Tring Open 2017

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Arnold Homes Tring Open 2017
09-14 May, Tring, England, $15k

14-May, Final:
James beats Lobban in Tring marathon

[1] Declan James (Eng) 3-1 [5] Greg Lobban
             4/11, 13/11, 11/7, 11/9 (90m)

Declan: "It became a bit of a war of attrition today for various reasons. He was outplaying me the first game and a half and I really had to dig deep to find the answers.

"As the match went on I felt myself relaxing more and more so the blood break didn't come at a good time for me having that time out so late in the 4th [approx 15m break at 9-8 to Declan].

"Fortunately I still felt relaxed coming back onto court and managed to close it out. You have to take you're hat off to Greg for the way he's come back from a very serious injury, to get back to that kind of form so quickly is a testament to his quality.

"Thanks to Chris and his team for putting on a great first event. I'm really happy to finish my season with a win and can take the confidence into the summer training phase."

Tring Open 2017
09-14 May, Tring, England, $15k
Round One
11 Mar 
12 May
13 May
14 May
[1] Declan James (Eng)
11/4, 11/8, 9/11, 11/8 (69m)
[Q] George Parker (Eng)
[1] Declan James

11/8, 14/12, 9/11, 11/4 (56m)

[8] Henrik Mustonen
[1] Declan James

11/4, 11/4, 11/8 (42m)

[Q] Ahsan Ayaz

[1] Declan James


4/11, 13/11, 11/7, 11/9 (90m)


[5] Greg Lobban

[8] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11/9, 11/5, 11/9 (39m)
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
[6] Ben Coleman (Eng)
12/14, 11/5, 11/4, 12/10 (67m)
[Q] Ahsan Ayaz (Pak)
[Q] Ahsan Ayaz

11/8, 13/11, 3/11, 13/11 (64m)

[4] Todd Harrity
[4] Todd Harrity (Usa)
11/4, 11/4, 11/2 (25m)
[LL] Mike Harris (Eng)
[Q] Ashley Davies (Eng)
11/6, 10/12, 11/7, 11/2 (66m)
[3] Joel Makin (Wal)
[3] Joel Makin

11/6, 11/7, 11/4 (58m)

[7] Richie Fallows
[3] Joel Makin

11/7, 11/4, 11/6 (55m)

[5] Greg Lobban

Jens Schoor (Ger)
11/5, 11/4, 11/9 (38m)
[7] Richie Fallows (Eng)
[Q] Lance Beddoes (Nzl)
11/4, 11/7, 11/9 (29m)
[5] Greg Lobban (Sco)
[5] Greg Lobban

11/6, 11/9, 3/11, 11/3 (55m)

[2] Raphael Kandra
[wc] Alex Noakes (Eng)
11/7, 11/3, 11/6 (39m)
[2] Raphael Kandra (Ger)

10-May, Finals:
Lance Beddoes (Nzl) 3-0 Ondrej Uherka (Cze)     12/10, 8/11, 11/8, 11/7 (41m)
Ahsan Ayaz (Pak) 3-2 Rui Soares (Por)    11/13, 11/2, 10/12, 11/3, 11/8 (74m)
Ashley Davies (Eng) 3-2 Mike Harris (Eng)  9/11, 11/2, 11/7, 6/11, 13/11 (69m)
George Parker (Eng) 3-1 Adam Auckland (Eng)     11/7, 8/11, 11/5, 11/6 (57m)

09-May, Round One:
Lance Beddoes (Nzl) 3-0 Robert Downer (Eng)             11/8, 11/6, 11/4 (24m)
Ondrej Uherka (Cze) 3-1 Lewis Walters (Jam)      11/7, 5/11, 11/9, 11/8 (64m)
Rui Soares (Por) 3-0 Laurence Green (Eng)                 11/7, 11/7, 11/2 (32m)
Ahsan Ayaz (Pak) 3-2 Sean Conroy (Irl)    11/13, 11/4, 11/9, 7/11, 11/6 (62m)
Ashley Davies (Eng) 3-0 Alex Preston (Eng)                 11/2, 11/6, 11/4 (22m)
Mike Harris (Eng) 3-0 Sam Ellis (Sco)                          11/7, 11/9, 11/9 (32m)
George Parker (Eng) 3-0 Brian Byrne (Irl)                     11/4, 11/5, 11/9 (25m)
Adam Auckland (Eng) 3-0 Chris Fuller (Eng)                  11/6, 11/6, 11/6 (44m)
13-May, Semis:
Top seed James to face
comeback man Lobban in Final

Top seed Declan James ended the run of Pakistan qualifier Ahsan Ayaz with a straight-game semi-final win, while Scotland's Greg Lobban continued his impressive first tournament after injury with with a three-nil wn over Welsh third seed Joel Makin.

