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Bianchetti outguns Willstrop
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10.10.00 Birmingham, SquashTalk News by M Bronstein
Squashtalk. October 10 2000
Meads, now in his early thirty is one of England's great journeymen players who never quite rose to the top. On present form, you would have expected Peter Genever, ranked 38, to beat him.
Another member of the Neil Harvey stable, topped by Peter Nicol, Genever has picked up some very good wins in the last few months, but was badly off his game and, by the time the referee had handed down at least a dozen highly questionable decisions, was so thoroughly cheesed off that he was unable to pull himself together. Meads won in three and got the short straw in the draw - he meets Simon Parke in the first round proper.
Beachill, from Yorkshire, has a nice combination of length and shots and while he won't set the world on fire, he will slowly rise up the rankings to earn a top ten place. He faced another Englishman, Bradley Ball and won comfortably; he drew an ever shorter straw, number two seed Jonathon Power, the Canadian wonderboy who holds the title.
NOT A VERY FRIENDLY
I have never seen so much shoving and pushing; not that they were antagonistic to each other - their bile was directed at the referee and quite rightly. Another referee who had been watching the match suggested that it was all to do with 'the match getting off to a bad start', his coded way of saying that the referee had not been strict enough from the word go.
THREE MATCH BALLS
AND STILL A LOSER
They continued the battles of the bodies into the fifth at 11-11 Durbach's luck deserted him. He made a bad error to put Boswell at 12-ll and then the referee gave a stroke against him. Durbach was incensed at the decision - and quite rightly too. Boswell now stood at 13-ll and Durbach never recovered his composure to lose 15-ll. Hard done by is an understatement. Boswell now meets Del Harris in the first round proper.
THE LUCK OF THE
Men's qualifying, final results:
Davide Bianchetti (Italy) beat James Willstrop (Eng) 14-15, 15-6, 15-8, 15-10.
Stewart Boswell (Aus) beatg Rodney Durbach (RSA) 13-15, 15-10, 15-17, 17-16, 15-11.
John Williams (Aus) beat Olli Tuominen (Fin) 15-11,15-4, 15-7
Stefan Casteleyn (Bel beat Tommy Berden (Neth)15-12, 15-11, 15-14.
Stephen Meads (Eng) beat Peter Genever (Eng) 15-11, 15-9, 15-8.
Juha Raumolin (Fin) beat Tim Garner (Eng) 15-7, 11-15, 13-15, 15-13, 15-6.
Lee Beachill (Eng) beat Bradley Ball (Eng) 15-14, 15-4, 15-9.
Ong Beng Hee (Malaysia) beat Adrian Grant (Eng) 9-15, 15-10, 15-10, 15-13. Women's qualifying, final results:
Vicky Botwright (Eng) beat Lisa McKenna (Sco) 9-0, 9-4, 9-7.
Cheryl Beaumont (Eng) beat Shabana Khan (US) 9-0, 9-1,3-9, 10-8.
Shelley Kitchen (NZ) beat Elin Blikra (Nor) 9-5, 9-6, 6-9, 9-3.
Sue Wright (Eng) beat Madeline Perry (Ire) 9-6, 9-2, 9-2.
Annelize Naude (RSA) beat Wendy Maitland (Sco) 9-6, 9-4, 9-2.
Isabelle Stoehr ( Fra) beat Kate Allison (Eng) 9-1, 9-2, 10-8.
Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) beat Margo Green (Can) 10-9, 9-2, 8-10, 10-8.
Agnes Muller (Swi) beat Laura Keating (Aus) 9-6, 9-3, 3-9, 9-4.
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