Lyell Fuller (Devon) bt Rory Stewart (Scotland) 11-9, 14-12, 20-18 (67m)
Charlie Lee (Surrey) bt Kyle Finch (Hants) 11-3, 11-7, 11-3 (36m)
Emyr Evans (Wales) bt Julian Tomlinson (Lancs) 11-7, 11-4, 12-10 (50m)
Patrick Rooney (Merseyside) bt Matthew Parks (Lancs) 11-7, 11-2, 11-2
3rd qualifying round:
Lyell Fuller (Devon) bye
Arron Ken (Merseyside) bt Robert Thirst (Norfolk) 8-11, 11-2, 9-11,
11-8, 11-4 (45m)
Oliver Rawlins (Worcs) bt Josh Owen (Warwicks) w/o
Rory Stewart (Scotland) bt Simon Herbert (Leics) 11-9, 12-10, 11-7 (27m)
Kyle Finch (Hants) bt Matthew Sidaway (Lancs) 8-11, 11-6, 11-1, 11-9
Mike Lowrey (Cumbria) bt Brad Garrett (ENG) 11-4, 11-5, 11-1 (18m)
Nick Wall (Yorks) bt Elliott Morris Devred (Wales) 11-6, 11-7, 11-7
Charlie Lee (Surrey) bt Chris Ogden (Cheshire) 11-1, 11-2, 11-0 (17m)
Emyr Evans (Wales) bt Josh Taylor (Leics) 11-7, 11-4, 12-10 (42m)
Charlie Cowie (Lancs) bt Dylan Martens (Northants) 11-5, 11-6, 11-3
Julian Tomlinson (Lancs) bt Luke Parker (Leics) 12-14, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8
Robert Dadds (Cambs) bt Ben Smith (Lincs) 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-8
Stuart George (Scotland) bt Kevin Moran (Scotland) w/o
Matthew Parks (Lancs) bt Alex Gould (Merseyside) 7-11, 11-6, 10-12,
11-7, 12-10 (40m)
Richard King (Avon) bt Steve Mason (Cambs) 9-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-8 (39m)
Patrick Rooney (Merseyside) bt Liam Gutcher (Northumbria) 11-4, 11-5,
1st qualifying round:
Lyell Fuller (Devon) bye
Arron Ken (ENG) bt Daniel Wells (Lincs) 11-7, 7-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-7
Robert Thirst (Norfolk) bt Harry Anderson (Yorks) w/o
Josh Owen (Warwicks) bye
Oliver Rawlins (Worcs) bye
Simon Herbert (Leics) bt Nick Parks (ENG) 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (21m)
Rory Stewart (Scotland) bye
Kyle Finch (Hants) bye
Matthew Sidaway (Lancs) bt Oliver Horton (Essex) 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (20m)
Mike Lowery (ENG) bye
Brad Garrett (ENG) bt Martin Ross (Scotland) w/o
Nick Wall (Yorks) bye
Elliott Morris Devred (Wales) bye
Chris Ogden (Cheshire) bt Sam Todd (Yorks) w/o
Charlie Lee (Surrey) bye
Emyr Evans (Wales) bye
Josh Taylor (Leics) bt Carlton Oldham (Lancs) 11-7, 11-2, 11-5 (21m)
Charlie Cowie (Lancs) bye
Dylan Martens (Northants) bye
Julian Tomlinson (Lancs) bye
Luke Parker (Leics) bt Cai Younger (Northumbria) 8-11, 11-0, 11-3, 11-8
Ben Smith (Lincs) bt Oliver Harris (Cheshire) w/o
Robert Dadds (Cambs) bye
Kevin Moran (Scotland) bye
Stuart George (Scotland) bye
Alex Gould (ENG) bye
Matthew Parks (ENG) bye
Steve Mason (SCO) bye
Richard King (Avon) bye
Liam Gutcher (Northumbria) bt Youssef Abdalla (Essex) w/o
Patrick Rooney (Merseyside) bye
British National Championship
Matthew has claimed a record tenth British National title following an
epic showdown with James Willstrop at the Dunlop British National
Championships final in Manchester.
