The Professional Squash Association (PSA) have announced that they are collaborating with Munich-based company interactiveSQUASH to stream live coverage and VOD content from all tournaments shown on SQUASHTV – the broadcast arm of the PSA – directly to interactiveSQUASH’s smart courts worldwide.
Coverage from the world’s biggest squash tournaments will be streamed on the front wall of interactiveSQUASH’s innovative smart courts via the implementation of a SQUASHTV application which, when activated, will give the user access to the stream.
The fully-integrated application will enable all squash clubs in possession of an interactiveSQUASH court to utilise their system to project matches and ensure squash fans catch the all the action from the PSA Tour. To be launched during the 2018/19 season, this feature will be made available with a free automatic update to interactiveSQUASH courts worldwide
The PSA and interactiveSQUASH have already collaborated on the development of the ‘MoTrack’ system, which allows for real-time analysis of player and ball behaviour, while a fully interactive front wall was used during June’s ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals to display player stats, replays, entertaining games, visual effects and sponsor’s content and branding.
This new feature is the latest example of the PSA adopting new technologies to improve the presentation and broadcast potential of the sport, with the association recently agreeing on a deal with Sports Data Labs which will see squash become the first professional sport ever to make in-game physiological data assets available for commercialisation.
“Our relationship with interactiveSQUASH has enabled us to illustrate just how explosive squash is whilst simultaneously allowing us to prove the incredible fitness of our athletes through a pioneering statistical tracking system which we successfully trialled last season,” said PSA COO Lee Beachill.
“We are excited to explore that relationship further and, through the use of interactiveSQUASH’s innovative smart courts, we will be able to target club players and convert them into followers of the professional game.
“The PSA have made significant strides in terms of broadcasting and athlete data capture over the past 12 months and we remain committed to taking advantage of the latest cutting-edge technology to ensure that squash is at the forefront of innovation.”
interactiveSQUASH founder Markos Aristides Kern said:
With the large number of new players that our invention brings to the sport, it is very important for us to also convert some into professional athletes of the sport. This new feature not only allows children and other players to watch the professionals perform, but also makes it much easier for clubs to organise events around the matches and tournaments.
“Together, this all leads to a stronger community and participation within clubs and a source of inspiration for the next generation of players.”
After a review of tenders, the World Squash Federation has awarded the right to host the 2020 WSF Women’s World Team Squash Championship to Malaysia.
The 22nd edition of the biennial event will take place at the 10-court Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur, from 15-20 December 2020. The venue, which also features a glass showcourt, has become a very valuable legacy for the sport in Malaysia, regularly hosting international events since being inaugurated for the squash action in the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
“We are delighted that Malaysia will host our Women’s World Championship in 2020,” said WSF President Jacques Fontaine. “The enthusiasm for squash is second to none in Malaysia, and the press and broadcast output wonderful too. So this, coupled with the warm hospitality and effective management that we know the visiting teams will receive, is something to look forward to after the much-awaited staging of the 2018 Championship in Dalian, China, next month.”
“The Women’s Team Championship was last held here in 1996 and we are excited for its return.
“We are looking forward to welcoming the world’s best women’s teams to Malaysia, and will be going all out to make this a successful and memorable event!”
Malaysia will be marking its 15th appearance in the Championships since making its debut in 1990. Led by the illustrious record eight-time World Open champion Nicol David, the women’s team achieved their best-ever championship finish in 2014, as runners-up to England.
The French Squash Federation (FFS), the World Squash Federation (WSF) and the Professional Squash Association (PSA) proudly support squash’s participation at the 2018 Gay Games taking place from August 4-12 in Paris. This year’s edition of the worldwide sport and cultural event that promotes diversity and tolerance marks the 8th time squash is part of the official programme of the Gay Games, with a packed week of action at the Charléty Stadium.
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The event is open to all, regardless of skill level, and is welcoming 104 participants, women and men, representing 20 different nationalities, including Hungary, Ireland, Malaysia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, and of course France, among others. [Picture above shows Laura Flessel, the French Minister of Sports, meeting the athletes]
The pool of participants also demonstrates that squash is a truly intergenerational sport, as the participants’ age range is from twenties to sixties.
The French association Les Petites Frappes is ensuring that the players have the best stage to compete and to celebrate through sport the values of diversity, respect and solidarity.
WSF President Jacques Fontaine commented: “We are very proud of squash being an integral part of this dynamic and celebratory multi-sport event taking place across the city of Paris. The Gay Games are an excellent demonstration of the important role that sport can play in society, by bringing people together and promoting diversity and mutual respect. As we are vying to be included in the Olympic programme, we are eager to demonstrate how squash can also contribute to promoting Paris 2024 Olympic Games’ vision in terms of diversity and inclusiveness.”
PSA CEO Alex Gough said: “PSA welcomes squash’s participation at the Paris 2018 Gay Games as further proof of how vibrant and inclusive our sport is internationally. At PSA we actively support players who identify themselves as LGBT and we hope that this event will inspire more people to try our sport.”
President of the Association Les Petites Frappes Frédéric Casas added: “Paris 2018 Gay Games is a significant milestone for our association, as we seek to promote LGBT communities’ integration through the game of squash. We truly hope that the event will help squash to reach an even larger number of people internationally, no matter their sexual orientation, origin or cultural background.”
About Les Petites Frappes
Les Petites Frappes is a French association based in Paris and affiliated with the Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (FSGL). The association promotes squash for all through organising trainings and education sessions, staging joint events with other LGBT associations and bringing together every person who wants to learn or practice squash. Several members of Les Petites Frappes regularly take part in European tournaments. The association is also in charge of the squash event organisation at the Paris 2018 Gay Games.
9 août 2018 – La Fédération Française de Squash (FFS), la Fédération Internationale de Squash (WSF) et l’Association Professionnelle de Squash (PSA) soutiennent avec fierté la participation du squash aux Gay Games 2018 qui se dérouleront du 4 au 12 août à Paris. Evénement sportif et culturel mondial, visant à promouvoir la diversité et la tolérance, les Gay Games 2018 à Paris marquent la 8ème apparition du squash dans le cadre du programme officiel des Gay Games. Le squash met en place une semaine de compétition haute en couleur au stade Charléty.
L’événement est ouvert à tous, quel que soit le niveau des joueurs, et accueille 104 participants, femmes et hommes confondus, venus de 20 nations différentes, dont la Hongrie, l’Irlande, la Malaisie, l’Espagne, les Emirats Arabes Unis, le Royaume-Uni et bien sûr la France, parmi d’autres.
Le groupe de participants démontre que le squash est un sport totalement intergénérationnel, l’âge des participants allant de la vingtaine à la soixantaine.
C’est l’association Les Petites Frappes qui veille pour cette édition à mettre les joueurs dans les meilleures conditions. Une superbe organisation qui permet de diffuser et de partager les valeurs de diversité, de respect et de solidarité à travers le sport.
Le président de la Fédération Internationale de Squash, Jacques Fontaine, a commenté : « Nous sommes très fiers que le squash fasse partie intégrante de cet événement multisports, très dynamique et festif, qui se déroule dans tout Paris. Les Gay Games sont une excellente preuve du rôle important que le sport peut jouer dans la société, en rassemblant les gens et en promouvant la diversité et le respect mutuel. Alors que nous aspirons à être inclus dans le programme Olympique, nous sommes prêts et impatients de montrer comment le squash peut contribuer à promouvoir la vision des Jeux Olympiques de Paris 2024 en termes de l’inclusivité et la diversité. »
Le PDG de l’Association Professionnelle de Squash, Alex Gough, a déclaré : « PSA se réjouit de la participation du squash aux Gay Games 2018 à Paris. C’est une démonstration de la vitalité et de l’inclusivité de notre sport au niveau international. Chez PSA, nous soutenons activement les joueurs s’identifiant comme LGBT et nous espérons que cet événement inspirera plus de gens à essayer le squash. »
Président de l’Association Les Petites Frappes, Frédéric Casas, a ajouté : « Les Gay Games 2018 à Paris sont une étape importante pour notre association, car nous cherchons à promouvoir l’intégration des communautés LGBT à travers le squash. Nous espérons sincèrement que l’événement aidera à atteindre un public plus large à l’international, peu importe l’orientation sexuelle, l’origine ou l’appartenance culturelle. »
A propos des Petites Frappes
Les Petites Frappes est une association française basée à Paris et affiliée à la Fédération du Sport Gay et Lesbien (FSGL). L’association promeut un squash pour tous, en organisant des entraînements et des sessions d’apprentissage du squash, tout en planifiant des événements conjoints avec d’autres associations LGBT et en réunissant toutes les personnes voulant apprendre ou pratiquer le squash. Plusieurs membres des Petites Frappes participent régulièrement à des tournois européens. L’association est également en charge de l’organisation des épreuves de squash aux Gay Games 2018 de Paris.
