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Guilfoyle Financial Classic 2016





Guilfoyle Classic 2016
22-27 Feb
Toronto, Canada, $5k
Round One
24 Feb
25 Feb
26 Feb
27 Feb
[1] Martin Knight (NZL)
11-2, 11-8, 11-4
[Q] Dan Bergin
Martin Knight
11-2, 11-6, 11-7
Sunny Seth
Martin Knight
11-9, 11-3, 11-9
Geoffrey Demont
Martin Knight
11-9, 11-5,
Daniel Poleshchuk
Albert Shoihet (CAN)
11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 10-12, 9-11
[8] Sunny Seth (GUY)
[7] Matthew Serediak (CAN)
11-9, 11-4, 11-3
Kale Wilson (TRI)
Matthew Serediak
Martin Knight
Geoffrey Demont
[WC] Rahul Sehrawat (CAN)
4-11, 3-11, 3-11
[4] Geoffrey Demont (FRA)
[3] Joe Chapman (IVB)
9-11, 3-11, 7-11
[Q] Nick Sachvie (CAN)
Nick Sachvie
12-10, 11-6, 11-9
Michael McCue
Nick Sachvie
11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 7-11
Daniel Poleshchuk
[Q] Cameron Seth (CAN)
6-11, 4-11, 6-11
[5] Michael McCue (CAN)
[6] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR)
11-3, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5
David Baillargeon (CAN)
Daniel Poleshchuk
6-11, 11-8, 18-16, 11-8
Jaymie Haycocks
[Q] Owen Butler (CAN)
6-11, 6-11, 6-11
[2] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)
Qualifying Finals:
Nick Sachvie (CAN) 3-1 Marco Toriz-Caddo (MEX) 11/8, 9/11, 11/1, 11/4
Dan Bergin (WAL) 3-1 Julian Morrison (JAM) 12/10, 11/6, 6/11, 11/8
Cameron Seth (CAN) w/o Mohanad Hekal (CAN)
Owen Butler (CAN) 3-2 Stefan Houbtchev (USA) 8/11, 11/7, 11/8, 9/11, 11/4

Qualifying Round One:
Marco Toriz-Caddo (MEX) 3-0 Jackson Kay (CAN) 11/8, 13/11, 13/11
Julian Morrison (Jam) 3-2 Thomas Manley (CAN)  8/11, 9/11, 11/9, 11/0, 11/7
Dan Bergin (WAL) 3-0 William Kuhn (CAN) 11/5, 11/3, 11/8
Mohamed Hekal 3-0 Francisco Mendez-Correa (MEX) 11/9, 13/11, 11/9
Cameron Seth (CAN) 3-0 Alex Collins (CAN) 11/2, 11/4, 11/8
Owen Butler (CAN) 3-0 Ryan Osbourne (CAN) 11/8, 11/5, 11/1
Stefan Houbtchev (USA) 3-0 Thomas King (CAN) 11/8, 11/2, 11/7


Kiwi Knight Captures Guilfoyle Financial Classic Title

Experienced New Zealander Martin Knight secured his eighth career PSA World Tour title with a straightforward 3-0 victory over Israel’s Daniel Poleshchuk - a player 12 years his junior - in the final of the Guilfoyle Financial Classic, PSA M5 tournament.

Number one seed Knight was in tremendous form in the buildup to the final with commanding wins over Dan Bergin, Sunny Seth and Geoffrey Demont en-route, while Poleshchuk had earlier upset second seed Jaymie Haycocks in the quarter-final before beating surprise package Nick Sachvie, the Canadian who had risen from qualifying to reach the last four, to secure his place in the final.

The first game featured some lengthy rallies with Poleshchuk outmanoeuvring his opponent only to lose a number of points on unforced errors which allowed 32-year-old Knight to edge it with an 11-9 margin of victory.

Game two saw the pattern of play remain largely the same with Poleshchuk’s guile and craft enabling him to move Knight into all four corners of the court once more but a hamstring injury saw the 20-year-old require an injury break. From that point on, the World No.115 he wasn’t able to move as freely, resulting in Knight doubling his advantage.

Knight kept up his relentless assault in the latter stages of the fixture to surge past a struggling Poleshchuk and close out an 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 triumph to lift his first PSA World Tour title since 2014.

Poleshchuk downs 2nd seed Hacocks in Quarter Finals
 Mouth-watering Clashes Await At The Guilfoyle Financial Classic


The main draw of the Guilfoyle Financial Classic, PSA M5 event springs into life in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday February 24, with a host of experienced players hoping to clinch the tournament crown.

World No.83 Martin Knight is the top seed for the event and will be looking to progress smoothly through his early round encounters which begin with a fixture against a qualifier.

As a three-time New Zealand National Champion and winner of seven PSA World Tour titles, Knight will believe he has the experience and knowhow to seal the title this week.

Challenging Knight for the title will be England's Jaymie Haycocks who displayed excellent recent form after sealing the MAA Invitational title in Montreal two months ago. Haycocks defeated home favourite Michael McCue in the final of that event and will be looking to perform strongly in Canada again this week.

Haycocks faces a qualifier in the first round and will have his eyes firmly set on the tournament's ultimate prize.

After steadily progressing through the world rankings in recent years, World No.100 Joe Chapman will be hoping to clinch a maiden PSA World Tour title in Toronto this week. Seeded third for the event, the British Virgin Islands resident will be confident of challenging in the tournament's latter stages and meets a qualifier in round one.

France’s Geoffrey Demont will also be competing in Toronto and is the number four seed for the event. Buoyed by an impressive performance at the Savcor Finnish Open in January, where he lost out to Shehab Essam in the final, Demont will be hoping to take that form into this tournament as he bids to capture a second PSA World Tour crown.

The World No.106 faces 18-year-old Canadian wildcard Rahul Sehrawat, who is competing in just his fourth PSA World Tour event, in the first round.

Another notable entrant is Israel's Daniel Poleshchuk who has reached the semi-final stage of his last five PSA World Tour events and surpassed expectations to clinch the LOC Charing Cross Classic in October 2015. Several Canadian players, including World No.139 Matthew Serediak, also feature in the event and they'll be hoping to entertain crowds at the highly revered Toronto Cricket Club venue which has hosted several national squash events in previous years.
Sachvie Sweeps Through To Guilfoyle Financial Classic Main Draw


Canada’s Nick Sachvie secured a place in the main draw of the Guilfoyle Financial Classic, PSA M5 tournament on home soil after a commanding triumph over Mexico’s Marco Toriz-Caddo in the final round of qualifying in Toronto.

Sachvie benefitted from a bye in the previous round and his fresh legs seemed to make the difference early on as he narrowly edged the opener. Toriz-Caddo battle back to level things up in the second but a resilient Sachvie held his nerve and stormed to victory in games three and four to wrap up the win with an 11-8, 9-11, 11-1, 11-4 scoreline.

The 24-year-old is rewarded with a clash against number three seed Joe Chapman in the first round of the main draw.

Owen Butler also triumphed in his native country with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over compatriot Stefan Houbtchev. Butler has an extremely tough match with Jaymie Haycocks on the horizon with Haycocks looking to kickstart his attempts to win a fourth PSA World Tour title.

Welshman Dan Bergin is through to his first ever PSA World Tour main draw after he came through in four to beat Julian Tomlinson and he will make his bow against the experienced New Zealander Martin Knight.

Cameron Seth, meanwhile, advanced thanks to a walkover against Mohanad Hekal and will face number five seed Michael McCue for a place in the last eight.