WHAT A YEAR ...
+ What were Nicol & Nick up to in 2013?

by Framboise Gommendy


January: Diego Elias becomes the first ever Peruvian BJO Champion

JANUARY

British Junior :

U19: Fares Dessouki & Emily Whitlock

World Series Finals :

Amr Shabana & Nicol David

ToC

Ramy Ashour & Natalie Grinham

Greenwhich

Nour el Sherbini

Motor City

Amr Shabana

Swedish :

Grégory Gaultier

Fram's Corner January



A good start of the year for Nick, as he reaches the final of the World Series Finals at Queen. He bows to a stunning Godfather, hungry and fit, Shabana, in a format that suits the Egyptian to a T (best of 3 then only the final in 5).

He then reaches the semis of the TOC, and loses a huge battle against Greg, 94m for only 4 games. He will lose again against the Frenchman in the Sweden final, three games, but again, pretty fierce battle, 72m.


15-Jan: Nick Matthew at the KC Stadium, watching football where the British Open was to be held in May...

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Article New Yorker                              The Star     


BBC



CNN

A victory in the World Series for Nicol, then  relentless travels and interviews to spread the Olympic Word....


February: Alison Waters 13-11 in the fifth for her 3rd National title

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FEBRUARY

UK Nationals
Nick Matthew (5x) & Alison Waters (3x)


French Junior
U19: Ritchie Fallows & Lucy Beecroft


North American Open
Ramy Ashour

For Nicol, trouble starts early in February when she loses in Cleveland final against Raneem for the second time in her career. She still carries the Squash Olympic Torch, and meets with Roger....

Meanwhile Nick is in action a few days later in Manchester, and clinches his 5th National title against James who never seemed able to threaten his compatriot in that one, less than 50m.

He goes on with the momentum to beat Greg in the semis of Richmond in just a little more than an hour, but falls against Ramy in the final in 4.



 

MARCH

Kuwait Cup
Ramy Ashour

Canary Wharf
James Willstrop

Kuala Lumpur
Laura Massaro & Karim Darwish

March doesn't get much better for Queen Nicol. Another defeat, this time in the semis against Laura Massaro, her 4th against the English lady.

Malaysian Press is starting to think their champion's involvement in the Olympics is starting to show in her game...

Nick is also having a bad time. Having lost a bit of his  hunger, and not in the best of spirit, he can't find the mental and physical energy to beat a Daryl "en pleine progression", in an ascendant phase that will lead him to have his best season ever. Nick is not happy.

And it carries on against another of his best mates, Peter Barker. Nick has got to accept defeat, in 4 games, and 70m. And he is less and less happy.
 

 Fram's Corner Feb/March



Nicol David dismissed claims her tireless campaigning for squash's inclusion in the Olympic Games has had an effect on her performance on the squash court....

Nolan Gaultier

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BBC



World number two Nick Matthew insists squash are still the underdogs to be included in the Olympic Games programme in 2020.

 

APRIL - MAY

Grasshopper
Alister Walker

Irish Open
Wan Adnan & Madeline Perry

European Teams
England & England

Jersey Classic
Chris Simpson

British Open
Ramy Ashour & Laura Massaro

May doesn't really get much better for our two champions....

After the shock of the tournament - retired French Guv Thierry beating a not too sharp James in 5 - Nick has yet to bow in another battle against Greg, only three games, but 82m!

And it won't get better in the semis of the British a few days later, in Hull, where although Nick takes the first game, he still loses in 4 and 70m. Unhappy doesn't start to describe Nick's state of mind...

And Nicol, well, she suffers yet another defeat, the second consecutive, and the 5th against Laura. The English Lady was at the top of her game, sharp and decisive, in front of her home crowd, and Nicol, well, just couldn't find her usual weapons.

The Malaysian Press went... well... you imagine...