London U23 Open 2015

Finals:
[1] Georgina Kennedy 3-0 [2] Alison Thomson         11/7, 11/6, 11/5 (24m)
[2] Declan James 3-2 [1] Charles Sharpes               11/13, 4/11, 13/11, 11/3, 11/9 (74m)

Men’s Plate Final – Emyr Evans bt Tom Bradford 11/8, 11/7, 11/5
Women’s Plate Final – Elise Lazarus bt Ali Hemmingway 11/8, 11/6, 11/6

Two new U23 Champions at Roehampton

SH_8793Declan James took the Roehampton London BSPA U23 Open with a hard fought victory over Charles Sharpes at the Roehampton Club. Charles, in his third London U23 Open final and reigning champion, was looking to end on a high before moving out of the U23 category and he started quickly.

The first was a close battle with players exchanging points to 9/9 before Charles took the game 13/11. Charles racing to a 8/2 lead in the second with superb attacking play seemed to have the match under control and soon led 2-0 taking the game 11/4. Declan lead the third 5/3 & 8/6 but some errors gave a string of points to Charles to lead 10/8 and 2 Championship balls.

A no let gave Declan hope and at 10/9 Charles lost a little focus giving Declan hope, which he took winning 13/11. The fourth was a different story, Declan looking focused and using his short kill shots to good effect, reeling off four points in a row to go 6/2 up, and some unforced errors from Charles gave Declan the game 11/3 and hope to take the title.

Into the fifth and both pushed early to find an advantage, Charles seeming more confident once more hitting some wonderful winners to go 6/5 up, but Declan stayed patient and his excellent retrieving mixed with a ‘no let’ to Charles saw him take a 10/7 lead. Charles hit two wonderful winners to get back to 9/10 but it was not to be as Declan closed out the game and match 11/9 taking the title.

Declan appropriately thanked those involved in the event at the Roehampton Club and looked forward to returning next year to defend the title.

SH_8794There was a new champion in the women’s even too, as top seed Georgina Kennedy, the recently crowned British U19 champion, beat second seed Alison Thomson.

The opening game saw Ali get off to a good start but from 0/3 Georgina settled and use her precise hitting to dominate from the front of the court Georgina took the game 11/7.

The second seemed to be a repeat of the 1st game as Ali led 3/1 but Georgina was now moving well, hitting good length and using her drop at the right time to take control to go 7/5 up. The excellent play continued and Georgina stayed in control to take the game 11/6.

The third proved to be one-sided as Ali could not find a way into the game, Georgina was relentless in her determination to retrieve every ball and move Ali around the court and Georgina closed out the game and match deservedly 11/5.

Top seeds through to U23 Finals

SH12655The finals of the London U23 champs at Roehampton Club will be contested by the top seeds in both events.

Georgina Kennedy and Alison Thomson won their quarter and semi finals in straight games, but it was much tougher for the men’s finalists.

Top seed and defending champion Charles Sharpes was taken to a decider by 3/4 seed Dougie Kempsell, Sharpes edging the decider 11/9 to move into his third London U23 final. Second seed Declan James was also taken the distance in his semi-final, but he had to fight back from two games down to see off the challenge of Richie Fallows.

Preview

Roehampton Club are delighted to host the fifth year of the London U23 BSPA Open.

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The tournament sees the nation’s best U23 stars continue their development and battle for the title, also giving the unique chance for the Men’s and Women’s champion to gain an Automatic place to the BSPA Grand Prix Finals in May.

The 2015 Men’s draw provides some top class matches and sees the return of two time & reigning champion, Charles Sharpes, while challengers keen to take the title include Declan JamesRichie Fallows and Dougie Kempsell.

The Women’s draw includes two returning players, who showed they could have a bright future in the game, with Elise Lazarus & Alison ThompsonGeorgina Kennedy, top seed and current British U19 champion, will look to use her seeding to win the title at the first attempt and follow on from her strong 2014 season.

Admission is free. Non members and guests are more than welcome to come and watch / support these stars of the future over three days of squash.

Roehampton Club, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5LR
Tel: 020 8480 4200  http://www.roehamptonclub.co.uk/