Sun 18th: Qualifying
Finals at Wimbledon
Robbie Temple (Eng) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy) 12/14,
8/11, 11/8, 11/9, 11/4 (92m)
Adrian Waller (Eng) bt Olivier Pett (Eng)
11/8, 12/10, 12/10 (51m)
Chris Simpson (Eng) bt Yann Perrin (Fra)
6/11, 11/2, 9/11, 11/6, 11/5 (79m)
Mark Krajcsak (Hun) bt Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
4/11, 15/13, 11/6, 12/10 (80m)
Krajcsak joins English trio in main draw
Three rising English
stars won through to the first round of the Canary Wharf Classic
after a day of marathon matches in the qualifying finals at
Robbie Temple and Chris Simpson meet compatriots
Daryl Selby and Adrian Grant (ranked 11 and 16 in the world)
while Adrian Waller has been drawn against German number
one Simon Rosner in this high-quality PSA World Tour
International 50 event.
Hungarian Mark Krajcsak fought back from one game down to
beat Italian Davide Bianchetti and he is rewarded with a
demanding tie against number three seed Peter Barker, also of
Eight Englishmen are competing in the main draw at the
spectacular East Wintergarden venue at Canary Wharf, led by
world champion Nick Matthew, the top seed, who faces young
Egyptian Ali Anwar Reda in the first round.
James Willstrop, who regained the world number one position from
Yorkshire rival Matthew in the March rankings, meets his
Pontefract training partner Saurav Ghosal in the first round.
Temple, the 25-year-old left-hander based in Ealing, won the
longest match of the day, recovering from two games down to beat
Egyptian Omar Abdel Aziz in 92 minutes.
Waller took a modest 51 minutes to overcome English rival
Olivier Pett, fighting back from game ball down to win both the
second and third games 12-10.
Simpson laboured for 79 minutes before halting the challenge of
Frenchman Yann Perrin, while Krajcsak was kept on court for 80
minutes by Bianchetti, staging a dramatic recovery to win the
fourth game after trailing 7-2.
"Managed to get a win in today, pretty ugly game, wasn't feeling
great, but very glad to get through canary wharf qualies for the
first time," tweeted Simpson.
Match reports on
Qualifying Day One at
ALAN THATCHER reports
Barrington and Yann Perrin battled themselves to a
standstill in the Canary Wharf Classic qualifying competition at
Wimbledon before the Frenchman won a marathon match 11-9 in the
After exactly 100 minutes, Perrin clinched victory to book a
place in tomorrow’s qualifying finals.
It was a brutal and often physical confrontation with referee
Clive Smith called on to make 79 decisions following mid-court
In the qualifying finals, Perrin meets England’s Chris
Simpson, who beat Frenchman Julien Balbo in four games.
Simpson played strong, consistent squash to win the first two
games before Balbo hit form in the third. He led 5-1 and 8-4
before Simpson responded with a run of points to hold match ball
at 10-9. However, Balbo hit back to win the tiebreak 12-10.
Simpson quickly regained his rhythm to power his way through the
An attractive all-English tie is in prospect between tall
left-hander Adrian Waller and the stylish Olivier Pett
following their victories over Ben Coleman and Nathan Lake
Robbie Temple meets the top qualifying seed, Egyptian
Omar Abdel Aziz, following quick victories by each player
against Phillip Bull and Phil Nightingale.
Local favourite Charles Sharpes worked hard against Davide
Bianchetti but the wily Italian veteran had too many
answers. Despite the match being over in straight games, the
match lasted 66 minutes. Sharpes wasted a game ball in the first
game and was handed a conduct stroke in the second for abusive
language towards the referee.
The Surrey star led 9-6 in the third but again Bianchetti hit
back to win five points in a row to clinch a place in the
Bianchetti faces Mark Krajcsak of Hungary, who beat
Finland’s No.2 seed Henrik Mustonen in four tough games
17-Mar, Qualifying Round One:
Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy) bt Phil Nightingale (Eng)
11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (29m)
Robbie Temple (Eng) bt Phillip Bull (Eng)
11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (24m)
Olivier Pett (Eng) bt Nathan Lake (Eng)
11-5, 11-5, 11-9 (29m)
Adrian Waller (Eng) bt Ben Coleman (Eng)
12-10, 11-4, 11-7 (43m)
Chris Simpson (Eng) bt Julien Balbo (Fra)
11-2, 11-5, 10-12, 11-4 (60m)
Yann Perrin (Fra) bt Joey Barrington (Eng) 9-11,
13-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9 (100m)
Davide Bianchetti (Ita) bt Charles Sharpes (Eng)
12-10, 11-4, 11-9 (66m)
Mark Krajcsak (Hun) bt Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (46m)
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