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British National Championship 2017


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British National Championship 2017
Men's Draw
7 - 12 Feb
 Manchester, England
[1] Nick Matthew
11/7, 11/2, 11/7 (37m)
[Q] Ashley Davies
Nick Matthew
11-7, 11-2, 11-6 (34m)
Jaymie Haycocks
Nick Matthew
11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (44m)
Declan James
Nick Matthew
11-6, 11-4, 11-8 (40m)
Joe Lee
Jaymie Haycocks
7/11, 11/9, 11/6, 11/3 (49m)
[5/8] Ben Coleman
[5/8] Declan James
12/10, 9/11, 11/9, 11/4 (74m)
Dougie Kempsell
Declan James
11-7, 11-6 ret. (25m)
Tom Richards
[¾] Tom Richards
13/11, 12/10, 11/8 (48m)
Richie Fallows
[¾] Alan Clyne
11/9, 11/4, 11/2 (29m)
[Q] Patrick Rooney
Alan Clyne
11-6, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9 (65m)
Adrian Waller
Adrian Waller
6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 (71m)
Joe Lee
[5/8] Adrian Waller
11/7, 12/10, 12/10 (34m)
Andy Whipp
[5/8] Joe Lee
12/10, 5/11, 11/5, 11/9 (53m)
[Q] Rory Stewart
Joe Lee
11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-7 ret. (52m)
James Willstrop
[Q] Mark Fuller
11/5, 11/8, 11/5 (31m)
[2] James Willstrop

Qualifying finals:
Rory Stewart (Scotland) bt Stuart MacGregor (Yorks) 11-7, 11-8, 11-1 (29m)
Patrick Rooney (Merseyside) bt Connor Sheen (Merseyside) 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 12-10 (39m)
Mark Fuller (Notts) bt Kyle Finch (Hants) 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (35m)
Ashley Davies (Derbyshire) bt George Parker (Leics) 11-5, 8-11, 13-11, 10-12, 11-5 (65m)

3rd Qualifying round:
Rory Stewart (Scotland) bt Julian Tomlinson (Lancs) 11-6, 11-1, 11-7 (33m)
Stuart MacGregor (Yorks) bt Neal Brooker (Surrey) 11-3, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6 (37m)
Connor Sheen (Merseyside) bt Matthew Sidaway (Lancs) 5-11, 11-3, 11-3, 3-11, 11-9 (52m)
Patrick Rooney (Merseyside) bt Taminder Gata-Aura (Yorks) 12-10, 6-11, 11-2, 11-6 (30m)
Mark Fuller (Notts) bt Chris Leiper (Scotland) 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 13-11 (48m)
Kyle Finch (Hants) bt Kevin Moran (Scotland) 11-9, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9 (55m)
George Parker (Leics) bt Jamie Henderson (Scotland) 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (31m)

British National Championship 2017
Women's Draw
7 - 12 Feb
 Manchester, England
Round One
[1] Laura Massaro
11/2, 11/6, 11/3 (24m)
Deon Saffery
Laura Massaro
9-11, 11-7, 11-1, 11-3 (32m)
Fiona Moverley
Laura Massaro
7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (46m)
Emily Whitlock
Laura Massaro
11-5, 12-10, 11-9 (42m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
[5/8] Fiona Moverley
8/11, 11/5, 11/4, 16/14 (39m)
[Q] Lily Taylor
[5/8] Jenny Duncalf
11/8, 7/11, 11/5, 6/11, 11/7 (62m)
Millie Tomlinson
Jenny Duncalf
11-4, 11-9, 11-5 (28m)
Emily Whitlock
[¾] Emily Whitlock
11/5, 11/6, 11/4 (23m)
[Q] Victoria Temple-Murray
[¾] Sarah-Jane Perry
11/4, 11/7, 11/8 (24m)
[Q] Julianne Courtice
Sarah-Jane Perry
13-11, 6-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8 (54m)
Victoria Lust
Sarah-Jane Perry
11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7 (46m)
Alison Waters
[5/8] Victoria Lust
9/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/9 (39m)
Sarah Campion
[5/8] Tesni Evans
11/5, 11/2, 11/2 (26m)
Alison Thompson
Tesni Evans
12-10, 9-11, 13-11, 5-11, 11-9 (75m)
Alison Waters
[Q] Kace Bartley
11/3, 11/9, 11/5 (20m)
[2] Alison Waters

Qualifying finals:
Kace Bartley (Surrey) bt Rachael Chadwick (Cheshire) w/o
Victoria Temple-Murray (Devon) bt Alicia Mead (Warwicks) 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (22m)
Lily Taylor (Leics) bt Elspeth Young (Scotland) 11-5, 7-11, 11-4, 11-5 (27m)
Julianne Courtice (Glos) bt Katie Wells (Lincs) 11-3, 11-5, 11-2 (17m)

