Lance Beddoes (Nzl)
3-1 Joel Hinds (Eng) 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 15-13 (60m)
strong start for the New Zealander coached by Geoff Hunt Ė somehow, that
cannot be bad now can it Ė with Joel not finding his balance right
between attacking and defending in the first two games.
A much better next two games for the Englishman, a bit frustrated by a
referring that seemed a bit strange at times to me Ė and a few players
watching Ė but then again, I was on the complete other side of the
court, and perspective can change a lot. Joel takes the 3rd on his
second game ball, 12/10.
The fourth is a good start for Lance, 4/1, Joel seems out of it,
frustrated with calls, but all credit to him, hangs in there and comes
back, 5/5, 6/6, 7/7, 8/8, 9/9. The Englishman will have two three game
balls, saved with flamboyance by Lance, who finally takes the match,
15/13 on his second match ballÖ
Qatar Circuit too, I was up 2/0 in the quarters, and I lost! Itís not my
style normally, but I have been working with Geoff, in Qatar, working
very hard, so I guess Iím learning new things, and Iím trying to
introduce them in my game a bit, and you make errors.
Iím doing a few more bigger tournaments at the moment, Iím a bit
nervous, especially in the first match, thatís the most important for me
normally. In the third, I wish I could have been just that little bit
more relaxed, I put too much pressure on my shoulders, I went a bit
negative, stopped attackingÖ But I was happy to find a few nicks in the
4th, that helpedÖ
Happy to win this one, like last year, I was not supposed to win my
qualifying match in Qatar, and I won it. Tomorrow, Frost is waitingÖ
James Huang (Tpe)
3-0 Clinton Leeuw (Rsa) 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (34m)
Huang showed off a poised game. Leeuw
jumped to an early lead in the first game with a steady diet of
attacking, but Huang turned the tide by hitting relentless, impeccable
straight length. That was really the script for the entire match. Huang
seemed to grow quicker as things progressed, while by the third game
errors were coming off of a tired Leeuw's racquet in bunches.
was my first time playing him, so I just concentrated on playing my game
and not being rushed.
"Winning the first game was important. I felt I then started moving
better in the second.
"Next I play LJ. I know it will be tough, but there will be no pressure.
I've been training with Max Lee and Leo Au, and hopefully that will help
me be ready for the high pace."
Henrik Mustonen (Fin) 3-0
Ben Grindrod (Nzl) 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 (24m)
looked comfortable from the get-go -- he didn't start out hitting with
great precision, but he was moving well, and he strategically injected
pace that kept Grindrod on his heels.
In the third Grindrod looked like he had run a marathon, but he showed
admirable resilience, winning some tough exchanges at the front of the
"I had never seen him before, so I tried
to play a steady basic game and take my opportunities. I was seeing the
ball well today, which gave me a fraction-of-a-second advantage. I
didn't find my range on the court, but I think that will be better
Gordon (Usa) 3-0 Nicolas Talbott (Usa) 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (25m)
match was basically one-way traffic. Gordon showed his experience,
extending points and hitting with precision. Talbott showed himself to
be a solid athlete, but didn't have enough weapons in his arsenal.
"It was great to have a fellow American
in the draw. I'd never played him before, but I knew he has great squash
genes, and he showed that he was very fit. I just concentrated on not
giving him any openings, and that worked for me. I'd love to qualify
tomorrow and put another American in the main draw."
Nathan Lake (Eng)
3-1 Chris van der Salm (Nzl) 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8 (49m)
similar physical type, both strong and big tall guys, who like to run
and hit and play good squash! Chris had to produce a lot of work, he
looked a bit out of breath in the 3rd, went for a few short shots that
worked but just couldnít come back close enough score wise.
