The 2015 Masters – 13th to 17th May, at the University of Hull
The 2015 Masters Draws & Results
Sat 16th, Semi-Finals
3/4 seed Gareth Lumsdon knocked out the favourite and top seed Omar Elborolossy 3-1 in 40 minutes. Elborolossy was 10-8 up in the 4th but couldn’t take the game ball to force a fifth and Lumsdon capitalised and took the game 13-11 to book his place in the final. He will face Darren Lewis who cruised into the final with a 3-0 victory over Matt Marshall in just 15 minutes.
Top seed Nick Wall was pushed all the way in his semi final by Jonathan Gliddon, Gliddon took the first 11-9 only for Wall to reply by taking the second two closely contested games 11-9, 11-8. Gliddon had a chance to take it into a fifth but Wall stayed focused to take the 4th game 14-12. He comes up against Jamie Goodrich who came from 2-1 down to defeat Paul Boyle 3-2 in45 minutes.
Yawar Abbas and Andrew Cross have set up an all Durham & Cleveland clash in the MO45 Final, the county compatriots both recorded 3-1 victories over their opponents. Abbas ended Nick Browns fantastic unseeded run in the event while Cross came from a game down to defeat Stephen McLoughlin.
Fredrik Johnson is through to the final after a solid 3-0 victory over Nigel Stiles. Johnson plays at an intense pace and didn’t let Stiles get into the game, racing into early leads that Stiles couldn’t pull back. He will face Murray Scott who had a brutal game with Steven Calvert. Calvert took the first 10-9 but was unable to push on from that, Scott took the 2nd 9-6 and then had the fresher legs which mustve helped in the 3rd and 4th as he took them 9-1,9-2 in a 68 minute match.
The favourite Jon Evans made it through to the final after defeating 5/8 Richard Millman 3-1. Evans had a cracking start which he took 9-0 but Millman replied taking the second 9-2, from then on it was more closely contested but Evans had enough to take them 9-5,9-6. He comes up against second seed Dermot Hurford who beat 3/4 Neil Harrison, their game was closely contested and they had a game each when Hurford took the 3rd 9-0, Harrison competed much better in the 4th and had a 7-6 lead but Hurford was too strong and took it 9-7 to win the match 3-1.
A slightly strange finish to the semi final with Peter Alexander and Stuart Hardy, Alexander leading 2-1 and 8-5 in the 4th before retiring injured at 8-5 up. Hardy won’t mind as he goes through to contest a British Open Masters title, he will face Mark Cowley who defeated Simon Evenden 3-0, Cowley started strong to take the first 9-2, Evenden rallied hard in the second and came back from 3-7 down to go 8-7 up but he couldn’t take those last crucial points and Cowley took it 10-9, the 3rd was contested well but Evenden couldn’t seem to get a run of points and Cowley sealed it 9-2 after 32 minutes.
This final will be contested between 3/4 Derek Collins and 2nd seed and reigning champ Barry Featherstone after both men sailed through with 3-0 victories over Larry Grover and Ian Graham respectively. Both matches were contested well but Collins and Featherstone were in charge throughout and rarely looked in trouble.
The top 2 seeds will fight for the O70 Final after both men came through 5 setters. Top seed Chris Ansell was pushed all the way by Adrian Wright, they took a game each and it was too close to call in the fifth but Ansell was the stronger player in the game that mattered and took it 9-2 after 38 minutes. He will face Mike Clemson who was similarly pushed by Gerald Poulton and they too took a game each, Clemson taking his fifth game 9-4 and has a chance to defend his O70 British Open Title.
Top seed Pat Kirton had his work cut out for him today against Vince Taylor. Kirton took the first only for Taylor to reply taking the next two games. Kirton stormed ahead in the 4th into an 8-4 lead, Taylor pulled it back to 7-8 but couldn’t push on to take the match, Kirton held his nerve and took it 9-7, the fifth was tight and with scores at 7-7 it was anyones but it was Kirton who took the vital rallies to move into the final with a 3-2 victory after 52 minutes. He will now come up against the American second seed Michael Gough who had a great start against John Woodliffe taking it 9-0. Woodliffe found his feet in the second and a close game followed which Woodliffe took 10-8. Gough had the edge for the rest of the match though and took the 3rd and 4th games 9-4 to make his way into the final.
