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Great week of squash at Oriam

Edmon Lopez and Lucy Turmel were crowned the champions at the Springfield Scottish Squash Open at Oriam – Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre at Heriot-Watt University.

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) Challenger 10 event with a $20,000 prize fund which was equally split between male and female players was a great success with all competitors over the five day event were very impressed by the facilities.

On Sunday, Spain’s Lopez, the 22-year-old second seed, was up against England’s Patrick Rooney in the men’s final.

And he showed great composure to seal the match 13-11, 11-9, 8-11, 13-11 after the threat of a comeback from Rooney in the third game.

“I came into the tournament with some good preparation, but with some pressure too because I was one of the top seeds and I came here to win,” he stated.

“Patrick played very well, I’m really glad I managed to take that fourth, and I’m really happy to win this new title in this fantastic facility.”

Turmel, the 19-year-old number one seed from England, came out on top in the women’s final against Melissa Alves from France.

She was 10-8 down in the first game, but settled herself and won 12-10, 13-11, 11-7.

“I had to fight hard for every point, once Melissa gets into a rhythm it’s so difficult to play her,” the victor said.

“That was my hardest match of the week, but I am very delighted to have won my first title at the Challenger 10 level.”

Final results

Edmon Lopez (Spain) beat Patrick Rooney (England) 3-1: 13-11, 11-9, 8-11, 13-11 (65 minutes)

Lucy Turmel (England) beat Melissa Alves (France) 3-0: 12-10, 13-11, 11-7 (36 minutes)

Thanks to Steve Cubbins/Scottish Squash for the photos of the winners

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