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Kemp Wins SE Leisure Kent Open

SE Leisure Kent Open 2013
07-12 May 2013,
The Mote Squash Club, Maidstone, Uk, $10k
Round One
09 May
10 May
11 May
12 May
[1] Adrian Waller (Eng)
11-2, 11-4, 11-4
[Q] Reuben Phillips (Eng)
Adrian Waller
14-16, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 (76 mins)
Chris Ryder
Adrian Waller
11-9, 11-3, 11-2
(40 mins)

Joel Hinds
Adrian Waller
11-5, 4-11, 11-8, 11-9 (48 mins)
Jonathan Kemp
Chris Ryder (Eng)
 11-4, 11-2, 11-5
[Q] James Evans (Eng)
Adil Maqbool (Pak)
6-11, 11-4, 11-3, 6-11, 11-7
[Q] James Earles (Eng)
 James Earles
11-4, 15-13, 13-11
(45 mins)

Joel Hinds
[4] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11-9, 13-11, 11-9
Joel Hinds (Eng)
Michael Harris (Eng)
11-8, 11-9, 11-3
[3] Joe Lee (Eng)
 Joe Lee
11-5, 11-4, 3-0 retired (23 mins)
Yann Perrin
Joe Lee
9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 (55 mins)
Jonathan Kemp
Yann Perrin (Fra)
11-2, 11-6, 11-5
Carlos Cornes (Esp)
Declan James (Eng)
14-16, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8
Steve London (Eng)
Declan James
11-2, 11-9, 11-7
(22 mins)

Jonathan Kemp
[Q] Ben Ford (Eng)
11-6, 12-10, 11-0
[2] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)

Reuben Phillips (Eng) bt Antoine-Camille Petrucci (Fra)                     w/o
James Evans (Eng) bt Jonathan Geekie (Sco)                   11-8, 15-13, 11-8 (41m)
Ben Ford (Eng) bt Charlie Johnson (Eng)           8-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-2 (58m)
James Earles (Eng) bt Anthony Brindle (Gib)                     11-1, 11-4, 11-4 (24m)

James Earles (Eng) bt Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned) 4-11, 11-8, 11-4, 5-11, 11-6 (50m)
Anthony Brindle (Gib) bt Jakob Dirnberger (Aut)         11-8, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10 (46m)
Charlie Johnson (Eng) bt Shinnosuke Tsukue (Jpn        11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 11-5 (35m)
Ben Ford (Eng) bt Chris Fuller (Eng)                      8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 6-3 retd (46m)
James Evans (Eng) bt Robbie Downer (Eng)                         11-7, 11-4, 11-9 (33m)
Jonathan Geekie (Sco) bt Jonny Powell (Eng)                       11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (20m)
Antoine-Camille Petrucci (Fra) bt Richie Fallowes (Eng)    w/o withdrew due to illness
Reuben Phillips (Eng) bt Ollie Holland (Eng)          11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 5-11, 11-5 (72m)

Report Courtesy of Alan Thatcher

Kemp Wins SE Leisure Kent Open

Jonathan Kemp’s adventurous array of attacking shots proved the decisive factor as he overcame top seed Adrian Waller to win the final of the SE Leisure Kent Open at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone, England.

In a battle of two left-handers, Kemp’s ability to control the front half of the court made the difference as he won 11-5, 4-11, 11-8, 11-9 in 48 minutes of fiercely-contested squash.

Against a supremely fit opponent, whose 6ft 3in height enables enormous court coverage, the 32-year-old Kemp needed to produce tight drops and good-length drives to move Waller around.

He achieved those twin objectives for long spells of the match as he clinched his second PSA title in eight days after winning the Ipswich tournament at his home club a week earlier.

Londoner Waller started strongly and built a 4-1 lead in the opening game but Kemp soon found his touch and reeled off 10 of the next 11 points.

His touch deserted him in the second as Waller dominated proceedings, adding plenty of tight drops of his own to some solid driving to the back corners.

The third and fourth games were similar to the first as Waller built early leads only for Kemp to build long runs of points.

In the third he moved to 8-3 ahead before Waller responded, but Kemp was able to close out the game 11-8.

Again Kemp trailed 3-1 in the fourth but this time powered his way towards the finishing line with a succession of superb winners, including nicks and several reverse angles, that put him 9-4 ahead.

Waller launched a solid and determined revival to draw level at 9-9, but Kemp struck a winning volley to reach match ball and clinched the title with a clinging drop shot.