Images courtesy of © Paris 2018 – Gay Games 10
Australia emerged with six gold medals in the WSF World Masters in the USA state of Virginia – where Men’s O60 champion Geoffrey Davenport claimed a record-equalling sixth World Masters title and Women’s O45 champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald extended her remarkable unbeaten international record since 2001!
More than 750 players from a record 63 nations competed in the 15th edition of the biennial World Squash Federation staged at the McArthur Squash Center at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville – featuring 19 men’s and women’s events in categories ranging from Over-35 to Over-80.
Players from Australia headed the gold medal table, followed by England with five, Canada and hosts USA two, and single golds won by Netherlands, South Africa, Ireland and Cayman Islands.
After first winning World Masters gold in the O45 event in 2003 in Finland – then claiming his fifth in the O55 championship in Hong Kong in 2014 – 60-year-old Geoffrey Davenport (pictured above) was making his debut in the O60 event in Charlottesville. The top seed from Sydney breezed through to the final without dropping a game, then despatched surprise opponent Juan Mendez, an unseeded player from Mexico, 11-5, 11-5, 11-2.
Former world number one Sarah Fitz-Gerald enjoyed a distinguished career on the professional circuit where she won a then record five World Open titles. A firm favourite to defend her World Masters O45 title, the 49-year-old from Melbourne did so in some style – seeing off fellow countrywoman Susan Davis in the final 11-5, 11-4, 11-3.
The title is Fitz-Gerald’s third World O45 in a row, and follows three British Open Masters titles, a World Masters Games trophy and a World Masters O35 gold medal. The latest success also extends her winning run in all international events to 17 years – after suffering her most recent defeat in August 2001 in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open – to NZ rival Leilani Joyce!
“I love this sport, I’ve been playing since I was a kid,” said Fitz-Gerald, now a WSF Vice President (pictured above with Championship Director Mark Allen), after collecting her latest gold medal. “Just because I’m old and retired doesn’t mean I can’t keep playing. I still have the fire burning inside, and I think all of the old pros here still have that fire burning inside and want to see what they can do. As we all know we may get a little bit older and slower, but the game is still there. When you see the former pros reach the finals in this tournament, it’s a combination of knowledge and practicing our skills to keep ourselves up there.
“I’ve met so many extraordinary people spending a lifetime in this sport, and it’s so nice to be able to give back to it. All the former pros that are here are here because they love it, and hopefully everyone else has enjoyed watching them play.”
Is there a secret to her success? “My history, experience and knowledge is worth 50% in a match, even before the physical side kicks in as a factor. I love the event, the friendships and team spirit between nations, and just love playing.
“No surprise that I have the next World Masters in Poland and the World Masters Games in Japan in my diary.”
Distinguished former professional Brett Martin also provided gold medal success for Australia. Seeded four in the Men’s O55 event, the former world No.2 followed his upset over the top seed in the semis to beat compatriot Peter Gilbee 11-7, 12-10, 11-3 in the final.
“World champion always sounds good if your name is next to it, even if you’re older, slower, greyer and fatter, world champion is world champion,” Martin said. “It’s been great to travel here and catch up with so many people I haven’t seen in years. It’s fun playing in front of a crowd again, I haven’t played on a glass court in a long time, it was a bit of a strange experience. Thankfully all of the other guys had a little bit less experience than me.
“Thanks to everyone for coming out and shaking my hand, saying they followed my career. I’ve been out of squash for a long time, but I still enjoy getting in front of people and trying to perform for them. Hopefully you’ve learned a few things and maybe it’s opened your eyes to what’s possible on court, even at our age. You can always learn something, it’s just a matter of getting out there and trying. Anyone can do it, it’s just a matter of determination.”
All five of England’s champions were seeded to win their respective titles, including Nick Taylor (pictured below with fellow medallists) retaining the Men’s O45 title and Ann Manley retaining the Women’s O70 title. After losing in the O35 final in Johannesburg two years ago, Lauren Briggs coasted to her first World Masters title against compatriot Selina Sinclair.
The eldest age group, Men’s O80, saw England’s top seed Lance Kinder come back from a game down against USA’s Ed Burlingame to win his first World Masters title. Jill Campion, winner of a U.S. nationals title, rounded out the English champions in an all-English O60 final to win her first World Masters title.
Team USA’s Natalie Grainger ended the day on a high note for the home crowd, maintaining her unbeaten World Masters record with a second consecutive title-her first in the O40 division.
Northern neighbours Canada matched USA’s total of two World Masters champions: Men’s O75 fifth seed Howard Armitage thwarted second seed Gerald Poulton‘s title hopes in a five-game final. Lauren Wagner became the lowest-seeded champion by completing her surprise women’s O50 title run with an upset over Australian top seed Sarah Nelson.
 Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt  Alister Walker (BOT) 11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-2
Third place play-off:
 Alejandro Garbi Caro (ESP) bt  Wael El Hindi (USA) 11-3, 11-8, 11-2
 Lauren Briggs (ENG) bt  Selina Sinclair (ENG) 11-2, 11-2, 11-4
Third place play-off:
 Reka Burmeister (ENG) bt  Margaret Gerety (USA) w/o
 Liam Kenny (IRL) bt  Patrick Chifunda (ZAM) 11-7, 11-4, 11-4
Third place play-off:
 Craig Ruane (RSA) bt  Wai Chung Wong (HKG) 10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-2
 Natalie Grainger (USA) bt  Melissa Martin (AUS) 9-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-4
Third place play-off:
 Samantha Herbert (RSA) bt  Jacqueline Ryder (RSA) 11-6, 11-5, 11-9
 Nick Taylor (ENG) bt  Zuko Kubukeli (RSA) 11-2, 11-6, 11-4
Third place play-off:
 Adrian Hansen (RSA) bt  Galen le Cheminant (USA) 11-9, 11-4, 5-11, 11-9
 Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS) bt  Susan Davis (AUS) 11-5, 11-4, 11-3
Third place play-off:
 Karen Meakins (BAR) bt  Rachel Calver (ENG) 11-9, 11-1, 11-7
 Michael Tootill (RSA) bt  Hansi Wiens (GER) 12-14, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-9
Third place play-off:
 David Sly (CAN) bt  Sean Ryan (AUS) 11-8, 11-9, 11-9
 Lauren Wagner (CAN) bt  Sarah Nelson (AUS) 11-7, 11-8, 11-5
Third place play-off:
 Hope Prockop (USA) bt  Wendy Ansdell (ENG) 11-4, 11-1, 11-4
 Brett Martin (AUS) bt  Peter Gilbee (AUS) 11-7, 12-10, 11-3
Third place play-off:
 Fredrik Johnson (SWE) bt  Willie Hosey (IRL) 11-5, 12-10, 11-6
 Susan Hillier (AUS) bt  Mandy Akin (ENG) 11-7, 11-5, 11-4
Third place play-off:
 Fiona McLean (SCO) bt  Sue Williams (AUS) 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7
 Geoffrey Davenport (AUS) bt Juan Mendez (MEX) 11-5, 11-5, 11-2
Third place play-off:
 Pierr Roodt (RSA) bt  Jeremy Goulding (ENG) 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 11-9
 Jill Campion (ENG) bt  Karen Hume (ENG) 5-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-9, 11-5
Third place play-off:
Shirley Whitmore (RSA) bt Maureen Duke (IRL) 11-6, 11-2, 11-5
 John Macrury (CAY) bt  Mario Raponi (CAN) 11-2, 11-6, 11-6
Third place play-off:
 John Carroll (AUS) bt  Wayne Weatherhead (CAN) 11-7, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7
 Gaye Mitchell (AUS) bt  Laura Ramsay (CAN) 11-8, 11-7, 11-7
Third place play-off:
Yvonne Trotter (AUS) bt  Faith Sinclair (SCO) 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 12-14, 11-6
 Brian Cook (AUS) bt  Ian Ross (SCO) 11-1, 7-11, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10
Third place play-off:
 Frikkie Bester (RSA) bt  Aubrey Waddy (ENG) 11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-2
 Ann Manley (ENG) bt  Margaret Hunt-Kemp (RSA) 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6
Third place play-off:
 Marilyn Kennedy (AUS) bt  Robyn Prentice (AUS) 11-4, 6-11, 6-11, 13-11, 11-5
 Howard Armitage (CAN) bt  Gerald Poulton (CAN) 7-11, 11-5, 9-11, 15-13, 11-8
Third place play-off:
 Michael Gough (USA) bt  John Nelson (USA) 10-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8
Winner:  Joyce Davenport (USA); Runner-up  Jean Grainger (RSA)
 Lance Kinder (ENG) bt  Edward Burlingame (USA) 5-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-2
Third place play-off:
 Barry Gardiner (NZL) bt  Stanley Fanaroff (RSA) w/o
After 35 semi-finals in the WSF World Masters Squash Championships in Virginia, USA, it was Australia that emerged in front of the pack with a tournament-leading nine finalists, followed closely by England with eight – while Canadians won four out of six last four matches at the McArthur Squash Center in Charlottesville.
