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Motor City Open 2015

  Motor City Open 2015
22-27 Jan, Bloomfield Hills, Usa, $70k
Round One
24 Jan
25 Jan
26 Jan
27 Jan
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy)
12-14, 11-4, 11-7 rtd (39m
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
Cameron Pilley
 6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (80m)

Miguel Rodriguez
Miguel Rodriguez
7-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-2 (96m)
Mathieu Castagnet
Miguel Rodriguez
9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3 (112m)​
Steve Coppinger
[6] Miguel Rodriguez (Col)
11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 9-11, 11-5 (97m)
[Q] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
[8] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
11-7, 11-9, 11-3 (62m)
[Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
Mathieu Castagnet
11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (61m)
Borja Golan
[4] Borja Golan (Esp)
11-2, 11-6, 11-7 (42m)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
 11-3, 11-9, 11-4 (31m)
[3] Peter Barker (Eng)
Peter Barker
 7-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-7, 11-5 (85m)

Steve Coppinger
Steve Coppinger
9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7 (79m)
Max Lee
Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
8-11, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-6 (62m)
[7] Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)
[Q] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (28m)
[5] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
Omar Mosaad
9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 (88m)
Max Lee
Max Lee (Hkg)
11-6, 11-5 rtd (11m)
[2] Amr Shabana (Egy)
Rodriguez Seals Motor City Open Title


Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez emerged victorious in a battle of training partners as he got the better of Stephen Coppinger, the World No.18 from South Africa, in the final of the Suburban Collection Motor City Open 2015, PSA International 70 tournament in Detroit, to become the tournament's first ever South American winner.

The duo both train under the guidance of former Australian World Champion David Palmer at his base in Orlando, but it was high-flying Rodriguez who got the better of his powerful opponent, coming from a game down to seal the championship after a gruelling 112-minute encounter that brought to close a dramatic week of action in Bloomfield Hills.

The victory sees Rodriguez claim his first ever PSA International 70 title, and the biggest tournament title of his career so far, to end what has been the most successful month of his career to date, having already broken into the top ten for the first time and reached his first ever PSA World Series semi-finals at the recent J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

“This is like a dream come true," said Rodriguez. "This is one of my favourite International 70 tournaments not only for the prizes, but for the squash community here.

“I’m really happy because this is one of my best months in my entire career. It’s something I’ll never forget and I worked so hard to win this tournament.

“I’m making history now not only in Colombia but in South America by being the first Latin American to reach the Top 10. Winning this game and seeing my name on that wall with all those champions and former No.1s - I’m speechless.

"It’s a dream I always wanted to achieve as a kid and it’s happening right now.”

The 29-year-old from Bogota got off to a slow start in the final as Coppinger, who had ousted three higher seeds en-route to the final, dictated the pace and moved into an early one game lead and he continued in the ascendency during the second, but Rodriguez managed to level the scores with a late flurry to avoid going two games down.

The tide continued to change during the next two games as neither man could hold on to the momentum until Rodruez burst out of the blocks in the deciding game, opening up a 7-1 lead before showing his composure to see out the match 9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3 and collect his share of $70,000 and a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II watch courtesy of Greenstone’s Jewelers.

“I think that at 5-3 down in fourth game I handled it well," he said.

"I was patient in that game and he made a lot of mistakes. I was pushing and retrieving all of the balls, and had some excellent winners in the fourth.

“In the fifth, I had to start pushing again and building that lead. Once I was up 7-2 I didn’t want to leave it like that. I had to push again and push again because Coppinger is playing very well right now and he will be Top 10 soon.”

Rodriguez And Coppinger In Motor City Showdown


Buoyed by reaching his first ever PSA World Series event semi-final during last week's J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions following a series of giant-killing performances, high-flying Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez will be aiming to continue his impressive start to 2015 by winning the Suburban Collection Motor City Open 2015, PSA International 70 tournament in Detroit.

The 29-year-old from Bogota booked his place in what will be the biggest tournament final of his career with a controlled 3-2 victory over Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet, who had beaten him on their last two outings including the final of the Montreal Open, to ensure he remains in with a chance of collecting his share of the $70,000 prize money and a Rolex watch courtesy of Greenstone’s Jewelers.

Rodriguez got off to a slow start against Castagnet and lost the opening game, but quickly found his range and rhythm thereafter and, despite dropping the forth game, used his pace and reflexes to cause the World No.14 a host of difficulties.

“It’s difficult to win a point against Mathieu especially in the beginning of games because he’s very accurate,” said Rodriguez afterwards.

“The last two matches I played him, I lost on a glass court and I wasn’t patient but I have always wanted to win this tournament and it’s my fourth time here so I need to give one more big push tomorrow."

Standing in his way of winning a first PSA World Tour title since the Colombian Open in August 2014 is training partner Coppinger, who works with Rodriguez under the tutelage of former Australian World Champion David Palmer, after the South African got the better of a third consecutive higher-ranked player, this time ending the run of World No.16 Max Lee.

The tall figure of World No.18 Coppinger has come through every round of the competition so far with 3-2 wins, with his shortest match lasting 62-minutes, but he's hoping to step up his levels in the finale.

“I’ve been hanging in every step of the way kind of limping through the draw rather than slicing and dashing my way,” Coppinger said. “Hopefully I’m saving the best for tomorrow.”