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12/05/2007
DEVON AND EXETER OPEN
 

Top seed Ball on course

TOURNAMENT:
Devon & Exeter Squash Open, Exeter, England

REPORTS:
QUALIFYING:
Lee & Le Roux Boost Home Interest In Devon & Exeter Open
FIRST ROUND:
Stacey Stunned By Egyptian Qualifier In Exeter

QUARTER-FINALS:
Ball Leads English Trio Into Exeter Semi-Finals
SEMIS & FINAL:

Ball Bounces Ryder out of Final
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RESULTS:
1st round:
[1] Bradley Ball (ENG) bt James Snell (ENG) 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7 (33m)
[5] Laurent Elriani (FRA) bt Arthur Gaskin (IRL) 11-10 (2-0), 11-6, 11-7 (43m)
[4] Jonathan Harford (ENG) bt Darren Lewis (ENG) 11-3, 11-1, 11-9 (32m)
[8] David Barnett (ENG) bt [Q] Jason Barry (RSA) 10-11 (1-3), 11-5, 11-10 (2-0), 11-2 (43m)
Yann Perrin (FRA) bt [6] Rob Sutherland (WAL) 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (33m)
[3] Chris Ryder (ENG) bt [Q] Joe Lee (ENG) 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (42m)
[7] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [Q] Shaun le Roux (ENG) 11-6, 11-10 (3-1), 11-6 (45m)
[Q] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [2] Stacey Ross (ENG) 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-5 (62m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Bradley Ball (ENG) bt [5] Laurent Elriani (FRA) 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 (30m)
[4] Jonathan Harford (ENG) bt [8] David Barnett (ENG) 11-1, 10-11 (2-4), 8-11, 11-5, 11-4 (60m)
[3] Chris Ryder (ENG) bt Yann Perrin (FRA) 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (43m)
[7] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [Q] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-10 (2-0) (76m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Bradley Ball (ENG) bt [4] Jonathan Harford (ENG) 11-8, 11-4, 11-2 (33m)
[3] Chris Ryder (ENG) bt [7] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 10-11 (2-4), 5-11, 11-0, 11-2, 11-2 (63m)

Final:
[1] Bradley Ball (ENG) bt [3] Chris Ryder (ENG) 11-8, 11-9, 11-6
 

QUALIFYING
Qualifying finals:
Joe Lee (ENG) bt Philip Nightingale (ENG) 11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9
Shaun le Roux (ENG) bt Peter Creed (WAL) 11-9, 11-7, 11-7
Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt John Rooney (IRL) 11-9, 11-7, 11-10 (2-0)
Jason Barry (RSA) bt Michael Harris (ENG) 11-5, 11-7, 11-3
 

REPORTS:
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SEMIS & FINAL:
Ball Bounces Out Ryder
England's Bradley Ball fulfilled his seeding in the Devon & Exeter Squash Open when he beat third seed Chris Ryder in today's (Sunday) all-English final of the inaugural PSA Tour event at Devon & Exeter Squash Club in Exeter, in the English county of Devon.

The success brings Ball's PSA Tour trophy haul to 14, thus overtaking world No15 Adrian Grant as the current touring Englishman with the most international professional titles!

The 30-year-old top seed from Ipswich reached the final after beating fourth seed Jonathan Harford, also an Englishman, in straight games in the semi-finals.

Ryder, the World Universities champion from Wolverhampton, battled for more than an hour in the other semi to overcome France's No7 seed Mathieu Castagnet 10-11 (2-4), 5-11, 11-0, 11-2, 11-2.

But Ball, ranked 34 in the world, was too strong for Ryder - the 26-year-old in his tenth Tour final - winning 11-8, 11-9, 11-6.

"I'm delighted to have won this tournament - it's been a great week," said Ball afterwards. "From a player's point of view, it's nice to see a new venue hosting a PSA event.