The day opened with mixed results for the host nation. Gerald Poulton, Canada’s Men’s O75 No.2 seed, augmented his recent winning record against North American rival John Nelson, dispatching the U.S. national title record-holder in three games to reach his second career World Masters final. Canada is guaranteed the Men’s O75 title after fifth seed Howard Armitage defeated Team USA’s Michael Gough in three games.
Team USA’s first breakthrough came when Joyce Davenport, the fifth seed in the Women’s O75 event, upset South African favourite Jean Grainger, the 2014 World O70 champion, in four games. Both players entered the match with a 3/0 record in the six-player round robin, and now Davenport just needs to defeat Slovenia’s sixth seed Mariza Ohlsson to clinch what would be her second World Masters title.
“Jean was the key person to beat in the tournament,” Davenport (pictured above) said after the win. “She’s a good player, and adjusted pretty well during the match. If she hadn’t adjusted so well I could have gotten through in three, but she got better as the match went on, improving her length and serves. I had some opportunities in the third and fourth, but I couldn’t take them-including a match point. I can have one drink tonight, but probably just one.”
Davenport won the O50 World Masters title in the 1992 event in Vancouver. Grainger and Davenport share a long history together, not just in squash but also tennis.
“I was actually hosted by her family in England for a few weeks when I was eighteen years old,” Davenport said. “Her mother was the nicest hostess I’ve ever had in all my years playing squash and tennis, she was the loveliest woman. I told her that before the match. We also have both played Wimbledon and U.S. Open tennis, so we have some history and parallels.”
As the day progressed, Australia, England and Canada laid down their marks. Australia’s success was led by five-time World Open champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald, bidding to win a third successive Women’s O45 title. The nation’s further successes came from women’s O50 top seed Sarah Nelson, Women’s O55 favourite Susan Hillier, Men’s O55 top seed Geoffrey Davenport and Men’s O70 top seed Brian Cook. The Aussies produced four results that upset the seedings to reach finals, including Women’s O65 No.3 seed Gaye Mitchell upsetting the second seed Faith Sinclair – and, in the Men’s O55 semis, fourth seed Brett Martin upsetting top seed Willie Hosey and third seed Peter Gilbee overcoming No.2 seed Fredrik Johnson.
England are guaranteed at least two World Masters titles on finals day, with all-English finals slated for the Women’s O35, featuring Lauren Briggs and Selina Sinclair, and O60, featuring Jill Campion and Karen Hume. England will also field two other top seeds including defending Men’s O45 champion Nick Taylor and defending women’s O70 champion Ann Manley.
The most dramatic match of the day came in the Men’s O60 semis between England’s No.2 seed Jeremy Goulding and unseeded Mexican Juan Mendez, a former hardball singles professional. Mendez fought off two match balls in the fifth game to win the match 12-10 in front of a roaring audience. Mendez (pictured above) is the only unseeded player in the tournament to reach a final, where he will face Australia’s Davenport.
Other lone nation representatives in the finals include Botswana’s Alister Walker (MO35), Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema (MO35), Ireland’s Liam Kenny (MO40), Germany’s Hansi Wiens (MO50), John Macrury of the Cayman Islands (MO60) and Scotland’s Ian Ross (MO70).
Team USA ended the day as it started – with mixed fortunes. Women’s O50 No.3 seed Hope Prockop lost out against Canada’s 15th seed Lauren Wagner, who continued her unexpected run to the finals with a three-game upset over the American. Natalie Grainger followed on court by maintaining her unbeaten World Masters record in a decisive three-game victory to reach a second consecutive final.
The last match of the day featured Team USA’s Patrick Chifunda, who heads the squash program at the Country Club of Virginia in nearby Richmond. The former Zambian advanced to the men’s O40 final after a three-game win against Hong Kong’s surprise semi-finalist Wai Chung Wong.
“It feels very good to reach the final, I’ve worked really hard training for this event,” Chifunda (pictured above in semi-final action) said. “When I played in South Africa two years ago I fell short in the semi-finals, so I was very disappointed. I’m thrilled to reach the finals here near Richmond and on American soil. Words can’t even describe this facility, it’s amazing. Playing on this glass court is a treat-a true joy-and to play in front of my home crowd makes it even better.”
Chifunda and Kenny will contest the last World Masters final on the glass court Saturday in front of a full-capacity gallery.
“I’m just looking forward to having a very good, strong match against Liam tomorrow,” Chifunda said. “We played each other once before on the PSA, so I’m looking forward to playing him now that we’re old. I want to thank the guys at my club, Jose and Steven O’Dwyer, and most importantly my wife who has allowed me to train while taking care of our baby. I’m really excited for tomorrow.”
 Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 3-0  Alejandro Garbi (ESP) 11-6, 11-0, 11-4 (34m)
 Alister Walker (BOT) 3-0  Wael El Hindi (USA) 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 (36m)
 Lauren Briggs (ENG) 3-0  Margaret Gerety (USA) 11-5, 11-1, 11-1 (18m)
 Selina Sinclair (ENG) 3-0  Reka Burmeister (ENG) 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (20m)
 Liam Kenny (IRL) 3-0  Craig Ruane (RSA) 11-4, 11-8, 11-3 (27m)
 Patrick Chifunda (USA) 3-0  Wai Chung Wong (HKG) 11-3, 13-11, 11-5 (25m)
 Natalie Grainger (USA) 3-0  Samantha Herbert (RSA) 11-4, 11-3, 11-0 (18m)
 Melissa Martin (AUS) 3-0  Jacqueline Ryder (RSA) 11-6, 11-2, 11-9 (18m)
 Nick Taylor (ENG) 3-0  Galen le Cheminant (USA) 11-4, 11-4, 11-9 (27m)
 Zuko Kubukeli (RSA) 3-0  Adrian Hansen (RSA) 11-7, 5-11, 12-10, 11-7 (46m)
 Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS) 3-0  Karen Meakins (BAR) 11-9, 11-3, 11-2 (15m)
 Susan Davis (AUS) 3-1  Rachel Calver (ENG) 11-7, 7-11, 11-2, 12-10 (26m)
 Michael Tootill (RSA) 3-0  Sean Ryan (AUS) 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (22m)
 Hansi Wiens (GER) 3-0  David Sly (CAN) 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (17m)
 Sarah Nelson (AUS) 3-0  Wendy Ansdell (ENG) 11-5, 11-9, 11-2 (17m)
 Lauren Wagner (CAN) 3-0  Hope Prockop (USA) 11-5, 11-9, 15-13 (25m)
 Brett Martin (AUS) 3-0  Willie Hosey (IRL) 11-9, 11-2, 11-9 (20m)
 Peter Gilbee (AUS) 3-0  Fredrik Johnson (SWE) 13-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-8 (31m)
 Susan Hillier (AUS) 3-0  Sue Williams (AUS) 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (19m)
 Mandy Akin (ENG) 3-1  Fiona McLean (SCO) 11-6, 10-12, 11-2, 11-9 (26m)
 Geoffrey Davenport (AUS) 3-0  Pierr Roodt (RSA) 16-14, 11-7, 13-11
Juan Mendez (MEX) 3-2  Jeremy Goulding (ENG) 11-4, 11-8, 4-11, 4-11, 12-10
 Jill Campion (ENG) 3-0 Maureen Duke (IRL) 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-8 (24m)
 Karen Hume (ENG) bt Shirley Whitmore (RSA) 14-12, 11-6, 11-2 (18m)
 John Macrury (CAY) 3-0  Wayne Weatherhead (CAN) 11-5, 13-11, 11-5 (22m)
 Mario Raponi (CAN) bt  John Carroll (AUS) 11-9, 11-6, 12-10 (19m)
 Laura Ramsay (CAN) 3-1 Yvonne Trotter (AUS) 11-5, 2-11, 11-1, 11-8 (28m)
 Gaye Mitchell (AUS) 3-0  Faith Sinclair (SCO) 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 (13m)
 Brian Cook (AUS) 3-0  Aubrey Waddy (ENG) 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (18m)
 Ian Ross (SCO) 3-1  Frikkie Bester (RSA) 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6 (31m)
 Ann Manley (ENG) 3-1  Marilyn Kennedy (AUS) 11-5, 11-9, 10-12, 11-5 (29m)
 Margaret Hunt-Kemp (RSA) 3-0  Robyn Prentice (AUS) 11-4, 13-11, 11-7 (16m)
 Howard Armitage (CAN) 3-0  Michael Gough (USA) 11-4, 11-6, 11-5
 Gerald Poulton (CAN) 3-0  John Nelson (USA) 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (17m)
W75 (’round robin’ match)
 Joyce Davenport (USA) 3-1  Jean Grainger (RSA) 11-8, 11-3, 11-13, 13-11 (25m)
 Lance Kinder (ENG) 3-2  Stanley Fanaroff (RSA) 11-7, 10-12, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4
 Edward Burlingame (USA) 3-1  Barry Gardiner (NZL) 10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9
Seventeen World Masters main draws are down to the last four ahead of a pivotal slate of semifinals Friday at the McArthur Squash Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.
