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FASSP St Luke's Open 2009
20-24 May, New Canaan, Usa, $8k+$6k
Sponsors: Calypso Capital Management, Fairfield County Laser Vision
  

24-May, Finals:
Cuskelly & Ranieri win in New Canaan
Luke Butterworth reports

Today's finals were very exciting matches and in the men's it was Australian Ryan Cuskelly who took our Shahid Zaman in four games.

The first game finished up 17-15 in Shahid's favour was so intense, with lots of lets, lots of great long rallies with a expert finishing touch on some rallies from Shahid and great deception from Cuskelly in others. As the match went on it was Cuskelly who came through victorious showing great concentration to win the St Lukes title.

The wispa final was won by Miranda Ranieri who played very controlled and confident as she has done in each of her matches throughout the tournament, against Victoria Lust who looked a little flat footed throughout the match and couldn't find much rhythm as Miranda was on top of her game to win in four games.

Tournament director Kumail Mehmood wanted to mention a special thanks to all the sponsors and families who helped make this first event possible. Thanks to the players for providing great squash and played in a great manner for all to watch. the fassp team are excited for next year to be bigger and better and hope all that has been done with world squash day across the globe helps push squash into the olympics.
  

FASSP St Luke's Open 2009
20-24 May, New Canaan, Usa, $8k
Sponsors: Calypso Capital Management, Fairfield County Laser Vision
  
Round One
21 May
Quarters
22 May
Semis
23 May
Final
24 May
[1] Stephane Galifi (Fra)
11/4 11/8 15/13
Alan Clyne (Sco)
Alan Clyne
11/8 9/11 7/11 11/4 11/6
[6] Bernardo Samper
Alan Clyne

11/6 11/13 11/8 11/5

[3] Shahid Zaman

[3] Shahid Zaman

15-17 11/9 11/3 11/9

[2] Ryan Cuskelly

[6] Bernardo Samper (Col)
11/8 11/8 13/11
Joshua Greenfield (Nzl)
[3] Shahid Zaman (Pak)
13/11 11/5 12/10
[Q] Erik Tepos (Mex)
[3] Shahid Zaman
8/11 11/8 8/11 11/8 11/8
[8] Arshad Iqbal Burki
[8] Arshad Iqbal Burki (Pak)
11/6 11/9 11/7
[Q] Lekgotla Mosope (Bot)
Patrick Chifunda (Zam)
11/9 7/11 11/7 11/8
[5] Dick Lau (Hkg)
Patrick Chifunda
11/9 4/11 11/6 9/11 11/7
[4] Rafael Alarcon
Patrick Chifunda

11/9 11/7 11/8

[2] Ryan Cuskelly

[Q] Ryan Thompson (Nam)
11/9 11/8 13/11
[4] Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
Max Lee (Hkg)
5/11 12/10 12/14 11/9 11/9
[7] Amr Mansi (Egy)
Max Lee
11/9 11/6 11/5
[2] Ryan Cuskelly
[Q] Mazen Gamal (Egy)
11/9 11/7 9/11 11/4
[2] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
  
FASSP St Luke's Open 2009
20-24 May, New Canaan, Usa, $6k
Sponsors: Calypso Capital Management, Fairfield County Laser Vision
 
Round One
23 May
Quarters
23 May
Semis
24 May
Final
24 May
[1] Latasha Khan (Usa)
11/2 11/5 11/5
Nayelly Hernandez (Mex)
[1] Latasha Khan
11/5 11/5 11/5
[Q] Graciela Lopez
[1] Latasha Khan

6/11 11/5 8/11 11/8 11/7

[4] Miranda Ranieri

[4] Miranda Ranieri

11/6 7/11 13/11 11/1

[2] Victoria Lust

[5] Leonie Holt (Eng)
8/11 11/7 11/8 13/11
[Q] Graciela Lopez
[4] Miranda Ranieri (Can)
11/5 11/8 12/10
Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
[4] Miranda Ranieri
12/10 11/4 11/9
[6] Thaisa Serafini
[6] Thaisa Serafini (Bra)
11/3 11/3 11/4
Belkys Magaly Velez (Ecu)
Anna Detter (Swe)
11/9 11/9 11/8
[8] Tatiana Borges (Bra)
[8] Tatiana Borges
11/4 11/4 11/0
[3] Alexanda Norman
[3] Alexanda Norman

