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Harrogate Open 2022

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$3,000 Men's Harrogate Open 2022, Harrogate Sports & Fitness Centre, Harrogate, England
PSA Challenger Tour 3
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Harrogate Open 2022
Men's Draw
08 - 11 Dec
Harrogate, England, $3k

Final:
[4] Finnlay Withington (ENG) bt [3] Perry Malik (ENG) 11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3

Semi-finals:
[3] Perry Malik (ENG) bt [1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) 11-6, 11-6, 11-9
[4] Finnlay Withington (ENG) bt [2] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) 11-13, 4-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-8

Quarter-finals:
[1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bt [5] Lewis Doughty (ENG) 3-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-2, 12-10
[3] Perry Malik (ENG) bt [8] Elijah Thomas (NZL) 11-8, 13-11, 11-7
[4] Finnlay Withington (ENG) bt [6] Alasdair Prott (SCO) 11-4, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6
[2] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) bt [7] Joel Arscott (NZL) 11-8, 11-7, 11-8

1st round:
[1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bt Pablo Quintana Estevez (ESP) 8-11, 11-2, 12-10, 11-6
[5] Lewis Doughty (ENG) bt Aaron Allpress (ENG) 11-8, 11-5, 11-7
[8] Elijah Thomas (NZL) bt Mason Smales (NZL) 11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 11-2
[3] Perry Malik (ENG) bt Vini Rodrigues (BRA) 11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9
[4] Finnlay Withington (ENG) bt [WC] Josh Rowley (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-5
[6] Alasdair Prott (SCO) bt Jonah Bryant (ENG) 11-8, 11-5, 11-7
[7] Joel Arscott (NZL) bt Robert Thirst (ENG) 11-2, 11-4, 11-2
[2] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) bt Laouenan LoaŽc (FRA) 11-5, 11-8, 11-8
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Semi Finals

Malik and Withington Down Chileshes

Lwamba Chileshe and Perry Malik pose for a photo prior to their semi-final clash at the Harrogate Squash Open
Perry Malik (right) downed top seed Lwamba Chileshe (left)

The tournamentís top two seeds are out! Englandís Perry Malik and Finnlay Withington knocked out the Chileshe brothers to reach the final of the Harrogate Squash Open.

Malik came into the competition as the No.3 seed, and he came up against top seed Lwamba Chileshe in the semi-finals. It was an assured performance from the Englishman, who won in straight games 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 to move through to his third final of the year.

He will now face compatriot Withington, after the World Junior Championship runner-up came back from two games down to beat Lwambaís younger brother Temwa.

It was the Kiwi, the No.2 seed for the competition, who claimed the opening game on a tie-break, before then also winning the second comfortably 11-4 to hold a commanding advantage. However, Withington fought back to win a crucial third game 11-9, before then carrying that momentum through the final two games of the match to win in five.

Finnlay Withington and Temwa Chileshe pose for a picture prior to their Harrogate Squash Open semi-final clash

Finnlay Withington and Temwa Chileshe pose for a picture prior to their Harrogate Squash Open semi-final clash
Finnlay Withington (left) beat Temwa Chileshe (right)

The final of the Harrogate Squash Open will take place between Englandís Perry Malik and Finnlay Withington on Sunday, December 11 at the Harrogate Sports & Fitness Centre.

It will be the second meeting between the pair in a final this year. In November, Withington took the victory at the Telsa Media David Lloyd Purley Open, to secure his maiden Tour title. They will meet again on Sunday, with the winner taking home the final Challenger Tour crown in England in 2022.
Quarter Finals

Top Seed Chileshe Survives Scare

Lwamba Chileshe

Top seed Lwamba Chileshe had to come through a fifth game tie-break against Englandís Lewis Doughty to reach the last four in Harrogate.

The pair had only met once before on Tour, in the qualifying rounds of the Squash XL Open in June 2018, with the Kiwi winning in five on that occasion. The same story occurred in Harrogate on Friday evening, but it was a much closer finale this time round.

It was a slow start for Chileshe, as he lost the opening game 11-3, but he fought back well to take the second. Doughty then claimed the third game on a tie-break 13-11, but once again, the New Zealander battled back. The fifth also went to a tie-break, with Doughty having two match balls. However, following a short injury break, Chileshe fought back again to win the fifth 12-10, and to move through to the last four.