"Chris played very well and was well up in the second. I had to dig deep and was pleased to sneak that one. If it had gone to one-all, it could have been different."
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QUARTER-FINALS
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Ball Leads English Trio Into Exeter Semi-Finals

Top seed Bradley Ball led a trio of Englishmen through to the semi-finals of the Devon & Exeter Squash Open after a comfortable straight games win over Frenchman Laurent Elriani in the quarter-finals of the inaugural PSA Tour event at Devon & Exeter Squash Club in Exeter, in the English county of Devon.

The 30-year-old from Ipswich beat fifth seed Elriani 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 and will now face compatriot Jonathan Harford for a place in the final. The fourth seed from Leeds was taken the full distance by fellow Englishman David Barnett before beating the No8 seed from Newcastle 11-1, 10-11 (2-4), 8-11, 11-5, 11-4.

Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet will be hoping to break up the English party. The No7 seed had to fight back from two games down to overcome UK-based Egyptian qualifier Mohamed El Shorbagy 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-10 (2-0) in a 76-minute marathon.

Castagnet will now meet third seed Chris Ryder, the World Universities champion from Wolverhampton who defeated unseeded Frenchman Yann Perrin 11-6, 11-5, 11-9.
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 FIRST ROUND
Stacey Stunned By Egyptian Qualifier In Exeter

England's second seed Stacey Ross crashed out of the Devon & Exeter Squash Open after losing to Egyptian qualifier Mohamed El Shorbagy in the first round of the inaugural PSA Tour event at Devon & Exeter Squash Club in Exeter, in the English county of Devon.

The 16-year-old from Alexandria twice came from behind to overcome Ross 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-5 in 62 minutes

"I'm delighted to have beaten this great player - and I also get to miss my French exam tomorrow," said El Shorbagy, who is based at Millfield School in England, where he is coached by legendary six-times British Open champion Jonah Barrington.

In the quarter-finals, the teenager will face seventh seed Mathieu Castagnet, one of three Frenchmen to make it through to the last eight. Castagnet beat English qualifier Shaun le Roux 11-6, 11-10 (3-1), 11-6.

France's unseeded Yann Perrin also claimed an unexpected place in the quarter-finals. The 21-year-old from Marseille removed sixth-seeded Welshman Rob Sutherland 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 and will now take on England's No3 seed Chris Ryder.
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 QUALIFYING
Lee & Le Roux Boost Home Interest In Devon & Exeter Open

Surrey's Joe Lee and Yorkshireman Shaun le Roux boosted home interest in the Devon & Exeter Squash Open after victories in the qualifying finals of the inaugural PSA Tour event at Devon & Exeter Squash Club in Exeter, in the English county of Devon.

Lee, a 17-year-old from Walton-on-Thames who led England to success in the European Junior Team Championships in Belgium last month, beat county colleague Philip Nightingale 11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9.

"I played well under the circumstances," said Lee afterwards. "He played at a quick pace which is not what I wanted. But I'm delighted to have made the main draw."

Cape Town-born le Roux, from Castleford in Yorkshire, defeated Welshman Peter Creed 11-9, 11-7, 11-7.

Whilst Lee faces third-seeded Englishman Chris Ryder in the first round, le Roux will meet Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet, the No7 seed.

The final of the $10,000 event is expected to be an all-English affair between favourite Bradley Ball, the world No34 from Ipswich, and Surrey's second seed Stacey Ross, the 33-year-old from Sutton who celebrated a career-high world ranking of 40 this month.
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 DRAW
Updated 1st round draw:
[1] Bradley Ball (ENG) v James Snell (ENG)
[5] Laurent Elriani (FRA) v Arthur Gaskin (IRL)
[4] Jonathan Harford (ENG) v Darren Lewis (ENG)
[8] David Barnett (ENG) v [Q] Jason Barry (RSA)
[6] Rob Sutherland (WAL) v Yann Perrin (FRA)
[3] Chris Ryder (ENG) v [Q] Joe Lee (ENG)

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