FINALS : Jazz and Mo still the Champions

The 2023 British National Champions were crowned at St George’s Hill today …

British National Squash Championships 2023 : Day FIVE, FINALS

[5] Jasmine Hutton (Eng) 3-2 [2] Tesni Evans (Wal)  13-11, 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 5-3 rtd (67m)

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (Eng) 3-0 [2] Joel Makin (Wal)  11-7, 12-10, 11-5 (53m)

ElShorbagy in action against Makin.

Mo retains the title

Mohamed ElShorbagy remains the British National Men’s champion after beating second seed Joel Makin in straight games in a repeat of last year’s final.

ElShorbagy eased ahead after an even start to the first game, then took a 10-5 lead in the second. Makin recovered to 10-all but ElShorbagy took the next two points to double his lead.

ElShorbagy maintained the momentum in the third, moving to 10-5 before securing the title with a winning dropshot.

“I think the tactic before the match was to try and play Willstrop tactics a little bit, with the ball control, with the accuracy. Nobody can do it like him, but I just tried to do it as close to him.

“I’m really happy to win the title. It’s such a historic event and I want to show how serious I am about this event and how important it is for me, being a national champion is a big thing for me.

“I think it is such a great step from England Squash to have the Nationals at different events all across the country, and I will hope to be back again next year.”

Jazz is still the champion !!

Jasmine Hutton (right) in action against Tesni EvansJasmine Hutton retained the British Nationals title that she unexpectedly claimed last year, as two-time champion and second seed Tesni Evans was forced to retire injured during the fifth game.

Hutton had taken a two-game lead – recovering from 8-10 in the first and capitalising on a 6-2 start to the second – only for Evans to peg it back and force a decider.

But at 4-3 to Hutton injury struck as Evans pulled up chasing a dropshot, and despite physio treatment was unable to continue.

 “I’m really gutted for Tesni. We were having an absolute battle out there and it’s a horrible way to finish and win an event. I wish her a speedy recovery. We have got a really busy season ahead so all the best to her and she is an absolute legend.

“I feel like I really took myself out of my comfort zone and flew over to Florida for a good four weeks. There was a lot of fitness early mornings, there was fitness every day no matter what and I feel really amazing.”