18 Jul 2018

WSF & PSA'S SQUASHFORWARD INITIATIVE BEGINS IN AMSTERDAM



The joint initiative between the World Squash Federation (WSF) and Professional Squash Association (PSA) – officially kicked off its first activity over the weekend with juniors from all four corners of the globe taking part in a series of brainstorming sessions during the Dutch Junior Open in Amsterdam.

SquashFORWARD has been formed with the goal of engaging with the next generation of squash players in order to give them the chance to help shape the future of the sport, and the initiative will help make squash even more innovative, inclusive and sustainable.

Co-chaired by women's World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and men's World No.11 Diego Elias, SquashFORWARD members also include France's Victor Crouin, Malaysia's Eain Yow Ng, United States' Marina Stefanoni, Switzerland's Dimitri Steinmann, Japan's Satomi Watanabe and Ukraine's Nadiia Usenko.



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Usenko was on the ground in Amsterdam as she spearheaded a series of brainstorming sessions to gather ideas from her fellow juniors.

The sessions centred around the topics of innovation, sustainability, inclusiveness and accessibility and over 50 juniors took part. Comments from the juniors were hugely positive, many of the participants said they liked being included and felt that the process was an important one given that some of them will also be appearing at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games in October, where squash will be present as a showcase sport.

Ideas from these sessions will be taken on board by SquashFORWARD and forward-looking recommendations will be shared in Buenos Aires.

“These focus groups have a huge meaning because such an event has been organised for the first time. Thanks to that, juniors all over the world got an opportunity to exchange their points of view about perspectives of developing squash,” said Usenko, who won the women's U-19 Dutch Junior Open title in the tournament's first ever all-Ukrainian final.

“I was happy to be part of these activities at the Dutch Junior Open because I love squash and cannot imagine my life without it. I am ready to do everything in my power to increase the popularity of squash in all corners of the globe and hopefully to see it on the Olympic programme.”

WSF President Jacques Fontaine added: “As the IOC Executive Board members gather in Lausanne this week to discuss key topics that will determine the future of the Olympic Movement, including the Paris 2024 programme, we are excited to witness the future of our own sport being shaped by young players from across the world. The SquashFORWARD initiative will no doubt contribute to enhancing squash’s profile as we bid for inclusion on the Olympic programme.”

PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough said: “We’re delighted to see that the inaugural SquashFORWARD activity was a success. SquashFORWARD has been created in order to help us establish a dialogue with the sport’s next generation and we look forward to sharing the findings in Buenos Aires in October.”

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This year’s Tarra Kia Bega Squash Open is set to become one of the richest squash events in Australia.

The Bega event alone will offer $15,000 for the PSA tournament, a prize almost 10 per cent of the entire Squash World Series prize and will be the richest in NSW.

The Open – to run on August 8-12 –  will now match the Australian Squash Open for prizes and will be a massive draw card for visiting international players.

Club president John Stylianou said it was “a massive coup for the small Bega club” and it was great to have Kia Australia sign on for a three-year sponsorship deal.

“They have a fantastic approach to sponsoring sport, and through the connections with Tarra Kia they agreed to match our prize pool with the Australian Open,” Mr Stylianou said.

“We’re now the biggest tournament in NSW and because of that already have a full house of players.”
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Egyptians seeking to continue dominance at World Junior Individual Squash Championships

Egyptians Marwan Tarek and Rowan Reda Araby have been confirmed as top seeds for the event ©WSF
Egyptians Marwan Tarek and Rowan Reda Araby have been confirmed as top seeds as they bid to defend their men's and women's titles respectively at the World Junior Individual Squash Championships in Chennai.

The two players are favourites to repeat their success from last year's event in Tauranga in New Zealand at the tournament at the Indian Squash Academy,due to begin tomorrow.

Tarek, the world number 280, is seeded to face 17-year-old compatriot Mostafa Asal in the final on Monday (July 23).

Asal represents a dangerous opponent for Tarek as he has won three titles on the Professional Squash Association World Tour this year.

Araby already has five World Tour triumphs to her name at the age of 17 and is expected to retain her women's crown in Chennai.


The 17-year-old Egyptian star ousted top seed Hania El Hammamy, the compatriot whom she is again predicted to face in the 2018 showpiece contest, in last year's final.

Should Araby emerge triumphant at the tournament, the women's junior world title would be in Egyptian hands for the eighth year in a row.

A total of 171 players from 28 countries are scheduled to participate at the World Junior Individual Squash Championships.

The event precedes the biennial Men's World Junior Team Championship, scheduled to start on July 24 and conclude on July 28.

Egypt’s young squash stars raring to go


Pride of place:Egypt̢۪s Rowan Reda Araby and Marwan Tarek have been top-seeded for the World juniors.K. Keerthivasan


Marwan Tarek and Rowan Reda Araby are primed to defend their crowns
That Egypt is a powerhouse in squash is a well-known fact and the world’s top three players in both men’s and women’s sections are from the African nation. The system is honed to produce champions, with the junior programme in the Arab country being top class.

In fact, at the World junior squash championships to be held here from July 18 to 29, the top four seeds in boys and the top two in girls sections are Egyptians.

“It is nothing new,” said Haitham Ashoush, Egypt’s coach. “It didn’t happen overnight but is a culmination of hard work over the years. This is not the first time that we are on top in the world rankings.”

Haitham, a former PSA player, said it will not be easy for Egypt this time. Teams such as England, Malaysia and India have prepared well and it will be foolhardy to take them for granted, he said. “The Indian boys will be a surprise package. So will England and Malaysia. Egypt will be pushed,” said the 30-year-old.

Haitham said his target was to win all three gold medals in the World juniors. “We are keen to win the boys’ team, individual boys’ and girls’ titles,” he said.

In a huge upset, Egypt had lost to Pakistan in the boys’ team final in the previous edition in Poland (2016). “We have done our homework and we will do our best to regain the title. We are optimistic,” said Haitham. “The final [in 2016] was close. That day some of our players had an off-day. It happens.”

Top seeds Marwan Tarek and Rowan Reda Araby, in their last year as juniors, would want to bid goodbye by retaining their titles.

Training with Mohamed El Shorbagy has been back home has been a great source of strength for Marwan. “This is one thing you don’t find anywhere [else],” he said.

Rowan said she loves competing against her own people. “I enjoy it, but it’s tough playing against players from your own country. I might meet J. Shiha in the quarters,” said the 18-year-old, whose role model happens to be El Shorbagy.

17 Jul 2018

Want to break into top 60 of squash rankings’: Chennai’s Sunayna prepares for Asiad


Third-year visual communications student Sunayna Kuruvilla, from MOP Vaishnav College in Chennai, is all set to represent India at the Asian Games to be played in Jakarta in August.

Talking to TNM from her home in Chennai, the 19-year-old squash player is brimming with confidence.

She laughs when asked the most cliched question that is normally thrown at students who do other activities along with their studies. How does she balance academics and professional sport?

“I’ve been playing squash since I was nine years old, so it doesn’t feel like a balancing act anymore," she says.

“My parents were initially a little apprehensive about me taking part in sports as they felt that my academics would take a back seat but I was someone who wanted to ace everything I did, whether it is studies or squash, so that was taken care of.”

This Chennai-based player will be the third member of the Indian team which includes top players like Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal, who also happens to be Sunayna’s cousin.

Sunayna credits Dipika for being the reason she fell in love with the sport.

Dipika, who is one of the leading squash players of the country, enrolled 9-year-old Sunayna for a summer coaching camp and it was from there, according to Sunayna, that she developed a passion for the sport.

Sunayna now has two back-to-back under 19 National Squash Championship titles under her belt and following her second title at Ajmer in 2017, she was ranked number 1 in India’s junior squash circuit.

Just after the Asian games in Jakarta, Sunayna is scheduled to play at the World Women’s Team Championship at China in September.

“I knew 2018 was going to be a big year for me and I’ve been working towards it,” says Sunayna who goes on to add that being the third member of the team, she wants to be prepared so that her teammates can count on her.

“I’m up by 6 am on a normal day and I train with my coach for about an hour after which I head to the gym and later in the evening I spend around one and a half hours on match play,” says Sunayna, who is currently 89 in the world rankings.

In between her training, college work and tournaments, Sunayna admits that she has no time to socialise with her friends, unlike most people her age.

“I’m very close to my school friends and they understand when I say I can’t meet them, because of my tight schedules.”

“In college, I hardly socialise. I’m just there,” she quips.

For a person of her age, the kind of achievements she has amassed over the years is no mean feat.

When asked about how her parents feel, she grins and says that they are used to it as her cousin Dipika has been doing it for years.

