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Essex Closed 2017
Essex Squash Racquets Association 2017 Essex Closed Squash Tournament Match Report and Results Summary Held at Club Kingswood in Basildon 20th to 22nd January Sponsored By MILLANE Contract Services Ltd (Basildon) Keller Williams Property Consultants (Southend) Last weekend saw the return of the Essex Closed Squash Tournament to Club Kingswood in Basildon after an absence of several years. The competition draws in the county elite players, and 2017 was no exception with world ranked players battling it out in front of a capacity crowd. The tournament is made all the more prestigious by support from our sponsors who provide the prizes, trophies and competition shirts that draw in the competitors. Squash goes somewhat unnoticed, which is surprising as England has some of the world’s top players, including the world number 1 over recent years. Also Essex is proud to boasts having a number of players in the top world rankings who have aspired through our junior programs. Squash and its sister sport Squash 57 (formally Racketball) are 2 of the best sports for both aerobic and physical fitness, they also provide an incredible social platform at all levels, ages and genders, as well as being fun to play. The weekend attracted nearly 100 entries from all parts of the county who battled it out over the 3 days. Full draw and results are posted on the Essex SRA website at www.essexsra,com and on our Facebook page ‘Essex SRA’ Men’s A Winner - Richie Fallows Ladies A Winner - Alice Green (World no. 62) England U17 no.2, U19 no.7 & WR 189 Event WINNER RUNNER UP Men's A Richie Fallows Rory Pennell Men's B Steve Cunnew Francis Engerer Men's C George Rapley (Jr) Zaid Mushtaq (Jr) Men's 35 Antony Savage Paul Wallace Men's 45 Chris Long Paul Goodhew Men's 50 Nigel Bacon Pascal Dibattista Men's 55 David Harris Lee Horton Ladies A Alice Green (Jr) Keeley Peacock Ladies 40 Michelle Higgins Kerry Munn Ladies 50 Lisa Tolhurst Maureen Duke PLATE WINNER RUNNER UP Men's A Dave Smith Phil Lavender Men's B Darren Vickery Zaid Mushtaq Men's C Adrian Dibattista Andrew Pell Men's 35 Darren Vickery James Ware Men's 55 Tariq Mushtaq Wyn Edwards Ladies 50 Dawn Robinson Elaine Oddie Main Competition Results Plate Results Friday 20th January The weekend started with matches on Friday evening which saw the first rounds of the men’s B & C competitions Saturday 21st January Saturday was a very busy time, matches started at midday and went on well into early evening with the results setting up the semi-finals and finals that would be played on the Sunday. Sunday 22nd January – FINALS DAY Sunday morning started with a bang as the semi-finals got underway, from 10am until about 2.pm competitors battled for a place in the finals. All matches were hard fought but the highlight of the semis was the first round of the men’s A between two world ranked players - Elliot Selby and Rory Pennell. Rory went down 2 games, then fought back to win the 3rd, Elliot put himself into match winning position in the 4th but was unable to clinch the win bringing the match level to 2 games all. The 5th game was spectacular, Elliot again got himself into a winning position, but Rory dug deeper and deeper to erode Elliot’s advantage to bring the points level. From then it was cat and mouse with both players taking the advantage then losing it, eventually an exhausted Rory managed to clinch the winning point to take the 5th game 16-14. And after an hour of play there was only a 3 points margin separating the winner from the loser. This had been preceded by an equally challenging ladies match between Sarah Neller and Keeley Peacock. Keeley took the first game, Sarah pulling level with the 2nd, losing the 3rd then taking the 4th to even the match at 2 all. In the deciding 5th game Keeley pulled ahead to an 8-4 lead and looked good for the win, but Sarah dug in to level the score and then take herself to match ball at 10-8. Keeley however held on to again level the score, and much as in the men’s match advantage switched between players until Keeley managed to sneak the win for a place in the final. We kicked off the finals around 3pm with some of the plate competitions before we got into the main competition. The plates were contested with equal determination as the main events, and produced some enjoyable displays of competitiveness and good gamesmanship. We had several juniors enter the tournament and young Adrian Dibattista (just 14) won the C plate. Despite having played rounds on the Saturday and in the morning all the finalists still treated the crowd to stunning competitive matches which had been scheduled to finish with enough time for all competitors to watch the finals of the Ladies and Men’s A group. Again we would like to highlight the importance of juniors to the game, and Essex is pretty good at bringing them along, this