After receiving his trophy from tournament sponsor John Powell, Kemp said: “I played well in patches and was pleased to see Adrian looking tired at times. After a tough semi-final against Joe Lee I knew it was going to be a battle today.

“My tactics worked well for most of the time and I was pleased to catch Adrian with a couple of crosscourts when he came across to cover the straight shot.

“After organising my first tournament in Ipswich last week I now appreciate all the work that goes on behind the scenes so I would like to congratulate the team here at The Mote for running such a superb event.”

The Kent Open is sponsored by SE Leisure, Craft Insure, Shepherd Neame, The Mote Squash Club and Harrow Sports.



Report Courtesy of Alan Thatcher

Top Seeds Clash In SE Leisure Kent Open

Top seeds Adrian Waller and Jonathan Kemp meet in the final of the SE Leisure Kent Open.

Waller powered past wild card Joel Hinds in straight games but Kemp had to battle for almost an hour to subdue a phenomenal challenge from No.3 seed Joe Lee

Londoner Waller withstood a fierce fightback from Hinds in the opening game. Hinds was game ball down at 10-6 but produced a sustained spell of attacking squash to reach 9-10 before Waller clinched it on a flat-nick volley-kill off the serve.

The Birmingham-based Hinds looked a little subdued during the second as a confident Waller powered through for the loss of just three points.

The third was even more one-sided as Hinds was clearly running on empty. After two intensely physical victories in the opening rounds against No.4 seed Henrik Mustonen and Yorkshire qualifier James Earles, his lack of recent match play was clearly evident against a superbly honed athlete like Waller.

Waller said: “I had a good start to the match but Joel found his rhythm, gradually making the game frantic.  At 10-9 up, I hit a crosscourt volley nick to win the game. That gave me confidence for the next game.

“In the next two games, I found a better height of the shot to get the ball to the back of the court, pinning Joel into the corners. That gave me more opportunities and I put together a good run of points. I felt I didn’t drop concentration or make many errors, maybe just one or two.

“I’m playing Jonathan in the finals and although we’ve travelled and toured together. I don’t recall us playing a competitive match. I know what to expect. He always give 110 per cent.”

The final promises to provide a fascinating contrast in styles.

The extravagantly talented 32-year-old Kemp had to hit back from two-one down in games to beat rising Surrey star Lee.

From 4-4 in the fifth game, Kemp unleashed a succession of dazzling winners, striking nick after nick to nullify a quality performance from Lee.

Kemp admitted: “At 4-4 I thought I ought to start going for a few winners and it paid off. Believe me, that was Plan Z. Joe played extremely well and didn’t give me the opportunities to attack.

“He is very good at the counter-drops and lobs, which neutralises my game.”

Lee said: “I was just two or three minutes away from a top-30 performance. I felt fairly comfortable throughout the match but Jonathan produced a spell of unplayable shots.

“People say he might not be the fittest player in the game but you’ve got to be incredibly strong to step up the court like he did in the fifth and attack in the fashion.

“He is one of the best players I have ever come across for attacking shots. He is also a very fair player but I lost focus early in the fourth and fifth games.”


Report Courtesy of Alan Thatcher

All-English Semi-Finals In Kent Open

Top seed Adrian Waller withstood a fierce onslaught from former champion Chris Ryder to reach the semi-finals of the SE Leisure Kent Open.

Waller’s 76-minute victory  ended Ryder’s unbeaten record at The Mote Squash Club as the match developed into a compelling, physical and hugely entertaining quarter-final battle.

Ryder, twice a Kent Open champion at The Mote, winning marathon finals against Aaron Frankcomb and Max Lee, was clearly up for the fight against an opponent nine years his junior.

The opening game lasted 25 minutes and Ryder forced his way back from 6-2 down to take the lead at 10-9. Waller hit back to hold the upper hand and Ryder saved two game balls before clinching the tiebreak 16-14.

The effort clearly took its toll as Ryder succumbed 11-4 in a 10-minute second game. Ryder suffered a hand injury at the start of the third game but returned to the court after a three-minute injury break.   

Waller managed to stay in front throughout to win it 11-6 and the fourth followed a similar pattern with rallies that demanded an enormous physical investment from both players.

From 8-8 the crowd were willing Ryder to take the match to five, but it was Waller who finished in decisive fashion.

Waller meets Joel Hinds in the last four after the 25-year-old wild card from Birmingham subdued gritty Yorkshire qualifier James Earles.

The hard-hitting Hinds dominated the opening game but the second and third were full of brutal rallies as Earles retrieved with incredible speed and shared the spoils at the front of the court.

