27-30 Nov, Mexico
Grabs Evolution Glory
The all-Mexican final of the Evolution Open in Mexico City finally
saw an end to the run of upsets, as Mexico's top player
ended the spectacular run of qualifier
to claim the title.
Sánchez started strongly showing his fitness, but made four unforced
errors in a row that handed the first game to
Both players started the second game very tightly, making made very
good shots but Gálvez applied enough pressure to Sánchez to take a
Gálvez attacked early during the third game, pressurising Sánchez,
and continued the game with very tight shots. Sánchez fought till
the end but the consistency and strength of Gálvez gave him the game
and the tournament.
Gálvez, who reached the final of
the Pan American Championships in August last year, and won the gold
medal in the Central American and Caribbean Games in
El Salvador three months later, was making his first appearance in a
PSA Tour final.
Official site from Mexico
 Cameron White (Aus)
15-12, 15-13, 15-12
[Q] Mauricio Sánchez (Mex)
15-13, 17-15, 6-15, 15-9 (94m)
5-15, 8-15, 15-8, 15-12, 15-4
 Paul Davis(Aus)
15-12, 15-11, 15-9
Jorge Baltazar (Mex)
 Laurent Elriani (Fra)
15-11, 15-2, 15-11
Shahid Khan (Eng)
15-10, 15-7, 15-13 (46m)
 Jago Nardelli (Eng)
15-10, 15-9, 15-5
[Q] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
15-7, 15-5, 15-9
 Andre Holderegger (Sui)
15-7, 15-4, 15-2 (29m)
15-9, 15-14, 13-15, 15-6 (82m)
[Q] David Phillips
15-9, 15-12, 11-15, 15-14
 Tony James (Aus)
17-16, 8-15, 15-12, 15-12
 Duncan Walsh (Eng)
15-4, 15-13, 15-13 (41m)
[Q] Nicholas Kyme (Ber)
15-13, 15-12, 15-9
 Dylan Bennett
Mark Krajcsak beat Armando Zarazua, w/o
Nicholas Kyme beat Marcos Méndez 13-15, 11-15, 15-3, 15-9, 15-12
Mauricio Sánchez beat Romain Tenant 14-15, 15-12, 15-8, 15-7
David Phillips beat Juan Camacho 15-12, 15-14, 15-12
[Q] Mauricio Sánchez (MEX) bt  Laurent Elriani (FRA)
5-15, 8-15, 15-8, 15-12, 15-4 (92m)
Eric Galvez (MEX) bt  Dylan Bennett (NED)
15-9, 15-14, 13-15, 15-6 (82m)
Sanchez & Galvez Storm
Into Dream All-Mexican Final
Qualifier Mauricio Sánchez and unseeded Eric Galvez thrilled the
crowd watching the semi-finals of the Evolution Squash Open in
Mexico City by dismissing two of the new PSA Tour event's top seeds
to set up an all-Mexican final which earlier would have been beyond
the organisers' wildest dreams.
Mauricio "Revelation" Sánchez defeated experienced Frenchman Laurent
Elriani, the No3 seed, after coming back from two games down. With
deception as his main weapon, Elriani took the first two games,
sending Sanchez to front court and back court repeatedly. The
Mexican looked beaten, but Elriani seemed tired at the end of the
In the third, Sánchez started a new strategy, using more attacking
shots, which changed the balance of the match. Elriani fought
bravely but Sánchez now had the upper hand and after more than one
and a half hours claimed his dramatic 5-15 8-15 15-8 15-12 15-4
victory and a place in the final in his first appearance in a PSA
In the other semi-final, Galvez faced European Junior Champion Dylan
Bennett, from the Netherlands. The Mexican took the opening game,
forcing errors from Bennett, the No2 seed. The second game was
played at lightning speed, with the Dutchman making a comeback to
bring the game to 14-14. A perfect shot by Galvez gave him the lead
Bennett salvaged some pride by taking the third game, but more
unforced errors from the second seed in the fourth led 20-year-old
Galvez to wrap up the match 15-9 15-14 13-15 15-6 in 82 minutes.
reports from Mexico
Mexican players continued to do perform well in the quarter-finals
of the Evolution Open in Mexico City, with home fans delighted to
see two local stars reach the semi-finals.
who beat the top seed in the first round, scored
his first-ever tournament win over compatriot Jorge Baltazar in a
marathon 94-minute battle. Baltazar tried everything in his armoury,
but Sanchez remained cool as his greater maturity won out in a match
featuring many long rallies to thrill the crowd.
Sanchez meets third seed
Laurent Elriani in the semi-finals following the Frenchman's 3/0
win over qualifier Mark Krajcsak. There were many fine shots during
the match, in the first set Krajcask seemed to be nervous and lost
the game making some unforced errors. Elriani played more
intelligent and strong squash than Krajcsak. Elriani applied
pressure to Krajcsak, tried to come back making an additional effort
but it was too late.
Mexican fans will have a second
hero to cheer in the other semi-final. Eric Gálvez completed
a comfortable 3/0 win over qualifier David Phillips to set up a
meeting with Holland's second seed Dylan Bennett.
Gálvez relentlessly performed
masterful shots against Phillips, repeatedly putting in winning drop
shots as Phillips became desperate. After the second game Phillips
couldn't recover his pace and never came back. Gálvez wrapped up the
the victory after 29 minutes.
28-Nov, Round One:
Bennett beat Duncan Walsh 3/0. The tall Dutchman reached very
difficult shots performed by Walsh, showing his control over the
game and the ball, performing 'fantasy' shots to confuse Walsh.
During the last game Walsh got more self confidence and almost won
that game, but the consistency and speed of Bennett succeeded as he
progressed to the semi-finals.
Mexican Magic in Evolution
There was a Mexican revolution in the Evolution Open in
Mexico City when three local players pulled off major upsets on the
first day - with one guaranteed to earn a place in the semi-finals.
Qualifier Mauricio Sánchez created the biggest shock with a
15-12 15-13 15-12 dismissal of top-seeded Australian Cameron White.
Sanchez now faces Jorge Baltazar for a place in the last four
after his unseeded compatriot also overturned a seeded Australian in
a 15-12 15-11 15-9 defeat of Paul Davis, the 8th seed.
Eric Galvez completed the local rout by beating Switzerland's
sixth seed Andre Holderegger 15-7 15-5 15-9. The unseeded Mexican
moves into the quarter-finals where he meets Canadian qualifier
David Phillips, the 15-9 15-12 11-15 15-14 conqueror of Australia's
fourth seed Tony James.