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Jersey Classic 2016







Jersey Classic 2016
Men's Draw
10-14 May
Jersey, $5k

Round One
11 May
12 May
13 May
14 May
[1] Matthew Hopkin (AUS)
7-11, 11-5, 11-1
[Q] Connor Sheen (ENG)
Matthew Hopkin
11/3, 8/11, 15/13, 3/11, 11/7
Yuri Farneti
Matthew Hopkin
11/6, 11/7, 3/11, 10/12, 11/1
Youssef Soliman
Youssef Soliman
11-6, 11-8, 11-9
Michael Harris
Yuri Farneti (ITA)
9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 12-10
[6] Micah Franklin (BER)
[8] Ondrej Uherka (CZE)
11-5, 11-8, 11-4
Robert Dadds (ENG)
Ondrej Uherka
9/11, 11/4, 11/3, 12/10
Youssef Soliman
[WC] Matthew Sidaway (ENG)
6-11, 12-14, 3-11
[4] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
[3] Rui Soares (POR)
11-5, 11-8, 13-15, 3-11, 11-8
[Q] James Peach (ENG)
Rui Soares
11/4, 9/11, 7/11, 11/7, 11/8
Nick Mulvey
Rui Soares
11/6, 7/11, 6/11, 11/5, 11/6
Michael Harris
[Q] Oliviero Ventrice (ITA)
10-12, 11-13, 11-7, 5-11
[7] (ENG)
[5] Tristan Eysele (RSA)
11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 8-11
[Q] Sam Ellis (ENG)
Sam Ellis
11/7, 11/7, 11/7
Michael Harris
Michael Harris (ENG)
11-8, 12-10, 11-6
[2] Ashley Davies (ENG)


Results – Final Qualifying Round: Jersey Squash Classic 2016
[6] Oliviero Ventrice (ITA) bt [1] Bradley Masters (ENG) 3-2: 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10 (78m)
[3] Sam Ellis (ENG) bt [8] Ahmad Al-Mudhaf (KUW) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (22m)
[5] James Peach (ENG) bt [4] Roshan Bharos (NED) 3-2: 11-5, 11-8, 10-12, 8-11, 11-5 (72m)
[2] Connor Sheen (ENG) bt [7] Gary Nisbet (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (23m

Jersey Classic 2016
Women's Draw
10-14 May
St Clement, Jersey, $5k

Round One
11 May
12 May
13 May
14 May
[1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
11-3, 11-3, 11-3
[Q] Nia Davies (WAL)
Millie Tomlinson
11/5, 11/4, 12/10
Rachael Chadwick
Millie Tomlinson
11/6, 11/2, 11/2
Laura Pomportes
Millie Tomlinson
11-9, 11-5, 11-3
Hania El Hammamy
[Q] Rachael Chadwick (ENG)
11-7, 11-4, 11-6
[5] Alison Thomson (ENG)
[8] Moana Gray (AUS)
1-11, 2-11, 1-11
[Q] Laura Pomportes (FRA)
Laura Pomportes
11/3, 11/8, 7/11, 11/9
Georgina Kennedy
[LL] Sarah Mekhalfi (FRA)
3-11, 3-11, 5-11
Georgina Kennedy (ENG)
[3] Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
11-6, 11-6, 11-9
Leonie Holt (ENG)
Alexandra Fuller
7/11, 11/5, 11/8, 11/4
Nadia Pfister
Alexandra Fuller
11/7, 11/4, 11/5
Hania El Hammamy
[Q] Julie Rossignol (FRA)
11-5, 6-11, 8-11, 11-6, 8-11
[7] Nadia Pfister (SUI)
[6] Jessica Davis (ENG)
6-11, 11-9, 11-4, 6-11, 8-11
Eleanor Epke (NZL)
Eleanor Epke
11/9, 10/12, 11/1, 11/8
Hania El Hammamy
[WC] Beth Garton (ENG)
2-11, 4-11, 4-11
[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)


Results – Final Qualifying Round: Women’s Jersey Squash Classic 2016
[1] Julie Rossignol (FRA) bt [8] Sarah Mekhalfi (FRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (20m)
[4] Nia Davies (WAL) bt [7] Elise Romba (FRA) 3-2: 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 9-11, 13-11 (42m)
Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt [3] Emma Custance Baker (ENG) 3-0: 11-0, 11-3, 11-3 (12m)
[6] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) bt [2] Eva Feřteková (CZE) 3-0: 11-6, 11-0, 11-6 (19m)




Soliman and Tomlinson Triumph in Jersey Classic

World Junior Championship runner-up Youssef Soliman and England’s Millie Tomlinson emerged victorious in the Jersey Squash Classic, PSA M5 & W5 tournaments after claiming respective wins over Michael Harris and Hania El Hammamy in their final fixtures.