To reach the heights where she is today, Sunayna admits the odds were stacked against her.

“There will always be people who will tell you that you won’t be able to do it and that you shouldn’t do it which will make you question yourself.”

“There are moments of self-doubt when you start questioning yourself as to whether you’ve taken the right choice or not,” says Sunayna who goes on to add that there is always a big risk involved when you choose a career in sports.

“And that was a risk I was willing to take because this is something I love to do.”

“I really believe that if you have a goal in mind and that you’re willing to work towards it, then nothing can stop you,” she says.

Speaking about her goals, Sunayna says that her long-term aim is to become the highest ranking Indian squash player just like Joshna and Dipika.

“At the moment, I want to break into the top 60 in the world rankings by the end of the year.”

The talented player represented India at the 2015 World junior championship as well as 2015 Asian junior championship, where she won a bronze medal.

Sunayna also won a gold medal against Pakistan at the 2016 South Asian Games and currently trains at the Indian Squash Academy in Tamil Nadu.

Squash Team Return From Championships

2018 CASA Junior Championships (1)
The Bermuda Junior Squash Team returned home last night after competing in the 2018 Caribbean Area Squash Association’s [CASA] Junior Championships in Jamaica, where the Bermuda’s Boys’ Team finished third and the Girls’ Team finished sixth.The team was greeted by family, friends and the Minister of Social Development and Sports Michael Weeks, who congratulated the young athletes on their showing.

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Jamaica 6th as Barbados cop Caribbean Junior Squash Championship



Young players from Barbados pose with their trophy after emerging as overall champions at the 2018 JN General Insurance Caribbean Area Squash Association's Junior Championships. Barbados beat Guyana in the finals of both the boys' and girls' team competitions to claim the coveted regional title for the second-consecutive year. The team received their trophy from Lynford Reece (centre), senior manager, distribution at JN General Insurance, on the final day of the championships, which ran from July 8-14 at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston

Jamaica finished sixth as emerging power Barbados triumphed in an epic showdown with former regional giants Guyana to emerge as overall champions for the second-consecutive year as the JN General Insurance Caribbean Area Squash Association's (CASA) Junior Championships wrapped up on Saturday at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.

Having upset perennial winners Guyana last year on Guyana's home ground, Barbados came to the competition to prove that 2017 was not a fluke. With three age-group champions in the line-up, the girls' team was dominant, delivering a convincing 4-1 beating to Guyana.

Under-17 champion Meagan Best dismissed Madison Fernandes 11-2, 11-1, 11-0; Under-19 champion Amanda Haywood trounced Rebecca Low 11-3, 11-2, 11-4, Jada Smith-Padmore beat Kirsten Gomes 11-7, 5-11, 11-6, 11-2 and Under-15 champion Sumiraa Suleman prevailed 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8 in a gripping five-game battle against Abosaide Cadogan.

However, Rebekah Nichols' 5-11, 8-11, 11-8, 2-11 loss to Georgiana Fernandes meant that the boys' team final would decide the overall winner. Predictably, Caribbean Under-17 champion Khamal Cumberbatch and Under-19 champion Josiah Griffith delivered wins for Barbados with the former beating Rithew Saywack 11-3, 11-3, 11-6 and the latter taking down Alexander Cheeks 11-2, 11-3, 11-8.

Then Chemar Burnham lost 7-11, 5-11, 5-11 to Daniel Islam and that put Barbados' fate squarely in the hands of young Aidan Parris, who faced off with Michael Alphonso, who had beaten him to in the finals to take the Under-13 title. On this occasion Parris exacted revenge, keeping his head amidst the deafening cheers from rival supporters to post a 7-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-7 win and make it two in a row for Barbados.

In their final match-up of the team competition, the Jamaican girls rallied to end a challenging week with a win over Bermuda. All Jamaica Under-17 girls' champion Mia Mahfood put Jamaica in the lead when she held off Charlotte Toogood 11-8, 11-8, 11-6, and then Mira Handa followed on with an 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 win over Hailey Moss.

Bermuda pulled one back when Mia Lake lost 6-11, 4-11, 9-11 to Abigail Brewer and then Jamaica fielded new regional Under-13 girls' champion Savannah Thomson and that settled the matter. Thomson beat Celia Robinson 11-2, 11-3, 11-2 to take the win for Jamaica and the girls finished fifth overall.

ASLAM AND ZAFAR SECURE PAKISTAN SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIPS CIRCUIT III TITLES


Pakistan duo Tayyab Aslam and Faiza Zafar secured the Jubilee Insurance Company Ltd. Pakistan Squash Championships Circuit III men’s and women’s titles, respectively over the weekend.

World No.95 Aslam defeated fellow countryman Farhan Zaman to claim his fourth and biggest PSA World Tour title after claiming an 11-8, 10-12, 11-1, 11-8 victory in 44 minutes.

Meanwhile in the women’s final, Faiza faced younger sister Madina Zafar and was able to extract her revenge after Madina defeated her in the final of the SNGPL Pakistan International Squash Circuit II less than two weeks ago.

Older sister and World No.99 Faiza claimed her second PSA World Tour title with an 11-7, 11-9, 11-13, 16-14 win.

Meanwhile at the City of Greater Bendigo International, Ireland’s World No.145 Sean Conroy and Australia’s World No.45 Christine Nunn took home the men’s and women’s titles, respectively.


Conroy and Nunn with the City of Greater Bendigo International titles

Top seed Nunn claimed her fifth successive PSA World Tour title after a formidable run of form. The Australian defeated compatriot and number two seed Sarah Cardwell in the final in straight games to secure her ninth PSA World Tour title and continue her rich vein of form.

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Conroy made it a weekend to remember after he sealed his maiden PSA World Tour title. The Irishman came from 2-1 down to win 5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9 in a five-game thriller.

Results
Jubilee Insurance Company Ltd. Pakistan Squash Championships Circuit III
Men’s Round One
[1] Asim Khan (PAK) bt Umair Zaman (QAT) 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 11-3 (29m)
[7] Amaad Fareed (PAK) bt Khawaja Adil Maqbool (PAK) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (16m)
[Q] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [3] Ahsan Ayaz (PAK) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 11-1 (26m)
[8] Syed Ali Mujtaba Shah Bokhari (PAK) bt [Q] Haris Iqbal (PAK) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 12-10 (19m)
[5] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [Q] Abbas Zeb (PAK) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 (23m)
[4] Tayyab Aslam (PAK) bt [WC] Naveed Rehman (PAK) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 (21m)
[6] Israr Ahmed (PAK) bt [Q] Mohammad Naeem (PAK) 3-1: 11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 12-10 (41m)
[2] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt Zahir Shah (PAK) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (21m)

Women’s Round One
[1] Faiza Zafar (PAK) bt Maqaddas Javed (PAK) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (14m)
[Q] Komal Khan (PAK) bt [7] Noor ul Huda (PAK) 3-2: 11-6, 2-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7 (39m)
[3] Anam Mustafa Aziz (PAK) bt Saima Shoukat (PAK) 3-2: 11-9, 8-11, 11-3, 6-11, 17-15 (41m)
[5] Amna Fayyaz (PAK) bt [Q] Myra Saleem (PAK) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (16m)
Moqaddas Ashraf (PAK) bt [6] Zoya Khalid (PAK) 3-2: 11-6, 10-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 (36m)
[4] Zahab Kamal Khan (PAK) bt Fehmina Asim (PAK) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (18m)
[8] Riffat Khan (PAK) bt [Q] Rushna Mehboob (PAK) 3-1: 7-11, 11-2, 11-4, 11-5 (19m)
[2] Madina Zafar (PAK) bt [Q] Nimra Aqeel (PAK) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 (13m)

Men’s Quarter-finals
[5] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [1] Asim Khan (PAK) 3-1: 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 (43m)
[4] Tayyab Aslam (PAK) bt [7] Amaad Fareed (PAK) 3-1: 13-11, 11-7, 12-14, 11-4 (75m)
[6] Israr Ahmed (PAK) bt [Q] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) 3-2: 5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9 (61m)
[2] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [8] Syed Ali Mujtaba Shah Bokhari (PAK) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 12-10 (23m)

Women’s Quarter-finals
[1] Faiza Zafar (PAK) bt Moqaddas Ashraf (PAK) 3-2: 11-6, 9-11, 10-12, 11-5, 9-11 (30m)
[Q] Komal Khan (PAK) bt [4] Zahab Kamal Khan (PAK) 3-1: 11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 11-4 (24m)
[8] Riffat Khan (PAK) bt [3] Anam Mustafa Aziz (PAK) 3-1: 11-1, 5-11, 11-2, 11-3 (19m)
[2] Madina Zafar (PAK) bt [5] Amna Fayyaz (PAK) 3-0: 11-2, 11-7, 11-6 (19m)

