British National Squash Championships 2016  ē  08-14 February  ē  Manchester

 2015 Masters                                                            Draws, Results, Schedules

Sun 15th, Finals:

M35: (2) Darren Lewis  bt (1) Ben Ford                 w/o
M40: (1) Nick Taylor 3-1 Danny Massaro               11/5, 11/7, 6/11, 11/5
M45:  (2) Yawar Abbas 3-1 (1) Andy Cross          11/8, 13/15, 11/8, 11/6
M50:  (1) Murray Scott 3-0 (3/4) Jonathon Foster              9/4, 9/4, 10/8 (50m)
M55:  (2) Jon Evans 3-1 (3/4) Dermot Hurford             5/9, 9/4, 9/7, 9/7 (49m)
M60:  (1) Peter Alexander 3-1  (2) Mark Cowley        10/8, 4/9, 9/1, 9/0 (45m)
M65:  (3/4) Aubrey Waddy 3-1 (5/8) Derek Collins        3/9, 9/6, 9/2, 9/6 (35m)
M70:  (2) Mike Clemson 3-0 (1) Adrian Wright                  9/7, 9/2, 10/9 (27m)
M75:  (1) Patrick Kirton  3-2 (3/4) Brian Phillips     2/9, 9/1, 9/5, 6/9, 9/4 (43m)

W35: (1) Lauren Briggs 3-0 (2) Laura Mylotte                    9/5, 9/3, 9/4
W40:  (2) Shayne Baillie 3-0 (3/4) Rachel Calver              10/8, 9/1, 9/7 (33m)
W45:  (3/4) Diana Parums 3-1 (5/8) Mandy Warren    8/10, 9/0, 9/7, 9/1 (39m)
W50:  (1) Mandy Akin 3-0 (2) Fiona McLean                      9/3, 9/1, 9/3
W55:  (1) Jill Campion 3-0 (2) Julie Field                           9/4, 9/3, 9/2 (18m)
W60:  Rebecca Czuczman 3-0 Celia Toogood                      9/6, 9/7, 9/1 (22m)
W65:  Rebecca Czuczman 3-1 Bett Dryhurst               7/9, 9/2, 9/4, 9/2 (26m)

         Lots of photos, including presentations, in the Gallery

Masters Crowned in Manchester

Masters Finals Day saw sixteen National Championships decided, with the favourites coming through in the majority of cases. Darren Lewis took the easiest route, collecting the M35 title after the withdrawl of the injured top seed Ben Ford, while at at other end of the age groups Pat Kirton prevailed in a five-setter to claim the M75 title.

Rebecca Czuczman doubled up with the W60 and W65 crowns, while Nick Taylor, Yawar Abbas, Peter Alexander and Mandy Akin added to their growing collections of titles as Jon Evans, Lauren Briggs and Shayne Baillie collected their first.

Sat 14th, Semi-Finals

Serial title winner Pat Kirton of Surrey will once again be in the final of the Menís Over 75ís after defeating D&Cís John Shaw and now meets Brian Phillips of Wales who overcame Malcolm Gilham (Suffolk).

The Over 70 final is a repeat of a year ago when Adrian Wright pipped Mike Clemson, both of Yorkshire to the title. They both enjoyed semi-final victories in straight games over Graham Fisher (Sussex) and William Wilson (Cheshire) respectively. It will be an interesting final as both have beaten each other recently so thereís everything to play for Ė one to watch!

In the Over 65ís Aubrey Waddy (Buckinghamshire) recovered after losing the first game to Ian Graham (Sussex) before taking control and winning though 8-10, 9-1,0-4, 9-6. Waddy now faces 5/8 seed Derek Collins of Northumbria in the Sundayís final.

Peter Alexander (Suffolk) looked as majestic as ever as he swept through to the over 60 final with a comprehensive 9-2, 9-2, 9-1 win over 5/8 seed Steve Jackson of Surrey. Alexander will now renew his rivalry with Mark Cowley (Middlesex) who proved too powerful and strong for Nick Drysdale (Avon) in the other semi-final.

The top two seeds in the Womenís Over 55ís showed their class as they both raced into the final with stylish 3-0 wins over Lesley Sturgess (Derbyshire) and Susan Pynegar (Nottinghamshire), both in 17 minutes.

