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British Open Squash Championships 2009
08-14 September, Manchester                     Draws  Reports  Masters
Four for Rachael,
Two for Nick

Talk about saving the best for last ... Nick Matthew claimed his second British Open title at the end of a two-hour thriller, saving match ball in the fifth to deny James Willstrop.

In the women's final Rachael Grinham collected her fourth British Open trophy with a straight games win over Madeline Perry.

14-Sep, Finals:

[2] Rachael Grinham (Aus) bt [5] Madeline Perry (Irl)                          11/6, 11/5, 12/10 (39m)
[5] Nick Matthew (Eng) bt [10] James Willstrop (Eng)        8/11, 11/8, 7/11, 11/3, 12/10 (123m)

Grinham claims her fourth,
Matthew wins Marathon

Finals Roundup from Howard Harding

Former champions Nick Matthew and Rachael Grinham reclaimed the British Open titles after contrasting victories in the finals of the world's oldest and most prestigious squash championships at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.

It took 122 minutes for Nick Matthew to emerge triumphant in the first all-English men's final for 70 years when he beat England team-mate James Willstrop in the climax of the $92,500 PSA World Tour Super Series event.

Matthew, the England number one, reached the final without dropping a game. But it was Willstrop, last year's runner-up, who took the early advantage - winning the first game in convincing style.

However Matthew, the 2006 champion from Sheffield, battled back to take the second. The next two games were also shared - with Leeds man Willstrop visibly tiring at the end of the fourth as he put three successive balls into the tin.

In the decider - a gladiatorial encounter between two determined Yorkshiremen - Matthew built up a 6-2 lead before Willstrop delighted the packed crowd by coming back to overtake his opponent, eventually reaching match-ball at 10-9.

But former champion Matthew was not about to throw in the towel. The 29-year-old reclaimed the advantage before going on to clinch the title on his first match-ball, winning 8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 12-10 to claim the historic trophy for the second time.

"That was a fantastic match," said the new champion as he collected the trophy. "I want to thank James. I think you deserved it - you were the best player on the night, but I gutsed it out!"

Matthew, who boasts a career-high world No5 ranking, then admitted that he had been suffering with a back injury during the tournament: "I nearly didn't play the quarter-final match. I spent about five hours in the physio room before that match - and it's thanks to EIS (English Institute of Sport) phsyio Jade (Elias) that I came through. Jade, you're a star!"

Asked later if he thought he was a better player than when he first won the coveted title in 2006 - since when he has undergone shoulder surgery - Matthew said: "I was a better squash player yesterday, in the semis, than I was today.

"Today was best in terms of guts and determination.

"I don't know how my body got through this week. I'm just shattered by the effort. The last few points were a blur.

"I'm amazed I ever got to the final, let alone win the title," concluded the new champion.

Willstrop, who also had match-balls in last year's final, was clearly still in a state of shock half an hour after the match.

"A bit of a horror story, really. I'm desperately disappointed," said the disconsolate runner-up. "It was a good game of squash - and I thought I played really well."

When reminded that, only months ago, he was recovering from ankle surgery, Willstrop acknowledged: "I'm absolutely thrilled with the way I played tonight. To have come out and played like that after the surgery was very pleasing.

"I had match balls to win the British again! But he came out on top."

Earlier, Australia's Rachael Grinham ended the dream run of Irish champion Madeline Perry to win the women's $53,500 WISPA World Tour Gold title for a fourth time.

Perry, the first Northern Irish finalist in the history of the women's event, was unable to reproduce the form which saw her trounce hot favourite Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia, in the quarter-finals.

Grinham dominated the first two games and held match-ball at 10-6 in the third. But Perry stepped up a gear and saved four match balls to take the game into a tie-break.

However, the former world number one from Australia reclaimed the advantage to run out an 11-6, 11-5, 12-10 winner after 39 minutes.

"I was really focussed today - I couldn't have played any better," said Grinham.

"It hasn’t really sunk in yet. At the beginning of the week I was a few points from getting knocked out - I was lucky to get through," added the Queenslander, ranked four in the world.

"To win the British Open for the fourth time is not easy to do."

Both players head straight from Manchester to Amsterdam where the Forexx Women's World Open Championship gets underway next week.

"I have been having a lot of trouble with confidence all week - so having a result like this going into the Worlds next week should give me confidence."

Perry rued her missed opportunity. "I'm obviously disappointed - but if you're feeling a bit tired, the worst player in the world to play is Rachael Grinham.

"I didn't really get into it until the third game," explained the fifth seed from Banbridge, near Belfast.

Reaching the final was a remarkable achievement for Perry, who sustained a serious brain injury following mysterious fall in Milan just two years ago.

"That's behind me now. This week I've played the best squash of my life - I've reached another level.

"I'd rather not think about what might be in next week's World Open - I could have won the British Open if I'd played as well as I did in the previous two rounds."

Men's Results  Women's Results   Masters' Results  Twitter   Malcolm Willstrop En Francais

13 Sep, Semi-Finals:  

 [2] Rachael Grinham (Aus) bt [4] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)       11/8, 11/7, 8/11, 11/6 (48m)
 [5] Madeline Perry (Irl) bt [3] Alison Waters (Eng)          10/12, 11/8, 11/7, 11/9 (63m)

 [5] Nick Matthew (Eng) bt [6] Peter Barker (Eng)                      
11/6, 11/5, 11/6 (48m)
 [10] James Willstrop (Eng) bt [3] Amr Shabana (Egy)                11/5, 11/6, 11/1 (33m)

REPORTS Semis  Quarters  Last 16  Round 1  Qualifying  Previews
Historic All-English men's final in Manchester ...

A week or so ago there was lots of media coverage about the anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two, 70 years on. It was shortly before that, in April 1939, that the last all-English British Open final was played.

