As the new year approaches a quick look back at some of the [SquashSite-centric] highlights of 2011, month by month, starting with ……… January!
The first event of the year was, as usual, the British Junior Open and, as usual, it was the Egyptians who dominated, this time taking six of the eight titles on offer. For once though there was a home winner as Emily Whitlock won a thrilling G17 final. Emily would go on to make her reporting debut in the Le Sport Open in her home club, where she lost in the final to a certain Laura Massaro, who had an even better month to look forward to in February.[pe2-gallery] [/pe2-gallery]
The World Series Finals, spectacularly presented at Queen’s Club, followed soon after and it was all building up to a climax with Nick Matthew v Amr Shabana in the final, which never happened (photo from their pool match).
The first World Series event of the year was the ever-popular Tournament of Champions in New York, where Ramy Ashour got the better of Nick Matthew in the first of what was to become a long-running duel.
The end of the month saw the biggest BSPA event of the year in the Artemis Edinburgh, with the men’s title going to Daryl Selby who, like Massaro, was destined to do even better in February.[pe2-gallery] [/pe2-gallery]