2018 ARNOLD HOMES TRING OPEN
We would like to extend a very warm welcome to all the players and spectators to the 2018 Arnold Homes Tring Open. This is the 2nd running of the event and we hope we can build on the success of last year.
We are very excited to announce a fantastic lineup for this years event, featuring UK players Adrian Waller (WR 38), Joel Makin (WR 43), Peter Creed (WR 55) and George Parker (WR 56), joined by Egyptians Yousseff Soliman (WR 50) and Karim El Hammamy (WR 60).
The top six seeds will be joined by 20 more players, eight of whom are currently ranked in the PSA top 100. With four spots in the main draw available through qualifying, the 2018 Arnold Homes Tring Open will be hotly contested with guaranteed high quality squash on display from start to finish.
25/05/2018 - SEMI FINALS
Peter Creed (4) WAL bt Adrian Waller (1) ENG 3-2 (3/11, 6/11, 11/7, 11/2, 13/11 – 87m)
An odd one to watch at times, Adrian was cruising, absolutely coasting for the first and most of the second but then appeared to switch off at the same time as Peter changed it a little and all of a sudden the momentum switched. Peter then really pushed on and Adrian knew he was in a real battle, we all know how much fight Peter has in him, he's shown it several times this week already. After losing the fourth 11/2 Adrian was in big trouble and it was a nail biting fifth which saw the crowd go wild as Peter took the match to reach tomorrow's final. Well done to Peter, he hugely deserves to be a finalist after the show he's put on so far this week.
Joel Makin (2) WAL bt Youssef Soliman (3) EGY 3-0 (11/7, 11/8, 11/9 – 58m)
Joel and Youssef have both looked very strong from round one so this had potential for fireworks. It's a testament to Joel's form, fitness and mental strength that he finished this 3-0 and is yet to drop a game in the tournament.
24/05/2018 - QUARTER FINALS
Adrian Waller (1) ENG bt Ramit Tandon (7) IND 3-0 (11/6, 11/9, 11/9 – 46m)
Ramit didn't really get it going tonight like he did the night before. I felt Adrian's game was too tight and disciplined to allow him the free reign he wanted to attack. Well done to Adrian - a very solid performance and he's looking like an extremely tough nut to crack.
Peter Creed (4) WAL bt Mahesh Mangoankar (8) IND 3-1 (9/11, 12/10, 11/9, 11/7 – 74m)
Strong Welsh support from the balcony here tonight as witnessed by the Y Ddraig Goch and inflatable Daffodil! The crowd loved this one with both Peter and Mahesh playing extremely fairly, honestly and really trying to play every ball, which we all love to see. I thought both looked very strong but Peter seemed to have the extra speed and awareness when it counted.
Youssef Soliman (3) EGY bt Bernat Jaume ESP 3-1 (11/5, 11/5, 11/13, 11/8 – 75m)
After the heroics of last night against Karim I think Bernat was maybe a bit drained mentally. Youssef offered lots going forward and was having a bit of a nickfest at one point. I was very pleased to get on and show my skills with the broom! Owning my own squash club these days (Thame Racquets) unfortunately I'm always very busy with the business side of things and I don't get much chance to do a job that I actually find very therapeutic.
Joel Makin (2) WAL bt George Parker (5) ENG 3-0 (11/9, 11/3, 11/5 – 41m)
Have to say I managed to call this score beforehand so Messrs Noakes JNR and Walters will have to settle up with me later. I felt the first was going to be make or break for George, he and Joel played a real high quality game with phenomenal movement by the pair of them. It was great to watch and so clean with no traffic issues whatsoever, considering the ground they were covering it was unbelievable at times. Joel's consistency was just that bit too much in the end and nicking a tight first was pivotal.
23/05/2018 - FIRST ROUND
Adrian Waller (1) ENG bt (Q) Abhay Singh IND 3-0 (11/7, 16/14, 11/6 – 41m)
I got a good start but the 2nd game was crucial. Abhay played well and I had to save a couple of game balls, that was a big hurdle mentally. Pleased to be through to the quarters and looking forward to tomorrow.
Ramit Tandon IND bt Ahsan Ayaz PAK 3-0 (11/2, 11/3, 11/5 – 27m)
Everything was working well for me tonight, I was pleased with the way my tactics were working and my shots were coming off as well as could have hoped. Ahsan is a dangerous opponent and I was very happy to get it done 3-0 and not have an extended battle. Tomorrow will be a tough ask but I'm feeling good and up for it
Mahesh Mangaonkar (8) IND bt Jan Van Den Herrewegen BEL 3-1 (10/12, 11/4, 11/3, 11/7 – 57m)
Peter Creed (4) WAL bt (Q) Carlos Cornes Ribadas ESP 3-2 (11/6, 6/11, 12/10, 7/11, 11/4 – 77m)
The scoreline really reflects this match and the way it went, up and down all the way with the momentum changing direction regularly. Carlos was really enjoying the battle as was I, there really wasn't anything in it until I found that bit extra in the fifth. Thanks to Carlos and Charles the ref for an exciting and fair match which by the sounds of it the crowd really enjoyed.