He will now face Englandís Perry Malik in the semi-finals in Harrogate, after the No.3 seed overcame another Kiwi, in Elijah Thomas. Malik won in straight games, with a second game 13-11 tie-break win being crucial in the victory.

The other last four contest on Saturday will see the younger of the Chileshe brothers, No.2 seed Temwa, also take on English competition. He will face No.4 seed Finnlay Withington, after the pair came through their respective quarter final match-ups.

The semis of the Harrogate Squash Open will take place at Harrogate Sports & Fitness Centre on Saturday, December 10, with the Chileshes taking on Englishmen for places in the final.
 
Round 1

Chileshes Lead Seeds Into Quarters

Laouenan Loaec (left) and Temwa Chileshe (right) on court prior to their first round match in Harrogate
Laouenan Loaec (left) and Temwa Chileshe (right)

The opening day of the Harrogate Squash Open saw all eight seeds safely move through to the quarter finals of the Challenger 3 level competition.

The Harrogate Sports & Fitness Centre is playing host to the last event in England of 2022, and there were no surprises in Thursdayís action.

Top seed Lwamba Chileshe did have to fight his way through the opening day, though. He fell behind to Spainís Pablo Quintana Estevez, losing the first game 11-8, but was able to fight back strongly. The Kiwi claimed the second game 11-2, before winning the third on a tie-break. That was crucial, as he kept the momentum in his favour to win the fourth as well to book his quarter final spot.

He will be joined in the last eight by younger brother Temwa, who defeated Frenchman Laouenan Loaec in straight games. Two more New Zealanders, in Joel Arscott and Elijah Thomas, both also seeded for the competition, made their way into the quarter finals as well, with the latter overcoming compatriot Mason Smales in four games.

Elijah Thomas (right) and Mason Smales (left) before their first round match
Elijah Thomas (right) and Mason Smales (left) before their first round match

Elsewhere, the English trio of Lewis Doughty, Finnlay Withington and Perry Malik all safely advanced to the last eight, with Scotlandís Alasdair Prott rounding out the quarter final line-up.

The quarter finals of the Harrogate Squash Open will take place on Friday, December 9 at the Harrogate Sports & Fitness Centre, with the last eight going head-to-head for places in the semi-finals on Saturday.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.
 
Preview

Prott Happy With 2022 Outcome

Alasdair Prott

The Harrogate Squash Open is the sole event on the Challenger Tour this week, with 16 players aiming to take home the glory at the Challenger 3 level event in England.

The New Zealand duo of Lwamba and Temwa Chileshe will be the top two seeds for the competition, and will be among five players from the Oceanic nation in action. Joel Arscott and Elijah Thomas will also be seeded, with the latter taking on compatriot Mason Smales in the opening round.

The English trio of Perry Malik, Finnlay Withington and Lewis Doughty will also be among the seeds for the tournament, and will be joined by Scotlandís Alasdair Prott.

We spoke to the Scot ahead of this tournament, and after making it into the last four of his last three Challenger Tour events, he is looking to push one step further into a first final, and possibly to a maiden Tour title.

ďIím happy with my form over the last few tournaments. I feel like Iím starting to see the things Iím working on in training coming through in the way I play, which Iím really happy about,Ē Prott said.

ďMaking the semi-finals in my last 3 Challenger 5 events has been great for me. I definitely feel like Iím right around the level I need to be to start pushing for that first final on tour. After coming so close in Romania Iím really keen to show that I can start to consistently get this far and potentially even further in these competitions.Ē

ďObviously, making the final is the first step before I can think about grabbing the first title on Tour. However, the improvements I feel like I have made over the last few months if maintained in the near future should hopefully put me in with a fighting chance of doing so.Ē

Over the course of 2022, Prott has enjoyed a steady rise into the worldís top 200 for the first time in his career. He is looking to keep that rise going over the near future, and to push into a higher ranking bracket by the end of the campaign.

ď2022 has been a great year so far for myself so Iím really hoping to continue my form in Harrogate and finish the year well to give me the momentum going into the New Year,Ē he explained.

ďI think my progress through the rankings has been steady, maintaining around the 200 mark over the last year. Now that Iím finishing up at university Iím hoping to prove that I can continue my progress through the rankings.

ďIím not one for making overly bold predictions but Iím hoping to continue the way I have started this season and make a push to get into the top 150 by the end of the 2022-23 season.Ē

The event takes place from Thursday, December 8 to Sunday, December 11 at the Harrogate Sports & Fitness Club in England. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected Challenger Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
 

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