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Wakefield PSA 2022


12,000 Men's PSA Wakefield Open 2022, Wakefield School, The Plains, Virginia, USA
PSA Challenger Tour 10
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Wakefield PSA 2022
Men's Draw
13 - 16 Dec
The Plains, VA, United States, $12k

[David Baillargeon (CAN) bt [4] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) 8-11, 6-11, 14-12, 11-1, 11-2 (50m)

[3] David Baillargeon (CAN) bt Sanjay Jeeva (MAS) 11-7, 11-5, 11-2 (24m)
[4] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) bt [2] Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK) 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (39m)

Sanjay Jeeva (MAS) bt [6] Abdelrahman Nassar (EGY) 11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 4-11, 13-11 (50m)
[3] David Baillargeon (CAN) bt [5] Muhammad Ashab Irfan (PAK) 11-7, 10-12, 11-5, 11-4 (51m)
[4] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) bt [7] Dewald van Niekerk (RSA) 11-9, 6-11, 11-3, 11-6 (45m)
[2] Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK) bt [8] Mark Broekman (ENG) 8-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-8 (47m)

1st round:
Sanjay Jeeva (MAS) bt [1] Nathan Lake (ENG) w/o
[6] Abdelrahman Nassar (EGY) bt Jamie Ruggiero (USA) 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (23m)
[5] Muhammad Ashab Irfan (PAK) bt Cory McCartney (CAN) 11-3, 11-6, 11-3 (24m)
[3] David Baillargeon (CAN) bt Saeed Abdul (PAK) 11-8, 11-5, 11-2 (32m)
[4] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) bt Muhammad Ibrahim Noorani (PAK) 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 (17m)
[7] Dewald van Niekerk (RSA) bt Mohamed Nabil (EGY) 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-2, 13-11 (74m)
[8] Mark Broekman (ENG) bt Mehran Javed (PAK) w/o
[2] Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK) bt Shehab Essam (EGY) 11-9, 11-6, 13-11 (40m)
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Baillargeon Claims First Win Of 2022

David Baillargeon in action at the Hong Kong Open
David Baillargeon

In his last outing of the calendar year, Canadian No.1 David Baillargeon has secured his first title of 2022, winning the Wakefield PSA.

The World No.65 came into the Challenger 10 level competition as the No.3 seed, and started off his week with a confident performance to overcome Pakistanís Saeed Abdul, winning in straight games.

He then got the better of a second Pakistani in as many days in the quarter finals. No.5 seed Muhammad Ashab Irfan was the man to be beat, with Baillargeon winning in four games. The Canadian then won in straight games to overcome the challenge of Malaysiaís Sanjay Jeeva to make it through to the final.

The final saw Baillargeon take on the Czech Republicís Daniel Mekbib. The No.4 seed had gotten the better of No.2 seed Muhammad Asim Khan to make it through to the final, coming back from behind to down the higher-ranked Pakistani in four games.

It was Mekbib that held a two-game lead in the final, and he had his chances to secure a straight games victory. However, the Canadian was able to survive to win the third 14-12, and it was always going to be his win from there. He dropped just three more points after that, winning the last two games comfortably to win the title in The Plains.
Semi Final

Baillargeon and Mekbib Into Final

David Baillargeon
David Baillargeon

The final of the Wakefield PSA will see Canadian No.1 David Baillargeon and the Czech Republicís Daniel Mekbib go head-to-head.

The pair came into the Challenger 10 level competition in The Plains, VA, United States as the No.3 and No.4 seeds respectively, and the latter had to cause an upset on Thursday evening to make the final.

The Czech No.2 came up against the tournamentís No.2 seed, Muhammad Asim Khan, in the semis. The Pakistani was featuring for the first time after an injury saw him retire midway through the final of the HSC International Squash Open earlier this year.

However, after a couple of solid performances to make the last four, Khan then took the opening game of the semi-final against Mekbib. From there, though, the Czech No.2 turned it around, and was able to win the next three games rather comfortably to book his spot in the final in The Plains.

He will now take on No.3 seed David Baillargone, after the World No.65 easily overcame the challenge of the unseeded Sanjay Jeeva. The Canadian dropped just 14 points in an 11-7, 11-5, 11-2 victory to move through to the final of the Challenger 10 level tournament.

The final of the Wakefield PSA will take place between David Baillargeon and Daniel Mekbib on Friday, December 16. The winner of the match will take home the Challenger 10 level crown.

Round 2

Jeeva Gatecrashes Last Four

Malaysiaís Sanjay Jeeva is through to the last four of the Wakefield PSA, getting the better of No.6 seed Abdelrahman Nassar in the quarter finals.

The Malaysian received a walkover through his opening round match after top seed Nathan Lake had to withdraw with a late injury. On Wednesday, Jeeva then took on Egyptís Nassar, the tournamentís No.6 seed, for a place in the semi-finals of the Challenger 10 level competition.

