Friday 9 May 2008

Few upsets so far in Liverpool

As the Dunlop British Open 2008 moves from Liverpool Cricket Club to the Echo Arena, the quarter-finals are taking shape ...

The biggest upset so far has come in the women's event, with Isabelle Stoehr defeating number 8 see Omneya Abdel Kawy in the first round.

All the seeds in the men's event made it through the first round, though there were notable performances from Alister Walker, who managed to nick a game off Ramy Ashour, and Tom Richards, who managed to do the same against Adrian Grant.

I mentioned Richards' progress coming back from injury in an article not long ago, and since then he has continued to make gains, winning his first BSPA title in the Colets Open 2008.

Prior to that, the 21 year-old from Surrey reached the final of the Curitiba Open in Brazil, finally losing to Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez.

The latter stages of both men's and women's draws in this year's British Open look like going to seeding, though former World Champion Vanessa Atkinson (this year unseeded) will fancy her chances against Shelley Kitchen later today, while Barker v Beachill looks like the most difficult to call of today's mens matches.

Squashblogger will be at the Echo Arena for the quarter finals tomorrow - watch this space for pictures of the venue and the action!

Dunlop British Open 2008

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