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Rhiwbina PSA Welsh Open 2017
23-28 May, Cardiff, Wales
, $10k

28-May, Final:
Qualifier Parker takes the title in Cardiff

Having beaten the top two seeds in the semi-finals, young Englishmen George Parker and Patrick Rooney contested their biggest-ever PSA final in Cardiff.

It was qualifier Parker who prevailed, winning in straight games.

[Q] George Parker (Eng) 3-0 [8] Patrick Rooney (Eng)
1/7, 11/3, 11/3

Richard Murphy reports

A superb sublime performance from George saw him take the inaugural Rhiwbina welsh open title. His fantastic run of form continued and he powered his way to victory in three straight games.

His English counterpart could not get to grips with the consistent length of George's shots and was on the backfoot for most of the time. A thoroughly deserved victory but both of these stars are destined for much higher things in the game.

A tremendous week of squash at the Rhiwbina club and thanks go to Wales Squash for all their help and support and to an army of people who operationally helped to run the event so well.

It was a pleasure to host an event such as this


Twitter: @SquashRhiwbina

Rhiwbina PSA Welsh Open 2017
23-28 May, Cardiff, Wales
, $10k
Round One
25 May
26 May
27 May
28 May
[1] Joshua Masters (Eng)
10/12, 11/4, 11/6, 11/8
Lyell Fuller (Eng)
[1] Joshua Masters

11/7, 11/7, 11/7 (33m)

Ahsan Ayaz (Pak)
[1] Joshua Masters

11/8, 11/9, 11/9

[Q] George Parker

4th PSA title for George

[Q] George Parker


11/7, 11/3, 11/3


[8] Patrick Rooney

[5] Kristian Frost (Den)
7/11, 4/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/9 (66m)
Ahsan Ayaz (Pak)
[6] Jan Van Den Herrewegen (Bel)
11/4, 7/11, 11/9, 11/8 (58m)
[Q] George Parker (Eng)
[Q] George Parker

 6/11, 11/3, 11/6, 11/6 (44m)

[4] Mahesh Mangaonkar
[4] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)
11/8, 10/12, 11/1, 10/12, 11/6 (78m)
[Q] Emyr Evans (Wal)
[wc] Sam Fenwick (Wal)
11/6, 11/9, 11/6
[3] Carlos Cornes (Esp)
[3] Carlos Cornes

 9/11, 11/7, 11/2, 9/11,  11/4 (55m)

[8] Patrick Rooney
[8] Patrick Rooney

 6/11, 11/8 11/5, 11/6 (55m)

[2] Peter Creed

[Q] Mark Fuller (Eng)
14/12, 11/4, 11/6 (38m)
[8] Patrick Rooney (Eng)
Ammar Altamimi (Kuw)
12/10, 8/11, 11/8, 12/10 (61m)
[7] Dougie Kempsell (Sco)
Ammar Altamimi

11/6, 9/11, 11/7, 11/5 (53m)

[2] Peter Creed
[Q] Brian Byrne (Irl)
11/3, 11/3, 11/3 (45m)
[2] Peter Creed (Wal)
Qualifying, 23-24 May:


[5] Brian Byrne
(Irl) 3-1 James Peach (Eng)    11/5, 8/11, 11/9, 11/9 (41m)
George Parker (Eng) 3-0 [3] Rui Soares (Por)          11/9, 11/8, 11/5 (36m)
[4] Mark Fuller (Eng) 3-0 [6] Ondrej Uherka (Cze)    11/7, 11/6, 11/5 (43m)
Emyr Evans (Wal) 3-0 [8] Robert Downer (En          11/8, 11/7, 11/8 (42m)

Round ONE:

James Peach (Eng) 3-0 [1] Asim Khan (Pak)      11/8, 9/11, 11/9, 11/5 (41m)
[5] Brian Byrne (Irl) 3-1 Sean Conroy (Irl)                 11/8, 11/4, 11/4 (30m)
George Parker (Eng) 3-0 [7] Connor Sheen (Eng)        11/9, 11/6, 11/5 (30m)
[3] Rui Soares (Por) 3-0 Mark Broekman (Eng)             11/9, 11/6, 11/5 (25m)
[4] Mark Fuller (Eng) 3-0 Liam Eason (Wal)                11/5, 11/7, 11/8 (38m)
[6] Ondrej Uherka (Cze) 3-0 Dan Bergin (Wal)           13/11, 11/2, 11/9 (35m)
[8] Robert Downer (Eng) 3-1 David Haley (Wal)  11/7, 3/11, 12/10, 11/8 (54m)
Emyr Evans (Wal) 3-0 [2] Lewis Walters (Jam)            11/6, 11/4, 11/8 (34m)
27-May, Semis:
Rooney and Parker in
surprise all-English final

Richard Murphy reports

There was a  huge upset in the first semi-final as qualifier George Parker took out the number one seed to progress to the final.

Big crowd witnessed a great performance and although Josh Masters played a significant part George finished off each game solidly.

Young English player Patrick Rooney played a sublime game of squash to reach the final of the Welsh Open.

Peter Creed  hit the ground running taking the first game and a place in the final looked on the cards.

A big crowd roared him on but he seemed to lose his length game from there and Patrick stepped up his incredible all round game. Surely destined for much higher things he slotted the ball away with regularity.

Peter can hold his head high as he contributed massively to a fine game.

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26-May, Quarters:
Creed keeps home hopes alive in Cardiff,
joins English trio in semis

Another incredible day at the Welsh National Open. Blessed once again with summer sun, it promises to be a great afternoon of squash in the capital city of Wales.

Joshua Masters 3-0 Ahsan Ayaz

Josh played some solid squash throughout dictating play to his young pakistan opponent who had enjoyed a good run to the quarter finals.

Josh's attacking style meant that as soon as a soon a ball become free he duly dispatched it into the nick. Onto the semi finals for Josh.

George Parker 3-1 Mahesh Mangaonkar

After a slow-ish start, George found his aggressive rhythm and dominated play in a 44 minute encouncter. Mahesh played solidly and despite endless rallies, George's impressive form continued.

It will be a great test tomorrow night against his England counter part, Josh Masters.

Patrick Rooney 3-2 Carlos Cornes

In the longest match of the night, young England international Rooney outlasted his Spanish opponent in five games.

Carlos had to take an injury time out in the fourth game, but recovered to take it 11-9, to push the match into a decider. Patrick dominated the final game, to progress to the semi finals.

Peter Creed 3-1 Ammar Atlamimi

In the final match of the evening along with a packed crowd; witnessed a great contrasting style of squash match. Ammar, full of attacking intension, hit nicks from every angles and leveled the game at 1-1.

However, Peter displayed some great width and length as well as some tremendous retrieving capabilities and progressed through to thesemi finals, backed by a hugely supportive crowd.


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26-May, Round One:
Evans bows out, but Creed keeps home hopes alive
Richard Murphy reports

Another superb day in the welsh sun saw some tremendous no holds barred squash and the odd upset to boot ...

Josh Masters 3-1 Lyell Fuller

Lyell played some steady squash in the first game taking Josh a little bit by surprise. Josh himself made a few errors and Lyell capitalized on these to take the first game. Throughout the next three games rallies were keenly contested but Josh just seemed to have a final winning shot and prevailed in four games.

Ahsan Ayaz 3-2 Kristian Frost

This was a mini classic with Kristian taking the first two games only to be pegged back by young Ahsan. The fifth game was brutal with endless great rallies and tremendous retrieving. Kristian tinned the ball on the final point to give us the first upset on the first round. Excellent match by both.

George Parker 3-1 Jan Van Den Herrewegen

George again slayed his higher ranked opponent to create another upset in this very long and physical encounter. Great long rallies ensued but George just got on top of Jan to go through to the next round and continue his impressive form of late.