Greg: "To get Joel off the court in three games is something that I'm very pleased with. He has a strong solid game and is difficult to break down. I couldn't be happier to be in the final.

"I've had 6 months to analyse and improve my game and I feel that I'm on the right track. On to tomorrow......."

Declan: "I knew I had to be on it from the first point tonight as he would be confident from the great run he's had this week. I thought if I could make the pace as high as possible, the court time might start to take its toll on him and I think it did eventually.

"He's got a bright future ahead if he applies himself. Happy with the intensity I played with and left the tank full for tomorrow. Looking forward to the final."

12-May, Quarters:

What they said ...

Ayez: "Happy with another big win against Todd Harrity. As he is quite calm and experienced it was a very mental match.

"I kept pushing myself on each and every point considering that each point is the last point. Looking forward to playing Declan James tomorrow."

Joel: "Happy to get off in 3 as it's good to stay as fresh as you can when getting to the later stages of a tournament. I felt I played better than last time we played and Richie seems to really struggle mentally today.

"I'm really enjoying the club, the hospitality and the organisation of this event."

Greg: "Very pleased to be competing with someone of Raphael's standard at the moment. He is a great guy on and off the court, I have a lot of time for him.

"I've thought a lot about my first tournament back and I'm happy to still be in contention."

Declan: "Happy with that overall. Henrik beat me 3-0 last time so I was keen to right that wrong tonight. It was actually a carbon copy of last night really, going 2-0 up, having a bad patch at the end of the third, and then coming on strong again in the 4th.

"He's a tough player to play and doesn't give you much rhythm. Pleased to navigate that and looking forward to tomorrow now."
11-May, Round One:
Ayaz joins seven seeds in Tring quarters

What they said:

Henrik: "it was a good match. A bouncy court compared to Finland! I really had to concentrate and he was able to slow the pace down really well. Luckily I managed to stay patient enough to maintain control in the rallies"

Todd: " I played really well today and felt good from the start. I was able to keep focus and everything was working today. I got my rhythm going and it felt great. So I'm really happy with today and hope this carries over to tomorrow "

Raphael: " Happy to be through the 1st round. I played the wildcard and local star Alex Noakes and it was a tough start for me. I found it difficult to find my length and rhythm and of course he was firing and trying everything to sneak a game. I gradually started to feel more comfortable and it was all on me actually. I found some really good corners and lines. Yes happy and looking forward to tomorrow "

Ahsan: " Before quitting I always think why I started it. Beating Ben an experienced player is not easy. It was more a mental game today.I am really enjoying my Squash. I am working on just suffering these two hours right now and enjoy till the next day of entering the court for the next battle "

Greg: "Happy to be back playing on tour again. This is my 1st official PSA event back and it is exciting to be here. As this my first event back I am just trying to enjoy it and enjoy being fit again"

Joel: " Happy to get through and it wa s tough early on. I felt like I put a lot of work into his legs early on but he still took a tough 2nd game. After that I felt I was on top but credit to Ash he made it tough and didn't give me anything cheap."

Richie: " Really pleased as Jens is usually a bogey player for me so I was tense going in. I felt really good today. The court and club are great. Really looking forward to tomorrow "

Declan: Really happy with the performance tonight, George is well on his way back to his best now and that told when he fought back in the third. Fortunately I think the work had been done by that point and I managed to pull away at the end of the fourth. We train together a lot and know each other's games inside out. A fun, fair and tough battle. Great start to the week for me.
10-May, Qualifying Finals:

Lance Beddoes 3-0 Ondrej Uherka

A tough, argumentative tussle with lots of traffic problems. Lance managed to keep his concentration better towards the end of each game with a few clinical finishes to front which just tipped the balance.

Ahsan Ayaz 3-2 Rui Soares

The longest match of the day and a great close battle. The young 18 year old Pakistani player showed great speed and flair against Rui who's quick hands and deceptively fast movement wasn't quite enough on the day.

George Parker 3-1 Adam Auckland

In front of a packed crowd this match was greatly anticipated and did not disappoint. George was calm and controlled from the start and the quality of his ball striking was too much for Adam despite his remarkable speed around court.

Adam fought hard to win the 2nd but this effort seems to take its toll and George was too strong. A clinical, professional win for the young English player.

Ashley Davies 3-2 Mike Harris

The match of the night ! Both players exchanging nicks and outrageous winners. A tie break in the 5th and a wonderful sporting display of quality squash from both players.

The crowd thoroughly enjoyed this one. Mike lost the match but won the "lucky loser " slot and that couldn't have been more deserved.


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