Member Login



SELECT GAMING KENT OPEN 2016

Tonight's action:- Main Draw:First Round (Thursday May 26th 2016): (1) Charles Sharpes (Eng) v (Q) Asim Khan (Pakistan) Lucky Loser Brian Byrne (Ireland) v (5) Jaymie Haycocks (Eng) (8) Joel Makin (Wales) v (Q) Youssef Soliman (Egypt) Lyell Fuller (Eng) v (3) Richie Fallows (Eng) (4) Peter Creed (Wales) v (Q) Nick Mulvey (Eng) Matthew Hopkin (Aus) v (7) Chris Fuller (Eng) (6) Arthur Gaskin (Ire) v (Q) Patrick Rooney (Eng) Ashley Davies (Eng) v (2) Tom Ford (Eng) Luck of the Irish as Brian Byrne claims first round tie By ALAN THATCHER It’s not often that four matches produce five winners but that was the case with tonight’s qualifying finals of the Select Gaming Kent Open. If that sounds a bit Irish, blame Kilkenny’s finest squash player, Brian Byrne, who lost a spectacular match against Egyptian firecracker Youssef Soliman but was then rewarded with a Lucky Loser slot in the main draw after the withdrawal of the injured Joel Hinds. A hip injury forced Hinds to quit, but it turned into good fortune for Byrne, who battled toe-to-toe with Soliman for 47 minutes before the Egyptian powered through to a first round tie against the in-form Joel Makin. It should be quite a match. Makin beat Welsh number one Peter Creed and top seed Ben Coleman in last week’s Bishop’s Stortford Classic before losing a five-game final to the Kent Open’s top seed and reigning champion, Charles Sharpes,in a battle lasting 111 minutes. Soliman makes his first appearance at The Mote after a fantastic first half of 2016. After winning the British Open Under-19 title at Abbeydale, he won the $10k North of Scotland Open in Aberdeen before winning two $5k tournaments in Ipswich and Jersey. In all of them he had to work his way through to the final from qualifying. The quality of his match against Byrne was worthy of a far higher status. With shot-making and retrieving of an astonishing quality, it was hard to comprehend that we were witnessing a qualifying tussle. Soliman won 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 but Byrne earned the title of Mick Rodriguez for some amazing shots through his legs and behind his back. His real name then came first out of the pint glass for the lucky loser draw for a first round tie against number five seed Jaymie Haycocks. Soliman and Byrne were first up in the qualifying finals and the intensity they produced was matched in all three of the matches that followed. Patrick Rooney is looking in superb form. After starting the tournament with a bagel (11-0) first game win against Sean Conroy of Ireland, he followed up with a powerful performance to beat Ondrej Uherka of Czech Republic. Rooney pulled away from 6-4 to win the opening game, but let slip an 8-7 lead in the second as Uherka finished strongly. Rooney then tightened up all aspects of his game to win the third 11-3 and the fourth 11-5. Rooney’s reward for his 38-minute victory was a first round clash with number six seed Arthur Gaskin from Ireland. Bermudan Micah Franklin and Pakistan's No.2 seed Asim Khan left everything on court after a 72-minute marathon which could have gone either way. Khan looked edgy and nervous as he struggled past 39-year-old Mote Head Coach Chris Tomlinson in the first qualifying round, but here he demonstrated enormous physical resources to withstand a determined attack from Franklin. Khan edged the first game 14-12 and fought back from 7-3 down in the second to lead 9-8, but Franklin closed out the game 11-9. Khan was in control throughout the third as Franklin's accuracy deserted him, and the fourth was almost a carbon-copy of the second as Franklin played aggressively to lead 8-2 only for Khan to draw level with a run of six points. Again Franklin squeezed home to take it to five. From 0-3 down he won four points in a row, but then Khan did the same. Back came Franklin and at 7-7 it was anybody’s match to win or lose. Khan’s tight drops were the decisive factor as he won the final four points to gain a place in the main draw against top seed Charles Sharpes. Nick Mulvey fought back from two games down to beat top qualifying seed Joe Green on Tuesday, and almost suffered the same reversal of fortunes himself as Kent’s Ben Ford recovered from two games down to take the match to five. But in another match of high intensity and superb squash, Mulvey held it together to win 11-8 in the decider after 68 minutes of pure drama. The 40-year-old Ford recovered from two games down in impressive fashion to take the match to his opponent with some inventive shot-making. Mulvey now meets Welsh number one Peter Creed, the fourth seed, in the bottom half of the draw. RESULTS SELECT GAMING PSA M10 KENT OPEN At The Mote Squash Club, Maidstone, Kent, England. Qualifying Finals (Wednesday May 25th 2016): Nick Mulvey (England) beat (6) Ben Ford (England) 11-5, 11-6, 10-12, 8-11, 11-8 (68 mins) Patrick Rooney (England) beat Ondrej Uherka (Czech Republic) 11-5, 8-11, 11-3,11-5 (38 mins) (4) Youssef Soliman (Egypt) beat Brian Byrne (Ireland) 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (47 mins) (2) Asim Khan (Pakistan) beat (7) Micah Franklin (Bermuda) 14-12, 9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 (72 mins)

26/05/2016

News & Events

February 2024

January 2024

December 2023

November 2023

October 2023

September 2023

August 2023

July 2023

June 2023

May 2023

April 2023

March 2023

February 2023

January 2023

December 2022

November 2022

October 2022

September 2022

August 2022

July 2022

June 2022

May 2022

April 2022

March 2022

February 2022

January 2022

December 2021

November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

May 2016

January 2016

October 2014

May 2014

mycourts ® is a Registered Trademark of HBI Consulting Ltd
Copyright © 2005-2024 HBI Consulting Ltd