In Matthew’s final British National appearance, the former World No.1
overcame fellow Yorkshireman and long-term rival, James Willstrop 11-7,
12-10, 8-11, 11-6 (69m) in a tightly-contested finale.
Remarkably before Sunday’s clash, the younger Willstrop had never
triumphed over the World No.8 in any Nationals match - falling short on
seven occasions, including five final defeats.
But with the World No.16 exhibiting a rich vein of form throughout the
2018 tournament, including making light work of 2011 winner, Daryl Selby
in the semi-finals, there was always cause for hope for the 34-year-old
With the sound of Duran Duran’s ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’ ringing in
Matthew’s ears, the three-time world champion leapt into action, huffing
and puffing to a hard earned 5-1 lead inside the first game.
In a tight opening encounter characterised by gruelling minute-long
rallies and lung busting scrambles, Willstrop clawed his way back into
the tie, utilising his formidable short game to his advantage to stretch
within a point of drawing level at 7-7.
On the back of an uncharacteristically wayward Willstrop serve, the
World No.8 rallied, powering to victory and claiming the first game
With the wind behind his sails, the three-time British Open winner began
coasting, sailing to a 6-2 lead before a resurgent Willstrop again broke
back to complicate proceedings for the top seed.
With the scores level at 10-10, the English pair began an enthralling
duel of cat and mouse until two-time National champion Willstrop made
the first slip, enabling Matthew to clinch the second game and put the
Sheffield player within one game of a fairy-tale tenth National title.
tensions rose on court, Willstrop continued to battle admirably -
refusing to give in to the six-time defending champion’s challenge and
advancing to a 9-5 lead in the third.
Undeterred by the looming sound of defeat, Willstrop pressed on,
capitalising on the slightest of Matthew mishits and eventually wrapping
up a deserved 11-8 win.
Where many would have faltered under the pressure, Matthew showed no
visible signs of nerves, grinding down his opponent and forcing his
challenger into completing uncharacteristic unenforced errors on more
than four occasions.
While this may not be the first masterclass Matthew has produced on
Manchester’s glass court, it may be the last, but not before treating
the awaiting audience to an exhibition of beautiful squash.
five match balls remaining, Matthew utilised every inch of his six-foot
frame to swing at one final National championship ball and claim his
tenth ever British National Championship crown in the process.
Speaking after the match, Matthew expressed his disbelief at attaining a
record ten titles: “I didn’t think I would get one to be honest.”
“I had three goals this year, one of them was to win the World
Championships in December and the second was to try and get a tenth
“As James said, I am a pretty horrible person on court, but James is
pretty tough on there as well. We are both tough and that is why we have
had such a good rivalry over the years.”
It was a great match, I really enjoyed the squash on there.” said the
“It is a good job he wins more than he loses, but he is a wonderful
player, a wonderful ambassador for toughness and an incredibly hard
player to compete against.
“I love playing the game – I am really enjoying it and if my body allows
me to do it, I will keep going. I can’t count on that necessarily but
hope I will be back next year.”
Tesni Evans produced a scintillating performance to overcome England’s
Alison Waters in the 2018 Dunlop National Squash Championships women’s
final today in Manchester.
Her straight-games victory, 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 in 43 minutes not only made
the Welsh No.1 and World No.12 the women’s champion, but also the first
non-English woman and first Welsh player of either gender to claim a
title in the championships’ illustrious history.
Evans, 25, was appearing in her first final after knocking out the
defending champion, Laura Massaro - but any nerves that she might have
had were far from obvious, as she hit to a good length from the outset
and raced into a 10-3 lead in the first game.
champion, and World No.10, Alison Waters, 33, saved two game points with
tight shots into the nick - although it was a case of third time lucky
for Evans, whose ferocious volley down the right saw her home 11-5.
