Ball Bounces To Leinster Success
Leinster Open 2007
16-21 Oct, Dublin, Ireland, $10k
Bradley Ball (Eng)
(11/2, 11/2, 11/5)
Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
11-9, 11-10 (5-3), 11-6
(1-3), 11-5, 11-10 (2-0)
Omar Abdel Aziz
Alex Stait (Eng)
(11/6, 11/9, 11/4)
Stuart Crawford (Sco)
Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
(11/5, 11/7, 11/0)
[Q] Neil Hitchens (Eng)
Martin Knight (Nzl)
(11/4, 11/5, 11/6)
Petros Tzamaloukas (Gre)
|Darren Lewis (Eng)
11-9, 2-11, 6-11,
 Tom Hoevenaars (Ned)
7-11, 11-6, 11-6,
11-1, 11-6, 11-8
Omar Abdel Aziz
Ben Ford (Eng)
11-10 (2-0), 4-11,
11-9, 9-11, 11-8
 Scott Arnold (Aus)
[Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
11-7, 7-11, 11-10
(2-0), 10-11 (2-4), 11-5
 Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
`Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan
11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8
Omar Abdel Aziz
Jens Schoor (Ger)
11-4, 11-7, 11-4
 Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
Ben Ford (Eng) bt Jason Barry (Rsa) 11/5, 11/9, 9/11, 11/6 (55m)
Neil Hitchens (Eng) bt Philip Nightingale (Eng) 11/7, 11/7, 11/6 (30m)
Alan Clyne (Sco) bt Peter Creed (Wal) 11/8, 9/11, 11/5, 11/5 (41m)
Jens Schoor (Ger) bt Tom Pashley (Eng) 9/11, 11/9, 11/2, 12/10 (46m)
Ben Ford (Eng) bt Derek Ryan (Irl) 12/10, 3/11, 11/5, 12/10
Jason Barry (Rsa) bt Peter Emmanuelle (Irl) 11/9, 11/7, 11/4
Neil Hitchens (Eng) bt Alex Ingham (Eng) 3/11, 9/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/6
Philip Nightingale (Eng) bt Fabien Verseille (Fra) 11/6, 11/5, 13/11
Peter Creed (Wal) bt Joe Lee (Eng) 11/9, 11/13, 12/10, 17/15
Alan Clyne (Sco) bt Andre Haschker (Aut) 11/8, 11/8, 11/13, 11/3
Jens Schoor (Ger) bt Niall Rooney (Irl) 11/8, 11/6, 11/8
Tom Pashley (Eng) bt Rory Byrne (Irl) 11/5, 11/2, 11/6
Leinster Open 2007
16-21 Oct, Dublin, Ireland, $4k
(9/4, 9/1, 9/4)
[Q] Fiona Moverley (Eng)
9-6, 9-0, 9-4
9-0, 9-6, 9-5
6-9, 10-9, 9-6, 9-6 (60m)
(9/1, 9/4, 9/7)
Lauren Selby (Eng)
| Dagmar Vermeulen
(9/6, 9/3, 9/4)
[Q] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
9-10, 9-3, 9-1,
Daniela Schumann (Ger)
(9/1, 9/7, 9/1)
[Q] Claire Kidd (Sco)
|Vicky Hynes (Eng)
(6/9, 9/4, 9/0, 9/1)
 Birgit Coufal (Aut)
9-2, 6-9, 10-8,
Milou van der Heijden
9-4, 9-0, 9-6
|Kerri Shields (Irl)
(9/3, 0/9, 8/10, 9/5, 9/7)
 Milou van der Heijden (Ned)
[Q] Laura Alonso Perez (Esp)
(9/1, 10/8, 9/2)
 Adel Weir (Rsa)
9-2, 9-4, 9-5
|Carrie Hastings (Eng)
(9/0, 9/3, 9/2)
 Laura Mylotte (Irl)
Sarah Jane Perry (Eng) bt Katie Wilson (Irl) 9/0, 9/6, 9/1 (15m)
Laura Alonso Perez (Esp) bt Tanya Owens (Irl) 10/8, 4/9, 9/4, 9/4 (42m)
Claire Kidd (Sco) bt Luz Etchechoury (Arg) w/o
Fiona Moverly (Eng) bt Claire O'Brien (Irl) 9/3, 9/0, 9/4 (16m)
Katie Wilson (Irl) bt Belen Etchechoury (Arg) 9/2, 10/8, 10/8
Tanya Owens (Irl) bt Kira Peterson (Den) 9/3, 9/6, 7/9, 9/2
Luz Etchechoury (Arg) bt Roisin Brennan (Irl) 9/3, 9/5, 9/2
Claire O'Brien (Irl) bt Adriana Marrero Thovar (Esp) 9/7, 9/2, 9/1
Ball Bounces To
Bradley Ball rallied to success in the Bymac Leinster Open
at the Fitzwilliam Club in Dublin to bring his career PSA Tour
haul to 15 titles - thus extending his lead as the Englishman with the most Tour
titles on today's the international squash circuit.
