Samantha Teran
(Mex) bt  Rachael Grinham (Aus)
4/11, 11/2, 11/3, 12/10 (53m)
It’s not that often that I see a player
out-lobbing Rachael, but that’s what Sam did
The Mexican played probably the best match
of her life, mixing the pace extremely
cleverly, finding some exquisite boasts from
all angle, volleying Rachael times and times
again, putting her under a lot of pressure
there, then pushing her to the back times
and times again with that lob, to finish her
off with some lovely counter drops
especially on Rach’s famous long backhand
Add to that a lovely serve, superb
retrieving, a warm court, and you have a big
Yes, I would
have rather play on the glass court, this
one was very bouncy, and although it’s the
same for both players, I think she is more
of a runner than I am!
Would have liked to give it a better go, but
I felt a bit sluggish at times, I just
didn’t react enough. And I got a bit
frustrated, well, a few mishits and lucky
nicks that went her way, plus that very
bouncy court…. Again, disappointing….
Still, we played good rallies, tight squash,
good length, fair game, I cannot complain…
It was just not meant to be….
been training in Amsterdam with Liz for now
4 ½ years, in combination with my coach in
Mexico, Miguel Montero, and that mixed work
really well for me.
I’ve been concentrating on improving my
technique, my swing, doing a lot of solo
session, plus I’ve never fitter in my life.
And that gives you confidence to stay on the
court as long as you have to.
Still today, I thought I could win and I
just kept going. I wanted to win in 4,
because she is so experienced, and I thought
that she could get confident again had she
won the 4th, and I didn’t want that!
Yes, my boast worked well, thanks to that
side glass wall!
Squash is big now in Mexico. We have a lot
of recreational players, a lot of juniors
who are coming up, and that go the juniors
circuit now in Europe as well, and the top
players are now well placed in the world
We had a good momentum coming from the Pan
Am games, we were all training together, men
and women, that’s really a great feeling.
And we are very grateful to have the support
of our government, it makes a big
difference… And of our sponsors, of
(Ind) bt [Q] Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy)
11/6, 11/7, 11/7 (37m)
Pallikal claims quarter-final
Pallikal had played well to withstand a
strong challenge from Jackie Hawkes and she
impressed again, staving off another strong
challenge, this time from Kanzy El Dafrawy.
Using the angles well she took an early 6-2
lead, which went to 10-5 despite El
Dafrawy’s best efforts, finishing the game
11-6 with another angle.
The second was more competitive as El
Dafrawy chased up, producing her own skills
with the racket, leading 6-4. A demanding
rally at that point worked in Pallikal’s
favour and from six all she steadily drew
clear combining drops and angles to effect
to win it 11-7.
Pallikal’s concentration lapsed at the
beginning of the third as El Dafrawy
sustained her efforts and the Egyptian soon
had a 5-1 lead. At this point Pallikal
recovered her composure and again producing
a variety of shots she drew level at five
all, led 7-5 and even though El Dafrawy did
not give an inch Pallikal won the game and
the match 11-7 to move into the quarter
finals where she will face Samantha Teran,
surprise winner over Rachel Grinham in the
time I played against Kanzy, it was in the
juniors, and she beat me 3/1. And yesterday,
when I heard I was playing her instead of
Omneya, I suddenly became very nervous,
because I am better ranked than her, I
didn’t want to lose and the pressure
suddenly was too much.
So I call Sarah in Australia, telling her,
I’m so nervous, I don’t know what to do. And
she calmed me down….
It’s very difficult for me to celebrate,
because my uncle George suddenly passed away
a few days ago, and all my family is
together in India to overcome that terrible
moment, and I thought I was going to have to
pull out of this tournament. But then I was
made to realise that the best way for me to
honour his memory was to do the best I could
here, and to make him proud of me.
