Whipp and Beddoes bag Boston titles


Andy Whipp and Emma Beddoes took the winner’s titles last weekend in the 14th annual BSPA Boston Open. The last event of 2010 on the national tour saw the number 2 seed produce a stunning comeback in the men’s final to win 3-2, while 2008 women’s finalist Emma Beddoes went one step further this time around to be crowned ladies’ champion.

Over three days 986 minutes of high quality squash was contested on the courts of Boston Squash and Racketball Club, excluding the junior tournaments which were held before Sunday’s senior finals. The longest match was a marathon 66 minute long men’s semi final, while Deon Saffery took 53 minutes less to win a pool B match.

Following a few late withdrawals in the women’s event, including top seed Vanessa Atkinson’s, the format changed to that of a round robin with two pools with three women each. The player that topped each pool would progress into Sunday’s grand final.

In pool A Emma Beddoes finished in pole position after beating Brogan Lane 11/8, 11/4, 11/5 and Katy Ramirez 11/7, 11/3, 11/4. Ramirez beat Lane 11/8, 11/3, 11/5 to ensure herself 2nd place in the pool.

Deon Saffery finished first in pool B following victories to the tune of 11/3, 11/2, 11/1 versus Fran Wallis and 10/12, 11/7, 11/3, 11/5 against Rachel Willmott. Indeed that match occurred late on Saturday night and resulted i