International SPORT Group British Open, Manchester England
10 – 14 September 2009
BY Arthur Curran
Day Three at The Northern Club, Manchester
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) vs. Alana Miller (CAN)
With a 22 place difference in world rankings between these two ladies, the match was a lot closer than the rankings showed. Both players started off tentatively, easing the score to 5-4 in Dominique’s favour, but then Dom’s greater experience started to show through when she eased ahead to win the first, 11-5. The second game started very much the same with the score easing up to 5-5, then although Alana picked up the odd few points, Dominique again proved stronger to take the second, 11-8. In the third Dom started strongly taking the score up to 5-1, Alana then pulled level at 5-5. Dominique surged ahead to get to match ball at 10-5, and although Alana saved three match balls Dominique won the fourth one to win 11-8, and the match ends—3 games to nil.
Line Hansen (DEN) vs. Fiona Moverley (ENG)
After her fine win yesterday against Joshna Chinappa, Fiona was looking forward to this match even though Line is ranked 25 places above her. The first game started very evenly, the score going steadily up to 6-6, but then Line eased out to take the game 11-5. The second started close again but this time Fiona eased ahead to 6-4, then Line took four points to lead 8-4. Fiona took the next three points to lead 9-8 then Line took the next three to win the game 11-9—2 nil to Line. However, this match was far from over. In the third Fiona eased to 4-2, kept the two points clear to 7-5, but then with both girls playing some great squash, Fiona got to game ball first at 10-9, Line saved the first one to level at 10-10, but Fiona took the tie break to win the game 13-11. In the fourth, Fiona pulled out to a 5-2 lead, Line took six points on the trot to lead 8-5, Fiona pulled two back to 7-8, Line took the next two to get to match ball at 10-7, Fiona saved three match balls to level 10-10, but then Line took the last two points to win the game 12-10 and the match ends—3 games to 1. What a great match for the spectators!
Sarah Kippax (ENG) vs. Aisling Blake (IRE)
According to the rankings this should be the closest game today, with Sarah at #24 and Aisling at #27, and so it proved to be in the end. The first started fairly even with Sarah easing out to a 9-5 lead, Aisling took three points to close to 8-9, but Sarah took the next two to win the game 11-8. The game-deciding point producing a no-let call from the referee clearly upset Aisling, and when she was given a conduct warning for bad language on court at the start of the second game it clearly upset her game, allowing Sarah to take a huge 7-0 lead. However Aisling, well supported vocally by a large Amsterdam based contingent, got herself together and managed to pull back to 8-10, although she saved one game ball Sarah took the next to win the game 11-9 again. In the third Aisling came out fully charged after going down early at 3-2, raced through the rest of the game to win 11-3—with every point being cheered loudly by the large crowd. In the fourth Aisling started out even stronger, racing to a 7-2 lead with some great squash and even though Sarah pulled back to 6-8, Aisling took the next three points to win 11-6. Two games all and into a deciding fifth. Either the comeback had taken too much out of Aisling or Sarah found a second wind—the latter sailed through the final game allowing Aisling only a couple of points to win 11-2—taking the match 3 games to 2. This was one great entertaining squash in probably the best match of the day!
Donna Urquhart (AUS) vs. Engy Kheirallah (EGY)
With Engy ranked at #23 and moving downwards, and Donna at #31 moving upwards these should have been a fairly close match but it did not prove to be. Although Engy led 9-6 in the first Donna had a straight run of five points to take the game 11-9. The second game was much closer with Donna maintaining a slight lead throughout to go to 10-8. Engy saved the first game ball but not the next and Donna took the game 11-9 again. The third started closely too, up to 4-4, but then Donna took control to get match ball at 10-5 and although Engy saved the first she could not save the second and Donna won 11-6, taking the match 3 games to nil for what was a very good win for her and gaining a place in the first round of the main draw tomorrow.
Summary of results:
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) bt. Alana Miller* (CAN) 11/5, 11/8, 11/8 (30m)
Line Hansen* (DEN) bt. Fiona Moverley (ENG) 11/6, 11/9, 11/13, 12/10 (40m)
Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt. Aisling Blake (IRE) 11/8, 11/9, 3/11, 6/11, 11/2 (52m)
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt. Engy Kheirallah (EGY) 11/9, 11/9, 11/6 (33m)
In the first round of the main draw tomorrow:
• Nicol David* (MAS) (1) vs. Lauren Briggs (ENG)
• Madeline Perry (IRL) (5) vs. Line Hansen* (DEN)
• Alison Waters (ENG) (3) vs. Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL)
• Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) (7) vs. Donna Urquhart (AUS)
• Tania Bailey (ENG) vs. Vanessa Atkinson (NED) (8)
• Sarah Kippax (ENG) vs. Jenny Duncalf (ENG) (4)
• Samantha Teran* (MEX) vs Laura Massaro (ENG) (6)
• Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) vs Rachael Grinham (AUS) (2)
*Squash Stars’ Ambassadors
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Men’s First round results:
Karim Darwish (EGY) (1) bt. Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 11/7, 11/6, 11/1
James Willstrop (ENG) (10) bt. Campbell Grayson (NZL) (Q) 11/4, 11/5, 11/7 (39m)
Thierry Lincou (FRA) (7) bt. Martin Knight (NZL) (Q) (7) 11/7, 11/2, 11/7 (31m)
Azlan Iskander (MAS) (12) bt. Yasir Butt (PAK) (Q) 13/11, 11/8, 9/11, 11/4 (58m)
Amr Shabana (EGY) (3) bt. Jens Schoor (GER) 11/4, 11/4, 11/5 (31m)
Alister Walker (ENG) (11) bt. Renan Lavigne (Q) 11/5, 7/11, 11/6, 9/11, 12/10 (95m)
David Palmer (AUS) (5) bt. Tom Richards (ENG) 11/6, 11/6, 11/5 (37m)
Wael El Hindi (EGY) (9) bt. Joey Barrington (ENG) 5/11, 12/10, 11/7, 12/10 (82m)
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt. Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) (14) 11/1, 9/4, ret’d (20m)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) (15) bt. Farhan Mehboob (PAK) 13/11, 11/3, 11/9 (45m)
Nick Matthew (ENG) (4) bt. Chris Simpson (ENG) (Q) 12/10, 11/2, 11/5 (42m)
Ong Beng Hee (MAS) (16) bt. Davide Bianchetti (ITA) 11/8, 11/7, 7/11, 5/11, 11/3 (64m)
Peter Barker (ENG) (6) bt. Stephane Galifi (FRA) (Q) 11/9, 4/11, 11/5, 11/2 (49m)
Kashif Shuja (IND) (Q) bt. Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) (13) 11/7, 13/11, 9/11, 2/11, 11/7(57m)
Gregory Gaultier (FRA) (2) bt. Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11/7, 11/6, 11/5 (39m)
Arthur Curran lives in Manchester, England and is an avid squash fan, traveling to places like Belfast, Madrid, Monte Carlo, New York, Connecticut, Dublin and Kuala Lumpur to watch major tournaments, as well as extensively in the UK, and have on several occasions reported tournaments for squashsite.co.uk. Although too old and too ill to be able to play the game he is fascinated by the athleticism and skill involved in the game and with the friendliness shown by all the players.