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Select Gaming Kent Open 2017


[1] Joel Makin 3-0 [4] Josh Masters    11/5, 11/4, 11/8 (37m)

Makin makes it tough for home hero Masters

Runner-up last year, Joel Makin claimed the Select Gaming Kent Open PSA M10 title by overpowering local hero Josh Masters in straight games.

In front of a packed gallery at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone, Kent, Makin dominated the match as a tired Masters looked to win points in a hurry.

On the hottest day of the year, with temperatures approaching 30 degrees, the ball flew around the court as both players struggled to adapt to the conditions.

Makin settled into a comfortable rhythm early on and quickly built an 8-1 lead before Masters got a few more points on the board. Makin closed out the game 11-5 and soon led 5-1 in the second. Masters pulled it back to 3-5 but Makin powered through to close out the game 11-4.

Masters produced his best squash in the third game, leading 5-4 and then 8-6, but Makin soaked up the pressure and won five points in a row to win the title.

A delighted Makin said: “Josh had some hard games this week and was obviously feeling the effects but I felt good all week and I felt I was moving well.

“I have had a good season and it’s great to end the season on a winning note. It’s been a superb tournament and the players all appreciate the way they are looked after here at The Mote.”

Masters revealed: “It was one match too many, I guess. There wasn’t much left in the tank after some hard matches this week and I was disappointed that I didn’t give Joel a better game.”

What they said - interviews by Annabel Williamson

What they Said

What they Said

Kent Open 2017
13-18 Jun, Maidstone, England, $10k
Round One
15 Jun
16 Jun
17 Jun
18 Jun
[1] Joel Makin (Wal)
11/4, 11/2, 11/4 (22m)
[wc] Daniel Poleshchuk (Isr)
[1] Joel Makin

11/6, 9/11, 12/10, 13/11 (71m)

[6] Jan Van Den Herrewegen
[1] Joel Makin

11/4, 11/9, 11/8 (50m)

[3] Richie Fallows

[1] Joel Makin


11/5, 11/4, 11/8 (37m)


[4] Josh Masters

[6] Jan Van Den Herrewegen (Bel)
11/8, 11/3, 13/11 (36m)
[Q] Connor Sheen (Eng)
[5] Adam Murrills (Eng)
11/4, 11/3, 11/7 (31m)
Asim Khan (Pak)
[5] Adam Murrills

11/9, 11/9, 11/6 (37m)

[3] Richie Fallows
[3] Richie Fallows (Eng)
11/3, 11/6, 11/7 (25m)
[Q] Ondrej Uherka (Cze)
Edmon Lopez (Esp)
11/7, 4/11, 10/12, 11/3, 11/6 (70m)
[4] Josh Masters (Eng)
[4] Josh Masters

 11/9, 11/7, 12/10 (50m)

[8] Kristian Frost
[4] Josh Masters

4/11, 11/9, 6/11, 11/4, 11/6 (63m)

[2] Todd Harrity

[Q] Rui Soares (Por)
11/7, 11/9, 11/6 (50m)
[8] Kristian Frost (Den)
Mark Fuller (Eng)
11/5, 4/11, 11/7, 11/9, 47m)
[7] Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
[7] Aqeel Rehman

11/7, 7/11, 11/2, 10/12 11/8 (49m)

[2] Todd Harrity
[Q] Miles Jenkins (Eng)
11/4, 12/10, 11/6 (40m)
[2] Todd Harrity (Usa)
Qualifying, 13-14 Jun:

Finals, 14-Jun:
Miles Jenkins (Eng) 3-0 Joeri Hapers (Bel)                         14/12, 11/4, 11/8 (39m)
Ondrej Uherka (Cze) 3-2 Mark Broekman (Eng)  11/7, 11/7, 6/11, 10/12, 11/3 (58m)
Connor Sheen (Eng) 3-0 Matthew Brtoadberry (Eng)          12/10, 11/6, 11/6 (35m)
Rui Soares (Por) 3-0 Taminder Gata-Aura (Eng)                   11/1, 11/4, 11/5 (21m)

