A Weekend full of Winners

Well it’s been a busy weekend, we were into double figures on “current events” as it began, but now it’s all over and we thought a little roundup would be in order in case you missed any of it (losing an hour as the clocks sprang forward didn’t really help, did it!)

The first winner was Misaki Kobayashi in Denver, where after struggling with the altitude in the early rounds she dispensed with the oxygen tent to claim her fourth WSA final and get her name added to the impressive list of winners of the $5k Hashim Khan Championships.

Meanwhile in the UK serial winners Wycliffe (Boys) and Millfield (Girls) won the National Schools U19 titles.

Then, on Friday night, we had the latest in the Nick Matthew v James Willstrop series, Matthew again coming out on top as he took his third title in a row at the $50k Canary Wharf Classic.

Back across the pond, it was unseasonably warm in Montreal where Alison Waters marked her first WSA tournament for a year with victory in the $25k Atwater Cup, beating top seed Kasey Brown in a marathon final. The trophy was small, but there were a couple of squash balls thrown in.

Brown now flies halfway around the world to join the other top women in Kuala Lumpur for the renamed Nicol David KL Open, while Waters takes a shorter trip to Toronto where she hopes to garner more ranking points to help regain her ranking.

It was an English double in Montreal as Tom Richards beat defending champion Hisham Ashour and followed it up with a five-setter against Thierry Lincou to claim his biggest title to date, the … hold your breath now … $35k Open de Squash Banque Nationale Groupe Financier 2012 at the Club Sportif MAA. To match the long title Tom got the biggest trophy he’d ever seen too.

Heading eastwards, Lahore was the venue for the all-Pakistani $12k Pakistan Circuit #2, where seeds steadily fell by the wayside and qualifier Aqib Hanif rounded it all off with a five-game win over top seed Aamir Atlas Khan in the final. Round the (rather large) corner in Qatar, the $5k challenger series continued with Barwa Bank as this edition’s sponsor and Denmark’s Kristian Frost the champion.

Double Danish delight came as Rasmus Nielsen continued his winning run in Poland, beating the man-on-the-tee-shirt Peter Creed in the $5k Squash4You Open final in Krakow.

In (comparatively) nearby Geneva Emily Whitlock made it three WSA titles in a row as she won the ever-popular $5k Swiss Open, where it was a Colwyn Bay double as clubmate Karim Ali Fathy took the men’s title.

In the middle of the Atlantic Patrick Foster was retaining his Bermuda Nationals title.

On the other side of the world Shaun Le Roux was coming through the field in Perth, Australia, to take his fifth PSA title in the $5k Squashworks Open (it was Shaun himself who alerted us to the results!).

Back in the UK, the last titles of the weekend went to top seeds Lauren Briggs and Andy Whipp in the Wimbeldon Cup, Whippy taking his 11th BSPA title, Briggsy going one better by making it a dozen WSA titles.

So there you have it, fifteen titles decided over a long weekend , lots of happy winners and more tweets than you can shake a stick at.

It’s not completely finished, as we’re still on a promise of photos from several of those events (nudge, nudge), but for all intents and purposes … that was the weekend, that was.

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