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Florida Open 2015

The Betty Griffin Memorial
Florida Open 2015
03-06 Dec
Boca Raton, United States, $10k
Round One
03 Dec
04 Dec
05 Dec
06 Dec
[1] Farhan Zaman (Pak)
12/10, 11/5, 11/7
[Q] Juan Gomez Dominguez (Mex)
Farhan Zaman
11/9, 11/7, 11/6
Angus Gillams
Farhan Zaman
12/14, 11/8, 8/11, 11/6, 11/5
Vikram Malhotra
Vikram Malhotra
11-6, 11-8, 11-7
Arthur Gaskin


[5] Angus Gillams (Eng)
11/7, 11/5, 11/5
[Q] Mohamed Nabil (Egy)
[7] Mike Lewis (Usa)
11/2, 11/7, 11/5
[WC] Joe Green (Eng)
Joe Green
11/7, 11/4, 11/5
Vikram Malhotra
[4] Shahjahan Khan (Pak)
11/7, 11/5, 11/6
[Q] Vikram Malhotra (Ind)
Amaad Fareed (Pak)
11/3, 17/15, 11/3
[3] Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
Arthur Gaskin
11/8, 12/10, 6/11, 14/12
Chris Binnie
Arthur Gaskin
11/8, 11/6, 11/8
Cameron Stafford
[Q] Mauricio Sedano (Gua)
11/1, 11/7, 11/6
[6] Chris Binnie (Jam)
Josue Enriquez (Gua)
2/11, 11/8, 3/11, 11/7, 13/11
[8] Reuben Phillips (Eng)
 Josue Enriquez
11/9, 12/10, 7/11, 12/10
Cameron Stafford
Cameron Stafford (Cay)
11/6, 13/11, 3/11, 14/12
[2] Kush Kumar (Ind)
Qualifier Malhotra Stuns Gaskin to Take Florida Open Title

Giant-killing Indian qualifier Vikram Malhotra secured his maiden PSA World Tour title in stunning fashion after rising to claim a shock victory against number three seed Arthur Gaskin in the final of the Betty Griffin Memorial Florida Open, PSA M10 event.

Malhotra stunned top seed Farhan Zaman in the previous round to book his place in the final while Gaskin eased by Cameron Stafford in a straightforward semi-final triumph.

However, Malhotra showed no early signs of fatigue as he roared into action, hitting a number of perfect winners to take a one-game lead.

Gaskin posed more of a challenge in the second, pushing Malhotra into all four corners of the court with regularity but he was still powerless to stop a superb display from Malhotra allowing the World No.277 to double his advantage.

Malhotra, appearing in only his third ever PSA World Tour main draw, romped to victory in the third and final game to complete an 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 win.

“I’ve had a great week and I want to thank everyone for supporting me throughout the qualifying and main draw matches which has kept me focused,” said Malhotra.

“I’m looking forward to coming back next year and defending my title.”
Stafford Stuns Kumar In Florida


The first round of the Betty Griffin Memorial Florida Open, PSA M10 event saw a few unexpected results take place with qualifier Cameron Stafford taking out second seed Kush Kumar in the pick of the bunch.

Games one and two saw a veritable feast of winners from Cayman Islands-born Stafford and, despite dropping the third, he ground out the victory in the latter stages to hold out for a superb 11-6, 13-11, 3-11, 14-12 triumph.

Stafford moves on to face Josue Enriquez in the last eight after he dispatched Reuben Phillips in a five-game battle.

Also falling to a qualifier was fourth seed Shahjahan Khan, who lost in straight games to Vikram Malhotra with the Indian progressing to face wildcard Joe Green who stunned the experienced Mike Lewis to advance.

There were also routine wins for top seed Farhan Zaman, over Juan Gomez Dominguez, and Angus Gillams, who beat Mohamed Nabil, and the pair will face off against each other in the next round.

Meanwhile, Arthur Gaskin and Christopher Binnie will meet in the quarter-final after respective victories against Amaad Fareed and and Mauricio Sedano.
Malhotra Moves Past Khan To Reach Florida Open Main Draw


Indian number six seed Vikram Malhotra overcame home player Faraz Khan in the final qualifying round of the Betty Griffin Memorial Florida Open, PSA M10 tournament to reach only the third PSA World Tour main draw of his career.

The 26-year-old dominated the early stages, rising into a two-game lead before being pegged back in the third. Malhotra redoubled his efforts though and surged to a commanding victory in the fourth and final game to wrap up an 11-4, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4 triumph.

He will go up against Shahjahan Khan in the opening round of the main draw with the hope of making it to a second PSA World Tour quarter-final.

Mexico’s Juan Gomez Dominguez was also in action and he emerged from a nail-biting encounter with Scotland’s Jon Geekie to seal his main draw berth. After a back-and-forth match that saw both players trade blows throughout, Dominguez eventually prevailed in five and he will face number one seed Farhan Zaman up next.

Mohamed Nabil meanwhile swept past Italo Bonatti to set up a first round fixture with England’s Angus Gillams while Mauricio Sedano and Supreet Singh went head-to-head in the other fixture of the day.

It was Sedano who emerged victorious to go through to the main draw where he will face Christopher Binnie for a place in the last eight.
Frenetic Fixtures Coming Up In Florida


The main draw of the Betty Griffin Memorial Florida Open, PSA M10 event begins on Thursday December 3 with ten nations represented in a draw that showcases the global appeal of the sport.

Pakistan’s Farhan Khan is the favourite to take the title and picked up his last PSA World Tour crown two months ago at the Any Presence Open.

The World No.64 followed that up with a runner-up finish at the Life Time Fitness Chicago Open later on in the month but failed to make it past round one at the Men’s PSA World Championship on his last PSA World Tour appearance.

The number one seed kicks off his tournament against Juan Gomez Dominguez in the opening round, a match that he is a heavy favourite for given that Dominguez has made it beyond the first round just once before.

Indian teenager Kush Kumar is also battling for the title and appears at his last PSA World Tour event of 2015, a year that has seen him claim his maiden PSA World Tour crown at the City of Devonport Tasmanian Open in addition to breaking into the world’s top 100 players.

Kumar will be looking to wrap up the year in style and gets his event under way against Cameron Stafford.

Number three seed Arthur Gaskin is looking to put his disappointment at last month’s Cleveland Skating Club Open behind him where he narrowly missed out on capturing a third PSA World Tour title to Andrew Wagih Shoukry.

The Irishman faces off with Amaad Fareed in round one as the pair do battle for a place in the quarter-final stage.

Shahjahan Khan meanwhile is a dark horse for the title and is looking to improve on his last eight finish here last year. Khan, who won the Colony Ford Lincoln NSA Open against Gaskin in August, will play Indian qualifier Vikram Malhotra when the main draw gets under way.