The fourth is again very disputed, with the New Zealander even leading
8/5! But the English boy will take the next 6 points to with the match
I was glad to see Chris play, it was the first time, and he looks like
heís got a few tricks in the bag that will cause trouble on the tour,
well done, that was close, maybe having to play a few more matches at
the pace? As for Nathan, nice to see him back from injury, he was out a
long time with back troubles, and itís nice to see him fit and fighting
again, fellow lefthander!
the first two games, I was down 4/0, thatís not good, it was the same in
Qatar last week. Definitely something I need to work on. I felt that I
could win a few strings of points, but then that I would as easily lose
a few string of pointsÖ
Yes, weíve got the same physical type, both strong, maybe not the most
fluid of movement. Something you will never write, Fram, Nathan moves
gracefully. Oh well, sometimes, it doesnít have to be pretty. Iím really
happy to win this one, itís my first time trying to play in the Word
Champs, so you could say Iím undefeated in the Worlds, how many players
can say that, Shorbagy, watch outÖ
Peter Creed (Wal)
3-1 Shahjahan Khan (Pak) 11-5, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7 (61m)
was a lot of match pressure, especially in the first game, I didnít have
much match practice in the last two months, but I worked very hard, I
practiced very hard. I have a lot of respect for Peter, he played very
well today, I wish him all the best, and there is always a next time.
It doesnít feel the score tells the whole story! I was trying to play as
basic as possible, close down the court as much as possible, because I
realised that when I was playing short, normally my strength, he would
end up finishing the point. So did my best to contain him.
beat him twice 3/0 but I also lost 3/2 in Guatemala, and I was aware of
that, it was always at the back of my mind, and I was trying to keep on
giving a good display like I did, in St Georgeís, then in Mineapolis,
Qatar, I didnít want to fall into old Ė bad Ė habits.
I was in control in most of the match, 9/1 in the 3rd, but you canít
help doing it, you know, you have a little opening, 6/7 points up, you
know you shouldnít, but you just go for the shot, and you are not 100%
focused, and you find yourself running for your life and dying out
There is so much pressure on that first match in the big tournament, you
travel from so far to lose in the first round, so you think, ďdonít lose
in the first roundĒ, and of course, you just donít play good squashÖ
When I was thinking about wining, I just found myself losing long
(Can) 3-0 Babatunde Ajagbe (Ngr) 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (32m)
did a good job of mixing controlling the tempo earlier; when points got
more heated Ajagbe found more success, but Delierre was reading him well
and never looked out of control.
"I tried to be relentless, serving fast, keeping completely focused on
what was happening on the court. He's a great shot-maker, and it was fun
to shoot around with him, but I knew the way to win was to play basic,
fundamental squash. I feel like I still have a full tank of gas. I'm
ready to go tomorrow."
Farhan Zaman (Pak) 3-0 Sam
Gould (Usa) 11-2, 11-4, 11-7 (22m)
came hopping onto court with high spirits, but proceeded to find the tin
on three of the first four points. Zaman showed himself to be in another
league from the good-natured Bostonian, keeping the pace high from start
to finish and dominating the T.
"I looked at my opponent's results and saw that he was new to PSA, so I
thought I might have an opportunity to try different things in
preparation for my match tomorrow. I've been in the U.S. for the last
three months, training with my cousin Shahid Khan, so I'm feeling very
comfortable here and looking forward to playing George tomorrow."
Shehab Essam (Egy)
3-0 Manoel Pereira (Bra) 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (36m)
Today, my attacking game was ok, but my
length, my basic game was all over the place. And if I got away today
with it, tomorrow, against Shawn, Iíll have to raise my game and be more
But Iím happy, it was a first attempt to qualify for the worlds! Very
George Parker (Eng)
3-0 Ahmed Hassan (Zim) 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (21m)
What did I do well today? Mmm, I had a
pretty decent length, and I didnít make many errors, and I struggled a
bit to find my shots in the first two games, I found some pretty decent
ones at the end.
Karim El Hammamy
(Egy) 3-0 Elliot Selby (Eng) 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 (34m)
El Hammamy filled the stat sheet with
nicks and feathery drop shots for winners, as well as surely a few more
errors than he would have liked.
Selby hung tough, in the end didn't have an answer to El Hammamy's
flash. The signature rally of the match was game ball in the second,
which El Hammamy won with consecutive mizukis.
(Eng) 3-0 Wael El Hindi (Egy) 11-8, 11-7, 15-13 (44m)
The match we wanted to see
a very good performance from Charles, who didnít put a foot wrong the
whole match, kept his mouth shot, and his shots tight to the wall. Both
well, a bit less sharp of course, he is not playing at a competition
level for a few years now, he is teaching in the Brooklyn some pretty
decent juniors Iím told, had still lovely ďleft oversĒ as we say in
French, and played some superb rallies, attacking beautifully and
putting Charles under a heck of a pressure.
