Savage, Van Zyl crowned Coastal Open Squash champs
20 November 2019 | Sports
Devon Savage; Champion; “It is not every day that we get world champions coming to play here in Swakopmund.”
The 2019 Woermann Brock Hardware Coastal Open Squash Championship concluded at the SFC squash courts in Swakopmund on Sunday.
The three-day event saw more than 120 matches being played in the Men’s A, B and C sections as well as the Women’s and Junior sections.
2002 Commonwealth Games women’s squash gold medallist and five-time world champion, Sarah Fitzgerald from Australia, also took part in the tournament, playing in the men’s A section. In the final of this division, Devon Savage defeated her 3-1 (11-8, 2-11, 11-9, 11-9) in an entertaining encounter.
“I want to thank Sarah for a good game. It was a fantastic experience playing against her. It is not every day that we get world champions coming to play here in Swakopmund. I really appreciate it,” Savage said after the match.
The Women’s final saw Delia van Zyl being crowned champion after beating Judith Savage 3-0 (13-11, 11-9, 11-7).
The chairperson of the Namibia Squash Association (NSA), Rudi Koekemoer, expressed his satisfaction at the level of squash displayed during the competition.
“The level of squash in the country is incredible. I think this is probably the strongest draw that we have ever had, which is really amazing.”
He added that a lot still needs to be done to develop the sport, especially in terms of grooming young talent.
“We don’t have a choice. We need to start doing proper development. I think there is a huge pool of untapped talent out there but no one has really gone looking for talent. However, we need sponsors for that, just as we need squash courts. We will need to partner with organisations that are willing to invest so that can go out there and find players,” he said.
Apart from attracting players from Australia and South Africa, players from Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Windhoek also participated.