Men’s Semi-finals
[4] Tayyab Aslam (PAK) bt [5] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) 3-2: 1-11, 4-11, 1-4 retired (16m)
[2] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [6] Israr Ahmed (PAK) 3-0: 14-12, 11-6, 11-7 (38m)

Women’s Semi-finals
[1] Faiza Zafar (PAK) bt [Q] Komal Khan (PAK) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-0 (14m)
[2] Madina Zafar (PAK) bt [8] Riffat Khan (PAK) 3-2: 11-3, 11-6, 6-11, 10-12, 2-7 retired (37m)

Men’s Final
[4] Tayyab Aslam (PAK) bt [2] Farhan Zaman (PAK) 3-1: 11-8, 10-12, 11-1, 11-8 (44m)
Women’s Final
[1] Faiza Zafar (PAK) bt [2] Madina Zafar (PAK) 3-1: 11-7, 11-9, 11-13, 16-14 (32m)

City of Bendigo International
Men’s Round One
[4] Ignacio Gutiérrez Keen (ARG) bt Stu Hadden (IRL) 3-2: 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 6-11, 12-10 (67m)
Javed Ali (AUS) bt [LL] Cameron Penna (AUS) 3-1: 5-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-9 (31m)
Harley Lam (HKG) bt [6] Joel Luca (AUS) 3-1: 5-11, 11-6, 14-12, 11-2 (41m)
[Q] Inwoo Lee (KOR) bt Jason Turner (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-2, 11-8 (26m)
[Q] Seong Yeon Yoo (KOR) bt Shahzad Khan (AUS) 3-1: 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10 (50m)
[Q] Corben White (AUS) bt [5] Thomas King (CAN) 3-2: 10-12, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5 (55m)
[1] Joe Green (ENG) bt [Q] Wee Ming Hock (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 11-2
[Q] Harshil Singh (AUS) bt Faisal Riaz (PAK) 3-0: 11-3, 11-3, 11-5
[3] Enzo Corigliano (FRA) bt [Q] Alex Grayson (NZL) 3-0: 11-2, 11-6, 11-1 (11m)
Matthew Lai (HKG) bt Rodrigo Bonzo (ARG) 3-1: 11-7, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6 (30m)
Alvin Heumann (USA) bt Mansoor Zaman (PAK) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (22m)
[7] Daniel Lomaglio (ARG) bt Muhammad Waheed (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (23m)
[Q] Sam Ejtemai (AUS) bt [8] Lachlan Coxsedge (AUS) 3-0: 13-11, 11-4, 11-6 (30m)
[Q] Young Hun Jo (KOR) bt Madison Eggert (CAN) 3-1: 11-8, 11-3, 13-15, 12-10 (39m)
[2] Sean Conroy (IRL) bt Haris Iqbal (PAK) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 (27m)
Tomotaka Endo (JPN) bt [Q] Majeed Hussain (AUS) 3-1: 11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8 (27m)

Women’s Round One
[1] Christine Nunn (AUS) [bye]
Zoe Petrovansky (AUS) bt [7] Trace Johnson (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-2, 11-4 (14m)
[8] Maria Kalafatis (AUS) bt [L] Bethany Campbell (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-5 (17m)
[3] Taylor Flavell (AUS) [bye]
[4] Selena Shaikh (AUS) [bye]
[6] Shehana Vithana (AUS) bt Lynette Vai (PNG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-3, 11-0 (15m)
[5] Colette Sultana (MLT) bt Chloe Kalvø (NOR) 3-0: 11-1, 11-2, 11-9 (12m)
[2] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) [bye]

Men’s Round Two
[Q] Sam Ejtemai (AUS) bt [Q] Seong Yeon Yoo (KOR) 3-1: 14-12, 11-3, 8-11, 11-1
Alvin Heumann (USA) bt Harley Lam (HKG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-4 (26m)
[Q] Inwoo Lee (KOR) bt [7] Daniel Lomaglio (ARG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (25m)
[Q] Young Hun Jo (KOR) bt [Q] Corben White (AUS) 3-1: 11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7 (38m)
[2] Sean Conroy (IRL) bt [Q] Harshil Singh (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (18m)
[3] Enzo Corigliano (FRA) bt Javed Ali (AUS) 3-1: 10-12, 11-6, 13-11, 11-4 (37m)
Matthew Lai (HKG) bt [4] Ignacio Gutiérrez Keen (ARG) 3-1: 11-2, 5-11, 9-3 retired (25m)
Tomotaka Endo (JPN) bt [1] Joe Green (ENG) 3-1: 5-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (43m)

Men’s Quarter-finals
[3] Enzo Corigliano (FRA) bt Alvin Heumann (USA) 3-0: 13-11, 11-4, 11-3 (31m)
Matthew Lai (HKG) bt [Q] Inwoo Lee (KOR) 3-1: 11-13, 11-9, 11-4, 12-10 (54m)
[2] Sean Conroy (IRL) bt [Q] Young Hun Jo (KOR) 3-0: 11-1, 11-6, 11-6 (22m)
[Q] Sam Ejtemai (AUS) bt Tomotaka Endo (JPN) 3-2: 7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9 (50m)

Women’s Quarter-finals
[1] Christine Nunn (AUS) bt Zoe Petrovansky (AUS) 3-1: 10-12, 11-2, 11-1, 11-6 (24m)
[2] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt [5] Colette Sultana (MLT) 3-1: 14-16, 11-3, 11-2, 11-6
[4] Selena Shaikh (AUS) bt [6] Shehana Vithana (AUS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-2, 14-12 (22m)
[3] Taylor Flavell (AUS) bt [8] Maria Kalafatis (AUS) 3-0: 11-1, 11-3, 11-3 (13m)

Men’s Semi-finals
[2] Sean Conroy (IRL) bt Matthew Lai (HKG) 3-2: 5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9 (59m)
[3] Enzo Corigliano (FRA) bt [Q] Sam Ejtemai (AUS) 3-2: 11-7, 9-11, 11-1, 5-11, 11-1 (40m)

Women’s Semi-finals
[2] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt [4] Selena Shaikh (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (19m)
[1] Christine Nunn (AUS) bt [3] Taylor Flavell (AUS) 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 (18m)

Men’s Final
[2] Sean Conroy (IRL) bt [3] Enzo Corigliano (FRA) 3-2: 5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9 (59m)

Women’s Final
[1] Christine Nunn (AUS) bt [2] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 3-0: 14-12, 11-7, 11-6 (42m)

Bega Open the richest squash event in NSW


Lucrative: A player reaches for a shot as the ball bounds towards the glass court wall during the Bega Open PSA tournament last year.


Lucrative: A player reaches for a shot as the ball bounds towards the glass court wall during the Bega Open PSA tournament last year.

This year’s Tarra Kia Bega Squash Open is set to become one of the richest squash events in Australia.

The Bega event alone will offer $15,000 for the PSA tournament, a prize almost 10 per cent of the entire Squash World Series prize and one of the richest in NSW.

The Open – to run on August 8-12 –  will now match the Australian Squash Open for prizes and will be a massive draw card for visiting international players.

Club president John Stylianou said it was “a massive coup for the small Bega club” and said it was great to have Kia Australia sign on for a three-year sponsorship deal.

“They have a fantastic approach to sponsoring sport, and through the connections with Tarra Kia they agreed to match our prize pool with the Australian Open,” Mr Stylianou said.

“We’re now the biggest tournament in NSW and because of that already have a full house of players.”

To say the prize pool has generated good interest would be an understatement with players from more than 10 countries registering and more players seeking entry than will fit on the 24-player card.

The biggest tipping point for Mr Stylianou is that the top seeds will be the same top contenders as those in the Aus Open just a week before.

“I’m just so tickled pink by that, to be able to put this on in Bega and host this thrills me, it’s so wonderful,” he said.

Australian Commonwealth Games contender Rex Hedrick will be the top seed, while the tournament also features four players in the top 100 of the global rankings.

Returning players also included last year’s winner, the now Swedish national representative Dmitri Steinmann and the ‘local’ contender in Josh Larkin from Canberra.

Mr Stylianou said it had been a bit of a “mad scramble” to lock in the deal, but the response from Squash Australia in supporting the Bega event had been overwhelming.

The Bega event is recognised as one of the stops on the Australian Squash Tour coordinated by Squash Australia.

The Tarra Kia Bega Open will run from August 8-12, but also feature the 80 player local tournament for people of all abilities.

