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Christchurch Vets 2016
26 Apr - 01 May, Ipswich, England, $5k

01-May, Final:

[6] Youssef Soliman
(Egy) 3-1 [5] Mark Fuller (Eng)
                  11/5, 11/5, 9/11, 11/2 (48m)

Soliman makes it two in a row
Alec Livingstone reports

Youssef Soliman continued his impressive start to 2016 with his second PSA title in as many months at the Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open.

Soliman had made steady progress through the draw and came up against an in form Mark Fuller who had not dropped a game in reaching the final.

It always promised to be an intriguing match up between the flair of Soliman and the determined, professional squash of Fuller.

The Egyptian started strongly, settling into the match quickly and attacking at every opportunity. He raced through the first game with some brutal short shots, winning it 11/5.

The second game followed a similar pattern with Soliman pressing his opponent into the front court and then looking to volley the return. At 7-4 Fuller required an injury time out for an ankle complaint but that had little effect and Soliman maintained his composure to win the game 11/5.

The third game was a different story with the Egyptian having an apparent loss of concentration and Fuller taking full advantage, leading throughout the game.

Several times the Englishman sent his opponent the wrong way with deceptive cross course drop shots and despite a late run of points from Soliman, Fuller closed the game out 11/9.

Soliman came out fast and focused in the fourth and was able to stretch his opponent across all four corners of the court before clinically finishing the rallies. He raced through the game taking it 11/2.

Fuller will reflect on a solid event in reaching the final, particularly in light of the strong draw at the start of the week.

“I didn’t feel I did too much wrong, but it was a tough final. Youssef was a level up; he is so quick and so fast I always felt one step behind.”

Soliman on the other hand was the standout player throughout the event and seems destined to reach the highest echelons of the game.

“Now that I’ve started playing PSA events I’m coming up against experienced players and it’s an opportunity for me to learn and improve.”

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Christchurch Vets 2016
26 Apr - 01 May, Ipswich, England, $5k
Round One
28 Apr 
29 Apr
30 Apr
01 May
[1 Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
11/3, 11/7, 11/5 (37m)
Ondrej Uherka (Cze)
[1 Arthur Gaskin

11/3, 11/3, 11/1 (23m)

Patrick Rooney
Patrick Rooney

 11/4, 8/11, 11/6, 11/7 (53m)

[6] Youssef Soliman

[6] Youssef Soliman


11/5, 11/5, 9/11, 11/2 (48m


[5] Mark Fuller

[8] Ben Ford (Eng)
 7/11, 11/8, 14/12, 13/11 (54m
Patrick Rooney (Eng)
[6] Youssef Soliman (Egy)
11/5, 11/6, 11/8 (27m)
[Q] Claudio Pinto (Por)
[6] Youssef Soliman

11/8, 8/11, 12/10, 11/4  (73m)

[3] Dougie Kempsell
[3] Dougie Kempsell (Sco)
11/4, 11/6, 3/11, 11/4 (35m)
Nick Mulvey (Eng)
[Q] Bradley Masters (Eng)
 11/14, 11/5, 11/8, 11/6 (41m)
[4] Matthew Hopkin (Aus)
[4] Matthew Hopkin

11/7, 12/10, 11/7 (45m)

[5] Mark Fuller
[5] Mark Fuller

11/8, 11/5, 11/8 (38m)

[7] Sean Conroy

[Q] Phil Nightingale (Eng)
11/8, 11/8, 11/4 (32m)
[5] Mark Fuller (Eng)
[wc] Robert Dadds (Eng)
 11/9, 11/9, 11/4 (29m)
[7] Sean Conroy (Irl)
[7] Sean Conroy

11/3, 7/11, 11/4, 11/5 (40m)

[Q] Kyle Finch
[Q] Kyle Finch (Eng)
11/8, 11/8, 11/8 (50m
[2] Chris Fuller (Eng)
Qualifying Finals
Phil Nightingale (Eng) 3-2 [1] Julian Tomlinson (Eng) 11/7, 13/11, 7/11, 8/11, 11/8 (61m)
[4] Claudio Pinto (Por) 3-0 Sam Ellis (Eng)                              11/7, 12/10, 11/6 (40m)
[3] Kyle Finch (Eng) 3-2 Joeri Hapers (Bel)             11/7, 10/12, 9/11, 11/6, 11/5 (67m)
Bradley Masters (Eng) 3-0 Owain Taylor (Wal)                         11/5, 11/4, 11/7 (50m)

Qualifying Round One
[1] Julian Tomlinson (Eng) 3-0 Varun Johnny (Ind)            11/0, 11/1, 11/1 (13m)
[6] Phil Nightingale (Eng) 3-0 Ben Turmel (Eng)                11/9, 11/6, 11/7 (28m)
[8] Sam Ellis (Eng) 3-0 Joshua Turmel (Eng)                    11/7, 11/7, 11/3 (25m)
[4] Claudio Pinto (POR) 3-0 Gary Nisbet (Eng)                 11/4, 11/3, 11/3 (18m)
[3] Kyle Finch (Eng) 3-0 Jamie Goodrich (Eng)                 11/6, 11/9, 11/8 (24m)
[5] Joeri Hapers (Bel) 3-0 Cai Younger (Eng)                    11/8, 11/7, 11/6 (33m)
[7] Bradley Masters (Eng) 3-0 Matthew Broadberry (Eng) 11/9, 11/5, 12/10 (42m)
Owain Taylor (Wal) 3-1 [2] Elliot Selby (Eng)           11/9, 11/7, 7/11, 11/8 (44m)
30-Apr, Semis:
Soliman and Fuller into the final

Saturday saw two excellent semis played in a fine spirit.

