Seeds through to men’s quarters
The Mens first round saw little upset as all the top seeds progressed safely.
The toughest match of the first round appeared to be Youssef Abdalla and 3/4 seed Nathan Lake who took 51 minutes to play their match out. Lake took the first game with ease 11-3 and looked to be cruising only for Abdalla to come out fighting to take a tough second game 11-9. Lake re-focused, started to play steady and took control of the match and eventually ran out a 3-1 winner.
The second round is what produced some of the harder contests, Earles was tested a little by Parker but not too much, Earles looked fitter and was more experienced than his rival and claimed it 3-1 in 45 minutes. Lyell Fuller took the first game against Oliver Holland but couldnt keep the pace up as Holland took control and steadily moved through the next 3 games 6,6 and 4.
The match of day turned out to be 9/16 seed Matt Sidaway and David Haley which went the full distance and lasted 62 minutes. The match started with some fantastic squash and long hard rallies and against the seeding it was Haley that nicked it 14-12. Sidaway fought back immediately to level it before losing his way a little in third and he quickly found himself behind once more at 2-1. The fourth saw the battle resume with nip and tuck point for point squash before Sidaway managed to take it from 9all to 11-9.
As the decider started it was Sidaway who suddenly looked the fresher and eased to match ball at 10-6. Haley dug deep and saved two but it moved a little too much to rescue and Sidaway closed it out 12-14 11/8 5/11 11/9 11/8 and moves into a Quarter Final tie with James Earles.
In the remaining matches Ben Coleman, Chris Fuller and Nathan lake all completed comfortable 3-0 victories.
Down to the women’s quarters
Paul Houghton reports
The Women’s preliminary round kicked off the days action here at Hunts County and brought some shocks early on with wins for unseeded players Mari Taylor, Katie Wilson, Elise Lazarus and Amelia Henley.
The most impressive being the victory’s for Katie Wilson, who knocked out the 5/8 seed Lucy Townley and Elise Lazarus, the current U13 British Champion as she took a 3-0 win over 9/16 Lydia Hume.
The top seeds joined the action in the first round and as expected Perry, Ramsey and El Kalaawy all registered 3-0 victories without too much fuss to head into the Quarter Finals.
What wasn’t expected was another fantastic display from Elise Lazarus against 3/4 seed Sophie Lemom. Lazarus took the first 11-6, came back from 7-4 down in the 2nd to claim that 11-8 and clinched victory in the third 11-9 in 28 minutes. Lazarus, who is still only 12 years old now finds herself in the Quarter Finals of the U23 Championships, there she will face Katrina Burrows who managed to overcome Katie Wilson 3-2.
We also had a rematch between Alison Thomson and Lily Taylor, who recently contested the U17 English Championships with Taylor being crowned. Today it was a little revenge for Thomson as the girls battled for just short of an hour, 11-6 in the fifth and Thomson now faces Carrie Ramsey in tomorrows Quarter Finals.
Sarah Jane Perry bt Hannah Williams 11-3 11-1 11-6 14m
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