 David Palmer
(Aus) bt  Thierry Lincou (Fra)
11/9, 3/11, 11/8, 6/11, 11/9 (96m)
SILENCE, LEGENDS AT WORK…
a new rule from WSF allows people to make
noise during the rallies, which in my
opinion, is a lot of bulls, if 50.000 people
can stay quiet in Wimbledon, our mere 230
spectators in average should be able to shut
their trap. But today, not a noise, not a
phone ring, not a low bloke full of beer
shouting his way in or out. A total silence.
Respectful, but more than that, captivated.
This was probably one of the best matches I
ever was lucky to witness. The quality of
the shots, 11 errors for Thierry, 8 for
David, in a 96m match, the perfection of
their volleying, retrieving skills, lobs,
change of pace and angles, their grit and
determination, the respect between them,
well, sorry, I have no words but
exceptional, rare, unique to describe what I
I wish, gosh I so wish this had been
videoed, at it so deserved to be watched by
future generations to learn what squash is.
Unfortunately, I have only my words to
describe what happened.
Odds were for Thierry to win, as David
looked to be a bit under the weather
physically from the start of the tournament,
plus the stats were the last three matches
for Lincou. And the pressure was on him too,
as he was wearing his “Borja face” as I call
it, that face he had when he was beaten by
Borja in Paris for the Internationaux in
the first game, well, was all about David in
front, hitting hard and low, directing the
pace, while the Frenchman was on the
backfoot, only reacting, a bit negative, and
not really stepping up territorially or
mentally. Holding back in other words.
Still, Thierry started to relax slightly in
the end, 8/8, but David was too fresh and
too confident to let that one slip, 11/9 the
In the second, Thierry really found his
rhythm and shots, and lovely backhand drop
shots that gave him a lot of confidence,
11/3 in 12m, you can see that hard work was
being done, despite the low points count.
the 3rd, David was so tired, soooo tired at
the start, led 2/4. He could barely put a
foot in front of the other, came near to his
friend Pat against the wall as to absorb
energy and support through the glass. And it
The Frenchman, thinking that he had the
Australian, maybe changed a bit his tactic,
and instead of keeping pushing him to the
back, went for some silly shots at the
front, went too short, giving his opponent
breathing time. David gradually breathed
better, and better, and giving it a big push
at 8/8 again, taking that one 11/8 to now
“Let’s call it a draw while they are still
alive”, smiled Richard Eaton, AFP journalist
seating next to me, who was enjoying this as
much as I did….
the 2nd, Thierry dug in in the 4th, and took
the T, twisting and turning David to
perfection. The rallies were long, the
Frenchman was working the Australian, again
and again, but David just kept on retrieving
and retrieving and retrieving, and although
Thierry took that game, a lot of damage had
been done on his energy tank.
The damage didn’t show early in the decider,
as Thierry kept the momentum going until
6/2. And it looked bleeping good for the
French to be honest.
That’s the exact time the Marine chose to
find his 3,543th wind of the match, and from
being on automatic pilot, only returning the
shots without any other purpose than making
the rally last one more shot, he started
hitting so hard, giving it the push of his
life. And it worked. The Frenchman, having
given so much to come back in that 4th just
had not much left under the foot.
And my Australian, with the energy that
comes from despair, refused to die today –
this is not only his last World Open but
also his last ever PSA tournament. He was
just that much hungrier today than his
opponent. From his own admittance, Thierry
thought there would be other matches, other
victories. But for David today, it was a
matter of life and death.
What a match people, WHAT A MATCH!!!!
did I turn that one around? …………….. I don’t
Thierry is such a Master, at 2/1 down, he
controls and slows down the pace, he sucks
it down…. I knew I had to inject some pace
again but I just couldn’t… And I don’t
particularly like that court, far too
In the 5th, at 9/9 I just went for some
shots, and he tenses up a little bit, it was
a 50 50 really at the end, but I’m so happy
to get through.
This is my last world Open, this is also my
last tournament and my goal was to reach the
quarters and make it to the glass court.
