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The PSA (Professional Squash Association) is the governing body of professional squash and has a World tour calendar with events over all five continents and a total tour prize fund of over $3,000,000. So far in March the women's tour has touched down in Dallas, Chicago, Lisbon, Latvia, Houston and Brisbane. And now Ipswich is hosting the $5k
 
Christchurch Vets Ipswich Ladies' Open 2017
 
Qualification started on Tuesday, March 28th. The main draw started on Thursday, March 30th with Quarter finals on Friday 31st, Semi Finals on Saturday, April 1 and then the Grand Final will be on Sunday, April 2nd.
All the matches this year are free to members.
 
We are indebted once again to Charlotte and Shane Morrison of Christchurch Vets who are the event's headline sponsors as well as the supporting sponsors Isles & Storer, Ledger Solutions, Penn Commercial and Whip Street Motors.
  
 
Main Draw Entries
 
Country Ranking
Deon Saffery WAL 59
Hana Moataz EGY 66
Rachael Chadwick ENG 70
Alison Thomson SCO 72
Julianne Courtice ENG 73
Ineta Mackevica LAT 95
Tessa ter Sluis NED 109
Marija Shapakova SUI 115
Elise Romba FRA 136
Eva Fertekova CZE 138
Elspeth Young SCO 144
Lucy Turmel ENG 157
 

Top seed Deon Saffery is one of the highest ranked female Welsh players on the PSA World Tour. After claiming the British Open U17 title in 2004, she secured her first Tour title at the Finnish Open in climactic fashion after a superb five­ game ­thriller against Low Wee Wern in 2009. The Welsh woman missed out on retaining her title a year later as she narrowly lost to Lauren Selby in the final but she did capture the British Open U23 title to make amends.

There is a strong Scottish entry, including Georgia Adderley, the talented junior who won this year's Scottish Senior title and Lisa Aitken who has been as high as 38 in the world rankings.

 

Deon Saffery Elspeth Young Eva Fertekova Lucy Turmel
  
 
 Main Draw
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Qualifying Day 1

First indications are that the move to a Ladies' tournament has been a popular move for both players and spectators. The first night of qualifying was a night for experience to show through.

There were impressive wins for Victoria Temple-Murray and Scot Georgia Adderley. Temple-Murray had a dominant win over the host Club’s Head Pro Emily Ison and Adderley was equally impressive against fellow Scot Katriona Allen.

But performance of the night was from Margot Prow who had one of the Local spots in her first ever PSA event. Having gone two down to Finn Emily Korhonen she stood up to the pressure well and squared the match with some dogged rallying. In the end, maybe it was Korhonen’s experience, or maybe it was Prow’s inexperience, either way the Finn took the fifth 11/7 to secure a Qualifying final match against Elise Lazarus.

Qualifying Round 1 results

[6] Victoria Temple-Murray (Eng) 3-0 Emily Ison (Eng) 11/4, 11/1, 11/5 (21m)

[8] Emily Korhonen (Fin) 3-2 Margot Prow (Eng) 11/9, 11/5, 8/11, 9/11, 11/7 (37m)

Grace Gear (Eng) 3-0 Ali Hemingway (Wal) 11/3, 11/6, 11/5 (18m)

[5] Georgia Adderley (Sco) 3-0 Katriona Allen (Sco) 11/8, 11/1, 11/2, (20m)

Charlotte Jagger (Eng) 3-0 [7] Reka Burmeister (Hun) 11/2, 11/6, 11/9 (18m)

 
Victoria Temple-Murray vs Emily Ison
 
 

Qualifying finals

Victoria Temple-Murray overturned top seed in the qualification rounds, Kace Bartley, in straight games. The match was played in great spirit, Kace generously replaying a point she felt she had been incorrectly awarded, only to find herself stranded mid court two rallies later and conceding the match on a penalty point. Finn Emelia Korhonen had a narrow escape in the first round against PSA newbie Margot Prow, and in the final round had no answer to Elise Lazarus. And it was an easy win too for Charlotte Jagger over Yemisi Olatunji.

