Event: CSRC Open 2010
Held @ Canterbury Squash Rackets Club, CT2 7LR.
Dates: 3rd-5th December 2010
Final position: Quarterfinal.
This was the third tournament I have participated in since i
arrived here in England two months ago. I can say that the result
acceptable considering this was my first event since I contracted a
shin injury during the Coronation London Open two weeks back.
I had a bye in the first round, and in the second round I played
Canterbury's Tom Woods beating him in straight sets, 11-8, 12-10,
12-10. He was a very talented player who had a very wide forehand
swing and that in addition to him being a lefty made it really hard
to read what he was going to do in the front of the court. We
exchanged short rallies in which both of us were in a hurry to put
the ball away on the first opportunity we got.
In the quarterfinal I drew the inform Obaid Jahan Khan, brother of
the legendary Hiddy Jahan Khan, Zarak and Zubai Jahan Khan. I won
the first game quite convincingly, 11-4 but then then lost focus
loosing the next 11-5. The third was a close game with both of us
going head to head on till 5-all and then he pulled away with a few
quick winners and got to 10-5 holding 5 match balls. I did recover
briefly by lost the game 11-9.
The fourth was similar as we went on till 8-8 but Khan managed to
pull of a winner and a mistake from me game him two match-balls. I
saved the two match-balls rallying up and down, playing a game I am
very uneasy playing, and leveled the score at 10-all. He then went
up twice and i managed to save two more matchballs. Getting my
first change at 13-12 i finished the game off with a cross court
flick wining 14-12.
The fourth seemed to have taken its tool on me and I seemed to be
struggling a lot physically. I went in attacking and was quickly
holding a 5-1 lead, but Khan steadied himself and rallied back to
5-all and then took the lead to go 8-5 up. We then exchanged a few
short rallies and i found myself 10-8 match ball up. Two errors
from my racket got Khan back in the game and he went up 11-10
serving for the match. I saved two match-balls but he put it away
in his third try wining the match 14-12.
I was quiet disappointed but knew that I played the fifth game
purely on my will power as I had nothing left physically to give.
So all in all it was an entertaining match and apart from the
result I enjoyed it tremendously.
My next engagement is the Beds County Championship's Quarterfinal
on Wednesday followed by the Boston Open which will be held from
the 10th to the 12th of December.
Will keep you all posted.