This morning, I had to go to the doctor, I
have been down with bronchitis, I felt
terrible, but I decided to give it a big
push, and once I got on there, I was fine.
I was tired on there, but it happened the
same thing against Alan in the first round,
feeling very tired, and yet, getting over
it. It’s a bit like you finish a very hard
match, and you realise you could have given
a bit more. It was a bit like that, I got
very tired, but at the end, a couple of
closed fists, a few yells, anything to get
the adrenalin going.
It was so nice to have the support of Mel my
wife and my daughters Kayla and Miley, my
physio Pat who's been following me
throughout my career….
Maybe I shouldn’t be saying that, but at 2/1
up, I thought, well, worse scenario, he’ll
win 3/2, as the thing I really wanted to
avoid – as he’s been playing well recently –
was to get beaten easily 3/0. And looking at
the quality of the match, I thought it would
have been a nice way to end my career.
Looking forward to my day of rest now, and
to play on the glass court…
is a specific match in the tournament, it
was very meaningful. This is his last world
open, it could be mine, and it’s also his
Today, we not only wanted to win, but also
show what we are made of. And seeing the
crowd excited and supporting us, well, no
matter I lost, I really felt true enjoyment,
and real communion with the crowd.
We dug in, recover, dug in again, and rally
after rally, we needed one second more
between each point!
I dug very far to come back and stay alive,
I have no regret.
The quality of this match was superb, mixing
of tactics, mixing of shots, ok, not the
Egyptian way, but still, we did five superb
games of squash, it was good for us, and
good for the crowd I hope.
David is a great, great champion, and he is
such a finisher. That’s how he got all those
titles, because he just knows how to play
the important points…
 Karim Darwish
(Egy) bt Borja Golan (Esp)
11/9, 11/7, 11/1 (31m)
Darwish too strong
Golan, much to his delight, beat Omar
Mosaad, and since the Egyptian had been
in good form, it seemed he might give Karim
Darwish plenty to do.
Darwish has had more than his fair share of
injury problems, pulling out in Philadelphia
and not looking quite right in Qatar whe he
lost too easily to Gregory Gaultier on a
court that suits his style.
However against Golan there appeared to be
no ankle strapping and his movement was
The first two games were well enough
contested, though there was a testy anxiety
about Golan when calmness was probably
required. Darwish won them both with his
skills into the front forehand, deft drops
shots mixed with delayed angles.
Golan never looked likely to stage a
comeback in the third as Darwish ran away
with it 11/1.
If he is injury free, Darwish will be happy
and Golan, after his delight against Mosaad,
was more than likely disappointed with his
 Laura Massaro
(Eng) bt  Annie Au (Hkg)
11/9, 11/7, 11/6 (40m)
I was very focused on court today. well,
after the US victory, backing it up with a
loss in Qatar… I probably lost because I
didn’t give enough attention to that match.
So today, I didn’t want to repeat the same
error, last 16, strong and skilful opponent…
The court was alright, but then again it was
because Annie is the shot maker, and I had
more time to get to the shots and stayed
longer in the rallies. Annie wouldn’t have
enjoyed that, for sure.
After that big win at the US Open, I
couldn’t go back to my normal routine, so
short time before Qatar. Whereas this time,
between Qatar and here, I had plenty to time
to get well prepared for this tournament…
Yesterday and today, I’ve been playing on
that very bouncy court that doesn’t suit my
game at all, as my shots are much easier to
retrieve, and the rallies last longer,
meaning that I get more tired!
I didn’t play too badly but I made far too
many errors, I was not moving well. Plus she
was holding the ball very well, and I had
trouble guessing where the ball was going…
 Jenny Duncalf
(Eng) bt  Joelle King (Nzl)
11/8, 7/11, 11/1, 11/3 (52m)
Duncalf shrugs off
women's championship has been producing some
high quality and highly competitive matches
and the one between second seed Jenny
Duncalf and 10th seed Joelle King promised
Anyone doubting the strength of the world's
best women should have been present for the
first rally of the match. Duncalf soon began
working the ball around, the
powerful-looking New Zealander
counter-attacking with clean, firm striking.
