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Le Roux, Waters take SA squash titles

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Shaun Le Roux has dethroned Steve Coppinger 3-1 to take his first South African national squash title at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg.

In the first game both players played long, hard rallies, waiting for the other to make the error.
Le Roux was eventually a little impatient and towards the end of the game made a few unnecessary errors.

Le Roux played a very disciplined game in the second, hitting the ball to a good deep length and going for very few winners. Coppinger made all the mistakes and allowed Le Roux the opportunity to level the match at 1-1.

Le Roux’s excellent retrieval of the ball and athleticism forced Coppinger to go for risky shots that did not pay off. Le Roux also managed to keep his nose in front and took the third to go 2-1 up.

Le Roux kept up the pressure as both players played very disciplined squash, but in the end Le Roux was just too steady and Coppinger made more errors. Le Roux later said that the 5-11 11-3 11-8 11-8 victory was the win of his career and he looked forward to winning a few more titles on the World Professional Squash Tour.

Meanwhile, Siyoli Waters, the No 1 seed from Cape Town, retained her national title by defeating Milnay Louw 3-1 (11-5, 11-8 10-12 11-7).

Louw was very nervous in the opening game and made a lot of unforced errors. Waters was very focused in the second and played the ball to a good, tight length, forcing Louw to make the errors. In the third, the tables turned and it was Louw’s turn to hit the ball deep and to a better length.

With her nerves settling, she took control of the third game but Waters fought back to eventually lose 10-12.

Waters was determined to refocus and not let the game run away like in the semis. The first couple of rallies she played steady and constructive squash forcing Louw to go for the winners and making errors.

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