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23/01/2022
Dunlop British U23 Open 2022

Dunlop British U23 Open 2022

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  • Dunlop British U23 Open 2022, Roehampton Club, London, England
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Dunlop British U23 Open 2022
22 - 23 Jan
London, England


2022 Finalists

Womenís Final:
Saran Nghiem bt Torrie Malik 3-2. 2/11, 11/7, 11/5, 11/7, 11/4.

A quick start from Torrie saw her settle in to the match while Saran seemed sluggish and nervy. A 9/0 lead was soon closed out 11/2 with a one-sided final on the cards. Saran seemed more switched on at the start of the second but Torrie had momentum and confidence on her side and from 4/4 Torrie pulled away to 8/5 and even though Saran was now moving and striking the ball better Torrie took the game 11/7 and a 2-0 lead.

A change of tactic for Saran now saw her moving the ball in shorter with every opportunity and it was now Torrieís turn to seem unsettled. Some unforced errors gave Saran a 5/1 lead and then more pressure with good length gave Saran the third game 11/5.

The fourth was a close game all the way but it was Saranís focus that gave her the edge and from 7/5 up Torrie was searching for winners but only finding errors by the narrowest of margins to give Saran the games 11/7 and take the match to a decider.
At 2/2 it looked like the title could go either way but once more it was Saran who stayed patience and focus while Torrie made too many mistakes. A 7/2 lead was not going to be given away and Saran did no such thing to win the game 11/4 and the match to claim the 2022 Dunlop u23 womenís British Open title.


Menís Final:
Curtis Malik bt Tom Walsh 3-2. 11/7, 11/5, 10/12, 8/11, 11/3.

The Menís final started similar to the womenísÖ. Curtis Malik (Torrieís brother) went on the attack early as Tom looked tired and to be struggling with his movement. Cutis opened up a 8/4 lead and even though Tom was starting to move quicker around the court Curtis kept to his game plan and took the first game 11/7. Curtis, as his sister before, was high on confidence and hitting the ball with precision.

Tom searched for answered and each rally he was trying to switch defence into attack but could not find success. Curtis took the game 11/5 and 2-0 up. At 7/4 up in the third most the crowd had handed the trophy to Curtis but Tom wasnít totally out of it.

7/5 was soon 8/8 and now all of a sudden Curtis looked lost at what to do with Tom taking the ball in short to great returns. A missed match ball for Curtis at 10/9 then saw Tom win three points in a row to get the match back to 2-1.

It was de-ja-vu as with the womenís final Curtis was now struggling to find any length or rhythm and a high error count gave Tom a 5/1 lead. Although Curtis got the score back to 6/8 it was Tom who now looked in control but having to work extremely hard for it. 11/8 and Tom had levelled the match 2-2.

The fourth game may have taken its toll physically on Tom as his movement slowed up but what should not be taken away was the near impeccable play from Curtis in the fifth game. Good length and a mix of cross court lob with low boasts and winning drop shots gave Tom no chance. 7/1 to Curtis and he was not going to let this lead slip, he duly won the game and match 11/3 to take the Menís Dunlop u23 British Open title.

All matches were of the highest quality, showcasing the high standard at u23 level.
The players thanked the referees, hosts Roehampton Club and sponsors Dunlop for putting on the event.

Menís 3rd 4th Play-off:
Finnlay Withington bt Perry Malik 3/1. 5/11, 11/4, 11/7, 11/9.

Ladies 3rd / 4th Play-off:
Asia Harris bt Rana Ismail 3-0. 11/7, 11/9, 11/3.
 

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