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Edinburgh Open 2015
Men's Draw
29 Jan-1 Feb

Round One
Round Two
Sat 31st
Sat 31st
Sun 1st
[1] Daryl Selby
1/6, 11/2, 13/11 (31m)
Chris Leiper
Daryl Selby
12/10, 11/5, 12/10 (26m)
Darren Lewis
Daryl Selby
12/10, 9/11, 11/4, 11/5 (54m)
Kevin Moran
Daryl Selby
11/8, 8/11, 11/7, 11/13, 11/6 (81m)
Jaymie Haycocks
Daryl Selby
12/10, 12/10, 3/11, 12/10 (68m)
Shaun Le Roux
Chris Gray
7/11, 11/7, 11/6, 11/6 (36m)
Darren Lewis
Danny Hockburn
11/4, 11/7, 11/6 (24m)
Siego Masuda
Danny Hockburn
15/13, 9/11, 11/4, 11/6 (55m)
Kevin Moran
Iain Tennant
11/6, 11/8, 12/14, 11/9 (46m)
[5/8] Kevin Moran
[5/8] Greg Lobban
11/8, 11/5, 7/11, 11/9 (40m)
Matt Sidaway
Greg Lobban
11/4, 11/5, 11/5 (29m)
Rory Stewart
Greg Lobban
6/11, 12/10, 11/9, 4/11, 12/10 (87m)
Jaymie Haycocks
Rory Stewart
11/3, 11/7, 11/6 (25m)
[LL] David Beaumont
Bryan Byrne
11/5, 11/9, 11/1 (23m)
Tom Bamford
Bryan Byrne
11/2, 11/6, 11/8 (30m)
Jaymie Haycocks
Allan Tasker
11/5, 11/7, 11/4 (23m)
[3/4] Jaymie Haycocks
[3/4 Eddie Charlton
11/3, 11/7, 11/6 (25m)
Stuart George
Eddie Charlton
11/9, 11/6, 11/8 (34m)
Jamie Henderson
Eddie Charlton
11/7, 10/12, 11/9, 11/7 (81m)
Dougie Kempsell
Eddie Charlton
11/7, 11/5, 11/7 (38m)
Shaun Le Roux
Elliot Selby
11/8, 11/7, 11/6 (34m)
Jamie Henderson
Phil Nightingale
11/5, 9/11, 11/9, 11/3 (41m)
Chris Shinnie
Phil Nightingale
11/8, 9/11, 15/13, 11/8 (64m)
Dougie Kempsell
Luke Parker
11/3, 11/3, 11/3 (24m)
[5/8] Dougie Kempsell
[5/8] Richie Fallows
11/9, 6/11, 11/8, 11/8 (46m)
Adam Turner
Richie Fallows
3/11, 13/11, 11/4, 8/11, 13/11 (74m)
Angus Gillams
Richie Fallows
11/6, 11/4 rtd (14m)
Shaun Le Roux
Taminder Gata-Aura
11/3, 7/11, 8/11, 11/6, 11 /7 (47m)
Angus Gillams
Ben Grindrod
11/2, 11/9, 11/9 (22m)
Simon Boughton
Ben Grindrod
11/9, 11/5, 12/10 (31m)
Shaun Le Roux
James Jacobsen
11/7, 11/3, 10/12, 11/8 (30m)
[2] Shaun Le Roux
Men's Preliminary Round
Chris Leiper 3-0 Ewan Stewart 11/1, 11/4, 11/4 (17m)
Chris Gray w/o Tom Chitty 
Seigo Masuda 3-0 Nick Forrest  11/4, 11/7, 11/7 (23m)
Iain Tennant 3-1 Fergus Richards  8/11, 11/9, 11/6, 11/4 (34m)
Rory Stewart 3-1 Robert Dadds  11/8, 11/4, 8/11, 11/8 (43m)
Tom Bamford 3-0 Gareth Brown  11/4, 11/4, 11/6 (16m)
Alan Tasker 3-0 Dan McGinn 11/7, 15/13, 11/6 (43m)
Stuart George 3-0 Tom Partington  11/2, 11/2, 11/6 (20m)
Elliot Selby 3-0 Craig Valent-Wallace  11/6, 11/8, 14/12 (40m)
Chris Shinne 3-0 James Singh 11/4, 11/7, 11/4 (19m)
Luke Parker 3-0 Michael Ross  12/10, 11/8, 11/7 (24m)
Adam Turner 3-1 David Beaumont LL 11/7, 8/11, 11/6, 11/3 (36m)
Taminder Gata-Aura 3-2 Ross McHoul 9/11, 11/8, 8/11, 11/7, 11/5 (44m)
Simon Boughton 3-0 Matt Schonfrucht 11/9, 11/5, 11/3 (20m)
James Jacobsen 3-0 Jacques Laas 12/10, 11/4, 11/6 (24m)
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Edinburgh Open 2015
Women's Draw
29 Jan-1 Feb

