BRITISH NATIONALS 2011
Sensational Selby Denies Matthew Nationals Record In Manchester
Previews and Qualifying
2nd Round 1st Round
 Nick Matthew (Yorks)
12/10, 11/4, 11/4 (38m)
Neil Hitchens (Essex)
11-4, 11-4, 11-0
11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (51m)
11-4, 11-3, 11-6 (35m)
7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7 (84m)
 Simon Parke (Yorks)
11/9, 7/11, 11/9, 12/10 (60m)
[Q] Adam Murrills (Cheshire)
 Chris Simpson (Hamps)
11/6, 11/7, 9/11, 11/6 (48m)
Peter Creed (Wal)
11-7, 11-7, 11-5
 Laurence Delasaux (Yorks)
9/11, 11/8, 8/11, 11/6, 11/5 (48m)
[Q] Stephen Siveter (Merseyside)
 Adrian Grant (Kent)
11/4, 11/5, 9/11, 11/7 (49m)
[Q] Andrew Birks (Shropshire)
11-6, 11-9, 11-9
11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4 (42m)
 Alan Clyne (Sco)
14/12, 11/8, 11/1 (25m)
[LL] Liam Foster (Ches)
 Tom Richards (Surrey)
11/8, 11/5, 11/8 (26m)
Anthony Graham (Glos)
11-2, 11-5 (45m)
 Eddie Charlton (Notts)
12/10, 11/5, 11/1 (29m)
[Q] Andrew Widdison (Yorks)
[LL] Richard Birks (Shropshire)
11/8, 11/7, 11/6 (34m)
 Andy Whipp (Ches)
11-4, 11-8, 11-1
9-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-4 (71m)
7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 (45m)
[LL] Adam Giles (Wilts)
11/5, 11/2, 11/6 (21m)
 Chris Ryder (Herts)
[Q] James Earles (Yorks)
11/9, 11/3, 11/6 (32m)
 Joe Lee (Surrey)
14-12, 11-9, 11-9
[Q] Phil Rushworth (Yorks)
11/3, 11/8, 4/11, 11/8 (39m)
 Daryl Selby (Essex)
Chris Fuller (Northants)
11/8, 12/10, 12/10 (54m)
 Joel Hinds (Derby)
11-8, 11-3, 10-12, 11-6 (48m)
Tom Pashley (Sussex)
12/10, 11/4, 15/13 (38m)
 Jonathan Kemp (Shrops)
[Q] Declan James (Notts)
16/14, 11/4, 11/4 (31m)
 Adrian Waller (Herts)
11-5, 11-8, 11-2
[Q] Charles Sharpes (Surrey)
11/6, 11/6, 11/5 (25m)
 James Willstrop (Yorks)
Phil Rushworth (Yorks) bt Rory Pennell (Essex) 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 (25m)
Charles Sharpes (Surrey) bt Richard Birks (Shropshire) 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-9
Andrew Widdison (Yorks) bt Steven London (Kent) 11-6, 6-11, 11-1, 11-4 (47m)
Stephen Siveter (Merseyside) bt Chris Tasker-Grindley (Glos) 11-7, 7-11, 11-6,
Adam Murrills (Cheshire) bt Kristen Johnson (Oxon) 11-9, 16-14, 11-3 (43m)
Andrew Birks (Shropshire) bt Adam Fuller (Herts) 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (25m)
Declan James (Notts) bt Adam Giles (Wilts) 11-9, 11-5, 11-6 (25m)
James Earles (Yorks) bt Liam Foster (Cheshire) 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 (22m)
Phil Rushworth (Yorks) bt Jason Pike (Wilts) 11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (29m)
Rory Pennell (Essex) bt Oliver Wildig (Cheshire) 11-6, 11-4 ret. (13m)
Charles Sharpes (Surrey) bt Kevin Moran (Scotland) 11-4, 11-2, 7-11, 11-5 (35m)
Richard Birks (Shropshire) bt Richard Shellam (Northumbria) 11-9, 11-4, 11-3
Steven London (Kent) bt Dominic Hamilton (Oxon) 11-5, 5-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7
Andrew Widdison (Yorks) bt Morgan Hibberd (Lancs) 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 15-13 (64m)
Stephen Siveter (Merseyside) bt Keith Timms (Herts) 11-3, 13-11, 9-11, 11-2
Chris Tasker-Grindley (Glos) bt Ollie Holland (Notts) 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (29m)
Kristen Johnson (Oxon) bt Michael Potter (Cheshire) 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (35m)
Adam Murrills (Cheshire) bt Alex Cutts (Norfolk) 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 (30m)
Adam Fuller (Herts) bt Matthew Sidaway (Lancs) 6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (46m)
Andrew Birks (Shropshire) bt Theo Woodward (Dorset) 11-2, 6-11, 11-6, 16-14
Declan James (Notts) bt Matthew Sampson (Northumbria) 11-1, 11-3, 11-6 (25m)
Adam Giles (Wilts) bt Simon White (Wilts) 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6 (49m)
James Earles (Yorks) bt Robert Taylor (Cheshire) 11-1, 11-6, 11-8 (27m)
Liam Foster (Cheshire) bt David Barnett (Northumbria) w/o
1st qualifying round:
Phil Rushworth (Yorks) bye
Jason Pike (Wilts) bt Damien Easy (Cheshire) 11-3, 11-7, 11-4 (20m)
Rory Pennell (Essex) bt Joshua Harris (D & C) 3-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9,
Oliver Wildig (Cheshire) bt Julian Tomlinson (Lancs) 11-4, 11-9, 11-4 (21m)
Charles Sharpes (Surrey) bt Chris Ferguson (Scotland) 11-4, 11-3, 11-6
Kevin Moran (Scotland) bt Stephen Horabin (Cheshire) 11-4, 11-4, 11-5
Richard Birks (Shropshire) bt Blake Bettley (Cheshire) 11-7, 12-10,
Richard Shellam (Northumbria) bt Robert Dadds (Cambs) 12-10, 11-4, 11-7