It was a quick start for the unseeded 23-year-old, as he won both of the opening two games by an 11-6 scoreline. However, Nassar fought back to level the match after winning both the third and fourth games comfortably. That sent the match into a decider, and a relatively quick-fire contest went the way of Jeeva. He won it after just 50 minutes, taking the fifth on a tie-break 13-11.

The World No.153 will now take on Canadian No.1 David Baillargeon in the semis on Thursday afternoon in The Plains. The World No.65 downed Pakistanís Muhammad Ashab Irfan in a four-game contest, battling back from losing the second game won a tie-break 12-10.

The other semi-final will see the Czech Republicís Daniel Mekbib, the No.4 seed for the competition, take on Pakistanís Muhammad Asim Khan, the No.2 seed. The pair both won in four, with Khan coming back from losing the first game of his last eight tie with Englandís Mark Broekman, the No.8 seed and tournament promoter.

The semi-finals of the Wakefield PSA will take place on Thursday, December 15 at Wakefield School in The Plains, VA. The last four will do battle in their attempts to reach the final on Friday.
Round 1

Jeeva Through After Lake Injury

Malaysiaís Sanjay Jeeva is into the quarter finals of the Wakefield PSA after top seed Nathan Lake had to withdraw from the tournament through injury.

Lake was coming into the Challenger 10 level competition as the defending champion, but suffered an injury whilst practicing at the tournament venue, and he was unable to play his first round match. Jeeva received a walkover through to the second round, where he will now face Egyptís No.6 seed Abdelrahman Nassar.

South Africaís Dewald van Niekerk survived a scare on the opening day, with the No.7 seed winning in five against Egyptís Mohamed Nabil. Both men had their chances in the deciding fifth game as it went to a tie-break, but it was the South African who came through it 13-11.

Elsewhere, the Pakistani pair of Muhammad Ashab Irfan and Muhammad Asim Khan also made their way into the last eight of the competition, and will be joined by Canadaís David Baillargeon, Czech Republicís Daniel Mekbib and Englandís Mark Broekman.

The quarter finals of the Wakefield PSA will take place on Wednesday, December 14, with the last eight going head-to-head for places in Thursdayís semi-finals in The Plains, Virginia.

Lake Excited For 2023

Nathan Lake in action at the QTerminals Qatar Classic

The first event of the week will be the Wakefield PSA, which will take place from Tuesday, December 13 to Friday, December 16 at Wakefield School in The Plains, VA, United States.

This will be the fourth edition of the tournament, and the second at a Challenger 10 level. Englandís Nathan Lake will be this weekís top seed as he aims to defend the title he won twelve months ago.

We spoke to the Englishman ahead of this yearís edition of the event, and he believes that his squash has been improving over the last few months.

ďI feel generally my performances have been moving in the right direction over the past couple of months. I probably played my best squash of this season a few weeks ago at the London Open, so Iím excited to see where Iím at,Ē he explained.

Lake will come into the tournament as the defending champion, having gotten the better of American Shahjahan Khan in the final. The Englishman was happy with his performances that week, and it gave him confidence as well.

ďThe event is ran by Mark Broekman who I grew up playing squash with in Cheltenham, England. So firstly, itís great to spend some time with him and see how well he is doing at Wakefield School where heís the coach,Ē Lake said.

ďItís a beautiful part of the US and reminds me a lot of Gloucestershire as itís so rural where the event is played in The Plains, Virginia.

ďThe matches were obviously great too, easier to say when you win, but tournament match play is so important so to get four matches in at last yearís event was perfect and gave me an idea where I was leading into the holiday season and what I might need to do before my events in January.Ē

Lake now spends most of his time in the United States, where he lives with new wife Haley Mendez. It has been a good year for the Englishman both on and off-court, and he is looking forward to carrying that on into 2023.

ďItís been a great year for me, I feel I played some of my best squash in the first quarter of the year, I played for England as a senior for the first time and got married,Ē he explained.

ďItís also been challenging, I injured my back towards the end of last season and itís been an uphill battle to get healthy and return to full fitness, itís something Iíve learned a lot from if not always enjoyed. Iím excited to see what 2023 brings and Iím pushing hard to get towards the top 20 in the world.

ďIt certainly cuts down on the travel time! Being based in the US has many advantages and one of the main ones, professionally speaking, is that there are so many events in North America so I have less long flights to deal with through the season.Ē

Lake will face competition for the title this week from Pakistanís Muhammad Asim Khan, Canadian No.1 David Baillargeon and the Czech Republicís Daniel Mekbib. The Pakistani made the final of the HSC International Squash Open earlier this month but had to retire injured in the final, so he is hoping to how he is back to full fitness this week in Virginia.

The rest of the top eight seeds will be made up by another Pakistani, in Muhammad Ashab Irfan, along with South Africaís Dewald van Niekerk, Egyptís Abdelrahman Nassar and Englishman Mark Broekman.

The event takes place from Tuesday, December 13 to Friday, December 16 at the Wakefield School in The Plains, VA, where Englandís Nathan Lake is the top seed for the tournament. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

Shehab Essam (EGY) v [2] Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK)
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