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Picture Gallery from Felix Paal available online
Thursday, 02 September 2010
The picture gallery of the German player Felix Paal is available online.
 
Picture Gallery from the Victory and Closing Ceremony available
Sunday, 29 August 2010

To the Picture Gallery from the Victory and Closing Ceremony.

 
Results of the Finals and Play-Offs for Place 3
Sunday, 29 August 2010

Find all results here.

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Australian Davenport Wins Record Fourth World Masters Title In Cologne
Sunday, 29 August 2010

Australian Geoffrey Davenport claimed a record-equalling fourth title in the 2010 World Masters Squash Championships, the 10th staging of the World Squash Federation event in Cologne, Germany.

The 52-year-old favourite and defending champion defeated Scotland's No3 seed Alan Thomson 11-9, 11-3, 11-8 in the final of the Men's Over-50 event. Davenport won the Over-45 World Masters title in 2003 and 2006.

It was legendary fellow Australian Heather McKay who became the first winner of four World Masters titles in 1995.

A second crown also goes to Australia after former World Open champion Vicki Cardwell, the top seed, beat second-seeded Scot Pauline Douglas 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 in the Women's Over-55 final.

England claimed six titles: Averil Murphy successfully defended her title in the Women's Over-60 event, beating Australia's No2 seed Marilyn Kennedy 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4 in the final.

Top seed Mark Cowley, the Over-55 British Open champion, defeated fellow Englishman Peter Alexander 12-10, 11-8, 13-11 in the Men's Over-55 final.

In another all-English final, third seed Keith Jones beat outsider Peter Leary, a 9/16 seed, 11-4, 11-9, 11-9 in the Men's Over-60 final.

Chris Ansell, also a British Open champion in the category, battled to an 11-4, 16-18, 8-11, 11-8, 11-2 win over fourth-seeded South African Antony Michael Martin to take the Men's Over-65 final.

The 'oldest' title also went to England after top seed Malcolm Gilham overcame unseeded fellow countryman Raymond Rook 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 in the final of the Men's Over-75 championship.

And 54-year-old Julie Field successfully defended her Women's Over-50 title, beating second-seeded South African Lisa O'Grady 11-13, 11-4, 11-9, 11-4 in the final.

There was popular home success in two women's events: Favourite Sabine Schoene, a former world No6 from Munich, defeated Karen Meakins, from Barbados, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 in the Women's Over-35 final - and fourth seed Simone Korell produced a surprise German win after beating New Zealand's third seed Judith Casbolt 11-9, 11-2, 11-7 in the Women's Over-40 event final.

The biggest shock in Cologne came in the Women's Over-45 event where unseeded South African Leora Greenwood battled through to the final where the 47-year-old beat Dutch opponent Bea de Dreu-Spitse 11-9, 11-3, 11-1 to take the title.

There was further unexpected South African success in the Women's Over-65 event when second seed Sheena Worwood beat England's Norma Fulling 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 in the final.

There was New Zealand success in the Men's Over-45 event where second seed Gary Duberly, winner of the Men's Over-40 title two years ago, beat England's Peter Gunter 11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 11-9 in a surprise final.

In the Men's Over-70 final, Welshman Brian Phillips beat New Zealand's defending champion Barry Gardiner 12-10, 11-2, 11-9 to win his first World title.

Ireland celebrated a pair of surprise titles: Third seed Barbara Sanderson celebrated her recent 70th birthday by upsetting top seed Averil Heath 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 in the Women's Over-70 final.

And popular Irishman Derek Ryan, a fourth seed, secured his first World Masters title in the Men's Over-40 event after beating third-seeded Dutchman Lucas Buit 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 in the final.

Finally Frenchman Renan Lavigne celebrated his maiden appearance in the championships by winning the Men's Over-35 title, defeating Dutchman Stephen Cooke 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 in the final.

WSF Press Release by Howard Harding

 
England Set To Master World Championships In Cologne
Saturday, 28 August 2010

England players are competing in eight of the finals in the World Masters Squash Championships, with the certainty of three titles in the 10th staging of the World Squash Federation event in Cologne, Germany.

There are unexpected all-English finals in the Men's Over-55, Men's Over-60 and Men's Over-75 events.

Hosts Germany are anticipating success in the Women's Over-35 championship, through former world No6 Sabine Schoene, the top seed - and unexpected success in the Women's Over-40 championship where fourth seed Simone Korell takes on New Zealand's Judith Casbolt, the No3 seed, in the final.

