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ALLAM BRITISH OPEN: French triumph in marathon battles


Mathieu Castagnet beats Nafizwan Adnan

Allam British Open Squash Championships 2012, 12-20 May, London
DAILY NEWS – Edition #2 – Sun 13th May


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Day Two of the Allam British Open saw at late finish at St George’s Hill for the men’s qualifying finals and women’s qualifying first round.
Men’s Qualifying Finals:

Alan Clyne (Sco) bt Siddarth Suchde (Ind) 11/6, 11/5, 11/7 (38m)
Chris Simpson (Eng) bt Zac Alexander (Aus) 11/4, 11/7, 12/10 (56m)
Jonathan Kemp (Eng) bt Robbie Temple (Eng) 11/8, 11/7, 13/11 (43m)
Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) 13/11, 11/4, 9/11, 8/11, 11/9 (59m)
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) bt Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 11/13, 11/9, 8/11, 11/8, 12/10 (112m)
Max Lee (Hkg) bt Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy) 5/11, 11/8, 11/5, 13/11 (67m)
Ryan Cuskelly (Aus) bt Abdullah Al Mezayen (Kuw) 5/11, 11/8, 11/9, 11/7 (67m)
Gregoire Marche (Fra) bt Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) 12/10, 9/11, 9/11, 11/9, 11/8 (100m)

Main draw placements: Walker v Simpson, Shorbagy v Castagnet, Matthew v Lee, Coppinger v Clyne, Anjema v Marche, Barker v Cuskelly, Ghosal v Marwan, Rodriguez v Kemp

Women’s Qualifying Round One:

Line Hansen (Den) bt Birgit Coufal (Aut) 14/16, 13/11, 11/9, 11/4 (61m)
Sam Cornett (Can) bt Julia Lecoq (Fra) 11/4, 11/4, 11/8 (24m)
Lauren Briggs (Eng bt Victoria Temple-Murray (Eng) 11/1, 11/4, 11/4 (24m)
Maud Duplomb (Fra) bt Melody Francis (Aus) 4/11, 11/8, 11/5, 6/11, 11/8 (57m)
Heba El Torky (Egy) bt Cyrielle Peltier (Fra) 11/8, 11/7, 11/7 (33m)
Joshna Chinappa (Ind) bt Olga Ertlova (Cze) 11/8, 4/11, 11/6, 11/7 (53m)
Emily Whitlock (Eng) bt Carrie Ramsey (Eng) 11/4, 11/4, 11/4 (26m)
Maria Toor Pakay (Pak) bt Lucie Fialova (Cze) 11/6, 6/11, 8/11, 11/3, 11/4 (53m)
Siyoli Waters (Rsa) bt Georgie Ingham (Eng) 11/4, 11/6, 11/0 (17m)
Coline Aumard (Fra) bt Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy) 11/8, 8/11, 11/3, 11/7 (48m)
Kylie Lindsay (Nzl) bt Harriet Ingham (Eng) 12/10, 11/3, 9/11, 11/3 (53m)
Latasha Khan (Usa) bt Tesni Evans (Wal) 11/8, 11/5, 8/11, 11/6 (66m)
Laura Pomportes (Fra) bt Lauren Selby (Eng) 11/3, 7/11, 11/8 rtd (35m)
Gaby Huber (Sui) bt Lisa Aitken (Sco) 11/6, 11/5, 8/11, 11/8 (41m)
Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) bt Siti Munirah Jusoh (Mas) 6/11, 11/2, 11/7, 11/3 (39m)
Aisling Blake (Irl) bt Victoria Bell (Eng) 11/7, 11/7, 11/5 (28m)

Marche completes main draw with marathon win over Gawad

The first players to book their spots in the main draw at the O2 were Scotland’s Alan Clyne and England’s Chris Simpson, with contrasting straight-game wins over Siddarth Suchde and Zac Alexander. Clyne was always in control against Siddarth Suchde, and so generally was Simpson against Zac Alexander, but the Aussie took longer to subdue, falling just short in a third-game comeback from 9/4 down to lose it 12/10.

