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Bluenose Classic 2014

Bluenose Classic 2014
27-Oct to 01-Nov,
Nova Scotia, $50k
Round One
31 Oct
[1] Borja Golan (Esp)
 11-2, 11-9, 11-7 ( (45m)
Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
Borja Golan
12-14, 11-7, 11-8, 11-2 (69m)
Tom Richards
Borja Golan
11-4, 12-10, 13-11 (66m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (62mins)
Peter Barker
[7] Adrian Waller (Eng)
11-9, 11-8, 11-9 (49m)
Tom Richards (Eng)
[6] Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
11-6, 11-13, 11-9, 11-5 (67m)
[Q] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
Steve Coppinger
5-11, 11-4, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5  (74m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
[4] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
13-11, 11-8, 12-10 (52m)
Alan Clyne (Sco)
[Q] Chris Gordon (Usa)
11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (40m)
[3] Daryl Selby (Eng)
Daryl Selby
13-11, 6-11, 11-7,
8-11, 11-5 (102m)
Alister Walker
Daryl Selby
11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (40m)
Peter Barker
[wc] Andrew Schnell (Can)
12-10, 11-6, 1-7 (34m)
[8] Alister Walker (Bot)
[Q] Diego Elias (Per)
11-9, 11-4, 11-5 (42m)
[5] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
Cameron Pilley
11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 (66m)
Peter Barker
[Q] Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned)
11-4, 11-6, 11-8 (42m)
[2] Peter Barker (Eng)

Results: Fiera Properties Bluenose Squash Classic 2014, Halifax, Canada

Barker Basks In Bluenose Glory


England's Peter Barker claimed his 16th career title on the PSA World Tour by defeating Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the final of the Fiera Properties Bluenose Squash Classic, PSA International 50 tournament in Halifax, Canada.

Barker, who's last tournament win came in September 2013 when he won the 2013 CIMB Malaysian Open, powered to the title with an 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 victory over Rodriguez, the World No.13, who he consigned to a second consecutive runner-up finish after the man from Bogota also lost the final of last week's Montreal Open.

Barker continued the show the impressive physical dominance and clinical approach that saw him reach the final for the loss of only one game, against Cameron Pilley in the quarter-finals, and in a battle off attrition it was the man from Essex who prevailed over the dynamic South American.

"Towards the end of the match I was hanging on a bit," said Barker. "But I was happy to see the match through.

"Miguel's game has come on a lot since he started working with David Palmer, he's disciplined and he has bags of speed and he made it a tough encounter."

Photo courtesy of Jon Boody

Barker Wins Battle Of Brits At Bluenose


31-year-old Peter Barker booked his place in the final of the Fiera Properties Bluenose Squash Classic, PSA International 50 tournament in Halifax, Canada, courtesy of a 3-0 win over fellow Essex-man Daryl Selby,

Barker put his lifelong friend to the sword in their last four encounter, taking 40-minutes to complete a comprehensive 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 victory in which he asserted his physical dominance and controlled the match from the out-set.

Selby had triumphed on their past four meetings but Barker made amends for those defeats to move into the final where he will now take on Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez.

"He has beaten me the last four times we played, so I was due one today," said Barker.

“I just had to play quite disciplined and slow it down because Daryl has such great hands. If you give him anything at the front, he can hold you and do whatever he wants so I always like to play typical English boring squash to the back and just to try to keep him behind me.

"I'm happy to be in the final and I'm looking forward to playing Miguel. He's improved a lot recently and it will be a tough match."

Rodriguez booked his place in the final courtesy of a 3-0 victory over World No.7 Borja Golan, his second semi-final victory over the Spaniard inside a week.

Rodriguez knocked Golan out of the Open de squash Financière Banque Nationale in Montreal, when he won 3-2, and he upset the odds again to move into his second consecutive final after seeing out an edgy contest which went to the wire in two games, taking the win 11-4, 12-10, 13-11.

The Colombian's pace troubled Golan from the outset and he'll be hoping to go one better than his runner-up finish in Montreal when he faces off against Barker in the finale where he'll be aiming to record his first ever victory over the Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist.

Selby And Barker Set Up All-English Showdown At Bluenose

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English pair Peter Barker and Daryl Selby (Right), the World No.8 and No.9 respectively, will go head-to-head in the semi-finals of the Fiera Properties Bluenose Squash Classic, PSA International 50 tournament in Halifax, Canada after coming through their quarter-finals encounters.

The duo, who have been life-long friends since they met at Brentwood School in Essex, will meet for ninth time on tour, with honours presently even at four-all but Selby, who has won their past four meetings, will be hoping to get one over his younger compatriot and book his place in the final.

The 31-year-old number three seed crashed out of last week's Open de squash Financière Banque Nationale in Montreal at the quarter-final stage and was forced to produce some of his best play to avoid a repeat scenario, taking 102-minutes to get past Botswanan Alister Walker.

Barker (left) meanwhile secured his semi-final passage after a 3-1 victory over Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley.

In the second semi-final, number one seed Borja Golan will take on Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez with a place in a final at stake for the second time in a week.

The Spanish No.1 will be hoping to avenge his defeat in the semi-final stage of the Open de squash Financière Banque Nationale, when Rodriguez won a marathon 3-2 encounter.

Golan moved into the last four following a 3-1 win over Tom Richards while Rodriguez ended the challenge of South African Stephen Coppinger with a 3-2 victory.


Richards Rallies Past Waller In Bluenose Opener


England's Tom Richards upset the form-book on day one of main draw action at the 2014 Fiera Properties Bluenose Squash Classic, PSA International 50 tournament taking place in Halifax, Canada to defeat compatriot Adrian Waller 3-0 in their first round encounter.

Richards, the current World No.33 who has fallen from inside the top 20 over the past 10-months following a run of injuries, looked to be closing in on the form that took him to a career high World No.12 in 2012 as he got past Waller, a quarterfinalist at the recent Delaware Investments US Open World Series event.

Following a closely fought opening exchange, it was 28-year-old Richards who took the upper hand in the first game to hit three consecutive winners and take it 11-9 and he continued his aggressive play and proved too much for his 24-year-old opponent, taking the match 11-9, 11-8, 11-9 in just under 50-minutes.

Richards will now take on tournament top seed and World No.7 Borja Golan in the quarter-finals, after the Spanish ace came through a comfortable first-round encounter with Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar.

Elsewhere on the opening day of action there were wins for all the remaining seeds, with only South African Stephen Coppinger dropping a game in his opening encounter against Ryan Cuskelly.





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