Evans was clearly buoyed up for the second game - and proceeded to go
6-0 up, thanks to a confident series of drives, boasts, drops and
But Waters, seeking a fifth title that would draw her level with Sue
Cogswell and Cassie Jackman as the most successful woman in the
competition’s history, fought back to claim nine of the next dozen
points - leaving the game poised at 9-all.
Having recovered so well, Waters hit out of court to hand the advantage
back to Evans, who then played a tight drop into the left corner to
double her games lead.
Waters began the third game of her record-breaking 10th final in fine
style to establish an early 4-1 lead. But her mistake at the front of
court drew Evans level, and the Cardiff-born player never fell behind
again - earning championship points at 10-6 with a sublime cross-court
shot to the back-left corner.
Waters saved the first point with a tight volley - only for Evans
immediately to respond in kind with a title-winning shot into the right
Having lifted the trophy without dropping a single game all week, Evans
conceded that she had gone on to court with a few butterflies.
“I was so excited last night to have made the final, and tried to bluff
that I wasn’t nervous about today - but I was, so just decided to go off
as fast as I could,” she said.
so proud to have won the match, and also to become the first Welsh
person ever to be champion.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported or helped me - it means a lot.”
Paying tribute to her opponent, the new champion added: “I have the
utmost respect for Alison - thank you for the match today.”
Waters, who won the event in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014, as well as being
beaten finalist on five occasions - most recently two years ago - said:
“It’s never nice to lose a final.
“But Tesni was on fire from the start, and was the better player today.
“I’m proud to have go to the final. I didn’t quite make it today, but
I’ll be back for sure next year!”
champions Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro have sailed through to the
semi-finals of the Dunlop National Squash Championships 2018 following
comprehensive 3-0 victories today in Manchester.
Four-time National champion, Massaro looked in fine form to overpower
fellow compatriot Emily Whitlock in a repeat of their 2017 semi-final:
11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (27m).
“I got myself into a few good leads,” said Massaro afterwards.
“Emily came back well several times, but I always seemed to have enough
points in hand.”
Meanwhile, nine-time National champion, Matthew closed out the day with
a comprehensive 11-7, 11-5, 11-5, victory over 5/8 seed Josh Masters.
Matthew, the World No. 8 capitalised on some unforced errors in the
first then turned on the heat in the second and third to outwit his
22-year-old opponent and win 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (36m).
“In between games I didn’t feel like I was getting that much of a
“The way Josh plays he breaks the rhythm up and makes you feel like you
Three time-world champion, Matthew goes on to meet Chris Simpson who
overcame Scot Greg Lobban in three: 11-8, 11-1, 11-6 (35m).
Meanwhile, two-time National champion James Willstrop, who is appearing
in his 20th Nationals, suffered a shock in his first game against
22-year-old Richie Fallows with the youngster racing to an 11-6 lead.
Willstrop, the World No.16 quickly regained his composure to take the
match 6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 and advance to his 12th Nationals
The former World No.1 goes on to meet 2011 former National champion,
Daryl Selby in the semis.
Commenting on their clash, Willstrop said:
“It’s great fun at this point, I love Daryl to bits, so hopefully we’ll
just get stuck in and have a great battle on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, Selby, the 2011 champion, faced 21-year-old qualifier Emyr
Evans in the first of the men’s quarter-finals and came up against a
A couple of shots were all that separated the two in the opening two
games but Selby soon upped the ante and closed out the match, winning
11-9, 11-9, 11-8 (38m).
Meanwhile, Evans’s sister and five-time Welsh National Champion, Tesni
Evans overpowered two-time National champion Jenny Duncalf in three:
11-9, 11-5, 11-8 (31m).
Evans goes on to meet Massaro, in what will be a repeat of the 2017
PSA World Championships second round which saw Evans oust the former
Elsewhere, second seed and 2015 champion Sarah-Jane Perry also advanced
to her third Nationals semi-final following a clinical display against
Perry, the World No. 8 was made to work in the first as Tomlinson
utilised many attacking cross courts shots to come back from 5-8 down
and draw level at 9-9.
