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Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open 2016







Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open
13-18 Mar 2016
London, UK, $25k
Round One
15 mAR
16 mAR
17 mAR
[1] James Willstrop (ENG)
13-11, 11-8, 11-5
[wc] Robert Downer (ENG)
James Willstrop
11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (38m)
Joe Lee
James Willstrop
11-9, 11-8, 11-7
Declan James
James Willstrop
11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4 (62m)
Omar Abdel Meguid
[6] Joe Lee (ENG)
11-7, 8-11, 11-2, 11-2
Jens Schoor (GER)
[5] Ben Coleman (ENG)
11-8, 6-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4
[Q] George Parker (ENG)
George Parker
11-6, 5-11, 14-12, 9-11, 11-6
Declan James
[3] Declan James (ENG)
11-5, 11-3, 11-8
[Q] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
[Q] Matthew Hopkin (AUS)
11-2, 9-11, 4-11, 11-8, 11-5
[4] Shaun Le Roux (RSA)
Matthew Hopkin
11-5, 11-7, 11-2 (25m)
Joshua Masters
Joshua Masters
8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 7-11
Omar Abdel Meguid
[Q] Joshua Masters (ENG)
13-11, 11-9, 11-9
[8] Henrik Mustonen (FIN)
[7] Charles Sharpes (ENG)
11-8, 11-6, 11-8
Tayyab Aslam (PAK)
Charles Sharpes
9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-5
Omar Abdel Meguid
Farhan Zaman (PAK)
11-4, 11-8, 11-6
[2] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)


Result – Final Qualifying Round: Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open 2016
[8] Matthew Hopkin (AUS) bt [1] Peter Creed (WAL) 3-2: 5-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-9
Joshua Masters (ENG) bt Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-4
[3] George Parker (ENG) bt [7] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-3
Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt [2] Richie Fallows (ENG) 3-2: 10-12, 11-5, 11-5, 4-11, 11-9

Results – First Qualifying Round: The Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open 2016

[1] Peter Creed (WAL) bt Mark Fuller (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-8, 11-7
[8] Matthew Hopkin (AUS) bt Lyell Fuller (ENG) 3-2: 11-6, 9-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9
Jan Van Den Herrewegen (BEL) bt [6] Joel Makin (WAL) 3-0: 14-12, 11-8, 8-5 (RET)
Joshua Masters (ENG) bt [4] Evan Williams (NZL) 3-2: 6-11, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-4
[3] George Parker (ENG) bt Lewis Walters (JAM) 3-1: 9-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-5
[7] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) bt Ben Ford (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 12-10
Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt [5] Chris Fuller (ENG) 3-1: 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9
[2] Richie Fallows (ENG) bt Ashley Davies (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-8





Willstrop Ends Title Drought to Lift Wimbledon Crown

Former World No.1 James Willstrop ended an 18-month barren spell to capture his 19th career PSA World Tour title with a victory over in-form Egyptian Omar Abdel Meguid in the final of the Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open, PSA M25 tournament.

The Yorkshireman has been in spellbinding form throughout the event and downed a trio of fellow Englishman in straight games to reach the final. Meguid, meanwhile, is in the midst of some of his best ever form and had won three of his last four PSA World Tour events heading into the tournament in Wimbledon.

It was the pair’s second ever professional meeting, with Willstrop prevailing in their first encounter at last year’s Canary Wharf Classic. Both players controlled the opening game in patches but it was Willstrop’s error-free display that saw him take it to build up a 1-0 advantage. Meguid rallied and surged into a five-point lead in game two but Willstrop’s pinpoint accuracy and masterful shot-selection soon came to the fore as he took 11 of the next 13 points to go two games to the good.

A resilient Meguid battled back though in the third and the man from Giza overturned a three-point Willstrop lead to reduce the arrears as he sought to gain a foothold in the encounter.

