Results: Open de squash Financière Banque Nationale 2014,
Fancy For Mathieu In Montreal
Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet, the 27-year-old World No.19, claimed the
biggest PSA World Tour title of his career to date by defeating
Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the final of the PSA International
50 - Open de squash Financière Banque Nationale tournament in Montreal,
The number four seed from Aix-En-Provence, who last tasted victory in a
PSA World Tour event in 2009, continued the impressive form that has saw
him break into the top 20 for the first time in his career this summer
to defeat World No.14 Rodriguez in a thrilling 100-minute encounter.
It was the second marathon match for both players during the tournament,
with Castagnet taking 129-minutes to see off Alan Clyne in the
quarter-finals and Rodriguez coming through a 107-minute encounter
against Borja Golan in the semi-finals, but both men had enough in
reserve to produce an enthralling encounter that the Frenchman secured
courtesy of two tie-break games.
Castagnet capitalised on his opponent's tough semi-final to take the
opening game 11-7 and showed his killer instinct to take a close second
game 14-12. However, Rodriguez, the highest ranked South American player
of all time, fought back to take the third but Castagnet rallied and
closed out the match 3-1 courtesy of another tie-break win.
"I can't believe I won and got the title," said a thrilled Castagnet
"I have to give huge thanks to all my sponsors and my staff for all the
support they give to me. I'm looking forward to celebrating this win
back in Marseille."
Seed Ousted In Montreal
Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the highest ranked South American
squash player of all-time, will compete in one of his biggest PSA World
Tour finals to date after taking out top seed Borja Golan in the
semi-finals of the Open de squash Financière Banque Nationale 2014, PSA
International 50 tournament in Montreal, Canada.
The World No.14 from Bogota, who's only previous victory in a PSA
International 50 tournament came in his home town this summer, will be
aiming to win his third title so far in 2014 and will go into the final
in confident form having scalped World No.7 Golan.
Fans in Montreal were treated to a marathon encounter between the duo,
who were meeting for the eighth time on the PSA World Tour, as they took
each other to the brink in a 107-minute duel that saw Rodriguez storm
into an early two-game lead before Golan, the 31-year-old from Santiago
De Compostela, fought back to level the match and force a decisive fifth
However, it was the dynamic Colombian who asserted his dominance to win
11-6, 11-6, 10-12, 11-13, 11-4 and book his place in the final where
Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet lies in wait, after the 27-year-old recorded
his third consecutive PSA World Tour victory over Australian No.1
Castagnet saw off Pilley 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10 in a difficult
85-minute match-up that sees him progress to the final of an
International 50 event for the first time in his career.
Man Clyne Falls In Montreal
Scotland's Alan Clyne bowed out of the Open de squash Financière Banque
Nationale, PSA International 35 tournament taking place in Montreal,
Canada following an epic 129-minute battle against Frenchman Mathieu
Castagnet in the quarter-finals.
In what was the second longest match witnessed on the PSA World Tour
this year, with Clyne also holding the record for the longest match
following his brutal 140-minute duel with Egyptian Omar Abdel Meguid in
February, it was the Frenchman who eventually prevailed in a
tightly-fought encounter that saw two games move into nail-biting
tie-break scenarios before he managed to assert the upper hand in the
crucial fifth and deciding game.
It's a victory that sees Castagnet move into the semi-finals where he
will now face Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley after the 6ft 3" man from
Yamba pulled off a surprise win over World No.9 and tournament number
two seed Daryl Selby from England.
Having proved a tough test for eventual winner Mohamed Elshorbagy during
the recent Delaware Investments US Open, Pilley picked up on his
improving form to see off Selby in straight-games and record his first
ever victory over the man from Essex in four attempts on the PSA World
In the top half of the draw, Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez proved too
strong for his fellow South American Diego Elias, the 17-year-old
qualifier from Peru, while top seed Borja Golan continued his march
towards the title with a 3-0 win over Gregoire Marche.
Downs Walker On Day One In Montreal
17-year-old World Junior Champion Diego Elias pulled off one of the
biggest wins of his career to date to see off World No.25 and number
eight seed Alister Walker in the first round of the PSA International
35, Open de squash Financière Banque Nationale tournament in Montreal,
The Peruvian, ranked No.66 in the world, came through 3-1 against the
former World No.12 in a 90-minute battle - winning 14-12, 11-8, 9-11,
11-8 t- o claim his second victory over a top 30 ranked player inside a
month, having defeated South African Stephen Coppinger during
September's Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas tournament.
Elias will now face fellow South American Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the
Colombian World No.14 who beat him in the quarter-finals of the recent
Pan-American Championship, after the 28-year-old eased past Canadian
hopeful Shawn Delierre 3-0.
Scotland's Alan Clyne, who impressed in his encounter with World No.1
Gregory Gaultier during the recent Delaware investments US Open,
continued his run of form to take out number six seed Coppinger in a
hard-fought 3-2: 6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3 victory which he sealed in
The World No.38 will now take on Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet in the
quarter-finals while tournament top seeds Borja Golan and Darly Selby,
the World No.7 and 9 respectfully, began their campaigns in style,
dispatching Canadian qualifiers Shahier Razik and Dane Sharp 3-0.