2009 WOLVERHAMPTON SQUASH OPEN SEMI-FINALS

“Today was very hard and I had to dig really deep to win,” said the World No.12. “Beng Hee is a great player and the fact that he is currently ranked nineteen in the world demonstrates the strength in depth on the men’s World Tour. Today is the first time we have ever played and I’m really pleased to have progressed to the final.
 
The 26-year-old Englishman, who has risen nineteen places in the World Rankings since last years event, will face No.6 seed and compatriot Jonathan Kemp who was in devastating form to overcome top seed Laurens Jan Anjema of the Netherlands in an epic 11-4 12-10 5-11 8-11 11-0 60-minute semi-final.
 
The No.1 seed showed no signs of fatigue, despite a physical 84-minute quarter-final win over Joey Barrington less than twenty-four hours earlier.
 
Kemp sought to seize the initiative from the opening exchanges with adventurous and at times outrageous attacking squash and eventually overcame Anjema in the fifth game, despite a spirited comeback from the Dutchman which saw him level the match at two games all by winning the third and fourth games with greater consistency and breathtaking retrieval.
 
“I played out of my skin tonight,” said Kemp, the World No.28. “Playing in front my home crowd has really inspired me this week. They have given me huge support and created a very special atmosphere. I hope I can come back tomorrow and give the supporters something more to shout about.”
 
Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Wolverhampton, England
Semi-Finals:
[6] Jonathon Kemp (ENG) bt [1] Lauren Jan Anjema (NED) 11-4, 12-10, 5-11, 8-11, 11-0 (60mins)
[2] Alister Walker (ENG) bt [4] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (78mins)
 
Final:
[2] Alister Walker (ENG) vs. [6] Jonathon Kemp (ENG)
 
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Alister Walker of England defeated Malaysia’s Ong Beng Hee 10-12 11-8 11-7 11-7 to reach the final of the 2009 Wolverhampton Open, the UK’s biggest club-based squash championships staged at Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club.