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23/03/2018
Wimbledon Club Squared Open 2018

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Wimbledon Club Squared Open 2018
18 - 23 Mar
London, England, $15k
Round ONE
20 Mar
Quarters
21 Mar
Semis
22 Mar
Final
23
Mar
[1] Daryl Selby (ENG)
13-11, 11-7, 11-9 (54m)
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
Daryl Selby
11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 11-1 (62m)
Raphael Kandra
Raphael Kandra
15-13, 9-11, 11-7,
11-6 (63m)
Tom Richards
Tom Richards
11-6, 11-9, 11-6
Mathieu Castagnet
[6] Greg Lobban (SCO)
11-6, 13-11, 11-5 (49m)
Raphael Kandra (GER)
[7] Tom Richards (ENG)
11-8, 11-3, 11-5
[Q]
Todd Harrity (USA)
Tom Richards
11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (42m)
Joel Makin
[3] Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 11-4 (84m)
Joel Makin (WAL)
[4] Declan James (ENG)
11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-1 (63m)
[Q]
Youssef Soliman (EGY)
Youssef Soliman
9-11, 13-11, 11-3,
11-4 (65m)
Mathieu Castagnet
Mathieu Castagnet
11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6 (74m)
James Willstrop
[5] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
11/3 11/4 12/10
[WC] Ben Coleman (ENG)
[8] Lucas Serme (FRA)
11-9, 8-3 rtd (28m)
[Q] Richie Fallows (ENG)
Lucas Serme
11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (41m)
James Willstrop
[Q] Chris Simpson (ENG)
11-6, 11-7, 11-4 (39m)
[2] James Willstrop (ENG)
Qualifying

Qualifying finals:
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Joshua Masters (ENG) 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (64m)
Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 8-11, 11-7, 13-11, 10-12, 11-9 (115m)
Todd Harrity (USA) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 11-7, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8 (57m)
Richie Fallows (ENG) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3

1st qualifying round:
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-4
Joshua Masters (ENG) bt Robert Downer (ENG) 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6
Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bt Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 11-7, 11-3, 11-6
Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt Edmon Lopez (ESP) 11-7, 11-2, 11-5
Todd Harrity (USA) bt Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL) 11-7, 8-11, 11-2, 11-6
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Hasnaat Farooqi (ENG) 11-5, 11-0, 11-1
Richie Fallows (ENG) bt George Parker (ENG) 11-3, 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-9
Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt Tom Walsh (ENG) 5-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2, 11-7

 
REPORTS
Castagnet Claims Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open Title

France’s World No.28 Mathieu Castagnet claimed his first title since the 2016 Canary Wharf Classic at the Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open as the fifth seed made it two final defeats in a row for England’s World No.34 Tom Richards.

Castagnet – who defeat Ben Coleman, Youssef Soliman and James Willstrop en route to the final – took control of the opening game to take an important lead.

The second game was a much closer affair with Richards – who was beaten in the final last year by Alan Clyne – executing his shots better, however, the Frenchman was able to get the better of his English opponent in a close ending and then recovered from an early 5-0 deficit to take the third and complete a straight-games victory by an 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 scoreline.

The win marks Castagnet’s first PSA World Tour title since the Canary Wharf Classic back in March 2016.

“The last time I won one of the biggest tournaments in my career was in London at Canary Wharf,” said the 31-year-old Frenchman.

“And two years later I have won this one – I should be born here!

“I want to thank my wife, every day she helps me make my comeback on the PSA World Tour and so I really want to thank her and Arnaud Hays and Renan Lavigne.

“I think the difference was the second game, when I got it to go 2-0 up it gave me so much confidence because you just need one game and he needs three and it’s hard to come back.

“He started the third game well and I saw him struggling a bit when I was using my cross, so I kept pushing him.”
 
England vs France Final as 2016 Champion Loses His Semi
by David Hurst dthurst52@gmail.com

Although number two seed and 2016 Squash Squared tournament winner, James Willstrop, played some of his signature long-reach-and-drop shots against charismatic Frenchman and winner of the 2016 Canary Wharf Classic, Mathieu Castagnet, the number five seed proved too strong overall.

Castagnet build good rapport with the Wimbledon crowd and amused us by challenging the referee on one decision against him for crowding his opponent with his Gallic shoulder shrug and the plea, “but I was in Paris and he was in London”!

Terrific stuff as, although Willstrop recovered from 0-2 down to take the third game, Castagnet’s fast-paced aggression and error-free play saw him win wear down a tiring Willstrop for the fourth game, taking the match 3-1.