In the menís over 55ís 3/4 seed Dermot Hurford (Surrey) put an end to Neil Harrisonís run in four while Jon Evans (Wales) had to fight hard to see off the challenge of Gawain Briars (Nottingham) in five. Briars looked the brighter early on with glimpses of the old class showing through but after going 2-1 up the fitter Evans started to take control and saw it out comfortably in the end: 1-9, 9-5, 4-9, 9-4, 9-1.

Top Over 50ís seed Mandy Akin got off to the worst possible start in her semi against Sarah Howlett (Cambridgeshire) and lost the first 0-9. However something seemed to click into place in the break and Akin came back onto court a different player and made Howlett pay the price with a superb reply to take it 0-9, 9-1, 9-1, 9-6. Akin will face No2 seed Fiona McLean of Scotland in the final after she overcame 5/5 seed Isobel Smith (Avon), again in four.

Derbyshireís over 50 Murray Scott continued his fine form with a solid 3-0 win over Simon Spencer of Nottinghamshire and now faces 3/4 seed Jonathan Foster (Hampshire) in the final. Foster put in a fantastic performance to overcome the usually ever reliable Eamonn Price (Hertfordshire) with some ease 9-2, 9-4, 9-3.

Itís an unpredicted final in the womenís over 45 competition with both Diane Parums (Cheshire) and Mandy Warren (Lancashire) beating higher seeded opposition to make it a North West final to look forward to. Parums sneaked past top seed Isabelle Tweedle of Surrey in a fantastic battle that could of gone either way, ending 10-8, 10-8, 6-9, 10-8 in 41 minutes. Warren then defeated the 3/4 seed Rose Bamber (Avon) in another tough encounter, surviving a spirited fight-back 9-4, 9-3, 5-9, 10-9.

The menís over 45 final will be an all Durham & Cleveland clash after Andrew Cross and Yarv Abbas both justified their seeding with good 3-0 wins over Colin Payne (Kent) and Stephen McLoughlin (Hants). Both players are looking good with Manchester City Councilís Abbas yet to drop a game throughout the week Ė county and national bragging rights now on the line!

Leicestershireís Rachel Calver came through a dramatic match to upend No1 seed and favourite Rachel Pullen (Nottinghamshire). After sharing the opening two games Pullen seemed to take complete control and won the third to love and took a 6-2 in the fourth. But back came Calver to level the games before Pullen once again pulled away to lead 8-5. However a couple of contested strokes and all of a sudden Pullen was fighting for survival and in the end it was Calver that held her nerve and crossed the finish line 7-9, 9-7, 0-9, 9-7, 10-8 (53m). Calver will now face Shayne Baille of Surrey who eased to a 3-0 win over Sarah Parr of Berkshire.

Nick Taylor (Lancashire) will be delighted to make the of the over 40ís again and be able to get back on the all glass court that he has graced so many times over the years. Taylor was made to work hard to dampen Jamie Goodrichís spirit before completing his win 11-8, 11-9, 11-1. In the final Taylor will meet fellow Lancashire player Danny Massaro who beat Michael McLoughlin of Middlesex in straight games.

Two ex-world tour players will contest the womenís over 35 final after professional performances for the top two seeds Lauren Briggs (Middlesex) and Laura Mylote (Cheshire) in their semi-final wins over Krissy Burkin (D&C) and Natalie Townsend (Warwickshire) respectively.

Sat 14th, Semi Finals:

Menís Over 35
(1) Ben Ford (Kent) 3-0 (3/4) James Bowden (Warks)                11/7, 11/4, 11/9
(2) Darren Lewis (Leics) 3-1 (3/4) Gareth Lumsden (D&C) 11/9, 13/15, 11/2, 11/3

Womenís Over 35
(1) Lauren Briggs (Essex) 3-0 (3/4) Krissy Burkin (D&C)       9/2, 9/2, 9/0 (20m)
(2) Laura Mylotte (Cheshire) 3-0 Natalie Townsend (Warks)    9/1, 9/4, 9/1 (15m)

Menís Over 40
(1) Nick Taylor (Lancashire) 3-0 (3/4) Jamie Goodrich (Norfolk)  11/8, 11/9, 11/1 (28m)
Danny Massaro (Lancs) 3-0 (5/8) Michael McLaughlin (Msex) 11/5, 11/7, 12/10 (36m)