Youssef Soliman (3) EGY bt (Q) Jaymie Haycocks ENG 3-1 (11/7, 7/11, 11/4, 11/7 – 52m)
Bernat Jaume ESP bt Karim El Hammamy (6) EGY 3-0 (12/10, 11/2, 18/16 – 68m)
That's one of my best results to date and to beat Karim, an ex World Junior Champion is a good step for me. I'm feeing confident and ready to take it to Youssef tomorrow in the quarters.
George Parker (5) ENG bt (WC) Alex Noakes ENG 3-0 (11/3, 11/5, 11/6 – 38m)
Joel Makin (2) WAL bt (Q) Asim Khan 3-0 (14/12, 11/5, 11/2 – 39m)
At 0-4 in the second I realised Asim could get on a roll and pull it back so I made a big effort to tighten up and thankfully it paid off. He's a talented player and I'm very happy to win 3-0, ready for a big battle with George in the quarter finals.
22/05/2018 - QUALIFYING FINALS
Jaymie Haycocks (1) ENG bt Rui Soares (5) POR 3-1 (10/12, 11/7, 13/11, 11/5 – 61m)
Really pleased to have won that one as he’s beaten me a couple of times recently. Happy with the way I played and looking forward to the main draw!
Asim Khan (3) PAK bt Shahjahan Khan (8) PAK 3-0 (11/6, 11/9, 11/7 – 44m)
Carlos Cornes Ribadas (4) ESP bt Lyell Fuller (6) ENG 3-1 (5/11, 11/2, 11/5, 11/6 – 48m)
A slow start but happy with my game when I got going. Lyell is a dangerous player but was not at his best today. Happy to be in the main draw
Abhay Singh (7) IND bt Emyr Evans WAL 3-2 (11/9, 5/11, 11/3, 7/11, 11/7 – 64m)
21/05/2018 - QUALIFYING FIRST ROUND
Jaymie Haycocks (1) ENG bt Bradley Masters ENG 3-1 (11/5, 6/11, 11/7, 11/2 – 36m)
Rui Soares (5) POR bt Robert Downer ENG 3-2 (11/7, 10/12, 7/11, 11/7, 11/8 – 78m)
Shahjahan Khan (8) PAK bt James Wyatt ENG 3-0 (11/7, 13/11, 15/13 – 32m)
Asim Kahn (3) PAK bt Ashley Davies ENG 3-1 (11/4, 11/7, 4/11, 11/9 – 48m)
It was really good to be on court with Ashley. He is a tough opponent and I’m happy to have won my match and be in the next round.
Carlos Cornes Ribadas (4) ESP bt Joe Brooke ENG 3-0 (11/9, 11/5, 11/5 – 25m)
Happy with my 1st round performance. Looking forward to playing Lyell tomorrow, I’m ready for it!
Thanks to Tring club and Chris for a great event and to my billet Ian Digby.
Lyell Fuller (6) ENG bt Ondrej Uhurka CZE 3-0 (11/2, 11/6, 11/9 – 48m)
Happy to get through in 3 against Ondrej as he’s a tough competitor especially in the hot conditions today and this puts me in good stead for tomorrow. Hopefully a good battle with Carlos!
Abhay Singh (7) IND bt Michael Harris ENG 3-1 (11/7, 9/11, 11/7, 11/8 – 45m)
Emyr Evans WAL bt Kristian Frost (2) DEN 3-2 (8/11, 7/11, 11/7, 11/6, 11/5 – 66m)
Really very happy to win today especially after being 2-0 down. He’s very hard to beat and a strong player so I’m pleased to get through. Looking forward to tomorrow.
TOP SEEDS FOR 2018
Adrian Waller (1)
World Ranking: 38
Coach: Paul Carter
Joel Makin (2)
World Ranking: 43
Coach: Rob Owen
Youssef Soliman (3)
World Ranking: 50
Coach: Hadrian Stiff
Peter Creed (4)
World Ranking: 55
Coach: David Evans
George Parker (5)
World Ranking: 56
Coach: Rob Owen
Karim El Hammamy (6)
World Ranking: 60
Coach: Omar Abdel Aziz
TRING SQUASH CLUB
Tring Squash Club
Cow Lane, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 5NS
Introducing our Tournament Director: He’s the who’s who of squash, the encyclopedia, the networker; who and what he doesn’t know in the game quite frankly isn’t worth mentioning…
Now in his second year leading the team involved in the Arnold Homes Tring Open, Chris Noakes puts huge effort into making this event successful. Without him it wouldn’t be happening, so thanks Chris, keep up the good work.
Betty Longhurst – Tring Squash Club Chairman
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