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Colwyn Classic


Action from the all-glass court and courts one and two is available to watch here.
All of the results from day one and updated draws can be found here.
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Colwyn Classic 2023
Women's Draw
04 - 07 Dec
Rhos-on-Sea, Wales, $6k

[1] Emily Whitlock (WAL) v [2] Katie Malliff (ENG)

[1] Emily Whitlock (WAL) bt [3] Anna Kimberley (ENG) 11-5, 11-3, 11-4 (27m)
[2] Katie Malliff (ENG) bt [4] Élise Romba (FRA) 11-4, 11-6, 11-1 (20m)

[1] Emily Whitlock (WAL) bt [6] Polly Clark (ENG) 11-4, 11-1, 11-2 (21m)
[3] Anna Kimberley (ENG) bt [5] Kiera Marshall (ENG) 6-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (50m)
[4] Élise Romba (FRA) bt Juliette Permentier (NED) 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (23m)
[2] Katie Malliff (ENG) bt [8] Lowri Roberts (WAL) 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (22m)

1st round:
[1] Emily Whitlock (WAL) bt Katie Wells (ENG) 11-3, 11-1, 11-2 (16m)
[6] Polly Clark (ENG) bt Chloe Foster (WAL) 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (24m)
[5] Kiera Marshall (ENG) bt Sanne Veldkamp (NED) 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 (22m)
[3] Anna Kimberley (ENG) bt Ellie Jones (SCO) 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 (27m)
[4] Élise Romba (FRA) bt Kincső Szász (HUN) 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (40m)
Juliette Permentier (NED) bt [7] Sofia Aveiro Pita (POR) 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9 (31m)
[8] Lowri Roberts (WAL) bt [WC] Elin Harlow (WAL) 13-11, 7-11, 12-14, 11-6, 11-6 (37m)
[2] Katie Malliff (ENG) bt Jasmin Kalar (ENG) 11-2, 11-2, 11-2 (19m)
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Semi Finals

Top Seeds Whitlock & Malliff Set For Final Clash

Emily Whitlock

Wales as both No.1 and No.2 seeds Emily Whitlock and Katie Malliff scored comfortable semi-final victories to set up the final clash.

Home favourite Whitlock was up first as she took on England’s Anna Kimberley for a spot in the final. The World No.22 has been in terrific form in her opening two games and carried that on in the semi-final as she yet again controlled proceedings on court to not give Kimberley any chance to find a way into the match. Kimberley was never able to get above 5 points as Whitlock stormed to victory.

Her final opponent will be another Englishwoman and No.2 seed Katie Malliff, who made light work of France’s Elise Romba to reach her second final of the season. Like Whitlock, Malliff is yet to drop a game in the event and continued that form into the semi-final and again looked strong and sharp to confidently take control of the match and close it out in three games.

Whitlock and Malliff have never met on court before and are sure to play out a close final for the North Wales crowd in Colwyn Bay.
Quarter Finals

Kimberley Survives Scare To Ensure All Seeds Reach Final Four

Anna Kimberley in action
Anna Kimberley

The all-England clash between Anna Kimberley and Keria Marshall was the match of the day as the Colwyn Classic reached the quarter final stage in North Wales yesterday with the No.3 seed battling back from 2-0 down to secure her place in the semi-finals.

Marshall started superbly in the contest and took the opening two games in confident style, 11-6, 11-8 to place one foot in the final four. Kimberley had other ideas however and clinched two tight games both 11-9 to force the match into a decider. Kimberley managed to continue her momentum from the third and fourth games to take the final game 11-7 and book her semi-final spot.

Kimberley will be up against local top seed and World No.22 Emily Whitlock, who wasted no time in defeating England’s Polly Clark. The Welsh No.2 stormed through the match, giving no opportunities for Clark to settle. Whitlock took the match in must 22 minutes, 11-4, 11-1, 11-2.

In the bottom half of the draw, both seeds Elise Romba and Katie Malliff scored straight games victories to set up their semi-final match up. Romba overcame surprise quarter finalist Juliette Permentier in just 23 minutes to progress. Whilst Malliff defeated Welsh No.3 Lowri Roberts, in what looked to be a competitive three-game encounter.
Round 1

Permentier Joins Top 8 Seeds in Colwyn Classic Quarters

The Netherlands’ Juliet Permentier scored the only upset on day one of the Colwyn Classic 2023, taking place at Le Sport Health & Fitness in North Wales this week. The Dutch No.2 overcame Portugal’s No.7 seed Sofia Aveiro Pita in four games to advance. Permentier conceded the second game 11-6 but manages to show her resilience and fight to take all of her games 11-9 and close out the match 3-1. Permentier will now face France’s No.4 seed Elise Romba, who defeated Hungary’s Kincso Szász in straight games to move into the quarter finals.

In the all-Welsh battle between World Team Championships teammates Lowri Roberts and Elin Harlow, it was Roberts who managed to recover from 2-1 down to move into the last eight. Harlow took a tight third game 14-12 bit couldn’t continue her momentum as Roberts captured the following two games 11-6 to take the 37-minute five-setter. She’s now up against No.2 seed Katie Malliff, who wasted no time in despatching compatriot Jasmine Kalar in just 19 minutes.

Top seed Emily Whitlock is competing in her home club this week in Colwyn Bay and started her campaign with a confident, quick win over England’s Katie Wells. The Lincolnshire player didn’t manage to score more than three points in any game as she fell to the World No.22 in 16 minutes. Whitlock will now play compatriot Chloe Foster who scored a confident win over Yorkshire’s Polly Clark. Foster only got better as the match went on as she won 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 to book her place in the quarters.

The final quarter final match up will be an all-English affair between Anna Kimberely and Keira Marshall, who both recorded straight game victories over Scotland’s Ellie Jones and Sanne Veldkamp to set up an exciting match for a place in the semi-finals.

The first tournament of 2023 on the Challenger Tour will be the Colwyn Classic, which gets underway in Wales on Wednesday, January 4.

Playing on home soil, World No.22 Emily Whitlock will be the top seed for the women’s Challenger 5 level crown, and she will be aiming to be the first winner of the new year.

England’s Katie Malliff and Anna Kimberley, along with Frenchwoman Elise Romba will make up the rest of the top four seeds, while a second Welshwoman, in Lowri Roberts, will also be seeded for the competition.

Portuguese No.1 Sofia Aveiro Pita and the English duo of Polly Clark and Keira Marshall will be the other seeded players in the draw. Two more Welsh players, in Chloe Foster and wildcard Elin Harlow, will also feature in Colwyn Bay this week.

The event takes place from Wednesday, January 4 to Saturday, January 7 at the Le Sport Health and Fitness. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

First Round Draw: Colwyn Classic
[1] Emily Whitlock (WAL) v Katie Wells (ENG)
Chloe Foster (WAL) v [6] Polly Clark (ENG)
[5] Keira Marshall (ENG) v Sanne Veldkamp (NED)
Ellie Jones (SCO) v [3] Anna Kimberley (ENG)
[4] Elise Romba (FRA) v Kincso Szasz (HUN)
Juliette Permentier (NED) v [7] Sofia Aveiro Pita (POR)
[8] Lowri Roberts (WAL) v [WC] Elin Harlow (WAL)
Jasmin Kalar (ENG) v [2] Katie Malliff (ENG)

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.

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