A week ago, play was underway at the inaugural London Open, a Challenger event on the FIR World Tour. Played at the exclusive yet incredibly welcoming Roehampton Club, three exceptional days of Racketlon were played, with players getting the chance to enjoy the glorious grass courts. As one player put it "Life Goal: Achievement Unlocked".
As part of the excellent live coverage provided by the FIR, there are a number of reports which compliment the three days of Live Blogging (see these links: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 to relive the event), as our very own Sam Barker once again went to town!
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Doubles The Traditional Start
Amke Fischer was the star on day one of the CH London Open as she walked away with both the Mixed A Doubles and Women’s A Doubles titles.
Fischer won the Mixed with partner Dan Busby and Women’s with Zuzana Severinova. Meanwhile, the Men’s A Doubles was won by Leon Griffiths and Calum Reid who beat both seeded pairs en route to the title.
Elsewhere, PSA Squash World No.11, Alison Waters, made her racketlon debut, picking up a medal in the Mixed B Doubles.
Top Seeds Felled on Dramatic Day of Singles
A dramatic Saturday at the Roehampton Club saw World No.1 Morten Jaksland suffer his first on-court singles defeat of the 2019 season.
Jaksland was defeated by Leon Griffiths who will face Dan Busby in the final, a repeat of this year’s British Championships final.
In the Women’s singles, PSA Squash Pro Alison Waters’ racketlon debut got off to a flying start as she battled through to the final. She’ll face Amke Fischer who is aiming to win back-to-back tiles as she completes her own comeback.
Five points at Squash, proved more than vital for Amke Fischer (l) vs Alison Waters (r)
Fischer Completes Triple Crown While Leon Wins the Battle of the Brits
Amke Fischer and Leon Griffiths both walked away from the Roehampton Club as champions after winning the Women’s Singles and Men’s Singles titles.
Fischer defeated debutant Alison Waters in a dramatic and highly-anticipated match.
Meanwhile, Griffiths gained revenge over Dan Busby in an all-British final after losing to him earlier this year in the British National Championships.
Martyn Langston on his way to the O50s Title
Brits Dominate Across The Remaining Classes
The Brits dominated across the across the rest of the classes as the London Open became a truely British affair, not the least due to the impact of our 15-17 year old players in the Men's B event, as there were titles for Matthew Davidson, Jane Galsworthy, Peter Crocombe, Jeremy Kzysyniak, Martyn Langston, Bruce Shepherd, Luke Griffiths and Eleanor Sinker.