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Boston Open 2010:  10-12 December

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Womenís Final
Emma Beddoes bt Deon Saffery
         7/11, 11/5, 11/7, 11/2 (31m)

Menís Final
[2] Andy Whipp bt [3/4] James Snell
         2/11, 4/11, 11/6, 11/7, 11/6 (50m)

Emma Beddoes won the Boston Open womenís title on Sunday afternoon following a 3-1 victory over Deon Saffery. In the closest ladiesí final at the tournament since 2006 an upset looked on the cards after Deon stormed into a 5/1 lead in the first game.

From then on Emma kept attempting to claw it back - but only came within 1 point of levelling the score as her opponent took the first game. Deon started the second game as she had finished the first, but 2008ís Boston Open finalist won 7 points in a row to make the games 1-1. The third game was a topsy turvy affair, but at 7/7 Emma took the initiative to win it 11/7. The world #25 then finished off the match convincingly, winning the fourth game 11/2.

After a nice display of womenís squash the menís final began. It is fair to say there was some concern as to how long the final would last when James Snell surprisingly took the first two games quite comfortably.

In the first game Andy Whipp never appeared to get into the match, losing 11/2. The second game was equally as bad for him, and good for James who was dominating the rallies and running Whipp around the court. Snell went from 2/1 down to 9/2 up and took the second game 11/4 to lead 2-0 in games.

The crowd was hoping for a fight back from the defending champion to take the match into a fourth and fifth game, and thatís exactly what they got as he fired himself into a 4/0 lead in the third. For the rest of the game he had the upper hand thanks to some great volleying, which was partly accountable for Jamesí increasing number of tinned shots.

Andy trailed 2-1 after winning the third 11/6. 11/7 to Andy Whipp was the score announced by referee Phil Hiatt at the end of the fourth game, after the number two seed continued his improved performance level. A final decider had been perfectly set up after James Snell had won and lost a 2-0 lead. Key to Andyís ultimate victory was his run of three consecutive winning points in the opening stages to go 4-1 up.

The balance of play remained even for the rest of the game leading Andy Whipp to grab it 11/6. It meant that Whippy had successfully completed a full comeback to win the BSPA Boston Open for the second year in a row, and a cheque for £570.


Menís Semi Finals

[3/4] James Snell bt [1] Scott Handley 10/12, 11/7, 9/11, 11/9, 11/7 (66m)
[2] Andy Whipp bt [3/4] Rory Pennell 15/13, 11/3, 11/6 (25m)

Men's Quarter Finals

[1] Scott Handley bt Sean Hunter 11/5, 11/9, 11/7 (27m)
[3/4] James Snell bt [5/8] Michael Wood 11/3, 11/2, 11/7 (24m)
[2] Andy Whipp bt [5/8] Obaid J. Khan 11/9, 11/4, 11/9 (28m)
[3/4] Rory Pennell bt [5/8] Adil Maqbool 14/12, 11/1, 5/11, 13/11 (41m)

Womenís Pool A
Emma Beddoes bt Brogan Lane 11/8, 11/4, 11/5 (26m)
Emma Beddoes bt Katy Ramirez 11/7, 11/3, 11/4 (19m)
Katy Ramirez bt Brogan Lane 11/8, 11/3, 11/5 (17m)

Womenís Pool B
Rachel Willmott bt Fran Wallis 11/4, 12/10, 11/4 (24m)
Deon Saffery bt Fran Wallis 11/3, 11/2, 11/1 (13m)
Deon Saffery bt Rachel Willmott 10/12, 11/7, 11/8, 11/5 (36m)


Menís Second Round

[3/4] James Snell bt Theo Anderson                   11/4, 11/1, 11/6 (22m)
[5/8] Michael Wood bt Keith Timms                   11/5, 11/5, 11/7 (29m)
Sean Hunter bt Charlie Johnson                         11/8, 11/2, 11/9 (27m)
[1] Scott Handley bt Dean Russell             11/4, 11/4, 9/11, 11/6 (31m)
[2] Andy Whipp bt Simon White                 5/11, 11/7, 11/4, 11/7 (30m)
[5/8] Obaid J. Khan bt Paul Rawden  8/11, 11/4, 8/11, 11/7, 11/8 (51m)
[3/4] Rory Pennell bt Ali Mutch                  3/11, 11/8, 11/1, 11/8 (32m)
[5/8] Adil Maqbool bt Nick Mulvey             11/6, 7/11, 11/2, 11/7 (27m)

