Results from the semi-finals
Ladies Event : Alex Fuller was very focused for this match. From the beginning she hit a good length and moved well to the ball. Nikki Todd was struggling with her length and then started to panic, going for winners but making errors instead. Fuller stuck with her game plan and even though was 9-6 down in the 3rd game back to take the game 13-11 and the match 3-0. Said Fuller “Nerves crept in during the 3rd but I managed to keep my composure and controlled my shots to finish it off in three. The altitude was starting to get to me.”
Milnay Louw was definitely on a mission tonight. She was clinical in her shot selection and had Cheyna Tucker running from corner to corner. She did not give Tucker any opportunity to get into the game at all. Louw said “ I concentrated on playing my drives deep thereby putting pressure on Cheyna in the back corners. This opened the court up for me and gave me the opportunity to play short when I needed to. I felt I moved well and played the ball to a good length. I kept up the momentum throughout the match and was very happy with my performance”.
Mens Event : Velavan Senthikumar once again dominated the match. The first game was very hard and Senthikumar kept the rallies long and hard. Mark Fuller was definitely struggling with the altitude. The 1st game lasted over 15mins and Fuller worked really hard. Senthikumar played a great length and kept attacking the ball. When interviewed after the match Senthikumar said, “I am so excited to be in my 1st PSA final went. I think that my tournament has gone really well and felt very good during the games. I also struggled a little with the altitude but I attacked a lot and made him work harder than usual. I have never played either of the other semi-finalists and really looking forward to the match tomorrow !”.
Mohamed ElSherbini played positive aggressive squash from the 1st point. He kept the ball tight and to a good length and took no chances with any fancy shots. Harinder looked like he felt the pressure and made too many unforced errors at crucial points. Mohammed said, “I felt that I was in control and kept playing my game. I kept playing the way I wanted it to be, by keeping it simple and tight against the wall. I felt that Sandhu was a little nervous of me and tried to finish the rallies too early. I am looking forward to playing the youngster in the match tomorrow. I would like to thank Angelique and Craig for their hospitality and I am really enjoying my stay in SA.”
- Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt Nikki Todd (CAN) 3-0, 11/7, 11/9, 12/10 (33mins)
- Milnay Louw (RSA) bt Cheyna Tucker (RSA) 3-0, 11/6, 11/3, 11/7 (28mins)
- Velavan Senthilkumar (IND) bt Mark Fuller (ENG) 3-0, 12/10, 11/7, 11/9 (46mins)
- Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) bt Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) 3-0, 11/8, 11/6, 11/5 (37mins)
The ladies final starts at 19:00 followed by the mens at 20:00. Results from the other SA events were as follows: Gauteng PKV Open 2017 Draws.