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Laura Massaro & Nick Matthew are National Champions 2016

For the full results from the championships, please visit the official National Squash Championships website.

The 2016 National titles were decided on the glass court in Manchester as some of the best players in the world strutted their stuff.

World no.1 Laura Massaro justified her top seed with a comprehensive straight-game win over Alison Waters in the women’s final, the pair’s fourth meeting at this stage.

A quick start saw the top seed lead 5-0 and the pattern was set, Massaro dominating the rallies, Waters unable to make much of an impression on the play or the scoreboard as Massaro raced to a two game lead.

The third was more competitive, but Massaro still had the edge, closing out the match in under half an hour.

Nick Matthew already held the record of seven National titles and, appearing in a record ninth final, he extended that to eight as he beat James Willstrop in their fifth final.

The top seed was dominant in the first game, putting Willstrop under relentless pressure as he took the lead. Willstrop fought back well from 2-4 in the second to level the match, but was under the cosh once more in the final two games as Matthew regained control.

At 9-2 in the fourth there was a particularly brutal rally which Willstrop somehow managed to win, to his own and the crowd’s delight, but it was only a short stay of execution.

U21s

In the inaugural U21s Nationals finals, Georgina Kennedy (Kent) proved to have too much for Alison Thomson (Surrey) as she took the title in straight games.

It was a closer affair in the other U21 final as George Parker (Leic) battled past Richie Fallows (Essex) 3-1 in just over an hour.

Masters

It was fourth time lucky for Ben Ford (Kent) who had to come from 2-1 down against Darren Lewis (Leic) to claim his maiden Men’s O35s title. Ford had featured in three of the last four O35 National Champs finals. It was a repeat of the 2015 final.

Nick Taylor won his third Men’s O40s National title, defeating fellow Lancastrian Danny Massaro in four games. It’s his seventh National title, adding to his four Men’s O35s National titles.

Lee Scot (Yorks) captured his first Men’s O45s title as he defeated Nick Brown (Cambs) in straight games. Scott had defeated 3/4 David Youngs (Norfolk) in the semi final having earlier dumped out the top seed, Yawar Abbas.

After finishing as a runner up in 2006 and 2011, Peter Gunter (Midd) finally claimed a National title in the Men’s O50s, defeating Marc Aldridge (Surrey) in four games.

Mark Woodliffe (Glouc) claimed a third National title, adding the Men’s O55s to his two MO50s titles, defeating Dermot Hurford in straight games. Hurford has been denied at the final hurdle in consecutive years.

Mark Cowley (Midd) added the Men’s O60s title to his O50s and O55s titles. After finishing runner up in 2015, Cowley proved too much for Duleep Adhihetty (Midd) as he claimed the title in straight games.

In the surprise Men’s O65s final, Peter Smith (Bucks) continued his incredible tournament by toppling Jim Dougal (Scot) in straight games. Smith had earlier upset the seedings by beating the 3/4 and 1 seed.

It was a repeat of the 2015 Men’s O75s final as the two Yorkshiremen, Adrian Wright and Mike Clemson squared off again. It was a different outcome this year, however, as Wright defeated Clemson in straight games to capture his third 070s British National title.

The Men’s O75s was a repeat of the 2011 Men’s O70s final. This time, however, Pat Kirton (Surrey) prevailed against Andrew Beeston (Merseyside) in four games to claim his fourth Men’s O75s title. It was Kirton’s 16th National masters title.

In the Women’s O35s, Lauren Briggs continued her incredible year, adding the National title to the British Open and European Masters titles she won. Briggs proved too much for Hannah Wright-Davies, finishing the match in straight games to claim her second O35s National title.

Laura Mylotte (Chesh) claimed her fifth National title, adding the Women’s O40s crown to her four O35s titles. Mylotte needed just three games to defeat Rachel Pullan (Notts) and claim the victory.

Isabelle Tweedle (Surrey) doubled her National title tally with a straight games victory over Claire Roscoe (Chesh) in the Women’s O45s. She added to the O40s title she won in 2013.

In the surprise of the day, Rose Bamber upset proceedings by defeating three time Women’s O50s champion, Mandy Akin in straight games to claim her maiden National title.

Jill Campion (Midd) added a second Women’s O55s National title to her collection, defeating two time champion, Julie Field (Yorks) in straight games. Campion rounded off an incredibly successful year as she captured the British Open O55 and European Masters O55 titles too!

Pauline Douglas (Scot) won her second Women’s O60s title, defeating Jane Law in straight games. Douglas adds this to the British Open Women’s O60s title she claimed in 2015.

Bett Dryhurst (Worc) added to the British O55s National title she won in 2007 by winning the Women’s O65s title. It was a close run thing though as Dryhurst needed all five games to defeat Ann Manley (Avon), the 2015 British Open WO65s winner.

