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Rochester ProAm 2016








Rochester ProAm 2016
14 - 17 Apr
Rochester, New York, USA, $5k
Round One
14 Apr
15 Apr
16 Apr
17 Apr
[1] Martin Knight (NZL)
11-4, 11-3, 11-3
[Q] Supreet Singh (IND)
Martin Knight
11-2, 11-7, 11-5
Josue Enriquez
Martin Knight
11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-5
Clinton Leeuw
Martin Knight
11-3, 11-5, 11-5 (62m)
Jan van den Herrewegen
Albert Shoihet (CAN)
11-6, 6-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7
[5] Josue Enriquez (GUA)
[6] Thoboki Mohohlo (RSA)
11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 11-3
Diego Gobbi (BRA)
Thoboki Mohohlo
13-11, 4-11, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11
Clinton Leeuw
Jon Geekie (SCO)
11-9, 11-1, 11-4
[4] Clinton Leeuw (RSA)
[3] Lewis Walters (JAM)
12-10, 11-6, 11-6
[Q] Aqib Hanif (PAK)
Lewis Walters
11-6, 11-7, 11-6
Faraz Khan
Faraz Khan
8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 13-15
Jan van den Herrewegen
[Q] Ahmad Alzabidi (JOR)
11-6, 4-11, 11-9, 11-9
[8] Faraz Khan (USA)
[7] Jesus Camacho (MEX)
9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7
[Q] Mario Yanez (MEX)
Jesus Camacho
13-15, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11
Jan van den Herrewegen
[WC] Adam Perkiomaki (USA)
10-12, 11-7, 13-11, 11-8
[2] Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL)


Results – Final Qualifying Round: Rochester ProAm 2016
[L] Mario Yanez (MEX) bt [L] Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (29m)
[3] Ahmad Alzabidi (JOR) bt [8] Ismail Hafez (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 11-2 (50m)
[4] Supreet Singh (IND) bt [L] Tomotaka Endo (JPN) 3-2: 9-11, 11-2, 8-11, 18-16, 11-8 (44m)
Aqib Hanif (PAK) bt Fernando Magdaleno (MEX) 3-2: 6-11, 11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9 (62m)




Knight Lifts Rochester ProAm Title

Experienced New Zealander Martin Knight captured his second PSA World Tour title of 2016 with a composed 3-0 victory over second seed Jan van den Herrewegen in the final of the Rochester ProAm, PSA M5 tournament.

The 32-year-old booked his place in the showpiece finale after claiming a hard-fought five-game victory against Clinton Leeuw in the previous round, while van den Herrewegen defeated wildcard Adam Perkiomaki, Jesus Camacho and Lewis Walters to seal his final berth.

Knight adopted a tactically astute approach from the outset, with his consistent length and expert shot selection giving van den Herrewegen no chance to attack in a one-sided opening game which went in Knight’s favour.

Van den Herrewegen looked slightly fatigued in the second and Knight took full advantage, moving his Belgian opponent into the back of the court with some expertly-placed lobs and he duly doubled his lead.

The early exchanges of the third game saw both players begin evenly matched, but Knight’s pace proved too much for van den Herrewegen to handle in the end and the World No.80 pulled away mid-game to open up an 11-3, 11-5, 11-5 margin of victory and capture the ninth PSA World Tour title of his career.
No Upsets As Seeds Sail Through


All eight seeded players in the Rochester ProAm, PSA M5 tournament secured safe passage through to the last eight after progressing beyond their unseeded counterparts in New York,

Top seed Martin Knight sealed his quarter-final berth after a virtuoso 3-0 victory over Indian qualifier Supreet Singh in just 27 minutes. The match was a fast-paced affair from the start, with Knight moving Singh into all four corners of the court with regularity. The experienced New Zealander controlled proceedings and duly achieved an 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 victory to reach the next round.

Up next for Knight is a meeting with number five seed Josue Enriquez after the Guatemalan defeated Albert Shoihet in five.

Belgium’s Jan van den Herrewegen is also through to the next round after recovering from a game down against wildcard Adam Perkiomaki. Buoyed by the roar of a partizan home crowd, Perkiomaki stormed out of the traps and overcame van den Herrewegen in an opening game tie-break, only to see his precious one-game advantage crumble as the number two seed fought back to win. Van den Herrewegen will go head-to-head with Mexico’s Jesus Camacho in the quarter-final after he overcame compatriot Mario Yanez in a scintillating five-game thriller.

Elsewhere, Lewis Walters dispatched Aqib Hanif in straight games to keep his ambitions of claiming a second PSA World Tour title alive. Walters started slowly and went 8-2 behind in game one before fighting back to take the opener against all odds. After finding his rhythm, Walters began to dominate the ’T’ and outmanoeuvred his opponent to wrap up the win and set up a quarter-final showdown with Faraz Khan, who beat Ahmad Alzabidi.

South African duo Clinton Leeuw and Thoboki Mohohlo make up the other quarter-final participants and will face each other after respective triumphs against Jon Geekie and Diego Gobbi.
Qualifying Draws To Dramatic Close


The final qualifying round of the Rochester ProAm, PSA M5 tournament saw three of the four matches go all the way to five games as qualifying in New York came to an end on an exciting day of action at the Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center.

Jordan’s Ahmad Alzabidi had to dig deep against number eight qualifying seed Ismail Hafez in an extremely closely-contested tie. The early exchanges of the match were marred by unforced errors from both players but Hafez soon exhibited his class to go a game to the good thanks to some excellent soft hands and pinpoint volleys. However, Alzabidi came roaring back and, with the fixture eventually tied up at two games apiece, the World No.258 dominated the decider to claim a 7-11, 11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 11-2 victory and a first main draw berth of 2016.

He is set to face off with United States player Faraz Khan in round one of the main draw but Alzabidi may hold the advantage, given that he has won all three of the pair’s previous meetings on the PSA World Tour.

India’s Supreet Singh is also through to the main draw action thanks to a 3-2 triumph over Japan’s Tomotaka Endo. Endo, the University of Rochester squash captain, was backed on by a vociferous local following and went 2-1 ahead as he looked to be on his way to a superb win. But Singh came back to take the fourth 18-16 after a nervy series of rallies and he continued his resurgence into the fifth to wrap up the victory and set up a main draw meeting with title favourite Martin Knight.

Meanwhile, Aqib Hanif and Mario Yanez will also participate in the main draw after rising to wins in their final qualifying round matches.

Hanif will line up against Jamaican number three seed Lewis Walters, while Mexico’s Yanez will go head-to-head with compatriot Jesus Camacho for a place in the last eight.