Edinburgh SC Open 2016: Tomlinson and Clyne win
The Edinburgh Sports Club Open 2016 is the biggest tournament on the BSPA calendar and the biggest annual squash event in Scotland.
Alan Clyne provided a home winner for the crowd at Edinburgh Sports Club as he overcame Tome Richards in a final that saw the second seed’s challenge cut short by injury.
In the women’s final top seed Millie Tomlison also claimed a first ESC title as she beat second seed Sina Wall.
[3/4] Alan Clyne (Sco) 3-0  Tom Richards (Eng) 11-4, 11-5 rtd
 Millie Tomlinson (Eng) 3-0  Sina Wall (Ger) 11-3, 11-7, 11-4
Quarters and semi-finals day at ESC and a big upset in the men’s event as Scottish #1 Alan Clyne outlasts defending champion and top seed Daryl Selby in a five game semi-final to set up a meeting with second seed Tom Richards – who survived a five-setter against Scottish #2 Greg Lobban – for the title.
The women’s final will be between top seeds Millie Tomlinson and Sina Wall.
Millie Tomlinson (Eng) 3-0 Xisela Aranda (Esp) 11/6, 11/3, 13/11
Nada Abbas (Egy) 3-1 Sachika Ingale (Ind) 5/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/4
Chloe Mesic (Fra) 3-1 Leonie Holt (Eng) 11/6, 9/11, 16/14, 11/6
Sina Wall (Ger) 3-0 Tinne Gillis (Bel) 11/8, 11/5, 11/7
Millie Tomlinson 3-0 Nada Abbas 11/8, 11/1, 11/9
Sina Wall 3-1 Chloe Mesic 11/6, 13/11, 9/11, 11/5
Daryl Selby 3-0 Jaymie Haycocks 11/2, 11/7, 11/6
Alan Clyne 3-0 George Parker 11/9, 11/7, 11/3
Greg Lobban 3-1 Richie Fallows 11/6, 11/4, 10/12, 12/10
Tom Richards 3-0 Chris Ryder 11/8, 11/3, 11/8
Alan Clyne 3-2 Daryl Selby 11/8, 8/11, 11/6, 4/11, 11/9
Tom Richards 3-2 Greg Lobban 6/11, 11/6, 7/11, 11/9, 11/5
Friday: Down to the Quarters
After men’s qualifying on Thursday evening there were two rounds of play on Friday as the quarter-finalists were decided. In the Men’s BSPA draw seven of the seeded players won through, including defending champion and top seed Daryl Selby, the only upset coming as Chris Ryder took out local 5/8 seed Dougie Kempsell in the second round. Home interest is still alive with 3/4 seeds Alan Clyne and Greb Lobban both aiming to reach the semis on Saturday lunchtime.
In the women’s PSA draw there were a few minor upsets but the top four seeds are through to the quarters.
The Men’s draw is headed by defending champion Daryl Selby, the world number 15 who will be aiming to win it for the 6th time. Seeded to meet him in the final is world number 23 Tom Richards. Top Scots Alan Clyne (world ranked 31) and Greg Lobban (world ranked 37) are seeded 3/4 and will be looking to upset the seedings and become the first Scot to win the event since former world number one John White in 2004.
Local interest sees ESC players Dougie Kempsell (world ranked 99) seeded 5/8 and Rory Stewart looking to take some scalps and progress to the latter stages, whilst Kevin Moran and Jamie Henderson will also be competing ensuring full turnout from the Scottish Team.
The Ladies WSA draw is headed by England’s Millie Tomlinson (WR 45) with Sina Wall of Germany (WR 70) seeded to meet her in the final. Scotland’s up and coming Elspeth Young gets the wildcard into the main draw and ESC players Carrie Hallam, Georgia Adderley, Senga Macfie and Sue Dalrymple will compete in the qualifying in the hope of making the main draw.
The graded event which runs alongside the open will see 100 competitors from all over the UK rubbing shoulders with the top professionals. Making the championships a very special event.
“Since its inaugural event in 2001 the championship has become a firm fixture on the international squash calendar and the strength of the draw continues to amaze me,” said Tournament Director Simon Boughton. “It is rare to have the squash of this level on our doorstep and anyone with an interest of the game really should think about coming along to have a look. It is also a great chance to see how our top players fare against those at the top of the world game.£
Jonathan Tait, Club Manager at Edinburgh Sports Club, is delighted with this year’s entry: “This event continues to attract some of the world’s highest ranked professional players to give spectators a wonderful opportunity to watch squash of the highest quality being played over a four-day period.”
The Championships begin on Thursday 28th January, concluding with the finals on Sunday 31st January.
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