Doha Delivers Dramatic World Championship Year End

5 December 2012

This week’s Qatar PSA World Squash Championship will provide one of the most dramatic climaxes to the end of a PSA World Tour year ever – with four players in reach of the first world number one ranking of the New Year 2013.

Furthermore, four different players will be out to consolidate their positions in the top eight of the Dunlop PSA World Series Standings in order to confirm their places in January’s flagship Continue reading

Cheyna Tucker moves up 5 places in World rankings

In the December rankings, Cheyna Tucker’s recent good showing in Australia where she reached 3 semi-finals in as many weeks, sees her move up 5 places to 66. Siyoli Waters moves up 1 place to 46 while Milnay Louw also moves up 1 place to 120.

In the men’s rankings Steve Coppinger consolidates his 24th ranking with Shaun Le Roux moving to 82 and Clinton Leeuw on 95.

Christo Potgieter is on 237 with Jean-Pierre Britz on 281 and Rudi Willemse languishing on 344.

Liz Addison

Shaun Shakes Off Coleman In Edmonton Final

3 December 2012

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 15 ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Final:
Shaun le Roux (RSA) bt [Q] Ben Coleman (ENG) 11-5, 12-10, 11-5 (44m)

Qualifier Ben Coleman‘s brave run in the ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open came to an end when the Englishman lost in straight games to South African Shaun le Roux in the final of the PSA Challenger 15 squash event in its fifth successive year at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton, Canada.

Both players reached the final after marathon semi-final battles – Le Roux needing 88 minutes to see off Australian Steven Finitsis, and Coleman overcoming Pakistan’s Farhan Zaman in 71 minutes. But Le Roux, the Cape Town-born world No81, had the upper hand in Continue reading

Shaun le Roux to meet qualifier in final

Qualifier Coleman Crashes Into Edmonton Climax

2 December 2012

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 15 ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Quarter-finals:
Shaun le Roux (RSA) bt Dane Sharp (CAN) 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6 (85m)
Steven Finitsis (AUS) bt [Q] Declan James (ENG) 11-8, 11-4, 11-7
[Q] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt [3] Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 11-3, 12-10, 11-3
Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [1] Zac Alexander (AUS) 8-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-7, 11-8
Semi-finals:
Shaun le Roux (RSA) bt Steven Finitsis (AUS) 11-6, 7-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-4 (88m)
[Q] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt Farhan Zaman (PAK) 5-11, 9-11, 12-10, 13-11, 11-7 (71m)

English qualifier Ben Coleman produced a series of stunning displays Continue reading

PSA & ASB Join Forces In Squash Innovation

The Professional Squash Association has signed an agreement with leading court manufacturer ASB to develop new initiatives to enhance the presentation of the sport.

An early result of the new partnership is the new dark floor installed in the latest ASB all-glass show court on which the semi-finals and finals of this week’s PSA World Series Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open will be played.

The unique court, which features doors in the sidewalls to eliminate the central door on the back wall, has been erected at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui.

It is this spectacular setting which will host the International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegates who are visiting Hong Kong as part of the ‘inspection’ process to help determine which of the shortlisted sports Continue reading

The Knights depart on UK tour

The 26th Knights Team depart at 12h00 today (30th November) from O R Tambo airport for a highly intensive excursion in the UK lasting 45 days, which sees them playing 36 matches.

Captained by Craig Stephens, the team includes Esjee Robinson (NW), Mick Gouweloos (Midlands), Francois Cloete (North West) and Nell van der Merwe (Northerns).

Stephens, who hails from Parys, matriculated two years ago from Pretoria Boys High and is studying a BSC at Pretoria University. He represented South Africa at the 2010 World Junior Men’s Team and Individual Championships and has played for Northerns A side in the past two years at Jarvis.

“Old man” of the side at 25,  Robinson is  a MSC Masters student at Potchefstroom University. Starting squash at 15, Continue reading

Magic win for Steve in Hong Kong

SA’s Steve Coppinger won his first round match in the World Series Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

The PSA website reported as follows: “The only upset came when South African Stephen Coppinger, given a last-minute place in the main draw after the withdrawal of Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema, battled back from a game down to beat Egypt’s world No11 Omar Mosaad 8-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-9 in 69 minutes.

The Cape Town-based world No24 will now take on England’s world No2 Nick Matthew. The second seed from Sheffield began his bid to reach the final for the first time since 2004 by beating German number one Simon Rosner 12-10, 12-10, 11-6 in 49 minutes.”

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Mixed fortunes for Team SA

Women’s World Team  Squash Championships

Nimes, France

In their first two matches in the pool event of The Women’s World Squash Team Championships being played in Nimes, France,  South Africa, seeded 14th met with mixed fortunes.

South Africa , captained by Siyoli Waters, had little difficulty in disposing of 26th seeds, Spain 3-0. Waters dropped only 14 points against the Spanish number 1, Marina de Juan winning through in straight games. New cap, Senade Haupt , a Tukkies student accounted for Christina Gomez also in straight games, while second string Milnay Louw dropped the first game against Xisela Aranda before regaining composure and winning the next three games.

In the second fixture Continue reading

Tucker out of World Champs

Cheyna Tucker, who has jumped 20 places in the past 2 months on the world rankings, was 2 games all and 9 points all against England’s Victoria Bell on Saturday in the semi-finals of the Mackay Open in Australia when she seems to have torn her Achilles tendon. She is on her way back to South Africa for a final diagnosis. Tucker  has reached three consecutive semi-finals in 3 weekends.

Her place in the team will be taken by the non-travelling reserve Senade Haupt, a Tukkies student.

Liz Addison

Senade Haupt

392 play in Masters Doubles IPT

The biggest doubles tournament in South Africa – The SA Masters Interprovincial Doubles championships – will be hosted by Easterns Squash this weekend at various venues – Boksburg Squash Club, Benoni Country Club, Benoni Lake, Sunward Park, Kempton Park Country Club and Kempton Park Squash Club.

Former national players Craig van der Wath and Angie Clifton Parks (Easterns)  top the Continue reading