But the English boy never panicked, kept the rallies long, made Wael
work far too much for his sake, kept closing the angles, preventing the
former top 10 to find his shots and forcing him to attack from bad
A pretty decent match, lovely to watch, of course a few discussions with
the ref, otherwise, we wouldnít have know Wael was back. Missed you
a hard match, not only because he was a former top ten, but also because
I didnít know how well he was playing. A bit tricky mentally.
I tried to be on my best behaviour, because I know he can get wound up
sometimes, and that I kept my calm, I would have an advantage.
It was weird to play Wael, as when I was in Millfield, Wael and Joey
helped me a lot. Wael spent a lot of time on the court with me, helping
me, when I was a young up and coming player, he was brilliant with me,
so it was strange to play him on a PSA event. It was a good experience.
was so good to play against Charles. I got invited to play by Shabana,
and I thought it was a good opportunity to really be in the tournament,
instead of just coming and see.
And I was telling my juniors that I am coaching that I used to play with
him. Iím happy to be with him on the court, to see him full of energy,
playing well, moving well, you can say the student has beaten the
teacherÖ Iím proud of him.
Itís nice to see those young players coming from England, there was a
little drop but now itís back to where it was, good players coming from
England, France, itís nice to see, not just Egypt Egypt, Egypt!!!
I had a good time on court today, and it is nice to see everybody, well,
whatís left of them that isÖ.
(Aus) 3-1 Ramit Tandon (Ind) 11-7, 7-11, 11-2, 11-9 (53m)
never seen him play, but I knew he's a good mover with good hands, so I
had to focus on doing my best to contain him, keeping him behind me.
"I'm quite pleased with how I played, and I'm feeling good about how my
body is holding up."
Reiko Peter (Sui) 3-1
Charlie Johnson (Eng) 10-12, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (49m)
had a bit of an torn hamstring, so for the past two weeks, I havenít
played much. I never saw him play, so Iím very happy to get through, he
is such a skilful and fit player. I really had to play my best to win,
and Iím happy I was able to do just that!
I had some good coaching from Nicki [Mueller] who told me my length was
just not good enough, and in third, I managed to get a better one, that
was the key, to get him at the back.
Oh, and I destroyed two racquets, thatís good right?
Joke apart, my short game worked fine today, but he is so handy. He just
didnít just stand there, if I was opening the court, he would really do
something with the ball, if I let him dominated me, heíd just won the
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas) 3-0
Sharif Khan 13-11, 11-7, 11-7 (24m)
just enjoy my squash, I donít go on there with a plan, I just enjoy
hitting the ball, and the squash just comesÖ
Muhd Asyraf Azan
I went on there today to compete. And in that respect, Iím happy with
what I did. He played well, he has some very good deception.
Maybe I lost my game discipline at the end of the games, but overall,
Iím happy with the way I played.
I really enjoyed the competitiveness that comes from being raised in a
squash family like ours. But at the end of the day, whatever happens, we
all love each other, we are a family. And I truly enjoyed growing up in
the Khanís DynastyÖ..
Todd Harrity (Usa) 3-0
Basem Makram (Egy) 11-2, 11-9, 11-3 (34m)
had streaks in the first and third games where he was very clinical. He
kept the ball tight and finished with precision, to Makrem's growing
"I felt a bit jittery because I just finished a tournament in Pakistan.
I stuck to basics, and things were kind of up and down, but I managed to
play well on the big points. I spent three weeks in Egypt training with
Mohamed Reda, and I think that's made me tougher and improved my
attacking game. I can see why the Egyptians are so good! There are so
many talented players in such a small space. They make each other
Thoboki Mohohlo (Rsa) 3-1
Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat) 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 (47m)
match was a physical struggle for Al Tamimi -- by the end of the second
game he was clearly suffering, looks like his chest, At 6-7 in the third
he was double over on the court and it looked like he might not be able
to go on, but he miraculously rallied, shooting at every opportunity, to
take the game. At times Mohohio looked like he couldn't decide between
attacking an extending rallies, but in the end his combination of both
did the trick.