Womenís Over 40
(3/4) Rachel Calver (Leics) 3-2 (1) Rachel Pullen (Notts) 7/9, 9/7, 0/9, 9/7, 10/8 (53m)
(2) Shayne Baillie (Surrey) 3-0 (3/4) Sarah Parr (Berks)              9/7, 9/6, 9/3 (31m)

Menís Over 45
(1) Andrew Cross (D&C) 3-0 (5/8) Colin Payne (Kent)            11/6, 11/9, 11/9 (39m)
(2) Yawar Abbas (D&C) 3-0 (3/4) Stephen McLoughlin (Hants)  11/7, 11/7, 11/8 (31m)

Womenís Over 45
(3/4) Diana Parums (Cheshire) 3-1 (1) Isabelle Tweedle (Surrey) 10/8, 10/8, 6/9, 10/8
(5/8) Mandy Warren (Lancashire) 3-1 (3/4) Rose Bamber (Avon)     9/4, 9/3, 5/9, 10/9

Menís Over 50
(1) Murray Scott (Derbyshire) 3-0 (9/16) Simon Spencer (Notts)   9/5, 9/2, 9/2 (38m)
(3/4) Jonathon Foster (Hampshire) 3-0 (2) Eamonn Price (Herts)  11/2, 11/3, 11/3 (40m)

Womenís Over 50
(1) Mandy Akin (Kent) 3-1 (3/4) Sarah Howlett (Cambs)           0/9, 9/1, 9/1, 9/6 (23m)
(2) Fiona McLean (Scotland) 3-1 (5/8) Isobel Smith (Avon) 8/10, 11/4, 11/5, 11/5 (37m)

Menís Over 55
(3/4) Dermot Hurford (Surrey) 3-1 (5/8) Neil Harrison (D&C) 9/4, 9/3, 6/9, 9/1 (35m)
(2) Jon Evans (Wales) 3-2 (5/8) Gawain Briars (Notts)      1/9, 9/5, 4/9, 9/4, 9/1 (46m)

Womenís Over 55
(1) Jill Campion (Middlesex) 3-0 (3/4) Lesley Sturgess (Derbyshire) 9/2, 9/2, 9/2 (17m)
(2) Julie Field (Yorkshire) 3-0 Susan Pynegar (Notts)                      9/0, 9/2, 9/2 (17m)

Men's Over 60
(1) Peter Alexander 3-0  (5/8) Steve Jackson                                9/2, 9/2, 9/1
(2) Mark Cowley 3-1 (3/4) Nick Drysdale                                9/3, 9/2, 4/9, 9/1 (28m)

Menís Over 65
(3/4) Aubrey Waddy (Bucks) 3-1 (5/8) Ian Graham (Sussex)    8/10, 11/1, 11/4, 11/6 (42m)
(5/8) Derek Collins (Numb) 3-0 (9/16) Alan Hendry (Merseys)  11/1, 11/5, 11/5 (22m)

Menís Over 70
(1) Adrian Wright (Yorkshire) 3-0 (3/4) Graham Fisher (Sussex)  9/3, 9/0, 10/8 (25m)
(2) Mike Clemson (Yorkshire) 3-0 (3/4) William Wilson (Cheshire ) 9/4, 9/2, 9/4 (22m)

Menís Over 75
(1) Patrick Kirton (Surrey) 3-0 (3/4) John Shaw (D&C)            9/1, 9/0, 9/3 (17m)
(3/4) Brian Phillips (Wales) 3-0 (2) Malcolm Gilham (Suffolk)    9/3, 9/5, 9/5 (32m)

Fri 13th, Masters Day THREE

All four top seeds showed their class in the menís over 35Ďs quarter finals with professional 3-0 wins lasting between 20 and 22 minutes. No1 seed Ben Ford (Kent) now faces 3/4 seed James Bowden (Warwickshire) while second seed Darren Lewis of Leicestershire will line up against D+Cís Gareth Lumsden.

Over 40ís favourite Nick Taylor of Jersey seems to have found his rhythm and defeated Jon Davies (Cheshire) in straight games. Jamie Goodrich (Norfolk) and Michael McLaughlin (Middlesex) join Taylor in the semis after wins in four over Jado Nardelli (Middlesex) and Paul Boyle (Buckinghamshire) respectively. McLaughlin had to dig deep and come back after losing the first to defeat the higher seeded Boyle 9-11 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 in 42 minutes. Danny Massaro (Lancashire) now lies in waiting for McLaughlin in the semi-final.