Dominic Hamilton (Oxon) bye
Steven London (Kent) bt Paul Carter (Cheshire) 11-6, 13-11, 14-12 (33m)
Andrew Widdison (Yorks) bt Ashley Davies (Derbyshire) 11-4, 9-11, 11-6,
Morgan Hibberd (Lancs) bt Liam Gutcher (Northumbria) 11-6, 11-3, 7-11,
Stephen Siveter (Merseyside) bt Alex Phillips (Hants) 11-9, 11-7,
Keith Timms (Herts) bt Jack White (Cambs) 11-7, 11-5, 11-7
Chris Tasker-Grindley (Glos) bt Paul Runciman (Cheshire) w/o
Ollie Holland (Notts) bt James Asher (Cheshire) w/o
Michael Potter (Cheshire) bt Daniel McGinn (Cambs) 11-9, 11-8, 3-11,
5-11, 11-5 (49m)
Kristen Johnson (Scotland) bt Nic Birt (Wales) 11-5, 11-1, 11-8 (33m)
Alex Cutts (Norfolk) bt Edward Fairhurst (Lancs) 11-5, 11-1, 11-2 (18m)
Adam Murrills (Cheshire) bt Pablo Rawden (Surrey) 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (30m)
Matthew Sidaway (Lancs) bt Sean Hunter (Cheshire) 8-11, 12-10, 4-11,
11-6, 11-9 (61m)
Adam Fuller (Herts) bt Robert Downer (Hants) 16-14, 8-11, 11-9,
10-12, 11-9 (60m)
Theo Woodward (Dorset) bt Matthew Hardy (Northumbria) 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5
Andrew Birks (Shropshire) bt Gavan Hitchenor (Cheshire) 11-4, 11-6, 11-2
Matthew Sampson (Northumbria) bt Mick Biggs (Middx) 11-2, 11-4, 11-5
Declan James (Notts) bt James Jacobsen (Scotland) 11-9, 11-5, 11-7 (35m)
Adam Giles (Wilts) bt Chris Longman (Cheshire) 11-4 ret. (9m)
Simon White (Wilts)
Robert Taylor (Cheshire) bt Lee Brownson (Cheshire) 11-8, 11-9, 11-1
James Earles (Yorks) bt Matt Pearson (Lancs) 11-1, 11-5, 11-3 (19m)
Liam Foster (Cheshire) bt Theodore Anderson (Devon) w/o
David Barnett (Northumbria) bye
Women's Main Draw
 Jenny Duncalf (Yorks)
8-11, 11-4, 12-10,
Sarah-Jane Perry (Warks)
11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (28m)
11-2, 11-1, 11-5 (19m)
11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-2 (62m)
 Emma Beddoes (Warks)
13-15, 11-5, 11-9,
Emily Whitlock (Ches)
 Sarah Kippax (Ches)
11-5, 11-5, 11-9
[Q] Lisa Aitken (Scotland)
14-12, 11-7, 11-7 (40m)
 Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Mdx)
11-5, 11-5, 11-6
[Q] Fiona Moverley (Yorks)
Deon Saffery (Wal)
11-5, 11-3, 11-4
 Lauren Selby (Essex)
11-3, 11-7 (22m)
11-8, 12-14, 11-3,
[Q] Rachel Willmott (Sussex)
11-3, 11-1, 11-4
 Laura Massaro (Lancs)
Kirsty McPhee (Yorks)
11-6, 11-7, 11-8
 Victoria Lust (Beds)
11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (30m)
[Q] Tesni Evans (Wales)
11-2, 11-5, 11-5
 Madeline Perry (N/Ireland)
Kirsty West (Cheshire) bt Victoria Temple-Murray (Devon) 11-6, 4-11, 4-11, 11-8,
Lauren Gray (Scotland) bt Brogan Lane (Herts) 11-5, 6-11, 11-3, 11-2 (24m)
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Selby Denies Matthew Nationals Record In Manchester
The world's best squash player's bid to win a
record-equalling fourth domestic title was thwarted by
Daryl Selby today when the Essex outsider beat world
champion Nick Matthew in a marathon 84-minute
British National Championship climax at the National
Squash Centre in Manchester.
Earlier third seed Laura Massaro
celebrated the biggest success of her career when she upset
Yorkshire favourite Jenny Duncalf, the world No2, to
become the first Lancashire winner of the women's title in
the event's 36-year-history.
After being dominated by the Yorkshireman in
the opening game of the men's final, world No10 Selby fought
back to draw level as Matthew dropped his first game of the
tournament. The packed crowd, expecting a Matthew win,
watched in amazement as the evenly-contested match moved
into a fifth game.
players had leads in the decider, but an uncharacteristic
series of errors by the defending champion saw Selby pull
away from 6-7 down to win 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7
with Matthew calling his final ball down and shaking Selby's
"I feel I played really well but I had to
play really well against the world number one," said the
28-year-old from Witham. "I knew I had a chance. I feel I
raised my game to his level.
"In fact I feel I played a phenomenal match.
I'm 10 in the world, and results like this show that I can
go higher. Hopefully this can be a catalyst to move on.
"Is it the best win of my career? I should
say so, when you look at the names on this trophy Nick
Matthew, James Willstrop, Peter Nicol, Jonah Barrington
..... it's an amazing list of names. And there's Del
Harris, the last Essex man to win the title (in 1989),"
"I feel I deserved to win I matched him
physically and turned the pressure back on him," concluded
the new men's champion.