Mr Stylianou said Squash Australia’s Kay Kendall and ACT Squash president Michael Nuttall would also be visiting to talk about progressing the tournaments with Bega locking in rights to hold the PSA event until 2020.

“With the support of Kia Australia, this has really become quite a big deal,” Mr Stylianou said.

Squash powerhouse Egypt aims for a clean sweep



That Egypt is a powerhouse in squash is a well-known fact with top four and top three in senior men and women PSA world rankings occupied by Egytpians. The system is honed to produce champions, with the junior programme in the Arab country being top class.

In fact, in the world junior squash championships to be held here from July 18 to 29, the top five seeds in boys’ and the top two in girls' are Egyptians. “It is nothing new,” said Haitham Ashoush, Egypt’s coach here. “It didn’t happen overnight. It is a culmination of years of hard work. This is not the first time that we are top in the world rankings [juniors & seniors].”

Haitham, a former PSA player himself, said it will not be easy for Egypt this time. Team such as England, Malaysia and India have prepared well, and it will be foolhardy to take them for granted, he said. “Indian boys will be a surprise package. So will England and Malaysia. Egypt will be pushed,” said
Egypt’s Marwan Tarek and Rowan Reda Araby, the top seeds in boys and girls, would want to bid goodbye to the event by retaining their individual titles as this is their last year in juniors.the 30-year-old.

Haitham said his target, though, is to win all three gold medals in the world juniors. “We are keen to win the boys’ team, individual boys’ and girls’ titles,” he said.

Egypt lost to Pakistan in the boys’ team final in the previous edition (2016) in Poland, and it was a huge upset. “We have done our homework [this time]. We will do our best to regain the title. We are optimistic,” said Haitham. “The final [in 2016] was close. That day some of our players had an off-day. It happens.”

Egypt’s Marwan Tarek and Rowan Reda Araby, the top seeds in boys and girls, would want to bid goodbye to the event by retaining their individual titles as this is their last year in juniors.

Training with Mohamed El Shorbagy back home has been a great source of strength for Marwan. “This is one thing you don’t find anywhere [else],” he said.

Rowan said she loves the tournament and enjoys competing against her own people. “I enjoy it, but it’s tough playing against players from your own country. I might meet J. Shiha in the quarters,” said the 18-year-old, whose role model on and off the court happens to be Mohamed El Shorbagy.

16 Jul 2018

Bendigo International Open squash joy for Nuun

 Christine Nunn  captured her fifth PSA title this year by winning the Bendigo International Open on Sunday. Picture: GRAHAM TIDY, FAIRFAX MEDIA
Christine Nunn captured her fifth PSA title this year by winning the Bendigo International Open on Sunday. Picture: GRAHAM TIDY, FAIRFAX MEDIA

TOP-RANKED Christine Nunn has proved her class by winning the Bendigo International Open women’s crown.

2nd seed @cardwell_sarah hoping it will be 5th time lucky against favourite @Christine_Nunn1 in all-Aussie women’s @PSAWorldTour Bendigo International final http://www.squashinfo.com/events/7760  @Squashoz @squashvic @LadiesSquash

Nunn, ranked No. 45 in the world, defeated number two seed Sarah Cardwell in an all-Australian final at Bendigo Squash Centre on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Canberra-born player, who now calls Melbourne home, won in straight games 14-12, 11-7, 11-6 in a scoreline which did not do the closeness of the contest justice.

The PSA title win was Nunn’s fifth win this year and came against her close friend and 2018 Commonwealth Games doubles partner Cardwell.

It was their first meeting at a PSA World Tour event since 2012 and ended a run of outs for Nunn against Cardwell, who had won all four of their previous meetings.

Nunn’s path to the final included a semi-final win over third seeded Australian Taylor Flavell.

In the men’s open final, Irishman Sean Conroy defeated France’s Enzo Corigliano in a five game thriller 5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9.

Conroy, the tournament’s third seed, twice came from a game down to overhaul the second seeded Frenchman in an epic final.

The Irishman entered the tournament on a high after reaching a career-high world ranking of 141 two months ago.

15 Jul 2018

SQUASHSKILLS BLOG: IS CAFFEINE AN EFFECTIVE PERFORMANCE ENHANCER FOR THE SQUASH PLAYER?


Although most people are familiar with caffeine and are aware of some of its potential benefits and effects, there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions as to its exact uses and functions within the body. Used correctly though, it can be a very useful performance enhancer for the squash player.

Caffeine is found in a variety of plants, foods, and beverages, and is widely used the world over – estimates suggest that four out of five people in Western cultures consume some source of caffeine every day.

Whilst caffeine is known primarily as a stimulant drug, it also has a number of other potential actions within the body.
– estimates suggest anything up to 60% of competitive athletes have used it to boost competitive performance, with performance enhancing effects having been demonstrated in both longer duration endurance and shorter-term high-intensity efforts.

Despite this, for a lot of people caffeine has a rather negative reputation. People talk of its potential anxiety/insomnia related side-effects, its alleged dehydrating effects, and of its addictive nature.

Caution should certainly be exerted by those with high blood pressure, or with any kind of cardiac impairment – advice should always be sought from a doctor before supplementing with caffeine, if you suffer from any medical conditions related to either of these areas.

Beyond this however, most side-effect issues are dependant very much on the individual user, and are often rather over-blown – the reported dehydrating effects for example, have been shown to be based on flawed evidence. As regards issues of addictiveness, some regular caffeine consumers have been known to develop a mild physical dependence, and experience negative moods and headaches if suddenly withdrawn. It is not a ‘true’ addiction such as with drugs/nicotine/alcohol however, and most ‘sufferers’ are comfortably back to normal within a couple of days of ceasing use.

Some people do report anxiety issues and difficulty sleeping after caffeine use, but this is often more to do with dosage and timing – consuming caffeine in the two or three hours before you go to bed is probably not a good idea, for example (caffeine actually has a relatively short half-life however, and around 50% of it will have been eliminated from your body within 4-5 hours).

In terms of dosage, different people will have different needs/tolerances – research suggests lower levels can be effective, with most people being on the continuum of needing between 1 to 3 milligrams of caffeine per kilogram of bodyweight to feel some mental and physical boost, up to around 5mg/kg for more pronounced performance enhancement effects.

Even at the upper end, this will only be around 350-400mg of caffeine in a daily dosage for the average person – still under half of the level theorized to have any possible negative health effects. For elite level athletes, Sports Nutritionists have actually suggested intakes of as high as 5-10mg per kilo of bodyweight for one-off events/competitions, though this probably wouldn’t be advisable on a regular basis.

Drug-tested athletes should also be aware that some governing bodies do test for abnormal levels of caffeine – this would usually be at an equivalency level of around 10mg per kg of bodyweight however. In part because of its potentially extremely potent effects, there is some debate over whether there should be stricter controls on the use of caffeine in sport.

So what are the actual specific effects of caffeine, and how does it work?

Caffeine acts in the body through several theorized mechanisms, but the most significant influence is its effect to counteract a substance called ‘adenosine’ that we have circulating in high levels in our body.

Adenosine acts in the brain to suppress activity in the central nervous system, so by acting on this substance caffeine reduces this suppression whilst increasing excitation and activity in neurotransmitters (this short video outlines the process well). In respect to physical activity, this can have the effect of boosting focus, enhancing general body coordination, lowering our perceived exertion (how hard an activity feels), and even potentially dampening exercise-induced muscle pain.

Even more relevant to the athlete, is the suggestion that caffeine may help boost endurance by increasing fat utilization and decreasing glycogen utilization (our bodies contain far more fat than glycogen).

This effect of increasing fat oxidation and sparing muscle glycogen, allows us to work harder for longer. This is also obviously of great benefit to those training for fat-loss goals, and for this reason caffeine is also a common ingredient in many ‘fat-burner’ supplements.

One interesting preliminary study from 2008 also showed that large volumes of caffeine ingested with post-workout recovery beverages actually increased muscle energy store replenishment – more research is needed to establish exactly the lowest dosage this will occur at is, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

In addition to all this, there is even some promising research that suggests regular caffeine intake may play a role in reducing the risk of certain Cancers, liver disease, Parkinsons Disease, and Diabetes (Type 2).

So for squash players, it’s well worth considering giving caffeine a go ahead of your next session, to help kick-start your energy levels and reduce feelings of fatigue. This link has an excellent database of the caffeine contents of various beverages, but the two most common ones are still coffee and commercial energy drinks (such as Red Bull) – be aware however of the high additional sugar content of many of these caffeine based energy drinks. Caffeine tablets are often a quicker and more convenient way to ingest caffeine, particularly if you don’t enjoy the strong taste of the aforementioned beverages or wish to avoid the extra calories – it’s worth noting though, that coffee may actually confer a number of additional health benefits.