Yarv Abbas (D&C) looks to be on form and on course for the Over 45 final after another 3-0 victory. Steve Dorridge of Berkshire seemed to gain confidence after losing the first and made Abbas work hard to extend his lead on a tie-breaker before Abbas eased to victory 11-2, 12-10, 11-4 in 29 minutes. No1 seed Andrew Cross (D&C) also progressed after some stiff opposition from Jonathan Lilley (Yorkshire) whilst Colin Payne (Kent) had to recover from 2 down before edging the 3/4 seed David Youngs (Norfolk) in a nail biting finale: 7-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8, 13-11 (44m). The semi-final line up was completed when the other 3/4 seed Stephen McLoughlin (Hampshire) weathered a superb comeback from Surreyís Mark Baker to sneak through, again in a five: 11-9, 13-11, 6-11, 9-11, 11-9 (52m).

Simon Spence of Nottinghamshire is the surprise face in the menís over 50 semi-finals after the 9/16 seed put 3/4 seed Martin Greenslade of Dorset to the sword 9-6, 9-4, 9-4 in 43 minutes. The top two seeds Murray Scott (Derbyshire) and Eamonn Price (Hertfordshire) both advanced as expected but 3/4 seed Jonathan Foster (Hampshire) was taken to 5 in a marathon 5 setter against 5/8 seed Steven Calvert of Northumbria. Foster started slowly losing the first before taking control and the next two games. However back came Calvert and forced a decider after taking the fourth 10-8 but alas Foster wasnít to be denied and took it 5-9, 9-3, 9-5, 9-10, 9-3 in 76 minutes.

The Over 55ís saw 2 of the top 4 seeds disappear from the draw. Scotlandís Simon Gogolin fell to Neil Harrison (D&C) in four while ex world tour star Gawain Briars (Nottinghamshire) dispatched 3/4 seed Jeremy Goulding (Avon), again in four games. No2 seed Jon Evans of Wales and 3/4 seed Dermot Hurford (Surrey) both looked good as they eased through after defeating Ged Martin (Yorkshire) and Mark Taylor (Avon) respectively.

Three of the top four seeds in the over 60ís progressed but it wasnít to be for 3/4 seed Stuart Hardy (Middlesex) who saw his hopes of a national title slip away with a 3-1 loss to Steve Jackson (Surrey). Nick Drysdale only just made it himself after a great battle with Cumbriaís Ronnie Bell. Drysdale twice found himself behind but gradually wore Bell down and ran out a relieved 6-9, 9-5, 8-10, 9-7, 9-1 victor.

The Over 65 quarters were all without incident and all completed in straight games. After defeating Alex Sinclair (Scotland) 3/4 seed Aubrey Waddy (Bucks) is the highest seed remaining in the draw after the other 3/4 Larry Grover (Hampshire) was taken out by Derek Cololins of Northumbria.

The semi-finals of the Over 70ís will be as predicted after all top four seeds won their quarters. In the top half of the draw Adrian Wright (Yorkshire) & Graham Fisher(Sussex) were both made to work hard before winning in four while in the bottom half Mike Clemson Clemson (Yorkshire) & William Wilson (Cheshire) made light work of their opponents.

In a disappointing draw of only 5 in the over 75ís Brian Phillips of Wales joins the top seeds in the semi-finals after defeating multiple age group winner Lance Kinder (Hampshire) who will now be looking forward to forcing the organisers to introduce an Over 80ís in time for next yearís NationalsÖwhen surprisingly he will be of that age!!

In the Womenís Over 35ís Natalie Townsend of Warwickshire staged an incredible comeback to defeat 3/4 seed Joanne Smalley in five. Townsend was battered in the first two games 1 and 0 before getting into her stride and completing the comeback in style: 1-9, 0-9, 9-6, 9-4, 9-3 in 36 minutes.

The top four seeds will contest the womenís over 40ís after comfortable wins for all, with only Rachel Calver (Leicestershire) dropping a game in her match with 5/8 seed Sam Mueller (Bucks).

It is a similar story in the over 45ís with solid wins for the top girls who will now battle it out for a shot at the title come Sunday.

