daily reports from St George's
Fri 23-Oct, Day FIVE,
 Daryl Selby
(Eng) 3-0  Lucas Serme (Fra)
12-10, 14-12, 11-8 (62m)
 Chris Simpson (Eng) 3-0  Tom Richards (Eng)
12-10, 11-4, 11-7 (48m)
Selby & Simpson through to final
seed Daryl Selby was the player through to the final at
St George's, but he was made to work hard for it by young
Frenchman Lucas Serme.
There was nothing to choose between then in the first two games,
but both times it was the Englishman who took the crucial points
at the end. The third was close too, and only at the end did
Selby manage to get his nose in front.
"The crowd was good tonight, the atmosphere was great," said
Selby. "Iím really delighted to have a chance to win my first
PSA title in three years."
seed Chris Simpson also edged the first game, against
familiar adversary and home favourite Tom Richards, but then
proceeded to dominate the rest of the match - quickly recovering
from a rapid 0-5 start in the third - to claim his place in the
ďI think itís the first time we had a 3-0 since we were 12!Ē
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 Daryl Selby (Eng) 3-0  Lucas Serme (Fra)
12-10, 14-12, 11-8 (62m)
OH SO CLOSE Ö
Daryl stated he could have easily lost the first two games.
True. It was extremely close, but strangely enough, the
English was in control somehow I felt.
is still young, 23, and WR43, while Daryl is 32, having lost
his 9 WR after a few recurring back injuries that forced him
to drop to 18 Ė not to mention that he seemed to draw Nick
Matthew or Ramy at every first round!
It was not going to be an easy match for Daryl, as he had to
battle pretty hard against George yesterday, and against Ben
in the first round, 2h of squash against 70m for Lucas.
thatís when experience comes in. Like Chris in the second
semi, Daryl literally squeezed the errors out of Lucas (6 in
the first game, in particular) as he played an accurate and
varied squash tonight, probably even more varied than the
Itís not that Lucas did anything wrong really. But Daryl had
more intention, more intensity, more purpose in his shots.
Lucas found some lovely angles, and put Daryl through the
mill at times, but I felt that his backhand was not as
accurate and heavy as it should have been to get Daryl out
of his comfort zone for long enough.
game, Lucas surprises Daryl with some feathery boasts, 4/2,
6/3, but soon Daryl is back controlling the shots, 6/6. 7/7.
Again Lucas takes a 2 point lead, 9/7, but Daryl gets to
game ball with one hand, 10/9, to take the 19m game 12/10.
The second is about the same, with Lucas ahead in the first
part of the game, 5/3, but Daryl closing on his young
opponent, 6/6, 7/7. Daryl moves ahead, 9/7, Lucas wonít have
it, 9/9, again game ball for Daryl, 10/9, who will then save
one game ball at 11/10, clinching the 24m second game,
that hard work, and nothing to show forĒ stated quite
rightly Tom Richardís mum as the two players exited the
courtÖ Yop. Rather heartbreaking for the young Frenchman.
But all credit to him, he came back firing from all guns,
letting his arm go finally, going for his shots much more
freely at the start of the last game, to lead 4/1, 5/2!
Daryl, having felt the danger, gave it an enormous push to
claw back to 5/5, 6/6, 7/7.
will stay in contact with Daryl till the end, fighting with
guts and determination, 8/9, but a tin and a backhand
dropshot glued to the wall sealed the Frenchmanís fate, 11/8
To be noted, I counted 10 decisions for the whole match. I
could be wrong though, but I wonít be far off. How pleasant.
A superb match, played between two warriors but fair and
bit of mixed feelings, emotions at the moment. Iím happy
with the fact my back hold today, as Iím coming back from
injury, I can feel Iím getting my marks back, and Iím
improving all the time. So thatís positive
But I feel that when it came to crucial times, I made silly
errors, like playing on me, or dropping the racquet!!! Itís
like I put too much pressure on myself it feels.
I think there was space for me to win thisÖ Disappointed.