The 31-year-old from Ipswich, who reached the final without dropping a game,
faced Egyptian Omar Abdel Aziz, the 24-year-old No2 seed from
Fitzwilliam crowd were treated to a hugely entertaining match, with few mistakes
by either player. Ball was dominant in the opening game, but the Egyptian found
his rhythm to take a very close second game to draw level.
The pace of the match did not drop throughout the course of the 78-minute final
and, in the third game with both players under pressure, the Englishman proved
the stronger to move 2/1 ahead.
Aziz came out in the fourth determined to take Ball the full distance - and had
two game balls at 10-8. However, two well-worked rallies from the Englishman
saw him level the score at 10-10 and, seeing his opponent tire, Ball went on to
take the game to clinch the match 11-4, 10-11 (1-3), 11-5, 11-10 (2-0).
Ball, the world No33, claimed his first PSA Tour title in July 1998 at the
Oklahoma City Open. The
success, added to his home soil triumph at the Devon & Exeter Open in May
this year, brings his title total to 15, from 23 final appearances. This is two
ahead of his nearest English rival Adrian Grant, the world No20 who
boasts 13 trophies from 18 finals.
Orla Lifts Leinster Title
Ireland's Laura Mylotte missed out on
a glorious chance to win her maiden WISPA World Tour squash title on home
soil when she lost in four games to Dutch opponent Orla Noom in the final
of the Bymac Leinster Open at the Fitzwilliam Club in Dublin.
A tense first game saw the two top seeds trading shots and tussling for position
in the centre of the court. At five points each, Mylotte took the initiative
with some great driving and closed out the game. Looking relaxed and in fine
form, the 32-year-old from Galway raced to a six nil lead in the second game and
seemed to have the beating of her top-seeded Dutch opponent.
A string of unforced errors, however, let Noom back into the game and although
Mylotte had a game ball at 9-8, Noom clinched it 10-9 to tie the match at
Again in the third, Mylotte looked in control at 6-4 but could not seem to keep
out the errors, losing the game 9-6. The 21-year-old from Hoofddorp then sensed
her chance of victory and played some great squash to close out the fourth and
final game to win the match 6-9, 10-9, 9-6, 9-6 in exactly one hour.
The triumph marks Noom's second WISPA title - and will be a confidence-booster
for the young Dutch star who will take on England's Georgina Stoker in
today's (Sunday) 1st qualifying round of the Women's World Open
Championships in Madrid, Spain.
The top two seeds also moved through to the final in the men's event after
England's Bradley Ball and Egypt's Omar Abdel Aziz survived their
semi-finals in straight games.
Ball, the 31-year-old top seed from Ipswich, despatched Hungary's No3 seed
Mark Krajcsak 11-9, 11-10 (5-3), 11-6 to reach the 23rd PSA Tour
final of his career.
Abdel Aziz, the 24-year-old No2 seed from Cairo, ended the courageous run of
English qualifier Ben Ford, beating the 32-year-old from Kent 11-1, 11-6,
11-8. Aziz is now celebrating his seventh Tour final appearance.
Ben Bursts Through To
qualifier Ben Ford maintained his impressive run in the Bymac Leinster
Open as he despatched fifth seed Tom Hoevenaars in the quarter-finals
of the PSA Tour squash event at the Fitzwilliam Club in
The 32-year-old from
reached a career-high ranking of 130 this month, was made to work hard for his
place in the semi-finals as he dropped the first game to his Dutch opponent.
Ford, however, quickly took control in the second and went on to record his
7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 win to book his place in the last four against the
Egyptian second seed Omar Abdel Aziz.
Aziz took on
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan and progressed to an 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8 victory
in 66 minutes.
The Egyptian led 5-0 and 7-2 in the third game, but Adnan came roaring back to
take the game - to the delight of the crowd in Fitzwilliam. The sixth seed
started the fourth well and seemed to have his opponent rattled, but Aziz
managed to weather the storm and closed out the match to book his place in the
seed Bradley Ball, the world number 33, kept up his impressive form this
week as he beat fellow Englishman Alex Stait 11-5, 11-5, 11-7. The
has yet to drop a game in the event, and will look to continue this rich vein of
form in the semi-finals against Hungarian Mark Krajcsak.
third seed from
also came through in straight games, seeing off New Zealand's Martin Knight
11-4, 11-8, 11-6.
top two seeds will contest the final of the WISPA World Tour event after
Dutch favourite Orla Noom and local star Laura Mylotte, the second
survived their women's semi-finals in straight games.
Noom ended the giant-killing run of English qualifier Sarah-Jane Perry,
beating the 17-year-old from
9-0, 9-6, 9-5 to reach her fifth Tour final.
Marking only her second appearance in a WISPA final is Laura Mylotte, the
32-year-old from Galway who despatched
unseeded Vicky Hynes 9-4, 9-0, 9-6.
