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Ben Coleman takes Ipswich title

Jonathan Kemp announces his retirement after final at home club
By ALEC LIVINGSTONE – Squash Mad Reporter

Smiling champion Ben Coleman
Smiling champion Ben Coleman

Ben Coleman went one better then his runner-up spot in last year’s event when he comprehensively beat Scot Douglas Kempsell in the PSA 5k Challenger event, the Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open.

ipscolekempKempsell had reached the final playing an attacking game against Jonathan Kemp, but he never had the chance to repeat the performance against Coleman.

Speaking after the match Coleman gave credit to the England support structure and there is no doubt that there is an added maturity in his game over the past year thanks to that support.

Kempsell worked very hard, and at times the match got quite physical, but he was missing the spark from the previous evening.

There was just the hint of an opening at 9-7 up in the 2nd but a great drop from Coleman and a loose tin from Kempsell and suddenly Coleman was back in charge. He took that game 12/10, and the third fairly comfortably, to complete a very comprehensive victory.

kempPLAfter the match, tournament promoter Jonathan Kemp (right), who had lost to Kempsell in Saturday’s semi-final, confirmed that he is retiring from the PSA tour to concentrate on his coaching commitments.

It’s certainly the end of an illustrious era!

Kemp’s final PSA tournament will be the forthcoming Select Gaming Kent Open at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone, Kent, in June.

Kemp, the reigning champion, will be aiming to bow out in style.

Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open Final:

(2) Ben Coleman (Eng) bt Douglas Kempsell (Sco) 3-0; 11/6, 12/10, 11/5 (66mins)

Pictures courtesy of Ipswich Squash Club


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