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NASH Cup 2022

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$20,000 NASH Cup 2022, London Squash & Fitness, London, Ontario, Canada, PSA Challenger Tour 20
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NASH Cup 2022
Men's Draw
13 - 17 Sep
Ontario, Canada, $20k

ROUND TWO
14 Sep
QUARTERS
15 Sep
SEMIS
 16 Sep
FINAL
17 Sep 

[1] Nathan Lake (ENG)
11-6, 8-11, 11-3, 11-5 (46m)
[9/16] Yannik Omlor (GER)

Nathan Lake
11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (35m)
Christopher Gordon
Nathan Lake
10-12, 11-2, 7-11,
14-12, 11-2 (56m)
Edmon Lopez
 
Nathan Lake
11-6, 10-12, 11-2,
11-7 (51m)
Curtis Malik
[7] Christopher Gordon (USA)
11-8, 11-7, 13-11 (48m)
[9/16] Michael McCue (CAN)
[9/16] Daniel Mekbib (CZE)
11-9, 11-13, 11-2, 11-4 (44m)
[5] Timothy Brownell (USA)
Daniel Mekbib
12-10, 11-2, 11-6 (32m)
Edmon Lopez
[9/16] Edmon Lopez (ESP)
11-4, 5-11, 4-11, 15-13, 11-0 (47m)
[4] Arturo Salazar (MEX)
[9/16] Andrew Douglas (USA)
11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (41m)
[3] David Baillargeon (CAN)
Andrew Douglas
11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 (49m)
Curtis Malik
Curtis Malik
11-5, 11-13, 3-11,
15-13, 11-3 (70m)
Henry Leung
[8] Curtis Malik (ENG)
11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (39m)
[9/16] Alfredo Avila (MEX)
[6] Leandro Romiglio (ARG)
11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 3-11, 11-5 (69m)
Guilherme Melo (BRA)
Leandro Romiglio
11-8, 3-11, 12-10, 9-11, 12-10 (81m)
Henry Leung
[9/16] Nick Sachvie (CAN)
11-7, 13-11, 11-9 (43m)
[2] Henry Leung (HKG)

ROUND ONE

[1] Nathan Lake (ENG) bye
[9/16] Yannik Omlor (GER) bt Valentin Rapp (GER) 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (43m)
[9/16] Michael McCue (CAN) bt Mark Broekman (ENG) 11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7 (43m)
[7] Christopher Gordon (USA) bye
[5] Timothy Brownell (USA) bye
[9/16] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) bt Connor Turk (CAN) 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (23m)
[9/16] Edmon Lopez (ESP) bt Salah Eltorgman (CAN) 11-3, 11-8, 11-7 (28m)
[4] Arturo Salazar (MEX) bye
[3] David Baillargeon (CAN) bye
[9/16] Andrew Douglas (USA) bt [WC] Matthew Henderson (CAN) 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (25m)
[9/16] Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt [WC] Liam Marrison (CAN) 5-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 (37m)
[8] Curtis Malik (ENG) bye
[6] Leandro Romiglio (ARG) bye
Guilherme Melo (BRA) bt [9/16] Shawn Delierre (CAN) 13-11, 11-13, 12-10, 5-10 ret. (84m)
[9/16] Nick Sachvie (CAN) bt Diego Gobbi (BRA) 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 15-13 (53m)
[2] Henry Leung (HKG) bye

NASH Cup 2022
Women's Draw
13 - 17 Sep
Ontario, Canada, $20k

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ROUND TWO
14 Sep
QUARTERS
15 Sep
SEMIS
 16 Sep
FINAL
17 Sep 

[1] Ineta Mackevica (LAT)
11-5, 11-3, 8-11, 11-4 (27m)
[9/16] Zeina Zein (EGY)

Zeina Zein
11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (35m)
Marta Dominguez Fernandez
Zeina Zein
11-8, 11-5, 6-11,
10-12, 11-7 (52m)
Lucy Beecroft