With Nations Cup permutations on the line, Australia leads the field with sixteen semifinalists, followed by England and South Africa with eleven, Team USA at ten and Canada at six.
Most divisions have played out according to seeding with three or four of the top seeds progressing to the semis.
The biggest upset of the quarterfinal round came in the men’s 75+ division, where American Michael Gough dispatched England’s top seed and defending champion Adrian Wright in five games. Gough won the 2014 75+ title in Hong Kong and is seeking his second World Masters title in his fourth appearance.
England also lost a pair of second seeds with Ian Graham (M65) and Barry Featherstone (M70) losing out to Australian John Carroll and South African Frikkie Bester.
The women’s 75+ title may be decided Friday morning when South Africa’s Jean Grainger and Team USA’s Joyce Davenport face each other at 9am ET. Both players have a 3-0 record in the six-player round robin with one match remaining on Saturday.
The men’s 75+ semifinals will stage a perennial U.S. nationals rivalry between Jay Nelson, who holds the U.S. record of twenty-nine masters titles, and Canadian Gerry Poulton. Nelson and Poulton have faced off eight times over the past decade, the last six of which were in U.S. National Singles finals. Poulton has won four of the past six match ups, including the 2018 U.S. 75+ final this spring. Nelson will be hoping to reach his first World Masters final in his tournament debut.
The women’s 35+ semifinals fields another first-time American participant in the form of Margaret Gerety. Gerety heads the squash program at Squash on Fire in nearby Washington, DC. The former Harvard player upset Canada’s Leah Boody in a five-game quarterfinal, and faces England’s top seed Lauren Briggs in Friday’s semis.
“It’s exciting to be here,” Gerety said. “There’s so much depth and the level of play is really impressive—all the way up to the 80’s,” Gerety said. “There’s been a great energy and spirit from everyone this week. It’s so nice to connect with both American and international players that I haven’t seen in years and make new friends. It’s such a great community.”
 Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) 3-0 [5/8] Gavin Jones (Usa) 11-4, 11-3, 11-4
[5/8] Alejandro Garbi (Esp) 3-0 [3/4] Clinton Leeuw (Rsa) 11-6, 11-5, 11-0
[3/4] Wael El Hindi (Usa) 3-0 [5/8] Ben Garner (Eng) 11-6, 11-6, 11-4
 Alister Walker (Bot) 3-0 [5/8] Gary Wheadon (Rsa) 11-6, 11-9, 11-6
 Lauren Briggs (Eng) 3-0 Vanessa Steinwall (Can) 11-1, 11-6, 11-1
Margaret Gerety (Usa) 3-2 [3/4] Leah Boody (Can) 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7
Reka Burmeister (Eng) 3-1 [3/4] Zhenzhen Wu (Chn) 11-13, 11-9, 11-6, 12-10
 Selina Sinclair (Eng) 3-0 Sophie Joubarne (Can) 11-2, 11-4, 11-4
 Liam Kenny (Irl) 3-1 [5/8] Matt Bishop (Can) 10-12, 11-2, 11-4, 11-4
[5/8] Craig Ruane (Rsa) 3-2 [3/4] Lazarus Chilufya (Usa) 11-8, 4-11, 3-11, 1-7, 11-6
[3/4] Patrick Chifunda (Zam) 3-0 Paul Allen (Eng) 11-9, 7-1 rtd
Wai Chung Wong (Hkg) 3-1 Tatu Murronmaa (Fin) 11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 11-7
 Natalie Grainger (Usa) 3-0 Karen Schultz (Rsa) 11-6, 11-6, 11-2
[3/4] Samantha Herbert (Rsa) 3-0 Melanie Moore (Nor) 11-5, 11-4, 11-5
[3/4] Jacqueline Ryder (Rsa) 3-1 [5/8] Wendy Maitland Jones (Sco) 7-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6
 Melissa Martin (Aus) 3-1 [5/8] Anlen Murray (Rsa) 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6
 Nick Taylor (Eng) 3-0 [5/8] Tim Garner (Eng) 11-3, 11-3, 11-8
Galen le Cheminant (Usa) 3-1 Evan Mancer (Can) 9-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-3
[3/4] Adrian Hansen (Rsa) 3-0 Nick Staunton (Irl) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5
 Zuko Kubukeli (Rsa) 3-0 Jose Elias (Per) 11-6, 12-10, 11-6
 Sarah Fitz-Gerald (Aus) 3-0 Melania Kreisel (Ger) 11-3, 11-3, 11-6
[3/4] Karen Meakins (Bar) 3-0 Nina Janisch (Ger) 11-5, 11-5, 11-3
[3/4] Susan Davis (Aus) 3-0 Janet Byrnes (Rsa) 11-9, 11-6, 12-10
 Rachel Calver (Eng) 3-2 Kelly Wellings (Eng) 12-10, 11-5, 6-11, 4-11, 11-5
 Mike Toothill (Rsa) 3-0 Carlos Mendes (Por) 11-9, 11-3, 11-5
Sean Ryan (Aus) 3-0 Aashish Kamat (Usa) 11-6, 11-8, 11-3
[3/4] David Sly (Can) 3-0 Richard Elliott (Usa) 11-8, 11-3, 11-7
 Hansi Weins (Ger) 3-0 [5/8] Steve Wren (Can) 11-6, 11-4, 11-4
 Sarah Nelson (Aus) 3-0 [5/8] Helen Barnard (Wal) 11-6, 11-5, 11-5
Wendy Andsell (Usa) 3-1 Leslie Cameron (Usa) 8-11, 11-6, 12-10, 16-14
[3/4] Hope Prockop (Usa) 3-0 Julie Springer-Aass (Can) 11-3, 11-8, 11-6
Lauren Wagner (Can) 3-1 [5/8] Katrina Cross (Aus) 11-1, 11-3, 6-11, 11-7
 Willie Hosey (Irl) 3-2 [5/8] Trevor Wilkinson (Rsa) 4-11, 13-11, 9-11, 7-11, 11-5
[5/8] Brett Martin (Aus) 3-0 [3/4] Dominic Hughes (Usa) 11-7, 11-6, 11-4
[3/4] Peter Gilbee (Aus) 3-0 [5/8] Eamonn Price (Eng) 12-10, 11-4, 11-9
 Fredrik Johnson (Swe) 3-0 Mark Sealy (Bar) 11-4, 11-9, 11-9
 Susan Hillier (Aus) 3-0 Jackie Gregory (Eng) 11-5, 11-1, 11-4
[3/4] Sue Williams (Aus) 3-1 [5/8] Julie Multamaki (Can) 12-10, 11-4, 6-11, 11-9
[3/4] Mandy Akin (Eng) 3-0 [5/8] Pippa Green (Eng) 11-6, 11-5, 11-9
 Fiona McLean (Sco) 3-0 [5/8] Beth Ann Fedorowich (Usa) 11-5, 12-10, 11-5
 Geoff Davenport (Aus) 3-0 Steve Baicker-Mckee (Usa ) 11-2, 11-7, 11-7
[3/4] Pierr Roodt (Rsa) 3-1 Jim Mobbs (Aus) 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-2
Juan Mendez (Mex) 3-0 [3/4] Udo Kahl (Ger) 11-7, 11-4, 11-9
 Jeremy Goulding (Eng) 3-0 Sergio Orduna (Sui) 11-5, 12-10, 11-1
 Jill Campion (Eng) 3-0 Diana Roper (Can) 11-4, 11-2, 11-4
Maureen Duke (Irl) 3-2 Marisa Zavattaro (Aus) 10-12, 18-16, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8
Shirley Whitmore (Rsa) 3-0 Jane Law (Eng) 11-2, 12-10, 11-9
 Karen Hume (Eng) 3-0 [5/8] Lynne Davies (Wal) 11-7, 11-3, 11-3
 John Macrury (Cay) 3-1 [5/8] Wayne Seebeck (Nzl) 11-4, 10-12, 11-4, 11-5
[3/4] Wayne Weatherhead (Can) 3-0 Ian Smith (Can) 4-5 rtd
[5/8] Mario Raponi (Can) 3-0 [3/4] Robert Jan Anjema (Ned) 11-6, 11-9, 11-5
John Carroll (Aus) 3-0  Ian Graham (Eng) 11-1, 11-9, 11-6
 Laura Ramsay (Can) 3-1 Sue Wastie (Eng) 10-12, 11-2, 11-5, 11-2
Yvonne Trotter (Aus) 3-0 Marjorie Barnett (Nzl) 11-5, 11-2, 11-3
[3/4] Gaye Mitchell (Aus) 3-1 Denise Kyme (Ber) 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-6
 Faith Sinclair (Sco) 3-1 Maureen Carroll (Sco) 8-11, 13-11, 19-17, 11-7
 Brian Cook (Aus) 3-0 [5/8] Claudio Hassler (Sui) 11-4, 11-5, 11-5
[5/8] Aubrey Waddy (Eng) 3-0 [3/4] Bert Kornyei (Usa) 11-8, 11-4, 11-6
[3/4] Ian Ross (Sco) 3-1 [5/8] Jack Halford (Eng) 11-5, 12-14, 11-2, 11-3
[5/8] Frikkie Bester (Rsa) 3-2  Barry Featherstone (Eng) 4-11, 11-8, 11-4, 14-16, 11-4
 Ann Manley (Eng) 3-0 Sheena Worwood (Rsa) 11-7, 11-9, 11-3
[3/4] Marilyn Kennedy (Aus) 3-0 Averil Murphy (Eng) 11-4, 15-13, 11-9
Margaret Hunt-Kemp (Rsa) 3-1 [3/4] Bett Dryhurst (Eng) 4-11, 11-8, 11-9, 13-11
 Robyn Prentice (Aus) 3-0 Christine McIntyre (Aus) 11-6, 11-5, 11-7
[5/8] Michael Gough (Usa) 3-2  Adrian Wright (Eng) 11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 5-11, 11-4
[5/8] Howard Armitage (Can) 3-2 [¾] Desmond Sacco (Rsa) 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-2
[¾] John Nelson (Usa) 3-0 [5/8] Voon Chan (Can) 11-5, 11-2, 11-3
 Gerry Poulton (Can) 3-0 [5/8] Tom Slattery (Aus) 11-8, 11-5, 11-6
W75 Round Robin of 6
Unbeaten so far Joyce Davenport and Jean Grainger (3 wins out of 3)
 Lance Kinder (Eng) 3-0 John Prichard (Aus) 11-8, 11-8, 11-9
[3/4] Stanley Fanaross (Rsa) 3-1 Geoff Peppiatt (Usa) 7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6
[3/4] Edward Burlingame (Usa) 3-1 Robert Pirie (Usa) 11-3, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5
 Barry Gardiner (Nzl) 3-0 Mike Barnard (Fra) 11-4, 11-4, 11-5
Players from Egypt and Malaysia share the No.1 positions in the inaugural WSF & PSA World Junior Rankings revealed today by the World Squash Federation and Professional Squash Association.
