daily reports from St George's
Wed 21-Oct, Day THREE, Round One:
[Q] George Parker (Eng) 3-0  Olli Tuominen (Fin)
Charles Sharpes (Eng) 3-2  Nasir
7-11, 8-11, 11-9, 16-14 (80m)
[Q] Kristian Frost (Den) 3-1 
Raphael Kandra (Ger)
6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (61m)
 Chris Simpson (Eng) 3-1 [Q] Peter
11-4, 9-11, 11-6 (57m)
 Daryl Selby (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Ben
11-9, 11-5 (51m)
 Lucas Serme (Fra) 3-0 [wc] Charlie
11-6, 11-9 (35m)
 Tom Richards (Eng) 3-2 Henrik
Jens Schoor (Ger) 3-2  Joe Lee
8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6 (66m)
Four seeds toppled at St George's
(but top four through ...)
Qualifying complete, it was on to
the main draw of Surrey's biggest ever squash tournament today,
with plenty of home interest, and while the top four seeds ae it
through to the quarters, all four 5/8 seeds were beaten.
day started with three successive upsets as George Parker,
Charles Sharpes and Kristian Frost all took seeded
Qualifier Parker outplayed veteran Finn Olli Tuominen to win in
straight games, Sharpes produced 'the best win of my career' in
a tempestuous five-game (and 77-decision encounter with Nasir
Iqbal, and Frost, also a qualifier, came from a game down to
delightedly beat Raphael Kandra.
Second seed Chris Simpson became the first seed to
progress as he subdued lively Welshman Peter Creed in four
games, followed by top seed Daryl Selby, who ended the
run of qualifier Ben Coleman in straight games.
entry Charlie Lee, one of two sons of promoter Danny Lee in the
draw, put up a good show against Lucas Serme, and fourth
seeded Frenchman was relieved to get through in three games.
A fourth upset looked on the cards penultimate match of the day
as third seed Tom Richards faced two match balls in the
fifth against Henrik Mustonen, but to the delight and relief of
the crowd Richards took four points in a row to get through
There was no great escape for St George's Joe Lee in the final
drama of the night though, as Germany's
knocked out the sixth seed
in another five-setter to finish the day as it started, making
it four upsets out of eight.
Parker (Eng) 3-0  Olli Tuominen
(Fin) 11-7, 11-9, 12-10 (40m)
GEORGE: A VERY MATURE PERFORMANCE
with this young player, I have to admit. Today, the young 19
year old WR 98 played a superb and accurate squash against
36 years old (‘I’m two months older than Shabana’) Olli who
is just coming back on the PSA Tour after a poor season due
to a recurring calf injury.
“It’s a bit of everything really”, said Olli. “He played
very well, and I was not early enough on the ball, a bit
slow to move and loss of confidence.”
Olli was not at his sharpest today, but it’s probably a lot
of credit to the “I’m taking you to the throat and not
letting go” from Parker to be fair. Olli could have gone
away with a lot thanks to his experience and height
variation, but George was picking up a lot of good shots,
lobbing superbly and moving pretty well, forcing Olli to go
for a bit too much from a bit too far away.
First game was all Olli to start with, 4/1, 6/3 only to see
George closing the gap 4 points in a row. 6/6, 7/7, Olli
seems a bit tired, goes for too much tin, tin, and it’s the
first game for Georges, 11/7.
second will be point for point from 2/2 to 7/7. There again,
a big push from the young Englishman, game ball 10/7. Olli
uses his experience, a bit of nerves and afraid to win and
lead 2/0 from George, 9/10…
But still, a good drop shot that forces Olli to hit the ball
out of court, and it’s 11/9…
The third is a close really after a good start 4/1 for the
Englishboy. 4/4, 5/5, Olli uses a little drop of energy from
his opponent mid game to get ahead, 8/5, 10/7 game ball.
It was not going to be. George, now with his second wind,
just scores the following 5 points, helped by 4 tins from
Olli… Match to the underdog…
the whole, I think my length was just much better today, not
sure if it’s because there are more people watching and it’s
Also he was not volleying as much as James Earles yesterday,
that helped too, and I just managed to get the ball to the
Yes, like you said, it was a mature performance I thought, I
didn’t feel I had to go for too many winners, just play some
solid squash although I could have gone for a few more
volleys in the middle.
I had a bit of a tired legs in the 3rd, I had an hour and a
half match yesterday, but luckily enough, he made 5 tins
that really helped me back in the game!"