At that time the Championship was run on a challenge system, and J.P. St. G. Dear beat A.E. Biddle 5-9, 9-6, 5-9, 9-6, 9-5 and 6-9, 9-1, 9-2, 9-6. This 'home and away' system (there was never a need for a third match, they all ended 2-0) was used up until the following event in 1947, when Dear lost 2-0 to Egyptian M.A. Karim.

From 1948 onwards the championships used the knockout system we know today, and became pretty much the exclusive preserve of 'foreigners'.

So, when Nick Matthew and James Willstrop won their semi-finals today to set up another all-English final, they really were stepping into history ...

Matthew, who in 2006 became the first home-grown Englishman to win the title since Mr Dear all those years back, looked impressive as he beat compatriot Peter Barker in straight games to reach his second final.

Willstrop, who lost out in the 2005 and 2008 finals, reached his third with an ultimately comfortable win over Amr Shabana, the Egyptian fading due to his exertions in the quarter-finals where he defeated defending champion David Palmer.

As for the women, Australia's Rachael Grinham has a chance to join compatriot Palmer on four titles, overcoming British Closed champion Jenny Duncalf in four games.

She meets Northern Ireland's Madeline Perry, who followed up her stunning defeat of Nicol David with an impressive four-game win over Alison Waters to deny an English presence in the women's final.


Willstrop Sets Up Historic All-English British Open Final
English news from Howard Harding

Yorkshireman James Willstrop crushed Egypt's three-time world champion Amr Shabana in the second semi-final of the at the National Squash Centre to set up the first all-English final of the world's oldest and most prestigious squash championship for 70 years.

After a historic day in which three Englishmen competed in the semi-finals for the first time in living memory, Willstrop will face fellow Yorkshireman Nick Matthew. The world number four from Sheffield scored a resounding straight games win over his England team-mate Peter Barker to reach the final for the second time in four years.

Madeline Perry became the first ever Irish player to reach the women's final after beating Londoner Alison Waters. The world No8 from Belfast, who produced the event's biggest shock when she ousted firm favourite Nicol David, the world number one and defending champion from Malaysia, will now face three-time champion Rachael Grinham, of Australia.

Since reaching last year's final, where he lost in a dramatic fifth game tie-break, world No9 James Willstrop has undergone ankle surgery and is battling to fight back to the career-best world number two ranking he achieved in December 2005.

But the 26-year-old from Leeds put in a near-perfect performance to overcome Amr Shabana, a world number one for 33 months, 11-5, 11-6, 11-1 to set up the historic all-Yorkshire final.

"I've not made it a secret that I am a big fan of Amr's - he is a legend of the game," Willstrop told the packed crowd at Sportcity after his sensational win. "He is a very difficult player - and to beat him here in Manchester in the British Open is very special.

"I was very consistent from the start - I started well and this set the tone," added the two-time national champion who lost to Shabana in straight games only eight days ago in the US Open in Chicago.

"Last week he trounced me - I was half a yard off the pace and he was sublime. But tonight was one of those performances when I kept consistently tight."

Lifelong coach Malcolm Willstrop was delighted with his son's performance. "He played extraordinarily well - but you have to play well to beat the best player in the world on current form."

England number one Matthew had not dropped a game en-route to the last four - and was in devastating form as he despatched Peter Barker, the world number eight, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 in 48 minutes.

"Even though it was 3/0, I couldn't relax for a moment," said the 26-year-old from Sheffield later. "The game went according to plan - and it's not often that happens. It very rarely happens that you win all your matches 3/0 - so I've given myself a real chance for tomorrow."

Barker, the left-handed Londoner who upset Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, ranked two in the world, in the previous round, was full of praise for his close friend: "That's the best he's ever played against me. And when you get beaten by a better player, it's somewhat easier to take.

"I did everything to win, but it wasn't good enough. I can't argue with the result."

Fifth seed Perry produced the game of her life to beat Nicol David in the women's quarter-finals - and maintained her run in the semis, recovering from a game down to defeat third seed Waters 10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 in 63 minutes.

"I wanted to play well after beating Nicol yesterday - it would have been disappointing to then lose in the semi-finals," said the 32-year-old world No8 from Banbridge, near Belfast.

"I was aware that Alison would come out fast and furious and I had to be up for it and work hard.

"Obviously beating the world number one boosts your confidence," added Perry. "I've beaten a few good players, but not a lot of world number ones!

"I am very proud of where I come from - so reaching the final of the British Open should put me up there with the best Northern Irish squash players."

In the other women's semi, Yorkshire's Jenny Duncalf failed to reach the final for the second year in a row. The world number six from Harrogate went down 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 to Grinham, the second-seeded Australian who is looking for her fourth title.

"I'm happy to be in a major final - and the fact that it's the British Open makes it even better," stated the 32-year-old from Queensland who won the title in 2003, 2004 and 2007. "I felt better about the way I played today - the further I get through the draw, the better I feel. My accuracy was a lot better. I can definitely enter the court tomorrow feeling a lot more relaxed."

Duncalf was devastated by the loss: "It was a wasted opportunity - with Nicol out, it opened up the draw. I was edgy the whole time, I just wasn't timing it right and miss-hit everything.

"I'm disappointed that I just didn't play well - but she played a good game."

Men's Results
Women's Results

Masters' Results
En Francais
Malcolm Willstrop

12 Sep, Quarter-Finals
Defending champions dethroned ...
What a day at the National Squash Centre ... five English, one Irish - that makes six British, doesn't happen every day! - one Egyptian and one Australian through to the semi-finals, as both reigning champions crash out.

Peter Barker ousts second seed Greg Gaultier in a fantastic match to set up a semi-final with Nick Matthew, while James Willstrop comes through to a meeting with Amr Shabana, who beat defending champ David Palmer in a thriller and a half - the Egyptian winning 19-17 in the fourth.

For the women, Alison Waters and Jenny Duncalf win comfortably enough, Rachael Grinham recovers after a slow start, and Northern Ireland's Madeline Perry comes back from match-ball down in the third to beat the mighty Nicol David in five, the world number one's second defeat in two years ...

