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29/09/2015
Salt Lake City Open 2015

Salt Lake City Open 2015
29 Sep - 02 Oct, Utah, Usa, $10k

Round One
29 Sep
Quarters
30 Sep
Semis
01 Oct
Final
02 Oct
[1] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11/2, 11/8, 11/3 (22m)
Josue Enriquez (Gua)
Henrik Mustonen
11/4, 11/7, 11/2 (31m)
Arthur Gaskin
Henrik Mustonen
11/9, 11/8, 9/11, 11/5 (62m)
Ben Coleman
Ben Coleman
11-3, 8-11, 12-10,
 2-11, 13-11 (88m)
Martin Knight

 

[6] Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
12/10, 11/4, 11/2 (36m)
Julian Illingworth (Usa)
[7] Leandro Romiglio (Arg)
11/6, 11/7, 11/8 (30m)
[wc] Mark Broekman (Eng)
Leandro Romiglio
11/5, 11/7, 11/4 (32m)
Ben Coleman
[3] Ben Coleman (Eng)
11/9, 11/8, 11/5 (40m)
Faraz Khan (Usa)
Reuben Phillips (Eng)
11/7, 11/8, 11/4 (34m)
[4] Peter Creed (Wal)
Peter Creed
7/11, 11/6, 15/13, 4/11, 11/4 (72m)
Farhan Zaman
Farhan Zaman
11/2, 11/8, 11/8 (46m)
Martin Knight
Amaad Fareed (Pak)
11/8, 11/5, 11/3 (25m)
[5] Farhan Zaman (Pak)
Ben Coates (Eng)
11/1, 11/6, 11/1 (20m)
[8] Mike McCue (Can)
Mike McCue
11/2, 11/9, 11/5 (45m)
Martin Knight
Thoboki Mohohlo (Rsa)
11/8, 11/4, 11/6 (47m)
[2] Martin Knight (Nzl)

Coleman Captures Salt Lake City Title

Number three seed Ben Coleman secured his sixth PSA World Tour title after a titanic
3-2 victory over New Zealand's Martin Knight in the final of the Wasatch Funds Salt Lake City Open, PSA M10 event.

The World No.63 booked his place in the showpiece event after a fine win over top seed Henrik Mustonen while Knight bested Farhan Zaman in the semi-final to seal his final berth.

Coleman started emphatically with a typically high-energy game plan as he ran Knight into all four corners of the court, earning an 11-3 triumph in the process. The experienced Knight recovered well though in the second to level things up.

A tense tie-break then ensued in the third game with neither player giving the other any breathing space. Coleman engineered an opening in the latter stages to go back in front with a 12-10 victory. Despite being up against it, Knight refused to let Coleman get the better of him in the fourth and stormed to an 11-2 win to send the match into a fifth and final game.

The two traded a number of highly-contested blows as the match drew to a close with Coleman coming back from 10-5 down to force another tie-break. The Englishman eventually prevailed, outlasting his opponent to claim an 11-3, 8-11, 12-10, 2-11, 13-11 victory and his second PSA World Tour title of 2015.

I'm really happy to win the tournament, said Coleman.

The match itself was tough. I think Martin played really well. I thought he would be fresh for the final.

I was aware that I had a harder semi-final than him but I left everything out there and I'm happy I could get the win of course. I was a little bit disappointed in the third game because I started slowly. I think I relaxed a bit though and won a few quick points.

I noticed him getting maybe a little bit tight. The fifth from 10-5 is all a bit of a blur. I remember hitting some really good winners but I wouldn't want to push it that close to be honest.

At 10-5 I won one point and all of a sudden you get to 10-7, 10-8 and then I felt like I was going to win which seems crazy. It's just the way that squash goes. I'm sure Martin will be disappointed but that's what I was here to do.

I cut it tight in the end but I'm really happy to do well. It's tough because squash can be an amazing place but it can be quite a lonely place at times. He'll be disappointed, sure, but we've all been through it.

From my point of view he will bounce back but I'm looking to push on now.
 


Coleman into Salt Lake Open final

The World No.63, whose last title came at the Life Time Fitness Atlanta Open at the start of the year, edged a tight opening game before engineering some breathing space for himself in the second after demonstrating an incredible amount of court coverage.

A resurgent Mustonen managed to claw a game back in the third after recovering from a 7-3 deficit but Coleman kept up his frenetic energy on court to earn an 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5 victory, securing his place in the showpiece finale where he will face the experienced number two seed Martin Knight.

Im very happy to win of course, that was my plan, said Coleman.

It was a tough game but a good one for the crowd. It was even better of course that I won. I fully expected to have to play my best squash out there.

He [Mustonen] is the top seed here, hes been quite high in the rankings and hes a very good player but I played how I wanted to play out there. Im happy that I was able to come out strong in the fourth, forget about the third and get a good lead to win convincingly in the end.

A few people have said to me [about Colemans court coverage]. Its nice to hear and its definitely a strength of mine and something that I am always working on. As long as that can help me become a better squash player then I am happy of course.

The last time I played him [Knight] was about a year and a half, maybe two years ago. I actually beat him then out in Canada. It was a tough match though and I fully expect another tough match.

Ill be ready though after a nice recovery and I plan to go all the way. Hes a bit older which means he does carry a lot of experience but it does also mean that he might get a little bit more tired than me. Well find that out but its going to be a tough game in many ways.

I think it will be a great game and a great final.

Knight meanwhile booked his spot in the final after an assured straight games victory over Farhan Zaman and the 31-year-old New Zealander is yet to drop a game in the tournament.
 


 

 

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