Round One
Fri 30th
Sat 31st
Sat 31st
Sun 1st
[1] Lucie Fialova (Cze)
11/4, 11/3, 11/7 (18m)
[Q] Lauren Gray (Sco)
Lucie Fialova
11/3, 11/5, 9/11, 11/7 (35m)
Lucy Beecroft
Lucie Fialova
11/4, 11/7, 6/11, 11/2 (34m)
Fiona Moverley
Fiona Moverley
11/7, 7/11, 12/10, 11/6 (51m)
Nele Gilis
[5] Sina Wall (Ger)
11/5, 11/8, 11/8 (20m)
Lucy Beecroft (Eng)
[6] Chloe Mesic (Fra)
11/2, 11/6, 11/4 (18m)
Fiona Moverley (Eng)
Fiona Moverley
10/12, 8/11, 11/9, 11/4, 11/3 (55m)
 Tamika Saxby
[3] Tamika Saxby (Aus)
7/11, 12/10, 11/5, 11/8 (44m)
[Q] Alison Thomson (Eng)
[Q] Ineta Mackevica (Lat)
11/3, 11/7, 11/2 (19m)
[4] Nele Gilis (Bel)
Nele Gilis
11/7, 11/5, 11/8 (35m)
Leonie Holt
Nele Gilis
11/3, 6/11, 11/9, 12/10 (47m)
Georgina Kennedy 
Anna Klimundova (Cze)
10/12, 11/9, 11/7, 11/6 (36m)
[8] Leonie Holt (Eng)
[Q] Jessica Davis (Eng)
11/8, 11/4, 8/11, 11/6 (32m)
[8] Georgina Kennedy (Eng)
Georgina Kennedy 
11/8, 11/3, 11/3 (21m)
Birgit Coufal
Enora Villard (Fra)
12/10, 12/10, 11/6 (27m)
[2] Birgit Coufal (Aut)
Qualifying Round One:
Alison Thomson (Eng) 3-1 Elspeth Young (Sco)  5/11, 11/3, 11/8, 11/9 (30m)
Senga Macfie (Sco) 3-1 Ekaterina Marusan (Rus) 11/5, 12/10, 7/11, 11/9 (33m)
Taylor Flavell (Aus) 3-0 Stephanie Walton (Sco) 11/4, 11/0, 11/1 (19m)
Ineta Mackevica (Lat) 3-0 Kirsty Lobban (Sco) 11/4, 11/4, 11/2 (13m)
Lauren Gray (Sco) 3-2 Tessa ter Sluis (Ned) 11/9, 4/11, 6/11, 13/11, 11/8 (30m)
Roxanna Keshavarz (Eng) 3-2 Emily Ison (Eng) 14/12, 7/11, 10/12, 11/7, 11/2 (35m)
Marina De Juan Gallach (Esp) 3-1 Claire Gadsby (Sco) 11/5, 5/11, 12/10, 11/9 (36m)
Jessica Davis (Eng) 3-0 Elin Harlow (Wal) 11/1, 11/4, 11/6 (16m)
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Edinburgh Open - Finals

Fiona Moverley (Eng) 3-1 [4] Nele Gilis (Bel) 11/7, 7/11, 12/10, 11/6 (51m)

[1] Daryl Selby (Eng) 3-1 [2] Shaun Le Roux (Rsa) 12/10, 12/10, 3/11, 12/10 (68m)

Fiona's Back as Daryl makes it Three in a row

Unseeded Fiona Moverley, returning to WSA action after a four-year break, collected the WSA Edinburgh Open title with a hard fought four-game win over Belgian teenager Nele Gilis in the first of the day's finals at Edinburgh Sports Club.

The 28 year old Yorkshirewoman was fastest out of the blocks, taking an early 4-1 lead which she extended to 7-3. Gilis started to find her game, lengthening the rallies as she fought back to 7-8, but two unforced errors gave the momentum back to Moverley who took the lead 11-7.

Moverley had the edge early in the second, but this time her 5-2 lead was pegged back, Gilis levelling at 6-all then continuing to force the pace as she levelled the match 11-7.

