Fourteen Days of British Open countdown ………..
1 Day : Qualifying awaits
One day until the 2018 British Open begins, with the Qualifying matches at the University of Hull. This is the last time that a World Series event will have qualifying, next season there will simply be (larger) main draws, so we look back at some qualifying crackers from recent years …
2 Days : apologies
Sorry, just didn’t have time for Countdown today … we’ll be back tomorrow !
3 Days : Butter Fingers Nick
You’d think that by the time you’ve won it three times, you’d realise that the British Open trophy is historic, precious, and fragile ! When Nick Matthew raised it for a third time, at the O2 in 2012 … well, you can see what happened!
4 Days : Jenny Doubling up again
It was the former world #2’s debut holding the microphone last year, and being so natural, knowledgeable and frankly good at it , she’s been called upon for other events since, including last year’s Worlds.
Having been saved from qualifying by a withdrawal, she’ll be playing in the main draw and while we hope she goes deep into the event, we really want to see her as MC as much as possible too!
5 Days : First Time Champions
British Open History is littered with multiple champions, but there’s nothing like claiming your first title, and in 2015 we had two first-time champions in Mohamed Elshorbagy and Camille Serme.
Mohamed has won it again, and both will be among the favourites to lift the famous trophies again this year – but today, let’s look back at their 2015 wins …
6 Days : Emotions, Emotions …
When you’re in the business of Making Legends, there’s going to be some emotional moments. With less than a week to go until the 2018 British Open starts, we recall a few emotionally-charged moments from last year …
7 Days : Epic all-English 2009 Men’s Final
You have to feel for James, who lost out in similar fashion in the 2008 Final against David Palmer … but that’s another story.
Nick and Rachael Grinham, who won her fourth BO title, would be reigning British Open champions for three years as the event wasn’t held again until 2012.
8 Days : All English 2017 Women’s Final
As Laura Massaro and Sarah-Jane Perry lead England in the defence of their European Team Title in Poland, what better time to look back on their all-English final last year …
9 Days : 9th seed Nicol David withdraws injured
On the day that five-time British Open Champion Nicol David withdraws, countdown has to celebrate the Malaysian superstar’s British Open successes …
10 Days : Ten titles for Jahangir
The most record for the British Open Men’s titles belongs to none other than Jahangir Khan.
He appeared in his first final in 1981, losing out to Geoff Hunt who collected his 8th and last title.
Jahangir went on to reach, and win, the next TEN British Open finals, the first five during his amazing five-year and 555-match unbeaten streak.
1982 Jahangir Khan (Pak) 3-0 Hiddy Jahan (Pak) 9-2, 10-9, 9-3
1983 Jahangir Khan (Pak) 3-0 Gamal Awad (Egy) 9-2, 9-5, 9-1
1984 Jahangir Khan (Pak) 3-0 Qmar Zaman (Pak) 9-0, 9-3, 9-5
1985 Jahangir Khan (Pak) 3-0 Chris Dittmar (Aus) 9-3, 9-2, 9-5
1986 Jahangir Khan (Pak) 3-0 Ross Norman (Nzl) 9-6, 9-4, 9-6
1987 Jahangir Khan (Pak) 3-0 Jansher Khan (Pak) 9-6, 9-0, 9-5
1988 Jahangir Khan (Pak) 3-1 Rodney Martin (Aus) 9-2, 9-10, 9-0, 9-1
1989 Jahangir Khan (Pak) 3-2 Rodney Martin (Aus) 9-2, 3-9, 9-5, 0-9, 9-2
1990 Jahangir Khan (Pak) 3-0 Rodney Martin (Aus) 9-6, 10-8, 9-1
1991 Jahangir Khan (Pak) 3-1 Jansher Khan 2-9, 9-4, 9-4, 9-0
11 Days : Jenny & Laura have a head for heights
Having reached the semi-finals in El Gouna, Laura is currently in Poland as England’s women aim to retain the European Team title, then it will be a few days at home getting ready for the Open, where she’s seeded #7.
Back in 2012 she started off her campaign in unusual style with a warmup match against Jenny Duncalf (who is #2 in the qualifying draw this year) …
… in the London Eye !
12 Days : 2014 Semis, a rare bad day for Egypy
There aren’t many bad days for Egypt in the final stages of major events these days, but a dramatic semi-finals day in 2014 saw all three Egyptians lose as the Top Seeds, World Number Ones and World Champions – none of them Egyptian – went through to the finals.
13 Days : Squash on the Pitch
2013 saw the British Open move to Hull, and after qualifying was completed in Pontefract, the main draw action moved to pitchside at the KC Stadium …
It being May, in England, the weather was a factor of course – wind, rain, sunshine and low temperatures all played their part as Squash was staged on a football pitch for the first time.
The honour of playing the first match went to Saurav Ghosal and Jon Kemp, with Tarek Momen and Marwan ElShorbagy following with an all-Egyptian battle.
Tarek’s thoughts on the venue : “WOW! Putting a squash court on a football pitch is a great idea. It might get a bit cold for the spectators, but the playing conditions for us are perfect!”
14 Days : BO at the O2
After a hiatus in 2010 and 2011 the Open returned in spectacular fashion with the Glass Court situated in London’s O2 Arena (formerly known as the Millenium Dome).
After ten days of action at St George’s Hill and at the O2, Nick Matthew and Nicol David were crowned the champions, collecting their 3rd and 4th titles.
Nick will be appearing in his last BO this year, while Nicol will be aiming to claim a 6th title.