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London Open 2014
25-30 Nov, England, $15k+$5k
30-Nov, Finals:
Wagih and Adel in Egyptian Double

It was all Egyptian day here at London Open Squash Championship 2014 final. It was a pack crowed here at Cumberland L.T. and Squash club with lots of English supporters.

The first match was Women’s $5,000 final between Yathreb Adel from Egypt and Nele Gilis from Belgium, Yathreb went on court with full confident where Nele looked bit tired after yesterday long match with Millie Tomlinson.

Nele lost the first game 11-1 but in second and third Nele fought well and went close scores with Yathreb but she couldn’t end it and Yathreb win the match and first time London Open 3-0 in 40 mins.

The next match was PSA $15,000 between Charles Sharpes from England and Andrew Wagih from Egypt. Charles played very well in the first two games, but Andrew was quite strong for him and won 11-7, 12-10.

In the third Charles looked tired and couldn't kept the rallies with Andrew like he did yesterday with Joe Lee and lost the game and match 11-5 (3-0) in 33 Mins.

Yathreb said: “I was very happy to win the London Open for the first time. I thank you all who support me through out the tournament and will come back again next year to repeat the same thing.

"I would like to say thanks to the sponsors of the tournament, and the tournament director Zubair who worked really hard in the tournament.

Andrew said: “ First of all i would like to Thanks everyone here who turn up and support the game. I have been playing London Open from last 3 years, but unfortunately I have been injured even in this tournament I had a lower back and hamstring problem. But thanks God I managed some how got to the final and won.

"Charles is a very good squash player we have played many times and we always have a good game, Thank you Charles for playing a great match today and good luck for the rest.

"I would like to thanks the sponsors and Zubair for doing a great job in the tournament and hope to see you next year again. Thank you.

Draw & Results

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London Open 2014
25-30 Nov, England, $15k
Round One
27 Nov 
28 Nov
29 Nov
30 Nov
[1] Joe Lee (Eng)
11/4, 11/0, 11/7 (37m)
Aqueel Rehman (Aut)
[1] Joe Lee
11/7, 11/7, 11/7 (33m)
[6] Jens Schoor
[1] Joe Lee

4/11, 11/5, 12/10, 6/11, 11/6 (75m)

[5] Charles Sharpes

[5] Charles Sharpes


11/7, 12/10, 11/5 (33m)


[7] Andrew Wagih

[6] Jens Schoor (Ger)
11/6, 12/10, 11/2 (33m)
[Q] Lyell Fuller (Eng)
[5] Charles Sharpes (Eng)
11/6, 11/5, 11/7 (40m)
[Q] Benjamin Fischer (Sui)
[5] Charles Sharpes
11/9, 10/12, 11/6, 11/9 (67m)
[Q] Karim El Hammamy
[4] Kristian Frost (Den)
 5/11, 11/8, 11/9, 12/10 (88m)
[Q] Karim El Hammamy (Egy)
[wc] Tom Ford (Eng)
9/11, 11/7, 11/13, 11/3, 11/6 (80m)
[3] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
Tom Ford
11/6, 13/11, 11/6 (45m)
[7] Andrew Wagih
[7] Andrew Wagih

11/7, 11/9, 7/11, 11/4 (44m)

Richie Fallows

[Q] Ben Ford (Eng)
11/4,11/8, 11/8 (45m)
[7] Andrew Wagih (Egy)
Ben Coleman (Eng)
11/5, 11/7, 11/5 (40m)
Richie Fallows (Eng)
Richie Fallows
 11/3, 7/11, 11/9, 12/10 (75m)
[2] Alan Clyne
Declan James (Eng)
6/11, 11/4, 11/4, 11/0 (55m)
[2] Alan Clyne (Sco)

26-Nov, Qualifying Finals:

Benjamin Fischer (Sui) 3-1 Jamie Henderson (Sco) 11/4, 11/5, 8/11, 11/3 (47m)
Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 3-1 Claudio Pinto (Por)   3/11, 11/9, 11/6, 11/5 (55m)
Lyell Fuller (Eng) 3-0 Joe Green (Eng)                             11/9, 11/5, 11/6 (35m)
Ben Ford (Eng) 3-0 Richard Williams (Eng)                        11/9, 11/6, 11/6 (35m)

25-Nov, Qualifying Round One:

Lyell Fuller (Eng) 3-1 Rui Soares (Por)                       11/4, 4/11, 11/8, 11/5 (40m)
Joe Green (Eng) 3-0 Haseeb Guil (Pak)                              11/3, 11/5, 11/8 (30m)
Jamie Henserson (Sco) 3-2 Sam Ellis (Eng)       7/11, 8/11, 11/4, 11/2, 11/3  (45m)
Benjamin Fischer (Sui) 3-1 Phil Nightingale (Eng)       11/8, 11/4, 11/13, 11/2 (45m)
Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 3-0 Patrick Rooney (Eng)             11/7, 11/7, 11/7 (33m)
Claudio Pinto (Por) 3-2 James Bamber (Eng)      9/11, 11/9, 11/4, 7/11, 11/5 (56m)
Richard Williams (Eng) 3-2 Anthony Brindle (Gib) 11/5, 8/11, 11/5, 7/11, 11/9 (73m)
Ben Ford (Eng) 3-1 Mike Harris (Eng)                       7/11, 13/11, 11/9, 15/13 (90m)
London Open 2014
25-30 Nov, England, $5k
Round One
27 Nov 
28 Nov
29 Nov
30 Nov
[1] Thaisa Serafini (Bra)
12/10, 15/13, 11/5 (45m)
Jessica Davis (Eng)
Jessica Davis
11/5 11/9, 11/2 (20m)
[7] Leonie Holt
[7] Leonie Holt

 11/3, 11/2, 11/8 (20m)

[3] Yathreb Adel
[3] Yathreb Adel


11/1, 11/8, 11/9 (40m)


[4] Nele Gilis

[7] Leonie Holt (Eng)
11/5, 11/7, 11/4 (27m)
Ekaterina Marusan (Rus)
[5] Linda Hruzikova (Svk)
12/10, 11/9, 10/12, 8/11, 11/9 (76m)
Alison Thomson (Eng)
[5] Linda Hruzikova
11/9, 11/5, 11/5 (29m)
[3] Yathreb Adel
[3] Yathreb Adel (Egy)
11/9, 11/1, 11/6 (30m)
[Q] Tessa ter Sluis (Ned)
Taylor Flavell (Aus)
11/6, 8/11, 11/6, 11/4 (45m)
[4] Nele Gilis (Bel)
[4] Nele Gilis
 11/2, 11/1, 11/5 (24m)
[6] Georgina Kennedy
[4] Nele Gilis

 7/11, 11/6, 10/12, 11/9, 11/4 (68m)

Millie Tomlinson

[Q] Camille Lanier (Usa)
11/6, 11/5, 11/4 (25m)
[6] Georgina Kennedy (Eng)
Millie Tomlinson (Eng)
11/3, 11/5, 11/3 (30m)
[8] Roxanna Keshavarz (Eng)
Millie Tomlinson
11/7,11/7, 11/8 (36m)
[1] Tamika Saxby
[Q] Marina De Juan Gallach (Esp)
11/4, 11/3, 11/9 (33m)
[1] Tamika Saxby (Aus)

26-Nov, Qualifying Finals, from 17.00:

Camille Lanier (Usa) 3-0 Stephanie Walton (Eng)         11/2, 11/3, 11/6. (20m)
Tessa ter Sluis (Ned) 3-0 Emma Custance Baker (Eng)
11/5, 11/3, 11/8 (30m)
Marina De Juan Gallach (Esp) 3-0 Kate Russell (Eng) 
 11/1, 11/6, 11/2 (18m)

29-Nov, Semis:
Sharpes downs top seed Lee as
English bow out in women's semis

Lee Horton reports

Londoner Charles Sharpes called on mind-power to book his place in today’s $15k PSA London Open at the Cumberland Club. The 22 year old world number 73 upset the form book and club mate Joe Lee defeating the number one seed to book a final showdown with Egypt’s Andrew Wagih.

Sharpes had never previously taken a game against Lee in their two PSA encounters but he was running high on confidence and in his usual forceful mood.

Lee took the first game 11-4 but the 22-year-old Sharpes raised the tempo and the temperature to graft his way to a 2-1 lead. The verbals matched the endeavour but they were always the right side of respect and honesty.

The third game prove pivotal and costly for Lee. He lead 10-7 but was unable to close the game out with Sharpes producing a spectacular air-borne cross-court nick to take the game 12-10.

Lee responded in the fourth slowing the game upsetting Sharpes’ timing and tempo in the process. The world number 33 took the game 11-6 and most observers would have gone with him to close out the match in the decider.

But Sharpes in made of gritty stuff and he quickly stamped his authority on a tiring Lee. Sharpes led 6-1 and 8-4 before sealing the deal 11-6 to secure his first victory over his St George’s training partner.