Willstrop responded with some hard, accurate hitting and outmanoeuvred his opponent impressively to close out the fourth game, earning an 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4 triumph which will give the World No.13 plenty of confidence heading into next week’s prestigious Allam British Open where he has finished as a runner-up on three occasions.

"It was a very high intensity match," Willstrop said to SquashSite.

"We are two big fellows, I don’t think that there are two bigger or heavier players than us on the Tour so I think that we did pretty well. I’m very happy to play at that level, I hope the crowd enjoyed it and I’m thrilled to win the title. When you’ve been in the [world’s] top 10, you have more experience with the big points, you work very hard for hours and it allows us to have the knack to be able to put the ball away at crucial times.

"The level is so high, it’s been tight squash from the first match. I’m in the top 15 [in the world] and Robbie [Downer] in my first match was ranked 123rd and it was tight throughout the match. The depth of the game is just remarkable and I had to use every bit of experience.

"It’s a mental intensity that I think you develop after hours and hours of work and time on court and matches."

Quarter Finals

Willstrop Moves Into Semi-final


Quarter FinalsFormer World No.1 and title favourite James Willstrop secured his place in the last four of the Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open, PSA M25 tournament with a fine 3-0 victory over fellow Englishman Joe Lee in the quarter-final.

The opening game featured a fluid and entertaining style of squash with both players mixing up the height and length of their shots to great effect. Willstrop’s superior accuracy eventually saw him pull away to take a one-game lead but the experienced Yorkshireman found himself pegged back in the second after Lee used a series of expertly-placed volley drops to take an early three-point lead.

Willstrop recovered though to double his advantage after some errors from his opponent and, despite Lee surging into a 4-0 lead in the third, the 18-time PSA World Tour title winner held on to complete an 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 triumph and move to within just one win of reaching his first final Tour final since September 2014.

“Joe made a few unforced errors but it’s because I put him under a lot of pressure,” Willstrop said to SquashSite.

“I had to be intense and play sharp squash to win today and, if I was him, I wouldn’t be too disappointed with my performance.”

Willstrop will face number three seed Declan James in the semi-final after the 22-year-old came out on top of an exciting five-game thriller with compatriot George Parker. The lead changed hands multiple times in a tight encounter with James taking it to advance to the last four.

The other quarter-final fixtures saw Omar Abdel Meguid and Joshua Masters prevail in their respective matches against Charles Sharpes and Matthew Hopkin.

First Round

Parker Powers Past Coleman


English qualifier George Parker made a winning start to his campaign at the inaugural Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open, PSA M25 tournament with a dramatic 3-2 win over compatriot and number five seed Ben Coleman in the first round.

Parker comes into the event on the back of a superb title win at the True Potential Northumbria Open a fortnight ago and has continued his fine performances into this tournament. After taking the opening game, the Leicester-based 19-year-old found himself 2-1 down against an opponent ranked 25 places above him but he responded with a maturity that belied his teenage years as he fought back to claim the victory by an 11-8, 6-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4 scoreline.

“This is the first time I beat him,” said Parker to SquashSite.

“Last time we played, he beat me 3-0. I was the one doing the holding and the shot playing and I was moving alright today. He didn’t put me under pressure at the front [of the court] but he put me under pressure by picking up a lot of my shots.

“I was cutting the ball well in the corner but his length was great and I was having problems.”

Fellow Englishman Declan James will be Parker’s opponent in the quarter-final after a scintillating straight games triumph over World Junior Champion Youssef Soliman. The duo will lock horns for the first time since their meeting in the final of the Courtcraft Nick Matthew Academy Steel City Open last October which James won 3-2.

Former World No.1 James Willstrop also got his tournament off to a superb start with a 3-0 victory over wildcard Robert Downer. The 32-year-old Yorkshireman came out on top of a highly competitive first game but dominated from that point onwards to complete the win in three games. Up next for Willstrop is Joe Lee who prevailed over Jens Schoor to reach the last eight.

