Day FIVE : Semi-Finals

2019-02-16T22:10:19+00:00February 16th, 2019|Categories: 2019, Home, NEWS, TODAY|

AJ Bell British National Squash Championships 2019 – SEMI-FINALS

[3] Tesni Evans (Wal) 3-1 [1] Laura Massaro (Eng)     8-11, 11-1, 11-7, 11-8 (50m)
[4] Emily Whitlock
(Eng) 3-1 [2] Alison Waters (Eng)  11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 11-2 (42m)

[1] James Willstrop (Eng) 3-1 [5] Greg Lobban (Sco)  9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-3 (56m)
[2] Daryl Selby
(Eng) 3-2 [7] Adrian Waller (Eng)  8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (77m)

Women’s top seeds beaten as Willstrop and Selby set up Nationals showdown

The fifth day of the AJ Bell National Squash Championships in Nottingham produced two semi-final seeding upsets in the womern’s event while the men’s top seeds battled through to the final.

Emily Whitlock produced a stunning performance to despatch four-time champion and second seed Alison Waters in four games to reach her first final.

Top seed Laura Massaro took on defending champion Tesni Evans, the third seed, in a repeat of their semi-finals of 2016 and 2018, which were shared, and it was Evans who, as last year, battled to a win.

The first men’s semi saw a third consecutive comeback five-game win for Daryl Selby as the second seed maintained his unbeaten record against Adrian Waller, playing in his third semi compared to Selby’s 8th.

Waller took the first two games 11-8, 11-6 and it looked as though Selby’s previous exertions might be taking their toll,  but the 2011 champion fought back again, taking the next three games to reach a third final.

Top seed James Willstrop had been in sparkling form in his first two matches, winning both in under half an hour, but Greg Lobban, the first Scot to reach the semis for 12 years, gave the two-time champion a real test. \

Lobban took the first game, and almost the second, before Willstrop took charge to reach his tenth final.

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First up it’s four-time champion Alison Waters taking on Emily Whitlock. Alison, playing in her 18th Nationals is appearing in her 14th consecutive semi-final and aiming to reach a 11th final while for Emily this is just a second semi-final. Alison won their quarter-finals meeting in 2016 and in the overall H2H leads 13-1.

Daryl Selby won in 2011 and in this, his 18th Nationals, is appearing in his 8th (and fifth consecutive) semi-final. For Adrian Waller this is a 13th Nationals and a third semi-final and he’ll not only be aiming to reach the final for the first time, but also to overturn a 0-3 Nationals and 0-9 overall H2H against Daryl.

Laura Massaro, like Waters a four-time champion, is playing her 19th consecutive Nationals and a 13th consecutive semi-final and aiming to reach an 8th final. She’s up against defending champion Tesni Evans who is playing her 7th Nationals and appearing in her 3rd semi. Both the previous two were against Laura, who won in 2016 but Tesni took last year’s match on the way to claiming the title.

Last up is James Willstrop, playing in his 21st consecutive Nationals and 13th semi-final. He’s made 9 finals but hasn’t claimed the title since his 2007/08 double. His opponent Greg Lobban is the first Scot to reach the semis for over a decade, and in his 7th Nationals this is his first semi-final. The H2H reads 3-0 in James’ favour.

Stats gleaned from SquashInfo.com