Home Double for Naughton and Baillargeon
In the first Nash Cup to feature Canadians in both finals, Hollie Naughton and David Baillargeon delivered a home double in London, Naughton coming from two games down to beat Egyptian youngster Salma Eltayeb, Baillargeon getting the better of experienced American Faraz Khan.
Day FOUR : Semi-Finals
It was another full crowd, and some amazing squash at London Squash. For the first time in history a Canadian will compete in both NASH Cup finals as Hollie Naughton and David Baillargeon move through.
Canadians have won each draw in the past, but it’s been a while. Shawn Delierre won in 2011 and Danielle Letourneau won in 2016. Hollie Naughton (2014) and David Phillips (2008) are the only other Canadians who have made to the final match.
Day THREE : Quarter-Finals
The quarter finals are arguably the best ticket value of the NASH Cup. You get 8 high level matches and are almost guaranteed a few that will be close and/or some upsets. Looking at the entry list there was a high probability that there would be tight competition. The men’s draw featured 6 players within the top 8 ranked between 51 and 58.
The crowd tonight was full and nobody left disappointed in the show. It was a truly intense evening of squash with the promise of more for Friday and Saturday….
- Half the matches went to 5 games
- On a ranking basis, 3 matches were upsets – the top 2 male seeds and 2nd female seed are all now out of the tournament
- Spain’s Bernat Jaume ousted Egyptian men’s top seed Yahya Elnawasany while Curtis Malik won an all-English clash with recent Charlottesville Champion Nick Wall. In the women’s draw USA’s Marina Stefanoni beat second seed Lucy Turmel in five.
- The top Canadians have advanced into the Semi-Finals – David Baillargeon edging past Finnlay Withington in five, women’s Hollie Naughton winning her all-Canadian clash over Nikki Todd.
Day Two : Down to the Quarters
A stunning night of squash which threatened many times to run late with matches lasting as long as 72 minutes.
Five of the top seeds were beaten and the draw has been cut from 32 players to 16.
Day One :
What an incredible opening night. Full crowds and matches that pushed the limits. The NASH Cup has been running for 15 years and it’s safe to say this was the most energetic opening night we’ve ever seen.
5 Western players (past and present) were among the 30 athletes competing. One is moving into the second round which begins tomorrow at 3pm.
Day Zero :
The 2023 NASH Cup kicked off last night with the Lightning Matches.
A great crowd witnessed two draws of 16 which were completed in under 75 minutes featuring PSA, Western & local athletes. These were single elimination games to 3 point (must win by 2). Many locals were able to extend their game beyond 3 points, and western players Amin Khan and Ben Boulanger managed to progress to the second round. Hard fought finals ended with Sanjay Jeeva of Malaysia beating Salah Eltorgman of Canada (Western) in pool A and Alina Bushma of Ukraine beating Wen Li Lai of Malaysia.
The main event matches begin at 3pm today, all matches are broadcast live through YouTube.