12/10 11/7 5/11 11/9

[2] Victoria Lust

Karina Heredia Gonzalez (Mex)
11/4 11/3 11/1
[3] Alexanda Norman (Eng)
Imelda Salazar Martinez (Mex)
11/5 11/6 11/2
[7] Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
[7] Olivia Blatchford
11/6 13/11 6/11 8/11 11/4
[2] Victoria Lust
[Q] Maria Elena Ubina
11/8 11/6 11/4
[2] Victoria Lust (Eng)

Qualifying:
Maria Elena Ubina bt Katja Amir                 14/12, 9/11, 11/9, 11/6
Graciela Lopez bt Georgia Blatchford          11/3, 11/3, 11/4

Maria Elena: I've been training really hard for this tournament with Kumail and the Fassp team and I am so happy to qualify for my first wispa tournament. The early morning training has paid off and now its back to school for the day but very excited to play tomorrow.

Katja: She played very well and she is surprisingly strong for her size.

Garciela: I'm happy to be here in St Lukes and happy to win.

23-May:
Seeds prosper
in
New Canaan
Luke Butterworth reports

A great day in New Canaan was kicked off by two junior fassp players in their first round matches, with Maria Elena Ubina taking on number 2 seed Victoria Lust in a very close encounter with lust coming out victorious.

Maria Elena played very well in her first wispa event and was very happy with the experience of playing the tournament under the guidance of Kumail who was running around in between both courts as Olivia Blatchford, one of the top us senior/junior players, was on the adjacent court awaiting Kumail's instruction also as she battled for a place in the quarter final. Olivia played well and took a comfortable victory in three against Imelda Ialazar, the spirited mexican. No major upsets today in the wispa but some very hard fought matches.

In the wispa quarter finals we had three straightforward wins, for Latasha Khan, who beat qualifier Graciela Lopez, also Miranda Ranieri had a tough game but won in three against Thaisa Serafini, and it was Alexandra Norman who took out brazilian Tatiana Borges to reach the semis. Match of the night in the wispa was between Lust and home player Blatchford, supported by her crowd fighting her way back from two love down to level the match at two-all but unfortunately for her didn't have the legs to upset Lust, who meets Norman in the semis.

The men's semi finals were intense. First up was Shahid Zaman and Alan Clyne, who battled hard for the final spot. First two games very close with some excellent rallies and skills enjoyed by all. Towards the end it became a little bit scrappy with the tiredness of the players maybe, but it was Shahid who came through to take himself to the final.

Ryan Cuskelly then confirmed his place in the final by defeating Patrick Chifunda in three tough games, Ryan showing that he is growing in confidence throughout this tournament and its all set up now for a great final tomorrow.
  


Semi-Finals Video

ALSO IT WAS WORLD SQUASH DAY TODAY AND THE FASSP TEAM WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL MEMBERS AND PROS WHO JOINED IN OUR PRO-AM TOURNAMENT

ITS GREAT FOR EVERYONE TO GET INVOLVED AND BEHIND THE 2016 CAMPAIGN.

Men's Quarter-Finals:
22-May:
Clyne carries on in New Canaan
Luke Butterworth reports

After the wispa qualifying arrived the men's quarter finals with some excellent matches.

Shahid Zaman of Pakistan took out his compatriot Arshad Iqbal Burki in five very intense games with lots of tricks, nicks, dives, appeals and even prayers for lets!

Then the Colombian Bernardo Samper was taken right to the end by Alan Clyne who once again fought hard to claim victory in five games. Rafael Alarcon fell to fellow veteran Patrick Chifunda on the battlefield in 5 games which was a pleasure for everyone who watched the match.

And finally Ryan Cuskelly cruised through against Max Lee, whose legs unfortunately were feeling the affects of yesterday's marathon.
  


Quarter-Finals Video

Men's Draw

Women's Draw

 

ALAN CLYNE BEAT BERNARDO SAMPER  11/8 9/11 7/11 11/4 11/6

alan: im happy to rely on my plan b when things arent going so well. he was deadly when i gave him space so i had to keep him under pressure and in the end im got through. happy as larry.

bernardo: he was fitter today but in general i am gettin back into training now after marriage and a little break from squash so im happy that i will be fitter in the future.