1st qualifying round:
Rachael Chadwick (Cheshire) bye
Kace Bartley (Surrey) bt Samantha Ward (Northumbria) 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (18m)
Alicia Mead (Warwicks) bt Lisa Aitken (Yorks) w/o
Victoria Temple-Murray (Devon) bt Robyn Hodgson (Scotland) 11-4, 13-11, 11-4 (25m)
Lily Taylor (Leics) bt Katriona Allen (Scotland) 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (18m)
Elspeth Young (Scotland) bt Mari Taylor (Leics) w/o
Katie Wells (Lincs) bt Elise Lazarus (Essex) w/o
Julianne Courtice (Glos) bye

Quarter Finals
Report courtesy of Donna Helmer

Two-time National champion James Willstrop was forced to retire from the tournament in today’s quarter-finals after he was unable to recover from illness.

The former World No.1 fought valiantly to take 5/8 seed Joe Lee to a fifth game but came back on court only to shake Lee’s hand and announce he would play no further part in the Manchester tournament.

World No.45 Lee, 27, of Surrey, raced into the lead in the first game, eventually winning 11/7. Willstrop then took the next two games, with the final score 11/7, 6/11, 9/11, 11/7. Lee advances to his first Nationals semi-final where he will meet his friend and former junior rival Adrian Waller [5/8], of Middlesex.

Lee was delighted to reach the last four but did give credit to Willstrop. He said: “I noticed he wasn’t quite right from the word go because I went a few points up early on, normally James has a massive emphasis on starting well. Understandably, when you’re a bit under the weather it doesn’t happen like that and he got into it as the match went on. I could see he was taking longer between points [towards the end of the match], there had been some punishing rallies.”

Willstrop said he had been suffering from flu all week but had recovered enough to step on court on Wednesday and progress through his first round tie against Mark Fuller on Thursday.

The other semi-final will be played out between eight-time champion Nick Matthew [1] and Declan James [5/8]. Both had straight forward routes through the semi-finals, as Matthew, who is pursuing a record ninth title at the championships, beat unseeded Jaymie Haycocks 11/7, 11/2, 11/6 in 34 minutes. Meanwhile, James’ opponent Tom Richards [3/4] also conceded his match after sustaining an injury in the second game and falling 2-0 down, 11/7, 11/6.

World No.5 Laura Massaro, the favourite to win the women’s title, survived an early scare against Fiona Moverley [5/8] to win 9/11, 11/7, 11/1, 11/3 after 32 minutes. She faces World No.15 Emily Whitlock [3/4] in the first women’s semi-final. Former world champion Massaro said: “She came out firing and I thought ‘Wow’, I just had to dig in and start getting the ball back as best I could.”

Sarah-Jane Perry [3/4] set to play four-time National champion Alison Waters [2] in the other tie, who both overcame five-game matches against Victoria Lust [5/8] and Tesni Evans [5/8] respectively. World No.8 Perry defeated Lust 13/11, 6/11, 8/11, 11/3, 11/8 in 54 minutes, while Waters needed 75 minutes to knock out Welsh No.1 Evans 12/10, 9/11, 13/11, 5/11, 11/9 in a pulsating afternoon of women’s squash.

Round 1
Report courtesy of Donna Helmer

Tournament favourites Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro cruised through their first round matches as they began their quest to defend their Nationals titles.

Matthew overcame qualifier Ashley Davies while Massaro comfortably dispatched Deon Saffery at the National Squash Championships in Manchester.

Thursday brought the first glimpse into the main hall and the specially-assembled, all-glass show court, with three-time champion Massaro first to take to the court. She required just 24 minutes to beat Saffery, of Wales, 11/2, 11/6, 11/3.

Alison Waters [2], who has four Nationals titles to her name, Sarah-Jane Perry and Emily Whitlock [3/4] all also advanced to the quarter finals with ease but two-time tournament winner Jenny Duncalf [5/8] was taken to a fifth in her match against World No.35 Millie Tomlinson, emerging victorious after 62 minutes, 11/8, 7/11, 11/5, 6/11, 11/7.

Jenny commented, "That was a bit of a scrap. We play different games, Millie plays a lot of length and I like to go short more, so finding the right balance between attack and defence is tricky, and I was maybe trying to force it too much at times.”

Meanwhile, Nick Matthew is on the hunt for a record ninth title at the competition, sponsored by Blowers Jewellers. His opponent Ashley Davies, of Derbyshire, came through a five-game thriller against England Squash Academy player George Parker on Wednesday evening. World No.4 Matthew only required three to seal the first round tie, winning 11/7, 11/2, 11/7 in 37 minutes. Yorkshire’s James Willstrop [2] also advanced to the quarter finals, beating qualifier Mark Fuller, of Nottinghamshire, 11/5, 11/8, 11/5 in 31 minutes.