Mahesh Mangaonkar 3-2 Emyr Evans

What a fantastic game of squash! 78 minutes of pure drama. Emyr battled to take it into a fifth game after Mahesh seemed to be upset by a few of the refereeing decisions early doors. He re grouped however in the face of a partisan crowd to take the match 3-2. Emyr will take great encouragement from this match and will surely be destined for much higher things in the coming months and years in the game. A great effort from the welsh lad but Mahesh moves on the next round.

Patrick Rooney 3-0 Mark Fuller

Another attritional match saw Patrick get the edge in each game. After a tough opener mark seemed to have the previous 2 nights games in his legs and Patrick with his attacking style prevailed in 3.

Carlos Cornes 3-0 Sam Fenwick 3-0

This was always going to be a tough ask for the wildcard young Welshman. Carlos has a very attacking nick looking game and he worked Sam around the court before finishing points with slots into the nick. Useful experience for Sam but Carlos marches on.

Ammar Altamimi 3-1 Dougie Kempsell

Another seeding upset as Ammar playing a specific type of game fought to outdo his Scottish opponent. Both covered the court incredibly with gasps from the audience but Amar goes through to face a very interesting battle with home favourite Peter Creed.

Peter Creed 3-0 Brian Byrne

A workman like solid performance from Peter saw a lone Welshman enter the second round. Pete played such great width and length that Brian did not really get into the match. Creed moves on to face tougher tests but the crowd was so behind him and with his form of late being so positive he will take some stopping.

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25-May, Qualifying Finals:
Evans delights home fans in Cardiff

The sun beat down on the Rhiwbina squash club in Cardiff for the final day of qualifying for the Welsh Squash Open.

A sizeable crowd saw some superb squash which has only increased further the interest for the coming rounds. Lots of cool drinks chilled the spectators as they saw some red hot squash !!

George Parker 3-0 Rui Soares

George, fresh from his final appearance the week before continued his impressive run of form and imposed his fast physical style upon Rui who hung in on valiantly throughout the match.

After a very tough encounter in the first game George prevailed in three straight games and will now face Belguim's Jan Van Den Herrewegen.

Brian Byrne 3-1 James Peach

Rhiwbina player James Peach knew this was going to be a tough physical match as Brian's movement and fitness is a real asset, and so it proved.

Sharing the first two games it was so finely balanced but Brian pulled away in the third game and although James played some superb stuff Brian held on 11/9 in the fourth to take it and set up an intriguing clash with Peter Creed in the main draw.

Mark Fuller 3-0 Ondrej Uherka

This was a match full of up and down the wall stuff with some incredible retrieving in between. An attritional battle which Mark always seemed to be in control of.

This now sets up a great match up with Patrick Rooney in the main draw first round.

Emyr Evans 3-0 Robert Downer

This was the match many had come to see and they saw a great performance from Emyr who took the game by the scruff of its neck to dominate really in most of the exchanges.

Rob seemingly suffering from the previous nights tough match was on the wrong end of many of physical rallies but Emyrs impressive runs continues and he will be up against India's Mahesh Mangaonkar in the first round.

Twitter: @SquashRhiwbina

Lots of info in the Tournament Booklet

Welcome to Wales Croeso I Gymru

24-May, Qualifying Finals:
Evans boosts home interest

Emyr Evans
produced a second successive qualifying upset as he beat Robert Downer in straight games to earn a place in the main draw and a match against fourth seed Mahesh Mangaonkar.

England's George Parker also upset the seedings as he beat Rui Soares in straight games, Brian Byrne and Mark Fuller claiming the other main draw spots.

23-May, Qualifying Round One:
Top seeds beaten on opening day in Cardiff

Top class squash returned to Wales with the start of qualifying for the Rhwibina PSA Welsh Open, and there were two notable opening day upsets as the top two qualifying seeds were both beaten.

Asim Khan fell to English junior James Peach, while Wales' own Emyr Evans beat Lewis Walters in straight game to keep home interest in the qualifying draw alive.

Twitter: @SquashRhiwbina

Lots of info in the Tournament Booklet

Welcome to Wales Croeso I Gymru

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