The August U19 rankings are headed by Egyptians – Cairo 17-year-old Mostafa Asal topping the men’s list after title success in last month’s WSF World Junior Championships in Chennai, India, and Hania El Hammamy, also 17 and from Cairo, taking the No.1 position in the women’s list after a second successive finish as runner-up in the Women’s World Junior Championship.
Both players have already made their mark on the PSA Tour – Asal winning three Tour titles in South America in May and El Hammamy securing her second Tour title last October at the Granite Open in Canada.
Malaysia’s Danial Nurhaqiem tops the new men’s U17 rankings. The 16-year-old from Kuala Lumpur reached the second round of the men’s World Junior Championship – and went on to remain undefeated for Malaysia in the team event.
Already with four PSA Tour titles to her name, Malaysian Aifa Azman heads the women’s U17 list. The 16-year-old from Kedah won the Malaysian U19 Junior Open last month and in January clinched the British Junior U17 Open title.
Surpassing a five-title record set 26 years ago by Australia, hot favourites Egypt today beat England 2/0 in the final of the WSF Men’s World Junior Team Squash Championship in India to win the biennial World Squash Federation title for a sixth time since 1994.
The Egyptian team, featuring both finalists in last week’s World Junior Individual Championship, cruised through the six-day event in Chennai without dropping a single game. It was Egypt’s eighth final appearance in a row, since 2004 – but third seeds England’s first time in the climax since 2002, which was also in Chennai.
The team’s top strings took to the all-glass showcourt at the Express Avenue Mall in Chennai first. Marwan Tarek, the 18-year-old 2017 individual champion from Cairo who lost out to team-mate Mostafa Asal in last week’s final, faced Englishman Nick Wall, also 18, from Sheffield.
Wall forced a tie-break in the opening game but Tarek took the opener, then comfortably the next two to claim the 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 win in 45 minutes which put Egypt in the driving seat.
In the second match between the third strings, Sam Todd – also from Yorkshire, but aged just 15 – threatened to give England a lifeline as he matched Egyptian Omar El Torkey ( all the way in the opening game, earning game balls at 10-9 and 11-10. Egypt’s bronze medallist held his nerve, however, to take the lead – and never looked back as he took the next two games comfortably give Egypt the title 13-11, 11-4, 11-4 after a further 32 minutes.
“We’re so proud and happy,” said the Egyptian coaching team. “The boys have worked so hard for this and they’ve got their reward, bringing Egypt another treble, just like the girls last year. This generation has taken over from those recent generations that have done the country so proud, and they have the talent and the desire to dominate the senior ranks in the coming years.
“Thanks to the organisers, the Indian squash federation and all the workers and volunteers that made this a great event and one that everyone will remember and can be proud of.”
Czech Republic and USA shared the bronze medal – USA repeating their finish in 2017 but the sixth-seeded Czechs checking out with their highest-ever finish.
Despite the absence of their top string Julien Gosset following his quarter-final injury, second seeds Canada beat Malaysia in the fifth place play-off to record their highest finish since 2010.
Hong Kong China beat defending champions Pakistan 2/0 in the play-off for seventh place to better their finish two years ago.
Their 2/1 win over New Zealand in the play-off for ninth place sees 12th seeds Switzerland not only exceed their seeding, but also record their best finish for 18 years.
After losing out to fierce Asian rivals Pakistan in the pre-quarter-finals, hosts India finished their 2018 campaign on a modest high after beating Argentina in the 11th place play-off.
Finally, event debutants Saudi Arabia – a young four-man squad featuring two 17-year-olds, one 15-year-old and a 14-year-old who have represented their country’s first ever appearance in a world squash championship – went down to Zimbabwe in their final tie to finish in 24th place.
Tragedy struck the championship on the final day when South African team manager/coach Graham Prior, the WSF African Coaching Coordinator, collapsed as he was boarding a bus after his team’s tie. It seems he suffered a severe heart attack and was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
“The sense of shock, coupled with a complete numbness, is all that one can feel when something like this occurs,” said WSF CEO Andrew Shelley on hearing the news. “Graham was such an esteemed and popular leader amongst coaches, a mentor to so many. While that is how the world of squash know him, it is his family and friends, robbed of Graham so early, that our hearts go out to at this terrible time. He and they will be in everybody’s thoughts, I know.”
After straightforward victories in today’s semi-finals of the WSF Men’s World Junior Team Squash Championship in India, top seeds Egypt and third seeds England will contest Sunday’s final at the Express Avenue Mall in Chennai for the fifth time since 1994 – England marking their first appearance in the final since 2002 and Egypt celebrating their eighth in a row.
Egypt, boasting both finalists from last week’s world individual championship, brushed aside first-time semi-finalists Czech Republic, the sixth seeds – claiming victory after just 54 minutes of playing time. It was left to newly-crowned World Junior Champion Mostafa Asal (pictured above in semi-final action) to clinch their appearance in the final after beating Czech number two Ondrej Vorlicek 11-8, 11-9, 11-2.
“We’re very pleased to be in the final,” said Egyptian coach Ahmed Matany. “The players are very disciplined and are working hard.
“I’m very proud of this generation, they all have the talent and the potential to become the next generation of senior champions, but for now we have to concentrate on winning this title. It would be our first back-to-back treble so it’s very important to keep our focus on the coming final.”
Four-time champions England also continued their impressive progress as they made quick work of a USA team that recovered from the brink of defeat yesterday to beat second seeds Canada. There was to be no recovery this time, as Englishmen Nick Wall and James Wyatt (pictured above in semi-final action against USA’s Thomas Rosini) both won in comfortable style – ensuring the nation’s first final since 2002, also in Chennai!
“I’m happy with how everyone played, again,” said England coach Lee Drew (pictured below, right, with the jubilant squad). “They played well tonight and the team spirit has been brilliant throughout. So many teams are so close, we’ve talked about how important it is to do the right thing on the day and to keep concentrating throughout the entire match, and we’ve managed to do that very well every match so far.
“Everyone is very relaxed, they’re a great bunch of players to work with and they deserve the chance to give it a real go against Egypt tomorrow.”
In the 9/12 place playoff semi-finals, New Zealand won another dramatic tie to beat hosts India, while Canada recovered from yesterday’s disappointment to see off title-holders Pakistan in the 5/8 place play-offs.
Upsets continued to play their part on day four of the WSF Men’s World Junior Team Squash Championship in India where Czech Republic and USA, the sixth and eighth seeds respectively, defied the seedings to claim surprise berths in the semi-finals of the biennial World Squash Federation event in Chennai.