Sharpes (Eng) 3-2  Nasir Iqbal
(Pak) 11-5, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9, 16-14 (80m)
As Tournament promoter/organiser/courtcleaner/tournament
Ref/food provider Danny Lee stated in his aftermatch
interview, “this is the kind of squash we are trying to step
one of those things that cannot be avoided sometimes, a bit
of traffic problems in the 5th, because we both want it sooo
much. It’s not easy or nice for the spectators I know”.
Yes. Not that pleasant of a match at times with sooo many
decisions , conduct warning for dissent, physical
squash, etc. You name it? We had it. Far too many unforced
errors as well, especially from Nasir, who was pushed to
make the error as he run out of solutions when BullDog
Sharpes would just lengthen the rallies and pick up/redrop
and second game, Nasir 5 unforced errors in each game, with
Charles completely dominating the long rallies, 0 UE from
Charles in the 1st, but creeping in 4 in the second. 11/5
Charles, 11/7 Nasir. Ball in the centre, we start again….
The third is a much better game from Nasir. Only 2 unforced
errors, Charles is a bit tired from the hard work he has
produced picking up short game during the first two games,
despite a good start, 4/1, then a solid 8/5. Suddenly a big
drop of energy, and the Pakistani scores 6 points in the
all think that’s it, a good run for Charles, good effort,
but the difference of ranking (44 to 61 is starting to
show), especially as Nasir is leading 9/5 and very close to
match ball! But this time, it’s Nasir that loses the mental
finishing post, losing the exact same number of points, 6,
to lose the 4th, 11/9.
that fourth, the commenting from Charles is getting a bit
too present for his own good, and he is warned by John
Massarella to calm down, even getting a conduct warning for
dissent, then for using of excessive force. It’s all
The 5th couldn’t have been closer, intense rallies, but so
many stoppages, soooo many decisions, including 4 No Lets
for Nasir, and 5 for Charles! Maybe the difference comes
from the number of mistakes, 6 for the Pakistani, 2 for
that 5th, Nasir got more and more frustrated, both with his
opponent and the ref, even getting an “conduct warning for
descent” after he started “Why, is it a stroke? Because I’m
Pakistani, that’s why”, only to see Charles getting
penalised the next point with a conduct stroke for pushing
his opponent, so we jumped from 7/9 to 9/9, Nasir to serve!
that point on, we had a looooot of decisions, a few no lets,
testosterone, drama and emotions, plus 4 match balls for the
Pakistani, while Charles clinches the win on his second
So, not the fluid of matches, with Nasir leaving the court
without shaking his opponent’s hand, but where we still had
some very intense/fast pace squash, with both players being
extremely fair, Charles calling his ball down at 11/11 in
that 5th, only to see Nasir doing the same on match ball,
13/12. In the middle of it all, they both were very good and
honest, bless them.
probably the best win of my career, although it’s not the
best squash of my career by far.
But I’ve learned to win matches like that, when I’m not
playing at my best, it’s all about consistency, and knowing
I can play better, which is a good thing.
It’s not that pleasant for the spectators, but sometimes, it
cannot be avoided, especially in the 5th, we just both
wanted so much, and with the tiredness, the movement can be
a bit laboured.
Very happy to get a win today.
Kristian Frost (Den) 3-1 
Raphael Kandra (Ger) 6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (61m)
Frost steps up
dropping the first game to opponent who able to dictate the
pace of the match through his accurate play, Denmark's
Kristian Frost upped his game, upped the pace, and
stayed on top for the next three games to become the second
qualifier in three matches to make the quarter-finals.
really happy I found a coach I can really relate to, he
reminds me a lot of myself actually, he loves the game so
much he is so keen… We are both a bit direct sometimes, we
say what we think not much of a filter!
Today, I think I gave it away a bit too easily in the first
game, my shots wouldn’t come off, he was volleying too much
and I couldn’t get it pass him. So in the second and third,
I hold the ball a bit better, and created a few
opportunities especially on the forehand corner.
truly happy with the way I played, especially with the fact
I’m playing shots I didn’t before.
I’m more dangerous at the front, which means that my
opponent has got to keep guessing where the ball is going
and having to anticipate going to the front, whereas before,
I just stayed at the back! It makes it more difficult for
Of course, happy with the win, but the tournament is not
over yet, got to refocus for tomorrow’s match…
Simpson (Eng) 3-1 [Q] Peter Creed
(Wal) 11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6 (57m)
bit of a strange match that one, but so entertaining, with
Chris controlling pretty much the first two game, 11/4
twice, Peter running a lot, retrieving everything, and
volleying nicely, but Chris just too accurate in the back
A complete change of momentum in the 3rd, with Pete going
quite fast to 5/1, a very fast pace, Chris having to visit
the 4 corners again and again, lots of volleying and
height/angle variation from the Welsh LittleDevil.
comes back way in it, 6/6, 7/7, 8/8, 9/9, but tins the last
three points from 9/8 to lose the 3rd 11/9.