The match of the night was between Grace Gear and Georgia Adderley, the 16 year old Scot who has just won her country’s senior championship. Georgia plays a very physical game for a junior but Grace almost matched her all the way. Almost, because at 2-0 down and 10-4 down it all seemed lost until an astonishing run of 8 unanswered points gave her the 3rd. In the 4th it wasn’t Georgia’s power that took her to victory, it was the tightness of those shots that forced the errors that saw her through in four.  

Qualifying Final Round results

[6] Victoria Temple-Murray (Eng) 3-0 [1] Kace Bartley (Eng) 11/6, 12/10, 11/6 (26m)

[3] Elise Lazarus (Eng) 3-0 [8] Emilia Korhonen (Fin) 11/1, 11/4, 11/4 (18m)

[5] Georgia Adderley (Sco) 3-1 Grace Gear (Eng) 12/10, 11/7, 10/12, 11/9 (41m)

Charlotte Jagger 3-0 (Eng) [2] Yemisi Olatunji (Nig) 11/8, 11/4, 11/3 (23m)

1st Round 

The first round of matches in the Main draw of the Ipdwich Ladies’ Open proved rather more eventful than anyone expected. The evening started off fairly predictably with most of the seeds progressing at the expense of the qualifiers. The main exception was 5th seed Julianne Courtice who had an epic struggle against Elise Lazarus before taking the fifth 11/4.

The only seed to fall was Marija Shpakova, beaten 3-0 by Elise Romba. Match of the night for the home crowd was young Ipswich star Lucy Turmel taking the wild card slot against top seed Deon Saffery. It initially looked as if Turmel would struggle to get into the match but with a big home crowd behind her she clawed her way back, winning the 3rd game 11/8. Despite taking an early lead in the 4th, the class of Saffrey started to take its toll with her playing the big points better than her younger opponent, managing to close out the 4th on a tie-break 12/10.

After that excitement the evening ended on a sad note with Victoria Temple-Murray suffering a suspected serious achilles tendon injury in the last match of the night against Tessa ter Sluis. We wish her well.

 

1st Round results

[1] Deon Saffery (Wal) 3-1 [WC] Lucy Turmel 11/7, 11/8, 6/11, 12/10 (48m)

[5] Julianne Courtice (Eng) 3-2 [Q] Elise Lazarus (Eng) 11/6, 7/11, 11/6, 9/11, 11/4 (54m)

Elise Romba (Fra) 3-0 [8] Marija Shpakova (Sui) 11/8, 11/6, 11/5 (24m)

[4] Alison Thomson (Sco) 3-0 Eva Fertekova (Cze) 11/7, 11/6, 11/5 (26m)

[3] Rachael Chadwick (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Charlotte Jagger (Eng) 11/4, 11/5, 11/4 (20m)

[6] Ineta Mackevica (Lat) 3-0 Elspeth Young (Sco) 11/3, 11/5, 11/9 (20m)

[7] Tessa ter Sluis (Ned) 3-0 [Q] Victoria Temple-Murray (Eng) 11/6, 5/10 ret

[2] Hana Moataz (Egy) 3-1 [Q] Georgia Adderley (Sco) 10/12, 11/4, 11/8, 11/8 (32m)

 

Tessa ter Sluis and Hana Moataz

Quarter Finals

The Quarter Finals only provided one real upset, the defeat of top seed Deon Saffery by Julianne Courtice. Saffery’s mobility seemed a bit curtailed, possibly the after effects of her recent injury, but that should take nothing away from an excellent performance by Courtice. She will meet Alison Thomson in the first of Saturday’s semis. Thomson had a real tussle with Elise Romba, the last unseeded player in the event. Thomson twice was a game up and twice she was pegged back, the second time failing to convert match points, eventually taking the fifth in a match that ran just over the hour.

By comparison the other half of the draw was fairly straightforward; Rachael Chadwick and Hana Moataz having comfortable 3-0 wins and they will contest Saturday’s 2nd semi which looks even more important now that the event has lost the top seed.

