The British Open Championship Kicks Off

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International SPORT Group British Open, Manchester England
10 – 14 September 2009

BY Arthur Curran

Welcome all SquashStars readers to the British Open Championships here in Manchester, England. Today sees the start of the tournament with the first round of the men’s qualifying stage, here at The Northern Club in Didsbury. I will be bringing you up-to-date results and match reports as soon as possible after the matches. Whilst I will endeavour to keep you up-to-date as much as possible with the men’s competition I will be concentrating mainly on the women’s tournament which commences tomorrow (Wednesday).

Scores from the first half of the men’s first round qualifying:
No real surprises in the first session of the men’s qualifying first round, although there were a few long matches, extended in some cases by having to change courts due to the main courts not drying out quickly enough.

Robbie Temple (ENG) bt. Chris Fuller (ENG)  11/6, 5/11, 11/8, 11/7 (58m)
Renan Lavigne (FRA) bt. Khawaja Adil Maqbool (PAK) 11/9, 13/11, 11/6 (41m)
Martin Knight (NZL) bt. Eddie Charlton (ENG)  6/11, 5/11, 11/8, 11/3, 11/5. (94m)
Amr Swelim (EGY) bt. Shaun Le Roux (ENG)  11/8, 8/11, 11/4, 4/11, 11/9 (66m)
Yasir Butt  (PAK) bt. Lewis Walters (ENG)  11/5, 11/3, 11/5 (31m)
Chris Ryder (ENG) bt. Arthur Gaskin (IRE)  11/13, 11/9, 11/9, 8/11, 11/3 (84m)
Steve Coppinger (RSA) bt. Clinton Leeuw (RSA)  11/7, 11/6, 12/10. (49m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt. Rob Sutherland (WAL) 11/9, 11/7, 11/6 (39m)

Scores from the second half of the men’s qualifying first round:
All matches in the second session of the day went to form with just one exception—Scotland’s Alan Clyne defeated higher ranked Frenchman Julien Balbo.

Kashif Shuja (NZL) bt. Adam Murrills (ENG) 11/5, 11/4, 11/8 (27m)
Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt. Alex Bowden  (ENG) 11/2, 11/4, 11/3 (18m)
Simon Rosner  (GER)  bt. Anthony Graham (ENG) 13/11, 11/5, 11/8 (30m)
Alan Clyne (SCO) bt. Julien Balbo (FRA)11/8, 11/3, 13/11 (49m)
Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt. Peter Billson (ENG) 12/10, 11/8, 11/8 (34m)
Stephane Galifi (FRA)  bt. John Rooney (IRE) 9/11, 11/7, 7/11, 11/6, 11/4 (69m)

Me_with_Nicol_-_World_ChampionArthur 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 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.


  1. Lorraine Siew

    September 10, 2009

    Hey Arthur,

    Just saw the photos you took of the event on Facebook(

    Thank you so much for covering the tournament.
    Now I can see even more of my Nicol 😛

    Your rock! 😀


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