The 4th, Chris in back at the helm, 4/1, 6/2, 8/3, thanks to
a few errors from Peter, who is now probably paying the
efforts produced the two previous days plus the start of the
match. Chris weathers the last shoot out from the Welsh, and
finally takes a truly nice match 11/6 in the 4th, very few
decisions, no discussions, just hit, run, volley, and
I don’t think
the third has anything to do with me and what I did or
didn’t do, but it was all down to him. He came back on
throwing caution to the wind, two love down, nothing to lose
and maybe a bit disappointed with the way I was controlling
the game in the first two games.
volleyed much more, and when somebody changes his game
completely like that, it take you a while to adapt and react
to it. I think I was a bit unlucky not to snatch it at the
end, but I tinned three shots!
In the 4th, I tried not to panic and just came back to
playing at my own pace.
been playing since the juniors and in a lot of league
matches, he beat me in practice, but never in an event. But
I know how dangerous of a player he is, he is quick and
small, and if you play in a certain way, he just loves it.
You’ve got to stop him playing that running game. Because I
won’t beat him at that game. Some people might, but not me!
Selby (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Ben Coleman
(Eng) 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (51m)
“What have you done to the Real Ben” I smiled with David
Campion who was sitting next to me during the match. Well,
the other Ben I know can be a bit chatty and losing his
focus. But tonight, none of that. A very focused young Ben,
that truly pushed Daryl who just couldn’t relax until the
last shots in the third game.
is inspired by Daryl’s game, and it made it a nice fluid
flowing match, with lovely drive kills, feathery volley drop
shots and a lot of twisting and turning, as it happens when
you know somebody’s game quite well.
If the first was dominated by Daryl, 8/4, 9/6, with Ben
pushing hard at the end to only lose 11/8, the momentum was
with the contender in the second, 6/2. But Daryl never
panics under any circunstances.
just kept finding his targets at the back, and created
opportunities that made Ben run a heck of a lot. 6/6. 7/7,
A very hard long rally there, where Daryl gave a let as he
was not sure about one of his pickups, 10/9 eventually then
game Daryl 11/9, that was the turning point mentally and
physically for Ben, who suffered physically and mentally in
the 3rd, 9/4, 11/5, two tins to finish for the young man.
A truly lovely match, truly and utterly enjoyed it.
fantastic to play on the glasscourt, it’s good for the UK
young players and players like myself to have another
glasscourt to train on, there are very few in the UK, so
being able to play events on there is a good preparation for
the big tournaments in the world that are now all played on
This one is a bit different, I couldn’t explain why, but I
just enjoyed winning on it!
I’m like a big brother to Ben, he knows he is playing better
when he is keeping quiet, he is working on it, we’ve all
been there when we were young, in time you learn, I was the
same when I was a younger player, I’ve learned, he is, and
he is improving.
It’s the kind of tournament, you look at the qualifying
draw, and you think you are going to end up playing each
other because it always happens somehow, the Egyptians that
train together play each other, the French, so because Ben
and I train together, we were bound to play against each
He pushed me very hard for two games, that’s really good. He
just won a 10k a few days ago, and that proves how well he
can play, an I had to be on my guard. Getting a 3/0 win at
the beginning of the tournament is a big bonus too.
good to have a $25k in the UK, there are so few of them, we
need more of those, there are a lot of young players from
the UK, and from Europe more generally that can come and
play, so well done to Danny and his team, and everybody
involved for organising such a tournament. I feel happy just
to be part of it."
He is really a good friend of mine, and he has helped me a
lot, with his professionalism, his approach to the game, I
am still learning from him, he helps me to keep quiet, and I
owe him a lot, but tonight, I’m just disappointed I lost to
Serme (Fra) 3-0 [wc] Charlie Lee
(Eng) 11-4, 11-6, 11-9 (35m)
would second what Lucas said. Charley is one to watch. I
love the way he moves on the court, and how free his arm is.
He goes for shots, without being silly and junior about it,
he thinks well, has got a good game plan, and lovely shots.
He needs to get a bit of padding bless him, a bit too lean
still, although it didn’t do Jansher any harm to be fair.
