Manitoba Open 2004
29 Jan - 01 Feb, Manitoba, Canada, $12k

01-Feb-04, Final:
[3] Shahier Razik (Can) bt [2] Paul Price (Aus)  15-13, 11-15, 15-13, 15-8

Razik scores home
win in Manitoba
Gene Turk reports from Winnipeg

Shahier Razik
Claimed his sixth PSA title in front of a packed house at the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club on Super Bowl Sunday.

Razik moved around the court effortlessly, showing no mercy to a slowed Price by moving him around the court with soft drops and boasts. Price fired back, and hit the nick often but was not able to put the ball away with enough frequency to overcome the smooth moving Razik.

"I haven't done too badly here," Razik, who has played in the Manitoba Open five times, told the Winnipeg Sun. "I've always made it to the semis or quarters. This is the first time I won."

"I knew it would be tough in the semis, having to play Graham [Ryding] and if I got through I'd have to play Paul Price," said Razik. "Both of them are in the top 20. But I felt positive coming in here because I like playing on these courts. They really suit my game."

Price, who is now based in Toronto and regularly trains with Razik and Graham Ryding, told the Winnipeg Sun: "The first game could have gone either way, as with the second. In the third and fourth, he sort of just broke away from me. He was moving quicker than I was. I just made some mistakes in the end and he made some really good shots. That's what really broke my back."

Full report from the Winnipeg Sun

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Manitoba Open 2004
1st Round
Thu 29
Fri 30
Sat 31st
Sun 1st
[1] Graham Ryding (Can)
15-7, 15-5, 15-11
Duncan Walsh (Eng)
 Graham Ryding
15-8, 15-14, 15-10
Jan Koukal
 Graham Ryding

8-15, 15-9, 13-15, 15-5, 15-13

 Shahier Razik

 Shahier Razik

15-13, 11-15,
15-13, 15-8

  Paul Price

[5] Jan Koukal (Cze)
15-8, 15-13, 15-9
[Q] Tony James (Aus)
[3] Shahier Razik (Can)
 15-6, 15-13, 15-11
[Q] Mark Krajcsak
Shahier Razik
15-10, 15-5, 15-4
 Karim Yehia
[7] Karim Yehia (Egy)
15-11, 15-10, 10-15, 15-11
Eric Galvez (Mex)
[Q] Josh McDonald
15-8, 14-15, 15-11, 15-8
[6] Matthew Giuffre (Can)
Matthew Giuffre
15-13, 15-12, 13-15, 10-15, 15-8
 Jean-Michel Arcucci
Matthew Guiffre

13-15, 15-9, 15-11, 15-11

  Paul Price

Ian Power (Can)
12-15, 15-8, 15-5, 15-6
[4] Jean-Michel Arcucci (Fra)
David Phillips (Can)
15-6, 10-15, 14-15, 15-8, 15-6
[8] Shawn De Lierre (Can)
Shawn De Lierre
11-15, 15-6, 15-6, 15-13
 Paul Price
[Q] Fabian Kalaitzis (Gre)
15-5, 15-3, 15-4
[2] Paul Price (Aus)

Qualifying Finals:

Fabian Kaliatzis bt Robin Clarke  15-13, 15-5, 15-13
Tony James bt Rob McFadzean  15-10, 13-15, 15-8, 15-14
Mark Krajcsak bt Ashley Flathers  3-0
Josh McDonald bt Nicholas Kyme  15-13, 15-10, 15-13

Qualifying round one:
Ashley Flathers bt Evan Mancer  15-11, 15-13, 15-10
Josh McDonald bt Paul David Johnson  17-16, 15-9, 6-15, 15-9
Mark Krajcsak bt Mohammed Elkeiy  15-11, 15-0, 15-9
Rob McFazdean bt Patick Bedore  15-8, 15-9, 15-11
Robin Clarke bt Ryan Thompson  15-9, 15-13, 15-7
Nicholas Kyme bt Josh Struthers  15-8, 13-15, 15-13, 15-8
Fabian Kalaitzis bt Tom Hoevenaars  15-13, 15-6, 15-7
Tony James bt Trevor Borland  17-14, 15-8, 15-13


31-Jan, Semi-Finals:
[3] Shahier Razik bt [1] Graham Ryding  8-15, 15-9, 13-15, 15-5, 15-13
[2] Paul Price bt [6] Matthew Giuffre  13-15, 15-9, 15-11, 15-11

Price prevents
Canadian takeover

Gene Turk reports from Manitoba
Squash fans in Winnipeg were treated to an excellent day of squash on semi-final day at the ADL/Rodenstock Manitoba Open Squash Championships.

It began with an all Canadian battle between Graham Ryding and Shahier Razik. Neither had been stretched too hard in their previous matches and so were fit and ready to go. These two former roommates have played each other numerous times and know each other's game well. Whoever said that squash was chess with a racquet and a ball must have had a match like this in mind.

It went back and forth for the full five games, as both players played well placed drives and drops, sending each other into every corner several times each rally. After an hour and forty minutes it was Razik who came out on top after an ill-timed forehand drop tin from Ryding. The full house at the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club gave both players a standing ovation in appreciation for the hard fought battle they were witness to.

The second semi-final was between Paul Price and Canadian Matthew Giuffre. Price took to the court despite numerous nagging injuries and Giuffre was quick to take advantage of the slowed Price. With a mix of volley kills and quick drops Giuffre took the first game. Price then settled down somewhat and began to punish any loose offering from Giuffre straight into the nick. Giuffre fought hard, but was unable to overcome Price's shot making and fell to the Australian in four games.

Price aims to crash Canadian party
The Manitoba Open features a strong home contingent, led by world number 14 Graham Ryding, with 17th ranked Australian Paul Price seeded to meet Ryding in the final.

 "It's an important tournament," Ryding, gold medallist in both singles and team at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg and a two-time Canadian champion, told the Winnipeg Sun. "There's some good prize money and good points to be had. I'm just hoping to try not to get too caught up in everything and just try to concentrate on my matches."