Nicol & Garner Xodus 7 Continent Challenge Now Homeward Bound

17 April 2013

With four locations now behind them, and the pair’s on-court challenge finely-poised at two wins apiece, former world champion Peter Nicol MBE and fellow former professional Tim Garner are now past the half-way mark of their remarkable Xodus 7 Continent Challenge – the bid to contest 7 Squash Matches in 7 Days on 7 Continents to raise the profile of Squash’s campaign to join the programme of the 2020 Olympic Games.

By Saturday, the Xodus 7 Continent Challenge will have seen the intrepid English pair travel more than 40,000 miles and spend over 70 hours on planes over the course of a week that will have been a test of endurance both mentally and physically.

After beginning their initiative in Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands near ‘Antarctica’ on Saturday, the ‘squashbuckling’ heroes moved onto the Chile capital Santiago in South America on Sunday, then crossed the international date line to be in Sydney in Australia on Tuesday, before arriving in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in Asia today. Continue reading

Gordon Celebrates First Home Final

18 April 2013

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 15 Oliver NY Metro Open, Metropolitan New York, USA

Semi-finals:
Christopher Gordon (USA) bt [1] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 6-11, 7-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-7 (73m)
Shaun le Roux (RSA) bt Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 11-9, 10-12, 5-11, 11-7, 11-6 (71m)

New York-born Christopher Gordon is celebrating the sixth PSA World Tour final of his career – but his first on home soil and in his home city – after upsetting top-seeded Australian Ryan Cuskelly in the semi-finals of the Oliver NY Metro Open – Squash Revolution, the inaugural PSA Challenger 15 squash event which has been staged across four venues in Metropolitan New York in the USA.

In a rare Tour final between two unseeded players, world No54 Gordon will face Shaun le Roux, the world No59 from South Africa who also needed more than an hour to see off Australian Matthew Karwalski in the other semi. Continue reading

Tswalu SA National Doubles championships – report

Johannesburg Country Club, Auckland Park, Johannesburg – by Liz Addison

University of Johannesburg student, Cheyna Tucker, collected two titles when the finals of the Tswalu SA National Doubles were played at the Johannesburg Country Club on Saturday 6th April 2013.

Winning the women’s doubles, partnered by Claire Nitch and the Mixed with Paul Atkinson, Tucker joins a list of 4 illustrious women and 2 men players, who have annexed two titles at one championship in the same year. Diana Haynes (Argyle) in 2009, 2011, 2012 won the mixed and women’s, Sjeanne Cawdry in 1999, 2000 and 2001 was also victorious in the mixed and the women’s as was Angie Clifton Parks in 2004 and 2005 and Natalie Grainger in 1998. Interestingly, Grainger went on to collect bronze at the Commonwealth Games later in 1998 with the same partners, Claire Nitch and Rodney Durbach.

Only 2 men have won two titles in one year: Craig van der Wath in 2002 and Richard Castle in 2000 and 2001.

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Abouelghar Grabs Gauteng Glory

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Ladies L to R; Diana Haynes (RSA) winner, Barry Hendricks ( Chairman CGS ), Siyoli Waters (RSA) R-up.

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Men L to R ; Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) winner, Barry Hendricks ( Chairman CGS ), Fares Mohamed Dessouki (EGY) R-up

14 April 2013

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 5 Assore Central Gauteng Open, Johannesburg, South Africa Continue reading

Assore Central Gauteng Open Squash Championships

Parkview Squash Centre, Johannesburg.

Unseeded Diana Haynes (Central Gauteng) the 2012 S A National champion will meet fellow South African, second seeded Siyoli Waters, ranked 40 in the world, in the final of the Assore Central Gauteng WSA final this evening (Friday) at the Parkview Centre at 18h30. Continue reading

WSF Ambassadors Programme Sets Sights On Panama & Venezuela

11 April 2013

Malaysia’s record seven-time world squash champion Nicol David will lead this year’s WSF Ambassador Programme visit to Panama and Venezuela in June, accompanied by Egypt’s former world junior champion and current world No6 Mohamed El Shorbagy. Continue reading

CGS Open results 8 April

Here are the next round results for the Central Gauteng Open squash tournament – CGS Open results 2013 after 8 April rounds.

Rudi Willemse, Rodney Durbach, Jean-Pierre Brits, Zuko Kubukeli, Michael Wood, Andrew Martin, Clinton Leeuw are the SA men who went through to the next round, as well as Kelvin Ndhlovu from Zambia who plays for Northerns.

Central Gauteng Open results

Results from the first qualifying round: CGS Open 2013 – Parkview Squash Centre, Johannesburg

Sunday 6th April 2013

Dylan Groenewald (E) bt Derek van der Merwe (N) 3/2 ; 10/12; 7/11; 11/9; 11/4; 11/3
Craig van der Wath(E)  bt Gary Wheadon (Kzn) 3/1 ; 11/7; 10/12; 11/7; 11/7
Marko Fourie (N) bt Charl Fourie (N) 3/2 ; 16/18; 11/8; 7/11; 11/9; 17/15
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