Eleven English Players to Contest World Masters Finals
On the eve of the Olympic Games in London, Birmingham has also been the centre of an international sporting event, eleven English players will tomorrow contest for a World title after final spots were decided today at the 2012 World Masters Squash Championships in association with SUBWAY.
Over 750 players from 47 nations have battled it out all week for only 36 final places, the matches contested across eighteen categories, have included the competitions oldest player, England’s 83-year-old Hazel Marsh, competing in the women’s Over 70’s.
England’s Nick Taylor who reached a career high of 14 on the professional circuit, caused an upset in the Men’s O40’s by beating the no.1 seed, Ireland’s Derek Ryan 11/6, 11/8, 11/7, lining up a final against no.2 seed Craig Rowland from Australia.
Lancashire’s Taylor commented: “Amazing! To beat a player like Derek who has got 200 caps for Ireland is amazing. He’s a tough player to beat so I am very pleased to be in the final.”
Ryan wasn’t the only number one seed to fall with the biggest surprise in the Men’s O35 with hot favourite Egyptian Omar Elborolossy losing out in five against Stefan Leifels of Germany.
Leifels faces 37-year-old Frenchman Renan Lavigne who brushed aside Italian Mirko Pareccini 11/3, 11/5, 11/3. Commenting on his final spot, Lavigne enthused: “I am delighted to be in the final, you always want to defend your title but against Stefan it will be tough as he plays regularly in leagues and is match fit, also he’s just beat the number one seed!”
Three times World Champion and Australian squash legend Michelle Martin also secured her final spot with a 3-0 victory over Canadian, Louise Lefebvre in the women’s O45’s
“It was hot today so I’m happy that the match went to plan. I still really enjoy playing and it has been great catching up with friends that I have known for years so although it’s not quite the same as the World Open, I’m really happy to be in the final,” commented Martin.
Martin faces compatriot Sarah Nelson in the final on the impressive glass showcourt at the University’s Bramall Auditorium after she dispatched England’s Nicky Horn.
Nelson said: “I had never played Nicky before so I didn’t know what to expect, I wanted a good quick match so I’m really pleased. I’ve been training with Michelle [Martin] in Sydney and we were hoping to be in opposite sides of the draw so we could have an all-Aussie final. We play together heaps and she has been really helping me so that I could get to the final; now we’ll just have to see what happens!”
The Women’s Over 35’s will be played out by the number one and two seed, with favourite German Sabine Schoene looking to overcome Scotland’s Wendy Maitland Jones.
In the Men’s Over 45 category, England’s Yawar Abbas battled to an epic 3-2 victory against Frenchman, Jean-Jacques Pineau 11/7, 6/11, 11/7, 7/11, 11/6
A relieved Abbas commented afterwards: “It was such a tight match, at times I had to go back to basics and play straight to try and frustrate him. I am so happy to be in the final, this is my first World event so I’m pretty excited about playing tomorrow.”
The men’s Over 55, 60 and 65’s all feature English number one seeds, with Suffolk’s Peter Alexander facing second seed Pierr Roodt of South Africa in the O55’s, Keith Jones plays surprise finalist, Cayman Islander, John Macrury in the 60’s, whilst the over 65 final will be contested by England’s Phil Ayton and South African Roy Plumstead.
Over 60’s finalist Keith Jones said: “It means a lot to be in the final, I’m the holding champ but to get to this level you have to beat some very good players so I won’t be taking anything for granted.”
His opponent tomorrow, John Macrury, added: “There’s only one club in the Caymen Islands, so we obviously have a very small team. It’s great for me and the country to have a finalist and I’m so pleased, I hope I get to be interviewed again after the final.”
After dropping the opening game, Yorkshire’s Julie Field took control of her semi-final match winning 3-1 in 26 minutes in the Women’s O55’s. There was an epic match in the opposite side of the draw with England’s Jacky Gardener ending up on the wrong end of a dramatic 14/12 final game against Australia’s Anna Richards. Richards will hope to recover well this evening before facing the number one seed Field tomorrow.
There’s an all-English final in the women’s Over 65’s with unseeded Ann Manley having the tournament of a lifetime to take her place in the final against Worcestershire’s Bett Dryhurst.