The Czechs – in only their second ever appearance in the championship and with a squad of players none of whom had competed in last week’s individual event – outshone fourth seeds Malaysia. Second string Ondrej Vorlicek put the underdogs ahead after 45 minutes with an 11-4, 12-10, 6-11, 11-2 win over Malaysian Siow Yee Xian.
Top string Viktor Byrtus, a 17-year-old from Ostrava, sealed victory for the Czechs, fighting back from a game down to beat Darren Rahul Pragasam (both pictured in action above) 10-12, 11-9, 11-1, 11-6.
“When the draw came out we felt we could progress, but we didn’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” said the Czech team (pictured in celebration below), who are now sure of their best ever finish. “Beating the Swiss yesterday gave us confidence, and we knew we had a chance against Malaysia, but Ondrej and Viktor played so well, both finishing strongly.”
Czech team manager Jan Mutina added: “It’s an amazing feeling to be in the semis! At the start of the tournament we wanted to confirm our seeding, yet we overachieved it, which makes us very proud and happy.
“India provides us with a great service, therefore we would like to thank them, as well as the whole management. In the semi-finals we would like to show our viewers that squash is an amazing sport, and that it deserves to be on the Olympic Games.”
Czech now face Egypt, the favourites who brushed aside Hong Kong China 3/0.
The final spot in the semis was claimed by USA after a tie of unbelievable drama at the Indian Squash Academy. The No.8 seeds faced North American rivals Canada, seeded two and expected to achieve their best ever finish.
Tiber Worth got the USA off to a great start, taking the opening two games, only to see Canada’s James Flynn recover to put the underdogs ahead after an 8-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-2, 11-6 win in 49 minutes.
With the Canadian Julien Gosset leading 2/1 in the second match and with match-ball at 10-6, a semi-final berth for the No.2 seeds looked a certainty. But in stretching for a ball, 18-year-old Gosset slipped badly, clutching his hamstring. After treatment, he returned to court but was clearly unable to compete and at 11-10 down, was forced to concede the match to Daelum Mawji (pictured above en-route to victory).
In the unexpected decider, it was USA’s Thomas Rosini who triumphed 11-9, 1-11, 11-5, 12-10 over George Crowne to clinch the semi-final berth for USA – much to the sheer delight of his team-mates!
“I’m proud of how our team has performed this week,” said Canada’s coach Jonathan Hill. “Obviously today wasn’t the best but the US played some great squash and we’ll look forward to the 5/8 playoffs and rebuilding our team.”
US Coach Simba Muhwati had mixed emotions: “Our hearts go out to Julien, he’d played an amazing match before that injury.
“The emotions involved from Tiber being two-nil up and losing, from Daelum being match ball down and winning, and then Thomas playing so well to put us into the semis!
“It’s a weird place to be, we want to be happy to be in the semis to match our best ever finish, but we feel so much for Julien and Canada.”
USA now face England for a place in the final after the third seeds defeated defending champions Pakistan 2/1. Yorkshireman Nick Wall clinched victory for the former champions when he beat the Pakistan No.1 Abbas Zeb(both pictured below) 11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6.
“It’s great to be in the semis,” said England coach Lee Drew. “Pakistan put up a great fight as you’d expect – they would have picked up a lot from last night’s win here over India.
“James (Wyatt) held his nerve well and Nick overcame an opponent who was getting better and better as the match progressed, and did well to close it out.”
In the day’s biggest upset in the WSF Men’s World Junior Team Squash Championship in India, Asian rivals Pakistan denied the hosts a place in the quarter-finals after a shock 2/1 defeat in the last sixteen round at the Express Avenue Mall in Chennai.
Earlier in the day, favourites Egypt, second seeds Canada, third seeds and former champions England, and fourth seeds Malaysia, all eased into the last eight without dropping any matches.
Seeded five and expected to achieve their best finish for six years, India had high hopes against underdogs Pakistan – hoping for their first ever win over their fierce rivals in the event. But, despite being the 11th seeds, Pakistan are the title-holders and were determined to perform like champions – despite their opponents’ clear home advantage.
India went ahead in the opening match between the third strings, but Haris Qasim reclaimed the advantage to put Pakistan 1/0 up after beating Rahul Baitha 5-11, 16-14, 11-6, 11-7 in 56 minutes.
The hosts also took an early lead in the next match between the teams’ top strings, but 16-year-old Peshwari Abbas Zeb held his nerve and silenced the crowd when he defeated Yash Fadte (both pictured above) 6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-2 to put the 11th seeds into the last eight.
Veer Chotrani provided small consolation for the hosts by beating Pakistan’s Muhammad Uzair 2/0 in the third match.
The win bodes well for Pakistan (the three-man team pictured celebrating above) who have been finalists in the past eight championships. But the five-time champions now face third seeds England, four times winner of the title.
“We’re just so relieved now,” said Pakistan Coach Mo Yasin. “There was a lot of pressure on us today. Our boys started slowly but they both picked up the pace and I’m proud of how they handled it. The win has given the boys confidence now for the next match against England.”
The day’s closest tie also ended in an upset when Hong Kong China, the ninth seeds, beat seventh seeds Colombia 2/1. With the tie standing at one-all after the first two matches, Hong Kong’s Ho Ka Hei saw a 2/0 lead fall away as Colombian Luis Alejandro Mancilla fought back to draw level – then the decider went to a tie break before Hei clinched the match 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 9-11, 12-10 in 55 minutes.
“A few unforced errors in the third turned the whole match around,” said HK coach Dick Leung (pictured above with the victorious HK squad). “But I’m proud of how he handled the end of a tough match to put us back into the top eight.”
The second day of Pool play in the WSF Men’s World Junior Team Squash Championship in India featured intense action as the 24 teams battled for the top two places in the eight pools to ensure a place in the last 16 knockout stage in Chennai.
Favourites Egypt, hosts India and former champions England were resting, having been successful in two ties on day one.
The day’s biggest surprise came in Pool D where 18th seeds Germany took advantage of a tired France after the 13th seeds narrowly went down to Malaysia, the No.4 seeds, 2/1 in the morning session.
With the evening tie tied after the first two matches, Germany’s Nils Schwab held his nerve in the decider after French opponent Adrien Douillard drew level from 2/0 down. Second string Schwab went on to clinch the win 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 3-11, 11-7 to take the underdogs through to the last 16 round – where they face third seeds England.
Hong Kong China had two ties to contend with in Pool H – and the ninth seeds started off well by upsetting USA, the No.8 seeds, 3/0 before clinching unexpected supremacy in the pool by seeing off Finland, the 21st seeds, 3/0.
Whilst New Zealand produced the only upset on day one of Pool action in the WSF Men’s World Junior Team Squash Championship in Chennai, hosts India became one of only three teams to ensure their place in the knockout stage – but were taken the full distance in a dramatic tie at the end of the day before finally overcoming Switzerland 2/1.
Tenth seeds New Zealand upset the form book in Pool G, defeating Colombia 2/1 (see above) after the No.7 seeds beat Qatar 3/0 in the first tie of the day.
Favourites Egypt – boasting a powerful squad featuring the four semi-finalists in the world individual championship – cruised into the Last 16 knockout round following straightforward 3/0 wins over Singapore and Australia.
Third seeds England also won both their ties – but in the opening battle against South Africa dropped the first match before bouncing back to win 2/1.
Second seeds Canada – expected to record their highest ever finish in the 38-year history of the championship – justified their status with a 3/0 win over Scotland (both teams pictured above), and face Argentina in Wednesday’s second qualifying tie.
But the main interest on the opening day at the Indian Squash Academy was India’s second tie against Switzerland, the 12th seeds. In the morning session, the fifth-seeded hosts beat Saudi Arabia – the nation proudly making its first ever appearance in a world team squash championship.
Utkarsh Baheti put India ahead in the opening match against the Swiss, beating Campbell Wells 11-6, 6-11, 13-11, 11-9 – but the underdogs battled back top draw level when Nils Roesch beat Veer Chotrani.
The crowd were on the edge of their seats as Yash Fadte went down 2/1 in the decider – but the Indian number one regrouped to draw level, then took the fifth game against Yannick Wilhelmi (both pictured above) to win the match 11-8, 7-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9 in 68 minutes.
“That was so tense,” said the Indian team (pictured celebrating below) later. “In the end it came down to Yash’s fitness and determination, and the crowd probably helped too!”FULL RESULTS & WJ COVERAGE
Whilst an Egyptian double in today’s WSF World Junior Individual Squash Championships finals was a foregone conclusion, the winners were not after top seed Rowan Reda Araby retained the women’s title as anticipated, but Mostafa Asal upset the seedings after defeating favourite and defending champion Marwan Tarek in straight games in the men’s final at the Express Avenue Mall in the Indian city of Chennai.
The women’s climax was a repeat of the 2017 final – for the first time in the event’s 37-year history. But despite boasting two successive world junior championship wins over second seed Hania El Hammamy, Araby had lost to her compatriot on the previous four occasions – and trails world No.20 El Hammamy 11 positions in the PSA World Rankings.
