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23/07/2015
Charlottesville Open 2015

  Charlottesville Open 2015
16-19 Sep
Charlottesville, Usa
Round One
16 Sep
Quarters
17 Sep
Semis
18 Sep
Final
19 Sep
[1] Karim Adbel Gawad (Egy)
13/11, 11/2, 6/11, 11/5
[wc] Joe Chapman (Bvi)
Karim Adbel Gawad
8/11, 14/12, 12/10, 5/11, 13/11
Ali Farag
Ali Farag
11/7, 11/9, 11/8 (41m)
Ryan Cuskelly
Ryan Cuskelly
11/8, 8/11, 11/7, 11/3
Steve Coppinger
[6] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
11/7, 10/12, 11/8, 11/6
Ali Farag (Egy)
[8] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
11/7, 11/9, 11/7
[Q] Shahier Razik (Can)
Ryan Cuskelly
12/14, 11/5, 8/11, 15/13, 12/10
Cameron Pilley
[3] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
9/11, 11/3, 11/2, 11/5
[Q] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
11/6, 8/11, 11/9, 11/7
[4] Alister Walker (Bot)
Campbell Grayson
8/11, 11/2, 11/7, 11/2
Chris Gordon
Campbell Grayson
11/9, 11/8, 11/5 (62m)
Steve Coppinger
[Q] Chris Gordon (Usa)
11/8, 9/11, 4/11, 11/9, 11/9
[5] Tom Richards (Eng)
[Q] Todd Harrity (Usa)
11/6, 9/11, 11/9, 11/4
[7] Alan Clyne (Sco)
Alan Clyne
11/7, 11/1, 11/4
Steve Coppinger
Alfredo Avila (Mex)
11/8, 11/4, 11/3
[2] Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
Second seed Stephen Coppinger claims Charlottesville Open

Second seed Stephen Coppinger claimed his first PSA World Tour title of 2015 with an assured 3-1 victory over Ryan Cuskelly in the final of the Charlottesville Open, PSA M35 event.

The South African came into the final on the back of commanding triumphs against both Alan Clyne and Campbell Grayson in the quarter-final and semi-final stages, respectively while Cuskelly dispatched compatriot Cameron Pilley in five before moving on to defeat Ali Farag.

Coppinger started the stronger of the two with a number of controlled rallies going in the World No.14’s favour. 30-year-old Coppinger took the opening game but a resurgent Cuskelly fought back to level proceedings after winning the second.

Game number three was a high-octane affair with both players treating spectators at the McArthur Squash Center to some sumptuous squash. Coppinger’s patient style contrasted with Cuskelly’s all-action display but it was the experienced Coppinger who went a game ahead.

With Cuskelly on the ropes, Coppinger kept up a composed game plan to complete an 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3 triumph and lift his ninth career PSA World Tour title.

“I’m very happy with my week in Charlottesville,” said Coppinger.

“Ryan has also been playing great squash and made it very difficult in the final. Thankfully I had a bit more left in the tank and was able to pull away in the end. I want to give a huge thanks to everyone, especially the crazy South Africans, my family included, who stayed up until the early hours to follow on the live streaming.”
Ali Farag Through to Charlottesville Semis

23-year-old Egyptian Ali Farag came through a dramatic five-game-thriller against compatriot and number one seed Karim Abdel Gawad to progress from the quarter-final of the Charlottesville Open, PSA M35 event.

Cairo-born Farag, who has won two of his last three PSA World Tour events, dropped the first game after Gawad dominated the ‘T’ to press his opponent back. A resilient Farag fought back though and, after surrendering a 2-1 lead, took the World No.11 into a climactic fifth game.

Gawad pulled away towards the end of the game but squandered three match balls to hand the initiative to Farag who duly obliged to complete a stunning 8-11, 14-12, 12-10, 5-11, 13-11 victory.

Ryan Cuskelly will meet the Egyptian in the semi-final after scalping fellow Australian Cameron Pilley. The encounter was a gruelling affair with the lead changing hands multiple times. Pilley had four match balls throughout a match that saw three tie-breaks delight the gathered spectators but he couldn’t capitalise as Cuskelly sealed the match at the first opportunity to bring an end to an emphatic 110 minute tie.

Meanwhile, Stephen Coppinger and Campbell Grayson will face off in the other semi-final fixture after Coppinger dispatched Alan Clyne in straight games and Grayson defeated Christopher Gordon in a 3-1 triumph.

Charlottesville Open Draw Finalised

The 2015 Charlottesville Open, PSA M35 tournament draw has been confirmed and sees some of the sport's leading players faced with some enthralling first round fixtures.

The event, which starts at the McArthur Squash Center at Boar's Head Sports Club on Wednesday September 16, will feature a number of highly-anticipated clashes with Cesar Salazar and Ali Farag facing each other in one of the day's most exciting fixtures.

Botswana's Alister Walker will meet Campbell Grayson in another eye-catching encounter while Stephen Coppinger, who has yet to claim a title in the United States, faces off against Ryan Cuskelly.

Karim Abdel Gawad will have to be wary of Wildcard Joe Chapman who will be out to spring a surprise on the Egyptian.

“The third iteration of the Charlottesville Open is sure to be the most exciting yet with an increase in the stature of both the event and the participating players compared to previous years,” said Tournament Promoter Mark Allen.

“Due to the fact that the tournament is now recognised as a PSA M35 event, it has allowed us to attract higher-calibre players which is sure to enhance the growth of the event for years to come.”

The 2015 Charlottesville Open will take place at the McArthur Squash Center at Boar's Head Sports Club from Wednesday September 16 – Saturday September 19.
 

 


 

 

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