A downcast Matthew acknowledged that his
opponent had been the better player: "He didn't give me
anything it was almost error-free squash. I had my
chances but when he came back he took his chances better
than I did. He played better than me.
"I wanted so much to win that fourth title."
Massaro arrived in Manchester fresh from international
success in the USA where she upset three higher-ranked
players - including the 14-month-unbeaten world number one
Nicol David - to win the biggest Tour title of her career.
Seeded three in the British championship,
Massaro reached the final after battling to victory over
second-seeded Irish opponent Madeline Perry. But
after taking the opening game in the final, the world No9
slipped behind as England team-mate Duncalf, ranked two in
the world, began to dominate.
Despite going into the match 3-11 down on
their career head-to-head tally, Massaro beat Duncalf last
week in Cleveland - and picked up her game to draw level,
before completely dominating the decider to come through
11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-2 after 62 minutes.
"It sounds pretty good, doesn't it British
National champion," said the jubilant 27-year-old after her
first-time success in her second final since 2008.
"I just kept thinking in that last game 'keep
calm, keep calm, and keep volleying'," added Massaro, who
then paid tribute to her coach Phil Whitlock, a
former national champion with whom she has worked for the
"Jenny played so well in that third game
and the fourth was quite tight. But I just got on top of it
in the fifth, and that made all the difference.
"What an amazing couple of week it's been,"
said the new champion as she signed autographs for
youngsters in the packed National Squash Centre arena.
When asked to explain the difference in her
approach to the event this year, Massaro said: "It's having
more belief in myself and my game. And my fitness has also
"It's knowing that I can do it after what I
achieved last week in Cleveland.
"But, believe it or not, I was quite nervous
towards the end of the match thinking about what I had
said before the event about wanting my name on that trophy,
and that I would be the first Lancashire player to win it!
"It feels really good to have won it at
last. My England team-mates Jenny and Alison (Waters) have
both done it and I wanted to be a member of that club.
And as Massaro walked away from the
presentation, passing event posters featuring the 2010
champions, the 2011 champion said: "Does this mean I'll be
on the poster next year?
"That's maybe the best thing about winning
Marches Into Manchester Final
kept alive her hopes of becoming Lancashire's first winner
of the women's British National Squash Championships
title by upsetting Ireland's second seed Madeline Perry
in today's semi-finals at the National Squash Centre
Massaro arrived in Manchester fresh from
winning the biggest international title of her career in
Cleveland, USA - where she claimed successive upsets over
Perry; her world number two-ranked England team-mate
Jenny Duncalf; and, for the first time, the world number
one Nicol David.
But the third seed from Preston, ranked nine
in the world, had a hard battle to repeat her victory over
second seed Perry, the world No7 from Banbridge, near
Belfast - winning 11-8, 12-14, 11-3, 11-9 in just under an
"Madeline's a great player she was so gutsy
out there today," said a delighted Massaro, now in the final
for the second time. "I just couldn't take my foot off the
pedal for a moment.
"The Cleveland success has given me
confidence, but it also puts pressure on you. In the end,
though, the confidence outweighs the pressure - and I was
feeling OK towards the end.
"It's hard not to put too much pressure on
yourself. But, deep down, I've now got the belief I can do
it when it gets tough," added Massaro.
"Winning those matches last week gave me the
confidence that I can win events at the highest level.
There'll be no pressure on me in the final.
Massaro will face England team-mate Jenny
Duncalf, the top seed from Yorkshire. The two-time
champion reached the final for the fourth time in five years
after the swiftest win of the day a 19-minute defeat of
seventh seed Dominique Lloyd-Walter.
The Middlesex 29-year-old reached her maiden
semi after upsetting local star Sarah Kippax, the
fourth seed from Cheshire, in the previous round. But
Lloyd-Walter was unable to reproduce her performance against
the England number one, going down 11-2, 11-1, 11-5.
"I got a good start, and I tried to make sure
I kept the pressure on," said Duncalf. "I thought I was
playing pretty well.
"It's always hard being on the back foot when
you don't make a good start, especially on big stages like
this, but Dom can certainly play a lot better than that.
"I'm looking forward to the final," added the
28-year-old from Harrogate. "We don't often get to have our
friends and family here when we play in big events, so that
will be good - but I'm here to win it.
"It's a huge honour to win your National
title, I've got two already. I know Laura will really want
to win it for the first time - but I want a third!"
Yorkshireman Nick Matthew gave a
performance worthy of his dual status as world number one
and world champion to despatch sixth seed Tom Richards,
ranked 30 places lower, 11-4, 11-3, 11-6 in just 35 minutes.
Richards, the Guildford-born 24-year-old
making his semi-final debut, made his breakthrough in the
previous round where he ousted Alan Clyne, the
unheralded Scot who upset fourth-seeded Londoner Adrian
Grant, a former runner-up, in the last 16 round.
It was a disappointing performance by the
Surrey hope who has recently picked up some notable scalps.
"I played Nick last week in the Swedish Open and I didn't
play anything like as well today as I did then," admitted
"My shots were too loose and you can't do
that against someone like Nick.
"It's frustrating I just didn't do myself
justice. But he is the world number one and world champion,
so I suppose he's bound to make it difficult."
Matthew, the 30-year-old from Sheffield who
became England's first ever world champion in December, is
an-course to win a record-equalling four national titles.
"Tom is one of a group of younger players that shows the
strength in depth we have in English squash. I'm sure he
will learn a lot from this," said the England number one.
Richards agreed: "You learn more from your
losses than from your wins," said the beaten semi-finalist.
"But I'll learn a lot more as it's a heavy loss!"
In the last semi-final of the day, third seed
Daryl Selby secured a place in the men's final for
the first time after overcoming quarter-final hero
Jonathan Kemp, the fifth seed from Shropshire who
stunned former champion James Willstrop, the No2
Left-hander Kemp, the world No23 from
Halifax, carried on from where he left off 24 hours earlier
taking the first game and leading twice in the second.
