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Kent Open 2017


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 Kent Open 2017
13 - 18 Jun
 Maidstone, England
, $10k
Round One
15 jun
17 Jun
18 Jun
[1] Joel Makin (WAL)
11/4, 11/2, 11/4 (22m)
[WC] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR)
Joel Makin
11/6, 9/11, 12/10, 13/11 (71m)
Jan van den Herrewegen
Joel Makin
11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (50m)
Richie Fallows
Joel Makin
11-5, 11-4, 11-8 (37m)
Joshua Masters
[6] Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL)
11/8, 11/3, 13/11 (36m)
[Q] Connor Sheen (ENG)
[5] Adam Murrills (ENG)
11/4, 11/3, 11/7 (31m)
Asim Khan (PAK)
Adam Murrills
11/9, 11/9, 11/6 (37m)
Richie Fallows
[3] Richie Fallows (ENG)
11/3, 11/6, 11/7 (25m)
[Q] Ondrej Uherka (CZE)
[4] Joshua Masters (ENG)
11/7, 4/11, 10/12, 11/3, 11/6 (70m)
Edmon Lopez (ESP)
Joshua Masters
11/9, 11/7, 12/10 (50m)
Kristian Frost
Joshua Masters
4-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-4, 11-6 (63m)
Todd Harrity
[8] Kristian Frost (DEN)
11/7, 11/9, 11/6 (50m)
[Q] Rui Soares (POR)
[7] Aqeel Rehman (AUT)
11/5, 4/11, 11/7, 11/9, 47m)
Mark Fuller (ENG)
Aqeel Rehman
11/7, 7/11, 11/2, 10/12 11/8 (49m)
Todd Harrity
[Q] Miles Jenkins (ENG)
11/4, 12/10, 11/6 (40m)
[2] Todd Harrity (USA)

Qualifying finals:
Miles Jenkins (ENG) bt Joeri Hapers (BEL) 14-12, 11-4, 11-8 (39m)
Ondrej Uherka (CZE) bt Mark Broekman (ENG) 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 10-12, 11-3 (58m)
Connor Sheen (ENG) bt Matthew Broadberry (ENG) 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 (35m)
Rui Soares (POR) bt Taminder Gata-Aura (ENG) 11-1, 11-4, 11-5 (21m)

Makin Masters Home Favourite

Welshman Joel Makin improved on his runner-up finish at the Select Gaming Kent Open PSA M10 twelve months ago to come through and overpower local hero Josh Masters to take the 2017 title in straight games.

In front of a packed gallery at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone, Kent, Makin dominated the match in what was the hottest day of the year.

Makin settled into a comfortable rhythm early on and quickly built an 8-1 lead to set up the platform for victory.

“I felt good all week and I felt I was moving well – I have had a good season and it’s great to end the season on a winning note,” said Makin.

“It’s been a superb tournament and the players all appreciate the way they are looked after here at The Mote.”

Making wasn’t the only player to upset the home crowd this weekend as Scotsman Greg Lobban collected the biggest title of his career to date at the NZ Southern Open.

The number five seed, who recently returned from a lengthy injury absence, overcame Malaysian top seed Ivan Yuen to take the title 3-1.

There was no such joy for Lobban’s compatriot Lisa Aitken though as she lost out to local Kiwi top seed Amanda Landers-Murphy in the final of the Matamata Open.


Home hero Masters makes Mote final as Fallows falls to Makin

Local favourite Josh Masters recovered from 2-1 down in games to beat US number one Todd Harrity to reach the final of the Select Gaming Kent Open, presented by First Business Finance.

A boisterous, partisan crowd at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone, the county town of Kent, roared their encouragement as Masters fought back against his higher-ranked opponent.

Harrity, the world No.49, is seven places above Masters in the PSA world rankings. The two train together in Bristol and, despite being good friends, there was certainly no lack of competitiveness.

Harrity settled quickly and from 5-1 up he picked off the first game 11-4. Masters responded solidly in the second and from 7-7 he finished strongly to make it one game all.

After an even start to the third game, Harrity powered through to win it 11-6. The physical investment on a hot court began to take its toll as Harrity’s control faded in the fourth. Masters dominated to win it 11-4 and set up an intriguing battle in the fifth.

From 2-1 down, Masters constructed his best spell of the match to win seven points in a row. He hit some devastating nicks, tight drops and forced a tiring opponent into errors.

At 9-3 up, Masters tinned a volley that was too high even for his 6ft 3in tall frame, and then mis-timed a drop shot. His fans began to chew their nails as they feared a Harrity comeback, but Masters clinched victory with two outstanding winners as the crowd roared with a mixture of joy and relief.

“I was a bit slow to start,” he admitted. “I knew the match was going to be hard and I was relieved that Todd started to get a bit tired. I have been happy to hit a good patch of form when I needed it most in the fifth game twice this week.”

No.4 seed Harrity admitted: “I felt that although I was 2-1 up that Josh was controlling most of the match and I was certainly tired in the fourth and fifth games. I had put in a lot of work and he wasn’t making many mistakes. He played exceptionally well.”

Top seed Joel Makin eased past Richie Fallows in straight games, winning 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 with the No.3 seed from London losing the match on a penalty stroke issued for arguing.

It was not the way he would have wanted to celebrate his 22nd birthday, and even though the Mote members sang “Happy Birthday” to him at the tournament party he knew he should have done better.

Makin was solid, positive and playing controlled, error-free squash. He said: “I was happy with the way I played but Richie always seems to engineer breaks in the play, whether it’s a shoelace or wanting the court cleaned. It gets very irritating.

“This is a physical game based on continuous play and you don’t want these hold-ups.

“I am looking forward to the final very much. Josh is a talented player. He likes to go for winners and we have very contrasting styles, which should make it a great match.“