Menís First Round
Charlie Johnson bt [5/8] James Jacobsen               W/O
[5/8] Michael Wood bt Theo Woodward                11/8, 11/6, 11/7 (28m)
Keith Timms bt Daniel Z-Lewis                             11/7, 11/4, 11/5 (24m)
Theo Anderson bt Dave Allman                           11/5, 11/7, 11/9 (30m)
Sean Hunter bt Matt Hardy                          11/8, 11/7, 8/11, 11/8 (34m)
Dean Russell bt Jon Hunter                                  11/3, 11/6, 11/8 (24m)
Paul Rawden bt Matt Pearson              11/9, 6/11, 11/6, 3/11, 11/9 (47m)
Simon White bt Jacques Kruger                   11/6, 1/11, 11/6, 11/3 (33m)
[5/8] Obaid J. Khan bt Liam Gutcher                     11/9, 11/6, 11/6 (21m)
Nick Mulvey bt Jason Pike                         12/14, 11/6, 11/8, 11/7 (39m)
Ali Mutch bt Reuben Phillips                                 11/7, 11/7, 11/7 (30m)


In the womenís event, Carrie Ramsey has withdrawn due to injury. Sarah Bowles has also pulled out and been replaced by Fran Wallis from Lincoln.
Womenís #1 seed Vanessa Atkinson withdrew on Thursday.

As a result the ladiesí event has taken the format of a round robin with two pools of three players each. The winner of each pool will progress into the final.

The Squash Community...

During the break between the first and second rounds of the men's event here in Boston a match of quite a bit of importance took place.

Namely, the World Open final.

Squash isn't known for its prime time coverage on free-to-air television channels. As a result of this a group of club members and players managed to combine a subscription, a borrowed 3G stick and the laptop I am now writing on in order to watch Nick Matthew and James Willstrop battle it out for glory.

I'm not quite sure how easy it is to picture a group of squash fans in a club bar in rural Lincolnshire using a portable connection to watch a match streaming live from Saudi Arabia - with a 42" plasma television standing switched off in the same room.

So I took the liberty of taking a picture. With Matthew and Willstrop both having played here in the BSPA's longest running event - maybe we'll be watching some of the youngsters that are here this weekend on a stream in years to come. (Perhaps even on WiFi!)

BSPA Boston Open 2010
09-12 December, Lincolnshire

Boston Open 2009

the BSPA minisite will be available at the weekend

Handley and Atkinson top the draws

May I extend a warm welcome once again to a chilly Lincolnshire for the Boston Open. As 2010 draws to a close the event remains the longest running event on the BSPA tour Ė this being its 14th year.

The usual preparations have taken place for the Open over the course of the last few weeks. The courts have been given a touch up, the lights re-fitted, the programmes put to print and the prizes are ready. Encouragingly, the level of sponsorship is one of the highest since 1997 which is a tribute to the competitionís sustainability.

As ever the last tournament on the tour before Christmas has attracted some of the top talents from across the UK. Indeed, last yearís champion Andy Whipp returns for his third year in four as #2 seed. Tournament regular Scott Handley takes up the mantle of top menís seed after a previous best in Boston of runner-up to Simon Parke in 2006.

In the womenís event world #8 Vanessa Atkinson heads the draw after flying back from the womenís world team championship in New Zealand. World #25 and 2008 finalist Emma Beddoes is Vanessaís closest challenger on paper. Brogan Lane will face the second seed after suffering defeat to Tania Bailey in the competition last year.

Back to the men and Rory Pennell from Essex is a ĺ seed along with world #85 James Snell. The 5/8 seeds include the up-and-coming Adil Maqbool, Obaid J. Khan, Michael Wood and James Jacobsen, who is set to contest the tournament for the fourth consecutive year.

The countdown to Friday starts here!


Women's Event:

Pool A: Emma Beddoes, Brogan Lane, Katy Ramirez

Pool B: Deon Saffery, Rachel Willmott, Fran Wallis

12 (noon) Brogan Lane v Katy Ramirez
12 (noon) Rachel Willmott v Fran Wallis

3.30pm Emma Beddoes v Katy Ramirez
3.30pm Deon Saffery v Fran Wallis

7pm Emma Beddoes v Brogan Lane
7pm Deon Saffery v Rachel Willmott

Sunday  3pm Final



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