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Ball Bounces To Leinster Success

Men's Draw Women's Draw Reports

Bymac Leinster Open 2007
16-21 Oct, Dublin, Ireland, $10k
Round One
Oct 18
Oct 19
Oct 20
Oct 21
[1] Bradley Ball (Eng)
(11/2, 11/2, 11/5)
Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
Bradley Ball
11-5, 11-5, 11-7
Alex Stait
Bradley Ball
11-9, 11-10 (5-3), 11-6
Mark Krajcsak
Bradley Ball
11-4, 10-11 (1-3), 11-5, 11-10 (2-0)
Omar Abdel Aziz
[7] Alex Stait (Eng)
(11/6, 11/9, 11/4)
Stuart Crawford (Sco)
[3] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
(11/5, 11/7, 11/0)
[Q] Neil Hitchens (Eng)
Mark Krajcsak
11-4, 11-8, 11-6
Martin Knight
[8] Martin Knight (Nzl)
(11/4, 11/5, 11/6)
Petros Tzamaloukas (Gre)
Darren Lewis (Eng)
11-9, 2-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7
[5] Tom Hoevenaars (Ned)
Tom Hoevenaars
7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3
Ben Ford
Ben Ford
11-1, 11-6, 11-8
Omar Abdel Aziz
[Q] Ben Ford (Eng)
11-10 (2-0), 4-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8
[4] Scott Arnold (Aus)
[Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
11-7, 7-11, 11-10 (2-0), 10-11 (2-4), 11-5
[6] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
`Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan
11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8

Omar Abdel Aziz
[Q] Jens Schoor (Ger)
11-4, 11-7, 11-4
[2] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)


Qualifying Finals:
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)

First Round:
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

Bymac Leinster Open 2007
16-21 Oct, Dublin, Ireland, $4k
Round One
Oct 18
Oct 19
Oct 20
Oct 21
[1] Orla Noom (Ned)
(9/4, 9/1, 9/4)
[Q] Fiona Moverley (Eng)
Orla Noom
9-6, 9-0, 9-4
Lauren Selby
Orla Noom
9-0, 9-6, 9-5
Sarah-Jane Perry
Orla Noom
6-9, 10-9, 9-6, 9-6 (60m)
Laura Mylotte
Anna-Carin Forstadius (Swe)
(9/1, 9/4, 9/7)
Lauren Selby (Eng)
[4] Dagmar Vermeulen (Ned)
(9/6, 9/3, 9/4)
[Q] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
Sarah-Jane Perry
9-10, 9-3, 9-1, 9-4
Daniela Schumann
[8] Daniela Schumann (Ger)
(9/1, 9/7, 9/1)
[Q] Claire Kidd (Sco)
Vicky Hynes (Eng)
(6/9, 9/4, 9/0, 9/1)
[7] Birgit Coufal (Aut)
Vicky Hynes
9-2, 6-9, 10-8, 9-7
Milou van der Heijden
Vicky Hynes
9-4, 9-0, 9-6
Laura Mylotte
Kerri Shields (Irl)
(9/3, 0/9, 8/10, 9/5, 9/7)
[4] Milou van der Heijden (Ned)
[Q] Laura Alonso Perez (Esp)
(9/1, 10/8, 9/2)
[6] Adel Weir (Rsa)
Adel Weir
9-2, 9-4, 9-5
Laura Mylotte
Carrie Hastings (Eng)
(9/0, 9/3, 9/2)
[2] Laura Mylotte (Irl)

Qualifying Finals:
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)

First Round:
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 Leinster Success
Top seed 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

The 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
Dublin 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 one-all.

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 Bymac Semis
English 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 Dublin, Ireland.

The 32-year-old from
Kent, who 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 Malaysia's 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 semi-finals.

Top 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 31-year-old from Ipswich 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.

The third seed from Budapest also came through in straight games, seeing off New Zealand's Martin Knight 11-4, 11-8, 11-6.

The 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 seed from Ireland, 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 Kenilworth 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 England's unseeded Vicky Hynes 9-4, 9-0, 9-6.

Ford Forges On At Leinster Open
English 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 Dublin, Ireland.

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, 11-6, 11-7.

There was also English qualifying success in the WISPA World Tour event when Sarah-Jane Perry recovered from a game down to upset
Germany's No7 seed Daniela Schumann 9-10, 9-3, 9-1, 9-4 in the women's quarter-finals.

The 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 Open
Half of the qualifying places on offer in the Bymac Leinster Squash Open at the Fitzwilliam LT&SC in Dublin, Ireland, have been claimed by English players.

Ben Ford and Neil Hitchens prevailed in the men's PSA Tour event 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.

Sarah-Jane Perry and Fiona Moverley will provide the additional English interest in the women's WISPA World Tour event main draw. Perry, from Kenilworth 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 Dublin
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 Galway seeded two in the women’s draw.

Mylotte 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 Fitzwilliam LTC.

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.

All eyes 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.

Entrance 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.


Irish Women Fall at Final Hurdle

After great 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.