Elsewhere, Egypt’s Omar Abdel Meguid swept to victory against Pakistan’s Farhan Zaman and will face off with seventh seed Charles Sharpes in the next round after Sharpes recorded an impressive 3-0 win against Tayyab Aslam.

Matthew Hopkin and Joshua Masters, who both came through qualifying to reach the main draw, will contest the other quarter-final fixture after they achieved wins over Shaun Le Roux and Henrik Mustonen, respectively.


Hopkin Downs Creed To Reach Main Draw


Australian World No.111 Matthew Hopkin came up with a stunning comeback to overturn a two-game deficit against top qualifying seed Peter Creed in the final qualifying round of the Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open, PSA M25 tournament.

Hopkin looked to be heading out of the event at the qualifying stage after a scintillating start from Welshman Creed saw him race out of the traps to quickly build up a 2-0 advantage. However, a tenacious showing from Hopkin in the third saw the 24-year-old claw a game back on the tie-break before the man from Brisbane upped his game further to take the next two games without reply, wrapping up a 5-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 triumph to eliminate an opponent who is 39 places above him in the world rankings.

He is set to face South Africa’s Shaun Le Roux in the first round of the main draw as Hopkin looks to maintain the form that saw him capture the Suez Helsinki Winter Challenger crown on his last PSA World Tour outing.

There was also another big upset in World Junior Champion Youssef Soliman’s fixture against second qualifying seed Richie Fallows, with Soliman recovering from a game down to earn the win in five. The 19-year-old Egyptian will meet Declan James in the next round as the Englishman looks to rediscover his winning touch having won four straight PSA World Tour events towards the end of 2015.

Meanwhile, George Parker came through on home soil against Carlos Cornes Ribadas and will face Ben Coleman in the opening round with a quarter-final clash against either Soliman or James up for grabs.

Joshua Masters was the other victor in the final round of qualifying thanks to his straight games victory over Jan van den Herrewegen and his reward is a main draw meeting with Finland’s Henrik Mustonen.


Fierce Battles In Wimbledon Open Qualifying


A mixture of shock results and strong performances entertained spectators in the Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open, PSA M25 tournament as qualification got off to a superb start.

With all players hoping to secure safe passage to the main draw, the first major upset of the day occurred when World Junior Championship runner-up Youssef Soliman defeated World No.91 Chris Fuller in four games. Soliman resisted Fuller’s attempts to play a fast-paced length game by exhibiting some sumptuous drop shots at the front of the court and the 19-year-old Egyptian took it in four to close out an 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 win.

“I landed a bit late last night so I’m a bit tired today, but all credit to him he played extremely well and attacked more than me,” said Soliman.

“I was the one doing all the running today, his shots were very accurate and tight. I was trying to get him out of his comfort zone to unsettle him. I was hard and fast, but I’m lucky to get the 4th, he played so well.”

Soliman now faces Englishman Richie Fallows in the final qualifying round, after the World comfortably overcame close friend Ashley Davies 3-0.

Elsewhere, Joshua Masters produced an extraordinary display to overturn a 2-0 deficit against New Zealander Evan Williams, eventually prevailing after a thrilling five game battle. Masters will meet Belgium's Jan van den Herrewegen in the final round of qualifying after he advanced following an injury to Welshman Joel Makin.

World No.111 Matthew Hopkin, meanwhile, fought back strongly to defeat England’s Lyell Fuller 3-2 after a hard fought performance. Hopkin will line up against the energetic Peter Creed for a place in the main draw who produced a well polished display to defeat Mark Fuller in straight games.

Newly crowned British Under 21 Champion George Parker recovered well from a game down against Jamaica’s Lewis Walters to advance to the final qualifying round. His triumph means that he will go head-to-head with World No.96 Carlos Cornes Ribadas after the Spaniard beat Ben Ford 3-0.
Fierce Battles In Wimbledon Open Qualifying.