Afterwards, Sharpes said: ”. Joey has bossed our previous two PSA matches but I went into the match feeling confident. That’s no disrespect to him, but I knew I was feeling good and playing well. I need to take that mindset into the final.”

Hopes of an all-London final were ended whenseventh seeded Egyptian Wagih took out 19 year old Richie Fallows in a high-octane, bad tempered semi-final that bordered on the farcical at times. If lets were pounds, both players would have enough money to retire. Fallows will have to take comfort from his early round wins over Ben Coleman and second seed Alan Clyne.

English hopes in the women’s $5k event were dashed when Millie Tomlinson and Leonie Holt were beaten.

World Student champion Tomlinson from Derbyshire fought bravely in five gripping games against Belgium world number 81 Nele Gilis who used her added experience to claw over the line. She will face Egyptian Yathreb Adel whose 3-0 victory went with the pre-match predictions despite a brave display from Holt.

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28-Nov, Quarter-Finals
Obaid Khan reports

A great quarter final day with a packed crowd and lots of English supporters.

The first match was played between Yathreb Adel from Egypt and Linda Hruzikiva from Slovakia. Yathreb looked very confident from the start of the game getting to a 7-3 lead but Linda never gave up and came back strongly to a 8-7 lead. Yathreb got her confidence back and in the end won the first 11-9. In the second game Yathreb came out more strongly and won it 11/5, following up with a third in similar style 11/5 to win the match 3-0.

The second match was between Charles Sharpes from England and the qualifier Karim El Hammamy from Egypt. The start was tense with lots of let's and pushing in the first game. Charles went up 9-4 before Karim came back, making it 9-9. A long rally ensued with neither wanting to make a mistake - Charles eventually found space to hit the ball into the right hand nick and Karim then gave away a stroke enabling Charles to win it 11-9.

Lots of jostling for the T and lets/ strokes in the second game with Charles reaching 9-4 before Karim made another surge, coming back to win the game 12-10 and tie the game to 1-1. Charles came back strongly to win the third 11-6 and started the foruth very well taking a 5-0 and then 7-3 lead. Yet again Karim came back to 8-8 but with nothing more left in the tank, Charles took advantage to win the match 3-1.

The third match was between Georgina Kennedy from England and Nele Gilis from Belgium. Nele dominated from the start till the end, beating Georgina 3-0 in just 25 mins.

Andrew Wagih from Egypt and wild card Tom Ford played next, after Tom upset the third seed yesterday. Andrew controlled the first game winning 11-6 but in the second, Tom got more settled with longer rallies and lost narrowly 13-11. With both players feeling the effects of the 2nd, there were lots of lets in a close third game. Andrew stepped up the pace from mid-game and eventually closed the match out 11-6 in 45 mins.

Two English players, Leonie Holt and Jessica Davis played next. Both started well but it soon became evident that Jessica was still struggling from her twisted ankle from yesterday - Leonie took the first 11-5. In the second, Jessica fought well for the first six points and lost narrowly 11-9. Leonie took advantage in the third, knowing Jessica was struggling and won 11-2 to win the match 3-0 in 20 mins.

The third men's match featured top seed, English Joe Lee and German Jens Schoor. The match was played in great spirit with all three games going point for point up to 7/7. Joe's class shone through in the end of each, winning 3-0 - 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 in 33 mins.

Following straight on was the highly anticipated match between 2nd seed Alan Clyne from Scotland and Richie Fellows from England. In the first game Richie started very well, putting Alan under a lot of pressure and winning 11-3. The second game started with long rallies with lot's of volleys and drops. Alan then produced his plan B putting more pace in his shots and took a four points lead to 8-4, with many mistakes coming of Richie's racket. But Richie never gave up, fighting n the points and closed the gap to 7-8. Rushing to win the next crucial point, Richie hit the ball into the tin and eventually lost the game 11-7. In the third, Alan kept his plan B going putting Richie under pressure for the first 5 points with long rallies. Richie managed to keep up though and took a 6-4 lead.

A few intense rallies followed with Richie going for winners and SPEEDY Alan retrieving extremely well. After a few long rallies with lots of lets, Richie found himself up 8-5 and then 10-8. Alan fought back and and at 10-9, Richie rolled a backhand nick, winning 11-9 and taking a 2-1 lead in games. That gave Richie confidence in the fourth starting strongly to a 6-3 lead. Alan used his experience, cooly catching up to 6-6 but then Richie smashed a nick into the forehand and soon found himself up 9-7. 2 points away from winning the match, Richie rushed to win it but ended up making 3 mistakes and Alan went ahead 10-9. Richie then got back his early composure hitting a fantastic forehand volley to make it 10-10 before winning the crucial next point. After a long rally, Richie pounced on a loose back hand volley and hit it straight into the cross court nick to win the match 3-1 in 75 minutes.