was born out by the Men’s C final contested by 17 year old George Rapley and Zaid Mushtaq just 13. In the match neither player gave an inch but both displayed superb court conduct coupled with determination, serving as a fine example of sportsmanship the county can be proud of. Then we had the Men’s final, Rory Pennell a previous title holder and still hurting from his semi-finals match was up against world no.62 (and rising) Richie Fallows yet another Essex junior star now 21. Much as with the ladies, the first game proved a cat and mouse affair, each player inching forward and avoiding making any errors or providing openings for the other. The rallies were intense most over 25 shots or more, with staggering retrievals and stunning shots. Richie clinched the first game but was held to task in the second, Rory went ahead towards the end of the game but Richie was able to pull his lead back to take the second game 11-8. Richie set himself up nicely for the 3rd game going 10-6 ahead and serving for the match, but Rory was having none of it, he dug deep to pull back to 10 all. Richie slammed an exhausted Rory all over the court for the next 20 minutes and just managed to clinch the 3rd game with an inch perfect drop nick shot, giving Richie that game 17-15 and consequently the match and Essex Closed Men’s Champion Title. So a perfect weekend of superb squash that entertained and thrilled the crowd of spectators we had for the whole 3 days. The event relies heavily on sponsorship to cover the cost of prizes, trophies and shirts, so I would like to thank ‘Millane Contract Services ltd’ and ‘Keller Williams’ for their kind support. I must also thank Club Kingswood for hosting the event, the spectators who came along and provided the atmosphere, and of course the players without whom this would not be possible Special thanks to the helpers and organisers especially: Kerry Munn – Club Kingswood Geoff Went – Essex SRA Antony Savage – Millane Contract Services And all the markers who did such a fantastic job (particularly Joe Blackmur) We look forward to 2018 and hopefully attracting similar sponsorship, players and venue. Thank you all for making this tournament the success it was. David Neller Chairman Essex SRA        
Posted: 04/02/2017
Hosts USA Strike Triple-Gold In PanAm Championships
Men's Individual Quarter-Finals: Leandro Romiglio (ARG) bt Tyler Osborne (CAN) 11-4, 4-11, 11-9, 11-4 Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt Josue Enriquez (GUA) 11-8, 12-10, 11-0 Edgar Zayas (MEX) bt [3/4] Christopher Gordon (USA) 8-11, 12-14, 12-10, 11-6, 11-5 [2] Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt Eric Galvez (MEX) 8-11, 11-1, 11-1, 8-11, 11-2 Semi-finals: Leandro Romiglio (ARG) bt Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 [2] Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt Edgar Zayas (MEX) 11-2, 11-4, 11-4 Final: Leandro Romiglio (ARG) bt [2] Arturo Salazar (MEX) 9-11, 11-4, 3-11, 12-10, 12-10 Women's Individual Quarter-Finals: [1] Diana Garcia (MEX) bt Fernanda Rocha (ARG) 13-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4 Haley Mendez (USA) bt [4] Anita Pinto (CHI) 11-7, 12-10, 11-7 Mariam Kamal (USA) bt [3] Giselle Delgado (CHI) 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 [2] Catalina Pelaez (COL) bt Nayelly Hernandez (MEX) 5-11, 11-5, 9-11, 13-11, 14-12 Semi-finals: Haley Mendez (USA) bt [1] Diana Garcia (MEX) 11-1, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5 Mariam Kamal (USA) bt [2] Catalina Pelaez (COL) 7-11, 11-4, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5 Final: Mariam Kamal (USA) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 11-7, 11-5, 12-10 Men's Doubles Semi-Finals: Eric Galvez and Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt Robertino Pezzota and Leandro Romiglio (ARG) 4-11, 11-4, 11-6 Rafael Allendes and Sebastian Gallegos (CHI) bt Antonio de la Torre and Mauricio Sedano (GUA) 11-6, 11-4 Final: Eric Galvez and Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt Rafael Allendes and Sebastian Gallegos (CHI) 11-5, 11-2 Women's Doubles Semi-Finals: [3/4] Giselle Delgado and Anita Pinto (CHI) bt [1] Grace Doyle and Mariam Kamal (USA) 8-11, 11-10, 11-7 [2] Nayelly Hernandez and Luz Sarahi López Dominguez (MEX) bt [3/4] Karol Gonzalez and Ana Gabriela Porras (COL) 11-8, 11-5 Final: [3/4] Giselle Delgado and Anita Pinto (CHI) bt [2] Nayelly Hernandez and Luz Sarahi López Dominguez (MEX) 11-8, 6-11, 11-10 Mixed Doubles Semi-Finals: Antonella Falcione and Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt [1] Diana Garcia and Edgar Zayas (MEX) 11-9, 11-4 Catalina Pelaez and Erick Herrera (COL) bt [2] Winifer Bonilla and Josue Enriquez (GUA) 11-7, 7-11, 11-8 Final: Antonella Falcione and Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt Catalina Pelaez and Erick Herrera (COL) 11-7, 9-11, 11-4 Men's Team Championship Semi-Finals: USA bt MEXICO 2/1; ARGENTINA bt COLOMBIA 2/0 Final: USA bt ARGENTINA 2/1 (Todd Harrity bt Leandro Romiglio 11-8, 11-6, 11-7; Faraz Khan lost to Gonzalo Miranda 11-13, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11; Christopher Gordon bt Robertino Pezzota 11-8, 11-4, 11-2) Women's Team Championship Semi-Finals: USA bt COLOMBIA 2/0; MEXICO bt ARGENTINA 2/0 Final: USA bt MEXICO 2/1 (Mariam Kamal bt Diana Garcia 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8; Grace Doyle lost to Luz Sarahi López Dominguez 8-11, 6-11, 9-11; Marina Stefanoni bt Dina Soledad Anguiano Gomez 8-11, 11-8, 11-1, 11-8) Hosts USA Strike Triple-Gold In PanAm Championships In the 24th staging of the Pan American Squash Championships - but the first to be held in the USA - the hosts clinched three gold medals, including a clean sweep in the Team Championships. Played over a week at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, the event began with the individual championships. 18-year-old Californian Mariam Kamal, winner of the Pan American Junior Championship title last month, claimed the women's title in an all-USA final against Haley Mendez - both players having eliminated the top two seeds in the semi-finals. A tough men's final which went the full distance saw unseeded Leandro Romiglio upset second-seeded Mexican Arturo Salazar 9-11, 11-4, 3-11, 12-10, 12-10 to become Argentina's first men's champion since 2004. Salazar recovered to take gold in the Men's Doubles event, partnering Eric Galvez to an 11-5, 11-2 win for Mexico over Chileans Rafael Allendes and Sebastian Gallegos in the final. Chile took gold in the Women's Doubles, however, where Giselle Delgado and Anita Pinto upset Nayelly Hernandez and Luz Sarahi López Dominguez, the No.2 seeds from Mexico, 11-8, 6-11, 11-10. Argentina scored a sole gold in the championships when Antonella Falcione and Gonzalo Miranda progressed from a mighty upset over the top seeds in the Mixed Doubles semi-finals to win the final 11-7, 9-11, 11-4 over Colombians Catalina Pelaez and Erick Herrera. Team USA (pictured above) were victorious over Argentina in the men's team final and against Mexico in the women's climax - both ties going the full distance and Mariam Kamal leading the women's team to become the only double gold-medallist in the 2016 PanAm Championships. PanAm image courtesy of US Squash
Posted: 26/09/2016
Gawad And El Welily Crowned Champions
Men’s Final [3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [4] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (40m) Women’s Final [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-2: 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7 (61m) In front of one of the most iconic sporting backdrops of all time – the Pyramids of Giza – it was local man Karim Abdel Gawad, the World No.6, and Women’s World No.5 Raneem El Welily who took the spoils in the 2016 Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza to write their names into Egypt’s sporting history books.  In the shadow of the iconic structures Gawad, who came past World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad to reach the title-decider, overcame Ali Farag – the Cairo-born World No.10 – in straight games to become the first Egyptian to taste success here since the legendary Ahmed Barada in 1998, while El Welily overcame the challenge of compatriot and World No.1 Nour El Sherbini to become the first Egyptian woman ever to win the iconic title.  Receiving $17,000 each – the first time a major squash tournament in Egypt has offered parity in prize money – the duo delighted the capacity crowd to claim arguably the most important wins in their careers so far.  “It’s a great pleasure for anyone to play at this amazing venue – which is one of the most amazing locations of all time,” said Gawad.  “As a player it is a dream just to be here but to win it is incredibly special.  “At the beginning of the tournament my only aim was to win my first round and to get to play one match at the Al-Ahram Glass Court. So I am so happy to hold and raise the trophy now. It was only at Championship Ball that it hit me, that I was about to win this tournament. “Ali and I played a good match and wee both played the best Egyptians in the world all week. Today, I tried and be very strong mentally, and in particular during the first game. I wanted to show him that I was strong, and determined, and very focused and it paid off for me.” Speaking after her thrilling five game win over El Sherbini, which saw her halt resurgent spells from the current World Champion, El Welily said: “Nour is the best player out there at the moment in women’s squash. She played a great match today and really pushed hard until the end and I think we both gave it everything we had – which is fitting for this final in this amazing location.”
Posted: 23/09/2016

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