SHAHID ZAMAN BEAT ARSHAD IQBAL BURKI  8/11 11/8 8/11 11/8 11/8

shahid: i am really thankful to Allah who gave me success to reach the semi finals and thank you so much to burki who ive been training with in the past few weeks, its really helped me but today was a great match. also thanks to my brothers who have supported me.

burki: that was a fantastic match for everyone who watched and it always is when me and shahid play. i relaxed a little when i was 2-1 up and that was when shahid started to play very well. all credit to shahid i wish my friend good luck for the next match.

PATRICK CHIFUNDA BEAT RAFAEL ALARCON 11/9 4/11 11/6 9/11 11/7
rafa: we went to battle he won this time... next time i will bring my army.

patrick: very happy very tired.

RYAN CUSKELLY BEAT MAX LEE  11/9 11/6 11/5

ryan: im starting to feel more and more confident and gettin used to the courts. happy to get through this one, his legs must have been heavy from yesterday so i put him under as much pressure as possible and it paid off.

max: my legs are so heavy.....so heavy.

Round ONE: Clyne too hot for Galifi
Luke Butterworth reports

Another fantastic day for the weather in New Canan. Very warm start to the day with Alan Clyne causing a major upset by taking out the top seed Galifi. The matches got off to a great start, very competitive and good for the audience watching. More Wispa players arriving, Tatiana Borges arrived and it's all getting going at St Lukes now!
 
ALAN CLYNE BEAT STEPHANE GALIFI
11/4 11/8 15/13


Alan: "I'd like to thank my coaches for giving me a gameplan that I actually stuck to.....FOR ONCE!

Stephane: He was much much better than me today, he made me very happy to go home.

BERNARDO SAMPER BEAT JOSH GREENFIELD
11/8 11/8 13/11


Bernardo: being the first match of the tournament I was kind of nervous especially because I recently got married and haven't played for three weeks, but I'm happy I played well and looking forward to the next one.

Josh: Couldn't get into it today and maybe I could have relaxed if I'd won the third, but he played well to win it.

SHAHID ZAMAN BEAT ERIK TEPOS
13/11 11/5 12/10


Shahid: Here I am, stress free happy man, I love the game and today I am thankful to my brothers, Wahid, Shajil and Zahid. Let's see how tomorrow goes.

Erik: I couldn't read him, his shots were very good, he controlled most of the game but I could have done better.

ARSHAD IQBAL BURKI BEAT LEKGOTLA MOSOPE
11/6 11/9 11/7


Arshad: Two months training here, I have been working hard on all aspects of my game with Kumail and today I took good leads in the game but then relaxed a little too much. Tomorrow I will not do this. Hopefully my success continues.

Lekgotla: Good experience for me and it was a good game. Happy with the tournament but today I thought I could have played a little better.
  
PATRICK CHIFUNDA BEAT DICK LAU
11/9 7/11 11/7 11/8


Patrick: Close rallies and I went attacking and tried to play short moving him, and it worked today.

Dick: I feel very jetlagged and slow today...not my day.

RAFAEL ALARCON BEAT RYAN THOMPSON
11/9 11/8 13/11


Rafaa: Good start to the tournament. I had no confidence coming into this tournament but I'm looking forward to the old man's game tomorrow with Patrick. The veterans will go to battle.

Ryan:
Unlucky in the 1st and 3rd and a few silly mistakes in the second lost me it. Overall happy with the tournament, I made a good account of myself here.

RYAN CUSKELLY BEAT MAZEN GAMAL
11/9 11/7 9/11 11/4


Ryan: Felt a little flat today and he's a big guy with very good shots so had to pick my self up and get on my toes, feeling good for the tournament tho'.

Mazen: Too many cramps!

MAX LEE BEAT AMR MANSI
5/11 12/10 12/14 11/9 11/9


Max: I'm very tired now, such a long match. I tried to play a lot to his backhand as it was weaker than his very good forehand .... I'm very happy with the win.

Amr: No comment.
   
20-May:
Qualifying complete
in New Canaan

Luke Butterworth reports

Welcome to the FASSP St Luke's squash open in New Canaan, ct USA. This is the first time there has been a professional tournament in the area and we are proud to welcome all the players involved.

The tournament is at the St Luke's school which has excellent squash playing facilities with Kumail Mehmood heading a squash program there with the school teams and other juniors who are part of a growing program here in Connecticut.

The FASSP squash program is also based at Sportsplex in Stamford and the FASSP team are looking forward to an exciting week of squash for all to enjoy.

The tournament got off to a great start with 7 exciting matches on day one, and four qualifying finals on day two ...
 