But 28-year-old Selby, the world No10 from
Essex, moved ahead from nine-all in the second to draw level
then battled to stay ahead of his opponent in the next two
to record his 7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 victory after 45
"This is one of the biggest tournaments we
play and a great chance to show English squash enthusiasts
what we do," Selby told event MC Andrew Nickeas
immediately following his triumph. "I'm very happy to get
"Kempy is one of those players who, if you
give him half a percent, will take full advantage. He
dominated the first game but I managed to get ahead in the
When asked what reaching the National final
meant to him, Selby responded: "I've not made any Super
Series finals - only a few three or four star events but
this tournament is up there with the best, because of the
strength in depth of English squash.
"It will be my biggest final, for sure, and
it will be an honour and a privilege to play the world
number one and world champion here tomorrow," Selby
"It'll be great to have my Mum and Dad and
the rest of the family to watch me they've done so much
for me over my career. I hope I can play well."
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Captures Willstrop Scalp In Major Nationals Upset
two-time champion James Willstrop, who was expected to reach the final of
the British National Squash Championships for the fifth time in seven
years, crashed out in tonight's quarter-finals at the National Squash Centre
in Manchester after losing to Shropshire's
Jonathan Kemp (right).
The world No4
from Leeds walked onto the court with ten career wins out ten against Kemp, the
Halifax-based left-hander who is ranked 23 in the world.
But signs of
an upset were on the cards when Kemp took the opening game itself a first in
the pair's career head-to-head tally.
lad took the second and had match-ball for a stunning straight games win when
Willstrop benefitted from a lucky sidewall nick to reduce the deficit.
continued with his game-plan and, after 48 minutes, wrapped up his historic
11-8, 11-3, 10-12, 11-6 victory.
"It's the best
result of my career so far," said an exuberant Kemp afterwards. "When he hit
that nick at match-ball in the third, I thought 'was that my chance gone?'. But
I was determined to stick to my game-plan - and it worked.
"But James is
a fantastic player and a fantastic guy too," added the Wolverhampton-born
"I feel I
played well but physically he seemed down. But James at 50% would still beat
autographs for a hoard of young fans afterwards, Willstrop admitted that all was
not right: "I've had enough I'm just not enjoying playing at the moment.
point in carrying on like this maybe I need to stop playing for a while.
unnatural for me not to like playing. The only reason I'm putting the effort in
is not to win but to do justice to all the people who have come to watch me
"I just feel
exhausted," continued the 27-year-old England No2 from Leeds. "Every time I'm
on court, it's like a toil. I'm just glad I'm not playing tomorrow.
"I played a
lot of squash in the autumn maybe I should have done something to reduce the
load. I don't feel I can keep playing at this level.
"I had no
desire tonight. In fact the only desire I had was to get off the court and
not play in the semi-finals.
"But I don't
want to take anything away from Jonathan. I always have to be focussed to play
him and he played well tonight," Willstrop concluded.
In his first
semi-final appearance since making his Nationals debut 11 years ago, Kemp will
meet third seed Daryl Selby. The 28-year-old from Essex claimed his
second successive semi-final slot when he beat Chris Ryder.
The No7 seed
from Hertfordshire imposed himself on the match from the outset and had two
game-balls in the third but Selby came through to win 9-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-4
in 71 minutes.
"It was a
tough match he found his length pretty well I couldn't get in front of him
for the first three games," said Selby, the world No10.
"I felt strong
in the fourth and I think he would have been pretty disappointed to lose the
explained later: "I was just a little off the pace in the fourth and he
raised his game."
When asked if
he had been happy overall with his game, the Leamington Spa-based 30-year-old
responded: "No I'm not happy to lose. In fact I'm fed up with saying that
I'm 'happy my performance' when I lose."
hopes of taking Cheshire interest through to the women's semi-finals were dashed
when the fourth seed crashed out to lower-ranked Dominique Lloyd-Walter,
the No7 seed from Guildford.
Chester-born world No22 squandered a game ball in the first game and led in the
next two but it was Lloyd-Walter, ranked 23 places lower, who prevailed to win
14-12, 11-7, 11-7 in 40 minutes.
a former world No18, is making a comeback after a six-month foot injury
lay-off. "I was in agony after a bone in my right foot virtually decomposed,
and even now it's only about 90% back," said the 29-year-old, now in the semis
for the first time.
happy with that but most of all, I'm really pleased to be back playing again.
qualified as a personal trainer now, and I really enjoy that, so squash is not
the only thing in my life anymore," added Lloyd-Walter. "I'll still play on the
Tour, but I'll just be much more relaxed."
downcast: "I'm really disappointed nothing seemed to come together for me
tonight. I felt that my game was a little bit off.
credit to Dom, she played really well. I desperately wanted to play well here
I had lots of support. But she just played better than me and deserved to win."
semi-final opponent will be Jenny Duncalf, the world No2 from Yorkshire
who is seeded to win the women's trophy for the third time since 2007. The
28-year-old from Harrogate defeated Nottingham's Emma Beddoes in straight
try and make sure that you don't let your opponent get much of a look-in - and I
think I did that tonight," said Duncalf, from Harrogate. "I was trying to keep
her behind me.
"It's nice to
be on the glass court. It's good to be in the semis I feel I'm in the
tournament at last."
Rallies To First Nationals Semi-Final In Manchester
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sixth seed Tom Richards battled for 42 minutes to keep Scotland's Alan
Clyne at bay before earning his first appearance in the men's semi-finals of
the British National Squash Championships at the National Squash
Centre in Manchester.
Guildford-born 24-year-old, in only his sixth appearance in the championships,
took the first game and led 9-8 in the second before Scottish number one Clyne
clinched the game to draw level.