“I felt I played well today, I never felt realhis first British Open main draw: ly under pressure, even in the second, when he picked the pace up, I was able to adapt rather well,” said Clyne, who attributed much of his his good recent form to “some hard weeks of training with Roger Flynn in Edinburgh.”

Simpson was equally pleased to reach his first British Open main draw: “Yes, I’m happy, you can always be happier, that third game should have been easier, but that’s being a perfectionist,” he said.

Two ‘local derbies’ followed as Jonathan Kemp blazed a winning trail past Robbie Temple to add to the English contingent in the main draw, while Marwan El Shorbagy met Mohamed Abouelgar in an all-Egyptian junior clash that went all the way.

El Shorbagy went 2-0 up with Abouelghar making too many errors, but he cut those out, levelled the match and was firing in some lovely winners to go 8/4 up in the decider. Marwan fought back though, and took in 11/9 to survive another day and join his brother in the main draw at the O2.

“Frankly, I have no idea how I won that match,” admitted the younger of the El Shorbagy brothers. “I’m so happy to survive another day, my aim for this event was to reach the main draw, but not against my brother obviously….”

Next onto court – after a mid-schedule gap – were Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet and Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan. Just short of two hours later they came off, Castagnet having won a mammoth encounter 12/10 in the fifth. “He seems to have a propensity for long five-setters,” said one observer.

Castagnet himself was relieved as well as pleased: “Honestly, I would say that he deserves the victory more than I did, but still I think it was a great match. That’s the kind of matches you want to play, win or lose, and that is good for the image of squash.”

Hong Kong’s Max Lee and Aussie Ryan Cuskelly took the next two main draw spots, both coming from a game down to win in 67 minutes, against Amr Khaled Khalifa and Abdullah Al Mezayen respectively, and both were delighted.

“It was not my best ever performance,” said Lee, “but I’m so happy to win, so happy to score those 6 points in a row to win the match. It’s my first British Open, I hope I can keep the momentum going, keep the body, the performance going.”

The final match of the night was another long five-setter which saw young Frenchman Greg Marche join Castagnet in the main draw after a 100-minute upset victory over Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad. “At last a five-setter that I win,” said a delighted Marche, who now plays LJ Anjema on Tuesday while Castagnet faces a meeting with Mohamed El Shorbagy on Monday.

Women’s Qualifying Round One

The women’s qualifying first round started with two contrasting wins for Sam Cornett and Line Hansen – Cornett easing through 3/0 against Julia Lecoq while Hansen had to battle back from a game and points down to beat Birgit Coufal 3/1 in just over an hour.

Lauren Briggs made quick work of her win against fellow-Englishwoman Victoria Temple-Murray, while Maud Duplomb opened the French account with an hour-long five-setter against Aussie Melody Francis.

Fresh from helping India to a first-ever Asian team title, Joshna Chinappa continued her winning ways against Olga Ertlova, although it was far from easy for the Indian. She’ll meet Heba El Torky tomorrow after the Egyptian eased past Cyrielle Peltier in straight games.

Emily Whitlock, the reigning European Junior Champion, comfortably beat her predecessor Carrie Ramsey in another all-England matchup, while her next opponent,Maria Toor Pakay, was taking twice as long to come from 2-1 down to beat Lucie Fialova in a hard-fought, often contentious match.

More French success came when Coline Aumard beat Kanzy El Dafrawy 3/1 in a match that was as much a battle of wills as anything, to set up a qualifying final against South African Siyoli Waters who ended the run of pre-qualifier Georgie Ingham in the shortest match of the day.

British Open veteran Latasha Khan took over an hour to see off the challenge of young Welsh wizard Tesni Evans 3/1, and now meets Kiwi Kylie Lindsay who beat the last remaining pre-qualifier Harriet Ingham 3/1.

Laura Pomportes kept the French bandwagon rolling, 2/1 up against Lauren Selby who was forced to retire injured, to set up a meeting with Switzerland’s Gaby Huber,and the qualifying finals were rounded off as Sarah-Jane Perry and second seed Aisling Blake won the final matches of the day.


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