Joshua Masters eased past qualifier Nick Sachvie 11-8 17-15 11-8 in the 1st round, before defeating New Zealand’s Martin Knight 11-7 11-6 11-8 to set up a semi-final tie with Andrew Schnell whom the young UNSQUASHABLE player breezed past 11-7 11-4 12-10 to reach the final with relative ease.
In contrast, Josh Masters’ opponent in the final Peter Creed had a more challenging route to the final. The World No.67 had to navigate his way past Finnish duo Matias Tuomi & Henrik Mustonen, the latter being the tournament’s No.1 seed before defeating Michael McCue in the semi-final to set up a final clash with Masters.
After a confident start saw 21-year-old Josh Masters go a game up, Creed responded positively in the second, taking seven points in a row to pull away from 4-4 & level the match score at one game apiece. Creed’s momentum continued into the third game as he surged 7-3 ahead, but Masters battled back to force a tie-break, eventually taking it 16-14, before edging the fourth to seal the third PSA World Tour title of his burgeoning career.