Celebrates Historic Israeli Tour Triumph
Teenager Daniel Poleshchuk secured a place in squash history by
surviving a marathon Global Relocations Israel Open final in
Herzliya to become the first Israeli player to win a Tour title.
The 19-year-old from Ramat-Gan first had to negotiate a route
through the qualifying competition of the PSA Challenger 5 event at
Herzliya Squash Club - then downed fourth seed Christophe Andre, the
2014 runner-up, and England's No.7 seed Oliver Pett en-route to
earning his maiden appearance in a PSA World Tour final.
The qualifier's opponent was experienced Frenchman Geoffrey Demont,
the No.2 seed from Aix-en-Provence who was celebrating his fourth
World No.99 Demont took the opening two games, but the young local
hero refused to give up.
Ranked exactly 100 places behind the 23-year-old Frenchman,
Poleshchuk battled hard to draw level - then forced the decider to a
Urged on by the partisan crowd, Poleshchuk clinched his sensational
6-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-3, 13-11 victory after 86 minutes to claim his
place in squash history.
"I did it!" exclaimed the 19-year-old. "I won my first ever PSA
title after being 2/0 and 6-2 down - I managed to come back and win
13-11 in the fifth!!!
"I want to thank Nadav Wilensky for being there for me during the
whole tournament; my coach in Poland Maciek Kils; my family; and all
my friends who were supporting me during this epic final!!"
It was a despondent Demont who later told his Twitter followers:
"Very disappointed to lose my match today after leading 2/0 and
6/3... Tough crowd... Congrats @danisquash1996 for your first title