RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Life Time Atlanta Open,
Atlanta, United States
Captures Atlanta Open Title
English World No.70 Ben Coleman saw off unseeded Zac Alexander 3-1 to
secure victory in the final of the Life Time Fitness Atlanta Open, PSA
Challenger 10, in what is the biggest win of his career so far.
Coleman was in imperious form throughout the event, failing to drop a
game en route to the final while Alexander, who hails from Brisbane, had
to come through difficult games against number three seed Charles
Sharpes and six seed Todd Harrity in the first round and quarter-final,
respectively, in his first appearance at the tournament.
Coleman was the favourite for the match and duly lived up to his billing
as he opened up with an 11-8 win in the first game. Alexander though had
shown a lot of nerve throughout the event and the Australian dug in to
level things up in the second.
The third game was a tense affair with both players struggling to gain
the upper hand. It was Coleman though who raised his game to take it
11-9 and the 23-year-old followed that up by winning the final game to
earn his fifth PSA World Tour title.
ďIím happy with the win and I will be well prepared for the British
Nationals in Manchester. I want to thank all the sponsors and Iím
looking forward to playing the Life Time Houston Open in April,Ē said
Alexander though will take heart from his performances throughout the
tournament. Not only did he see off the aforementioned Sharpes and
Harrity, he also shocked number five seed Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in the
semi-final. The Qatari knocked out number one seed Karim Ali Fathi in
the previous round but found it hard to handle Alexanderís blistering
start which saw him take all three games without reply to make it to the
final against Coleman.