Round One, 13-Jun:
Joeri Hapers (Bel) 3-0 Tristan Eysele (Rsa)                    12/10, 12/10, 11/5 (48m)
Miles Jenkins (Eng) 3-0 Jonny Powell (Eng)                       11/6, 11/3, 11/8 (24m)
Mark Broekman (Eng) 3-0 Rory Stewart (Sco)                  11/7, 13/11, 11/8 (26m)
Ondrej Uherka (Cze) 3-0 Nick Mulvey (Eng)                       11/9, 11/7, 11/2 (37m)
Connor Sheen (Eng) 3-1 Curtis Malik (Eng)              11/8, 16/14, 7/11, 11/4 (41m)
Matthew Brtoadberry (Eng) 3-1 Ben Coates (Eng)     11/3, 11/8, 11/13, 11/5 (37m)
Taminder Gata-Aura (Eng) 3-1 Robert Downer (Eng)  12/10, 6/11, 11/4, 11/8 (33m)
Rui Soares (Por) 3-2 Vini Rodrigues (Bra)           11/8, 11/3, 7/11, 7/11, 11/7 (57m)

16 players competed, Vini Rodrigues bt Tiago Goriely in the final.

What they Said

17-Jun, Semis:
Makin and Masters through to Final

Top seed Joel Makin is set to face Kent's Josh Masters in the final in Maidstone after Makin beat birthday boy Richie Fallows in three tough games and Masters came from one-two down to beat second seed Todd Harrity.

16-Jun, Quarters:
Top four into semis

More success for the top seeds at the Mote, with Joel Makin, Richie Fallows, Josh Masters and Todd Harrity set to contest the semi-finals.

15-Jun, Round One:
Seeds through to quarters at the Mote

The 2017 edition of the Kent Open continued at the Mote with round one, in which all eight seeds progressed to the quarter-finals.

What they said - interviews by Annabel Williamson

What they Said

14-Jun, Qualifying Finals:
Qualifying complete at the Mote

The 2017 edition of the Kent Open continued at the Mote with qualifying finals.

There were two home winners, as top seed Miles Jenkins and Connor Sheen both beat upset winners from round one Joeri Hapers and Matthew Broadberry, both in straight games.

Jenkins faces second seeded American Todd Harrity while Sheen's reward is a meeting with Jan Van Den Herrewegen.

Portugal's Rui Soares also won in three games as he beat Taminda Gata-Aura, while Czech Ondrej Uherka saw a two game lead disappear before beating Mark Broekman in five.

Soares now meets Denmark's Kristian Frost while Uherka faces third seed Richie Fallows.

What the Qualifiers said - interviews by Annabel Williamson


What the
Qualifiers Said

13-Jun, Pre Qualifying & Qualifying:
Qualifying under way at the Mote

The 2017 Select Gaming Kent Open began with a bang at The Mote Squash Club as the host's leading players battled with visiting professionals.

A dozen Mote members pitted their skills against the visiting stars in Pre-Qualifying and, despite some valiant attempts by the locals, it was the pros who finished top of all four round robin groups.

Tom Hazzard was the most successful of The Mote players with three wins in his box but he came unstuck against Manchester ace Julian Tomlinson.

Ryan Duke came closest to taking a game off one of the pros when he took Tiago Goriely to a lengthy tiebreak but the Belgian squeezed home 18-16.

James Wyatt beat Mote club champion Darren Heathfield but it wasn’t the result that ruined his birthday, it was twisting his ankle which meant he was unable to complete all of his matches.

Brazilian Vini Rodrigues was the outstanding player and he carried that form through to Monday’s pre-qualifying finals. He beat Tomlinson in straight games and then watched as Goriely beat Wyatt 3-1 in a hard match and then had to get ready for the final qualifying play-off in 45 minutes.

Rodrigues powered past a tired Goriely 3-1 to book his place in qualifying and almost sprang a surprise when he came up against Portugal’s Rui Soares in Tuesday's first one.

After losing the first two games, Rodrigues fought back to take the match to a fifth game, but Soares squeezed home 11-7.

Kent Open title sponsor Jonny Powell (right) delighted the gallery with some outstanding shots against Birmingham-based Miles Jenkins and entertained the crowd before falling to an inevitable defeat.

The top seed in qualifying, South Africa’s Tristan Eysele, suffered a shock defeat as he lost in straight games to Belgian Joeri Hapers (left).

The main draw begins on Thursday, with the quarter-finals on Friday, the semi-finals on Saturday and the final on Sunday after a special women’s open day and the Champagne Doubles tournament.

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