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Cheetham Hill Classic: Beecroft and Jenkins Take Maiden Titles

Miles Jenkins and Lucy Beecroft have both secured their first PSA Tour titles, with wins at the Arion Homes Cheetham Hill Classic in Manchester.

The Challenger 3 level tournament was restricted to only domestic entrants due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Only those currently based in the United Kingdom were allowed to play.

Jenkins was the No.2 seed for the tournament, and he started his campaign with wins over the Scottish pair of Alasdair Prott and Fergus Richards.

The Englishman then took out No.5 seed Ben Smith, before overcoming the challenge from No.4 seed James Peace in the final. With a 3-0 win in the final, Jenkins came through the entirety of the event without dropping a game.

In the women’s event, unseeded Lucy Beecroft secured her maiden PSA Tour title after getting the better of four seeds during the tournament.

Fresh off the back of her debut appearance at the PSA World Championships, the Englishwoman started with quick-fire wins over No.5 seed Jasmin Kalar and No.4 seed Kiera Marshall.

Beecroft then beat No.2 seed Katie Wells to make the final, where she came up against No.8 seed Saran Nghiem. She took victory in 31 minutes, coming through the entire tournament without dropping a game to claim her first title as a professional squash player.

Results: Arion Homes Cheetham Hill Classic
Men’s Final
[2] Miles Jenkins (ENG) bt [4] James Peach (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (35m)

Women’s Final
Lucy Beecroft (ENG) bt [8] Saran Nghiem (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 13-11, 11-5 (31m)

Men’s Semi-Finals
[4] James Peach (ENG) bt [1] Curtis Malik (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (32m)
[2] Miles Jenkins (ENG) bt [5] Ben Smith (ENG) 3-0: 6-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-1 (36m)

Women’s Semi-Finals
[8] Saran Nghiem (ENG) bt Emma Bartley (ENG) 3-0: 11-1, 11-6, 11-7 (18m)
Lucy Beecroft (ENG) bt [2] Katie Wells (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (21m)

Men’s Quarter-Finals
[1] Curtis Malik (ENG) bt [6] Lewis Doughty (ENG) 3-1: 11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 (48m)
[4] James Peach (ENG) bt [7] Perry Malik (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 (26m)
[5] Ben Smith (ENG) bt [3] Owain Taylor (WAL) 3-1: 11-6, 11-2, 3-11, 11-6 (52m)
[2] Miles Jenkins (ENG) bt [8] Fergus Richards (SCO) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (33m)

Women’s Quarter-Finals
[8] Saran Nghiem (ENG) bt [1] Emilia Korhonen (FIN) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-9 (29m)
Emma Bartley (ENG) bt [3] Polly Clark (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 12-10, 12-10 (21m)
Lucy Beecroft (ENG) bt [4] Kiera Marshall (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (22m)
[2] Katie Wells (ENG) bt Asia Harris (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-7 (24m)

Men’s Round One
[1] Curtis Malik (ENG) bt Robert Howarth (RSA) 3-0: 11-1, 11-8, 11-5 (24m)
[6] Lewis Doughty (ENG) bt David Haley (WAL) 3-0: 13-11, 11-8, 11-9 (46m)
[7] Perry Malik (ENG) bt Simon Herbert (ENG) 3-2: 5-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (49m)
[4] James Peach (ENG) bt James Wilkinson (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (22m)
[3] Owain Taylor (WAL) bt Nick Ratnarajah (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-3 (22m)
[5] Ben Smith (ENG) bt Aaron Allpress (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 11-8, 3-11, 11-8 (38m)
[8] Fergus Richards (SCO) bt [WC] Finally Withington (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (34m)
[2] Miles Jenkins (ENG) bt Alasdair Prott (SCO) 3-0: 11-1, 12-10, 13-11 (30m)

Women’s Round One
[1] Emilia Korhonen (FIN) bt Aisha Forster (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 (19m)
[8] Saran Nghiem (ENG) bt Rosie Kirsch (ENG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-2 (18m)
Emma Bartley (ENG) bt [7] Sofia Aveiro Pita (POR) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-9 (20m)
[3] Polly Clark (ENG) bt Abby Hicks (WAL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (22m)
[4] Kiera Marshall (ENG) bt Chloe Foster (WAL) 3-1: 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8 (28m)
Lucy Beecroft (ENG) bt [5] Jasmin Kalar (ENG) 3-0: 11-3,11-3, 11-3 (16m)
Asia Harris (ENG) bt [6] Nia Davies (WAL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 15-13 (23m)
[2] Katie Wells (ENG) bt Tashy Baker (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (20m)

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