But Perry soon found her form to gain control and take the next two
without reply to record an 11-9, 11-2, 11-1 victory, and set up a
semi-final clash against four-time National champion Alison Waters.
Waters, meanwhile made light work of 5/8 seed Fiona Moverley requiring
just 29 minutes to advance to her 13th British Nationals semi-final.
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The 2018 Dunlop National Squash Championship swung into action on
Thursday with top seeds Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro commencing their
champion Nick Matthew showed no signs of nerves dispatching qualifier
Patrick Rooney in an intense three-game match 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (46m).
However, the three-time world champion was made to work hard for his
quarter-final berth thanks to a sublime effort from his 20-year-old
In a case of master versus apprentice, Rooney looked unfazed by the
challenge of Matthew, pushing for victory in the first before the
experienced Matthew battled to an 11-7 lead.
The four-time Commonwealth medallist upped the ante in the second,
claiming an 11-5 win before Rooney went out all guns blazing in the
After falling to 4-1, the 20-year-old battled back impressively taking
Matthew to 9-9 before the top seed charged to victory.
Speaking after the match, Matthew praised his opponent for the tough
first round fixture:
“It’s good when they play like that and I don't feel like we have seen
enough of it from all of the guys.
"I played Pat two or three years ago and I thought out of all the young
English players he had the most about him."
Second seed James Willstrop meanwhile also progressed through to the
second round after a comfortable victory over a battling Lyell Fuller.
In a highly competitive first game, Willstrop saw his 22-year-old
opponent go level at 6-6 from a lunge-busting rally before the
Yorkshireman broke back to go ahead.
With the wind behind his sails, the 34-year-old turned on the heat,
claiming wins in his next two games to complete the rout and finish
11-7, 11-2, 11-6 (35m).
Speaking after the match, Willstrop said:
“I know he has got standard and quality, so I had to be ready to play. I
managed to weather the storm in the first and I got through to him in
the second,” said the 34-year-old.
“You get a different type of player in this competition which we are not
used to playing and they’re not used to playing us.
“You have to be careful – just because we are established ranked players
it is still difficult.
2011 winner Daryl Selby also advanced to Friday’s quarters, completing a
quickfire 3-0 victory over late qualifier Matthew Parks: 11-1, 11-4,
There were minor upsets however earlier in the day when 5/8 seeds Peter
Creed and Ben Coleman fell at the first hurdle to lower ranked
Welsh qualifier Emyr Evans got the better of fellow compatriot Creed in
the first two games before the world no. 56 was forced to retire through
In the women’s draw, Tesni Evans, the highest-ranked Welsh player saw
off 21-year-old Alison Thomson in straight games 11-3, 11-7, 11-6.
2017 semi-finalist Emily Whitlock also advanced through to the quarters
after defeating 22-year-old Alicia Mead 3-1 11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9.
“Alicia chased everything down, and gave me a hard match,” said
next opponent will be top seed Laura Massaro, who found no difficulty in
progressing through to the quarter-finals, edging past Rachael Chadwick
11-0, 11-4, 11-2 in 20 minutes.
She will be joined in the next round by 5/8 seed Jenny Duncalf, who
overcame the challenge of Kace Bartley to wrap up a 3-1 win against the
Four-time British National champion Alison Waters is also through after
completing a routine victory over Julianne Courtice ensuring the world
no.10 heads through to the quarters for the thirteenth year in
Second seed Sarah-Jane Perry suffered no first round jitters when she
overcame the challenge of the tenacious U19 British Junior champion Lucy
Turmel - winning in three straight games 11-7, 12-10, 11-5.
