Carlisle Squash Club
50th Anniversary Open 2022
Carlisle Squash Club
50th Anniversary Open 2022
29 Jun - 02 Jul
Carlisle, England, $6k
 Ivan Perez (ESP) bt  Ben Smith (ENG) 11-3, 7-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-3
 Ivan Perez (ESP) bt  Elliott Morris Devred (WAL) 3-1: 13-11,
9-11, 11-8, 11-8
 Ben Smith (ENG) bt Joel Arscott (NZL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-2
 Ivan Perez (ESP) bt  Ryunosuke Tsukue (JPN) 11-4, 6-11, 11-9,
 Elliott Morris Devred (WAL) bt  Christopher Binnie (JAM) 11-1,
Joel Arscott (NZL) bt  Owain Taylor (WAL) 11-7, 10-12, 13-11, 11-9
 Ben Smith (ENG) bt  James Peach (ENG) 11-7, 11-4, 11-7
 Ivan Perez (ESP) bt Lewis Doughty (ENG) 11-8, 11-9, 13-11
 Ryunosuke Tsukue (JPN) bt Perry Malik (ENG) 12-10, 9-11, 17-15, 11-3
 Elliott Morris Devred (WAL) bt Liam Marrison (CAN) 6-11, 11-3, 11-6,
 Christopher Binnie (JAM) bt [WC] Ben Hetherington (ENG) 4-11, 11-6,
11-3, 4-11, 11-5
Joel Arscott (NZL) bt  Sean Conroy (IRL) 11-3, 11-3, 11-6
 Owain Taylor (WAL) bt Finnlay Withington (ENG) 7-11, 11-8, 7-11,
 James Peach (ENG) bt Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 12-10, 11-6, 11-2
 Ben Smith (ENG) bt Alasdair Prott (SCO) 13-11, 11-8, 11-5
Perez Takes Second Win Of Season
In a final between the tournamentís top two seeds, it was Spainís Ivan
Perez that claimed the Carlisle Squash Club 50th Anniversary Open title
after he defeated Englandís Ben Smith, to secure his second title of the
Perez came into the tournament as the top seed, and he was aiming for a
second win after a victory at the Open de Cognac back in November. He
started his run at the tournament with a straight games victory over
another Englishman, in Lewis Doughty, but it was far from easy, with the
Spaniard winning 11-8, 11-9, 13-11 to advance to the last eight.
He then came across Japanís No.7 seed Ryunosuke Tsukue in the quarter
finals, and was level after two games, bu fought through to win in four.
Perez faced No.5 seed Elliott Morris Devred in the semi-finals, and it
was a tough battle, with the Spaniard eventually winning out 13-11,
9-11, 11-8, 11-8 to make it through to another final.
There, he came up against Englandís Ben Smith, the No.2 seed for the
competition, with both men aiming for a second piece of silverware in
the campaign. Smith went 2-1 up after going from behind, but Perez was
able too right back to take the fourth game 11-8 to send the match into
a decider. He then took the fifth 11-3 to claim his second title of the
season, winning on English soil for the first time.
And Smith Set For Final Battle
The semi-finals of the Carlisle Squash Club 50th Anniversary Open took
place on Friday evening, where Spainís Ivan Perez and Englishman Ben
Smith won their respective matches to make it into the final of the
Challenger 5 level competition.
The pair came into the competition as the two top seeds, with Englandís
Smith yet to drop a game, having beaten Alasdair Prott and James Peach
in straight games in his opening two matches of the tournament. That
form continued against the eventís surprise package, the unseeded Joel
Arscott. The Kiwi had defeated two seeded players to reach the semis,
but Smith won in three to advance to the final on home soil in Carlisle.
Spainís Perez took on Welshman Elliott Morris Devred in the other
semi-final on Friday evening in Carlisle, and he took the first game on
a tie-break, before seeing Devred fight back to win the second. However,
from there it was the Spaniard that was in control, winning both the
third and fourth games by an 11-8 scoreline, to book his spot in the
The final of the Carlisle Squash Club 50th Anniversary Open will be
between Spainís Ivan Perez and Englishman Ben Smith, and it will take
place on Saturday, July 2. The action will be streamed live on the
clubís Facebook page.
One Upset On
The opening day of the Carlisle Squash Club 50th Anniversary Open saw
just a singular upset, as New Zealandís Joel Arscott got the better of
Irishman Sean Conroy in straight games to make it through to the quarter
finals of the competition.
The Kiwi came into the Challenger 5 level tournament unseeded, and he
took on Conroy, the No.4 seed for the event, in the first round in
Carlisle. The New Zealander, who sits 52 places below the Irishman in
the World Rankings, was in complete control throughout, dropping just
twelve points in the match, to win 11-3, 11-3, 11-6 to advance to the
He will now face Welshman Owain Taylor, the tournamentís No.6 seed, in
the quarter finals of the Challenger 5 level event, after the World
No.150 overcame Englandís Finnlay Withington in a five-game battle.
Taylor found himself behind after three games, but was able to fight
back to win the last two games 11-7 and 11-5, booking his spot in the
Jamaicaís Christopher Binnie also saw his opening match of the
competition go to five, beating the tournamentís wildcard Ben
Hetherington. After losing the first game, the Jamaican No.1 fought back
to win the next two. He then lost the fourth, but regrouped to win the
deciding game, to secure his berth in the quarter finals.
Englandís James Peach and Ben Smith both made it through on home soil,
and will now meet in the quarter finals, while a second Welshman, in
Elliott Morris Devred, will be Binnieís opponent in the last eight. Top
seed Ivan Perez will take on Japanís Ryunosuke Tsukue in the other
quarter final on day two of the competition.
The quarter finals of the Carlisle Squash Club 50th Anniversary Open
will take place on Thursday, June 30, with the last eight doing battle
at the Carlisle Squash Club. The action will be streamed live, and you
can keep up to date with the PSA World Tour social channels for more
Taking place on English soil this week will be the Carlisle Squash Club
50th Anniversary Open, which will take place from Wednesday, June 28 to
Saturday, July 2.
Spainís Ivan Perez will be the top seed for the menís Challenger 5 level
competition, which will take place at the Carlisle Squash Club.
Englandís Ben Smith, Jamaicaís Christopher Binnie and Irish No.1 Sean
Conroy will make up the rest of the top four seeds.