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Montreal Open 2016







Montreal Open 2016
01-06 Mar
Montreal, Canada, $35k
Round One
03 Mar
04 Mar
05 Mar
06 Mar
[1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
7-11, 11-6, 11-1, 11-6 (42m)
[Q] Christopher Gordon (USA)
Karim Abdel Gawad
11/9, 20/18, 11/7 (37m)
Tsz Fung Yip
Karim Abdel Gawad
11-8, 11-7, 11-9
Tom Richards
Karim Abdel Gawad
3-11, 18-16, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7
Ali Farag
[6] Adrian Waller (ENG)
12-10, 3-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7 (74m)
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
[8] Alfredo Avila (MEX)
11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (40m)
[Q] Todd Harrity (USA)
Todd Harrity
11/3, 9/11, 11/5, 11/6 (43m)
Tom Richards
[3] Tom Richards (ENG)
11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (25m)
[wc] David Baillargeon (CAN)
Lucas Serme (FRA)
12-10, 11-6, 11-9 (60m)
[4] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
Gregoire Marche
11/4, 11/7, 11/5 (49m)
Leo Au
Gregoire Marche
4-11, 3-11, 2-11
Ali Farag
[Q] Christopher Binnie (JAM)
11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-4 (53m)
[5] Leo Au (HKG)
[Q] Shawn Delierre (CAN)
11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (35m)
[7] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
Nafiizwan Adnan
11/9, 14/12, 7/11, 13/11 (60m)
Ali Farag
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED)
8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (50m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY)


Qualifying Finals:
Todd Harrity (USA) bt Mike McCue (CAN) 11-2 , 11-3 , 11-5 (29m)
Christopher Gordon (USA) bt Joe Chapman (BVI) 11-5 , 11-8 , 11-7 (37m)
Christopher Binnie (JAM) bt Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 7-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-9 (42m)
Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt Joel Makin (WAL) 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8 (102m)

Results – First Qualifying Round:

[1] Todd Harrity (USA) bt Thomas King (CAN) 3-0: 11-3, 11-2, 11-9
[8] Michael McCue (CAN) bt [L] Sebastien Boucley (CAN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-3
[6] Joe Chapman (IVB) bt [L] Tommy Scott (CAN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-6
[3] Christopher Gordon (USA) bt [L] Jason Delierre (CAN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-5
[4] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt Joeri Hapers (BEL) 3-1: 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5
[5] Christopher Binnie (JAM) bt Sam Gould (USA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-7, 11-5
[7] Joel Makin (WAL) bt Lewis Walters (JAM) 3-0: 11-8, 11-2, 11-5
[2] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [L] David Phillips (CAN) 3-0: 15-13, 11-9, 11-8



Farag Outlasts Gawad to Land Montreal Open Crown

Egypt’s Ali Farag came through a spectacular final showdown with compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad to secure the 2016 Montreal Open, PSA M35 tournament and continue his superb recent form on the PSA World Tour.

The 23-year-old hit the headlines towards the end of the January where he stunned World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy and World No.3 Nick Matthew to win his biggest ever title at the Motor City Open and, despite a first round exit at the recent Windy City Open presented by Guggenheim Partners and EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, retained his excellent performances in Canada.

Gawad’s victory at the UCS Swedish Open a month ago, which was his first PSA M70 title, was also fresh in the memory and he was seeking to maintain his superb progress thus far in the 2015/16 campaign.

All four corners of the court were hit with regularity as both players exhibited a swashbuckling style of squash in a free-flowing and engaging spectacle. Gawad surged to the opener but Farag navigated a mammoth second game to take it 18-16 on the tie-break.

Farag, one of the most in-form players on the PSA World Tour at present, then went 2-1 behind but refused to give up and produced a magnificent comeback that belied his tender years as he took two games without reply, wrapping up a gruelling 3-11, 18-16, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 victory to lift his second PSA World Tour title of 2016.

"Karim started extremely well, the court was quite dead and he was keeping every ball in," said Farag.

"I literally couldn’t do anything with but then I shouted at myself a little bit just to wake myself up and I think it worked. I found my corners in the back and from that point on I think I was very disciplined which is something I am proud of because every time I play with him he kills every shot around the ’T’ area. I tried to make it as straight as possible and I think it worked.

"It was paying dividends and he started hitting a lot of tins. In the second it was neck-and-neck and I was lucky to get that one as 2-0 down is a lot different to 1-1, not only in terms of the score but the momentum as well. I lost a little bit of discipline in the third and a silly cross court at 10-9 meant that he hit a perfect straight drive.

"I think he got a little bit tired towards the end of the match and I could see that he was getting a little bit slower to the front of the court so I won that one but Karim is very experienced in the fifth game. We have played about 30 times in our life, 20 of those have gone to five games and I would say he has won 17 of them. I’m lucky to get this one today.