We've had our live text updates going all day, with results, comments, instant polls, twitter feeds and other things going on - it's almost as if we were there ... just click the big box below to review all of that, as well as what they said ...

Howard's Quarter-final roundup

REPORTS:   Quarters   Last 16   Round 1   Qualifying   Previews

Champions Exit In A Day Of British Open Shocks & English Triumphs
Roundup from Howard Harding

A day of high drama in the quarter-finals not only resulted in the demise of both champions, but also a breakthrough win by sixth seed Peter Barker which puts three Englishmen into the semi-finals for the first time in the professional era.

In a clash at the National Squash Centre in Manchester described by Tournament Presenter Robert Edwards as the 'match of the tournament', three-time world champion Amr Shabana and four-time British Open winner David Palmer - ranked three and six, respectively, in the world - battled for 86 minutes before Egyptian Shabana emerged the 11-8, 14-12, 4-11, 19-17 winner.

"There wasn't much in it - he just played better at the end than I did," said Palmer, the 33-year-old title-holder from Australia who was making his 13th successive appearance in the event. "It's still nice that I can play with these top four guys. I don't think I could have done much more."

But later came the most unexpected result when Nicol David, the Malaysian super star who this month began her fourth successive year as world number one, crashed out of the women's championship after squandering three match balls in the third game.

Ireland's Madeline Perry, the fifth seed who had lost her previous 14 meetings with the three-time British Open champion, played the game of her life to win 6-11, 12-14, 15-13, 11-5, 11-9 in 76 minutes.

"I can't believe I just beat the world number one," said an ecstatic Perry, from Banbridge, near Belfast, afterwards. "I normally struggle to get a game off Nicol."

The win came from a stunning cross court nick shot after David served to try and save her third match-ball.

"That's definitely my best ever win," added Perry, the 32-year-old world No8. "I've changed my game since I last played her - and did a lot of work on my movement over the summer."

But, otherwise, the day belonged to the hosts - with two English players through to the women's semi-finals for the first time since 2002, and a trio of Englishmen making the last four of the men's championship for the first time in living memory.

A major upset by Londoner Barker ensured that an Englishman will be in Monday's final of the world's oldest and most prestigious squash championship. In a career-first victory over the Frenchman, sixth seed Barker beat world No2 and former champion Gregory Gaultier 11-7, 7-11, 11-3, 7-11, 11-8 to reach the semi-finals for the first time.

"I've had a terrible record against Greg, so I'm over the moon to have beaten him - especially here in the British Open," said Barker. "I'm going to enjoy today before preparing myself for tomorrow.

"I've been training really hard over the summer - endless bikes and swims for up to three sessions a day," explained the left-hander. "So much so, that I was looking forward to the start of the season so that I could stop training!

"Greg is a class act. But I needed to get myself fitter so that I could deal with his pace. In fact, I thought to myself as I went on court - 'I doubt he's done as done as much training as I have'!"

The 25-year-old world No8 will now meet England team-mate Nick Matthew after the fourth seed from Sheffield ended the giant-killing run of compatriot Daryl Selby.

The unseeded 26-year-old from Essex had reached the last eight after taking out two world top 16-ranked opponents - but world No5 Matthew was too strong, winning 11-7, 11-5, 11-8.

"I'm delighted to be playing Pete tomorrow," said Matthew, who in 2006 became the first home-grown winner of the title for 67 years. "We're sharing a room together here - I must pop something into his glass of water tonight!"

In the final match of the day, Yorkshire's former world number two James Willstrop, the tenth seed, claimed his place in the semis with an 11-5, 11-6, 12-10 victory over Malaysia's 12th seed Mohd Azlan Iskandar.
Willstrop, the 26-year-old from Leeds who was runner-up last year, reached the last eight after a shock win over Egypt's world number one Karim Darwish in the previous round.

"Everybody keeps on about how good the Egyptians are - but now we've got five English players into tomorrow's semis," said a delighted Willstrop after his win.

Third seed Alison Waters and fourth seed Jenny Duncalf will provide the domestic interest in the women's semi-finals.

Duncalf, from Harrogate in Yorkshire, went one step closer to reaching the final for the second year in a row after beating eighth seed Vanessa Atkinson, the former world champion from the Netherlands, 11-1, 10-12, 11-6, 11-4.

"You can never underestimate Vanessa - after all, she has been a world champion and world number one," said the 26-year-old world No6. "She's got great racket skills.

"I felt I played well today and am improving all the time. This week I'll be trying to close the gap the gap behind Nicol David, the world number one."

Duncalf will face three-time champion Rachael Grinham, the second seed from Australia who recovered from a game down to beat Lancashire's Laura Massaro 5-11, 14-12, 11-7, 11-7.

Waters claimed her first appearance in a British Open semi-final after beating Australian qualifier Donna Urquhart 6-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-7. The former British National champion will now meet Madeline Perry for a place in the final.

"I'm missing the British for a few reasons ...

"Firstly it's bad timing that so many tournaments come together, I won't be able to play them all one after each other, I need some rest. I've learnt from past experiences that I push my body too much and get injured.

"Then, the Petrosport is important for me, there's a lot of pressure and I have to take it easy preparing for that.

"Plus, although the British Open is a big name, it still has the prize money of smaller events and I believe that for a 32 draw players should be fighting for at least $120,000 or more."

11-Sep, Last 16:
The day in brief: Selby scores a second upset to beat Grant, while Iskandar and Willstrop blow the top quarter open wide. For the women it's Urquhart who takes the honours ...

Selby Sets Up English
British Open Semi-Finalist

English news from Howard Harding

Essex outsider Daryl Selby made sure of English representation in Sunday's semi-finals when he upset fellow countryman Adrian Grant, the No8 seed, in the second round at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.

For the first time since 2001, four Englishmen will line up in Saturday's quarter-finals of the world's oldest and most prestigious squash championship.

"I'm ecstatic to get to the quarters of the British for the first time," said 26-year-old Selby, from Essex, after the shock 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 victory over the world No11 in 78 minutes. "Hopefully, this will be my breakthrough."