Clyne, from Edinburgh, was celebrating his first appearance in the
quarter-finals after a shock defeat of fourth seed Adrian Grant,
runner-up two years ago, in the previous round.
Richards built up early leads in the next two games before recording his 11-5,
9-11, 11-6, 11-4 victory.
"I knew Alan
would fight until the very end," said Richards, the world No31, of his opponent
ranked 16 places lower.
quarter-final stage of the event saw action move from the conventional courts
onto the Centre's spectacular all-glass showcourt.
"It's great to
be in the semis for the first time though it's a strange feeling, as it feels
like a new tournament, now that we're playing on the glass court. It's a real
inspiration being on there," Richards continued.
"Now that I've
beaten two or three of the top players in the world, it has given me a lot of
confidence. I now feel I can hold my own with players in the world's top ten.
But it's one thing thinking about it; it's another thing doing it!"
event's top seed and defending champion Nick Matthew survived a 51-minute
clash with Chris Simpson, beating the Guernsey-born eighth seed 11-8,
"It would be
fantastic to play Nick in the next round," added Richards. "I know he's played
on the court a lot more than I have, but I already feel comfortable on it.
There'll be no pressure on me it'll all be on him."
world number one and world champion from Sheffield who is bidding to win the
national title for a record-equalling fourth time, was full of praise for his
opponent. "Chris is a tough competitor - even from when he was young, he always
got stuck in.
"He and Tom
are very strong it's good to see players like them getting to the later stages
of this tournament."
world No45 who represented Guernsey in the Delhi Commonwealth Games, was
delighted with his performance. "I feel I played really well," said the
Harrogate-based 23-year-old. "My aim was to get a game off him or at least
compete for the whole match and not let him get a good run.
"The stuff I
was working on really worked today.
"You can't go
on court with someone of Nick's calibre without learning something. In fact, I
found myself seeing things he was doing in the match, and trying to play some of
those shots myself! It was a great experience."
bidding to become the first Lancashire player to win the women's title, cruised
into her fifth successive semi-final when she beat Welsh number one Deon
Saffery in today's quarter-finals.
The world No9
from Preston, who arrived back on home soil after the biggest international
title win of her career in the USA last week, took just 22 minutes to ease past
the unseeded Saffery 11-3, 11-3, 11-7.
"I think Deon
took a bit of time getting used to the court," said 27-year-old Massaro. "In
the third she played a bit better and I probably tried to finish it off a little
Massaro lives less than an hour from the venue: "I really like the court here
but it's more the atmosphere of the whole place than just the court.
brilliant winning in Cleveland last week, but it was a squash club with just a
hundred or so watching. The setting here is much bigger. I feel at home here
because it's where I have my physio and do my training. And I've got lots of
friends and family here you don't get that anywhere else."
meet Irish rival Madeline Perry in the semis in a repeat of their
semi-final clash in Cleveland. The No2 seed from Banbridge, near Belfast, beat
Victoria Lust, the 21-year-old sixth seed from Cheltenham, 11-4, 11-5,
"I've been in
a few semis now," Massaro added. "But I'm really looking forward to playing
Madeline again. There'll be no pressure according to the seedings, but I'll
have the confidence after my Cleveland win."
Perry, who has
never before made the Nationals final yet reached the finals of the British
Open on the same court in 2009 - was delighted with her progress: "It was nice
to be back on the showcourt," said the 33-year-old world No7.
certainly be nice to get to the final for the first time and hopefully, being
seeded two, will help," Perry added.
"It's been a
big goal of mine to win this title for a few years and back home it would
really make a big difference."
latest meeting with Massaro, Perry said: "I feel we're pretty evenly-matched.
But she played so well in Cleveland.
"It should be
a great game."
Clinches Maiden Manchester Quarter-Final
Clyne produced the biggest upset in today's second round of the British
National Squash Championships when he beat fourth-seeded Englishman
Adrian Grant in straight games at the National Squash Centre in
The world No
47 from Edinburgh defeated Grant, a gold medallist in the Delhi Commonwealth
Games, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 to celebrate the best win of his career.
"It was the
first time we'd played which was perhaps an advantage, as some people think
I'm unorthodox," explained the delighted 24-year-old on the eve of his first
appearance in the quarter-finals.
probably watched him play more than he's watched me.
"I was trying
to keep a higher pace and I think that helped my cause.
"Rankings-wise, this is the best win of my career," added Clyne after his
victory over the former world No9 from London.
"I've played a
lot of tournaments recently, so I've been away from my training base. But I've
been getting a lot of matches, which has done me a lot of good."
faces Surrey's Tom Richards, the sixth seed ranked 31 in the world. "He
beat me the last time we played, so I hope I'll get him back."
Laura Massaro comfortably cleared her first hurdle in the women's event,
beating Sussex qualifier Rachel Willmott in straight games in just 18
It was the
Preston squash star's first appearance on home soil since winning her biggest
title on the international circuit last week in Cleveland, Ohio where she not
only beat England team-mate Jenny Duncalf, the world No2, for the first
time in five years, but went on to record a first ever win over Nicol David,
the world number one from Malaysia who had been undefeated since November 2009.
third seed, carried on where she left off in the USA despatching Willmott
11-3, 11-1, 11-4 to earn a quarter-final clash with unseeded Welsh player
good to get the first match out of the way," said the 27-year-old world No9 who
is bidding to become the first Lancashire player to win the women's title in the
event's 36-year history.
"I felt good
on there you never know how you're going to be until you actually get into a
match situation," Massaro added. "I hadn't played Rachel for a while, but she's
improved a lot.
"Like me, Deon
is coming off the back of a WISPA tournament win in the US. She's playing well
so it should be a good match."
winner of last week's Delaware State Open, caused the only upset in the
women's championship. The Yorkshire-based Welsh champion beat Lauren Selby,
the No8 seed from Essex, 11-5, 11-3, 11-4.
