Rodriguez wins Squash Player’s Player of the Month award
Miguel Angel Rodriguez has been named Squash Player’s Player of the
Month for the first time, after making history at the British Open in
The unseeded 32-year-old became the first South American player to win a
PSA World Series tournament by upsetting world no.1 and world champion
Mohamed ElShorbagy 3/2 in a dramatic final in Hull.
Rodriguez, the first unseeded player in the modern era to win the
British Open, triumphed 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-9 after a 102-minute
battle, which followed shock wins over eighth seed Ramy Ashour and
second seed Ali Farag.
“I think everything was mental; I dreamed it,” said Rodriguez after
claiming the 27th PSA World Tour title of his career.
“I’m so grateful for this opportunity to win this major tournament, the
greatest of all time. I’m so proud of myself. This is for my parents, my
family and Colombia.
“It’s huge – this is like winning the ‘Wimbledon of Squash’. No one in
South America has achieved this before. I’m a legend, I think I can say.
“I couldn’t believe that I was able to fight with a top player like
Mohamed; he has achieved so many titles. I can’t believe that I am 32
years old and I just won the British Open.”