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Power
on the Mend

by Ryan Barnett,

Dec 8, 2003  © 2003

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Power 2003 Campaign Curtailed Abruptly

Two
steps forward one step back is a fitting analysis when describing Jonathon
Power’s 2003 squash campaign. Power’s year started off with the Tournament
of Champions in February where he made it to the final four. A sixth Canadian
National crown and the coveted Super Series title followed in April/early
May and both the bank account and confidence level were looking good.

A disappointing result
followed at the PSA Masters. Egyptian Karim Darwish played the match of
his career ousting Power 15-14 in the fifth game. It was then back to
jolly old England in August as Peter Nicol and Co. brought on the Prince
English Open. Power played well but John White played better. Power left
the Crucible Theatre with second place winnings, probably just enough
cash to cover the expenses.

As the leaves changed
color signifying fall it was U.S. Open in Boston followed quickly by Detroit’s
Motor City Open. The results. A stray ball to the eye in Symphony Hall
factored into a 5 game quarter-final loss to Thierry Lincou. However revenge
came swiftly as Power took out Titi in the Detroit final much to the delight
of those in attendance at the Birmingham Athletic club.

Power’s Broken Metacarpal bone
(X-ray appears with permission of Jonathon Power)

The pattern for the
season so far? Good results in the smaller events and tough luck in the
majors meaning Power’s ranking went down to five.

The two Johns, Nimick
and Beddington, salvaged the British Open albeit in scaled down form.
This 16 man draw saw Power bow out in the semis to Peter Nicol in five
games despite being up 2-0. Power described the match as
follows, "It was a nightmare, I thought it was all but over in the
third game. In fact I thought it was all but over loads of times."
The greatest
rivalry in squash was once again knotted 17-17.

November was very
good to Power. Two events in Canada and two great results.

Runner-up at the
Canadian Open to a red-hot Nicol and for the third time in four years
the Canadian Classic title. Power’s luck appeared to have changed for
the better and with only a couple events remaining in the 2003 season
he felt that "If I continue to play well and come away with some
more wins I can say that it was a good year."

Five Screws Placed in Power’s left
hand (X-ray appears with permission of Jonathon Power)

Well as we all know,
the "Disaster in Doha" saw Power’s season end prematurely. A collision
with Nick Matthew resulted in a broken hand.

Power’s manager
Jason Matthison explains, "JP severely broke his left hand (not just
his little finger) He had surgery at 8:00 AM the day following his match
where it was determined he broke his metacarpal shaft. He has 5 screws placed
in his hand and has been told that he cannot do physical activity for 6-8
weeks. He has withdrawn from the upcoming World Open and is extremely devastated
to say the least."

xFor
the second year in a row Power has been forced out of the World Open due
to injury. Last year David Palmer(accidentally) nearly took his head off
during their semi-final clash.

So to reflect on
Power’s 2003 season. It wasn’t bad. Heck the majority of the players on
the tour would consider those results outstanding. With two months off
to recharge the body and get match hungry now staring Power in the face.
2004 will now be even more interesting.


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