A familiar face at the Wimbledon Club, number seven seed, Tom Richards, had determination written all over his game as he challenged for a place in the final for the second year running against the impressive man from Paderborn in Germany, unseeded Raphael Kandra.

Playing forward on the court in most rallies, Tom gave his usual fist pump as he nicked the first game 15-13. Although Raphael’s court coverage and retrievals were equally as athletic as in his earlier rounds, Tom went for his shots making winners from 4 out of 5 backhand overhead volleys into the front right corner nick helping him to take the match 3-1.

Tom’s semi-final win sees him return to his second Squash Squared Open final where he will meet Mathieu in a classic Anglo-French duel, with klaxons and cries of “Allez les Bleus” expected from the galley this evening!

Semi Final Results
(7) Tom Richards (ENG) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-1 (15/13- 9/11- 11/7- 11/6) 63m
(5) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt (2) James Willstrop (ENG) 3-1 (11/6- 11/9- 6/11- 11/6) 74m

Final
18.30 (7) Tom Richard (ENG) vs (5) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)

The Wimbledon Squash Squared Open 2018 is made possible by our generous sponsors, London property developers and agents Strawberry Star Developments, Tooting based estate agents Mercer Taylor and financial research company Pelham Smithers Associates located in the City of London.
 
“One of ‘Les Bleus’ and one German progress to the semi-finals”
by David Hurst dthurst52@gmail.com

Quarter finals day at the Squash Squared Open 2018 at the Wimbledon Club saw two Frenchmen, “Les Deux Bleus” and one German compete for places in the semi-finals.

A terrific battle between Frenchman, Mathieu Castagnet, and the young Egyptian, Jouseff Solimann, saw them both dance around the court with silken feet and, while Jousseff had his chances after winning the first game 11-9, his time of nearly four hours on court in his previous three matches started to show and unforced errors crept in as Mathieu took the match 3-1.

Local hero, Tom Richards, was too strong for Welshman, Joel Makin, and the tiring effects of Joel’s demanding five set win the day before began to show. Tom’s consistency and largely error-free game delivered him the result he wanted as he aims for a place in the final for the second year running.

The second French quarter final player, Lucas Sterme, had a battle on his hands against the huge reach and impressive pick-ups of 2016 Squash Squared tournament winner, the 6 foot 3 inches tall James Willstrop who always appeared to be in control winning this tie 3-0.

But the TWC Match of the Day goes to the intriguing tussle between number one seed and favourite, Darly Selby, and (until now) the relatively unknown German player from Parderborn, Raphael Kandry.

With seemingly superhuman gets from throwing himself about the court, Raphael adapted his game to match Daryl’s slower and more tactical approach in a thrilling game of cat and mouse and, by the fourth game, Daryl had no answers as Raphael won the match 3-1.

Quarter Final Results

• Raphael Kandra (GER) bt (1) Daryl Selby(ENG) 3-1 (11/9- 11/5- 7/11- 11/1) 62m
• (7) Tom Richards (ENG) by Joel Makin (WAL) 3-0 (11/8- 11/5- 11/7- ) 42m
• (5) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt (Q) Youseff Solimann (EGY) 3-1 (9/11- 13/11- 11/3- 11/4) 65m
• (2) James Willstrop (ENG) bt (8) Lucas Sterme (FRA) 3-0 (11/4- 11/6- 11.5) 41m
The semi-final matches this evening, with enthralling Anglo-French and Anglo-German duels, are:
• 18.45 (1) James Wilstrop (ENG) vs (8) Lucas Serme (FRA)
• 20.00 Raphael Kandra (GER) vs (7) Tom Richards (ENG)

The Wimbledon Squash Squared Open 2018 is made possible by our generous sponsors, London property developers and agents Strawberry Star Developments, Tooting based estate agents Mercer
Taylor and financial research company Pelham Smithers Associates located in the City of London.
 
Second Seed Ousted in Qualifiers
by David “Fraise” Hurst dthurst52@gmail.com

The surprise result on day two of the qualifiers at the Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open saw an in-form Ritchie Fallows oust the number two seed, Ollie Touminen, in a thrilling five set, last-on-court match late last night.

The highly experienced Finish squash star played with his recognisable angular style plus an (almost) ever present smile but could not out-play the pleasingly calm Ritchie Fallows who took the final game 11-3. These two combined theatre and squash into an entertainment that delivered a real crowd pleaser.