An error from Duncalf gave King a 5/4 lead.
A delicate forehand short angel took Duncalf
to 5/6 and then an error by King for 6-all.
A lovely deep backhand drop gave Duncalf a
7/6 lead, an error by her brought it back to
7-all. Error again and 8/7 to King, a stroke
to 8-all and anybody's game.
heavy rally at 9/8 to Duncalf produced a
let, as heavy rallies often do. A delightful
short forehand angle which left King
stranded followed by an error and Duncalf
had taken the first 11/8.
Another well-executed Duncalf short angle,
this time on the backhand, gave her the
first point of the second game, but King
surged ahead to 5/3, then an error and a
winner and it was 7/3. A clever angle would
take her to 9/5 and she claimed the game
11/7 at the third attempt, and one all was a
fair reflection of the match.
A backhand volley into the tin by King
opened the third game and Duncalf quickly
went clear to win the game 11/1 as King's
game disintegrated for no reason that was
immediately obvious. All something of a
surprise and interesting to see how the Kiwi
Duncalf understandably was looking the more
likely now, and with her shotmaking ability
she moved to 8/2 in the fourth as King came
under increasing pressure. A forehand drop
by Duncalf took her to 10/3, one chance was
enough, and she will be heartened by the
conviction with which she played in the
final two games.
a tough opponent, especially on these
courts, she's probably the hardest hitter in
the game so I tried to let her do the
hitting and get the balance right, not get
drawn into hitting it out with her and
trying to make the court as big for her as
After the first two I felt pretty well in
control, and I enjoyed it in the end, which
I haven't felt after a match for a while
now. I felt comfortable as this is where I
play my Dutch leagues and having a big noisy
crowd always helps.
I felt as good on court today as I have for
a while, but Laura's beaten me the last
couple of times so I hope I can carry on
from where I left off today.
The first two were really tight, then I fell
away a bit, I was leaving it too short and
she's too good to do that against, she just
picked me off. I just couldn't control the
ball as well as she does, and I paid for it.
It's been good to play in Europe for the
first time though, and Tommy and his team
have done a great job here. It sucks to
lose, of course, but you have to move on,
Hong Kong next ..."
 Nick Matthew
(Eng) bt  Mohamed El
8/11, 11/5, 11/9, 5/11, 11/1 (100m)
NICK CLAWED BACK…
was another match that was worth coming, I
tell you. In front of a pack house, not a
seat, stair or stand available, people on
the floor all around, Nick and Mohamed made
their entrance, both ready for battle.
Mohamed, having taken a game from the World
Number 1 in the US Open, thought he could do
better. And you know what? He did.
For years, that young man’s butt has been at
times playing junior squash, as in, trying
to go for silly shots, thinking that his
shots are so good that they’ll win the point
in two rallies. But tonight, Mohamed played
the best adult squash of his entire career,
putting Nick under pressure from the word
The first game was a Peter Barker’s style
game. Gruelling. Up and down the wall. Going
on forever. Digging in. Relentless. And at
that game, Nick should have prevailed, but
from 7/7, Mohamed flew to the finishing post
Nick didn’t panic, came back very strong in
the second, helped by a tired Mohamed who
mentally and physically took a bit of time
to come back in the game, led 5/1, 6/2. He
tried a little come back, but didn’t push,
and Nick took that one 11/5.