For best results experiment with intake timings of between 20-60 mins before exercise, and try and eliminate extraneous caffeine from your daily routine to ensure you really feel the full effects of your pre-exercise boost (although some recent research has suggested that habitual daily intake may not in fact impact the performance enhancing effects of acute caffeine supplementation after all).

For those interested in some further reading there’s a good article on caffeine and athletic performance here. For a more comprehensive review of some of the main scientific literature regarding caffeine and performance, check out both the International Society of Sports Nutrition’s position stand on caffeine, and this extremely in-depth Examine.com feature.

SQUASHSKILLS BLOG: THE IMPORTANCE OF WARMING UP



Before any kind of strenuous physical activity, it’s important to ensure that the body is properly warmed-up. Whilst the vast majority of people will be familiar with this advice, there is often a lack of understanding as to precisely why the warm-up is so vital, and how to go about structuring one correctly. There is also often a particular misunderstanding of the value of ‘stretching’ as part of any warm-up regime before sport/exercise.

In today’s blog article SquashSkills examine these areas in more depth, and provide a little more info and guidance as to what exactly constitutes an appropriate warm-up for such an extremely demanding sport as squash.
The goal of any warm-up is to physically (and mentally) prepare the athlete for the training or competition ahead. A properly designed graduated warm-up will raise the body temperature and increase blood flow to the working muscles, resulting in the following positive impacts on performance (Courtesy of the National Strength & Conditioning Association):

Faster contraction/relaxation of muscles
Improvements in rate of force development, and reaction time
Improvements in muscle strength and power
Lowered viscous resistance in muscles
Improved oxygen transportation and delivery
Enhanced metabolic reactions
Reduced risk of injury due to increased muscle temperature

Note that these enhancements come from a warm-up in the form of a steady build-up of multi-directional movements and light aerobic activity, which increase heart rate/blood flow/respiratory rate/muscle temperature. These benefits do NOT come from just ‘static stretching’, which many people mistake for an appropriate warm-up.

Standard static stretching can be useful in some circumstances for affecting joint flexibility, particularly as part of a physio guided rehab programme, but has little beneficial effect as part of a standard warm-up and will not have all the same favourable physiological effects as detailed above.

There is often a mistaken belief that static stretching as part of a warm-up will help prevent injury, by ‘loosening’ tight tissues. While evidence suggests that the raising of the body’s temperature through light graduated aerobic activity can be beneficial for injury prevention in some situations (due to the increased resistance to muscle tears in warmer tissues), there is actually very little research supporting standard static stretching carried out before exercise having any effect on injury frequency. Indeed, it has been shown by some researchers that excessive static stretching as part of a warm-up may actually REDUCE performance, due to reductions in muscle force production and power.

What IS important as part of an appropriate warm-up for an intensive sport such as squash however, is increasing mobility and functional range of motion in the joints. ‘Dynamic Stretching’, where muscles are taken through a controlled yet active range of motion, and then gradually increased as core temperature rises and joint fluid viscosity is decreased, has been shown to be the best way to increase sports-specific mobility in preparation for optimal performance. Movements such as controlled leg swings, lunges, hip circles, and knee raises are great for this purpose.

So what exactly should a suitable warm-up for squash consist of, and in what order? To cover all of the appropriate areas of raising temperature, increasing mobility, and optimising the body and mind for training/competition, a warm-up should consist of 3 parts lasting around 5 minutes each:

1) Initial Pulse-Raiser (Raise body temperature and heart rate)
e.g. Light jogging, heel flicks, sidesteps, skipping

2) Dynamic Flexibility & Muscle Activation (Increase joint range of motion and engage key muscles)
e.g. Controlled leg swings, knee thrusts, deep lunges

3) Secondary/Specific Pulse-Raiser (Raise heart rate and prep body for tempo of session)
e.g. Ghosting, court sprints, tuck jumps, shuttles

These areas follow and complement each other organically – starting with some light movement to warm the muscles and increase the heart rate, then increasing the range of motion and activation in the now warmed and prepared muscles, before finishing with some higher intensity specific movements (that won’t place excessive strain on the joints now they have been properly readied for full activity).

You can check out a sample dynamic warm-up video here on the site, that shows these areas in more detail and shows the 3 stage warm-up in action in a format specific to squash. As the video points out, these 3 stages can be adapted to both the specifics of the session you’re about to take part in, and to the inherent unique variances in regards to exactly how much time and intensity you personally need to spend on the warm-up, to really optimise your own individual performance.

13 squash players selected to represent India at World Junior Squash Championship

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As India hosts the World Junior Squash Championship, there will be a total of 13 players that have been chosen carefully to represent India at the tournament in Chennai. The Championship will start from July 18 till July 29, with a total 28 countries participating in it including India.
During the event in Chennai, matches are going to be conducted in both men's and women's category and will also be played across team and individual events. Cyrus Poncha, Director of the tournament has revealed that 171 players will be participating in the event, out of which 116 are men and 55 women. India will have 13 players participating.

At the World Junior Squash Championship, host India will have to keep an eye out for the Egyptian contingent. The contingent will be led by Marwan Tarek and Rowan Reda Araby, who are top seeds in the men's and women's sections respectively.

“In the men’s team event, Pakistan is the defending champion and is expected to face a huge challenge from the formidable Egyptian squad,” said Poncha.

As per Poncha, India, who finished sixth in the last edition in Poland in 2016, will be encountering an immense challenge to perform better.

Indian Squash Academy Courts and the Express Avenue Mall (from quarter-finals stage) will hold the matches for the event. Pakistan recently secured their visas for the tournament and will be arriving by late Sunday in Chennai. The individual event for both the men's and women's will be between July 18 to 23, whereas the team events for men will start from July 24 to July 29.

Yash Fadte, Veer Chotrani, Utkarsh Baheti, Rahul Bhaita, Sankalp Anand, Advait Advil have been chosen to play in the men's category, whereas, Ashita Bhengra, Yoshna Singh, Aishwarya Khubchandani, Jania Singh, Sanya Vats and Ananya Danke has been selected to represent the women's category.

14 Jul 2018

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Tayyab outplays Farhan to lift Pakistan Squash Circuit III title



Prolific fourth seed Tayyab Aslam breezed past second seed Farhan Zaman 3-1 while top seed Faiza Zafar swept aside sibling Madina Zafar by an identical scoreline in the finals to lift the men’s and women’s titles respectively in the $15,000 Jubilee General Insurance Pakistan Squash Circuit III Tournament at the PN Roshan Khan-Jahangir Khan Squash Complex here on Wednesday. Aslam, who finished the runner-up in Circuit II at Lahore, fought vigorously to stun his opponent 11-8, 10-12, 11-1, 11-8 in a 44-minute to clinch his maiden domestic title of the year and second of the year after winning Malaysian Tour V in March. “I played as per plans given by my coach Abdul Rasheed and engaged my opponent in long rallies that helped to lay my hands on the title,” a jubilant 22-year-old Aslam from Lahore after the final.

Aslam said his best world ranking was 59th and that slipped to 145th due to ankle injury adding that presently he was among the top 100 (95th). He has set his sights on the $35,000 Malaysian Open which is slated to take place at Kuala Lumpur from July 19 to 22 and the Jakarta Asian Games next month. Besides him, Asim Khan, Ammad Farid and Israr Ahmed form the Pakistan quartet for Asiad in Indonesia.

Pakistan No. 2 Zaman, who plays for Pakistan Air Force (PAF), attributed his loss to lack of training for the last eight months due to his mother’s serious illness. “My mother is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer which has badly affected my training,” the 26-year-old player said. He was delighted to inform that his Nikah has been solemnized with eminent squash player Sadia Gul recently. Asked about his next assignment, Zaman said he would make his appearance in the Chief of Air Staff Championship in September this year.

Meanwhile, Faiza made her mark while getting the better of second seed Madina 11-7, 11-9, 11-13, 16-14 in 32 minutes to win the second title in a series of three circuits. Earlier, she had won the Circuit I against Madina who avenged her defeat by capturing the second event. “I was quite upset after losing the preceding final and have worked hard that eventually paid off,” she said. “My confidence built up after beating senior player Moqaddas Ashraf in a five-game thriller in the quarterfinal,” said Faiza, who attained Pakistan No. 1 ranking earlier this year. To a question, Faiza said she was looking forward to perform better in the Asian Games. Besides her, the team comprises Madina, Riffat Khan and Amna Fayyaz. Madina said she had fatigue following a tough semifinal against Riffat the other day. “It was my third successive final having won one and lost two,” she said. Aslam, meanwhile, received a winning purse of $1805 while Farhan earned runner-up prize of $1235 from caretaker Sindh Sports Minister Dr. Syed Junaid Ali Shah, who graced the final. Faiza received $902 while Madina got richer by $617.