"I think that he has a better attacking game than me but I tried to contain that and play straight shots from the front which is something that I usually don’t do and I tried to mix it up as well. I’m happy with the way it ended."
Herculean Harrity Arrows Past Avila In Montreal


United States No.1 Todd Harrity continued his superb start to the 2016 Montreal Open, PSA M35 tournament after he followed up his unbeaten qualifying stage run with a stunning 3-0 triumph over Mexico’s Alfredo Avila.

The World No.49 is ranked ten places below Avila in the world rankings but blew that deficit out of the water after a stunning show of force saw him move his opponent into all four corners of the court with regularity to claim a 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 win.

“I felt great during that, I thought I played really well,” said Harrity.

“I had never beaten him before so that was a great result for me. I think that I was used to the court having come through qualifying and was used to the venue and the audience. I felt really comfortable, settled in straight away and I had that to my advantage.

“The courts are great here, they’re very true and they reward a good shot.”

Harrity will go up against England’s Tom Richards in the next round after the World No.23 dispatched David Baillargeon in three.

England’s Adrian Waller was the only other seeded player to miss out on a place in the last eight as he succumbed to a surprise defeat against Tsz Fung Yip. In a match between two players of contrasting styles, Fung Yip’s retrieval ability eventually came to the fore and he battled to the victory in five brutal games to set up a next round meeting with top seed Karim Abdel Gawad who downed Christopher Gordon.

Ali Farag, the 23-year-old Egyptian who shocked World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy and World No.3 Nick Matthew en-route to winning the Motor City Open title in January, secured his quarter-final berth after an impressive display against former World No.9 Laurens Jan Anjema. Farag will now face Nafiizwan Adnan who vanquished home hopes after beating Canadian No.1 Shawn Delierre.

Gregoire Marche will line up against Leo Au in the other last eight clash after the duo defeated Lucas Serme and Christopher Binnie, respectively.
Harrity Homes In On Montreal Open Main Draw


World No.49 Todd Harrity played with impressive poise and composure to defeat Michael McCue in the final qualifying round of the 2016 Montreal Open, PSA M35 tournament and secure his place in the main draw.

Harrity, who had defeated Thomas King in the previous round, picked up where he left off by controlling proceedings from the outset with his varied shot selection and indomitable anticipation yielding immediate dividends. After surging to the opening game for the loss of just two points, Harrity kept up the pressure to capitalise on any loose shots from McCue and wrap up a commanding 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 victory.

The 25-year-old from Bryn Mawr, who reached the final of the Ganem Vein Institute Classic in his last PSA World Tour outing, is rewarded for his fine form with a main draw matchup against Mexico’s Alfredo Avila, the World No.39 who won August’s Abierto Colombiano de Squash Club El Nogal, in the opening round.

Elsewhere, Canadian No.1 Shawn Delierre has claimed a main draw berth on home soil after he defeated Welshman Joel Makin 3-1. Delierre, who has appeared in three of the five longest matches ever to be recorded, started the match with some typically long and bruising rallies and he took a mammoth 24-minute opening game. Makin fought back in the second to level proceedings but Delierre soon found himself back on top and he closed out the victory in four to set up a main draw meeting with Nafiizwan Adnan.

Meanwhile, Christopher Gordon swept to victory against Joe Chapman in straight games and he has a tough match against in-form Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad next with Gawad looking to follow up the UCS Swedish Open title he won last month.

Jamaica’s Christopher Binnie and Jaymie Haycocks went up against each other in the day’s other final qualifying round fixture with the former progressing to face Leo Au in round one of the main draw.

Harrity Through To Final Qualifying Round


United States No.1 Todd Harrity got his Montreal Open tournament off to the perfect start after a 3-0 win over Canada’s Thomas King in the first round of qualifying in the PSA M35 event.

World No.49 Harrity quickly hit his rhythm and seized a commanding early lead to take the opening game for the loss of just three points. Harrity played with composure and craft to double his lead in the second and fended off a late rally from King in the latter stages of the match to complete an 11-3, 11-2, 11-9 victory.

Michael McCue lies in wait for Harrity in the final qualifying round after he bested Sebastien Boucley on home soil.

Canadian No.1 Shawn Delierre looks destined to reach the main draw after defeating David Phillips in straight games. Phillips looked like he was on course to take a shock one-game lead after catching Delierre out with some smart drops in the early exchanges but the experienced Delierre soon recovered to go ahead on the tie-break. It was a lead that the 33-year-old would not relinquish and he will meet Joel Makin for a place in the main draw after the Welshman dispatched Lewis Walters in three.

Delierre’s younger brother, Jason, was also in action but he succumbed to a 3-0 defeat to World No.57 Gordon who goes on to play Joe Chapman in the next round thanks to Chapman’s victory over Tommy Scott.

Meanwhile, Jaymie Haycocks and Christopher Binnie will go head-to-head in the final qualifying round’s other tie after they claimed wins over Joeri Hapers and Sam Gould, respectively.