultier (le, FRA) and the crowd enjoyed the thrill the players gave them at the 1st semi-fina
l match of the British Grand Prix 2012.

In the end Willstrop won 7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 14-16, 15-13 with a lot of fortune and support of the 4 Britsh referees who decided the important calls mostly to Willstrops favour.

Final:
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) v[1] James Willstrop (ENG)

Semi-finals:
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 14-16, 15-13 (118m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [4] Peter Barker (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 (48m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 (66m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 12-10, 10-12, 11-5, 11-7 (68m)
[4] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-8, 11-1, 11-3 (43m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Alister Walker (BOT) 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3 (58m)

1st round:
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (59m)
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt Jens Schoor (GER) 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)
Simon Rosner (GER) bt [Q] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (49m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 (36m)
[4] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 11-2 (85m)
Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 7-11, 7-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-6 (87m)
Alister Walker (BOT) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-7, 14-12, 11-3 (57m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 14-12, 12-10, 11-0 (48m)


Castagnet, Ghosal, Waller and Simpson into Grand Prix!

Castagnet, Ghosal, Waller and Simpson into Grand Prix!

Englishmen Adrian Waller and Chris Simpson will boost home interest in the main draw of the Springfield Solutions British Grand Prix in Manchester after claiming straight games victories in the qualifying finals in Wolverhampton.

A significant upset took place on an adjacent court where Mathieu Castagnet (le), the world No37 from France, battled for exactly an hour to overcome Egypt’s Marwan El Shorbagy, the reigning world junior champion ranked 11 places higher.

Qualifying finals:
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Chris Ryder (ENG) 17-15, 12-10, 11-5 (54m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) 14-12, 12-10, 11-7 (60m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 5-11, 11-4, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9 (54m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Joe Lee (ENG) 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (50m)

1st round draw:
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) v Daryl Selby (ENG)
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) v Jens Schoor (GER)
Simon Rosner (GER) v [Q] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG)
[4] Peter Barker (ENG) v Borja Golan (ESP)
Adrian Grant (ENG) v [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Alister Walker (BOT) v [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) v Tom Richards (ENG)

Official Website of the Springfield Solutions British Grand Prix.


Lee Laps Up Late Grand Prix Call!

Offered a place in the qualifying draw of the Springfield Solutions British Grand Prix just hours before the beginning of play, England’s Joe Lee took full advantage of the opportunity of making the main draw upsetting Scotland’s Alan Clyne in a 5-game thriller (11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 6-11, 11-8) in Wolverhampton.

The London-born 22-year-old was called up as a late replacement for Borja Golan, the Spaniard who was promoted into the main draw following the withdrawal of Egypt’s former world No1 Karim Darwish.

1st qualifying round:
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Max Lee (HKG) 11-5, 11-8, 10-12, 12-10 (75m)
Chris Ryder (ENG) bt Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 11-5, 8-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8 (74m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Darren Lewis (ENG) 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (40m)
Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (70m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bye
Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt Ollie Holland (ENG) 12-10, 11-9, 11-3 (35m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Siddharth Suchde (IND) 11-6, 5-11, 12-10, 14-12 (84m)
Joe Lee (ENG) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 6-11, 11-8 (94m)


El Weleily & Momen took Malaysian Open titles!

Raneem El Weleily (le) and compatriot Tarek Momen (ri) secured all-Egyptian victory at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

Saving 2 match-balls in the dying stages of the game, unseeded Tarek Momen overcame 2nd seed Mohamed El Shorbagy in the 1st ever all-Egyptian final of the Malaysian Open to win 12-10, 6-11, 12-10, 8-11, 14-12 in dramatic 109 minutes match – and claimed the biggest title of his career.

Raneem El Weleily claimed an historic win over top seed Nicol David to prevent the No1 seed from achieving her 8th title in the Malaysian Open final. The world No.2 showed no fear coming up against David and demonstrated a cool head to take the title in 4 games 12-10, 11-13, 11-6, 11-2.


Momen sets up all-Egyptian Malaysian Open final!

Unseeded Egyptian Tarek Momen (ri) overcame a 1st game deficit in the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open before beating higher-ranked Spaniard Borja Golan (le) 13-15, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 to set up the 1st ever all-Egyptian final in Kuala Lumpur.

Momen will face fellow countryman Mohamed El Shorbagy, the No2 seed who earlier beat Swiss No1 Nicolas Mueller. The match was the 1st PSA World Tour battle between 2 players who contested the world junior semi-finals in Switzerland in 2008. El Shorbagy, the world No8 twice had to come from behind against Mueller and finally clinched his 11-13, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 victory after 64 minutes.

Final:
Tarek Momen (EGY) v [2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY)

Semi-finals:
Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 13-15, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (53m)
[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-13, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 (64m)

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