Youssef Soliman was the first to book his place in Sunday’s final with a 3-1 win over Patrick Rooney. Soliman took the first with some great attacking play from difficult positions and it looked as if the match could be over quite quickly.

But Rooney has been around long enough not to be flustered and upped the pace to storm into a 6-0 lead in the 2nd and although he was pegged back a bit, the pressure paid off to give him the game and square the match. From that point on though Soliman took control; an elegant, athletic player.

Retrieving well and constantly putting the pressure back on Rooney he eventually ran out a comfortable 3-1 winner.

Joining Soliman in the final will be Mark Fuller who had a straightforward 3-0 win over Sean Conroy. This was a great demonstration to the younger players in the audience of how to win by doing the basics very, very well.

Fuller hit good consistent length, recovered well when he had to and dominated the centre of the court. Conroy ran and ran but it was never going to be enough.

So an exciting final in prospect, the experience and resilience of Fuller versus the dynamic youthfulness of Soliman.
29-Apr, Quarters:
Top four seeds all out in Ipswich

Quarter Finals night in the Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open produced some surprising twists and turns that might even have ramifications that go beyond the event itself with the European Championships looming.

In an earlier round we had already lost the 2nd seed, and tonight we lost the top seed, Arthur Gaskin, with a suspected broken toe when he was clearly struggling against Patrick Rooney who looked sharper than he had against Ben Ford in the last round.

Then we lost the 3rd seed when Scotland’s Douglas Kempsell retired when 2-1 down against Egyptian Youssef Soliman with a cramped hamstring after 73mins on court.

Thankfully the other two pairings produced good, entertaining squash that even managed to see their matches to completion. Mark Fuller was too strong for Australian Matthew Hopkin although Hopkin had staged a bit of a recovery to get to game ball in the second only to lose it with a couple of cheap points and never really threatened again.

And qualifier Kyle Finch’s run finally came to an end against an extremely proficient performance from Sean Conroy. Although it was the end of the tournament for Finch on this occasion, there will undoubtedly be other more successful tournaments in the future.

So as a result of the two retirements and the earlier results the semis are wide open with the loss of all top four seeds. And hopefully the injuries to Gaskin and Kempsell don’t impact on their participation in the Europeans for Ireland and Scotland respectively.
28-Apr, Round One:
Finch and Rooney join seeds in quarters

The first round of the main draw produced a good mix of steady squash, inventive squash, robust squash – with a couple of surprises along the way to thoroughly entertain the Ipswich audience.

Top seed and defending champion Arthur Gaskin had a straightforward win in front of what he still thinks of as a home crowd, although it is a few years since he was Head Pro at the Ipswich Club.

In the quarters he will meet Patrick Rooney who probably had the best squash match of the evening against Ben Ford, dropping the first then finishing with a couple of very close games.

Youssef Soliman of Egypt will meet Scot Douglas Kempsell who played a blinder in the first, fell asleep in the third and still won a reasonably comfortable match. Matthew Hopkin of Australia will meet Mark Fuller in the third quarter and the real surprise of the evening is that Chris Fuller won’t be joining them.

Last year’s runner-up and 2nd seed, Chris went out in straight games in the first match of the evening, beaten by the Wycliffe boy Kyle Finch, the only qualifier to make it to the quarters.

Finch ought to have been a bit tentative against his much more experienced opponent, but certainly didn’t act like it. He showed no inhibition at all to produce attacking, inventive squash and played the high risk shots that, more often than not, came off.

Tomorrow’s audience will be hoping for more of the same against the other Irishman left in the draw, Sean Conroy.
Qualifying complete in Ipswich

The battle for the final qualification slots in the main draw produced some entertaining and closely contested matches.

Phil Nightingale was first man through with an hour long tussle with Julian Tomlinson. Nightingale got the first two games and Tomlinson just had to work too hard to square the match, losing 11-3 in the fifth.

Kyle Finch and Joeri Hapers produced another hugely entertaining 3-2, full of the fast and furious hitting and retrieving the youngsters are renowned for.

It was Hapers who took the early 2-1 lead but Finch fought back with the more controlled squash to take the match and secure a place in the main draw against 2nd seed Chris Fuller.

The other two to make the main draw were Claudio Pinto and Bradley Masters.


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