l Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open l 12-17 March 2017 l London, UK l


 2017 Tournament Reports

Fri 17-Mar,Final:

[4] Alan Clyne (Sco) 3-0  [3] Tom Richards (Eng)
              11/3, 11/9, 11/6 (36m)  

After a series of first round upsets, it was the top four seeds who made the semi-finals at Wimbledon, where Alan Clyne and Tom Richards beat the top two seeds to reach the climax.

It was Scotsman Clyne who prevailed in the final, taking the match in straight games to collect his 8th career PSA title.

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Alan picked up where he left offÖ

Two factors tonight. 1. Alan found the perfect balance between attacking and deep squash, playing 2 unforced errors the whole match (1 in second game, 1 in the 3rd) and 2. Tom missed that little match fitness Ė not in the legs, but in the head Ė that allows you to keep focusing the whole matchÖ.

Alan picked off where he left off against Wan, attacking from the word go, never letting the Englishman settle, took him by the throat, forcing 3 errors out of him, but more important, never gave him a sniff in the opener.

Tom comes back in the second hitting very impressed length and width, putting a lot of weight in the ball, good and structured squash, 3/0, 4/1, 5/2, only to see Alan attacking beautifully and retrieving some superb shots that shouldnít have come back. 5/5, 6/6, 7/7. Some extremely long rallies at that point, 4 tins in 5 points for Tom, 10/7 game ball. Finding some exquisite squash, the Englishman comes back, but cannot force a tie-break and itís a 11/9 finish for the Scot.

Third is again extremely close, 1/1, 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, a big push from Tom that throws everything at Alan but the kitchen sink, but Alan is everywhere, balanced, retrieving incredibly, and putting too much pressure at the front for the English, and itís 8/4, 10/5. A sublime nick return of serve, but itís delaying the obvious, and itís 11/6 in 36m. Not sure Alan ever won a match that quickly in his whole career!!!!

I am delighted. I played well, I had to play my best, and I think I was sharp tonight. Iím chuffed really, I managed to impose my game, although the second game was nip and tuck. I had a good run, he came back at me, but I was lucky to get that straight drive on the forehand that died in the nick at the end.

We are all of similar rank, anyone in the main draw can win the tournament, the depth on the Tour is suchÖ

I didnít make too many unforced errors, thatís fine as long as you donít just go up and down the wall and keep a positive game, and take the initiative.

A big thank you to Stacey and everybody at TWC, they put on a great event, they managed to pack up the place, creating a great atmosphere Ė which is what we all want Ė and it was great tonight, even if the support was not exactly for me as I am from Scotland, but I enjoyed still all the same!. Great event.

Iím delighted with the way I moved tonight. I did a few movement that lately would have caused me a lot of troubles, and I was really moving well, pain free, which is amazing for me.

Now, I was tired, I cannot think of any other way of putting it really! Alan played so well, he didnít give me an inkling of a chance, and he got some ridiculous retrieving! I thought I was playing not too badly at some point, but I just couldnít quite put him under enough pressure.

He played extremely well, and I didnít play as well. I tried everything though, I tried hitting harder, making the rallies longer, playing deep, attacking more, he just dominated me from the start to the end of the match.


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