German World No.45 Raphael Kandra captured the 12th PSA World Tour title
of his career after defeating Canada’s Andrew Schnell in the final of
the Cleveland Skating Club Open, PSA M10 tournament.
Paderborn-based Kandra was forced to battle through two five-game
encounters en route to the final, with Argentina’s Leandro Romiglio and
England’s Richie Fallows forcing the 25-year-old to go the distance.
World No.60 Schnell, meanwhile, had a more straightforward path through
to the final and dropped just a single game, during his semi-final
fixture with second seed Charles Sharpes, to reach a fourth PSA World
Tour title decider.
Despite his exertions in his previous two matches, Kandra dictated the
pace of the match from the outset, taking the ball early to create
openings against his opponent.
A free-flowing match, which saw just five decisions from the referee
made throughout, eventually went in Kandra’s favour, with the German
claiming victory by an 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 margin to lift his second title
of the year.