There was hardly a point between them in the third, and both were fired up and playing determined squash. At9-all a Moverley slip at the front gave Gilis a game ball, but Moverley took three points in a row to regain the lead 12-10.

After Gilis took the first two points in the first, it was Moverley mostly in command of the rallies, and she took the lead and slowly eked out an advantage, Gilis getting frustrated with some errors. From 8-6 Moverley put it a dropshot that was too tight, powered a ball deep for match ball and then another drop to claim the title.

""She's a real battler," said Moverley, "it looked like she was tired but she never stopped. I knew I needed to move her around and play my short game when I could, and I did that well for the most part. She's better than me at a hard hitting game, so I needed to mix it up and I was pleased with how I played at the end.

"It feels great to win another WSA title [her fourth]. After five years off the circuit, mainly because of lack of funds, I thought it was time to give it another go and I'm really enjoying it. I should be back in the top 100 now, I just need to get a few more tournaments in.

"I'm having a great time playing in Hull, where squash is really on the up with all the work at the Humber Junior Squash Academy and the support that Dr Allam is giving to all the squash projects in the area, long may it continue!.

In the men's BSPA final defending champion Daryl Selby made it three Edinburgh titles in a row and five overall with a finely balanced win over second seed Shaun Le Roux, himself a former Edinburgh champion.

The packed crowd in Edinburgh Sports Club's "bearpit" court five were treated to two fiercely contested first games with neither player able to make any significant headway against the scoreboard.

It was Le Roux who had the first opportunity, eking out a lead from 7-all, earning two game balls at 10-8. Selby, who has made a habit of saving game balls this weekend, did it again as he dug in for some long rallies, and took the next four points to lead 12-10.

The second game was a carbon copy, Le Roux again edged ahead for 10-8, Selby again taking the next four for another 12-10!

Le Roux came out firing in the third, was quickly 6-1 up and with Selby seemingly saving some energy it was quickly 10-1, then 11-3 to reduce the deficit.

It was pretty much the same story in the fourth, Le Roux again forging ahead, 7-3 and at 10-5 we were surely in for a decider. Not to be though, as Selby mounted another comeback, this time seven points in a row with Le Roux unable to find a finish. Selby's precision was too much in the end as the South African maybe tried a little too hard to find a winner, clipping the tin three times before Selby finally took the match with a dropshot leaving his opponent stranded.

"I've certainly saved a few game balls this weekend," said a delighted winner. "

"Shaun's tough to play, he volleys well and he's very accurate with his drives, he's difficult to beat. It could easily have been one-all, although I wouldn't have let the third go if it had been.

"To be honest in the fourth I was starting to try to build up some momentum for the fifth, but I think he got a bit nervous and I played a few good rallies that got me back into it, I was feeling better as that game went along.

"I've been coming here for maybe 10 years now, and it's a fabulous tournament every year. Big credit to Simon, JJ, the club members and spectators and sponsors, they all make it what it is, and the quality of the entries and the matches are testament to how good it is. It's great to see such commitment in all the graded events too."

"Very happy to win my fifth title here, I haven't won a PSA title since 2012 so it's nice to get a trophy on the shelf early in the year, hopefully there's more to come!"



Sat 31st, Day THREE: down to the finals

Two more rounds to play today as the BSPA and WSA events were whittled down to the final two ... quarters at lunchtime and semis this evening, with lots of Graded matches throughout the day ...
WSA Semis:

Fiona Moverley (Eng) 3-1 [1] Lucie Fialova (Cze) 11/4, 11/7, 6/11, 11/2 (34m)
[4] Nele Gilis (Bel) 3-1 [8] Georgina Kennedy (Eng) 11/3, 6/11, 11/9, 12/10 (47m)

BSPA Semis:

[2] Shaun Le Roux (Rsa) 3-0 [3/4] Eddie Charlton (Eng) 11/7, 11/5, 11/7 (38m)
[1] Daryl Selby (Eng) 3-2 [3/4] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng) 11/8, 8/11, 11/7, 11/13, 11/6 (81m)


While the men's BSPA final will be as predicted by the seedings, the women's WSA event is sure to produce an unexpected champion in Edinburgh tomorrow.

Unseeded Fiona Moverley continued her giant-killing run with a 3-1 win over top seed Lucie Fialova. The Englishwoman capitalised on a good 4-0 start in each of the first two games, taking the first comfortably 11-4 and forging ahead in the second after Fialova had closed the gap to 7-8, inishing it 11-8.

The Czech was quickly out of the blocks in the third though, forcing the pace and making Moverley work harder, then pulling clear from 6-all to reduce the deficit 11-6.