Still, I truly enjoyed it and had a great time!
fantastic to have PSL, and the opportunity for us players to
play those matches. Itís a fantastic league, and we sure
give it our 100%. But you probably saw tonight that there is
even more intensity when you are trying to win PSA matches,
and win PSA points.
Lucas was playing very well for the first two games, I had a
very hard match yesterday, he played very well in the first
two rounds, so I knew it was going to be tough, and I could
have easily lost the first two games. They were the closest
ones, and thatís where he played his best squash, although I
thought Iíd played well too.
was as tough as I expected, Lucas moves exceptionally well,
and varies his shots beautifully, you never know what he is
going to play, and I was weary of that. He specially seems
to like the flick crosscourt like Tarek does!
Our match was nearly without any decisions. And Iím not
criticising the players in the previous rounds that played
scrappy matches, people do not realise how difficult it is
to earn a living as a squash player, and you want
desperately to win match, to get up the rankings. You want
it so much. So we are all trying to improve our moment, we
are all trying to progress, and provide a free flowing
squash for the spectators, and that takes a lot of hard
work, like tonight, to make sure there are no stoppage.
Maybe the fact the matches are steamed on PSASquashTV forces
us even more to make more efforts.
third, I used my experience, at 5/2 down, he could have
easily make a bigger gap, so I made sure I attacked, as it
was the first time I had a bit of energy drop, and I really
didnít want to lose that game, as he was fresher than I was!
It was a bit difficult to kill the ball, it was quite lively
The crowd was good tonight, the atmosphere was great! Iím
really delighted to have a chance to win my first PSA title
in three years. I lost in a few finals during that time, so,
a win would be nice.
Simpson (Eng) 3-0  Tom Richards (Eng) 12-10, 11-4,
TOM TINNED A
actually, quite a few, as Tom found the tin 7 times in the
1st, 5 times in the 2nd , and same in the 3rd! That sort of
give your opponent a slight advantage, especially when he
makes only 1 in the 1st, and 2 in the 3rd.
Tom admitted at the end that he was tired, that his first
round match against Henrik took a lot out of him Ė probably
more mentally than physically! And there is a little matter
of the man he was playing against, the ďhardtobeatĒ Chris
played superbly tonight, and of course, Tom will be
disappointed to lose, especially in three,
their last two encounters, but to be fair, if he
made that many errors, itís because he had to go for too
much, from too far away, at the wrong time: Chris just
didnít let him have any openingsÖ
the first game, at 6/6, Chris didnít have to score a point.
Tom, his junior time friend, had offered him 6 unforced
errors bless him. To be fair, Tom then cut the errors, and
from 10/7 down, forced a tie-break, only to finish the game
quite logically, you guessed, on a tin, 12/10 Chris!
The second, we were pretty close at up 2/2, but those two
played a stupendous really, with Chris attacking and
attacking again, and Tom visiting the four corners, time and
time again. Another very long one at 4/3, won again by
two hurt Tom both mentally and physically. Tom would only
score another point and lost the second 11/4.
The third looked like we were going like the last time those
two played in April this year, in the Andorra Open, where
Tom lost the first two games to take the match 11/2 in the
5th in 76m, when Tom zoomed at 5/0!
But 5 tins and a few nice winners from Chris later,
HardToBeat Chris had scored 7 points in a row, to finally
take the game and match, 11/7.
think itís the first time since we were 12 that we played a
3/0 match! [actually, itís Qualifying 2007 Canary Wharf,
As much as I would like to be a shot player, Iím not, we all
would like to be shot players, but my game is to make hard
for people to attack me, or force them to attack from the
felt the first game was hot and bouncy, that it was not
going anywhere, and that we were just hitting the ball for
the sake of it. But I think itís because the ball was very
lively. The game started in the second, where the ball died
down a lot.
was in that 2nd game a memorable rally [2/3] where I forced
him to hit three backwall boasts, and I played the ball just
where I could see he could hit it, and I made him work
extremely hard. And that, in my opinion, made the match, it
won the match for me.
I still didnít feel as confident as I would have like or
have been with my attacking shots, but I donít think I did
many unforced errors, [3 the whole match], and as long as I
can stay error free, that will make me hard to beat.