Women’s Final : Katie Malliff 3-0 Kiera Marshall 11/7, 20/18, 11/7 (37mins)
Katie got off to a fast start in the first opening up a 7/3 lead as Kiera took her time to find her length. Although Kiera started to use her deceptive backhand volley more Katie kept the pressure on to win the first game 11/7.
The second was a battle of physical and mental skill as the game saw points exchanged back and forth. Kiera went 10/7 up but failed to convert her first 3 game ball points as Katies court coverage as deft drops kept her in the game. At 10 all both players had chances to take the game yet 4 more games balls were missed by Kiera as Katie eventually won 20/18 in a tough second game.
The third Katie again got off to a fast start with a 5/2 lead and although Kiera was now playing some lovely squash she could not string together a run of 2 or more points. Perhaps the effects of the 2nd game had taken their toll as both players gave everything with a few more errors now creeping in. Katie managed to stay focused winning 11/7 and with it the Women’s Prince U23 British Open title.
Men’s Final : Abhay Singh 3-0 Ben Smith 11/3, 15/13, 11/9.(37mins)
The score line in the first game does not reflect on either how well both players were playing or the effort put in. With fine margins costing Ben on numerous occasions as he clipped the top of the tin from a winning position. These
Second game was a complete change from the 1st, Ben increased the pace of his hitting with greater effect and at 7/7 Abhay managed to force errors to go 10/8 up. Ben then started to use his attacking volley wisely to get back to 10/10. Some world class squash over the next points mixed with some clumsy movement from both saw Abhay take the game 15/13.
The third game looked like a repeat of the women’s final before with the lose of the tough second game hurting Ben more. Abhay opened up a 4/2 then 8/5 lead but Ben never gave up. Some great court coverage and once again great use of his attacking volley saw Ben close to 9/10. Abhay stayed strong and won the game 11/9 and took the Men’s Prince U23 British Open title.
The players thanked hosts Roehampton Club and sponsors Prince for putting on the event.
Kiera Marshall w/o Asia Harris
Katie Maliff 3-0 Sophie O’Rourke 11/3, 11/7, 12/10.
Abhay Singh 3-0 Perry Malik 11/4, 11/5, 11/5
Ben Smith 3-0 Noah Meredith 3-0. 11/3, 11/8, 11/5
British U23 Open – Day One
Lots of closely fought battles throughout the days play in both draws.
Abhay Singh was forced to work extremely hard for a 3-0 victory over Hassan Khalil, who at 16 years young, impressed the watching crowd.
Sophie O’Rourke dug deep in a close match against Torrie Malik winning 13/11 in the 5th, while Torrie’s brother, Perry, in the Men’s ¼ draw let s 2-0 lead slip against Ben Sockett but recovered his focus and accuracy to win 3-2