"It's nice to
be back playing my squash again, not hacking it about," said Barry-born
Saffery, ranked 114 in the world. "Winning in Delaware was good I'm feeling
good, and just hope my legs hold up as I only got home last night."
double local disappointment in the men's event when Adam Murrills and
Andy Whipp fell in the second round. Murrills, a 20-year-old qualifier from
Cheshire, faced the toughest opponent on earth and went down in straight games
to Sheffield's world number one and world champion Nick Matthew.
Manchester-based Whipp, who was aiming for a first ever appearance in the
quarter-finals, lost out to Hertfordshire's Chris Ryder 11-4, 11-8, 11-1.
"He tried to
earn every point he's got a good attitude and has good potential to improve,"
said Matthew of his young opponent.
delighted with his progress in the event: "I think I did myself justice it
was great to play him in a match situation," said the Bowdon squash club
player. "But it was so hard to work him out of position he's really
imposing. I kept getting myself stuck behind him. But it was a great
experience," Murrills added.
Ryder felt he
had the edge on Whipp throughout the match: "Containment was the key he likes
to attack at a hundred miles an hour and I had to stop him doing that."
30-year-old from Leamington Spa immediately spent an hour practising on the
centre's all-glass showcourt, on which he will face Essex's third seed
"It's my first
quarter-final and my first time on this glass court," Ryder added. "I feel I
have been making steady improvement over the past 15 years and, even though
I'm now 30, I feel I'm playing my best squash. Certainly this is my best
Motors On In Manchester
qualifier Adam Murrills pulled off the only upset on the opening day of
men's main draw action in the British National Squash Championships when
he beat Yorkshire's former champion Simon Parke in four games at
the National Squash Centre in Manchester.
38-year-old 1998 champion from Pontefract, was celebrating his 51st match in the
championships since making his debut in 1987 three years before his
20-year-old opponent was born.
But after the
first two games were shared, Murrills fought back from 7-9 down in the third to
open up a 2/1 lead, then survived a game-ball in the fourth before going on to
topple the 16th seed 11-9, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10 in 60 minutes.
"It was great
to get to play Parkey - he's done so much in the game," said a jubilant Murrills,
from Bowdon, afterwards. "I've always wanted to play him, but in league matches
he was always a place or two above me, so it never happened.
"I was pleased
when I drew him yesterday, and I'm pleased I managed to play well today. My
coach Alex Stait knows him well so he gave me the lowdown on him and a few
that this might be the last time the Manchester crowd see the popular
Yorkshireman in action in the event were quickly dispelled by the 38-year-old:
"I read that Stanley Matthews played top-level football until he was 50 and
that's what I aim to do ...... as long as I can stand up and walk in a straight
line," quipped the former world No3.
"I was quietly
confident even though I knew he was quick," Parke said of the match. "It was
close it could have gone either way.
"Alex and I
played each other countless times over the years and there were a few 'Staity'
shots in Adam's game!
afterwards that it was the best he'd ever seen Adam play," added Parke.
making his debut in the event, will now face top seed Nick Matthew, the
30-year-old title-holder from Sheffield who is ranked one in the world.
play Nick in the next round was an extra motivation too," added Murrills.
bidding to win a record-equalling fourth title, was taken to a tie-break in the
first game against Neil Hitchens before easing to a 12-10, 11-4, 11-4 win
over his unseeded Essex opponent in 38 minutes.
quite tough," said Matthew, who only 48 hours earlier won the Swedish Open
title for the third year in a row. "Neil's a good solid player, gets stuck in
and he's a nice guy, too.
"In the first
game, I was a little bit slow out of the box then I got into my stride," added
England's first world champion. "It's always a bit hard getting back onto
traditional courts after playing on glass."
full-time player Andy Whipp, making his ninth successive
appearance in the event, successfully took his place in the second round after
beating Telford's Richard Birks 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.
29-year-old from Didsbury in Manchester, who gave up playing on the PSA World
Tour six years ago, seems to be playing the best squash of his life. "I used to
train like an idiot but now I've got a bit more of a brain," said the Whipp,
the head coach at the Manchester Northern club for the past two years.
"I never play
over the summer and then at the beginning of each new season I manage to get
back into it," added Whipp. "I'm enjoying playing now more than ever."
In his bid to
make the quarter-finals for the first ever time, the 15th seed now faces
Hertfordshire's Chris Ryder, the No7 seed from Leamington Spa.
Adam Giles the 33rd birthday present he didn't want by beating the Wiltshire
debutant 11-5, 11-2, 11-6 in 21 minutes.
"I've got a
tough match against Chris," added Whipp. "We're pretty even in fact: If I play
well, I've got a good chance."
Local Hero Murrills Makes Main Draw In Manchester
squash star Adam Murrills battled to two straight games victories at the
National Squash Centre in Manchester today to earn a place in the
main draw of the British National Championships for the first time.
But it was
sixth-time lucky for the 20-year-old from Manchester, who despatched Oxford's
Kristen Johnson 11-9, 16-14, 11-3 in the qualifying finals to earn a place
in the first round against 16th seed Simon Parke.
Parke, a 38-year-old former world No3 who won the title in 1998, will be playing
his 51st championship match since making his debut in 1987 three years before
Murrills was born!
Andrew and Richard Birks, aged 23, also made the main draw but
in differing circumstances. Andrew Birks saw off Hertfordshire opponent Adam
Fuller 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 to win a qualifying place against Adrian Grant,
the fourth seed from London who was runner-up two years ago.
crashing out in the final qualifying round to Surrey's Charles Sharpes,
brother Richard Birks won a 'lucky loser' slot in the draw and will line up
against Stockport's 15th seed Andrew Whipp, the only local player who is
A day after
his 19th birthday, Charles Sharpes extended his unbeaten record as a senior to
earn a main draw clash with James Willstrop, the second seed and twice
champion from Leeds who has reached the final four times since 2005.
