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NAO: Best views in the house

NAO: Best views in the house

The Westwood Club is a glorious venue for the North American Open. The club lounge and restaurant offer superb views over the court, along the right-hand wall and looking down through the front. Pictures by Patricia Lyons [...]

February 24, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News, Photo Galleries 0

NAO: Wednesday action

NAO: Wednesday action

Photographs by Patricia Lyons [...]

February 24, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News, Photo Galleries 0

NAO: Ramy’s relief as Richards rocks Richmond

NAO: Ramy’s relief as Richards rocks Richmond

Poster boy Ramy Ashour: Photo by Kim Ennis PSA NORTH AMERICAN OPEN, Westwood Club, Richmond, Virginia, USA Wednesday results: 5pm: (6) Peter Barker (England) bt (Q) Nafizwan Adnan (Malaysia) 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 (28 mins) 6pm: (3) James Willstrop (England) bt (Q) Martin Knight (NZ) 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (30 mins) 7pm: (2) Ramy Ashour (Egypt) bt [...]

February 24, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

NAO: Matthew masters his demons to reach quarters

NAO: Matthew masters his demons to reach quarters

RESULTS: PSA World Series North American Open, Richmond, Virginia, USA 2nd round (top half of draw): [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Shahier Razik (CAN) 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (34m) David Palmer (AUS) bt Alister Walker (ENG) 11-6, 3-11, 11-6, 11-9 (61m) Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 9-11, 11-1, 11-5, 11-7 (48m) [4] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 11-8, 13-15, [...]

February 23, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 1

Aussie Tour grows in 2011

Aussie Tour grows in 2011

PSA/WISPA TOUR EVENT NEWS Australian Squash Tour Bigger And Better In 2011 Squash Australia has unveiled an expanded 2011 Australian Squash Tour, featuring 14Professional Squash Association (PSA) and/or Women’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA) tournaments in every state and territory over a four-month period. The tour starts with the ACT Open in Canberra in late March and culminates [...]

February 22, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

NAO: Monday first round

NAO: Monday first round

PSA NORTH AMERICAN OPEN FIRST ROUND RICHARDS NEEDS ANOTHER ASSURED PERFORMANCE IN RICHMOND Rising England star Tom Richards played some of the best squash of his career to beat Egyptian firebrand Hisham Ashour in the first round of the North American Open at the Westwood Club in Richmond, Virginia. Now he aims to produce a [...]

February 21, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

NAO: Palmer’s purple patch leaves El Hindi off-colour

NAO: Palmer’s purple patch leaves El Hindi off-colour

David Palmer beat Wael El Hindi 11-2, 11-8, 11-7 (40 mins) Wael El Hindi took to the court in a deep purple shirt but it was the Black Knight man with the golden racket who looked the more colour co-ordinated. David Palmer was in awesome form, rolling back the years to overwhelm the Egyptian in [...]

February 20, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

NAO: Official opening ceremony

NAO: Official opening ceremony

A nice touch at courtside with the official opening ceremony. Lots of important thank-yous to the TD and his team, followed by the appearance of Lee Beachill (PSA), John Warren (President of the Westwood Club) David Hetherington, one of they key men in Gus’s team, and Manoli Loupassi, the Richmond Delegate to the Virginia General [...]

February 20, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

NAO: Selby feels flat as he falls to Azlan

NAO: Selby feels flat as he falls to Azlan

ALAN THATCHER REPORTS FROM RICHMOND Daryl Selby admitted that he was “feeling flat” as he crashed out of the NAO first round to Mohd Azlan Iskander. The London-based Malaysian defeated Selby after losing the opening game, hitting back to win 9-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-5 in 60 minutes. Selby said he found it difficult to repeat [...]

February 20, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

NAO: Illingworth draws top seed Matthew

NAO: Illingworth draws top seed Matthew

US star Illingworth draws world champion Matthew in North American Open US squash star Julian Illingworth’s reward for cementing his domestic supremacy in the qualifying finals of the North American Open was to draw world champion Nick Matthew in the first round. Illingworth overcame US team-mate Chris Gordon in a 71-minute clash, triumphing 17-15, 9-11, [...]

February 20, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

NAO: Brutal battles in qualifying

NAO: Brutal battles in qualifying

By ALAN THATCHER Some brutal battles have meant a late night here at the NAO qualifying finals at the Country Club of Virginia. The longest by far was the marathon match-up between Mathieu Castagnet of France and Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly, with the Frenchman finally triumphing 8-11, 14-12, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9 after 122 minutes. Not far [...]

February 20, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

NAO: Battle for world dominance resumes

NAO: Battle for world dominance resumes

By ALAN THATCHER North American Open Squash Championship 2011: World’s leading stars renew rivalry in Richmond By ALAN THATCHER World champion Nick Matthew will be seeking revenge from his great rival Ramy Ashour next week in the North American Open Squash Championship, which is being staged at the stylish Westwood Club in Richmond, Virginia. The [...]

February 18, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

ISS Canary Wharf Classic: Matthew seeks revenge

ISS Canary Wharf Classic: Matthew seeks revenge

ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic: Matthew lands revenge clash with Selby By ALAN THATCHER World champion Nick Matthew has an early opportunity to gain revenge over Daryl Selby following his shock defeat in the final of the British National Championship. The two English stars have been drawn to meet each other in the quarter-finals of [...]

February 18, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Canary Wharf Classic, News 1

NAO: Darwish pulls out

NAO: Darwish pulls out

By ALAN THATCHER No.3 seed Karim Darwish has pulled out of the North American Open, which starts next weekend in Richmond, Virginia. At this stage it is not clear if his withdrawal is due to injury or the political upheaval back home in Egypt. His absence means that the top half of the competition schedule [...]

February 12, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Overstretched Willstrop: I’m exhausted

Overstretched Willstrop: I’m exhausted

By ALAN THATCHER James Willstrop last night admitted that he felt “exhausted” after his shock defeat to Jonathan Kemp in the British Nationals – and felt that he should have taken a break during a busy autumn schedule. Willstrop said:  “I’ve had enough – I’m just not enjoying playing at the moment. There’s no point in [...]

February 12, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0