Araby (pictured above in final action) took the opening two games before a packed crowd at the Chennai shopping mall – then failed to convert three match-balls in the third before Hammamy took the game 12-10 to force a further game.
But the 17-year-old from Alexandria regained her composure in the fourth to close out the match 11-4, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9 in 65 minutes to win the title for a second successive year.
Araby becomes the fourth Egyptian to win back-to-back women’s titles after Raneem El Welily in 2007, Nour El Sherbini in 2013 and Nouran Gohar in 2016.
“It feels amazing,” said Araby later. “I’m so happy! That was my last World Juniors and if I hadn’t won I know I would have been so sad.
“When I got four match balls in the third I started thinking about my birthday, about celebrating with my friends, I just freaked out and went completely out of the court.
“I knew I had to get back to my game plan and concentrate all the way in the fourth. I almost lost that too, at 9-7 down, I fought really hard to try to make it not go to five.
“Looking at the players who have won it twice, Nicol (David), Ramy (Ashour), Raneem (El Welily), Nour (El Sherbini), Marwan (Elshorbagy), and especially Mohamed (Elshorbagy) – he’s my role model, I can’t thank him enough, he’s helped me so much and is always there for me.
“That may be my last junior match, it depends on the British next year, but if it is my last I’m happy to finish with that one!”
The men’s final (both pictured above) also featured the top two seeds and whilst Asal was the second seed, the 17-year-old from 6th of October City is by far the highest-ranked player in the men’s field – at 71, compared with Tarek’s 281.
Furthermore, the match was the pair’s first clash in international competition, though Egyptian sources report two wins by ‘underdog’ Asal over Tarek in recent national junior events.
Asal reached the final without dropping a game – and continued his ‘clean sheet’ in Chennai as he romped to an 11-7, 13-11, 11-4 victory in 45 minutes over Tarek to claim the world junior title for the first time.
“I’m overjoyed to become World Champion,” said Asal. “It’s great that we had two all-Egyptian finals.
“I went into the match with confidence knowing I’d won in Egypt, but I really had to fight hard in the second to keep the momentum going.
“Thanks to Marwan for all the battles we had in Egypt, and I hope he has a great time in Harvard, we’ll miss him and he’ll miss us in Egypt! Thanks also to my coaches and family, and everyone who’s supported me, and especially Shaza Tamer.”
Asal added: “On to the teams now, let’s hope we can get that title back for Egypt.”
 Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt  Marwan Tarek (EGY) 11-7, 13-11, 11-4 (45m)
 Rowan Reda Araby (EGY) bt  Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 11-4, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9 (65m)
The WSF Men’s World Junior Team Championship gets underway on Tuesday with Egypt seeded to reclaim the title lost to Pakistan in 2016. Of historic interest is the first appearance in any World Team Squash Championship of Saudi Arabia.
After two days of Pool action, the top two teams in each Pool progress to the last 16 knockout stage.
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After dramatic semi-finals at the Express Avenue Mall in the Indian city of Chennai, the WSF World Junior Individual Squash Championships will come to a climax in two all-Egyptian finals – for the fourth time since 2011.
The first place in the finals was claimed by men’s defending champion Marwan Tarek. But the top seed from Cairo was taken the full distance and kept on court for over an hour and a half before finally subduing Cairo compatriot Omar El Torkey (both pictured above) 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-8.
After “the longest match of my life”, 18-year-old Tarek – who is bidding to become the fourth Egyptian to win back-to-back titles since the illustrious Ramy Ashour in 2006 – admitted: “I was three points from going out of the tournament. It was long and tough but I don’t regret that, it’s the semi-finals of the World Juniors.
“I felt he got a bit tired early in the fifth but he still went ahead. I started thinking about anything but the match and took it point by point. It feels good to have survived that and reach the final again. I hope I’ll play a good match tomorrow – let’s see how it goes!”
As predicted by the seedings, Tarek will face No.2 seed Mostafa Asal in what will be the Cairo-born pair’s first international meeting.
Asal, aged 17 and the highest-ranked player in the draw, recorded his fifth straight straight games win in the championship when he despatched fellow countryman Mostafa El Serty (both pictured above) 11-3, 11-7, 11-7.
“I felt comfortable today,” said Asal, the world No.71 from 6th of October City. “It wasn’t easy but I never felt in real danger. I won the Egyptian U17 and U19 titles with 3/0 wins all through so it’s nice to keep that going!
“Tomorrow it’s mental …… whoever’s mentally strongest will win it!”
Lining up in the women’s final will be top seed Rowan Reda Araby and second seed Hania El Hammamy – who will make history by becoming the first ever pair in the 37-year history of the women’s championship to contest successive finals.
Title-holder Araby, the 17-year-old world No.31 from Alexandria, brushed aside fellow Alexandrian Jana Shiha (both pictured above) 11-5, 13-11, 11-6 in 31 minutes – while El Hammamy, also 17 and ranked 20 in the world, ended non-Egyptian interest in the event after battling to an 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-4 win in 44 minutes over England’s Lucy Turmel.
On her close middle game, Araby said: “It’s always the second game. I had no pressure in the first, but I started to feel it in the second. I wanted to win that one, I didn’t want a long match if I was to get to the final.
“I was so happy to win that second, it took the pressure off. I’m pleased to make my third World Junior final, and obviously hoping to keep the title.”
El Hammamy (pictured in semi-final action above), who despite losing to Araby in last year’s final, boasts a 4/2 head-to-head record over her rival: “I’m so happy to be in the final again,” said the event’s No.2 seed. “I’m really enjoying the atmosphere in the Mall, and I’m really looking forward to a good match against Rowan tomorrow.”
 Marwan Tarek (EGY) 3-2 [3/4] Omar El Torkey (EGY) 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-8 (92m)
 Mostafa Asal (EGY) 3-0 [3/4] Mostafa El Serty (EGY) 11-3, 11-7, 11-7 (33m)
 Rowan Reda Araby (EGY) 3-0 [5/8] Jana Shiha (EGY) 11-5, 13-11, 11-6 (31m)
 Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-1 [3/4] Lucy Turmel (ENG) 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-4 (44m)
The powerhouse that is Egyptian squash claimed seven of the eight quarter-final victories in the WSF World Junior Individual Squash Championships in India – but England’s Lucy Turmel denied the nation a clean sweep at the Express Avenue Mall in Chennai after ending the run of Singapore’s Sneha Sivakumar in straight games in the women’s event.
The 18-year-old from Ipswich scored her third successive straight games win in the championship when she beat her unseeded opponent (both pictured above) 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 in 27 minutes. Turmel, a 3/4 seed, is making her fourth appearance in the event, after making her debut in 2015 – and is now celebrating her semi-final debut.
England’s sole player left in the tournament will now face Egypt’s No.2 seed Hania El Hammamy for a place in the final.
“I am really happy to be through to the semis and am looking forward to a big test tomorrow,” said the reigning European Junior Champion, England’s first women’s semi-finalist since 2012. “The world championships is a great event and I am looking forward to playing on the glass court in the Mall tomorrow as it is a brilliant venue.”
National coach Lee Drew, who is supporting the England players alongside former world No.1 Laura Massaro, added: “Lucy has performed really well here and deserves the rewards. She is very professional and consistent with her approach to the game and to her development. Myself, Laura and all of the England players are massively looking forward to watching the semi-finals tomorrow to support her in what will be a great experience.”
El Hammamy, who ended North American interest in the event with an 11-2, 11-4, 11-7 defeat of 5/8 seed Marina Stefanoni – thus making her third successive semi – said: “I’m happy with my performance, especially against such a talented player as Marina. She was pushing me to the front so I was happy to get to every one. Another semi, hopefully I can go one better this time.”
Egypt’s top seed and defending champion Rowan Elaraby also earned her third semi-final appearance in a row by seeing off compatriot Hana Moataz 12-10, 11-6, 11-3.
“I really enjoyed playing here,” said the 17-year-old from Alexandria (see venue picture above). “I loved the crowd watching from all around. There was a bit of pressure when I was down in the first but I managed to get through it and I’m really pleased to make a third semi in a row.”
Araby now takes on fellow countrywoman Jana Shiha, a 5/8 seed who needed 51 minutes to overcome surprise opponent Farida Mohamed 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 15-13.
“It’s great playing in this venue,” said Shiha. “But it didn’t feel so good when it got tight in the fifth! Farida and I have played probably 50 times since we were nine, in the semis and finals of events even when we’re playing up an age, so we both knew it was going to be tough.”
The men’s quarter-finals went according to seedings with the top four seeds lining up in the semis as predicted. Top seed Marwan Tarek eased into the last four after defeating fellow Egyptian Mostafa Montaser 11-8, 11-1, 11-5 in just 31 minutes.
The defending champion from Cairo now faces compatriot Omar El Torkey, the 3/4 seed who ended English interest in the men’s event when he beat 5/8 seed Nick Wall 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (both pictured in action below).