Declan James became the youngest player to make the main draw. The
17-year-old took just 25 minutes to overcome Wiltshire 32-year-old Adam Giles
11-9, 11-5, 11-6.
face Adrian Waller, the ninth seed from Enfield. But Giles, from
Swindon, will also be in action on Tuesday after winning a 'lucky loser' slot -
against seventh seed Chris Ryder, a former World University Champion from
A pair of
Yorkshiremen will also boost the first round: Bradford-born Phil Rushworth
defeated Rory Pennell of Essex 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 to make his third first
round appearance since 2006, while 21-year-old Andrew Widdison, from
Wetherby, will earn his maiden appearance in the championship after beating
Kent's Steven London 11-6, 6-11, 11-1, 11-4.
Stephen Siveter completed the qualifying winners line-up with an 11-7,
7-11, 11-6, 11-6 defeat of Gloucestershire's Birmingham-based Chris
Tasker-Grindley. In his fourth appearance in the event, the 35-year-old
from Stafford will face Yorkshire's 12th seed Laurence Delasaux.
Swedish Open Win Gives Matthew A British Title Boost
gave his bid to win the 2011 British National Squash Championship
title a boost today by securing the Swedish Open crown for the third
number one from Sheffield beat England team-mate Peter Barker 11-7, 11-6,
11-5 in the final of the PSA International 50 event in Linkoping.
Matthew begins his British National campaign on Tuesday in Manchester
where he is seeded to win the trophy for a record-equalling fourth time.
Matthew Would Be 'Honoured' To Win Record Fourth British Title In Manchester
When he steps
onto the all-glass court in Manchester next week to defend his men's
title in the British National Squash Championships, Nick Matthew
will be the first Englishman to do so as world champion.
30-year-old from Sheffield, who became England's first ever World Open
champion in December in Saudi Arabia, admits that he would be "honoured" to win
a record-equalling fourth British national title.
British National Squash Championships will take place at the National
Squash Centre at Eastlands from 6-13 February. The event boasts a
world-class field led by Matthew, the world number one, and Jenny Duncalf,
the women's world number two.
his third British national title at the National Squash Centre last year,
beating fellow Yorkshireman James Willstrop in the final to keep the
title in Yorkshire hands for the sixth year in a row.
But it is a
Lancastrian who boasts the greatest number of men's titles in the 36-year
history of the country's premier domestic event: Blackpool-born Phil Kenyon
claimed the trophy for a record fourth time in Bristol in 1985, when he beat
then rival Gawain Briars for the third time in the final.
title would be amazing," said Matthew. "I'm obviously aware that I'll have the
chance to equal Phil Kenyon's record and it'd be a massive honour to do that."
looking forward making his home debut as world champion in Manchester at the
centre where he trains regularly with his England team-mates. But his last
competitive visit in September was marred when he was forced to withdraw from
the ROWE British Grand Prix when taken ill.
playing in Manchester and have always had a good record there - until getting
ill at the British Grand Prix - so I'm looking forward to getting back on my
favourite glass court," added the event favourite..
"But there are
many matches and a lot that can happen before that's a possibility
thought of it as the first tournament at home since becoming world champion, but
hopefully I can put on some good performances and show how all the hard work has
paid off over the years.
"I hope the
British squash public are proud to have a world champion in their ranks as well
as such a strong England team in both the men's and women's game."
Essex's Neil Hitchens in the first round before an anticipated clash with
his England team-mate and Delhi Commonwealth Games gold-medal-winning
doubles partner Adrian Grant in the quarter-finals.
Hitchens Faces Favourite Matthew In British
Nationals Debut In Manchester
Making his debut in
next month's British National Squash Championships in Manchester,
Essex 24-year-old Neil Hitchens will line up against favourite and world
number one Nick Matthew in the first round, according to the draws for
the premier domestic event announced today by England Squash & Racketball.
The 2011 British
National Squash Championships will take place at the National Squash Centre
at Eastlands from 6-13 February.
Matthew is seeded to
extend Yorkshire's grip on the men's title for the seventh successive year and
is the firm favourite to become the county's most successful champion, winning
his fourth title since 2006.
Born and based in
Chelmsford, Hitchens is ranked 121 in the world and turned professional in 2004.
Matthew is expected
to go on to face his England team-mate and Delhi Commonwealth Games
gold-medal-winning doubles partner Adrian Grant in the quarter-finals.
The left-hander from London is the event's fifth seed and was runner-up to
Sheffield-based Matthew in the 2009 final.
left-hander is likely to await Matthew in the semi-finals: Tour rival Peter
Barker is the third seed and ranked eight in the world.
second seed who is expected to face Matthew in the seventh all-Yorkshire men's
final in the last ten years, opens his 2011 campaign against a qualifier. The
27-year-old from Leeds, winner of the title in 2007 & 2008, is expected to face
England team-mate Daryl Selby, the fourth seed ranked 10 in the world, in
Duncalf, the world
No2 from Harrogate who is favourite in the women's event, will face
Yorkshire-based Welsh number one Deon Saffery in the opening round. The
two-time champion is expected to face Irish rival Madeline Perry in the
Perry, the world No6
and winner of her 12th Irish national title in December, is bidding to become
the first Irish finalist in the event's 36-year history.
Alison Waters is the No2 seed. The world No3 from London is predicted to
reach the final for the fifth year in a row but will first have to overcome
Warwickshire's Sarah-Jane Perry, the 20-year-old former European Junior
Champion from Kenilworth.
in the women's champion will be led by fourth seed Laura Massaro. The
world No10 from Preston begins her bid to reach the final for the first time
since 2008 against a qualifier then is expected to line up against England
team-mate Waters in the semi-finals.