Soliman, the current World No.126, has been in sensational form of late, with two consecutive PSA World Tour title wins leading into this tournament and he maintained his blistering momentum with straight wins over wildcard Matthew Sidaway, Ondrej Uherka and top seed Matthew Hopkin to reach the final.

Harris, meanwhile, was unseeded coming into the event, but showcased his title-challenging credentials from the outset after upsetting fellow Englishman and second seed Ashley Davies. Subsequent victories over Sam Ellis and Rui Soares then saw him advance to the final where he was pitted against the in-form Soliman.

Soliman always had the slight edge as the 19-year-old’s mobility and short game caused Harris problems.

He pulled away from the middle of the first game, quickly established a winning lead in the second, and recovered from 7-4 down to take the third game and the title, courtesy of an 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 victory.

"I'm really thrilled to win another PSA title," said Soliman.

"It hasn't been easy, we both had some really tough matches to get to the final. I think I played well and put him under pressure but he was dealing with it well so I was glad to be able to win that in three. I have one more tournament to go, in Kent, so I hope to finish the season with another good performance and maybe a win.

"It’s been a really good week, well organised and I've enjoyed my stay in Jersey."

The inaugural Women’s tournament was won by Tomlinson after she managed a straight games win against 15-year-old Egyptian El Hammamy.

World No.47 Tomlinson was aiming for back-to-back PSA World Tour titles after winning last month’s GillenMarkets Irish Squash Open and she took a crucial one-game lead by a narrow 11-9 margin to seize the early initiative.

She kept up the pressure in the second and third games as she accelerated to an 11-9, 11-5, 11-3 triumph in 37 minutes to become the first ever Women’s Jersey Classic champion and claim a seventh career PSA World Tour title.

"It's always tough playing Egyptians these days," said Tomlinson.

"It was a good match though, it was really tough to keep ahead of her. Thanks to everyone for their support."
Hopkin And Soliman Set Up Mouthwatering Semi-final Clash


Top seed Matthew Hopkin and World Junior Champion Youssef Soliman will face off in a nail-biting semi-final encounter in the Jersey Squash Classic, PSA M5 tournament after respective wins over Yuri Farneti and Ondrej Uherka.

Title favourite Hopkin was made to work hard for his last four berth after he was pushed all the way to five games by Italy’s Farneti. The momentum of the match shifted throughout an up and down fixture with neither player able to maintain a sustained period of dominance.

With the scores tied up at two games apiece, Farneti began to fade in the decider and Hopkin took full advantage, moving on to claim an 11-3, 8-11, 15-13, 3-11, 11-7 triumph to reach the next round.

“I was feeling relaxed after winning the first quickly,” said Hopkin.

“But he played smart, mixed up the pace and changed his game tactics after each game. I've got a few things to fix for tomorrow.”

Soliman, meanwhile, recovered from a game down to dispose of Uherka – a win that sees him remain on course to lift a third consecutive PSA World Tour title after recent successes at the TRAC Oil & Gas North of Scotland Open and Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open.

Rui Soares will face off with unseeded Englishman Michael Harris in the other semi-final fixtures after they rose to wins against Nick Mulvey and Sam Ellis, respectively.
Pomportes Gate Crashes Women’s Semis


French qualifier Laura Pomportes continued her comeback from a ten-month injury lay off to defeat number four seed Georgina Kennedy in the last eight stage of the Women’s Jersey Squash Classic, PSA W5 tournament – ensuring she will be the only qualifier to perform in the semi-finals.

Pomportes, a former World No.51, raced to a 2-0 lead, before conceding the third to a resurgent Kennedy, who was aiming to reach a second successive PSA World Tour semi-final.

However, Pomportes redoubled her efforts and coped with the pressure well to repel Kennedy’s efforts at a comeback and close out the victory in four.

“It's my first PSA tournament after almost a year out with injury,” said World No.214 Pomportes.

“I knew that she's a good upcoming player, and she made it very tough after I played well in the first two games.”

Pomportes will aim to maintain her superb return from injury against the in-form top seed Mille Tomlinson in the semi-final, after the 24-year-old from England dispatched qualifier Rachael Chadwick.

15-year-old Egyptian Hania El Hammamy and South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller will also meet in the semi final after they cruised through the quarter final stage with 3-1 wins over Eleanor Epke and Nadia Pfister, respectively.
Harris Defeats Davies In First Round


World No.200 Michael Harris avenged his semi-final defeat to fellow Englishman Ashley Davies in last year’s Jersey Squash Classic to reach the quarter-final of the 2016 instalment of the PSA M5 tournament.

