Day FIVE at the BJO 2022 – Finals Day
Torrie Malik and Sam Todd produced an English double in Nottingham as they claimed the 2022 BJO crowns …
Malik stops Fouts fightback
Malik, who had beaten the second seed in the semis, was dominant in the opening two games, but a fightback towards the end of the second by Fouts was a precursor of what was to come.
With Malik’s error count rising. Fouts levelled the match with some comfort, and looked the likely winner. But from the start of the fifth Malik regained her early form and ran out the winner 11-4, 11-9, 5-11, 3-11, 11-2 in 44 minutes.
Sam completes the full BJO set
Sam Todd was a heavy favourite coming into the event, and was up against 5/8 seed Hassan Khalil in the title decider, who had come through three successive five game late night thrillers to reach the final.
When Sam took a 7-0 lead it looked as though Hassan’s time was up, but not a bit of it – he fought back strongly, levelled at 8-all and with Sam making errors and Hassan hitting power winners, took the game 11-9!
Hassan continued to play well for the rest of the match, but Sam started getting his usual control back, and led the next three games throughout to complete a 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 win in 50 minutes.
“Thanks to England Squash for getting the event on and to the club, organisers, refs and everyone involved, it’s great to get back to something approaching a normal tournment after missing the last two years.”