Third started very well for the Englishman,
3/0, but finding the game that made him take
the first, Mohamed put much more weight in
his shots, more purpose, and crosscourting
Nick into the back corners, and from 3/3,
shoot to 9/5. Game over, we thought, but
hey, who do you think Nick is??? Oh yes, he
gave it a quiet push, and point by point,
scored the next 6 points to take the game,
11/9. The crowd was wild….
they went even wilder when Young Mohamed
took a 7/1 lead in the 4th! Nick didn’t do
much wrong, but again, that same purpose in
each shot, the same patience at the back,
the same accuracy at the front from the
And when Nick started to claw his way back
again, we thought, whot? Doing it again are
we??? But no, having learned his lesson from
the previous game, Mohamed closed that one
We were expecting a biiiiig battle in the
5th, that never came. Mohamed, not sure if
it was mentally or physically, didn’t show
up in this one. Nick was relieved of that,
I’m pretty sure. But again, what a match.
Great stuff, well done boys.
a bit of a blur right now, certainly the
hardest match I’ve been playing for a long
time. I wish there would have been a way
that we all could have played on the glass
court, these conditions, traditional court
between the defending champion and the world
number 8, playing in a club court, maybe I
would have thought I was deserving better.
Yes, I have a day off tomorrow but I’ll
freaking need it after that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I always said this will be like two separate
tournaments, up to the quarters, and then,
take the top 8, and start all over again….
I’ll have to be much more clinical on the
He is such a talented played, I was
impressed with the way he came out from the
Team Championship, he emerged there, and
today again, he had that fire in the belly,
that killer instinct! Like his brother, when
he was young, he has a bit the exuberance of
the youth, but didn’t we all!!!!
In the 5th game, I’m not exactly sure what
happened, I think it was more down to him
than for me, he is a tremendous player, he
was incredibly patient for four games, the
most patient I ever saw him play, but
suddenly he went for a bit more shots, a bit
too early….I did have to mix the shots a lot
because on that type of court, it’s easy to
fall into a one pace match, and it paid
dividends in the end…
It was hard, more mentally than physically,
and even at the end, way up, 7/1, 8/1, I
kept on repeating myself, one point at a
time, because it would have been so easy for
him to string a few ones…
i was not tired in the 5th at all!! i just
didn't understand what was happening i was
being patient the whole match and out of the
blue i couldn't do that for the 5th and i
just don't understand why!! i studied my
match with him in the us open a lot, and
since the draw came out i have been
targeting this match...
I think i got the right plan to play him but
it was very stupid from me losing at 9/5 up
in the 3rd..i do think that made me lose the
i could see him struggling physically in
that game and after he won it he wasn't
playing in the 4th as accurate as he
normally does!! I am disappointed of course
but at the same time i have to look at the
positive sides of the match..
I haven't been close to any of the top 6
players for a long time and now i know i am
back close to them...and last time i have
beaten one of the top 6 was like 2 years
back and i m not letting this season go till
i come back and beat one of them again!!
i wish nick the best of luck in the
tournament and i hope one day i can do all
the great stuff he is doing!!! "
 Peter Barker
(Eng) bt  Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11/7, 12/10, 11/4 (88m)
record against him isn’t good, for some
reason, I find him difficult to play, and
even if I have been playing well off late,
and I was seeding higher and better ranked,
for me, I was taking that match as if he was
better ranked than I was, I hadn’t beaten
him for so long, forget the ranking!!!
I had a game plan which I tried and
implement the whole match, although I was
kind of expecting him to change his after
the first game.
It’s an attritional game, the shots didn’t
go in, especially if you don’t play any drop
shots. And I was ready to make it last as
long as it needed to tonight, it didn’t suit
him at all.
His ball striking is wonderful, so you have
got to bring in some other factors into it,
like fitness and tactic.
The more the second game lasted, the more
crucial it became, and I’m aware that he
played better squash than I in that one, but
I’m happy I squeezed a few errors out of
him. That game was massive, absolutely
massive [That game was actually 52m]!
You had to play to the conditions tonight,
bouncy court, late at night, and I recon he
didn’t fancy coming back from 2/0 at past
midnight. It was a good win tonight,
regardless of if it was 3/0 or 3/2. It was a