The longest match of the tournament qualifiers was played out by Youseff Solimann of Egypt who beat Spain’s Iker Bernabeu in a hugely entertaining marathon lasting 115 minutes. This tie was played in the best spirit with refreshing smiles and camaraderie throughout from both men and it was a shame that there could only be one winner, and that was Youseff Solimann by three games to two.

For its extreme length and the good spirit in which it was played, this rubber was awarded our second “TWC Match of the Day”.

Josh Masters won the first game and held his own against the more experienced Chris Simpson as most of Josh’s exciting-to-watch but ambitious winners paid off but mistakes crept into Josh’s fourth game allowing the calm and clinical Simpson to take the rubber 3-1.

Philadelphian Todd Harrity played with focus and was largely error free in his tie against Cheltenham’s Nathan Lake taking the rubber by three games to one.

• Chris Simpson bt Josh Masters 3-1 (10/12- 11/9- 11/9- 11/8)

• Todd Harrity (USA) bt Nathan Lake 3-1 (11/7- 11/8- 4/11- 11/6)

• Jouseff Solimann (EGYPT) bt Iker Bernabeu (ESP) 3-2 ( 11/8- 7/11- 13/11- 10-12- 11/9)

• Ritchie Fallows bt Ollie Touminen (FIN) 3-2 (11/4- 8/11- 11/8- 8/11- 11/3)

The Wimbledon Squash Squared Open 2018 is made possible by our generous sponsors, including Tooting based estate agents Mercer Taylor and financial research company Pelham Smithers Associates located in the City of London.

The eight first round matches kick off at 5.30pm this evening, Tuesday 20 March, with England’s Tom Richards and France’s Lucas Serme both playing one of the four qualifiers.

The final match this evening, scheduled to be on court at 8.30pm, will see English squash legends and top seeds Daryl Selby and James Wilstrop taking to the Wimbledon courts.
 
Fallows and Simpson Squeeze Through
by David Hurst dthurst52@gmail.com

The third Squash Squared Open kicked off on Sunday 18 March at the Wimbledon Club with eight matches in the first round of the qualifiers.

This year the prize purse has grown to $35,000 from last year’s $25,000 and the entry list has fourteen players in the world’s top 50 and five are within the world’s top 30.

Some are fist timers and others are returning popular faces such as the tournament’s inaugural winner and former world number 1, James Wilstrop.

At a local level, four players who represent The Wimbledon Club in the Surrey Cup squash league are in the draw, namely Rob Downer, Jamie Haycocks, Hasnat Farooqi and Tom Walsh.

Funds from the tournament and auction again go to help grow the club’s charity for deserving children, Squash Squared, with 80 pupils from local primary schools attending weekly coaching sessions enusuring our squash reaches the masses at grass roots level.

The tightest matches in today’s eight qualifiers were between Chris Simpson and Mahesh Mangoanar (3-2), and Ritchie Fallows and George Parker (3-2).

The referee had a challenge keeping two tall men, Fallows and Parker, apart and giving fair rulings “as he saw it”. It was a firey affair with honours equal on lets and points with Fallows running out 11-9 in the final game. This confrontation was awarded our “TWC Match of the Day”.

Earlier in the afternoon, Chris Simpson kept his head and came through from 1-2 down against talented Mahesh Mangoanar from India.

All the results were as follows (all the players are from ENGLAND unless otherwise shown):

Josh Masters bt Robert Downer (L) 3-0 (11/5- 11/8- 9/11- 11/6)

Chris Simpson bt Mahesh Mangaonar (IND) 3-2 (11/9- 9/11- 8/11- 11/3- 11/4)

Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bt Jaymie Haycocks (L) 3-0 (11/7- 11/3- 11/6)
Nathan Lake bt Hasnaat Farooqi (L) 3-0 (11/5- 11/0- 11/1)

Todd Harrity (USA) bt Jan Van Den Herrewegen (BEL) 3-1 (11/7- 8/11- 11/2- 11/6)
Richie Fallows bt George Parker 3-2 (11/3- 11/9- 9/11- 7/11- 11/9)
Youseff Solimann (EGYPT) bt Edam Lopez (ESP) 3-0 (11-7 11/2- 11/5)

Ollie Tuominen (FIN) bt Tom Walsh 3-2 (5/11- 11/5- 8/11- 11/2 11/7)

The club shared in the festival tournament atmosphere as 145 people enjoyed lunch in the restaurant on a sunny day overlooking a snow-covered cricket pitch.

 


 

 

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