13 Jul 2018

World No. 2 Ali Farag to headline squash tournament in Egypt



Marwan El-Shorbagy and Ali Farag will take part in the Alexandria International Squash Open. (AFP)
$103,000 up for grabs in Alexandria
Three of the world's top four to take part
Eight of the world's top 20 players will contest a prize fund of $103,000 when Alexandria stages a professional squash tournament for the first time in three years in September.
Eleven of the 24-man draw will be from the host nation, including world No.2 Ali Farag, when the Alexandria International Squash Open, the PSA World Tour Gold event takes place at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina between Sept. 17 and Sept. 21.
Joining Farag in the draw is world No.3 Marwan El-Shorbagy, who won the PSA Dubai World Series Finals in Dubai in June. World No.4 Tarek Momen and 2016 World Champion Karim Gawad take up the remaining two spots in the top-four seeded positions in the draw.
World No.13 Mohamed Abouelghar and world No.14 Omar Mosaad are the other Egyptian players amongst the top eight seeds, while Peru’s Diego Elias and England No.1 Daryl Selby are the other top 20 players involved in the tournament.
Round one matches will be played at the Alexandria Sporting Club, while second round fixtures will be split between the club and the glass court staged at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. All matches from the quarterfinals onwards will be held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
2018 Alexandria International Squash Open – Entry List
1) Ali Farag (EGY)
2) Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
3) Tarek Momen (EGY)
4) Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
5) Diego Elias (PER)
6) Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
7) Omar Mosaad (EGY)
8) Daryl Selby (ENG)
9) Declan James (ENG)
10) Cesar Salazar (ENG)
11) Borja Golan (ESP)
12) Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
13) Gregoire Marche (FRA)
14) Greg Lobban (SCO)
15) Tom Richards (ENG)
16) Mazen Hesham (EGY)
17) Alan Clyne (SCO)
18) Chris Simpson (ENG)
19) Adrian Waller (ENG)
20) Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
21) Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
22) Arturo Salazar (MEX)
23) Ben Coleman (ENG)
Wildcard) Omar El Torkey (EGY)

Bendigo International Squash Open gets under way


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BENDIGO’S Harshil Singh has progressed to the second round of the Bendigo International Squash Open after a day one win on Thursday.

Singh, a qualifier, upstaged Pakistan’s Faisal Riaz 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 to progress through to Friday’s second round.
Only men’s matches were played on day one at the Bendigo Squash Centre, with the women’s event to get under way on Friday.

Christine Nunn is the women’s No.1 seed, while England’s Joe Green is the men’s top seed.

Mohd Syafiq Aims To Enter Main Draw In Malaysian Open Squash Tournament


Mohd Syafiq Kamal (right).

Mohd Syafiq Kamal (right).

KUALA LUMPUR -- National squash player, Mohd Syafiq Kamal is gunning to enter the main draw in the 2018 Malaysian Open Squash Championships slated to be held from July 17-22 at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.

The world number 78, who was selected to represent the country at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games next month following his stellar performance at the recent 34rd National Squash Championships, is hoping to continue his fine form in the US$35,000 (RM141,453) tournament.

“My goal is to get past the qualifiers and make the main draw of the Malaysian Open. I know I have a chance and I’m just focusing on my game plan in order to play some good squash,” Mohd Syafiq was quoted as saying in the statement issued by Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) today.

Besides Mohd Syafiq, other national players who had to play in the qualifying round are Mohd Addeen Idrakie Muhd Bahtiar, Ryan Pasqual, Ong Sai Hung, Mohd Farez Izwan and Darryl Gan.

Reigning national squash champions Ivan Yuen, Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan and former world junior champion, Ng Eain Yow, have got direct entry into the main draw in the tournament.

Yuen, however, will meet Mohd Nafiizwan in the opening round which is the repeat of the National Squash Championships final which saw the former emerged victorious for the second straight time.

Eain Yow, on the other hand, will take on the seventh seed, Chris Simpson of England in the opening round encounter.

In the women’s event, former world number five, Low Wee Wern who is back adter a 20-month injury layoff, will spearhead Malaysian players challenge in the qualifying round.

Other players are Aika Azman, Noor Ainaa Amani Ampandi, Noor Shadira Othman, Angie Ooi, Yee Xin Ying, M. Kiroshanna and Ma Si Yi.

Newly-crowned national champion S. Sivasangari, Rachel Arnold and Nazihah Hanis Abd Razak will start from the main draw.

National squash queen, Datuk Nicol David who is the eight-time Malaysian Open winner, decided to skip the tournament to focus on the preparation of the Asian Games.

Junior squash team ready for World champs

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A SIX-MEMBER Zimbabwe team will next week leave for the World Junior Squash championships to be held in Chennai, India.

BY FREEMAN MAKOPA


The annual Under-19 event is scheduled to run from July 18-29 with 28 countries set to battle it out for honours.

Zimbabwe will compete with other nations such as Argentina, Australia, Canada,Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, HongKong, Iran, Ireland, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, the US, and the hosts.

Zimbabwe Squash Association spokesperson Admire Magwaza said they have selected a strong member team that he is hopeful of returning home with some medals.

“We have chosen the best players in the country which includes four boys and two girls and given the rigorous training they went through, we expect a lot from them and we hope they will bring back glory,” Magwaza said.



“The boys are playing in both the individual and team events while the girls are only taking part in the individual event,” he said.

Magwaza said the selected teams have also participated in the South African IPT tournament in preparation for the world event.

“I think the teams are ready to rumble since they have been competing in different tournaments and they even participated at the recently held IPT tournament which was held in South Africa. I would like to thank the sponsors who have come to our aid, sponsors like CBZ, BOC Gases, FedEx and Belgravia Squash Club.

The squad will be under the mentorship of experienced coaches who are also former squash players.

They were selected at the Zimbabwe junior closed tournament and all players play in the local schools league which runs throughout the year.

The team

Boys: Ethan Porter (St Georges College), Tayne Turnock (Hellenic Academy), Harry Lawton (Hellenic Academy) Aedan Martin (St Johns College)

Coach: Blessing Muhwati (Zimbabwe No1 player)

Girls: Polite Mubure (Girls High School, Harare), Hannah Mannion (Hellenic Academy)

Walker loses Under-19 final at Caribbean Junior Squash Champs



Jonathan Walker

Jamaican Jonathan Walker lost to the number one seed Josiah Griffiths of Barbados in the boys' Under-19 final of the 2018 JN General Insurance Caribbean Area Squash Association's Junior Championships on Tuesday night at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.

In spite of a determined effort, Walker was outlasted by his nemesis Griffiths, who played excellent technical squash at a high tempo to wear the Jamaican down and post an 11-7, 11-8, 11-3 win to take the title.

In the Under-17 girls' competition, regional star Meagan Best of Barbados beat Jade Pitcairn of the Cayman Islands 11-0, 11-4, 11-6. Best, who is also the reigning Caribbean Women's Champion, won her sixth consecutive junior title.

Barbadian hot shot Khamal Cumberbatch schooled Taylor Carrick of Bermuda, beating him 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 to win the boys' Under-17 title.

In the girls' Under-19 competition, top seed Amanda Haywood of Barbados got the better of second seed Alexandria Yearwood of Trinidad and Tobago, beating her arch-rival 11-5, 11-7, 11-3.

The competitors will now move on to the team competition which kicks off today July and will run until Saturday. Players from seven countries — Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guyana, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica will compete for the boys' and girls' team titles.

Rising regional power Barbados are tipped to have the edge in the competition but former perennial champions Guyana will be seeking to reclaim the top spot after losing to Barbados last year. Jamaica will be hoping to crash the party, no doubt boosted by wins from Lukas and Savannah Thomson, who took the Under-11 boys' and Under-13 girls' titles, respectively, on Tuesday.

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The Jamaican boys will play Trinidad & Tobago at 9:00 am, while the girls will take on their Trinidadian counterparts at 1:00 pm. The Jamaican boys will be in action again today playing the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States at 5:00 pm.

12 Jul 2018

Jonathan Walker loses U19 final at Caribbean Junior Squash Champs


Young Caribbean squash star, Megan Best (2nd left) poses with (from left) Special Advisor to the Minister of Sport, Allie McNab, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Christopher Samuda and President of the Jamaica Squash Association, Chris Hind at the official opening ceremony of the 2018 JN General Insurance Caribbean Area Squash Association̢۪s Junior Championships  on Tuesday night  at the Liguanea Club.