Selby will now face fellow Englishman Nick Matthew, the former champion from Sheffield who is the fourth seed. "That match will be massive - he's the England number one and a previous winner. It's going to be tough," said Selby.

Matthew, playing in the event for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery, crushed Cameron Pilley, a 6' 3" Australian, 11-3, 11-3, 11-6. "I tried to attack from the word go," explained Matthew, who boasts a career-high world No5 ranking. "I was trying to get him to move that big frame around the court."

Earlier in the day, Londoner Peter Barker battled through to the quarter-finals for the third year in a row after beating top-ranked Malaysian Ong Beng Hee 11-7, 11-7, 11-8.

"Beng Hee's a good friend and a gentleman - so I knew it would be straight," said sixth seed Barker, the world No8. "But I wanted to win in straight games to conserve myself for Greg (Gaultier) - and, even though it was hard, I'm glad I achieved that.

"I've worked hard this summer. I feel I turned the corner this season by starting to believe in myself a bit more. My goal for the season is to challenge for every tournament I play."

The final match of the day produced a shock upset when top seed Karim Darwish, the world number one from Egypt, cruised to a comfortable first-game win against James Willstrop - then badly twisted his ankle midway through the second game against the tenth-seeded Yorkshireman.

After a three-minute injury break, the 28-year-old from Cairo returned to the court - but almost immediately held his hand up to concede the match - giving an unexpected quarter-final berth to last year's beaten finalist Willstrop.

"It's the biggest nightmare for a professional sportsman," said Willstrop when interviewed after the 22-minute match. "I've been there," added the 26-year-old former world number two from Leeds who underwent ankle surgery in April and is playing his fourth tournament since making his comeback in July.

For a place in the semi-final, Willstrop will meet No13 seed Azlan Iskandar. The Malaysian caused the second upset of the day when he beat two-time runner-up Thierry Lincou, the No7 seed from France, 11-13, 11-4, 5-11, 14-12, 11-5 in a 91-minute marathon.

It was a shock exit for former world champion Lincou who beat Iskandar in last year's quarter-finals, and was suffering his first second round defeat in the championships since 2000.

English women progress

There will be home interest in all but one of the quarter-finals in the women's event. Yorkshire's Jenny Duncalf, runner-up last year, defeated local hero Sarah Kippax, a qualifier from Cheshire, 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-2.

The fourth seed from Harrogate will now meet eighth seed Vanessa Atkinson, the former world champion from the Netherlands who beat Lincolnshire's Tania Bailey 8-11, 11-3, 11-2, 11-8.

Bailey, a former world No4 from Stamford, is making a quicker-than-expected return to competition after undergoing knee surgery in April. "I really enjoyed that," said Bailey after the match.

"A couple of months ago I wouldn't have imagined this. The British Open wasn't even on my radar - I was told I could be back by November if I was lucky.

"But everything progressed better than I could have hoped even though getting back with commitment was tough. Physically the match was hard but my hip was totally fine. But I knew it would be tough as I only stepped on court again three weeks ago. Now I can't wait for the Worlds as it is another bonus!"

Lancashire's Laura Massaro recovered from two games down to come through her first round encounter - beating rising Mexican star Samantha Teran 10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6. The No6 seed takes on second seed Rachael Grinham for a place in the semi-finals.

But the former champion from Australia was stretched to the limit before overcoming English qualifier Dominique Lloyd-Walter 9-11, 12-10, 11-5, 4-11, 11-8 in 64 minutes - the longest women's match of the day.

"I feel absolutely great about my performance but feel so frustrated as I am waiting for the big win to come along and this could have been the opportunity," said a despondent Lloyd-Walter, from Guildford.

First Round



Urquhart stuns Stoehr ...

"Today was the best win of my career, it's the first time I've ever beaten a top 10 player.

"Just to have won two qualifying matches to make the main draw was an achievement!"

British Open 2009, Men's Draw $92k

Round One
10 Sep
Round Two
11 Sep
12 Sep
13 Sep
14 Sep
[1] Karim Darwish (Egy)
11/7, 11/6, 11/1
Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
[1] Karim Darwish
5/11, 4/2 rtd (22m)
[10] James Willstrop
[10] James Willstrop

11/5, 11/6, 12/10 (47m)

[12] Azlan Iskandar

[10] James Willstrop


11/5, 11/6, 11/1 (33m)


[3] Amr Shabana

[10] James Willstrop


8/11, 11/8, 7/11, 11/3, 12/10 (123m)


[4] Nick Matthew

[10] James Willstrop (Eng)
11/4, 11/5, 11/7 (39m)
[Q] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
[7] Thierry Lincou (Fra)
11/7, 11/2, 11/7 (31m)
 [Q] Martin Knight (Nzl)
[7] Thierry Lincou
11/13, 11/4, 5/11, 14/12, 11/5 (91m)
[12] Azlan Iskandar
[12] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
13/11, 11/8, 9/11, 11/4 (58m)
[Q] Yasir Butt (Pak)

[3] Amr Shabana (Egy)
11/4, 11/4, 11/5 (31m)
Jens Schoor (Ger)

[3] Amr Shabana
7/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/7 (48m)
[11] Alister Walker

[3] Amr Shabana

11/8, 14/12, 4/11, 19/17 (85m)

[5] David Palmer

[11] Alister Walker (Eng)
11/5, 7/11, 11/6, 9/11, 12/10 (95m)
[Q] Renan Lavigne (Fra)
[5] David Palmer (Aus)
11/6, 11/6, 11/5 (37m)
Tom Richards (Eng)
[5] David Palmer
11/6, 1/11, 8/11, 11/7, 11/5 (74m)
[9] Wael El Hindi
[9] Wael El Hindi (Egy)
5/11, 12/10, 11/7, 12/10 (82m)
Joey Barrington (Eng)
Daryl Selby (Eng)
11/1, 9/4 rtd (20m)
[14] Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
Daryl Selby
11/8, 11/8, 9/11, 11/8 (78m)
[8] Adrian Grant
Daryl Selby