"I've trained with him in the past. He's a very hard player to read and
that experience helped. At the end it was tough to stay focused. I just
had to hold on."
Chris Hanson (Usa)
3-0 Adam Perkiomaki (Usa) 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (30m)
two Americans played against each other as juniors and in college. It
was Hanson who committed to PSA play after graduation, and it showed
showed tonight. He controlled the tempo, finished points more
efficiently, and had the upper hand throughout.
"Adam and I have been playing since we eight years old, so it's kind of
hilarious that we'd end up playing here. I was feeling a little jittery
in the first game -- I played in a tournament last night in St. Louis,
then caught a 5AM flight to get here this morning -- but in the second I
got my legs and started finding my shots, especially on the backhand."
Tsz Fung Yip (Hkg)
3-1 Jan Van Den Herrewegen (Bel) 7-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (47m)
was just too good todayĒ, smiled sadly Belgium JanVDH. And thatís about
round it pretty well. Jan didnít do much wrong, but Yip made the court
extremely big for him. To be honest, the HK player reminded me of Beng
Heeís squash: lovely deception, the use of the lob as a destruction
weapon, and a feather drop shot/top spin. Lethal.
I am truly impressed with what I saw today from both Yip and James
Huang. I truly enjoyed their game. Itís fresh. Itís clever. Canít wait
to see them again tomorrow.
just followed my coach Fahimís plan, trying to keep moving the ball
around, and cut the errors Ė when I am a bit too aggressive, I do
"In the first game, I didnít start that well, I didnít warm up well
enough in that cold weather, but from the middle of the 1st game, I got
a little better, and progressively, I got better and better.
"At 10/3, I lost a little bit of focus, I didnít stuck to the game plan,
and I gave him the chance to come back in the game. He played very well,
Iím lucky to finish that 4thÖ"
Tsz Fung Yip
Harinder Pal Sandhu
(Ind) 3-1 Faraz Khan (Usa) 11-4, 12-10, 6-11, 11-6 (47m)
is my first World Open so I was a bit nervous, but I got more
comfortable after the first game. After winning the second, I tried to
finish the third too quickly, and he won the game with some lovely
winners in the front.
"I'd never played him before, so I tried to keep things really simple
and wait for opportunities. For the last two weeks I've been training in
Orlando with David Palmer. It's been a privilege working with him, and
it's helped my game a lot."
Andrew Wagih (Egy)
3-0 Salim Khan (Usa) 11-5, 11-5, 13-11 (23m)
is soo good for his age, and itís the first time I play a local that is
that good, and not an Egyptian!!!
His boast is really good, he really put me under a lot of pressure
there, and he didnít play it until the third, that was really clever.
He just need a bit of experience, when I was younger, the top players
had the experience, knew how to mix the shots attack and back, he just
need that little bit of experience, but he will be very good!
I had a bad back injury, I went to Aspire in Qatar, in London Ė for
Hull, my last tournament. But I thought I was going to retire from
squash I already found a job outside squash, but this summer, I met Ramy
by chance and he told me, give it another chance, just come and see my
doctors in the US. And I followed him, he organised everything for me,
where I would stay, the doctors I should see, the physios. I really want
to thank him, he was amazing.
So thanks to him, to my parents, to all the people that believed in me
and supporting me. Iím here just to give it a go and see what happensÖ
16, I have been playing since a very young age, but no, itís not my
family that pressurised me to play, I used to play with my mum Maureen,
since Iím very young, and I would never want to stop, so we would play
games up to 100!
Yes, it was a choice not to play my favourite shot until the end, my
boast; I could hold the ball, and see him come next to me, and then play
I certainly want to play squash in college. But after that, I havenít
thought about it too much. I mightÖ
Shahier Razik (Can)
3-0 Matias Tuomi (Fin) 11-8, 11-5, 11-2 (32m)
was in classic form, patiently working Tuomi around the court. He
dictated a deliberate pace, forcing errors and finishing points with
"I felt good out there. I'm looking forward to my match tomorrow. I've
never played Yip before, but it's fun to play all these young kids