The Wimbledon Cup 2014 – a top class tournament!
Last weekend we had the pleasure of watching some world class squash just down the road at the Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club, a long standing client of ours and hosts of the Wimbledon Cup. Part of the BSPA and WSA World tours, the tournament always attracts a top line up of players and this year was no different. Alison Waters, world no.6 and Tom Richards, world no.33 were both back to defend their titles, whilst world no.13 Madeline Perry of Ireland, made her debut to the tournament, along with Yathreb Adel who recently took the squash world by storm reaching the US Open Quarter Finals at just 18 years old!
The opening day of the Wimbledon Cup saw the Men’s draw battle it out with top seeds Tom Richards, Rex Hedrick, Peter Creed and Eddie Charlton all making it through to the quarter finals. We also had the opportunity to watch home favourite Charles Sharpes win his first two matches to reach the last eight. The ladies draw was equally as competitive with the top four seeds making it through to the quarters – last years finalists Alison Waters and Emma Beddoes, plus Madeline Perry and Yathreb Adel.
The quarter-finals and semi-finals were played out on the Saturday and attracted a sizeable crowd to the club. Making it through to the Men’s final was world no.51 Eddie Charlton and last years finalist and world no.57 Rex Hedrick. For the Ladies final, it was to be Alison Waters vs Madeline Perry.
Sunday was a real treat, both finals were superb and we witnessed some top class squash throughout the afternoon! The Ladies final went to the full five games with Alison Waters playing solidly to equalise after being 0-2 down. But it was Madeline Perry who was able to clench the deciding game to win her first Wimbledon Cup. The Men’s final was also an intense match with long, gripping rallies and close games, but it was Rex Hedrick who managed to take the 2014 title in 4 games.
Ladies Final: Madeline Perry 3-2 Alison Waters 12/10, 11/4, 7/11, 10/12, 11/8
Men’s Final: Rex Hedrick 3-1 Eddie Charlton 12/10, 4/11, 11/8, 11/9
For the full tournament results click here
The Wimbledon Cup has a rich history dating back to 1937, where many of the names on the honours board are past legends or current stars on the squash circuit. We’ve been maintaining the courts at Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club for many years now and were delighted to sponsor the Wimbledon Cup again this year. It’s a great event hosted by a fantastic club and all credit to head coach, Phil Rushworth for organising a superb tournament year after year. We’re looking forward to the Wimbledon Cup 2015 already!