11/7, 11/5, 118/ (48m

[4] Nick Matthew

[4] Nick Matthew


 11/6, 11/5, 11/6 (48m)


[6] Peter Barker
[Q] Simon Rosner (Ger)
12/10, 12/10, 11/5 (42m)
[8] Adrian Grant (Eng)
Farhan Mehboob (Pak)
13/11, 11/3, 11/9 (45m)
[15] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
[15] Cameron Pilley
11/3, 11/3, 11/6 (30m)
[4] Nick Matthew
[Q] Chris Simpson (Eng)
12/10, 11/2, 11/5 (42m)
[4] Nick Matthew (Eng)
Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
11/8, 11/7, 7/11, 5/11, 11/3 (64m)
[16] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
[16] Ong Beng Hee
11/7, 11/7, 11/8 (66m)
[6] Peter Barker
[6] Peter Barker

11/7, 7/11, 11/3, 7/11, 11/8 (76m)

[2] Gregory Gaultier

 [Q] Stéphane Galifi (Fra)
11/9, 4/11, 11/5, 11/2 (49m)
[6] Peter Barker (Eng)
[Q] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
11/7, 13/11, 9/11, 2/11, 11/7 (57m)
[13] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
[Q] Kashif Shuja
11/5, 11/7, 11/1 (25m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11/7, 11/6, 11/5 (39m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)


09-Sep, Qualifying Finals:

Stephane Galifi (Fra) bt Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)                  18-16, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9 (74m)
Simon Rosner (Ger) bt Alan Clyne (Sco)                   9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9 (78m)
Kashif Shuja (Nzl) bt Mansoor Zaman (Pak)                       11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5 (40m)
Campbell Grayson (Nzl) bt Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)  9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9 (132m)

Chris Simpson (Eng) bt Stephen Coppinger (Rsa)                2-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (55m)
Yasir Butt (Pak) bt Chris Ryder (Eng)                        12-10, 4-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 (71m)
Martin Knight (Nzl) bt Amr Swelim (Ita)                    11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 5-11, 12-10 (96m)
Renan Lavigne (Fra) bt Robbie Temple (Eng)                      6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (48m)

08- Sep, Qualifying Round One:

Ali Anwar Reda (Egy) bt Peter Billson (Eng)                                 12-10, 11-8, 11-8 (34m)
Stephane Galifi (Fra) bt John Rooney (Irl)                    9-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-4 (69m)
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)

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 (25m)
Aaron Frankcomb (Aus) bt Ben Ford (Eng)                           3-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 (50m)
Campbell Grayson (Nzl) bt Tom Pashley (Eng)            3-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7 (68m)

Stephen 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)
Yasir Butt (Pak) bt Lewis Walters (Eng)                                          11-5, 11-3, 11-5 (31m)
Chris Ryder (Eng) bt Arthur Gaskin (Irl)                      11-13, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-3 (84m)

Martin Knight (Nzl) bt Eddie Charlton (Eng)                   6-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (60m)
Amr Swelim (Ita) bt Shaun le Roux (Eng)                      11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 4-11, 11-9 (66m)
Robbie Temple (Eng) bt Chris Fuller (Eng)                             11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7 (58m)
Renan Lavigne (Fra) bt Adil Maqbool (Pak)                                   11-9, 13-11, 11-6 (41m)

British Open 2009, Women's Draw $53k

Round One
11 Sep, Northern Club
12 Sep
13 Sep
14 Sep
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11/5, 11/4, 11/5 (28m)
Lauren Briggs (Eng)
[1] Nicol David
6/11, 12/14, 15/13, 11/5, 11/9 (76m)
[5] Madeline Perry
[5] Madeline Perry

10/12, 11/8, 11/7, 11/9 (63m)

[3] Alison Waters

[5] Madeline Perry

11/6, 11/5, 12/10 (39m)

[2] Rachael Grinham

[5] Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/9, 11/5, 11/2 (31m)
[Q] Line Hansen (Den)
[3] Alison Waters (Eng)
11/6, 11/9, 11/6 (33m)
Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
[3] Alison Waters
6/11, 11/5, 11/3, 11/7 (31m)
[Q] Donna Urquhart
[7] Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
11/7, 11/9, 8/11, 7/11, 11/7 (44m)
[Q] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
[8] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
8/11, 11/3, 11/2, 11/8 (36m)
Tania Bailey (Eng)
[8] Vanessa Atkinson
 11/1, 10/12, 11/6, 11/4 (38m)
[4] Jenny Duncalf
[4] Jenny

11/8, 11/7, 8/11, 11/6 (48m)

[2] Rachael Grinham

[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11/5, 11/7, 6/11, 11/2 (41m)
[4] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
Samantha Teran (Mex)
10/12, 7/11, 11/8, 11/4, 11/6 (61m)
[6] Laura Massaro (Eng)
[6] Laura Massaro
5/11, 14/12, 11/7, 11/7 (43m)
[2] Rachael Grinham
[Q] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
9/11, 12/10, 11/5, 4/11, 11/8 (64m)
[2] Rachael Grinham (Aus)


10-Sep, Finals:

Donna Urquhart (Aus) bt Engy Kheirallah (Egy)                         11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (33m)
Sarah Kippax (Eng) bt Aisling Blake (Irl)                   11-8, 11-9, 3-11, 6-11, 11-2 (53m)
Line Hansen (Den) bt Fiona Moverley (Eng)                    11-6, 11-9, 11-13, 12-10 (39m)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng) bt Alana Miller (Can)                 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (31m)

09 Sep, Round One:

Engy Kheirallah
(Egy) bt Deon Saffery (Wal)                     11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 (52m)
Donna Urquhart (Aus) bt Laura Hill (Eng)                           11-8, 15-13, 4-11, 11-1 (32m)
Sarah Kippax (Eng) bt Kylie Lindsay (Nzl)                                     11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (26m)
Aisling Blake (Irl) bt Lauren Selby (Eng)                                       11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (28m)

