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30/09/2017
OCTOBER - MEN'S PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Elias wins Squash Player’s Player of the Month award

Peru’s Diego Elias has been named Squash Player’s Male Player of the Month for October, after reaching the semi-finals of the $100,000 NetSuite Open in September and a career-high 15th in the world rankings.

“This is my lucky tournament,” said the unseeded 20-year-old after upsetting third seed Nick Matthew in the quarter-finals and sixth seed Fares Dessouky in the first round, both 3/1.

“I was in the semis last year and I love playing here. The crowd are amazing. I’ve had an amazing tournament and I want to keep playing like this.”

Elias bowed out in the last four, but only after giving world champion Karim Abdel Gawad a scare. He led the Egyptian 2/0, but the top seed fought back to beat him 6-11, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 in a 90-minute marathon.

The former world junior champion now moves on to the U.S. Open, where he is also unseeded and meets Hong Kong’s Max Lee in the first round.

 


 

 

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