English finalists also dominate the older age categories with Adrian Wright in the Men’s Over 70’s and Patrick Kirton taking on fellow Englishman Malcolm Gilham in the men’s Over 75’s final.
Finals take place tomorrow (Friday) on the spectacular show court in the Bramall Auditorium as well as the Munrow Sports Centre both at the University of Birmingham.
Semi Final Results
[3/4] Simone Korell (GER) bt 1 Senga Macfie (SCO) 11/6, 6/11, 11/6, 12/10
Linda Shannon (RSA) bt Yoriko Michishita (JPN) 12/10, 11/7, 11/5
1 Craig van der Wath bt [5/8] Frank Ellis 10/12, 11/7, 11/6, 11/3
[5/8] Yawar Abbas (ENG) bt Jean-Jacques Pineau 11/7, 6/11, 11/7, 7/11, 11/6
Dominic Hughes (USA) bt [5/8] Zainal Abidin al Malik (SIN) 7/11, 11/7, 4/11, 12/10, 11/8
[3/4] Wille Hosey (IRL) bt 2 Trevor Wilkinson (RSA) 11/5, 11/9, 11/4
1 Julie Field (ENG) bt [3/4] Karen Hume (ENG) 9/11, 11/7, 11/4, 11/5 (26m)
[3/4] Anne Richards (AUS) bt Jacky Gardner (ENG) v 7/11, 9/11, 12/10, 11/4, 14/12
[9/16] John Macrury (CAY) bt [3/4] Gordon Daniel (RSA) 11/9, 11/8, 11/3
1 Keith Jones (ENG) bt [3/4] Moussa Helal (ENG) 17/15, 11/13, 11/8, 11/7
Ann Manley (ENG) bt [3/4] Jean Grainger (RSA) 11/8, 11/9, 9/11, 7/11, 11/4 (34m)
[3/4] Bett Dryhurst (ENG) bt Kaye Jackson (NZL) 11/9, 11/7, 4/11, 11/4 (20m)
1 Phil Ayton (ENG) bt [3/4] Rodney Boswell (ENG) 11/7, 11/6, 11/5
[5/8] Roy Plumstead (RSA) bt [3/4] Chris Goodbourn (ENG) 11/4, 3/11, 8/11, 11/1, 11/7
Adrian Wright (ENG) bt [3/4]Mo Khalifa (ENG) 7/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/6 (28m)
2 Brian Phillips (WAL) bt [3/4] Michael Gough (USA) 8/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/9 (26m)
[3/4] Alex Hamilton (SCO) bt Michael McKean (ENG) 10/12, 11/6, 11/7, 11/5 (27m)
1 Peter Fahrenheim (RSA) bt [3/4] Diarmuid Swan (CAN)11/4, 11/8, 11/9 (17m)
2012 World Masters Squash Championships Finals:
Men’s O35 final:
[3/4] Stefan Leifels (GER) v 2 Renan Lavigne (FRA)
Men’s O40 final:
[3/4] Nick Taylor (ENG) v 2 Craig Rowland (AUS)
Women’s O40 final:
[3/4] Simone Korell (GER) v Yoriko Michishita (JPN)
Men’s O45 final:
1 Craig van der Wath (RSA) v [5/8] Yawar Abbas (ENG)
Men’s O50 final:
Dominic Hughes (USA) v [3/4] Willie Hosey (IRL)
Women’s O50 final:
[5/8] Theresa Elliott (ZIM) v Susan Lawrence (JAM)
Women’s O55 final:
1 Julie Field (ENG) v [3/4] Anne Richards (AUS)
Men’s O60 final:
1 Keith Jones (ENG) v [9/16] John Macrury (CAY)
Women’s O60 final:
1 Sue Volkze (AUS) v [3/4] Faith Sinclair (SCO)
Men’s O65 final:
1 Philip Ayton (ENG) v [5/8] Roy Plumstead (RSA)
Women’s O65 final:
Ann Manley (ENG) v [3/4] Bett Dryhurst (ENG)
Men’s O70 final:
1 Adrian Wright (ENG) v [3/4] Michael Gough (USA)
Men’s O75 final:
2 Patrick Kirton (ENG) v [3/4] Malcolm Gilham (ENG)
Men’s O80 final:
1 Peter Fahrenheim (RSA) v [3/4] Alex Hamilton (SCO)