It was hugely entertaining squash for the packed gallery and even though Hinds is always a popular visitor to The Mote, many were willing Earles to extend the match as long as possible.

Seeing two athletes slug it out in this fashion produces the purest form of sporting combat and Hinds was mightily relieved to leave court with a 3-0 win under his belt.

Ironically, after so many punishing rallies, the match-winning shot was a miscued backhand drop shot that spun down off the front wall and died in the front left corner with Earles stranded.

Quick victories for Jonathan Kemp and Joe Lee made it an all-English line-up in the semi-finals.

Stylish No.2 seed Kemp dominated play throughout to overwhelm Declan James in 22 minutes, while Lee was on the way to a similar victory when his opponent Yann Perrin fell heavily and retired with a hamstring injury.

Watching national coach Chris Robertson will have been pleased to see four English players win through, with two pulsating semi-finals in prospect.

The Kent Open is sponsored by SE Leisure, Craft Insure, Shepherd Neame, The Mote Squash Club and Harrow Sports.


Report Courtesy of Alan Thatcher

Home Heroes Tumble As Stars Light Up Kent Open

Kent trio Ben Ford, Steven London and James Evans crashed out of the $10,000 PSA Challenger 10 SE Leisure Kent Open at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone.

Veteran Ford, 37, came close to taking the second game off No.2 seed Jonathan Kemp but the effort clearly took its toll as he lost the final game 11-0.

Kemp meets Declan James, who overcame London after losing a marathon opening game 14-16.

Young qualifier Evans, roared on by a packed gallery at his home club in the county town of Kent, found the gulf in quality too much to handle as he fell to former champion Chris Ryder.

Following two straight-games victories in qualifying, the Invicta Grammar School head boy started brightly with a flurry of winners before Ryder took control in ruthless fashion.

Twice a champion at The Mote, Ryder will be hoping the crowd will be on his side as he bids to maintain his unbeaten record at the club in the quarter-finals when he faces top seed Adrian Waller. 

The 6ft 3in Waller was in outstanding form in front of England's national coach Chris Robertson as he dispatched fellow Londoner Reuben Phillips in just 27 minutes.

Equally impressive was another Londoner, No.3 seed Joe Lee, who beat Devon's Michael Harris in straight games and now meets Frenchman Yann Perrin.

Wild card Joel Hinds, from Birmingham, sprung a major surprise when he ousted No.4 seed Henrik Mustonen but the Finn was suffering from a heavy cold which hampered his movement in a physically taxing contest.

Hinds faces Yorkshire qualifier James Earles, who finished strongly to beat Pakistan's Adil Maqbool 11-7 in the fifth game.

The Kent Open is sponsored by SE Leisure, Craft Insure, Shepherd Neame, The Mote Squash Club and Harrow Rackets.


Local Heroes Reach SE Leisure Kent Open Main Draw

Locals Ben Ford and James Evans won through to the main draw of the SE Leisure Kent Open, a PSA Challenger 10 tournament at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone, England 

Kent veteran Ford, 37, fought back from two games down to beat Herts youngster Charlie Johnson.

Teenager Evans, for the second day running, put his homework to one side as he left school to beat a full-time professional in straight games at his home club.

After beating Robbie Downer on Tuesday, he overcame a second Portsmouth-based player in Jonathan Geekie.

Evans looked dominant in the first and third games but had to work hard to fight back from 9-6 down in the second to clinch an abrasive tiebreak 15-13.

His victory came after he had been appointed Head Boy at Maidstone's Invicta Grammar School earlier in the day.

His reward is a difficult first round tie against the experienced Chris Ryder, who has won this tournament twice and has never lost at The Mote.

Ford, who played alongside Evans in the Kent team at the weekend in the English inter-counties championship, rolled back the years as he overcame Johnson. Both players had won through from a three-match pre-qualifying programme on Monday, but it was Ford who finished the stronger.

His artistry with the racket frequently left Johnson flat-footed and he faces an equally talented shot-maker in the main draw with a first round clash with 32-year-old No.2 seed Jonathan Kemp, who arrives in Kent fresh from winning his own tournament in Ipswich at the weekend.

Top seed Adrian Waller meets another talented Londoner, Reuben Phillips, who was awarded a walkover yesterday after his French opponent, Antoine Petrucci, withdrew through injury.

The top qualifying seed, Yorkshire's James Earles, swept past Gibraltar's Anthony Brindle in just 24 minutes and meets Pakistan's Adil Maqbool in the first round.