Zeina Zein
11-4, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6 (47m)
Georgia Adderley
[7] Marta Dominguez Fernandez (ESP)
12-10, 11-6, 11-13, 11-6 (39m)
[9/16] Nadeen Kotb (EGY)
[9/16] Torrie Malik (ENG)
11-2, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5 (40m)
[8] Alison Thomson (SCO)
Torrie Malik
11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (29m)
Lucy Beecroft
[3] Lucy Beecroft (ENG)
11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (32m)
[9/16] Diana Garcia (MEX)
[4] Georgia Adderley (SCO)
18-16, 11-6, 11-6 (39m)
Katerina Tycova (GER)
Georgia Adderley
11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-8 (51m)
Marina Stefanoni
Georgia Adderley
11-6, 11-7, 11-2
(26m)
Haley Mendez
[5] Marina Stefanoni (USA)
11-6, 17-15, 11-4 (38m)
[9/16] Anna Kimberley (ENG)
[9/16] Ambre Allinckx (SUI)
11-8, 8-11, 11-3, 11-6 (40m)
[6] Karina Tyma (POL)
Ambre Allinckx
11-7, 11-8, 11-5 (31m)
Haley Mendez
[9/16] Alicia Mead (ENG)
11-8, 11-7, 3-11, 12-10 (36m)
[2] Haley Mendez (USA)

ROUND ONE

[1] Ineta Mackevica (LAT) bye
[9/16] Zeina Zein (EGY) bt Laura Tovar (COL) 8-11, 11-3, 11-3, 11-1 (33m)
[9/16] Nadeen Kotb (EGY) bt [WC] Amal Izhar (CAN) 11-4, 12-10, 11-3 (21m)
[7] Marta Dominguez Fernandez (ESP) bye
[8] Alison Thomson (SCO) bye
[9/16] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt Lucie Stefanoni (USA) 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9 (40m)
[9/16] Diana Garcia (MEX) bt Margot Prow (ENG) 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (29m)
[3] Lucy Beecroft (ENG) bye
[4] Georgia Adderley (SCO) bye
Katerina Tycova (GER) bt [9/16] Ali Loke (WAL) 10-12, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10 (39m)
[9/16] Anna Kimberley (ENG) bt [WC] Iman Shaheen (CAN) 11-1, 11-8, 11-6 (23m)
[5] Marina Stefanoni (USA) bye
[6] Karina Tyma (POL) bye
[9/16] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) bt SofŪa Mateos (ESP) 11-3, 11-2, 9-11, 11-4 (32m)
[9/16] Alicia Mead (ENG) bt Nikki Todd (CAN) 12-14, 11-3, 12-10, 11-8 (31m)
[2] Haley Mendez (USA) bye

REPORTS

Three Surprise Winners In Four Semi-Finals

Curtis Malik in action in London
Curtis Malik in action

Semi-finals day at the Nash Cup in London, Canada was a surprising one, with just one of the higher-ranked players taking victory in their last four contest at the Challenger 20 level competition.

Menís top seed Nathan Lake was the man to do so, but even the Englishman had to fight his way through his semi-final against Spaniard Edmon Lopez, coming back from behind to win in five. Lake was 2-1 down, and then survived match balls before taking it 14-12. That gave him the momentum, and he came through to win the fifth 11-2, to advance to the final on Saturday evening.

He will face compatriot Curtis Malik in that final, after the tournamentís No.8 seed overcame Hong Kongís No.2 seed Henry Leung, also in five games. The Englishman led after the first game, but then saw Leung take the next two to hold a 2-1. Like his fellow countryman, Malik saved match balls in a fourth game tie-break, one he took 15-13, before going on to drop just three points in the deciding fifth game to make it through to the final.

Unseeded Egyptian Zeina Zein continued her knockout run going, following wins over two seeded players, as she downed No.3 seed Lucy Beecroft to make another final. The 17-year-old took the opening two games of their emo-final match, before seeing the Englishwoman fight back to level the contest at two games apiece. It could have gone either way in the fifth, but Zein was able to come out on top, winning it 11-7 to advance to the final.

She will now face Scotlandís Georgia Adderley in that final, after the No.4 seed got the better of No.2 seed Haley Mendez in the only match not to go the distance on Friday evening. The Scot dropped just 15 points en route to a straight games victory in 26 minutes, reaching her second final of 2022.

The finals of the Nash Cup will take place on Saturday, September 17, with the final four aiming to take home the Challenger 20 level titles.
Zein Continue Knockout Run In London

The Nash Cup continued with the quarter finals on Thursday evening at the London Squash Club in Ontario, Canada, where Egyptís Zeina Zein backed up her win over the top seed to make it through to the last four.

The 17-year-old Egyptian got the better of Latviaís Ineta Mackevica, the World No.46, in the second round, and that set her up with a clash with No.7 seed Marta Dominguez Fernandez in the last eight of the Challenger 20 level competition in Canada.