Men's Draw

Women's Draw


St Luke's Members


20-May, Qualifying Finals:

Qualifying finals day and the weather outside is great with the sun shining and warm weather, Dick Lau making the most of it by sun tanning himself out of the football field. First girl to arrive Anna Detter is around getting ready for the wispa event.

Matches today were exciting for the people who attended and stayed inside to watch despite the weather!


MAZEN GAMAL BEAT LEFIKA RAGONTSE
        11/1 11/7 11/6

mazen:
'I love squashsite!' Today I was trying to find my rhythm after a while away from matches, hopefully I will play better tomorrow and end the season on a good note!

lefika:
He was fresh and came out at 100mph attacking and it took me by surprise, he was fitter and faster today, he played well.

ERIK TEPOS BEAT BEN OLINER
      5/11 11/8 11/4 11/5

erik:
At the start he played pretty well and he controlled the game, after the first I started to concentrate on controlling the T and in the end I played well to win... VAMOS MEXICO!!!

ben:
I played him before and he just kept running today. I wanted to mix it up holding him and changing the pace. In the end parts were good, parts were terrible, but I'm pretty pleased with my performance.

LEKGOTLA MOSOPE BEAT GRAHAM BASSETT
         12/10 11/7 11/5

lekgotla:
I'm very happy with the perfomance, I needed this win. He had a tough match yesterday maybe it got to him in the end, but I'm looking forward to tomorrow!

graham:
Wasn't on form like I was yesterday - no volleys, wasn't very tight and he played well.. good luck to him.

RYAN THOMPSON BEAT KEITH PRITCHARD
       11/6 11/8 9/11 11/4

ryan:
Played well in first two games some, silly tins in the third but worked hard in fourth to finish it and now I'm looking forward to playing Rafael.

keith:
NOT a grrrrrrrrrreat performance.

Qualifying Round One:

Mazen Gamal   BYE
mazen: good bye!

LEFIKA RAGONTSE BEAT LUKE BUTTERWORTH   11/13 11/5 3/11 11/8 11/8

lefika:
''I thought that I got into Luke's head and frustrated him a little, I tried to slow it down and wait for him to get impatient. Overall it was a good match happy to be through.''

luke:
''I've been training here in Stamford with Mauricio and Kumail and it's great atmosphere here so far I'm enjoying everything. I had nothing to lose today and unfortunately lost a little concentration at the start of fourth. He played well, some tricky shots, but overall good game. I played well but little frustrating to lose that one.''

ERIK TEPOS BEAT MAURICIO DASSO   11/5 11/9 9/11 11/3

erik:
''In the first two games I felt confident and comfortable. Mauricio played very well in the 3rd, in the fourth I felt he got tired and I played well to finish it.''

mauricio:
''First I played too many mistakes, second he played very well at the important points towards the end, third I played well felt I was in control, and in the fourth I was starting to get tired and he kept consistent and played well to finish.''

BENJAMIN OLINER BEAT JOE MILLMAN   11/9 11/7 11/2

ben:
"I played grrrrrrrrrrrreat."

joe:
''Ben played well and he was more consistent than me today.''

LEKGOTLA MOSOPE BEAT ANDY LEAROYD  
    11/4 11/4 11/6

lekgotla:
''Terrific, good game and I enjoyed it, he is a good player with some nice shots. Good game.''

andy:
''Too much coaching not enough squash!''

GRAHAM BASSETT BEAT T.G RAUBENHEIMER
   9/11 11/7 11/8 7/11 11/1

graham:
"First real win, happy....very happy to win! Tired now."

t.g:
"Graham played very well and has been working hard and it paid off for him today."

KEITH PRITCHARD BEAT EHAMEN JOSEPH  11/9 11/9 11/8

keith:
"I had to play slow he was so quick onto the ball. Too many lets throughout the match broke the continuity of the game up. Got through ... onto tomorrow."

Ehamen:
"The court wasn't very good, ball bouncing strange. He is a good player and I didnt start too well, I look forward to coming again."

RYAN THOMPSON BEAT STUART CRAWFORD   11/7 11/4 11/8

ryan:
"A little bit patchy to start with but I made decent starts to second and third and concentrated on giving no cheap points. I thought he was tired or something but hey, a win's a win."

stuart:

"The only positive thing from that match is that I don't have to play squash again for 2 or 3 weeks!!!"

 

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