Winners of the Balwin/Assore Gauteng Squash Championships

The final was a very closely contested match with points see-sawing between the 2 players. Martin Svec (CZE) managed to settle the nerves and gain 1st advantage by taking the 1st game. Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) managed to claw his way back into the match by taking the second after being 5 – 7 down. In the 3rd and 4th Brits managed to keep his composure and chased down every ball. This frustrated Svec and there were a lot of queries with the referees. This distraction took his focus away from the match and in the fourth the long hard rallies seemed to take their toll seeing him make a lot of unforced errors.

Jean-Pierre said after the match, “I am thrilled to win this event at my home club. It is a first from my side. I decided before the match that I was not going to let any decisions distract me from  my game plan and I did just that. I kept the rallies long and kept a good length. This resulted in Martin trying to go short too early and make mistakes especially in the 3rd and 4th games. I am looking forward to the next event in Cape Town. “

Mens Finals:

[Q] Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) bt [1] Martin Svec (CZE) 3/1 : 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (64 mins)

The ladies event was very one sided. Alex Fuller played the ball deep and to a good length thereby not giving Milnay Louw a chance to get into the front to hit the low hard ball that favors her game. Alex was very focused and onto the ball quickly thereby cutting out Louw’s recovery time. Fuller said, “I am very happy with my performance tonight. I kept to my game plan of keeping Milnay in the back of the court and taking the ball as early as possible. It really paid off. “

Ladies Finals:

[1] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt [2] Milnay Louw (RSA) 3/0 : 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (27 mins)


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