Fiona Moverley (Eng) bt Joshna Chinappa (Ind)                12-10, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 (36m)
Line Hansen (Den) bt Emma Beddoes (Eng)                          11-4, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 (47m)
Alana Miller (Can) bt Lauren Siddall (Eng)                                                   7-0 rtd (11m)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng) bt Becky Botwright (Eng)      4-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (48m)

MASTERS Draws & Results

M35.pdf   M40.pdf   M45.pdf   M50.pdf   M55.pdf   M60.pdf   M65.pdf   M70.pdf

W35.pdf   W40.pdf   W45.pdf   W50.pdf   W55.pdf

Masters Finals Results

10 Sep, Men's Round One, Women's qualifying finals:
England Team-Mates into last 16
as Shuja shocks Shorbagy

Early English news from Howard Harding

On a good day for England in Manchester England European Championship-winning team-mates Nick Matthew, Peter Barker, Adrian Grant and Daryl Selby all comfortably overcame first round opposition to reach the last sixteen.

The biggest upset of the day though belonged to New Zealand's Kashif Shuja. The Kiwi Qualifier, making only his second bid to qualify for the event since 1998, beat rising star Mohamed El Shorbagy 11-7, 13-11, 9-11, 2-11, 11-7 in 57 minutes. Much was expected of the 18-year-old Egyptian who made the World Open quarter-finals last year, also in Manchester, since when he has risen to a career-high world No15 ranking.

"Shorbagy is an immensely talented player and a great sportsman with a great future," said 30-year-old Shuja, from Auckland. "I guess it was experience over youth today and I am glad I sneaked through in the end.

"I'm pleased to be in the last 16 of the British Open," added the Pakistan-born Kiwi, ranked 45 in the world.

Matthew, the world No5 from Sheffield who made history in 2006 by becoming the first home winner of the title for 67 years, breezed past fellow countryman Chris Simpson, a qualifier from Guernsey, 12-10, 11-2, 11-5.

"We've got a good bunch of up-and-coming players pushing us hard - and Chris is one of them. Every single rally I had to push hard - all credit to him," said the fourth seed who now meets Australian Cameron Pilley.

Selby claimed a place in the second round against expectation: The world No21 from Essex romped to an 11-1, 9-4 lead against Aamir Atlas Khan when the 14th seed from Pakistan, ranked seven places higher, pulled up injured and conceded the match.

London-born left-hander Grant began his 2009 against qualifier Simon Rosner - and beat the top-ranked German 12-10, 12-10, 11-5.

"This is by far the biggest and most prestigious tournament there is - and the fact that all the top players are here speaks for itself," said the 28-year-old who broke into the world's top ten last month. I'd be speechless if I won it."

Londoner Barker, also a left-hander, was the first through on the state-of-the-art all-glass court. The sixth seed took four games to overcome French qualifier Stephane Galifi 11-9, 4-11, 11-5, 11-2.

"Stephane was higher-ranked some time back, then took a couple of years off - so I knew he was one of the worst qualifiers to get. I was a bit edgy in the first two games, and he took advantage.

"Towards the back end of last season, I proved I can beat those above me on a one-off basis," explained the 25-year-old world No8. "Now I've got to keep improving and do it back-to-back."

Essex's Daryl Selby helped make it a bumper day for England, claiming a place in the second round against expectation, scoring one of the day's two upsets. The world No21 romped to an 11-1, 9-4 lead against Aamir Atlas Khan when the 14th seed from Pakistan, ranked seven places higher, pulled up injured and conceded the match.

The 26-year-old from Witham, who made his England debut in May, has enjoyed a rapid rise up the world rankings this year - coming from outside the top 30 in January to a career-high 21 this month.

Selby, who has never before progressed beyond the first round, will now face England team-mate Grant for a place in the quarter-finals.

Yorkshire-based Alister Walker and James Willstrop rounded off the day with contrasting journeys into the second round. Walker, the No11 seed from Gloucestershire, was stretched to a fifth game tie-break before celebrating an 11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10 win over French qualifier Renan Lavigne in 95 minutes.

Tenth seed Willstrop, the former world number two from Leeds who is making a successful comeback after ankle surgery in April, took just 39 minutes to overcome New Zealand qualifier Campbell Grayson 11-4, 11-5, 11-7.

It was a case of seventh-time-lucky for Cheshire's Sarah Kippax in the qualifying finals of the women's event at The Northern. After six previously unsuccessful attempts since 2002, the Chester-born 26-year-old will compete in tomorrow's main draw for the first time.

World No24 Kippax resisted a fightback by Aisling Blake to beat the Irish opponent ranked just three places lower 11-8, 11-9, 3-11, 6-11, 11-2 in 53 minutes.

"The last time we played, she won 3/1, so I was pleased with that - especially as she is playing so well," said the now Halifax-based player. "It feels great to be playing in the event this year - it's almost like a local tournament for me. This is a great start to the new season."

Kippax will face fellow countrywoman Jenny Duncalf, the fourth seed from Harrogate who reached the final last year.


09 Sep, Men's Qualifying Finals, Women's qualifying round one:
Kiwis dominate day two

New Zealand celebrated 100% success in the men's qualifying finals after all three Kiwis competing in the event claimed places in the main draw of the at the Northern Club in Manchester.

In a dramatic encounter which featured a 30-minute 'blood-injury' break after Amr Swelim recovered from a gash above his eye, Martin Knight saved two match-balls in the fifth game to beat the Italian 11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 5-11, 12-10 in 96 minutes of playing time.

The 25-year-old from Wellington will now face France's former world number one Thierry Lincou, the No7 seed, in the first round at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.

Pakistan-born New Zealand number one Kashif Shuja joined Knight in the main draw after an 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5 win over Pakistani Mansoor Zaman - and Campbell Grayson completed the trio with victory over Aaron Frankcomb.

