2024 Women’s County Closed Summary

We were thrilled to host the Berkshire Ladies’ Closed again this year after last year’s hiatus due to a lack of players. We had a fantastic turnout and saw some exceptional squash. Our thanks to the relentless efforts of Carla Khan, our new Ladies’ Captain, in driving our campaign to improve female participation in our County.

Participants: Nicola Mort, Justine Cohen, Danni Kalar, Ria Gelderblom, Jasmin Kalar, Lina Hernandez & Cathy Woodcock

Carla reports:

Huge Congratulations to our new 2024 Women’s Closed Champion: Ria Gelderblom!

Ria played exceptionally well having extensive experience and tough mental and physical strength. On the day it was her mental strength that pulled her through to beat her tough, fit and strong-hitting opponent Jasmin Kalar 3/1 (7/11, 13/11, 11/7, 11/9) in a hard-fought final. Well done to both players for the fantastic high level of squash.

It was great to see Danni Kalar, Jasmin’s younger sister, return to the court after a recent injury. She played brilliantly but lost to Ria in the semi, 1-3, in a match filled with fast-paced rallies and an array of quality shots from both players.

In the Plate event Lina Hernandez, newcomer to Berkshire Squash (from Malta!), defeated Justine Cohen in the final. Both showcased exciting squash, having previously played at a high junior level before taking a break.

It was wonderful to see so many Berkshire women enjoying and competing. This marks the beginning of a promising future for women’s squash in our county.

A massive thank you to Desiree once again for all her hard work in organising the event, Wellington Health & Fitness Club for hosting us, Adrian Stahl for marketing and photography, the markers, and to the Berkshire Squash committee for supporting such a great campaign and tournament.

And lastly, but most importantly, to the Berkshire women for participating and supporting our campaign to promote this amazing sport in our County. So a big thank you to you all from me!

If you’re interested in hearing more about our plans for women’s squash in Berkshire, please contact us.

Prize winners

Carla with Champion Ria Gelderblom
Prize winners (L to R): Danni Kalar, Ria Gelderblom, Jasmin Kalar & Lina Hernandez

The Final

Other matches…

Prize giving

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