Ford Forges On At
qualifier Ben Ford continued his good run in the Bymac Leinster Open
by reaching the quarter-finals of the PSA Tour squash event at the
Fitzwilliam Club in
The 32-year-old from Kent upset Australia's No4 seed Scott Arnold 11-10
(2-0), 4-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8 in the first round and will now go on to face
Tom Hoevenaars - the fifth seed from the Netherlands who was also taken to
five games before overcoming Englishman Darren Lewis 11-9, 2-11, 6-11,
There was also English qualifying success in the WISPA World Tour event
when Sarah-Jane Perry recovered from a game down to upset
No7 seed Daniela Schumann 9-10, 9-3, 9-1, 9-4 in the women's
17-year-old qualifier from Kenilworth - who despatched third seed Dagmar
Vermeulen in straight games in the first round - now takes on top seed
Orla Noom, also from the
Netherlands, for a place in the final.
English Players Pull
Through At Leinster
the qualifying places on offer in the Bymac Leinster Squash Open at the
Fitzwilliam LT&SC in
Ireland, have been claimed by English players.
Neil Hitchens prevailed in the men's
qualifying finals - Ford fighting off South African Jason Barry 11-5,
11-9, 9-11, 11-6, and Hitchens despatching compatriot Philip Nightingale
11-7, 11-7, 11-6.
Ford, who beat local hero Derek Ryan - the eight-time Irish champion - in
the first qualifying round, now meets up-and-coming Australian player Scott
Arnold in the main draw.
Fiona Moverley will provide the additional English interest in the women's
WISPA World Tour
draw. Perry, from
in Warwickshire, dismissed Irish hope Katie Wilson 9-0, 9-6, 9-1, while
Moverley outplayed another Irish opponent Claire O'Brien 9-3, 9-0, 9-4.
Irish Players Squash up to Top Professionals in
Professional squash athletes from around the globe arrive in Dublin this week to compete
for the Bymac Leinster Squash Open title. The professional event on both
the men’s and women’s tour sees top Irish players compete against some of the
world’s best internationals from England to Egypt.
There is real hope of an Irish winner this year with
Laura Mylotte from
seeded two in the women’s draw.
is currently ranked 47 in the world and is expected to compete very strongly for
this year’s title, showing great recent form in reaching the last 32 of the
biggest event on the tour, the British Open last month. Her main rivals are top
seed Orla Noom from the Netherlands, just two places above
Laura in the rankings at 45 and Englishwoman Kirsty McPhee, ranked 57 who plays
Irish wildcard entrant, Kerri Shields in the first round. Both Shields and
Mylotte play their first round matches on Thursday evening at host venue
Four top Irish girls will also battle it out with the international field in the
qualifying rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday for the four highly sought after
remaining spots in the main draw. The Irish contingent are Tanya Owens and Katie
Wilson, both from Northern Ireland
and Claire O’Brien and Roisin Brennan, both from Carlow.
In the men’s draw Englishman Bradley Ball is top seed and at 32 in the world is
strong favourite to take the title in Fitzwilliam. His first round opponent is
Irish number three and world number 154, Arthur Gaskin, but Ball is expected to
prove too strong for the Carlowman. Ball’s main competition should come in the
form of up and coming 24 year old Egyptian, Omar Abdel Aziz whose current world
ranking is 49. With Egyptians Amr Shabana and Ramy Ashour currently dominating
world squash at numbers one and two in the world respectively, Omar will be
looking to follow in his compatriots footsteps with a good performance in Dublin.
will be on Dubliner Derek Ryan
(former world number 7) on Tuesday as he competes in the qualifying rounds for a
spot in the main draw. The 37 year old retired professional will attempt to
battle his way through the qualifiers along with other Irish hopefuls Niall
Rooney, Rory Byrne and Peter Emmanel in the qualifiers.
for this year’s event is free for every match and play starts at 18.00 each
night at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club,
Appian Way, Dublin 6. The women’s final takes place at
14.00 on Saturday, October 20th and the men’s on Sunday the 21st at
15.00. Over 100 Irish league players from all over the country will also be
battling it out over the week in the lower divisions.
Women Fall at Final Hurdle
wins in their first qualifying matches last night all three Irish ladies missed
out on the chance to line out in tomorrow's main draw. English pair Sarah Jane
Perry and Fiona Moverly proved too strong for thier Irish opponents Katie Wilson
and Claire O'Brien, both winning three games to nil. Tanya Owens however had a
great chance against her Spanish opponent, Laura Alonso Perez. After Perez won a
very tight first game, Owens closed out the second 9/4. After a close start to
the vital third game Perez found her touch and started to attack the front
corners, tiring Owens in the process. The Spaniard went on to close out the
match three one and earn a place in the main draw
Irish Girls Impress
Day one of the qualifying
rounds has seen a superb performance by the Irish girls with three out of the
four competitors advancing to within one win from securing a place in the main
draw of the Bymac Leinster Squash Open. All three proved too strong for their
opponents and ran out convincing winners in the end. Tanya Owens from Tyrone had
the toughest game of the night beating her Danish opponent three games to one.
Carlowgirl, Roisin Brennan was however unable to match the pace of her
Argentinian opponent, Luz Etchechoury, losing three games to nil.