Spanish Nationals 2016

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Spanish Nationals 2016
Castellana Sports Club, Madrid, 08-10 April

Xisela and Borja reign in Spain
7 titles for Xisela Aranda,14 for Borja Golan

The 2016 National Squash Championship was held last weekend at Castellana Sports Club with more than 100 competitors spending a great squash weekend with more than 200 matches taking place in the renewed facilities of Castellana Sports Club in Madrid.

The event has been organized by the Spanish Federation (RFES) along with La Liga Sports and the main promoter was again Hyundai Cobendai. Cobendai has been supporting squash events for the last years in Madrid.

The men's main draw came out with some of the favorite players meeting in the early rounds.

Iker Pajares, coming through the qualifying rounds, met Borja Golan in the Quarter Finals. The young player from Sabadell played an extraordinary game and put the number one seed in trouble at some stages of the match.

Borja managed to win the first two games in 44 minutes (11-5, 11-6), but Pajares came back strongly in the third with great determination and won it 11-7; Pajares was also stronger in the early points of the fourth game but then Golan showed why he is a top world player and managed to finish the match 11-4 after 66 minutes.

Golan played Carlos Cornes in the Semis, who beat another top player, Alex Garbi, 3-1 in the Quarter Finals. Borja controlled the match from the beginning and managed to win 3-0 in 38'.

In the bottom part of the draw Bernat Jaume, also coming from Qualifying, won all his matches in straight games, reaching the final for the first time in his career.

Golan controlled the game from the beginning and won by 11-6, 11-3, 11-2, showing again why he is the best Spanish squash player ever.

This is his 14th almost consecutive title (he couldn´t participate in 2010 due to his knee injury), and considering his current physical condition, there could be a few more to come.

In the women's draw, Xisela Aranda would meet Marina de Juan in the semis and in the other semi Cristina Gomez, the number two seed, would meet Marta Latorre.

The greatest match of the Tournament between Xisela and Marina on Saturday evening was watched by more than 200 players at the club and another 200 online. After 69 minutes of intense and long rallies, both players entered the court to play the fifth game.

Marina, having won the fourth 11-3, was fresher and the favorite, but the more experienced Xisela squeezed the last points of the game and took it  11-8. Final score: 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-8 (89 minutes). The two exhausted palyers received a very well deserved ovation by the crowd. A game to be remembered...

In the bottom half of the draw, Cristina managed to win all her matches straight games to reach the final. The final seemed to be another thrilling battle, with a very fresh Cristina in a great form having participated in some junior events lately (she won the German and French Junior Open a few months ago).

But again Xisela was very strong in the crucial rallies of the three games; final score 11-8, 12-10, 11-9. It could have gone either way but Xisela was very strong mentally this time.

That's seven titles for her, will she win an eighth next year? surely it is getting more difficult every year...


The Spanish Nationals 2016 will bring together the top national squash players in Castellana Sports Club. From Friday April 8th around 160 players from all around Spain will play more than 240 matches in the well-equipped squash courts.

The biggest event nationwide, organized by the Real Federación Española de Squash (RFES) (Royal Spanish Federation of Squash), will provide Madrid a positive leadership value regarding the organization of these sports events.

According to Pablo del Río, head of Squash in Castellana Sports Club, a key factor for the this tournament has been the choice of a location that would live up to the expectations.

“We are the sports centre with more homologated squash courts, a total of 7, and with a greater participation in the Community of Madrid, and most likely in all Spain; which has made Castellana Sports Club easily related with these sport that after day continuous attracting thousands of people.”

The RFES will come together with the Dirección de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid (Madrid ́s Community Sports Administration) and Castellana Sports Club to promote the event.

Top players will include, among others, Borja Golán (13 times champion of Spain and ex number 5 of PSA), and Xisela Aranda (6 times champion of Spain), Edmon López, Bernat Jaume and Iker Pajares.

Sponsored in this new edition by Hyundai Cobendai and provided with prizes for the players of up to 5.000 euros, is expected to have an attendance of approximately a thousand people during the event.

"Since the beginning and for over 20 years, Castellana Sports Club has stand out among other establishments for the variety and quality of its services, but above all for always being ahead in innovation and bringing to the table the most avant-garde insights in the sports world,” says del Río.

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