But Aucklander Grayson also suffered a 'blood-injury' break after a cut under his nose at match-ball - but the determined New Zealander, who had already battled back from two games down for the second time in two days, ultimately secured his 9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9 win after 132 minutes.

Simpson Celebrates Qualifying Success
English news from Howard Harding

Guernsey's Chris Simpson became the only Briton to survive today's  men's qualifying finals of the British Open when he beat South African Stephen Coppinger at the Northern Club in Manchester to earn a place in the main draw of the world's oldest and most prestigious squash championship.

Three years after making his debut in the event with a wildcard, Simpson is delighted to mark his return to the British Open. But the Harrogate-based 22-year-old, who boasts a career-high world No38 ranking, had to overcome a scratchy first game before beating world No57 Coppinger 2-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 in 55 minutes.

"In the first game, I didn't think I was even going to get a point," admitted Simpson. "He's a massive guy and so unorthodox - I simply couldn't read him in the first game. "But after that, I settled down and managed to compose myself - and from then on I was always in front."

Simpson was surprised to find himself the lone Englishman to make the main draw through the qualifiers. "The standard is so high here - there could easily have been five of us through yesterday and Chris (Ryder) and Robbie (Temple) went close today," added the proud Guernsey man.

Ryder, from Leamington Spa, battled for 71 minutes before going down 12-10, 4-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 to Pakistan's Yasir Butt, while Temple was unable to extend his opening game advantage against Renan Lavigne. The higher-ranked Frenchman eventually prevailed 6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5.

"I should have been 2/0 up - I was 7-3 up in the second - but my lack of match fitness let me down," said Temple, the world No80 from Gloucester who is suffering with an ankle ligament injury. "Renan stepped up the pace, and I couldn't live with it."

Yorkshire's Fiona Moverley produced the only upset in the first round of the women's qualifiers event when she celebrated the best win of her career by beating India's world No35 Joshna Chinappa 12-10, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 in 36 minutes.

"She's the highest-ranked player I've ever beaten," said the 22-year-old from Hull, ranked 16 places lower. "I've only played her once before and she beat me comfortably. But I'm a lot fitter now and I felt a lot more confident that she'd make the errors before I did," said the British Under-23 champion. "I thought I had every chance of getting a result - but I didn't underestimate her."

Moverley will now play Line Hansen, the world No26 from Denmark who beat England's Nottingham-based Emma Beddoes. "I've got the confidence now, and have got nothing to lose," added the Humberside star. "I'm going to go out and enjoy myself, and will try not to give her too much respect."

Moverley will be joined in Thursday's qualifying finals by compatriots Dominique Lloyd-Walter and Sarah Kippax. Lloyd-Walter, the world No19 and highest-ranked player in the women's qualifying competition, survived an all-English clash with Rebecca Botwright, beating her Manchester-based opponent - ranked 156 in the world - 4-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5.

"I've worked hard over the summer and was really looking forward to the match with Becky," said the 28-year-old from Guildford. "I knew she'd been training hard and I never thought it would be easy."

Lloyd-Walter will face Canada's Alana Miller for a place in the first round. "To make the main draw would be fantastic," said the Middlesex player. Miller took just 11 minutes to earn her place in the qualifying finals when Yorkshire's Lauren Siddall crashed out, lunging to take a ball and pulling a muscle in her upper right leg. The 24-year-old from Pontefract, ranked 39 in the world, was a game and 0-7 down to the Canadian, ranked 41 in the world, when she was forced to withdraw.

"I'm really disappointed - this is a big event," said Siddall. "But I didn't want to make it worse - particularly with the Worlds later in the month." Siddall was a late entry to the qualifying draw after the withdrawals of a few higher-ranked players. "I was really lucky getting in, but my luck ran out today!"

Cheshire's Kippax won her first round match in the women's qualifiers, beating New Zealand's Kylie Lindsay 11-8, 11-4, 11-9. The Halifax-based world No24 is now just one win away from making the main draw of the British Open for the first time at her seventh attempt.

"The British Open is one of the biggest events on the Tour and I would love to qualify," said 26-year-old Kippax. "It would be lovely to play on the all-glass court at the National Squash Centre - but I don't want to hype it up."

Three out of three
for marathon Kiwis

Martin Knight, Kashif Shuja and Campbell Grayson made it three out of three for New Zealand.

Knight was first through in 96 minutes (126m including a blood injury break), Grayson came from two down to win in 132m, then Shuja raced to a 40m win to seal the hat-trick.

Swelim can't stop Knight

Selby 0-3 Blake


08 Sep, Men's Qualifying Round One
English Trio First Through In
British Open Qualifiers
English news from Howard Harding

Three Englishmen battled through to the qualifying finals of the 2009 British Open after success in today's first qualifying round of the world's oldest and most prestigious squash championship at the Northern Club in Manchester.

Gloucester's Robbie Temple was first through after his 11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7 victory over fellow countryman Chris Fuller. "I really struggled with my game and was lucky to come through," admitted the 23-year-old. Temple suffered an ankle ligament injury ten weeks ago and has been undergoing an intensive programme of physiotherapy treatment since.

"I've only played a few games since the layoff - and was lucky to qualify for the World Open," explained the London-based left-hander. "But I had to stop playing midway through my first match in last week's Wolverhampton Open."

Temple, ranked 80 in the world, plays Frenchman Renan Lavigne, the world No36, for the chance to make the main draw for the first time.  "I hope I'll relax a bit more and express myself a bit better than I did today," added Temple.

Former World University champion Chris Ryder, from Leamington Spa, took 84 minutes to overcome Arthur Gaskin, eventually beating the Irishman 11-13, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-3.

"I was a bit lethargic, to be honest - I don't know why," said Ryder later. "Arthur is really improving - he didn't used to give me a hard time but now gets closer and closer. He's one to watch!"

Ryder - who gave up coaching in Wolverhampton to concentrate on the PSA World Tour, and reached the final of the Black Sea Open in Ukraine last month - will now face Pakistan's Yasir Butt.