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teens Charlie Lee and Jasmine Hutton progressed into the main draw of
the 2018 Dunlop National Championships for the first time in Manchester
19-year-old Charlie Lee [3/4], a Nationals debutant, put in a stellar
performance against [5/8] Kyle Finch, winning 11-3, 11-7, 11-3 in 36
Lee, who hails from Surrey and is the younger brother of Joe Lee, the
2017 Nationals runner-up, said; “Last year was my first year as a
full-time pro but I was injured for the first six months so I couldn’t
play in this tournament. It’s nice to qualify first time round.
“With a 16-man draw, that makes it a bit tougher and the qualification
tournament is like an event itself and a tough one, but I’m looking
forward to showing what I can do.”
Awaiting Lee in round one of the main draw will be [5/8] Josh Masters,
ranked 57 in the world, also making his Nationals debut.
18-year-old Jasmine Hutton from Sussex also secured a main draw spot
after [3/4] Grace Gear was forced to retire in the fourth: 11-5, 7-11,
It was business as usual for the number one qualifying seed, Patrick
Rooney who made light work of Matthew Parks securing an 11-7, 11-2, 11-2
victory in just 16 minutes.
Elsewhere, in what was perhaps the match of the day, men’s second
qualifying seed Lyell Fuller, who claimed his first PSA title last week,
was forced to dig deep in a 67-minute thriller against Scotland’s Rory
Stewart put in a challenging performance but Fuller edged past in three:
11-9, 14-12, 20-18.
Elsewhere, Emyr Evans will represent Wales in the main draw after
dispatching Julian Tomlinson 11-7, 11-4, 12-10 in straight games.
In the women’s qualifying draw, top seed Alison Thomson overcame Hannah
Davies 9-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-9 to secure her spot in the main draw.
England’s Kace Bartley, seeded second, faced Scotland’s Elspeth Young
with Bartley prevailing 3-0: 11-6, 14-12, 11-4. Bartley was pushed hard
in the second, saving three match balls before securing the win.
Meanwhile, Alicia Mead booked her place in her first Nationals main draw
after defeating Scotland’s Katriona Allen 3-1: 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6.
Round one action gets under way at the National Squash Centre from noon
on Thursday 15 February.
Dunlop National Squash Championships will play host to a series of
mouth-watering encounters, with Nick Matthew and James Willstrop seeded
to meet in a blockbuster final showdown, after the main draws were
In the top half of the Men’s draw, defending champion and top seed, Nick
Matthew will begin his title defence against a qualifier and is seeded
to meet Declan James in the quarters before a potential final clash with
long-term rival and former World No.1, James Willstrop.
The Yorkshiremen have locked horns in five previous Nationals finals
with three-time World Champion Matthew enjoying the lion’s share of
Willstrop, the two-time National champion, will first have to navigate a
potential semi-final clash with 2011 champion, Daryl Selby - the only
player ever to have toppled nine-time champion Matthew in a Nationals
Selby, who commences his campaign against a qualifier, will be wary
however of a potential quarter-final challenge from Scot Greg Lobban,
who last week dispatched the World No.15 in three at the Edinburgh Open
Looking to upset the proceedings will be a trio of rising young stars
including George Parker, Richie Fallows and Josh Masters.
In the women’s draw, top seed and defending champion Laura Massaro is
seeded to meet World No.12 Tesni Evans in a mouth-watering last four
encounter. The Welshwoman, seeded 3/4 memorably got the better of the
four-time National champion and former World No.1 in Round 2 of the AJ
Bell PSA World Championships back in December.
Meanwhile, the bottom half of the women’s draw sees a blistering first
round clash between former title holders Jenny Duncalf, the former World
No.2 and Sarah-Jane Perry, the current World No.8.
Perry, who lifted the NetSuite Open title last year, is seeded to go on
to meet four-time National champion and World No.10 Alison Waters in the
With six former title holders seeded to meet in the Men's and Women's
semi-finals, the 2018 Championships promises to be one of the most hotly
contested to date.
The qualifying stages will be held on 13th and 14th February, with the
main draw taking place between 15th and 18th February. Action from the
quarter-finals onwards will be shown live and free on SQUASHTV to
digital subscribers around the world.