Once again, the World No.94 did not look troubled throughout the contest, and despite all three games being close, she was able to come out on the right side eat time. Zein took the first game 11-8, before securing victory in three with 11-9 scorelines in both the second and third games. She will now face Englandís Lucy Beecroft in the semis after the tournamentís No.3 seed overcame compatriot Torrie Malik in straight games in the last eight.

The other womenís semi-final will see Scotlandís Georgia Adderley take on the USAís Haley Mendez. The American, who is the highest-seeded player left following Mackevicaís early exit, downed Switzerlandís Ambre Allinckx to reach the semis, while the Scot overcame the challenge of the USAís Marina Stefanoni in four games.

There were no surprises in the menís event on Thursday, but Hnog Kongís Henry Leung had to go the distance to get the better of Argentinian No.1 Landro Romiglio, winning a fifth game tie-break 12-10 to secure the win after 81 minutes of hard-fought action. The Hongkonger will meet Curtis Malik in the semis after the Englishman got the better of American Andrew Douglas in four games.

Top seed Nathan Lake continued his smooth run through the tournament, overcoming the USAís Christopher Gordon in straight games to advance, and he will now face Spaniard Edmon Lopez after he got the better of the Czech Republicís Daniel Mekbib in straight games.

The semi-finals of the Nash Cup will take place on Friday, September 16 at the London Squash Club in Ontario, Canada, and all the action will be streamed live on the Challenger Tourís YouTube channel. You can also keep up to date with live scores from the tournament on the PSA World Tourís website.
 
Zein Downs Top Seed Among Several Surprises

The second day of the Nash Cup saw the seeded players make their bows at the Challenger 20 level tournament, but for six of those 16 players, it would be their only match of the tournament, with Egyptís Zeina Zein knocking out the womenís top seed in London.

The 17-year-old Egyptian, who claimed her maiden Tour title earlier this year, got the better of Colombian Laura Tovar on the opening day to set up her second round clash with the womenís top seed, Latviaís Ineta Mackevica, on day two of the competition.

There was no fear shown by the Egyptian, as she raced into a two-game lead, dropping just eight points in the process. Mackevica showed why she was a top 50 player in the third game to pull one back, but a quick start from Zein in the fourth game gave her a lead she would not relinquish, going on to take victory 3-1 to move through to the last eight in London.

Switzerlandís Ambre Allinckx and Englandís Torrie Malik also caused upsets on Wednesday evening, as they got the better of No.6 seed Karina Tyma and No.8 seed Alison Thomson, respectively, to make their way into the quarter finals of the competition.

The big surprise in the menís draw came through the USAís Andrew Douglas, who dumped out Canadian No.1, and home favourite, David Baillargeon. The Canadian had won their only previous meeting, which came in the British Virgin Islands earlier this year, but Douglas held full control throughout their match on Wednesday, winning in straight games to book his spot in the quarters.

He will be joined by two more unseeded players, in Spainís Edmon Lopez and Czech Republicís Daniel Mekbib. They overcame the challengers of No.4 seed Arturo Salazar and No.5 seed Timothy Brownell to set up an their quarter final contest, guaranteeing an unseeded player in the last four in London.

The quarter finals of the Nash Cup will take place in London, Ontario on Thursday, September 15, with the last eight in both draws going head-to-head for places in the semi-finals of the Challenger 20 level competition.
 
Action Gets Underway In London

Nick Sachvie on court with Diego Gobbi


The opening day of the Nash Cup took place on Tuesday afternoon at the London Squash Club in Ontario, Canada, with 16 matches across two courts, and plenty of high-quality squash.

A pair of Canadians delighted the home crowd on the first day in London in the menís event, as both Michael McCue and Nick Sachvie took victories in their respective first round matches in four games, to book their places in the last 16 of the competition.

Sachvie took on Brazilís Diego Gobbi in his first round contest, and took an early lead through an 11-5 first game scoreline. He then clinched a tight second game 11-9, before seeng the Brazilian fight back to win the third game. However, Sachvie regrouped to take the fourth on a lengthy tie-break 15-13, moving through to meet No.2 seed Henry Leung on Wednesday.

He will be joined in the second round of the Challenger 20 level competition by compatriot Michael McCue, who downed Englandís Mark Broekman, also in four games. Their match followed the same pattern, with the Canadian winning the opening two games, before Broekman fought back to win the third. McCue was able to fight through though, winning the fourth 11-7 to advance after 43 minutes.

Yannik Omlor came through the all-German clash with Valentin Rapp to set up a meeting with top seed Nathan Lake on Wednesday, while Brazilís Guilherme Melo won the longest match of the tournament, winning after 84 minutes against Canadian Shawn DeLierre, whoo had to retire injured after the fourth game of their contest.