Over 800 players have competed in the championships - in which the oldest player has been Hazel Marsh, an 82-year-old from England who was giving several years' advantage to fellow competitors in the Women's Over-70 event.

WSF Press Release by Howard Harding

 
Official Communication - DSMP GmbH
Friday, 27 August 2010

The Deutsche Squash Marketing und Promotion GmbH as a event promoter of the World Masters Championships is deeply concerned by the problems which came up during the procedures of the event. In the last years we have undertaken great efforts to make this World Championships a success. I deeply regret that this did not happen.

I express my regret to all players coming from around the world and offer a serious apology for the problems. We were able to solve the problems in the areas of results management and match schedules on Thursday. It is the merit of our team of volunteers that this could be achieved despite to all difficulties as they did not give up their efforts. Therefore I express my gratitude to our team.

Volker Bernardi, Managing Director, Deutsche Squash Marketing und Promotion GmbH

 
Schedules for Friday
Thursday, 26 August 2010
SCHEDULES
 
Official Communication #1 - Statement of the German Squash Federation
Thursday, 26 August 2010

Statement of the German Squash Federation concerning the organisational issues of the 10th World Masters Championships 2010

(dsqv, 26 August 2010)

The German Squash Federation has evaluated the problems reported about the tournament and match schedules of the 10th World Masters Championships.

We would like to express our deepest concern on these problems and offer an apology to all participants of the World Championships as we are convinced that this never should have happened. We were sure that we had done our very best efforts to secure a smooth running of the tournament. The Organising Committee and the team of all volunteers have worked very hard in the last days to eliminate the problems.

As a consequence of the findings the German Squash Federation has decided to replace the tournament director Peter Köck. Alan Hathway will take over the position of tournament director with immediate effect.

“As tournament director of this greatest tournament existing Peter suffered heavy health problems recently but still was ambitious to run the tournament. Being the responsible Vice-President for Masters Squash of the German Squash Federation for so many years Peter Köck has done his utmost in the last two years of organisation to make the event a success and wanted to finish this job perfectly. We express our gratitude for his work and great contribution in so many years”, stated Wolfgang Bauriedel, President of the German Squash Federation and Honorary President of the Organising Committee of the World Championships.

“We are also very grateful for the intensive work of all volunteers giving their best for this tournament and we would like to ask all participants to appreciate this work of the teams in Cologne and Sankt Augustin”.

Further information: http://worldmasters2010.squash-events.de

 
Schedules for Thursday
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
SCHEDULES
 
Schöne set to Star in maiden World Masters appearance in Germany
Monday, 23 August 2010

Germany’s former world No6 Sabine Schoene is set to star in this week’s World Masters Championships in Cologne where she is the only local player seeded to win one of the 17 titles on offer in the World Squash Federation event being staged in Germany for the first time in its 34-year history.

The 36-year-old from Munich, making her first appearance on the international stage for more than six years, is top seed in the Women’s Over-35 championship. Schoene, the German national champion an incredible 17 times, enjoyed a distinguished career on the international circuit, reaching the World Open semi-finals in 1993 and winning the silver medal in the World Games in 1997.

England are expected to win six titles in the championships, with Australia and South Africa each predicted to gain four. England’s Averil Murphy, defending champion and top seed in the Women’s Over-60 event, is one of six players hoping to win a record-equalling fourth World Masters trophy.

South Africans Craig van der Wath and Trevor Wilkinson are both aiming for a fourth – van der Wath hoping to win back his Men’s Over-40 title and Wilkinson bidding to defend his Men’s Over-45 crown.

Australians Geoffrey Davenport and Brian Cook are both scheduled to retain the trophies they won two years ago in New Zealand – Davenport the Men’s Over-50 and Cook the Men’s Over-60.

Kiwi Barry Gardiner is hoping to repeat 2008 home soil success in the Men’s Over-70 championship.

(WSF Press Release - Howard Harding).

After winning her last World Masters title in 2001, Australia’s distinguished former World Open champion Vicki Cardwell is expected to pick up the Women’s Over-55 title in Cologne.

Just nine months after celebrating his 35th birthday, Frenchman Renan Lavigne – a former world No17 – is making his Masters debut as top seed in the Men’s Over-35 event.

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