Roehampton Club hosted the squash BRIGHT London U23 Open
The tournament, in its third year, and with sponsor, BRIGHT,
gave members the opportunity to watch some of the up and coming
squash stars of the future. This was a rare opportunity for Club
members to watch professional quality squash and this year saw more
general Club members take the opportunity.
Also, a 'thank you' to the squash playing section for supporting
and attending the tournament, and for your patience in allowing 3
or 4 courts to be in use for the tournament schedule.
After 3 days of packed squash and high class play, yesterdays
finals saw great matches in both the Women's and Men's draw.
Men's Open-Ben Colemanbt Ant Graham 11/8 11/4 11/4
With no one willing to predict a winner from this match it had
the potential to be very close. The first game showed why these two
young men have a bright future in the sport and are making their
way up world ranking list. Fast paced squash with high class
retrieving skills proving it near on impossible to hit a winner, it
meant the first game lasted for 18 minutes with both players trying
to force an opening. Ben's movement and ability to turn defense
into attack seemed to be on form today and he took the first 11/8.
The next two games continued to provide the watching crowd with
superb squash but Ben remained focused to stay in front of Ant and
close out the match.
Women's Open-Lisa Aitkenbt Nada El Kalaawy 11/8 11/9 11/8
A tough opening game saw both players settle quickly. Lisa's
line and length, helped with a few errors from Nada at important
stages of the game, gave her the first game 11/8. Nada started the
2nd game quickly, racing to a 6/0 lead, with some hard hitting and
going short to the front of the court with more joy. The lead was
soon whittled away with more errors at crucial times from Nada and
saw Lisa level at 8/8 and continued pressure gave her a 2 game
lead. The third game provided the crowd with long rallies and a top
standard of squash with both women showing great athleticism.
Lisa's consistency and ability to change the pace saw her take the
game 11/8 and the match 3/0.
Women's Plate-Kacey Bartleybt Roxanne Keshavarz 11/4 14/12
Men's Plate-Joel Matkinbt Julian Tomlinson 11/8 11/8 11/3
Thank you to BRIGHT, our tournament sponsor.
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