“I didn’t want another long match like my last ones,” said a relieved Omar. “It’s always a good match against Nick, but I felt comfortable. I don’t know what happened at the end when I gave away so many points but thank God I made it through!”
The other semi will see No.2 seed Mostafa Asal, the highest-ranked player in the event, take on Mostafa El Serty. Asal needed just three games to overcome Mexican Leonel Cardenas 12-10, 11-7, 11-9, while El Serty was taken the full distance by Darren Rahul Pragasam and had to save a match-ball in the fourth against the Malaysian before prevailing 4-11, 13-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6.
“That was so, so hard,” said El Serty. “I thought I’d lost it and I’m so grateful to come through.”
 Marwan Tarek (EGY) 3-0 [5/8] Mostafa Montaser (EGY) 11-8, 11-1, 11-5 (31m)
[3/4] Omar El Torkey (EGY) 3-0 [5/8] Nick Wall (ENG) 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (36m)
[3/4] Mostafa El Serty (EGY) 3-2 [5/8] Darren Rahul Pragasam (MAS) 4-11, 13-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6 (57m)
 Mostafa Asal (EGY) 3-0 [5/8] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 (50m)
 Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-0 [5/8] Hana Moataz (EGY) 12-10, 11-6, 11-3 (28m)
[5/8] Jana Shiha (EGY) 3-2 [13/16] Farida Mohamed (EGY) 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 15-13 (51m)
[3/4] Lucy Turmel (ENG) 3-0 Sneha Sivakumar (SGP) 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (27m)
 Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-0 [5/8] Marina Stefanoni (USA) 11-2, 11-4, 11-7 (26m)
Egyptians stormed en-masse into the last eight of the WSF World Junior Individual Squash Championships in India – where five men (for the first time since 2010) and five women (for the eighth time in the past 15 years) will compete in the quarter-finals of the premier World Squash Federation junior event which moves onto an all-glass showcourt at the Express Avenue Mall in Chennai.
Farida Mohamed, a 13/16 seed, produced the day’s biggest third round upset at the Indian Squash Academy when she defeated Malaysia’s 3/4 seed Aifa Azman to ensure an Egyptian finalist in the women’s event.
The 16-year-old from Alexandria, the younger sister of 2014 champion Habiba Mohamed, took 59 minutes to see off the renowned Malaysian (both pictured above) 15-17, 11-7, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6. Mohamed junior will now face fellow countrywoman Jana Shiha, a 5/8 seed, for a place in the semi-finals.
Singapore’s Sneha Sivakumar continued her giant-killing run in the event to become her country’s first quarter-finalist since 1983. The unseeded 17-year-old, ranked 176 in the world, came through a five game thriller to beat Egypt’s 9/12 seed Ingy Hammouda 7-11, 11-6, 13-11, 7-11, 11-9.
“I didn’t think I had a good draw,” said a delighted Sivakumar (pictured above celebrating her triumph). “But it worked in my favour after two tough matches yesterday and now I’ve got this far without meeting a top four player.
“I never thought for a moment that I’d make the quarters of the World Juniors, I just had to push as hard as I could – at nine-all in the fifth it was crazy, my heart was beating like mad!”
Egypt’s top two women’s seeds Rowan Reda Araby and Hania El Hammamy scored straightforward straight games wins as they progressed towards their anticipated second successive meeting in the final.
Both defeated Malaysians, favourite Araby defeating Chan Yiwen 11-4, 11-5, 11-2, while Hammamy saw off Ooi Kah Yan 11-8, 11-8, 11-7.
“I’m not going into it with any pressure, I’m just trying to enjoy the matches,” said defending champion Araby. “India is fascinating and the Mall looks fabulous, I’m really looking forward to playing on there tomorrow.”
In the men’s event, top seed Marwan Tarek dropped a game against Canada’s George Crowne, but was happy with his progress: “I think I’ve played better each day as I’m getting more used to the conditions,” said the defending champion from Egypt. “Now for a practice at the Mall!”
The 18-year-old from Cairo will play fellow countryman Mostafa Montaser, who survived a torrid five-game battle against compatriot Yehia Elnaswany, saving a match ball before taking the decider 12-10.
“It was so hard, we haven’t played for two years, but he played so well and I was lucky to win in the end,” said Montaser. “Hopefully I can be lucky in my next matches and this will be just the beginning!”
At the other end of the draw, second seed Mostafa Asal also eased into the last eight. The 17-year-old from 6th of October City, the highest-ranked player in the championship, defeated Swiss opponent Yannick Wilhelmi(both pictured above) 11-9, 11-5, 11-8.
The world No.71 will now line up against the event’s sole remaining Mexican Leonel Cardenas after the 18-year-old 5/8 seed, ranked 39 places lower, overcame Canada’s unseeded James Flynn 11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3.
Despite Egyptians securing their anticipated six places in the WSF World Junior Individual Squash Championships men’s last 16 round in India, it was a trio of Canadians who stole the limelight on the second day of action in the premier World Squash Federation junior event at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai.
Julien Gosset, a 13/16 seed from Toronto, claimed his predicted place in the fourth round after despatching Hong Kong’s Chung Yat Long 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 in just 19 minutes. But the 18-year-old was soon unexpectedly joined in the ‘pre-quarter-finals’ by unseeded compatriots James Flynn and George Crowne, both 17.
Flynn, from Toronto, defeated US rival Daelum Mawji, a 9/12 seed, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (both pictured in action above) and will now face Mexico’s 5/8 seed Leonel Cardenas for a place in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile Crowne, also from Ontario, recovered from a game down to upset Englishman Curtis Malik, a 13/16 seed, 4-11, 13-11, 11-4, 11-6 (pictured at the top of the page) – and progresses to line up against Egypt’s defending champion Marwan Tarek, the top seed.
There were two significant upsets in the women’s event which got underway today with two rounds. Unseeded Sneha Sivakumar made history for Singapore by beating England’s 5/8 seed Elise Lazarus 10-12, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 (both pictured in action below), thereby becoming the first woman from her country to make the event’s last 16 round for 35 years!
Jessica Keng took the Malaysian count in the women’s third round to five when the unseeded 15-year-old ousted Hong Kong’s 13/16 seed Chan Sin Yuk 11-9, 12-10, 4-11, 10-12, 11-9 in 50 minutes.
The plucky youngster from Kota Kinabalu will now face England’s Lucy Turmel, a 3/4 seed, for a place in the quarter-finals.
While Egypt’s defending champion and event favourite Marwan Tarek led all the top 16 seeds safely through to the men’s last 32 round of the WSF World Junior Individual Squash Championships in Chennai, three unseeded Indians survived the first two rounds at the Indian Squash Academy and will provide significant local interest for the hosts on day two.
171 U19 athletes from 27 countries are competing in the premier annual World Squash Federation junior championships for men and women which got underway on Wednesday (with the women’s event starting on Thursday) and will reach their finals on Monday 23 July – and this will be followed by the biennial Men’s World Junior Team Championship from 24-29 July.
Tarek began his title defence with a straightforward 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 second round victory over local player Advait Adik (both pictured in action above). The 18-year-old from Cairo now faces Malaysian Muhammad Amir Amirul Azhar for a place in the last 16.
Event debutant Rahul Baitha, a 17-year-old from India’s largest city Mumbai, earned his place in the third round after overcoming Swiss opponent Nils Roesch 11-5, 12-10, 11-8.
Meanwhile compatriots Veer Chotrani and Yash Fadte, both 16, are making their second appearances in the championships. Chotrani dismissed South African Mikael Ismail 11-8, 11-8, 13-11, while Fadte, from Goa, recovered from a game down to beat Germany’s Abdel-Rahman Ghait 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6.
The World Squash Federation (WSF) and the Professional Squash Association (PSA) jointly welcomed today’s announcement made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the new sports selection procedure for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games at the IOC Executive Board Meeting in Lausanne.
Following the announcement of the principles [that can be found at www.olympic.org/news/future-games-sports-programmes-full-of-passion-and-excitement ], WSF and PSA reiterated squash’s readiness to bid and to demonstrate why the sport will be a great strategic choice for inclusion in the Olympic programme.
Jacques Fontaine, WSF President, and Alex Gough, PSA CEO, commented:
“The whole sport is truly united in our desire to participate in the selection process and to show the strong attributes that squash can bring to the IOC and to Paris 2024 in the context of the on-going New Norm and Agenda 2020 reforms.
“Squash has a vibrant and real forward-looking vision rooted in constant innovation, striving for more inclusiveness and sustainability across all our activities on and outside of the court. We truly believe that we can seamlessly integrate the Olympic programme with a minimal investment and an optimised gender-equal pool of participants, while bringing a lot of additional excitement and spectacular action to the very heart of the host cities.
“We are preparing for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, where squash will be participating as a showcase sport and will be represented by a selection of juniors from around the world on glass courts with impressive interactive features. We are looking forward to giving the Olympic family first-hand experience of what our sport offers.”