But once he gets a bit stronger - he got a bit out of breath
in the middle of each game - I feel he may hear a lot of
him, as he has a good sense of where the ball has got to go
to hurt his opponent!
happy with the young English boys I saw this week. A lot of
As for Lucas, he was a bit lucky to get away with a 3/0
there, Charlie was pretty close to taking that 3rd, at 9/9,
it’s anybody’s game, we had some pretty hard rallies, and
it’s on a stroke that the French boy takes the match…
what Ross [Norman] was saying after the match, when you play
against those top players, the opportunities get less and
less, so when you managed to have some, you’ve got to be
more aggressive, whereas I managed to only hit the ball back
the third game, I managed that, to be more aggressive from
the start, and it surprised him a bit I think, it worked for
me. I was close in that game, pity I didn’t manage to snatch
What I learned today? That I need to get fitter and
stronger! My shots were quite accurate, I’m happy with that,
and I’m fit, but not enough to match that level…
played very well I thought, but I was lucky he didn’t have
much experience at that level, that probably made the
I went for too complicated, I crosscourted too much, the
court is a bit bouncy, and I was struggling to find my marks
to start with, eventually I managed to get a better length
and some width to some extend, but I’m lucky he made a few
errors at the end.
He is really one to watch… And closely…
Richards (Eng) 3-2 Henrik
7-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10 (51m)
sure we had more than 10 rallies that went over 10 strokes
the whole match! Ok, maybe I’m slightly exaggerating – as if
it was my style – but honestly, it was a bit of a ridiculous
squash out there, length and up and down the wall, are not
commands that either player have in their vocabulary to be
It was great, although the pace they were playing at forced
them to make a large amount of errors (Henrik made 7 in the
second game only), but they both worked extraordinary hard
out there, moved both extremely fast – not to say they flew
from one corner to the other one – hit very hard indeed, and
found/retrieved sublime little attacks. I think the walls
will remember a long time the beating they took tonight!!!
fifth is a classic, 2/2, 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, 5/5, 6/6, 7/7, 8/8.
Henrik gets his first game ball after a tin from Tom, 10/8.
The pace is getting even higher, didn’t think it was
possible, and Tom just goes for it, Henrick is giving it all
too, but it’s the Englishman that will score the last 4
points, clinching the match 12/10 in the 5th.
Never in doubt…
is so dangerous in the middle, he volleys everything. I
didn’t find my length the whole match, I felt I was all over
the place and that I mishit everything! I had to dig deep
mentally, not physically, and I feel I stayed strong
Maybe 4 or 5 years ago, I would have thought, well, where do
I go from there, this time, I knew that I had to change my
game completely, it’s never a nice thing to do, but it had
to be done.
Good to get a blow out!!!
Schoor (Ger) 3-2  Joe Lee (Eng)
8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6 (66m)
Joe was having to deal with a lot today, as he was playing
in his club, on “his” glass court, with his dad organising –
brilliantly I might add – the tournament, with his brother
just having performing extremely well against Lucas Serme a
few minutes before.
an easy task.… And to be fair, it could have gone either
way, like Jens said; there was nothing between the players
right until the end, very few unforced errors from either
player, both moving very well, attacking at will, retrieving
beautifully, very fair, good spirit, a really good match to
At 6/6, it’s anybody’s, and that’s when Jens plays his best
squash really, all the shots came off, Joe just couldn’t
stop the run of points, and it’s the German that scores 7
points from 5/6 all the way to 11/6.
A huge shout from Jens, that victory truly meant a lot for
him… Probably as much as the defeat means to Joe…
It was tough
for sure. He played very well, it was a fair match, and a
good win for me.
the first match of the event, playing on the glasscourt, we
were both looking for our marks on there, trying to get used
to the conditions, the court, the pressure. But I still feel
we played well, both of us.
From the start, I knew he had more pressure than me, playing
in front of his home crowd, where I was pretty relaxed. That
played a big part today, the fact I was unseeded, and he was
expected to win.
In the fourth, Rafa warned me he would come out blasting
off, but I didn’t expect it that pumped up and 100%! So I
was 4/0 down, and I could never catch up that gap really. He
played too well, too consistent.
the 5th, it was very close, even, 5/5, 6/6, then he gives me
two easy points at the front, then I get 2 overhead winners,
that gave me extra confidence. And at 10/6, you don’t want
to lose points, so you try and win on the first match ball.
The whole match was a battle, back and forth, the 5th was
really the decider, and there was nothing between us up to
5/5, 6/6. Truly delighted with that amazing result, and as
it’s the first time ever I beat him, it makes up for all the
matches I lost!