Over 50ís 3/4 seed Pippa Green saw her hopes of Nationals glory fade as she was beaten in four by 5/8 seed Isobel Smith (Avon). Top seed Mandy Akin (Kent) had to fight hard to win the first game of her encounter with Lancashireís Shelly Walsh before she saw off the challenge 10-8, 9-2, 9-4. Sarah Howell (Cambridgeshire) and Fiona McClean (Scotland) make up the semi-final line up after good 3-0 victories.

Susan Pynegar (Nottinghamshire) created the upset of the womenís over 55ís with a gutsy 6-9, 9-7, 9-3 9-5 win over 3/4 seed Lynne Davies of Wales in 35 minutes. Pynegarís prize is a semi-final spot against Julie Field (Yorkshire). The other semi will be between Jill Campion (Middlesex) and Lesley Sturgess (Derbyshire) whoboth enjoyed comprehensive victories over Jan Ellis (Avon) and Rebecca Moore (Cambridgeshire) respectively.

Thu 12th, Masters Day TWO

Top seed in the Over 35ís Ben Ford kicked of his week with a win and now faces 9/16 Alistair Coker (Hertfordshire) in Fridays quarter final. Coker earned his spot with a great victory over the higher seeded Matt Marshall of Buckinghamshire. After taking the first game it looked like Marshall had taken control as he replied and then took a 2-1 lead. However Coker responded to level before a great decider finally finished in Cokerís favour 12-10. 9/16 seed Chris Gillespie (D&C) upset the seedings with a straight forward 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 win over 5/8 seed Marcus Hayes from Wales. The bottom half of the draw all comfortably went to seed.

Ex Manchester favourite Nick Taylor, now of Jersey kicked off his Over 40 campaign with a tough 3-1 victory over Darren Gray of Berkshire. Taylor is seeded to meet Laura Massaroís husband Danny in Sundayís final and he eased through his first match 3-0 against Dave Porter of Merseyside. R2 saw two of the 5/8 seeds knocked out with wins for Jago Nardelli (Middlesex) and Nicholas Staunton (Warks). Nardelli triumphed in a gruelling 3-2 win over Jonathan Gliddon (Devon) after successfully coming back after twice finding himself behind in games. It finished 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6 in just shy of an hour. Meanwhile Staunton overcame Matthew Stephenson in 4 to set up a quarter final against Danny Massaro (Lancashire).

Over 45 top seed Andrew Cross (D&C) got off to a slow start in his R2 match with Karl Hardy (Cheshire) before finding his stride in the second and then pressing on to take it 3-1 and set up a R3 encounter with Nathan Lilley (Yorkshire) who himself had had to come back after losing the first game against Andy Normile of Surrey.

Round 2 of the Menís Over 50 went exactly to plan, for the seeding committee at least with all seeded players progressing to R3. James Hyatt (Surrey) and Peter Lonsdale (D&C) were the only players dropping a game, both having to fight back after losing the first to Stuart Wardle (Lancashire) and Ian Fenner Evans (Wales) respectively. Friday will be tough for the O50ís with everyone having both R3 and QFís to manoeuvre.

Similarly the Menís Over 55ís quarter final line up is as expected after all seeds won through without any major scares.

The National Champs very own Steve Cubbins (Northumbria) continued his rich vein of form in the O60  with a great 3-0 win over 9/16 seed Michael Tidy (Berkshire) Ė luckily his Friday R3 match is on before the action gets under way on the all glass court, so as long as he doesnít drag his game out website coverage can continue without disruption. The only other non-seed through to R3 is Fred Harrison who will be fresh for his match with 5/8 seed Geoff Redfern of Warwickshire after todayís opponent withdrew.

The Over 65ís draw has opened up with both top seeds failing to make it to the quarters. Favourite Barry Featherstone (Hampshire) withdrew allowing Peter Lovattís (Staffordshire) run to continue unchallenged. Cheshireís No2 seed Terence Norman was well beaten by North West rival and 9/16 seed Alan Hendry (Merseyside). Rodney Boswell (Cheshire) was another casualty losing to lower seeded opposition - Alex Sinclair (Scotland) sneaked the first 10-9 and then took a 2-0 lead before losing the third on a tie-breaker. However this proved to be the end of Boswellís resistance and Sinclair ran away with the fourth to wrap up a solid 3-1 victory and secure a quarter final berth against v Bucks 3/4 seed Audrey Waddy.

