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JANUARY2015THESWORD7REPORTSoutoitthoughashiscalmapproachbroughthimtowithinonehit.Ratneswarenappearedtoberattledbyadecisionromthereereebutrecoveredtotakeacomortable-victory.Intheendtheslightlysharperencerwon.Inthesecondsemi-nalAlexanderCrutchettENGtookonGlennSancrotSCOandasuperbdisplayoootworksawhimtakean8-4intothebreak.Sancrotwasarromencingbadlythoughandlookedcondentgoingintothesecondperiod.Crutchettstartedthenalperiodextremelywellgoing-7upbutaseriesobravemovesromSancrotsawhimclosethegap.Crutchettresetandeventuallystormedtoaseeminglycomortable-victory.CrutchettversusRatneswarenbothromEnglandpromisedtobeanintriguingnalanditdidntdisappoint.Howevernobodypredictedthatitwouldbesoone-sided.Crutchettdominatedthedistanceandtacticaldecisionsintherstperiodtakingan8-leadintothebreak.Hecameoutorthesecondperiodlookingmuchmoredeterminedandcondentinwhathisplanwasstormingtoa-victoryovertheunusuallysubduedRatneswaren.AlexanderCrutchettmadeitback-to-backvictoriesorhisamilyinthiseventollowinguphisbrotherAnthonysvictoryin.thNovember4Day3MensFoilTherstsemi-nalwasanallSingaporeafairbetweenJieWuandZhenggangZhang.AbusystartrombothencerswentinavouroZhangwholed-3attherstbreak.Theshorterencercontrolledthedistancebetterorthatlead.DistancewasthekeytothesecondperiodbutthistimeitwasWuwhohadthebetteroit.DespitethisZhangheldthetwo-pointlead8-6goingintothenalperiod.ThemomentumhadclearlyswunginWusavourwhoquicklydrewlevelat8-8.Zhanguppedthepaceotheghtandshowedgreatvarietytogo3-8up.Hewentontowin-.Inthesecondsemi-naltwohomenationencerstooktothepisteHusaynRosowskyENGagainstJamieFitzgeraldSCO.RosowskyintentondrawingFitzgeraldintoattackingintherstperiodcontrolledtheghtleading4-attherstbreak.Hislightening-quickparryriposteswhereaeatureotherstthreeminutes.ThesecondperiodwasataleotwohalvesasRosowskydominatedtheearlystagesbycontinuinghistacticomixingcounter-attackswithparryripostestoincreasehislead.Fitzgeraldsheadappearedtohavegonewhenalloasuddenhesprungtoliewithbetterdistanceonhisattacks.TheScottrailedjust8-9goingintothenalperiod.Hethendrewlevelat9-9earlyinthethirdperiodandbothencersbackedawayromeachothertakingtheghtintoanon-combativitynalminute.Fitzgeraldscoredandthoughthedwononlyorthereereetoremindhimotherulechange.Anon-combativityminuteisoughtinullunlikeapriorityminute.HusaynRosowskydrewlevelonlyorFitzgeraldtoscorethewinninghitjustbeoretheclockrandown.FitzgeraldSCOdominatedthedistanceintherstperiodothenalagainstZhangSIN.Initiallyworkingonhiscounter-attackandparryripostestheScotgrewincondenceandstartedtoattacktoleadbyanamazingscoreo9-attherstbreak.FitzgeraldsdominancecontinuedinthesecondperiodwithZhangonlyabletoscoretwiceinarowat3-down.TwostunningickripostestothebackotheSingaporeansawFitzgeraldtakethetitle-.ThiswasatrulyremarkablevictoryortheScottishencerwholookedallbutoutinhissemi-nal.WomensEpeeGeorginaUsherSCOtookonMaryCohenENGintherstsemi-nalwiththeEnglishencertryingtopushtheScot.Usherdidnotreactandthreedoublessawtheghtgointotherstbreakatthreea-piece.Ushercontinuedherpatientapproachinthesecondperiodwhichworkedinheravourasshescoredvesinglelightsandadoubletolead9-4atthesecondbreak.Thosehitscamerombothdeenceandattacks.WithCohenhavingtopressUshercontinuedhertacticodrawingheropponentonandtheScotwentL.JamieFitzgeraldSCOR.ZhenggangZhangSINL.AlexanderCrutchettENGR.MaiyuranRatneswarenENG