"I've not played him before - but he's got some shots on him, so I'm looking forward to it. I've grown up on courts like these at the Northern, so it should suit me."

Guernsey star Chris Simpson avenged his recent loss to Rob Sutherland by convincingly beating the Welshman 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 in 39 minutes.

"I'm really happy with that," said the Harrogate-based 22-year-old who lost 11-8 in the fifth to Sutherland in Sweden in February. "I felt then that I'd been drawn into a traditional game - up and down the side walls - which is more his game than mine," explained the proud Guernsey man later.

"That's why I'm so pleased with the way I played today - I had a game plan and stuck to it, playing a much more attacking game."

Next up for Simpson, who boasts a career-high world No38 ranking, is South African Stephen Coppinger, ranked 19 places lower. "We've trained together lots of times, but never played each other on the Tour before - so I'm looking forward to it."

It was a massively dejected Eddie Charlton who came off court after failing to exploit a two-game advantage over a player ranked more than 60 places higher in the world. The world No118 also led 4-1 in the third game, but New Zealander Martin Knight regrouped to claim an unlikely 6-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 victory in exactly one hour.

"He was all over me in the first two games," conceded Knight, ranked 51 in the world. The Kiwi has just moved to Cardiff where he is now coached by Welsh national coach Chris Robertson. "Chris gave me some good advice after the second game, and that lifted my game," said Knight. "Let's say it was all down to Welsh inspiration."

Charlton could not explain his demise: "Physically I felt absolutely fine - but all credit to him for coming back. I just hit a wall in the fourth, and then too many tins in the fifth. "It was another 'could-have-been-a-good-result' for me," added the 21-year-old. "I'm due a good win."

Qualifying draw & results


Darwish seeded to win first British Open

Egypt's world number one Karim Darwish is named as top men's seed in next month's  British Open Squash Championships and is expected to win the world's most historic Squash title for the first time.

The $92k PSA Super Series event - the largest PSA World Tour ranking event in Europe - will take place at the National Squash Centre and The Northern Club in Manchester, from 10-14 September, following two days of qualifying.

Darwish heads a high-quality men's field featuring all but one of the players in the PSA's world top ten [Ramy Ashour is absent]. The 27-year-old from Cairo reached the semi-finals last year as seventh seed – and went on to take the titles in both the Qatar Classic and Saudi International to begin the new year as world number one for the first time.

Fellow countryman Amr Shabana is also looking for his first British Open title triumph. The Giza-based 30-year-old who topped the world rankings unopposed for 33 months until last December – and boasts three World Open titles – is the No3 seed.

Darwish's opponent in the final is expected to be second seed Gregory Gaultier, the world No2 from Aix-en-Provence who became the first Frenchman to win the coveted title in 2007.

But British interest will be led by fourth seed Nick Matthew, the world number five who made history in 2006 by becoming the first home-grown winner of the title for 67 years! After being out of action most of last year following shoulder surgery, the 29-year-old from Sheffield cemented a remarkable return to form last month by winning the World Games gold medal in Chinese Taipei.

Matthew's domestic campaign in Manchester will be supported by his England team-mates Peter Barker, the world No7 who is sixth seed; Londoner Adrian Grant, the world No9 who is the eighth seed; tenth seed James Willstrop, last year's runner-up and 2009 World Games silver medallist, from Leeds; and 26-year-old Alister Walker, the No11 seed who is also from Leeds.

David Palmer, the former world number one from Australia who joined a distinguished cast of four times winners of the title last year after a memorable final against Willstrop, is the No5 seed – and will be celebrating his 13th successive appearance in the event since making his debut in 1997.


Nicol David bids to join sport's elite
World number one Nicol David is expected to reach her fifth successive women's final in next month's British Open Squash Championships – and is seeded to join a distinguished cast of players who have won the title four times in the historic event which was first played at Queen's Club in London in 1922.

The $53k WISPA Gold event will take place at the National Squash Centre and The Northern Club in Manchester, from 11-14 September, following two days of qualifying.

David is drawn to meet former world number one Vanessa Atkinson, of the Netherlands, in the first round.  The Malaysian, who began her fourth year as world number one this month, is one of two three-time British Open champions in the high quality field in Manchester. 

Third seed Rachael Grinham, the former world champion from Australia who claimed the British Open trophy in 2003, 2004 and 2007, faces a qualifier in the opening round.

Like Grinham, US star Natalie Grainger will be making her 13th successive appearance in the championship since 1997.  The No2 seed is expected to reach the final for the first time since 2004, and begins her 2009 campaign against a qualifier.

** 07-Sep, Grainger withdraws injured

British interest in the event will be led by Alison Waters, the in-form 25-year-old from London who reached the final of the Malaysian Open earlier this month. Seeded four, Waters faces New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes in the first round.

But England team-mate Jenny Duncalf will be hoping to repeat her British Open success of last year:  the 26-year-old from Harrogate reached the final for the first time – as fifth seed – and has the same seeding this year. 

But the world No6 has a tough early encounter – against fellow countrywoman Tania Bailey, the former world No4 and 2002 runner-up who will be making her WISPA Tour comeback in Manchester after undergoing knee surgery in April.

Schoor gets British Open Wildcard

German player Jens Schoor has been awarded the Wildcard for this year's British Open Championships which will be staged in Manchester from the 8th September.

The announcement is not only significant in the history of the British Open, widely regarded as the 'Wimbledon of Squash', but also represents the first instance in the professional era that a non-National has ever been appointed as a Wildcard for a major World Tour event.

Having earlier announced that this year's championship will 'fly in the face of the worldwide recession', event promoter Paul Walters explained:

"Sometimes extreme circumstances require radical action and I can assure everyone with an interest in the sport that our decision to award Jens Schoor the Wildcard for this year's British Open has been taken after careful consideration and without question represents the best interests of not only the championships, but also the players, our sponsors and partners as well as the sport in general."


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