Davies recovered from a slow start to narrowly lose out in the first game, then failed to convert a game ball in the second to hand Harris a two-game advantage. A composed display from Harris in the third saw him gradually pull away, and he closed out the win with an 11-8, 12-10, 11-6 margin of victory to reach his fourth PSA World Tour quarter-final in a row.

“When I saw the draw, I thought about the opportunity for revenge from last year,” admitted Harris.

“I think I dealt with the bouncy conditions better than Ash today. It’s hard to get a rhythm when it’s like that, but I’m delighted to finish that off in three.”

Harris is set to take on compatriot Sam Ellis in the last eight after Ellis came back from a game down to beat fifth seed Tristan Eysele.

Top seed Matthew Hopkin kicked off his tournament with a 3-1 victory over qualifier Connor Sheen. Sheen took a shock one-game lead but soon found himself pegged back by his Australian opponent, who will go up against Italy’s Yuri Farneti for a place in the semi-final. Farneti found himself 2-0 down against Bermuda’s Micah Franklin but rallied brilliantly to storm back and take the win.

Portugal’s Rui Soares flirted with elimination during his fixture with James Peach, and required five games to finally shrug off the attentions of the tenacious Englishman. Peach’s countryman, Nick Mulvey, lies in wait for Soares in the last eight after he beat Oliviero Ventrice.

World Junior Championship runner-up Youssef Soliman and Ondrej Uherka will make up the other quarter-final round match after they managed wins over wildcard Matthew Sidaway and Robert Dadds, respectively.
Chadwick Claims Main Draw Berth


Number six qualifying seed Rachael Chadwick moved into the main draw of the inaugural Women’s Jersey Squash Classic, PSA W5 tournament with a superb straight games victory over Czech Republic’s Eva Fertekova.

Chadwick dominated proceedings at the Jersey Squash & Racketball Club and overpowered Fertekova to claim a main draw spot at a PSA World Tour event for the fourth time in her career.

The World No.133, who reached her maiden PSA World Tour final last month at the GillenMarkets Irish Squash Open, will take on fellow Englishwoman Alison Thomson for a place in the quarter-final.

Elsewhere, Nia Davies from Wales recovered from letting a two-game lead slip to beat France’s Elise Romba in five. Davies moves on to do battle with title favourite Millie Tomlinson in the opening round of the main draw.

“I was 2-0 up and nearly lost it,” said a relieved Davies.

“I just had to dig deep and I’m really pleased to win that fifth.”

Number one qualifying seed Julie Rossignol dispatched Sarah Mekhalfi in an all-French encounter with a dominant 3-0 victory and her reward is a main draw matchup with Switzerland’s Nadia Pfister. A main draw withdrawal means that Mekhalfi has been granted lucky loser status and she will go head-to-head with England’s Georgina Kennedy.

Laura Pomportes will join her compatriots in the main draw after she dropped just a handful of points in a comfortable win over Emma Custance Baker, and she will face off against Australia’s Moana Gray.
English Trio Progess In Qualifying


All but one of the final qualifying round fixtures in the Jersey Squash Classic, PSA M5 tournament were won by Englishmen with James Peach, Connor Sheen and Sam Ellis all securing victories to advance to the main draw.

Peach, a 19-year-old from Doncaster, was appearing at just his second ever PSA World Tour event and came through a closely-contested encounter with Dutchman Roshan Bharos to reach the next stage of the tournament. Peach went two games to the good but was soon pegged back by Bharos, before the momentum shifted back in his favour, allowing him to close out an 11-5, 11-8, 10-12, 8-11, 11-5 victory.

“That was really tough, but I’m delighted to make the main draw,” said Peach.

The World No.309 will be aiming to reach his first ever PSA World Tour quarter-final and goes up against Portugal’s Rui Soares as he attempts to attain that goal.

Meanwhile, Sheen and Ellis were on red hot form to see off the respective challenges of Gary Nisbet and Ahmad Al-Mudhar, with both players earning the win in straight games.

Sheen has set up a main draw clash with top seed Matthew Hopkin, while Ellis will line up against South Africa’s Tristan Eysele.

The only Englishman to miss out on a main draw berth was Bradley Masters after he succumbed to a 3-2 defeat against Italy’s Oliviero Ventrice, who was making his PSA World Tour debut. After a breathless hour of play, which saw the scores delicately poised at 2-2, Masters surged into a 10-5 lead in the decider. But a determined fightback from Ventrice saw him take seven points without reply to claim the victory in 78 minutes and set up a main draw fixture with Nick Mulvey.

“When I was 10-5 down, I told myself I didn’t come here to lose,” Oliviero said.

“I just kept pushing and pushing and it finally paid off. After being injured for a few months I’m really happy to get a win in my first tournament and I’m looking forward to the main draw now.”