BRIGHT London U23 Open 2014

Top seeds take the titles in London U23

12-Jan: Top seeds Tory Temple-Murray and Charles Sharpes are the BRIGHT London U13 champions for 2014 …

SH1222Men’s Final – Charles Sharpes bt Greg Lobban 11/9, 12/10, 11/2

Proving difficult to predict a winner from this match it had the potential to be very close.

The first game showed why these two young men have a bright future in the sport and are making their way up world ranking list. Fast paced squash with high class retrieving skills meant both players finding it difficult to force an opening. Charles looked focus and at 4-4 managed to open up a lead to 7-4 and even though Greg got it back to 9-9 Charles held on to take the first 11/9.

The second game saw players exchange point for point with a tough call on Greg at just the wrong moment Charles won 12/10.

Charles took a commanding lead in the third to 5-0 up and even with Greg fighting to get back into the game Charles stayed composed to close out the game and match 11/2.

SH1221Women’s Final  – Tory Temple-Murray bt Chloe Mesic 11/6, 11/6, 11/1

The opening game saw Tory settle quickly and use her power to dominate from the front of the court.

Chloe seemed to be determined to do well and perhaps the pressure put on herself meant the free flowing movement and shots seen in previous rounds was not there today. Tory by contrast was in control, mixing her shots and applying pressure at every possible opportunity and took the first 11/6.

The second games started closely till Tory took at 5-4 lead and her line and length gave Chloe no time meaning a winning shot opportunity soon came about.

The third saw Chloe now unaware how to deal with Tory’s game as anything she tried was answered, Tory took the game and match 11/1.

Paul Lindsay

Men’s Plate Semi Finals
Tom Bradford bt Alex Lemom 14/12, 11/9, 12/10
Sindre Roaldsoy bt Hakon Standal 9/11, 11/4, 11/9, 11/4

Women’s PlateSemi Finals
Grace Gear bt Eria Mooney 11/9, 11/5, 11/3
Jess Dixon bt Katie Burke 11/3, 11/4, 11/4

Grace Gear bt Jess Dixon  11/2, 11/8, 11/7
Tom Bradford bt Sindre Roaldsoy 11/6, 9/11, 11/9, 3/11, 11/5

11-Jan, semis: The finals of the  BRIGHT London U23 Open at Roehampton will be contested by the top seeds in both events – Charles Sharpes will face Greg Lobban for the men’s title while Tory Temple-Murray and Chloe Mesic will meet to determine the women’s champion.

Top seed Sharpes overcame a spirited challenge from Joel Makin to take his place in the men’s final. Charles looked quick and in control early on, perhaps as Makin had the tougher of the quarter final matches, Charles finding himself two game up. Joel dug deep to find some energy and fight taking the third but Charles regained his focus in the fourth and looked in control he wore his opponent down to take the game and match.

The Lobban versus Youseff Abdalla encounter was played out at a furious pace from the off with shots to please the crowd. The first saw Abdallas shot making and relaxed style win through but it was Lobban who gained the upper hand reducing his error count and winning the second and third. Youseff came out fighting in the fourth and battled valiantly but it was Greg who kept his discipline and finished the stronger to set up a much anticipated clash with Sharpes in Sunday’s final.

Paul Lindsay

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