"She dragged me into her game in the third," admitted Moverley afterwards, "but once I managed to slow it down again in the fourth it was much more comfortable."

So it was, and a 6-1 lead became 9-1 as Fialova realised she wasn't winning this, Moverley taking it 11-2 to reach the final.

The second semi was a really tough battle for two of its four games. Nele Gilis looked in control in the first as she recovered from 1-3 to take the game 11-3 in fairly quick time. But Gina Kennedy is nothing if not a battler, and she battled mightily to force her way back into the match, racing to a 9-2 lead in the second before levelling 11-6.

For the next two games the pair slugged it out with hardly a point between them, tough rallies, tremendous retrieving and great entertainment for the crowd. Gilis found two lovely winners from 9-all in the third to regain the lead, spurned match ball at 10-9 in the fourth with a tin, but forced two final errors out of Kennedy to close out the match after 47 minutes.

"If I hadn't won that game I would have lost the match," said a relieved Gilis, "she was fitter than me today.I just had to try to keep it tight, she's a real tough cookie!"

The first men's semi was shorter than that at 38 minutes - Shaun Le Roux taking advantage of his [much] easier afternoon match than Eddie Charlton. "I knew he'd had a long match this afternoon, so I wanted to make it as tough as possible at the start," said Le Roux, who took the first 11-7 and effectively sealed the second going 6-1 up before taking it 11-5.

"Eddie found something extra in the third, and his shots started going in, it sometimes happens like that you're often more dangerous when you're tired!"

Charlton's surge of energy provided some entertaining rallies as he took the lead 7-4 in that third, but Le Roux kept making him work hard and it told as the South African closed out the match 11-7 to reach his second Edinburgh final.

His opponent in the final will be appearing there for the third year in a row, but defending champion Darly Selby certainly had his work cut out tonight to keep that run going.

Jaymie Haycocks also had a tough match this afternoon, but as Selby said afterwards, "I kept expecting to get tired and slow down, but he just never did!"

It was a brutal match, both players being patient when required, and rapid in running down the other's attacks when they came. After three tough games Selby led two-one and looked to be closing in on the final as he edged ahead 10-9 in a fourth game that had gone point for point.

At this point two no lets, two lets he thought should be strokes, and a final no let left Selby feeling hard done by five times, and Haycocks walking off having levelled the match 13-11.

Despite a couple of miracle lobs from Haycocks that rolled along the back wall, Selby always had the slight edge in the decider, and after 81 minutes reached the final again 11-6.

"That was a good day," said a relieved winner, "I'm just glad I've only got one match tomorrow!"

WSA Quarters:

[1] Lucie Fialova (Cze) 3-1 Lucy Beecroft (Eng) 11/3, 11/5, 9/11, 11/7 (35m)
Fiona Moverley (Eng) 3-2 [3] Tamika Saxby (Aus) 10/12, 8/11, 11/9, 11/4, 11/3 (55m)
[4] Nele Gilis (Bel) 3-0 [7 Leonie Holt (Eng) 11/7, 11/5, 11/8 (35m)
[8] Georgina Kennedy (Eng) 3-0 [2] Birgit Coufal (Aut) 11/8, 11/3, 11/3 (21m)

BSPA Quarters:

[2] Shaun Le Roux (Rsa) 3-0 [5/8] Richie Fallows (Eng) 11/6, 11/4 rtd (14m)
[3/4] Eddie Charlton (Eng) 3-1 [5/8] Dougie Kempsell (Sco) 11/7, 10/12, 11/9, 11/7 (81m)
[3/4] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng) 3-2 [5/8] Greg Lobban (Sco) 6/11, 12/10, 11/9, 4/11, 12/10 (87m)
[1] Daryl Selby (Eng) 3-1 [5/8] Kevin Moran (Sco) 12/10, 9/11, 11/4, 11/5 (54m)

Upsets continue in WSA quarters

The upsets continued in the WSA Edinburgh Open quarter-finals, with English players gatecrashing both semi-finals.

Top seeded Czech Lucie Fialova started stongly but then had to hold off a determined fightback from English teenager Lucy Beecroft, who took the third game and ran Fialova close in the fourth.

"I'd never played her beore but I knew she'd be good, after her win yesterday," said Fialova. "I started well but she was helping me with some mistakes. She stopped making them and it was very tough in the third and fourth, I'm glad she made a couple of mistakes at the end!"

