Squash Revolution National Capital Open 2013
09-12 Jan, Washington, $15k
Delierre outlasts Waller in DC Unseeded Shawn Delierre claimed the National Capital Open in Washington DC - his 12th PSA title - after a marathon final which saw the Canadian prevail 14-12 in the fifth over England's Adrian Waller after 157 minutes, the longest recorded match since Par11 scoring was introduced in 2004.
Thomas Mathew reports
Omar Meguid upset Ali Anwar Reda in a contentious two hour marathon.
No player could establish any dominance with the referee being called in constantly. The first game had Reda marginally ahead throughout. In the second game both players ran neck to neck till a couple of tins late in the game helped Omar close it out to equalize.
Game three probably determined the outcome of the match - Reda had game balls at 10-6 up. A couple of nicks from Omar brought it to 10-8. Then the play got very muddy before Omar closed out the game 12-10 with a streak of six unanswered points.
In game four, Reda got a 10-6 lead again - Omar saved two game balls but could not repeat his comeback in the previous game. In game five, both players were visibly tiring and play kept alternating with some great points interspersed with untidy lets - the game had 16 let calls in all.
Omar ran up an early lead of 4-1 which he consolidated to have match balls at 10-4. Reda saved three match balls till a no let decision closed the game and match for Omar.
Andrew Strasfogel reports
The match between Shawn Delierre and Campbell Grayson pitted two evenly paired opponents (Delierre is PSA #38 and Grayson PSA #45.
In the first game, neither player was able to sustain a significant lead until Delierre forged ahead at 9-6 using tight shots and high pace to unsettle Grayson. Grayson fought back to 9-all, but Delierre won the last two points and the game 11-9.
The second game saw the lead swing from 5-2 and 7-5 for Delierre, then 9-7 for Grayson. A close "No Let" decision by the referee rattled Grayson but he regained his composure and finished the second game by an score identical to the first game (11-9) when Delierre hit the tin.
The third game was all Delierre who ran up leads of 4-1 and 6-3 before earning a hand-out and charging ahead on Grayson's errors to 10-3. In frustration, Grayson threw his racquet for which he was penalized with a Conduct Stroke. Game to Delierre 11-3.
Up to this point the hard-paced play by the players had created long rallies and numerous appeals. The match was intense but not particularly testy, just competitive. In the fourth game, Delierre continued in winning fashion and led 7-4 when Grayson righted himself, clawing back to 8-7. Delierre reached 9-8 and then a controversial "No Let" call caused him temporarily to lose composure. He then lost the next point to give Grayson a Game Ball at 10-9.
After several more stoppages and replays the rallies finally went to Delierre, bringing the score to 10-all. By this time Delierre was the slightly fresher of the two players. A couple of Grayson errors enabled Delierre to win the game 12-10, and the match.
Delierre dumps Razik in DC semisShawn Delierre collected a second consecutive seeded scalp in the semi-finals of the National Capital Open in Washington DC as he beat fellow-Canadian top seed - and tournament promoter - Shahier Razik in three straight games that took an hour to complete.
"The Canadian #1 & #2 have battled many times," said Tyler Stilwell, a spectator at the venue. "The crowd at CCAC was expecting yet another battle between these two. Delierre was the physically stronger pulling away midway through each game.
"Razik, who is known for length matches is coming off a period of injuries, seemed like he was not quiet himself yet."
His opponent in the final will be fourth-seeded Englishman Adrian Waller who beat unseeded Egyptian Omar Abdel Meguid - who had beaten second seed Ali Anwar Reda in a marathon all-Egyptian quarter-final.
After dropping the first game Waller fought back to take the next three, completing his win in 56 minutes.
"A physical and fast paced match," commented Stilwell. "Adrian seemed to be to too consistent for the crafty giant. Omar made a push in the fourth but the Englishman managed to close it out.
"A fifth game would have been quiet interesting!"Quarters in Washington:Razik through Reda out ...
Hunt Richardson reports
At Washington’s bustling Sports Club/LA, #1 Seed Shahier Razik defeated PSA #70 Yasir Butt in a congenial match that showcased fleet footwork and pinpoint shot-making.
In Game one Razik built a 5-1 lead, then Butt narrowed the deficit to one point. Razik then opened a 4-point gap to reach 8-4 and held it to win 11-7. In Game two again Razik looked comfortable at 8-4 but lost focus and dumped three easy balls into the tin, enabling Butt to tie up at 8-8.
The players maneuvered each other around the court through long rallies - Razik’s favorite kind - which ended in his favor at 11-8. In the third game, Butt quickly found himself in a deep hole with Razik looking totally in control at 6-1.
At this point Butt changed tactics and slowed the tempo, at times hitting the ball so softly that it seemed to get colder. An exquisitely feathered drop that vanished out of Razik’s reach in the right front corner drew loud praise from the packed gallery, which was secretly hoping for a comeback.
Butt’s inability to mount a sustained assault against Razik seemed to confirm a rumor that he had been violently ill with a stomach bug on his way to the match from Baltimore.
Unfortunately it was too late for the lanky Pakistani to make a comeback. By this time he was fully absorbed into Razik’s attritional style, and the Canadian emerged the victor 11-3.