The day’s main upset came between 5/8 seed Ben Coleman and Jaymie Haycocks, of Warwickshire, with the unseeded player needing 49 minutes to claim a 7/11, 11/9, 11/6, 11/3 victory and reach the quarter-finals for the first time in 13 attempts.

"I just had to battle my way into the match, trying to break him out of his rhythm, and thankfully I managed to get back into it.” Haycocks said. “I knew he'd been out for a while so I tried to make it hard and it paid off. Really pleased to be through to the quarters for the first time."

A final between two of the most exciting veterans in the game remained on course in the men’s over-45s after seven-time masters champion and former over-35s British Open winner Nick Taylor [1] and former World No.2 Peter Marshall both advanced through to the quarter finals on Friday. They will be joined by England Squash’s Senior National Coach David Campion.
The men’s over-40s draw went according to seed with Peter O’Hara [1] and Daniel Massaro [2] both safely into the next round.

Meanwhile, top seed Yawar Abbas, of Durham and Cleveland, made it through to the quarter final of the over-50s while there were no upsets in the over-35s or over-70s.

Number two seed Mandy Akin, of Kent, required just 21 minutes to book her place in the quarter finals of the women’s over-50s draw with a 15/1, 15/11, 15/4 win against Bev Vatcher, of Dorset.

Mark Woodliffe [1], of Gloucestershire, will play Neil Harrison [5/8], of Durham and Cleveland, after beating Mark Taylor, of Avon, 11/4, 14/12, 11/3 in the over-55s.

Rustom Bativala, of Warwickshire, the favourite for the men‘s over-60s title, came through a major scare in the second round. After five games – and 59 minutes – he eventually beat Brian Duke, of Durham and Cleveland, with a nervy finish to the fifth and final game. The final score was 13/15, 15/9, 12/15, 15/11, 17/15. Bativala now faces David Clarke, of Surrey, in the quarter finals.

And there were no surprises in the over-65s draw either, with John Rae [1], of Scotland, and second seed Ian Graham [2], of Sussex, both through.

Report courtesy of Donna Helmer

After two days of intense qualification action, the main draw for the 2017 Nationals has been finalised, with players securing their spot to compete alongside the biggest names in British squash for the coveted titles.

No major upsets were recorded in the first two days as the final touches were put on the all-glass show court in Manchester, with England No.1 Laura Massaro the first due to grace the court at 12pm on Thursday.

Eight-time winner Nick Matthew will also begin his quest for a ninth title, the remaining masters events due to begin at the National Squash Centre.

But attention in the first two days has been firmly on those lesser-known and younger players fighting for their chance to take on the big guns in the main draw.

Those in attendance who stayed until Wednesday evening were treated to an enthralling, five-game match on the venue’s other all-glass court between Ashley Davies of Derbyshire and England Squash Academy player George Parker of Leicestershire. Parker twice fought back from a game down to take the match to a decider but Davies was composed enough to take the match 11/5, 8/11, 13/11, 10/12, 11/5 in 65 minutes.

Scot Rory Stewart, Patrick Rooney of Merseyside, and Nottinghamshire’s Mark Fuller also advanced to the main draw. Davies’ win earned him a first round tie against top seed Matthew, while Rooney faces Scottish No.1 Alan Clyne [3/4], Stewart is due to play 5/8 seed Joe Lee, of Surrey, and Fuller goes up against two-time winner James Willstrop, of Yorkshire.

Kace Bartley, Victoria Temple-Murray, Lily Taylor and Julianne Courtice claimed places in the main tournament. Taylor, of Leicestershire, will face Fiona Moverley [5/8] while Temple-Murray, of Devon, takes on World No.15 Emily Whitlock [3/4] and Courtice, of Gloucestershire, plays World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry [3/4]. Surrey’s Bartley has earned a first round match with second seed and four-time champion Alison Waters.

Some of the competition’s older contingent began their tournament campaigns on Wednesday, with action in the men’s over-50’s, 55’s, 60’s, 65’s and 70’s.
Top seed Mark Woodliffe, of Gloucestershire came through his first test in the over-55s, beating Keith Haddock, of Merseyside, 11/4, 11/4, 11/8 in just 19 minutes.
Yarwar Abbas [1], of Durham and Cleveland, will face Jamie Maddox in the first round after Maddox, of Lancashire, defeated John Valentine, also of Lancashire, in just 17 minutes – 11/7, 11/3, 11/2.

While Rustom Batilava [1], of Warwickshire, and Stuart Hardy [2], of Middlesex, both advanced to the second round of the over-60s. And the only slight upset in the over-65s came from Alan Hendry, of Merseyside, who defeated Mark Thompson [9/16], of Yorkshire, 15/7, 15/10, 15/13 in 24 minutes.

The only preliminary match in the over-70s was played out between Alan Whittow, of Buckinghamshire, and Thomas Elves, of Durham and Cleveland, with Elves progressing after a 15/12, 15/7, 15/3 victory in 24 minutes.

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