Fialova faces Fiona Moverley for a place in the final, after the unseeded Englishwoman came from two games down to beat Edinburgh-based Aussie Tamika Saxby, the third seed. In truth Moverley had chances to win the first two games, but having edged the third she took the last two with some comfort.

"I just couldn't relax at all," admitted Moverley, "I was nervous and got dragged into her game. Once I started to slow it down it all just seemed to click in place.

Second seed Birgit Coufal came unstuck against the fast, attacking style of British U19 champion Gina Kennedy, the English girl winning in straight games with the Austrian number one falling away after a close first game.

"That's my best win so far," said a delighted Kennedy. "The roofa are low here so my coach told me I had to keep attacking and volleying everything, and it worked! I played here last year and didn't get past the first round, so to make the semis is great!"

Kennedy will face Nele Gilis, the 3/4 seed from Belgium in the semis, after Gilis beat Leonie Holt in three well-contested games.

"Happy to be through, but I can play better that that," admitted Gilis. "I was moving ok but wasn't really feeling the ball and gave her too many chances. Things to work on for tonight!"
Home hopes bow out

The Men's quarter-finals saw the end of Scottish hopes as the top four seeds won through to tonight's semi-finals.

Second seed Shaun Le Roux had the easiest time, taking two games from an injured Richie Fallows before the youngster succumbed to his groin strain after just fourteen minutes.

It took Eddie Charlton considerably longer - 81 minutes - to subdue a fired up Dougie Kempsell in four games that all could have gone either way.

"He was very solid, not giving me anything," said Charlton. "I was moving well and felt fine physically, but I don't think I played my best tactically, I'll have to work on that for tonight."

Top seed Daryl Selby continued his habit of saving game balls as he came from 6-10 to take the lead against Kevin Moran, and although the Scot levelled, the defending champion took the next two games with something to spare.

That left home hopes resting on Greg Lobban, who took a fierce opening game against Jaymie Haycocks. The Englishman fought back to take the lead but Lobban levelled strongly, and at 7-4 in the decider a Scottish win looked on the cards.

Six points in a row gave Haycocks three match balls, and although a determined Lobban forced extra points, a Haycocks high ball that rolled out of the back wall nick at 11-10 put paid to that. At 87 minutes we had a new longest match, but no Scots left.

"Very satisfying," said Haycocks. "I've had a few tough losses in some bizarre fifth games recently, so I just decided to keep it simple, play lengths and make him win it."

WSA Round One
Simon Boughton Reports From Edinburgh

The women's first round provided a mix of quick wins and tough battles, and some upsets thrown in too.

Top seeds Lucia Fialova and Birgit Coufal had contrasting three-nil wins, Fialova easing past local qualifier Lauren Gray while Coufal needed extra points in the first two games before seeing off France's Enora Villard.

"That was hard fro a three-nil," admitted Coufal, "but a win's a win!"

It was a similar story for the 3/4 seeds as Nele Gilis beat qualifier Ineta Mackevica - a training partner back in Belgium - with something top spare while Edinburgh-based Tamika Saxby had her work cut out to see off another qualifier Alison Thomson, who took the first and pushed the Aussie all the way.

All four top seeds will face English opponents in the quarter-finals after Lucy Beecroft, playing in her first WSA event, upset Sina Wall, Fiona Moverley took out sixth seed Chloe Mesic, Georgina Kennedy won her all-English tussle with Jessica Davis, and a 'not at my best" Leonie Holt came from a game down to beat Anna Klimundova.

Men's seeds all through

The second round of the BSPA event saw all eight seeds - including three Scotsmen - through to the quarter-finals, although as ever is was easier for some than others.

Defending champ Daryl Selby won in straight games for the second time today, beating Darren Lewis in an entertaining match where the top seed once again had to sdave three game balls.

"I'm probably a bit lucky to have won 3-0, 3-0 today," said Selby, "but I'll take it!"

For the home players, all seeded 5/8, Greg Lobban beat fellow-Scot Rory Stewart comfortably enough, but Kevin Moran and Dougie Kempsell had to work hard for their wins over Danny Hockburn and Phil Nightingale, both winning in four games in just under and just over the hour mark.

The longest and toughest match of the day was between two recent European Junior Champions, Richie Fallows and Angus Gillams. It went the full distance and both had match ball opportunities before 5/8 seed Fallows finally clinched the decider 13/11 after 74 minutes.

"We play each other a lot and it's always close," admitted Gillams, "but that was a tough one."

Rounding out the quarter-finals, Shaun Le Roux, Jaymie Haycocks and Eddie Charlton all won in straight games.


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