Lauren Briggs cruised into the finals with a 3-0 victory over Katie Lawrence, Briggs who has not long left the professional womens tour took no chances and dominated the match. She will now come up against Scotland’s Helen Nicoll in the final who got past Isabelle Tweedle 3-0, the first game was very close with Nicoll taking it 10-8, from then on she stayed in control to take the second 9-7 and the third 9-0.
Rachel Pullan is on course to retain her title after coming from 2-1 down against Shayne Baillie, the game was played at a ferocious pace with Pullan coming out on top after 54 minutes with a 3-2 victory. Rachel Calver had a much easier semi final, she was 1-0 up and at game ball in the second before Sarah Parr had to retire through injury.
American Hope Prockop knocked out the top seed Amanda Warren with a 3-0 victory, she will face Isabelle Tweedle in the final who came through her match with Alison Goy unscathed, Tweedle started well and was rarely troubled in a 3-0 victory.
Rachel Woolford makes her way into the final with a victory over Mandy Akin. Akin took the first with Woolford taking the next two before Akin was forced to retire with a hamstring injury. She will face Netherlands Bea Spitse who came through a well contested semi final against Fran Wallis, Spitse just too strong in the final stages and took that one 3-1 in 34 minutes.
Top Seed Jill Campion took on Lesley Sturgess in her semi final, Campion was too strong though and didn’t let Sturgess get into the game, 3-0 in 19 minutes. She faces Sarah Howlett in the final who got past Susan Pynegar. Howlett started very well and took the first 9-0, Pynegar came out fighting and took the second 9-6 and from then on it was competitive between the pair but it was Howlett who pushed on when it mattered taking the next two 9-6 and 10-8.
This category is being played as a round robin and Scotland’s Pauline Douglas has already retained her WO60 British Open title after two 3-0 victories over Jan Ellis and Jane Hill. Douglas was too strong and rarely gave any chances to her opponents. Hill and Ellis will now battle it out tomorrow to take the runners up prize.
This category is also a round robin with Ann Manley, Averil Murphy and Bett Dryhurst. Manley took on Dryhurst this morning and came back from a game down to win 3-1, Dryhurst then took on Murphy later this evening with Murphy taking it 3-0. Tomorrows clash between Murphy and Manley will therefore be the match it all hinges on to be crowned champion.
Friday 15th report
All top 4 seeds made it into the semis, the top half recorded the easier victories, Elborolossy and Lumsden both coming through unscathed with 3-0 victories. Matt Marshall had to come from a game down in the bottom half against Tim Burrell but ran out a 3-1 winner while Darren Lewis was pushed by Chris Gillespie at the start of their match. The first game ended 19-17 in Lewis favour, he then went on to win 3-0 in 31 minutes.
Top seed Nick Wall was tested by Jago Nardelli, Wal took a 2-0 lead only for Nardelli to pull one back, Wall eventually won 3-1 taking the 4th 11-1 but it wasn’t as easy as the scoreline suggests with the match lasting 48 minutes. He will face Jonathan Gliddon who had a similar game with Antonio Petronzio, winning 3-1 in 38 minutes. The bottom half saw 5/8 Paul Boyle knock out 3/4 Michael McLoughlin 3-1in 45 minutes, he now faces second seed Jamie Goodrich who came back from losing the first game 10-12 to beat Joss Hargrave 3-1 in 43 minutes.
Nick Brown continued his run of knocking seeds out of the event with a 3-0 victory over 3/4 David Youngs, he will now face the top seed Yawar Abbas in the SF as he defeated Lee Scott 3-1. In the bottom half there were no surprises as Andrew Cross made it through without much trouble, 3-0 against Frank Ellis while Stephen McLoughlin had a tougher time getting past Steve Dodridge. Dodridge took the first but McLoughlin battled back to take the second 14-12 and went on to win 3-1 in 41 minutes.
