Thrills in UCT squash finals

2017-05-02 06:01
South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller (left) could not hold onto a two-set advantage over Menna Hamed in the PSA women’s final at the Keith Grainger Memorial tournament at UCT last week.

South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller (left) could not hold onto a two-set advantage over Menna Hamed in the PSA women’s final at the Keith Grainger Memorial tournament at UCT last week. (Oakpics)

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A packed UCT court witnessed another great evening of squash on Friday on the finals night of the Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Open tournament.

First on was the women’s open A section final between third seed Panashe Sithole and top seed Hannelize Human. Sithole won the match 3-1.

In the men’s open A section final Daniel Smith (recent PSA member from South Africa) played Nyeon-Ho Lee (South Korea). Both players narrowly missed out on making it into the main draw but enjoyed a week’s hard squash playing local players. This was an epic tussle, with Smith narrowly edging the win 13-11 in the fifth game.

Next on was the PSA women’s final between local third seed Alexandra Fuller and seventh seed Egyptian Menna Hamed.

Fuller raced to a 2-0 lead and seemed to have complete control. There was a collision in the third game that seemed to rattle Fuller and she lost the game 6-11. Hamed came out firing in the fourth with renewed energy, having picked up a game. She clinched the fourth and continued this pressure so that she won the fifth game, picking up her second PSA title.

In the PSA men’s final Mohamed El Sherbini continued his amazing run in South Africa, clinching his third straight PSA title in three weeks. He beat South African third seed Tristan Eysele 3-0 in 29 minutes.

He now heads up to Johannesburg to play in the new tournament on the circuit, the Bull Ring.

Other winners: Women

35-54:

Juanette le Roux

Men

40-54:

Donald Davidson

55-59:

Gary Fourie

60-64:

Pierr Roodt

65-75:

Andries van Eeden

Men’s B section

Cameron Arries


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