The last match of the evening featured in women’s English player Millie Tomlinson beat Australian Tamika Saxby in 36 Mins. Tamika started very well in the first game with 3-0 but Millie found a gap and took a lead to 7-4, later in the game Tamika started an argument with referee over Millie for pushing her which Millie thought she is the one who is not clearing the way after she play the shot.

Referee of the match was Obaid Khan (ME) tried not to make this match mess and settle both of them down and cary on with the game. But Tamika stayed the same with her slow movement gave out so many lets and strokes, at the end Millie took the first game 11-7. In the second again Tamika started strongly but yet again Millie went stronger and stronger by keeping the ball tight on to the side-walls where Tamika struggle to take it out and lost the game 11-7. In the third it was quit close again with lots of pushing and asking for lets, both players fight well to win the game but Millie start thinking to get her out of her way and get the shots on to the front drops which she got it and won the match 3-0.

It was a great day of squash with a very appreciative crowd backing the players. There are 4 fantastic semi finals on Saturday so if you are in London, come down and watch the action up close - the club is only a 5 minute walk from West Hampstead and Finchley road stations.

Obaid Khan

27-Nov, Round ONE:
Obaid Safi reports

So here we are at the first round of the London Open Squash Championship 2014 at Cumberland L.T.C and Squash club in London.

Their were many great squash matches played today - the first match in PSA was between Charles Sharpes from England who played the qualifier Benjamin Fischer from Switzerland, and Charles won it quit comfortably 3-0.

Follow on the match was between Karim El Hamammy from Egypt and Kristian Frost from Denmark, this match was a bit of fighting game between players and referee.

They argued a lot with ref about decisions, there was a lot of pushing and eye to eye contact between players which was settled down by Zubair after Karim was pushed from the back very badly on court from which he injured himself. In the end Karim won it 3-1.

The next match was another great squash where the 3rd seed Karim Ali Fathi from Egypt was upset by the young English wild card player of the tournament, Tom Ford beat him 3-2.

Next match was between Andrew Wagih from Egypt and Ben Ford, Andrew won it quit easily 3-0, possibly because Ben had two hard matches in Qualifying round and he had nothing left in a tank.

Another match was between two young and talented English squash players Richie Fellows and Ben Coleman. Ben started quite well in the first game but then Richie got settled after 5 points and won it 3-0.

Big match to watch between 2nd seed Alan Clyne from Scotland and Declan James from England, there were some long rallies in the first game which Declan won 11/6, then it was all about the stamina which Alan had and he won the last three games easily.

Second last match was top seed Joe Lee from England who beat Aqeel Rehman From Austria 3-0.

The last match went well between another young English qualifier Lyell Fuller who played German Jens Schoor. Jens was too strong for young Lyell  and beat him 3 games to 0.

In the WSA event the first match, Yathreb Adel from Egypt won it quite comfortably 3-0.

Then the next match was quite long, 90 mins between Linda Hruzikova from Slovakia who beat young English Alison Thomson 3-2. The first game was quite close which Alison was leading 8-5 and lost 12-10, second was the same which Linda took it for a 2-0 lead, 11-9.

In the third game Alison came back strongly and won it 12-10 and then 11-8 in the fourth to make it 2-2. The last game was nail biting where Linda was leading 10-5 with 5 match points but Alison wasn’t giving up and came back to 9-10, but Linda kept her mind cool and won the match 11-9.

Next Match was quite good between Georgina Kennedy from England who beat the qualifier from USA Camille Lainer 3-0.

Nele Gilis from Belgium was quite impressive as she beat Taylor Flavell from Australia 3-1.

Fourth last match of the day was between two English girls Millie Tomlinson and Roxana Keshavarz, where Millie won it quite easily 3-0.

Next match was good to watch, as Tamika Saxby from Australia beat Marine De Juan from Spain 3-0.

Another match was really good to watch was between Jessica Davis from England and Thaisa Serafini from Brazil, the top seed.

The first two games were quite close and went to tie breaks with both games won by Jessica 12/10, 15/13. In the third game Jessica twisted her ankle at 5/5 and she needed to be treated for that. After 3 Mins injury time she went back on and won it 11/5 to finish the match 3-0.

The last match of the day was between Leonie Holt from England and Ekaterina Marusan from Russia, which Holt won 3-0. 

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