Freddie Johnson steamrolled his way into the semi finals with a 9-1, 9-1, 9-0 victory over John Parkes, he now comes up against 9/16 Nigel Stiles who beat fellow 9/16 Mark Hildred 3-0 in 37 minutes. Steven Calvert recorded the longest match of the masters event so far as he knocked out the 3/4 Peter Gunter in a mammoth 5 setter that lasted 80 minutes! He comes up against Murray Scott who got past Darren Withey in 3.
Richard Millman caused the only upset in the 55’s as he defeated 3/4 Jeremy Goulding in straight sets. He now comes up against Jon Evans who dropped his first game against Ged Martin but then took control and ran out a 3-1 victor. In the bottom half Neil Harrison had his work cut out against Simon Gogolin, Harrison was 2-1 down but managed to recover and take it into the 5th which he won 9-5. He now comes up against Dermot Hurford who came through his qf against Alan Thomson without too much trouble, 3-0 in 19 minutes.
Peter Alexander was tested in the first game with Paul Harris which he won 10-9 but then soon took control of the match to take the next two games 9-1, 9-0 to move into the semi finals. He faces Stuart Hardy in the SF as he recorded a 3-0 victory over Geoff Redfern. Simon Evenden ended John Rae’s run in the bottom half with a 3-1 victory in 44 minutes, he now comes up against Mark Cowley who got past Paul Reader 3-0 in 18 minutes.
5/8 Larry Grover knocked out the top seed Aubrey Waddy in the 65’s. The first game was a battle with Grover taking it 10-8, from then on he didn’t look back and took the next two games 9-1, 9-2 to seal his semi final place. He now comes up against Derek Collins who had a much tougher time against Ian Ross, Ross took the first 2 games but Collins got stuck in and clawed it back and eventually took the match 3-2 in 51 minutes. In the bottom half of the draw Ian Graham defeated Martin Pearse 3-1 in 38 minutes and will face Barry Featherstone who was 2-1 up against Alex Sinclair but eventually won through a retirement as Sinclair could no longer continue with an injury.
The top seed seemed to have the toughest match today, Chris Ansell got the win over John Robertson 3-1 in 36 minutes, the rest of the seeds all got through recording 3-0 victories, Gerard Poulton from Canada with the most impressive with a 9-0 9-0 9-6 victory over William Wilson.
John Woodliffe continued his run against the seeds with a 3-1 victory over 3/4 Brian Phillips, he will now face Michael Gough from USA in the SF who got past Malcolm Gilham 3-0 in 25 minutes. In the top half the number 1 seed Patrick Kirton came past Andrew Beeston 3-0 while Canadian Vince Taylor defeated Lance Kinder 3-0.
Katie Lawrence defeated Sam Mueller 3-0 but it was far from easy, game score were 10-9, 10-9, 9-3! Lawrence now comes up against Lauren Briggs in the SF. In the other half Isabelle Tweedle also recorded a 3-0 victory over Natalie Townsend with a less dramatic scoreline of 9-4, 9-0, 9-1 in 17 minutes.
No trouble for the seeds in the Womens O40’s as they all won 3-0 with little trouble. Shayne Baillie is back to compete for the title a short time after competing in the Womens Qualification event, she will face reigning champion Rachel Pullan in tomorrows SF. The match of the day in the women has to go to Rachel Calver and Krissy Burkin who had a 5 set battle which swung each way before Calver took the 5th 9-3 in 57 minutes.
Just the one match today with Hope Prockop from USA defeating Sue Smith 3-0 in 18 minutes.
Another category with all the top seeds making it through safely to the Semi Finals. Pippa Green took the first game against the top seed Mandy Akin but couldn’t push on from that as Akin soon got into the groove and took it 3-1. She will face Rachel Woolford who came past Hilary Kenyon 3-0. In the bottom half Bea Spitse and Fran Wallis both made it through with 3-0 wins over Julia Dolman and Shelly Walsh respectively.
Lesley Sturgess and Susan Pynegar both came through their matches without much trouble with 3-0 victories. Annette Davies took on second seed Sarah Howlett but unfortunately had to retire in the second game which put Howlett through to face Pynegar in the semi finals.
