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Love those lunges

Alan Thatcher
Alan Thatcherhttps://squashmad.com
Founder of World Squash Day, Squash Mad, the Kent Open and co-promoter of the Canary Wharf Classic. Launched the Squash 200 Partnership to build clubs of the future. Talks a bit.

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British Open picture special by Patrick Lauson

By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor

Lunging is a big part of a squash player’s workload. The fact that most players take it for granted shows what phenomenal athletes they are.

The lunge is often used as a player moves in to keep the ball in play when under pressure and in a desperate need to cover maximum space with a single stride.

Our Squash Mad photographer, Patrick Lauson, has captured some brilliant lunges at the British Open.

Raneem El Welily at full stretch - and more!
Raneem El Welily at full stretch – and more!

Raneem El Welily is clearly under pressure in this situation against Nouran Gohar. Wuth such an amazing extension, pretty much doing the splits, she might have struggled to push back for the next shot.

Simon Rosner and Gregory Gaultier both produced some outstanding movement in their quarter-final clash. Rosner is much taller and covers the court with some big strides, but even he has to force his body to make the extra effort when required.

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No gallery of lunges would be complete without three amazing athletes, Miguel Rodriguez , Mathieu Castagnet and Paul Coll, who have delighted audiences all over the globe with their amazing movements around the court.

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Pictures by PATRICK LAUSON (www.patricklausonphotography.co.uk) 

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1 Comment

  1. The insane part is…Raneem has to be well- balanced in order to execute this lob- a touch shot- then she has to recover quickly to the tee because she is on defense.

    Great still shot of a great athlete- whose casual demeanor on court might hide these world-class athletic skills.

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