2016 Completed Draws

Men’s Main Draw
Women’s Main Draw

Men’s Under 21 Championship
Women’s Under 21 Championship

Men’s Over 21 Qualification
Women’s Over 21 Qualification

Men’s Over 35
Women’s Over 35
Men’s Over 40
Women’s Over 40
Men’s Over 45
Women’s Over 45
Men’s Over 50
Women’s Over 50
Men’s Over 55
Women’s Over 55
Men’s Over 60
Women’s Over 60
Men’s Over 65
Women’s Over 65
Men’s Over 70
Men’s Over 75

Nick Matthew & Sarah-Jane Perry are National Champions 2015

(3/4) Sarah-Jane Perry 3-2 (1) Laura Massaro 12/10, 11/9, 7/11, 10/12, 11/7 (80m)
(1) Nick Matthew 3-0 (3/4) Daryl Selby 11/5, 11/3, 11/2 (45m)

Nick Matthew stormed to a record seventh British national title in Manchester when he defeated England team-mate Daryl Selby 3/0 in a one-sided final.
The 34-year-old top seed from Sheffield, who had won his last 10 matches against 3/4 seed Selby, made it 11 wins in a row over the Essex player with an 11-5, 11-3, 11-2 victory in 45 minutes.
The triple world champion thus avenged his defeat by Selby in the 2011 final, which is the only match he has lost in the championship in eight years.
The success brought Matthew his fourth consecutive national title. Furthermore, it was achieved without losing a game and he has now won an astonishing 20 matches in succession at the championship.

Sarah-Jane Perry followed up her shock win over defending champion Alison Waters by beating top seed Laura Massaro to win the British National Women’s Championship for the first time.
The 24-year-old from Warwickshire, who prior to this year had never got beyond the quarter-finals of the championship, resisted a fine fightback by the world no.3 from Lancashire to triumph 3/2 in a thrilling 80-minute final at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.

Initially, Perry showed no signs of her five-game success over four-time winner Waters when she had to save a match-ball. The double British U23 champion, who had never previously beaten Massaro, displayed great stamina to take the first two games 12-10, 11-9, however, the two-time winner from Preston then hit back to win the next two 11-7, 12-10 and level the match at 2/2. At that stage the odds were on a third national title for the 31-year-old Massaro, but world no.16 Perry had other ideas and grabbed the decider 11-7.

For day by day reports and pictures from the 2015 National Squash Championships please visit the tournament website: NationalSquashChamps.net

Masters Champions & Finals

Women’s Over 35
(1) Lauren Briggs 3-0 (2) Laura Mylotte 9/5, 9/3, 9/4
Men’s Over 35
(2) Darren Lewis bt (1) Ben Ford w/o due to injury to Ford
Women’s Over 40
(2) Shayne Baillie 3-0 (3/4) Rachel Calver 10/8, 9/1, 9/7 (33m)
Men’s Over 40
(1) Nick Taylor 3-1 Danny Massaro 11/5, 11/7, 6/11, 11/5
Women’s Over 45
(3/4) Diana Parums 3-1 (5/8) Mandy Warren 8/10, 9/0, 9/7, 9/1 (39m)
Men’s Over 45
(2) Yawar Abbas 3-1 (1) Andy Cross 11/8, 13/15, 11/8, 11/6
Women’s Over 50
(1) Mandy Akin 3-0 (2) Fiona McLean 9/3, 9/1, 9/3
Men’s Over 50
(1) Murray Scott 3-0 (3/4) Jonathon Foster 9/4, 9/4, 10/8 (50m)
Women’s Over 55
(1) Jill Campion 3-0 (2) Julie Field 9/4, 9/3, 9/2 (18m)
Men’s Over 55
(2) Jon Evans 3-1 (3/4) Dermot Hurford 5/9, 9/4, 9/7, 9/7 (49m)
Women’s Over 60
Rebecca Czuczman 3-0 Celia Toogood 9/6, 9/7, 9/1 (22m)
Men’s Over 60
(1) Peter Alexander 3-1 (2) Mark Cowley 10/8, 4/9, 9/1, 9/0 (45m)
Women’s Over 65
Rebecca Czuczman 3-1 Bett Dryhurst 7/9, 9/2, 9/4, 9/2 (26m)
Men’s Over 65
(3/4) Aubrey Waddy 3-1 (5/8) Derek Collins 3/9, 9/6, 9/2, 9/6 (35m)
Men’s Over 70
(2) Mike Clemson 3-0 (1) Adrian Wright 9/7, 9/2, 10/9 (27m)
Men’s Over 75
(1) Patrick Kirton 3-2 (3/4) Brian Phillips 2/9, 9/1, 9/5, 6/9, 9/4 (43m)

2015 Completed Draws

Mens Main Draw
Womens Main Draw

Mens O35 Championship
Mens O40 Championship
Mens O45 Championship
Mens O50 Championship
Mens O55 Championship
Mens O60 Championship
Mens O65 Championship
Mens O70 Championship
Mens O75 Championship

Womens O35 Championship
Womens O40 Championship
Womens O45 Championship
Womens O50 Championship
Womens O55 Championship
Womens O60 Championship
Womens O65 Championship

Mens Qualifying Draw
Womens Qualifying Draw

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