National Championships Seeds Predict Yorkshire Double in Manchester
and Jenny Duncalf are expected to provide a Yorkshire double in next
month's British National Squash Championships in Manchester,
according to the seedings for the premier domestic event announced today by
England Squash & Racketball.
British National Squash Championships will take place at the National Squash
Centre at Sportcity from 6-13 February.
seeded to extend Yorkshire's grip on the men's title for the seventh successive
year and is the firm favourite to become the county's most successful
champion, winning his fourth title since 2006.
30-year-old from Sheffield is truly at the top of the world in squash: He
followed a double gold medal success in last October's Commonwealth Games
in Delhi by becoming England's first ever world champion in December then
stamped his authority on the game by becoming world number one this month.
will face still opposition from career-long county, country and international
rival James Willstrop. The 27-year-old from Leeds, a two-time champion
ranked four in the world, is the No2 seed and expected to meet Matthew in fifth
pair Peter Barker and Daryl Selby will also provide a substantial
threat to the two Yorkshiremen. Left-handed Londoner Barker, the world No8, is
the third seed and Selby, ranked two world places lower, is the No4 seed.
battle is also predicted in the final of the women's championship, which is
expected to be contested by favourite Jenny Duncalf and second-seed
Londoner Alison Waters for the fourth time in the last five years.
world No2 from Harrogate, was champion in 2007 & 2009, while world No3 Waters is
the defending champion, after also winning the crown in 2008.
the top two seeds cannot expect to have things all their own way: Lancashire's
fourth seed Laura Massaro, ranked ten in the world, will be looking to
improve on her runner-up finish in 2008 and third seed Madeline Perry,
the world No6, will be determined to become the first Irishwoman to reach the
final in the event's 36-year history..
 James Willstrop (Yorks)
 Peter Barker (Essex)
 Daryl Selby (Essex)
 Adrian Grant (Kent)
 Jonathan Kemp (Shropshire)
 Tom Richards (Surrey)
 Chris Ryder (Herts)
 Chris Simpson (Hants)
 Adrian Waller (Herts)
 Alan Clyne (Scotland)
 Joe Lee (Surrey)
 Laurence Delasaux (Yorks)
 Joel Hinds (Derbyshire)
 Eddie Charlton (Notts)
 Andrew Whipp (Cheshire)
 Alison Waters (Middx)
 Madeline Perry (Ireland)
 Laura Massaro (Lancs)
 Sarah Kippax (Cheshire)
 Emma Beddoes (Warwicks)
 Tania Bailey (Lincs)
 Victoria Lust (Beds)
& Waters To Renew Rivalry In Manchester British National Championships
leading world-ranked squash players Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters
are likely to contest the women's final for the fourth time in five years in
next month's British National Squash Championships in Manchester,
where the 2011 event will take place at the National Squash Centre
from 6-13 February.
the world No2 from Harrogate in Yorkshire, won the title for the second time two
years ago but Londoner Waters, ranked just one place lower in the world list,
struck back to win her second national crown 12 months ago.
premier domestic championships will be making their 15th successive appearance
in Manchester and will be celebrating their ninth year at the Sportcity
venue which hosted the squash action in the 2002
Waters lead a world-class field in the women's event which also features their
England team-mates Laura Massaro (Lancs), Tania Bailey (Lincs) and
Sarah Kippax (Cheshire).
world No10, from Preston, will be looking to improve on her runner-up finish in
2008, while 2006 champion Bailey, the former world No4 from Stamford, will be
marking her 12th appearance in the championship.
But there will
be a major bid by Madeline Perry to become the first Irish winner in the
36-year history of the championship. The world No6 from Banbridge, near
Belfast, recently won her 12th Irish national title - but will be hoping to make
her mark in Manchester this year after semi-final finishes for the past two
In Prospect For British National Championships In Manchester
A repeat of
this years mens world championship final is the mouth-watering prospect for
the climax of next years British National Squash Championships - such is
the anticipated quality of the mens field which is expected to line up at the
National Squash Centre in Manchester from 6-13 February 2011.
contesting both the Commonwealth Games and World Open Championship
finals in 2010, Yorkshiremen Nick Matthew and James Willstrop are
certain to be seeded to decide the mens 2011 British National title at
Sportcity on Sunday 13 February.
emerged triumphant both in Delhi in October to win one of two Commonwealth Games
gold medals, and in Saudi Arabia in December to become Englands first ever
world squash champion. And later this month - again in the Indian capital Delhi
- the 30-year-old from Sheffield beat Willstrop in the final of the PSA
Masters to ensure that he begins 2011 as world number one.
champion Matthew will be hoping to win the British National title for a fourth
time since 2006, while Willstrop, the 27-year-old world No4 from Leeds, will be
aiming to reach his fifth final since 2005 and add to the titles he won in 2007
Yorkshire pair will face stiff competition from a number of players none more
so than England team-mates Peter Barker, Daryl Selby and Adrian
Grant. Londoner Barker has consolidated his status in the world top ten
after reaching December's World Open semi-finals against expectations, and will
make his first appearance in the PSA World Series Finals in London in
Essex, secured four PSA World Tour final appearances in 2010 and will begin the
New Year in the world top ten, while Londoner Grant also enjoyed a successful
year which included partnering Nick Matthew to gold in the Commonwealth Games
Men's Doubles in Delhi.
England quintet cannot guarantee to have it all their own way with a field which
will also include Shropshire's Jonathan Kemp, the world No28 from
Halifax; Tom Richards, the world No30 from Surrey; Somerset's world No34
Joey Barrington; and former World University champion Chris Ryder,
the world No35 from Leamington Spa.