 

Quarter Final results

[5] Julianne Courtice (Eng) 3-0 [1] Deon Saffery (Wal) 11/9, 11/9, 11/8 (32m)

[4] Alison Thomson (Sco) 3-2 Elise Romba (Fra) 13/11, 9/11, 11/7, 10/12, 11/7 (62m)

[3] Rachael Chadwick (Eng) 3-0 [6] Ineta Mackevica (Lat) 11/7, 11/8, 11/7 (32m)

[2] Hana Moataz (Egy) 3-0 [7] Tessa ter Sluis (Ned) 11/1, 11/5, 11/6 (22m)

Semi finals

Hana Moataz of Egypt will play England’s Julianne Courtice in Sunday’s final of the Ipswich Open. Both of Saturday’s semis were straightforward for the winners but entertaining nevertheless. Courtice was first up against Alison Thomson who had the hardest of the previous night’s quarters. Thomson covers a lot of ground on the court and is an adept retriever but she met her match against Courtice who worked her opponent very intelligently, rallying where necessary and then choosing just the right moment to provide the winning shot.

The second semi was similar in some ways. The difference was the demeanour of Moataz on court. Even in the first game when Rachael Chadwick pulled back to 10/10, Moataz seemed totally cool and unfazed. In fact throughout the game Moataz seemed to be in a bubble unaffected by her opponent or the crowd, just playing her own game. Her victory left one wondering just how good she is because all through the tournament she has played well enough to win without ever seeming to be extending herself. Perhaps we will find out in Sunday’s final.

 

Semi Final results

[5] Julianne Courtice (Eng) 3-0 [4] Alison Thomson (Sco) 11/4, 11/7, 11/3 (24m)

[2] Hana Moataz (Egy) 3-0 [3] Rachael Chadwick (Eng) 13/11, 11/6, 11/7 (25m)

Final
Julianne Courtice is the new Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open Champion after her 3-1 victory over 2nd seed Hana Moataz. The final was a quality match that was a fitting end to an excellent tournament.
 
 
Moataz and Courtice before their match
 

The evidence from the semis on Saturday was that Moataz could dominate play if allowed to play her devastating deep drives, constantly pinning her opponent down. And from the outset it was clear that Courtice had the game plan to counteract that with much of the play being in the front of the court. Both players started a little nervously and there were a lot of drops catching the tin, but they soon settled and the greater accuracy from Courtice saw her take the first 11/7.

The 2nd game was important; Courtice racing to game ball before some deft volley drops got Moataz back to level the game and take it 14/12. So, although Moataz had won the 2nd the Courtice game plan still looked pretty good and she stuck with it. Some of the confidence seemed to drain from Moataz in the third. She wasn’t being allowed to play her powerful driving game and it began to tell with Courtice racing to big leads in the third and fourth games before closing out the match 3-1.

 

A happy Julianne Courtice during her post-match interview

So another victory to a resurgent Courtice after her maiden victory in the Edinburgh BSPA event at the end of January and she clearly is enjoying competition. “This time last year I was working full time and I never thought I’d be doing this, so to be playing on the circuit and having some success is a great feeling.” It is also refreshing for audiences to see a more varied, entertaining game rather than a ‘slug it out’ big hitting contest.

Although she lost, Moataz made a lot of friends during her week in Ipswich. She played some great squash over the week and, at only 17, she has many years to make her mark on the sport. Certainly the Ipswich audience would be more than happy to see a rematch in a year’s time!

 

Julianne receives her prize money from Squash Chairman Kris Day

The Club is indebted to those sponsors who made the event possible; headline sponsors Christchurch Vets and Isles & Storer, Penn Commercial, Ledger Solutions and Whip Street Motors. Thank you all.

Final result

[5] Julianne Courtice (Eng) 3-1 [2] Hana Moataz (Egy) 11/7, 12/14, 11/5, 11/6 (49m)