Following on from her maiden Tour win at the weekend at the Madeira International, Germanyís Katerina Tycova came into the Nash Cup unseeded, but caused the only seeding upset of the opening round as she defeated Welshman Ali Loke in four games.

The German lost the first game on a tie-break 12-10, but fought back to win the next two games to move into the lead for the first time in the contest. The fourth game also went to a tie-break, one that went the way of Tycova this time, as she claimed victory 3-1, to advance to the second round where she will face Scotlandís Georgia Adderley.

Elsewhere in the womenís draw, a trio of Englishwoman made it through to the last 16. Torrie Malik came through a five-game battle against USAís Lucie Stefanoni, while Alicia Mead and Anna Kimberley both also safely secured opening day wins in London.

The second day of the Challenger 20 level competition will take place on Wednesday, September 14, with the top eight seeds in both draws coming into the tournament. You will be able to watch all the action from both courts in London, Ontario live on the PSA Challenger Tour YouTube channel, with live scores also being available to be followed on the PSA World Tourís website.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow PSA Events on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube, TikTok and SQUASHTV.
 
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Beecroft Aiming To Defend Crown

Lucy Beecroft in action in Houston

The Nash Cup, one of the stalwart events on the Challenger Tour, gets underway on Tuesday, September 13, with the Challenger 20 level competition taking place over five days at the London Squash Club in Ontario, Canada.

Englandís Nathan Lake will be the highest-ranked player in the tournament, with the World No.38 heading up a strong menís draw. Hong Kongís Henry Leung, Canadian No.1 David Baillargeon and Mexicoís Arturo Salazar, who already has two titles to his name over the course of the summer months, will make up the rest of the top four seeds.

The American duo of Christopher Gordon and Timothy Brownell, the latter of whom claimed the title at the Sam Aguiar Louisville Open on Saturday afternoon, will be seeded, while there will be seven other Canadian men in the draw, joining Baillargeon, as home hopes for the title.

Latvian No.1 Ineta Mackevica will be the top seed in the womenís draw, with the United Statesí Haley Mendez as her nearest competition for the title. Englandís Lucy Beecroft and Scotlandís Georgia Adderley join them in the top four seeding bracket, and we spoke to the Englishwoman before the competition.

Beecroft will be the defending champion for the womenís tournament, and despite losing out in the opening round in Houston last week, she is happy with where her game is ahead of the defence of her 2021 title.

ďI had a really good end to last season, winning my second Challenger 10 level title and reaching the final of both the British Nationals and the World Games,Ē she explained.

ďI was very disappointed with my performance at the Zed Open in August, especially after having a great block of training before it and feeling good about my game. My performance last week in Houston, despite losing, had patches of really good squash, it just has to become a lot more consistent now to compete with the top girls.

ďIt was exciting to get into my first PSA Gold event and it was also my first time in Texas. Itís great to see what they are doing for squash there, and to see the game growing in a different part of the country. I was looking forward to playing Jazz again after our last match being in the nationals final. I was much happier with my performance last week despite Jazz still coming out on top, there were definitely positives to take from the match and I will look to build on these throughout the season.Ē

Beecroft took what, at the time, was her biggest career title to date when she lifted the Nash Cup in 2021, and the Englishwoman admits that it was one of the high points of her season. She also says that she is aiming to go back-to-back, and claim the win again now it is a Challenger 20 level crown.

ďThe Nash Cup was a highlight of last season for me, being my first 10k title and feeling like I put together some really good back to back performances. Winning this event gave me confidence and helped my ranking to allow me to get into some of the bigger events,Ē the Englishwoman explained.

ďDefending the title is definitely something that Iíd love to do next week. Last year the event was a Challenger 10 and this year itís a Challenger 20, so itís a great challenge for me. Iím excited to get back to London and Iím sure itís going to be a great event. Last year was a little different because of some COVID restrictions, so Iím sure this year will be even better!Ē

Polandís Karina Tyma, Spainís Marta Dominguez Fernandez, Scotlandís Alison Thomson and USAís Marina Stefanoni make up the rest of the top eight seeding bracket, with a trio of Canadians, in Nikki Todd, Iman Shaheen and Amal Izhar also in action on the opening day in London.

The event takes place from Tuesday, September 13 to Saturday, September 17 at the London Squash Club in Ontario, Canada, where Lucy Beecroft will be the defending champion for the womenís event. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow PSA Events on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube, TikTok and SQUASHTV.