had to be concentrated as he's a very dangerous player, but
maybe today he was tired mentally so I tried to take advantage
of that and I played more aggressive and it worked.
"Looking forward to play a good match against James ..."
happy to qualify in only my second super series tournament!
"I remember Jonah used to tell me every match you play could be
the match of your life and I'm just happy with the way I'm
playing I am enjoying it.
"I'm playing Thierry on Tuesday, one of the players who I enjoy
watching so I'm looking forward to get as much experience as I
happy to get through looking forward to monday.
"He played really well I think and he's one to avoid in the
"Played ok first round. Looking
forward to my match against Siddarth tomorrow, and feeling good
and ready for the upcoming tournaments..."
"Very happy with
my performance today, played really well in the start of each
game giving me a good lead.
"We played so many times in junior times so we know each others
game quite well. happy to be through, looking forward for my
match tomorrow ...
happy to win in three today, it wasn't an easy match mentally
because me and joey used to train together.
"I think I played really well I am enjoying my squash at the
moment and that's what more important for me for now. Looking
forward for my match tomorrow ...
Sat 17th Sep, Qualifying
(Ger) bt Siddarth Suchde (Ind)
11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (43m)
Mohammed Abbas (Egy) bt Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
8-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8 (88m) plays
Chris Ryder (Eng) bt Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (44m)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui) bt Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-2 (62m)
Borja Golan (Esp) bt Greg Marche (Fra)
11-3, 11-5, 11-3 (34m)
Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt Robbie Temple (Eng)
6-11, 11-2, 11-8, 4-11, 11-4 (61m)
Steve Coppinger (Rsa) bt Anthony Graham (Eng)
11-4, 11-6, 11-9 (29m)
Tarek Momen (Egy) bt Alan Clyne (Sco)
11-9, 11-3, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7 (64m)
Updated main draw with full first round
Ryder reaches main draw to
Rachel Pullan reports
Only one Englishman made it through the final qualifying
round in Wolverhampton, and local favourite Chris Ryder drew the
short straw to face defending champion Ramy Ashour in Manchester
In the opening matches of the night four nationalities took to
France’s Mathieu Castagnet took the first game against Egypt’s
Mohammed Abbas 11-8 before Abbas fought hard to take the
second 12-10 but following an uncharacteristic number of
errors lost the third to trail 1/2. Composing himself for the
fourth he levelled at two-all and after over twenty let
decisions in the final game closed it out in 88 minutes.
On the adjoining court in another 3/2 match Malaysia’s Nafiizwan
Adnan lost out to the No.3 seed Nicolas Mueller 8-11,
11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 2-11.
No.1 seed Simon Rosner had a relatively straight forward
3/0 win over India’s Siddarth Suchde as did local interest
Chris Ryder who defeated Finland’s Henrik Mustonen to
progress to the main draw without dropping a game.
World Junior Champion Marwan El Shorbagy, who had
defeated 5/8 seed England’s Joey Barrington in the previous
round, continued his run to overcome Robbie Temple 6-11, 11-2,
11-8, 4-11, 11-4 to qualify for his first World Series event.
Second seed Tarek Momen took a two -game lead but the
determined Scotsman Alan Clyne fought back to win the next two
games 11-7, 11-9 to take the second seed to a deciding game.
Momen was always a couple of points ahead in fifth and ran out
an 11-7 winner to secure his place in the main draw.
In the shortest match of the night 5/8 seed Steve Coppinger
overcame England’s Anthony Graham 11-4, 11-6, 11-9 whilst in the
final match of the evening Borja Golan overcame France’s
Gregoire Marche 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 showing much of the form that
made him a top 10 player a couple of years ago.
Sunday is a rest day, the main draw starts at noon
full qualifying results and main draw
Fri 16th, Qualifying Round
Tough to qualify in Wolverhampton
First round of qualifying for the ROWE British Grand Prix
at Wolverhampton featured a number of closely-matched
clashes on paper, but it wasn't until the evening session that
any upsets appeared ...
Both opening matches in the first round of qualification of the
ROWE British Grand Prix, being held at Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis
& Squash Club, saw only one ranking place between opponents.
France’s Mathieu Castagnet ranked World No.56 overcame
World No.57 Rafael Alarcon of Brazil 3/1 whilst No.46
Nafiizwan Adnan defeated England’s World No. 47 Chris
Simpson with the same score-line but took over an hour to
achieve his victory.
Finland’s Henrik Mustonen and England’s Chris Ryder
proved too strong for local players Oliver Mapp and Andrew Birks
with both of the more experienced players booking their places
in the second round.
Following the match Ryder said that “my new coach has worked on
making me much more aggressive on court, hitting the ball much
harder than I used to as well as improving my fitness.”
Nicolas Mueller and Mohammed Abbas also had
convincing straight forward 3/0 victories, to make the second
round, over Adrian Waller and Kristian Frost Olesen
No.1 seed Simon Rosner was drawn against another local
player Richard Birks. Birks nearly produced the first shock of
the afternoon reaching the first game ball of the match only to
be denied 12-10. A close second game saw them level to 9-9
before Rosner ran out 11-9 then going on to clinch the third
The last match of the afternoon saw the young up and coming
Englishman Declan James play the much more experienced
Suddarth Suchde. Both men moved quickly around the court and
hit the ball ferociously but it was Suchde that ran out the 3/0
winner in 43 minutes.
The evening session was very much in contrast to the earlier
session with the highlight being England’s Anthony Graham
defeating Julien Balbo of France, who is ranked seventy places
higher in the world rankings.
Both the first and second games
went to 10-10 and could have gone either way but at 1/1 and 7-7
in the third in form Graham, playing tight accurate squash
forced a frustrated Balbo in to making too many errors,
eventually closing out 11-9 and despite a determined fight-back
at 7-10 from a 5-10 deficit in the fourth Graham closed out a 69
min 3/1 victory.
Graham commented: “My aim this year was to beat a top sixty
ranked player,” so he narrowly missed his aim by one ranking
The second upset of the evening was the defeat of No.8 seed,
Joey Barrington, by the World Junior Champion Marwan El
Shorbagy in three straight games. Barrington’s fitness kept
him in the game but some inspired stroke play saw the Egyptian
run out a convincing winner 3/0 after 44 minutes.
Tarek Momen and Alan Clyne both had very
convincing straight game wins over locals Darren Lewis and
Oliver Holland whilst France’s Gregoire Marche overcame
Max Lee of Hong Kong to earn his place in the second round with
a hard fought 11-9, 13-11, 2-11, 6-11, 11-6 victory.
Robbie Temple, having lost the first game narrowly, soon
got in to his rhythm and ran out a comfortable winner against
Ben Ford, whilst 5/8 seed Steve Coppinger defeated
Campbell Grayson 15-13 11-9 5-11 11-7 to avoid a repeat of his
shock first round exit last year in the same event.
In the final match of the night Spain’s Borja Golan
defeated Australia’s Aaron Frankcomb 11-4 10-12 11-6 11-6 to
progress to the final round.
full qualifying results
and main draw