Thursday 14th Report
No upsets to report in the 40’s as all seeds safely came through, the only one to be troubled was Joss Hargrave who had a tough game against Chris Stanley but eventually took it 3-1 in 40 minutes. 3/4 Seed Rob Staunton had to withdraw which gives unseeded Antonio Petronzio a quarter final match against 5/8 Jonathan Gliddon tomorrow.
Nick Brown is the stand out name in the O45’s as he has made his way to the quarter finals by defeating two seeded players along the way. Firstly he took out 5/8 Andy Normille 3-1 and today beat 9/16 Martin Geear 3-1. He is rewarded with a QF match against 3/4 David Youngs. The rest of the top seeds made it through safely although Lee Scott had his work cut out for him against Nick Derbyshire. Derbyshire took the first two games 11-9 but Scott rallied back and kept going and eventually ran out a 3-2 winner.
The top half of the draw has really opened up with seeds falling as we move into the quarters. 9/16 John Parkes defeated 5/8 Peter Gilbee 3-1in 54 minutes, 9/16 Nigel Stiles had a cracking 3-0 victory over 3/4 Eamonn Holmes and 9/16 Mark Hildred comes into the quarters after beating Michael Wardle 3-0. The bottom half is strong with all top seeds – Calvert, Gunter, Withey and Scott coming through without much trouble.
All seeds safely through to the quarters, although some results look easier than they appear, Simon Gogolin defeated Mark Taylor 3-0 but the match lasted 43 minutes. 9/16 Tom Burton also kept the second seed Dermot Hurford busy for 40 minutes on court before eventually losing 3-1.
A couple of 9/16 seeds crashed the quarter finals party in the 60’s, Paul Harris came from a game down to beat 5/8 Ian Holmes 3-1. He now faces top seed Peter Alexander who wasted no time with a 17 minute victory over Alan Coates. John Rae has caused the biggest upset so far in the tournament as he defeated 3/4 Steve Jackson 3-1 in 33 minutes. He will now come up against 5/8 Simon Evenden who had a battle with Colin McNestrie but took it 10/8 in the 4th.
Only one upset in the 65’s, 9/16 Alex Sinclair taking out Chris Goodbourn 3-0 in 28 minutes. The rest of the top seeds made it through to the quarters however 3/4 Ian Graham was made to work hard for his place by Peter Smith who took him to 5. The match lasted 53 minutes and was close all the way through but fitness maybe played its part as Graham steamrolled through the 5th and recorded a 9-0 game and the victory 3-2.
Brian Hardcastle caused the only upset in this category as he had a real battle with 5/8 Graham Fisher. With the games at 1 a piece, the next three games were 10-8, 8-10, 10-9 in 50 minutes, for his efforts Hardcastle now faces 3/4 Adrian Wright in the quarters.
Only 3 matches in the 75’s today but 3 upsets already! Lance Kinder took out 5/8 John Batty 3-0 while John Woodliffe defeated 5/8 John Shaw 3-0. Malcolm Gilham was made to work harder for his victory against Harry Avison, Gilham went 2-0 up but Avison kept going and levelled it 2-2 but it was Gilham who was victorious after a mammoth 53 minutes 3-2.
Only one womens match today, Pippa Green took on Christine Summers and recorded a 3-0 victory, she will now face the top seed Mandy Akin in tomorrows quarters.
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Please will be offered to all categories, in the event that not enough players commit we will combine categories to provide games.
There is limited practice between 8am-10am each morning that can be booked at the tournament desk.
A Social match system will be offered throughout the week, simply register your name with the tournament desk for the day you wish to play a social match and the tournament desk staff will pair you up with an opponent and a time and court to play. Please note you may be paired up with any player from the tournament, it is not gender or age specific.
A Social Function will be held upstairs in the Sports Centre from 19.00 on Friday 15 May. ALL masters players and guests are welcomed free of charge, hot food, drinks and music will be playing and we hope most of the players can attend and catch up with old and new friends.
The GB Vets are also holding a Cocktail Party on Thursday 14th May 19.30-21.30 in the Jubilee Room, Staff House. All Masters players are welcome to attend free of charge.
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Allam British Open Main Draw Matches:
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