Squash Mad

All posts by Alan Thatcher

Camille Serme Joins Egyptian trio in British Open finals

Camille Serme Joins Egyptian trio in British Open finals

Studies help Nouran Gohar to focus on her squash By SEAN REUTHE in Hull France’s World No.4 Camille Serme will be the only non-Egyptian in action on finals day at the 2019 Allam British Open as she overcame England No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry at Hull’s Allam Sports Centre earlier today to earn her spot in the [...]

May 25, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Champions out: Sarah-Jane Perry sinks Nour El Sherbini and Mohamed El Shorbagy gets his revenge over Miguel Rodriguez

Champions out: Sarah-Jane Perry sinks Nour El Sherbini and Mohamed El Shorbagy gets his revenge over Miguel Rodriguez

‘I don’t know how I won that’ says Perry  By SEAN REUTHE in Hull  England No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry and Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy sent defending champions Nour El Sherbini and Miguel Rodriguez out of the 2019 Allam British Open, PSA World Tour Platinum tournament after an action-packed quarter-finals day at Hull’s Allam Sport Centre. [...]

May 24, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Miguel Rodriguez and Mohamed ElShorbagy to meet in British Open final repeat

Miguel Rodriguez and Mohamed ElShorbagy to meet in British Open final repeat

‘His mum and my mum are hanging out with each other in Alexandria right now’ By SEAN REUTHE in Hull The quarter-finals of the men’s 2019 Allam British Open will see Colombia’s World No.7 Miguel Rodriguez and Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy go head-to-head in a repeat of last year’s blockbuster title decider after both [...]

May 23, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Nour El Tayeb fights back to beat Annie Au in British Open thriller

Nour El Tayeb fights back to beat Annie Au in British Open thriller

Nour saves two match balls before winning 13-11 in the fifth By SEAN REUTHE in Hull Egypt’s World No.3 Nour El Tayeb overturned two match balls to come through a gripping five-game battle with Hong Kong’s Annie Au at Hull’s Allam Sport Centre as she booked her place in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Allam [...]

May 22, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Alan’s Blog: Bad vibrations over sex toy prize in Spain

Alan’s Blog: Bad vibrations over sex toy prize in Spain

Culprits resign after complaints of sexism By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Female squash players in Spain have complained bitterly after a sex toy was among the prizes on offer in a recent tournament. Competitors in the recent Asturias Championship were furious as female participants discovered that prizes included a vibrator and a waxing [...]

May 22, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

End of an era as Nicol David, Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf end careers at British Open

End of an era as Nicol David, Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf end careers at British Open

Hull of a way to say goodbye as three squash legends bow out with hugs and smiles By SEAN REUTHE in Hull An emotional second day of action at the 2019 Allam British Open saw three of squash’s most decorated players call time on their glittering careers as eight-time World Champion Nicol David, two-time British [...]

May 21, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 1

Jenny Duncalf puts off retirement for another day

Jenny Duncalf puts off retirement for another day

‘I have a shocking record in Hull, but just wanted to put in a decent performance’   By SEAN REUTHE in Hull England’s former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf claimed her first victory at the prestigious Allam British Open since 2013 as she upset World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby at the Allam Sport Centre in Hull to [...]

May 21, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Colombian cannonball Miguel Rodriguez fired up for British Open title defence

Colombian cannonball Miguel Rodriguez fired up for British Open title defence

‘Being in the history books is an amazing feeling after a lifetime of training and travelling’ Interview by SEAN REUTHE Ahead of next week’s Allam British Open, Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez says that he is heading to Hull with the aim of retaining the title he won in stunning fashion 12 months ago. The 2019 edition [...]

May 17, 2019 Alan Thatcher Interviews, News 0

Kiwi King is crowned in Manchester

Kiwi King is crowned in Manchester

‘She never gives up and I had to treat the third game like the first’ By ELLIE MAWSON in Manchester New Zealand’s World No.5 Joelle King reigned victorious at the National Squash Centre after she claimed a 3-0 victory over Wales’ World No.9 Tesni Evans in the final of the inaugural Manchester Open PSA World [...]

May 13, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Marwan ElShorbagy downs Fares Dessouky as seeds wilt at Wimbledon

Marwan ElShorbagy downs Fares Dessouky as seeds wilt at Wimbledon

Mostafa Asal takes out home hope Tom Richards By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Top seed Marwan ElShorbagy imposed himself on the tournament as he beat fellow Egyptian Fares Dessouky in the second round of the Squash Squared Open at The Wimbledon Club. On the same day, three top seeds fell by the wayside [...]

May 13, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Tenacious Tesni Evans topples Nour El Tayeb to reach Manchester final

Tenacious Tesni Evans topples Nour El Tayeb to reach Manchester final

‘I just kept digging and played my best squash at the end’ By ELLIE MAWSON in Manchester Tenacious Tesni Evans produced a monumental comeback to take out Egypt’s World No.3 Nour El Tayeb and reach the biggest PSA final of her career at the 2019 Manchester Open. Wales’ World No.9 was facing defeat at 2-0 [...]

May 13, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Nour El Tayeb makes it a Manchester farewell for Laura Massaro

Nour El Tayeb makes it a Manchester farewell for Laura Massaro

‘I just wanted to fight hard, play well and put a few blows into the top five’ By ELLIE MAWSON in Manchester England’s former World No.1 Laura Massaro exited her penultimate event, the Manchester Open, at the quarter finals stage following her announcement this week that she will retire at the end of the season. [...]

May 12, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

‘That could have been my last match’ says nervy Laura Massaro

‘That could have been my last match’ says nervy Laura Massaro

  ‘It has been an emotional week and I was very nervous today’ By ELLIE MAWSON in Manchester England’s former World No.1 Laura Massaro got her 2019 Manchester Open campaign off to a winning start after she overcame compatriot Millie Tomlinson in round two at the National Squash Centre. The 2013 world champion announced earlier [...]

May 11, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

England’s Julianne Courtice leads home hopes in Manchester Open

England’s Julianne Courtice leads home hopes in Manchester Open

Day one drama at National Centre  By ELLIE MAWSON in Manchester The opening day of action at the inaugural 2019 Manchester Open saw home hopes prevail as Manchester-based Julianne Courtice led the English charge at the National Squash Centre. Courtice was one of three Englishwomen who all advanced to the last 16 of the PSA [...]

May 9, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Laura Massaro to retire at the end of this season

Laura Massaro to retire at the end of this season

World and British Open titles crown career of the greatest British female player of the modern era By ALAN THATCHER and SEAN REUTHE England’s former world champion Laura Massaro has announced that she will retire from professional squash at the end of the 2018-19 season. Preston-based Massaro, 35, is the most successful female English player [...]

May 8, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0