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Category: PSA

Pete Barker ends PSA drought with victory in Canada

Essex left-hander Peter Barker halted a 14-month run without a PSATour title in style in Canada, when he overpowered Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez in straight games to win the $50,000 Bluenose Classic in Halifax. The world no.8’s last Tour trophy was the Malaysian Open in September last year, but the 31-year-old second seed made up…



Peter and Daryl to meet in Bluenose Classic semi-final

Essex pair Peter Barker and Daryl Selby clinched a semi-final meeting in the Bluenose Classic, when both won their quarter-finals in the $50,000PSA International event in Halifax, Canada, last night. The England team-mates ensured a first Tour encounter since the NetSuite Open over a year ago, after second seed Barker defeated Australian Cameron Pilley 11-6, 11-7, 9-11,…



Ben downs Richie in all-Essex Bexley Open final

Ben Coleman beat Essex team-mate Richie Fallows to win the first The Park Estates Bexley Open in Kent yesterday. The 23-year-old from Chelmsford (pictured) justified his top seeding with a 3/1 victory over the 19-year-old Fallows in the final of the $5,000 PSATour event. The world no.74 opened up a 2/0 lead by winning the first…



Early ticket rush for Canary Wharf Classic

Squash fans are already rushing to buy tickets for the 2015 Canary Wharf Classic. Tickets went on sale this week and Tournament Director Tim Garner is delighted to report a huge demand for prime back-wall seats. The Canary Wharf Classic takes place from March 23-27 and Garner revealed: “We had a massive surge of interest…



Nick Matthew ready for PSA return

World champion Nick Matthew returns to the PSA Tour this weekend at the U.S. Open determined to “really enjoy” his squash after his summer break. The 34-year-old second seed, whose first match is against a qualifier on Sunday, has vowed not to put any pressure on himself in his first Tour event since the Allam British Open…



Willstrop ruled out of action until early 2015

James Willstrop, the double Commonwealth Games singles silver medallist who underwent a hip operation in September, expects to be out of action until the New Year. In an exclusive interview in the latest edition of Squash Player magazine, the 31-year-old former world no.1 says he is likely to miss the World Championship in November and…



Selby equals best world ranking

Essex’s Daryl Selby today equalled his best ever world ranking when he climbed to ninth in the PSA Tour’s October list. The Chelmsford-based 31-year-old, who rises one place, last achieved that berth four years ago, occupying it from April to September 2010. Yorkshire’s James Willstrop also climbs one slot, to sixth, after his win in the inaugural…



Barker continues fine PSA tour run

Essex’s Peter Barker continued his impressive recent sequence of results last night by cruising into the semi-finals of the $70,000 NetSuite Open in San Francisco. The 31-year-old third seed, who was runner-up earlier this month in the China Open, overwhelmed Botswana’s Alister Walker 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 in 46 minutes. The world no.8 now takes on…



11 points on fitness with Adrian Grant

Adrian Grant has recently returned from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he and Nick Matthew teamed up to win silver medals in the men’s doubles, narrowly missing out on adding a second gold to the one’s they won in Delhi in 2010. Adrian has also been a key member of several of England’s European…



Hip op’ for Willstrop after Chinese takeaway

Newly-crowned China Open champion James Willstrop entered hospital yesterday for a hip operation with his summer mission accomplished. The world no.7 from Yorkshire wanted to experience a home Commonwealth Games and a first PSA Tour event in China before having his damaged hip repaired – and he achieved both with flying colours. First, the 31-year-old carried off a…



Peter Barker edged out in gripping China Open final

Yorkshire’s James Willstrop marked his last PSA Tour event before a hip operation with his first Tour title since March 2013 when he pipped England team-mate Peter Barker from Essex to the China Open trophy. The world no.7 justified his top seeding by defeating the third seed from Essex 3/2 in a thrilling final to the $88,000…



Essex pair fall in Hong Kong quarter finals

English interest in the PSA Tour’s Hong Kong Open ended when Essex pair Peter Barker and Daryl Selby fell to higher-ranked opponents in the quarter-finals of the $150,000 event. World no.10 Selby lost 3/0 to top seed Gregory Gaultier in 45 minutes, while world no.8 Barker (pictured) extended Egyptian second seed Mohamed Elshorbagy to four games before…



Barker heads English challenge in SAN FRAN

Essex’s Peter Barker will lead the English challenge for the NetSuite Open title in San Francisco next month. The left-hander is the only English seed for the PSA International 70 tournament from September 26 to 30. The third seed is paired to meet American wildcard Julian Illingworth in the first round, which also features two other English…



Nick Matthew to take two-month break from tour

World champion Nick Matthew is to have a two-month break from thePSA Tour after winning gold and silver in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The 34-year-old Yorkshireman, whose wife Esme is expecting their first child soon, revealed in his column in today’s Sheffield Star that his next Tour event would be the U.S. Open starting on…



Super Ben is the Real deal in Madrid

Essex’s Ben Coleman won his third PSA Tour title inside two months on Sunday when he lifted the Madrid Open trophy in Spain. The 23-year-old from Chelmsford, who was the favourite for the $5,000 tournament, justified his top seeding with a 3/1 victory over second-seeded Frenchman Christophe Andre in the 76-minute final. Coleman captured his first Tour crown at…



Richie Fallows ecstatic after winning maiden PSA title

ESSEX and England star Richie Fallows has won his first PSA world tour event…17 days before his 19th birthday. Richie, from Stratford who plays at Connaught and Redbridge, overcame world ranked number 53 Zahed Mohamed from Egypt in the final of the $5k Pilatus Cup in Kriens, Switzerland. “This is such a big win for…



Ben bags second PSA win with Ipswich title

Just five weeks after claiming his maiden PSA World Tour title, Essex’s Ben Coleman picked up his second when he beat Scot Douglas Kempsell in the final of the Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open. Second seed Coleman, 23, from Chelmsford, reached his seventh Tour final without dropping a game. His surprise opponent Kempsell, the third seed from Edinburgh, disappointed the local crowd in the semi-finals…



Michael takes SEVEN points off Shabana and JUST can’t stop smiling

Colchester lad Michael Tallentire last night got his reward for being named Essex Junior Squash Sportsman of the month…a match against four-times world champion Amr Shabana. Ten-year-old Michael was praised for a terrific display of sportsmanship at the recent Essex Junior Open when he was filmed enthusiastically applauding his opponent despite narrowly losing a gripping Under-11’s…



Ben reigns in Scotland to land his first PSA title

Coleman delivers in $5,000 Aberdeen event Essex’s Ben Coleman won the first PSA World Tour title of his career after beating Nottinghamshire’s Declan James in the all-English final of the $5,000 North of Scotland Open in Aberdeen. The second seed from Chelmsford reached his sixth Tour final without dropping a game – but immediately went one down…