Young Caribbean squash star, Megan Best (2nd left) poses with (from left) Special Advisor to the Minister of Sport, Allie McNab, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Christopher Samuda and President of the Jamaica Squash Association, Chris Hind at the official opening ceremony of the 2018 JN General Insurance Caribbean Area Squash Association’s Junior Championships on Tuesday night at the Liguanea Club.
Jamaican Jonathan Walker lost to the number one seed, Josiah Griffith of Barbados, in the Boys' Under 19 final of the 2018 JN General Insurance Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships on Tuesday night at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. 

In spite of a determined effort, Walker was outlasted by his nemesis, Griffiths who played excellent technical squash at a high tempo to wear the Jamaican down and won the title in three sets - 11-7, 11-8, 11-3.

In the Girls' Under 17 competition, regional star, Meagan Best of Barbados beat Jade Pitcairn of the Cayman Islands 11-0, 11-4, 11-6.  Best, who is also the reigning Caribbean women’s champion, won her sixth consecutive junior title.

Barbadian hot shot, Khamal Cumberbatch schooled Taylor Carrick of Bermuda, beating him 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 to win the Boys' Under 17 title.

In the Girls' Under 19 competition, top seed Amanda Haywood of Barbados got the better of second seed Alexandria Yearwood of Trinidad and Tobago; beating her arch rival 11-5, 11-7, 11-3.

The competitors will now move on to the team competition, which serves off on Wednesday and will run until Saturday.

Players from seven countries; Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guyana, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Jamaica will compete for the boys and girls' team titles.

Rising regional power, Barbados is tipped to have the edge in the competition but former perennial champions, Guyana will be seeking to reclaim the top spot after losing to Barbados last year.

Jamaica will be hoping to crash the party, no doubt boosted by wins from Lukas and Savannah Thomson who took the Boys and Girls' Under 11 and Under 13 titles, respectively, on Tuesday.

Overage players controversy: PSF picks squad cautiously for World Junior Squash


Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has cautiously selected the squad for WSF World Junior Team Championship in order to avoid any allegations of fielding overage players.
Pakistan are the defending champions as they won the 2016 edition in Poland. Pakistan won the World Junior Team Championship after a gap of eight years but a few teams objected to the participation of Israr Ahmed and Abbas Shaukat, expressing doubts about their stated age.

World Squash Federation (WSF) then asked PSF to conduct age tests of Israr and Abbas at any of the WSF recommended laboratories but PSF refused to get the tests done in Malaysia and chose Sri Lanka. The WSF board then cleared both the players on the basis of the test reports.

“We had these age tests conducted in Sri Lanka from a laboratory which was approved by WSF. The results proved our stance and now we stand clear,” said the then PSF secretary Amir Nawaz. “The WSF has taken this decision on the report from Sri Lanka,” he added.

This issue was taken very seriously by the PSF’s new management. “We are not letting any overage players participate in local and international events,” said senior vice president PSF Shahid Alvi while talking to ‘The News’ some time back.

This time PSF has selected Abbas Zeb, Muhammad Uzair, Haris Qasim, and Farhan Hashmi for the Team Championships in which 28 countries will be competing. Uzair, Harris, and Farhan are playing the Championships for the first time that is scheduled in Chennai, India, from July 18-29.

Only Abbas, ranked 90th, in World Junior Circuit, has played WSF World Junior Individual Championship before. Uzair, ranked 124th in World Junior Circuit, played British Junior Open this year in the under-19 category.

Farhan played British Junior Open this year in under-17 category. Last year, he played Scottish Junior Open in the under-17 category.

Haris played British Junior Open this year in under-17 category. Last year, he played Scottish Junior Open in the under-17 category. Meanwhile, the six selected players for WSF World Juniors Championships proceeded to Karachi on Monday for training at Roshan Khan-Jahangir Khan Squash Complex for one week.

The officials are Munawar Zaman (Manager) and Fazal Shah and Mohammad Yasin (Coaches). “The contingent will depart from Karachi on July 14,” said Aamir Iqbal, Game Development Officer of Pakistan Squash Federation.

11 Jul 2018

2018 U.S. OPEN TICKETS ON SALE


Tickets are on sale for the 2018 U.S. Open Squash Championships which will be hosted at Philadelphia's Drexel University between October 6-13.

Tickets for all rounds—including group and patron packages—are available here.

Under the new PSA tour structure, the U.S. Open will be held as the first PSA World Tour Platinum event of the 2018/19 season and — for the sixth consecutive year — will offer prize money parity for men and women.

Last year, Nour El Tayeb and Ali Farag wrote their names into the history books as they became the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major sports title on the same day by claiming both U.S. Open trophies side by side.

Squash fans can stay up to date with the U.S. Open by visiting www.usopensquash.com, and following the tournament on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

G.O.A.T: THE CONTENDERS 1960-1979



Over the coming weeks, we’re giving you the chance to decide the greatest players in squash history as we take a look at the achievements and legacy of some of the most recognisable names ever to take to a squash court.

Last week we looked at some of the outstanding squash players to have graced the courts before 1960 in part one of our public vote.

We’ve now moved on to cover the era spanning between 1960-1979 and will highlight the achievements of several different players to have competed during that era before we ask you to determine the top players in a public vote at the end of the week.

You can read information about some of the other contenders in this era here.

Qamar Zaman
Nationality: Pakistan
British Open Titles: 1
British Open Finals: 5
World Open Finals: 4

Qamar Zaman born in 1952 in Quetta, Pakistan was one of the leading players in squash during the 1970s and 1980s.

His biggest triumph was winning the British Open in 1975 when he beat defending champion Geoff Hunt of Australia in the quarter-finals and went onto win the title beating his fellow Pakistani player Gogi Alauddin in the final 9-7, 9-6, 9-1.

Qamar reached the British Open final on four further occasions. He was runner-up to Hunt in 1978, 1979 and 1980 and to Jahangir Khan in 1984. He was also runner-up at the World Open four times, losing to Hunt in the finals of 1976, 1979 and 1980 and to Jahangir in 1984.

Zaman made his professional debut in 1968, travelling to Peshawar for his maiden under-16 event.

Although he lost in the second round, he managed to win plenty of admirers as onlookers tipped him for success and six months later he lifted the National Junior Championship’s U18 trophy.

Zaman then decided to move abroad, registering for the 1973 British Amateur event for which he brought a new racket and shoes. He lost in the semi-finals but his investment, and the on-court show earned him not only respect but also several sponsorship deals and dozens of rackets. The following year he reached the semi-finals of the British Open before managing to win the Australian Amateur event.

He came back to England stronger, winning the British Open in 1975, stunning defending champion Geoff Hunt in the quarter-finals.

Zaman was unable to replicate his efforts ever again, losing in the British Open final in 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1984.

He also lost in the final of the World Open four times – 1976, 1979, 1980 and 1984 – but ensured Pakistan’s fading supremacy since the days of Roshan Khan and Hashim Khan were reignited.

Abdelfattah AbouTaleb
Nationality: Egyptian
British Open Titles: 3
British Open Finals: 5

Abdelfattah AbouTaleb, better known as “A.A. AbouTaleb”, or simply “AbouTaleb”, was a squash player from Egypt and during the 1960s, he won the British Open three times.

AbouTaleb started out by sweeping the courts at Cairo’s National Sporting Club, where his brother was the tennis professional. At first, he had to make do with discarded broken rackets and burst balls.

AbouTaleb reached the final of the British Open for the first time in 1963, when he lost to Pakistan’s Mo Khan in a five set final 9-4, 5-9, 3-9, 10-8, 9-6. The British Open was considered to be the effective world championship of the sport at the time.

AbouTaleb then went on to win the British Open for the next three consecutive years. In 1964, he beat Mike Oddy of Scotland in the final 9-3, 9-7, 9-0. AbouTaleb’s win that year marked the end of 13 years of Pakistani domination of the British Open men’s title.

The following year, AbouTaleb beat his fellow Egyptian player Ibrahim Amin in the final 9-0, 0-9, 9-1, 9-6. His third and final British Open title came in 1966, when he defeated Pakistan’s Aftab Jawaid in the final 9-6, 5-9, 9-3, 9-1.

Fran Marshall
Nationality: English
British Open Titles: 1
British Open Finals: 6

Fran Marshall won the British Open in 1961, defeating Ruth Turner in the final in straight sets 9-3, 9-5, 9-1. She was also the runner-up at the championship in 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1969. She also won the Scottish Open in 1962 beating Heather McKay in straight games, making her the last woman to defeat McKay in squash.

