British U23 Open 2016
 Georgina Kennedy 3-0 Eleanor Epke 11-8, 13-11, 11-7 (21m)
 Richie Fallows 3-1  Joel Makin 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 12-10
Kennedy and Fallows take the titles
Top seeds Georgina Kennedy and Richie Fallows are the champions of the resurrected British U23 Open – held for the first time since 1990 – at the Roehampton Club this weekend.
“It was a clinical performance by Gina,” said tournament director Paul Lindsay. “”Although had Ellie got her drops or trickle boasts up in the second we could have had a longer match.
“The men’s final was a great game with both players playing some lovely squash and playing the ball the majority of the time. The quality of Richie’s winners just edged the match but both deserve credit for physical effort and great entertainment.
Saturday: Epke joins top seeds in Finals
Another two round on Saturday at the Roehampton Club, which saw men’s top seeds Richie Fallows and Joel Makin through to the final, while women’s number one seed Georgina Kennedy is set to face unseeded Eleanor Epke for the title.
Fallows got off to a slow start against Adam Auckland, but after dropping the first game the top seed upped the pace to take the lead before saving game ball in the fourth and closing out the match 12-10. Makin, the second seed from Wales, was tested in the first two games against Lyell Fuller, but the challenger’s error count cost him in the third and fourth.
Kennedy’s pace and width proved too strong for Jessica Davies, while Epke beat a third seeded player in a row as she got the better of three feisty games against Marina de Juan.
Friday: Men’s seeds through to quarters as Epke downs Elkalaawy
Friday saw two rounds of play in the resurrected JW Cannon British U23 Open, and while it was plain sailing for the men’s top seeds, there was a significant upset in the women’s draw.
Top four seeds Richie Fallows, Joel Makin, Adam Auckland and Lyell Fuller all navigated their way into the quarter-finals, with James Peach producing the only upset of the day as he downed 5/8 seed Emyr Evans in a five game battle to set up a meeting with Aukland.
Having won her morning qualifying match, Ellie Epke went on to beat second seed Nada Elkalaawy in the women’s first round and now meets 5/8 seed Victoria Leouw for a place in the semis. Top seed Gina Kennedy faces Elise Lazarus, the only other non-seed left in the draw.
Sponsored by JW Cannon the British Under 23 Open makes its first appearance on the calendar since 1990 this weekend. Back in the 80s luminaries such as Jahangir Khan, Rodney Martin and Susan Devoy lifted the prestigious trophy but this weekend at The Roehampton Club it will be a new generation that look to be crowned champion.
Roehampton Racquets Manager Paul Lindsay said: “Roehampton Club is delighted to be hosting the JW Cannon British U23 Open, which is part of the new ESF & PSA Under 23 circuit and whose final will take place on Sunday on our brand new glass back show court.”
World no.77 Richie Fallows tops the seedings in the Men’s event and is predicted to face former World no.105 Adam Auckland in the semi-finals. Meanwhile in the bottom half of the draw World no. 98 Welshman Joel Makin will be expected to face-off with local lad and World no.138 Lyell Fuller in the semi-finals.
If the two top seeds take up their final berths then a cracker is in store with Fallows having edged Makin 15/13 in the fifth in their last encounter!
The Women’s event will see England Junior team mates Georgina Kennedy & Nada El Kalaawy seeded to meet in Sundays final. World no.98 Kennedy finished 3rd in this weeks British Junior Open, and will be looking to go a couple of places better at Roehampton.
El Kalaawy is currently studying art, but has been in fine form this year having recovered from a foot injury that sidelined her for much of last year, and lifted the BSPA Solent Classic in November.