Tue 16th Oct, Day ONE:
The fourth edition of the Channel VAS Championships at St
George's Hill kicked off today with eight first round matches.
Under the new PSA tour structure, this 24-player GOLD event
begins with eight matches to determine who goes through to play
the top eight seeds in Round Two.
Richards leads British charge into round two
St George's own Tom Richards was one of six British
winners on te opening day as he overcame Spain's Borja Golan in
one of two seeding upsets. Golan was still recoverin from the
injury he incurred in the US Open, with Wales Joel Makin
the other surprise winner as he beat Germany's Raphael Kandra.
Scotland's Greg Lobban denied wildcard Charlie Lee in
four tough games, while James Willstrop, Darly Selby
and Declan James - with a tough five game win over
compatriot Adrian Waller - boosted English interest.
Aussie Cameron Pilley and France's Mathieu Castagnet
were the other opening day winners, Pilley easing past 2015
champion Chris Simpson while Castagnet survived a brutal 100+
minute battle with young compatriot Lucas Serme.
R1 match reports & Quotess
Joel Makin (Wal) 3-1 Raphael Kandra (Ger)
7-11, 11-3, 11-7, 14-12
Daryl Selby (Eng) 3-1 Ben Coleman (Eng)
11-9, 11-2, 9-11, 11-8
James Willstrop (Eng) 3-0 Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
11-9, 11-6, 11-5
Cameron Pilley (Aus) 3-0 Chris Simpson (Eng)
Greg Lobban (Sco) 3-1 [wc] Charlie Lee (Eng)
13-15, 11-5, 11-9 (62m)
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) 3-2 Lucas Serme (Fra)
5-11, 11-7, 12-14, 11-9 (104m)
Tom Richards (Eng) 3-1 Borja Golan (Esp)
11-2, 8-11, 11-8, 11-5 (35m)
Declan James (Eng) 3-2 Adrian Waller (Eng)
9-11, 15-13, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5 (73m)
Match Reports and more on the CVAS BLOG