Roy Bond (Derbyshire) and Brian Hardcastle (Essex) fought out a great five setter in the Over 70ís. 5/8 seed Hardcastle edged into the lead taking the first 10/8 before Bond took control and raced into a 2-1 lead. Hardcastle then staged a fight back to level things up but then had nothing left to give in the fifth. Stephen Burgess (Surrey) also helped himself to a 5/8 scalp, defeating Tommy Elves of D+C in 3.

The womenís masters just about got underway with a few early round matches on show. The performance of the day going to Helen Barnard of Wales who defeated Over 45 5/8 seed Rachel Woolford in a cracking 6-9, 8/10, 9-4, 9-4, 9-5 comeback victory in 47 minutes. There were also wins for Kay Fallows (Lancashire) in the 45ís, Sam Mueller (Bucks) and Alison Goy (Nottinghamshire) in the 35ís and Isobel Smith and Julia Dolman (Cambridgeshire) in the 50ís.

Wed 11th, Masters Day ONE

The biggest draw in masters Nationals history kicked off on Wednesday with 292 players fighting for the 16 titles up for grabs.

The Over 70ís has grown massively over recent years and has now moved into a 32 draw to accommodate all those wishing to compete. The top seeds including World Champion Adrian Wright and No2 seed Mike Clemson are yet to start but of the early matches Stephen Burgessís (Surrey) tussle with Merseysideís Andrew Beeston was the pick - a great battle that saw Burgess respond after losing the first and then being pegged back at 2-2 to sneak it in the fifth: 7-9, 9-3, 10-8, 4-9, 9-4 (41m).

Although the top seeds in the Over 65ís received byes there was plenty of action as the first round got under way. Peter Lovatt (Staffordshire) caused the only upset, defeating 9/16 seed Harvey Kember (Berkshire) in five. Lovatt looked in complete control at 2-0 but Kember dug deep to level things up at 2 games a-piece. However this effort took its toll and Lovatt regained momentum and took it easily in the decider. Chris Ansell (Berkshire), another 9/16 seed, almost fell himself but battled back from 1-0 and 2-1 down to eventually defeat Paul Hodges (Worcestershire) and secure a R2 match with 3/4 seed Audrey Waddy (Bucks).

There were only 3 matches in the Over 60ís but one winner was Nationals and SquashSite webmaster Steve Cubbins (Northumbria) who defeated Cheshireís Paul Vale in 4.

The Over 50ís & 55ís all went to plan with no upsets. Over 55ís No1 seed Simon Gogolin from Scotland began his campaign with a straight games win over Cheshireís Grahame Brickell. In the 50ís Ian Fenner Evans (Wales) & Nigel Bacon (Essex) enjoyed a tough encounter lasting 64 minutes. Fenner Evans took the first 10-8 before Bacon secured the second 9-6. The third saw Fenner Evans re-establish his lead but Bacon was not done and fought back to take the fourth into a tie-breaker. However in the end it was Fenner Evans who took it and with it 10-8, 6-9, 9-4, 10-8 and with it secure a second round match against D+Cís Peter Lonsdale. Duffield PSL Manager Felix Frixou (Derbyshire) lost out to Nick Peel of Kent before staying on to watch his Duffield player and triple world champion Nick Matthew ease into R2 of the menís main draw.

The first upset in the Menís Over 45ís was the loss of 9/16 seed Nick Jones of Wales. Jones was squeezed out in 5 by Cheshireís Karl Hardy in a thrilling topsy-turvy five setter 11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 7-11, 11-8 in 45 minutes. There were comfortable wins for the top four seeds, Andrew Cross & Yarv Abbas of D&C, Stephen McLoughlin (Hampshire)) and Norfolkís David Youngs.

There was little to report in the Menís Over 35 & 40ís with many players yet to play. However as is traditional the last match on court went the distance and kept the cleaners waiting!! - Peter Knowles (Warwickshire) and Nottingham SRCís manager Nick Hargreaves (Nottinghamshire) took 64 minutes to decide their R1 match but to be fair it was lovely match to watch and was played in great spirit. The match ebbed and flowed and could have gone either way. However in the end it was Knowles who took the spoils 11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6.

Thursday sees the start of the womenís masters and the remaining top seeds join the action.

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