Marshall was raised in Kenya and represented Kenya in tennis at the 1960 Wimbledon Championships and was part of the Kenyan team at the 1981 Women’s World Team Squash Championships.

After marrying her husband, who was in the British Army, she moved to England and has lived there permanently since 1957.

Barbara Wall
Nationality: Australian
British Open Titles: 1

Barbara Wall is a former squash player from Australia.

Wall turned professional in 1973, the first Australian woman to do so. She travelled overseas in 1976 and the following year, though unseeded, managed to make the final of the British Open, where she lost to Heather McKay.

Born in Perth in 1948, Wall learned to play the game in the squash centre that her parents built.

She played both tennis and squash as a youngster but opted to concentrate on squash because at that time it offered far more opportunities to travel.

She never really thought seriously of playing squash for a living and had even semi-retired from the sport in her mid-20s when she was restricted from playing in Australia because of her professional status.

During that period, she ran a coaching school in Perth and managed her father’s squash centre, but when she travelled to Sydney in 1976 to watch the Australian championships, the British team members told her that professionals could play in British tournaments and she decided then and there that was her future.

In 1977 she made the final of the British Open, the first unseeded player to do so, only to come up against the formidable McKay in McKay’s last British Open.

The following year she had a minor setback when she went out to Rhonda Thorne in the quarter-finals and South African professional Alan Colburn told her that he thought she would go back to Australia with her talent unfulfilled.

With those words ringing in her ears, Wall returned to Australia and contacted Australian track and field legend Shirley De La Hunty, who spent almost 12 months helping her with her fitness training and her speed work.

She went back to England and went on to win the title in 1979, downing England’s Sue Cogswell 8-10, 6-9, 9-4, 9-4, 9-3 in the final.

She was also chosen in the Australian team for the first ever Women’s World Team Championship in 1979 alongside Rhonda Clayton, Vicki Cardwell, Sue King and Anne Smith, where they finished second to a combined Great Britain team.
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ALEXANDRIA TO HOST TOP SQUASH PLAYERS IN SEPTEMBER



Alexandria will host a professional squash tournament for the first time in three years when World No.2 Ali Farag heads up a top-class draw at the Alexandria International Squash Open, the PSA World Tour Gold event which will be held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina between September 17-21.

Built in 2002 to commemorate the burning down of the historic Royal Library of Alexandria, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is one of the most significant libraries and cultural centers in the world and will see a 24-man draw containing eight of the world’s top 20 players battle it out for the lion’s share of the $103,000 prize fund.

Joining Farag in the draw is World No.3 Marwan ElShorbagy – who was born in Alexandria and now resides in Bristol – World No.4 Tarek Momen and 2016 World Champion Karim Gawad, who take up the top four seeded positions in the draw.

World No.13 Mohamed Abouelghar and World No.14 Omar Mosaad are the other Egyptian players amongst the top eight seeds, while Peru’s Diego Elias and England No.1 Daryl Selby are the other top 20 players involved in the tournament.

Round one matches will be played at the Alexandria Sporting Club, while second round fixtures will be split between the club and the glass court staged at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. All matches from the quarter-finals onwards will be held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Glass court matches will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).

2018 Alexandria International Squash Open – Entry List
1) Ali Farag (EGY)
2) Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
3) Tarek Momen (EGY)
4) Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
5) Diego Elias (PER)
6) Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
7) Omar Mosaad (EGY)
8) Daryl Selby (ENG)
9) Declan James (ENG)
10) Cesar Salazar (ENG)
11) Borja Golan (ESP)
12) Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
13) Gregoire Marche (FRA)
14) Greg Lobban (SCO)
15) Tom Richards (ENG)
16) Mazen Hesham (EGY)
17) Alan Clyne (SCO)
18) Chris Simpson (ENG)
19) Adrian Waller (ENG)
20) Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
21) Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
22) Arturo Salazar (MEX)
23) Ben Coleman (ENG)
Wildcard) Omar El Torkey (EGY)

Grainger set to provide Masters Gold for hosts USA





Former world No.1 Natalie Grainger is set to provide the sole gold medal for the hosts of the 2018 WSF World Masters Squash Championships in Virginia, USA, next month according to the seedings revealed today by the World Squash Federation.

The 15th edition of the biennial championships – but the first to be held in the USA – will take place at the McArthur Squash Center at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville from 29 July to 4 August 2018.

802 athletes from a record 63 nations have entered the 19 men’s and women’s events in categories ranging from Over-35 to Over-80.

Grainger, who topped the world rankings in 2003, is favourite to lift the Women’s Over-40 title. The UK-born and South Africa-raised 41-year-old is a two-time World Masters champion after prevailing in the Over-35 championship both in 2014 and 2016.


Natalie’s mother Jean Grainger (pictured above during the 2014 championships with daughter Natalie and husband Chris) is also expected to triumph in Charlottesville. With four World Masters titles to her name between 1999 and 2014, the now 75-year-old from Johannesburg is seeded to win gold in the Women’s Over-75 event.

Five-time world champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald leads the Australian charge in Virginia where she is seeded to win a third successive Women’s Over-45 title.

Top 2018 World Masters seeds:

Men’s Over 35: 1 Laurens Jan Anjema (NED), 2 Alister Walker (BOT), 3/4 Wael El Hindi (EGY), Clinton Leeuw (RSA)
Men’s Over 40: 1 Liam Kenny (IRL), 2 Mick Biggs (ENG), 3/4 Lazarus Chilufya (USA), Patrick Chifunda (ZAM)
Men’s Over 45: 1 Nick Taylor (JEY), 2 Zuko Kubukeli (RSA), 3/4 Christian Borgvall (SWE), Adrian Hansen (RSA)
Men’s Over 50: 1 Michael Tootill (RSA), 2 Chris Walker (ENG), 3/4 Hansi Wiens (GER), David Sly (CAN)
Men’s Over 55: 1 Willie Hosey (IRL), 2 Fredrik Johnson (SWE), 3/4 Peter Gilbee (AUS), Brett Martin (AUS)
Men’s Over 60: 1 Geoffrey Davenport (AUS), 2 Jeremy Goulding (ENG), 3/4 Udo Kahl (GER), Pierr Roodt (RSA)
Men’s Over 65: 1 John Macrury (CAY), 2 Ian Graham (ENG), 3/4 Robert Jan Anjema (NED), Wayne Weatherhead (CAN)
Men’s Over 70: 1 Brian Cook (AUS), 2 Barry Featherstone (ENG), 3/4 Norbert Kornyei (USA), Ian Ross (SCO)
Men’s Over 75: 1 Adrian Wright (ENG), 2 Gerald Poulton (CAN), 3/4 John Nelson (USA), Desmond Sacco (RSA)
Men’s Over 80: 1 Lance Kinder (ENG), 2 Barry Gardiner (NZL), 3/4 Edward Burlingame (USA), Stanley Fanaroff (RSA)

Women’s Over 35: 1 Lauren Briggs (ENG), 2 Selina Sinclair (ENG), 3/4 Leah Boody (CAN), Zhenzhen Wu (CHN)
Women’s Over 40: Natalie Grainger (USA), 2 Melissa Martin (AUS), 3/4 Samantha Herbert (RSA), Jacqueline Ryder (RSA)
Women’s Over 45: 1 Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS), 2 Rachel Calver (ENG), 3/4 Shayne Baillie (ENG), Susan Davis (AUS)
Women’s Over 50: 1 Sarah Nelson (AUS), 2 Andrea Santamaria (ENG), 3/4 Hope Prockop (USA), Karen Webb (ZIM)
Women’s Over 55: 1 Susan Hillier (AUS), 2 Fiona McLean (SCO), 3/4 Mandy Akin (ENG), Sue Williams (AUS)
Women’s Over 60: 1 Jill Campion (ENG), 2 Karen Hume (ENG), 3/ 4 Carole Grunberg (USA), Shirley Whitmore (RSA)
Women’s Over 65: 1 Laura Ramsay (CAN) 2 Faith Sinclair (SCO), 3/4 Gaye Mitchell (AUS), Gail White (USA)
Women’s Over 70: 1 Ann Manley (ENG), 2 Robyn Prentice (CAN), 3/4 Bett Dryhurst (ENG), Marilyn Kennedy (AUS)
Women’s Over 75: 1 Jean Grainger (RSA), 2 Barbara Sanderson (IRL), 3/4 Alma Cave (RSA), Joan Witton (ENG)

Official event website: wsfworldmasters.com/

WSF & PSA'S SQUASHFORWARD INITIATIVE BEGINS IN AMSTERDAM

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