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Richie Fallows in action at last year's British Grand Prix

Top Seeds Fallows and Kennedy Take British U23 Open Titles


World No.77 Richie Fallows became the first person since 1990 to lift the JW Cannon British Under 23 Open Crown with a fine 3-1 victory over second seed Joel Makin in the final at the Roehampton Club in London, England.

Fallows had been in superb form in the build-up to the final, dropping just two games en-route, while Makin had made short work of his opponents throughout the tournament.

After a magnificent start to the match from Makin saw the Welshman take the opening game, Fallows felt his way back into the encounter with some superb winners to level proceedings.

Physically demanding third and fourth games then played out in front of a delighted crowd with Fallows eventually prevailing, rising to a 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 12-10 victory to follow in the footsteps of luminaries such as Pakistani legend Jahangir Khan and former World Champion Rodney Martin, who both previously lifted the illustrious title, and win the first event of the new PSA and European Squash Federation (ESF) Under 23 Tour

London-based Georgina Kennedy, meanwhile, lifted the Women’s title after an emphatic triumph against Eleanor Epke in just 21 minutes in the duo’s final encounter.

Epke had emerged as the tournament’s surprise package after stunning second seed Nada Elkalaawy in round one but failed to maintain the intensity of her game in the final, falling to an 11-8, 12-11, 11-7 defeat in Kennedy’s favour.

Result – Final: Men’s JW Cannon British Under 23 Open 2016
[1] Richie Fallows (ENG) bt [2] Joel Makin (WAL) 3-1: 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 12-10

Result – Final: Women’s JW Cannon British Under 23 Open 2016
[1] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bt Eleanor Epke (NZL) 3-0: 11-6, 13-11, 11-7 (21m)

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