Ridge keeps up excellent work in final

James Willstrop is in Switzerland, competing in the Grasshopper Cup.
James Willstrop is in Switzerland, competing in the Grasshopper Cup.

Pontefract Squash Club’s 14- year old Elliot Ridge continued his remarkable season when he won the Boston Under 17 Open, beating his England teammate Nick Wall (Sheffield) 3-0 in the final.

Apart from his tournament successes and Yorkshire League performances, Ridge’s achievements were crowned when he represented England at under 15 level in the Home Internationals in Dublin recently, winning all his four matches.

He goes to Prague next week to represent his country again, this time in the European Championships.

What has highlighted his season is his winning mentality.

International women players who train often at Pontefract have been having considerable success at international level.

Sarah Kippax, seeded two, won the Courtcare Open in Chorley, beating Sarah Jane Perry, who has had an outstanding 2013-2014, coming from 2-1 down to win the final 3-2.

Joshana Chinappa, the Indian international, who is arriving in Pontefract next week, also seeded two, won the Richmond Open in America, beating four times British Open champion Rachel Grinham (Australia) 3-0 in the final.

Ireland’s best ever player Madeline Perry is seeded one in the Irish Open and has every chance of adding to her long list of wins in the championship.

James Willstrop is in Zurich, playing Switzerland’s leading championship, the Grasshopper Cup for the first time.

Willstrop is seeded one but will face strong opposition in a world class draw which includes the all time great Amr Shabana (Egypt), theGerman number one Simon Rosner and the Spanish number one Borja Golan amongst others.

Willstrop begins with a first round match against Ollie Tuominen, the Finnish number one.

The Allam British Open begins with a qualifying competition on May 10 and the main event starts two days later at the KC Stadium, Hull. It will be indoors this year after last year’s attempt to hold it outdoors was weather affected. The prestigious and famous event will bring players from all over the world to Pontefract to prepare.