PAN AMERICAN GAMES
Galvez & Grainger Grab First-Time Pan Am Games Golds
American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pezzota (ARG) bt Luis Hernandes (VEN) 9-4, 9-0, 9-2
Manuel Elias (PER) bt Diego Asturias (GUA) 9-4, 9-1, 9-1
Christopher Gordon (USA) bt Mauricio Dasso (PER) 9-5, 9-0, 9-1
Santos (BRA) bt Rodrigo Pezzota (ARG) 9-6, 9-2, 9-2
Shahier Razik (CAN) bt Ricardo Weisskopf (ESA) 9-0, 9-2, 9-1 (28m)
Julian Illingworth (USA) bt Roberto Pezzota (ARG) 9-2, 6-9, 9-3, 9-4
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Jose Paulo Mendez (GUA) 9-2, 9-0, 9-3
Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt Jose Manuel Elias (PER) 9-2, 9-3, 9-7
Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira (MEX) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 9-7, 10-8,
Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt Francisco Valecillo (VEN) 9-1, 9-5, 9-0 (23m)
Bernardo Samper (COL) bt Ronivaldo Santos (BRA) 9-3, 9-4, 2-9, 9-6
Galvez (MEX) bt Nelson Coronado (ESA) 9-1, 9-0, 9-0
Julian Illingworth (USA) bt  Shahier Razik (CAN) 9-3, 9-6, 9-6 (58m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [5/8] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) 4-9, 9-1,
9-7, 9-5 (76m)
Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [5/8] Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira (MEX) 9-7,
9-3, 7-9, 9-3 (70m)
Galvez (MEX) bt [5/8] Bernardo Samper (COL) 9-6, 9-5, 9-2 (44m)
Julian Illingworth (USA) bt [3/4] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 9-7, 4-9,
8-10, 9-1, 9-6 (95m)
Galvez (MEX) bt [3/4] Shawn Delierre (CAN) 9-3, 9-3, 9-7 (44m)
Galvez (MEX) bt [5/8] Julian Illingworth (USA) 9-0, 9-4, 9-7 (41m)
Quibell (USA) bt [5/8] Luz Etchechoury (ARG) 9-0, 9-3, 9-1
Karen Redfern (BRA) bt Nayelly Hernandez (MEX) 9-0, 9-5, 9-2
Alana Miller (CAN) bt Isabel Restrepo (COL) 9-4, 9-3, 9-0
Silvia Angulo Rugeles (COL) bt Antonella Falcione (ARG) 9-4, 9-4, 9-6
Natalie Grainger (USA) bt Michelle Quibell (USA) 9-2, 9-2, 9-2 (17m)
Runa Reta (CAN) bt [5/8] Karen Redfern (BRA) 9-2, 9-3, 9-2 (23m)
Alana Miller (CAN) bt [3/4] Thaisa Serafini (BRA) 9-0, 9-0, 9-5 (24m)
Samantha Teran (MEX) bt [5/8] Silvia Angulo Rugeles (COL) 9-4, 9-1, 9-2
Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [3/4] Runa RetPAN AM GAMESa (CAN) 9-3, 9-5, 9-0
Alana Miller (CAN) bt  Samantha Teran (MEX) 10-8, 9-3, 3-9, 6-9, 9-1
Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [5/8] Alana Miller (CAN) 9-1, 9-0, 9-1
Galvez & Grainger Grab
First-Time Pan Am Games Golds
Natalie Grainger and Mexican Eric Galvez celebrated Pan
American Games squash gold for the first time after decisive straight
games victories in the individual finals at the Miécimo da Silva
becoming a US citizen in February this year, it was a maiden appearance in
the event for Natalie Grainger, the former world No1 who was born in
England and raised in South Africa. But the 30-year-old from Washington
DC was in sparkling form from the outset, taking just 34 minutes to ease
past both her quarter-final and semi-final opposition.
Grainger's surprise opponent in the women's final was Canada's Alana
Miller, a 5/8 seed who produced sensational performances in the
quarter-finals and semi-finals to oust higher-seeded players - in the
semis upsetting second-seeded Mexican Samantha Teran in a 79-minute
Miller's brave endeavours had clearly taken their toll as the two-times
Canadian National champion from Winnipeg went down 9-1, 9-0, 9-1 to
Grainger, ranked 36 places higher in the world, in 20 minutes.
awesome to win this – I’m really, really excited to win a gold medal for
the United States," said Grainger. "I know I was the No1 seed and I was
expected to win, but it feels great to actually produce the goods. This
is a tournament I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I’m really,
really pleased to be able to do it."
Grainger's gold success marks the latest chapter in a remarkable year for
the world No5 who won her first US Nationals title within weeks of
becoming a US citizen, and went on to collect four
her new 'home soil' to date. Grainger's Rio run extends her unbeaten
sequence against international opposition to 15 matches!
victory and four final appearances in previous Pan American
Championships, Eric Galvez was determined to bring gold - for the
first time both for himself and his country - in the Pan Am Games.
23-year-old second seed from Puebla reached the final without dropping a
game - ending Canada's hopes of maintaining their all-time hold on the
men's gold medal by beating 3/4 seed Shawn Delierre in the
surprise opponent in the final was USA's Julian Illingworth, a 5/8
seed who stunned the Rio crowd by despatching Canadian favourite and
defending gold medallist Shahier Razik in the quarter-finals.
hours of this historic victory, the three-times US national champion from
Portland battled to a 9-7, 4-9, 8-10, 9-1, 9-6 semi-final win over
Colombia's 3/4 seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez in 95 minutes!
heroic victory was not to be, however, as Galvez forged his 9-0, 9-4, 9-7
gold win in 41 minutes, leaving Illingworth to enjoy his unexpected silver
of play and excitement for squash during these Games has just been
incredible so far - and has showcased the sport very well in as high a
profile way possible," said Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash.
obviously pleased with our results and very proud of Natalie and Julian.
Natalie's addition to our team has lifted the quality of competition to an
entirely new level, and she has added such a positive spirit to the US
squad. Julian's back-to-back upsets to earn his place in the finals are
certainly historic, and we believe foreshadow even greater things to come
for him and US Squash."
USA On Course For Unique Pan Am Games
sensational run by 5/8 seed Julian Illingworth leaves USA on course
for a unique gold double in the individual Squash event at the Pan
American Games at the Miécimo da Silva Complex in Rio de
three-times US national champion from Portland made his breakthrough in
the men's quarter-finals where he despatched Canada's top seed Shahier
Razik, the title-holder, 9-3, 9-6, 9-6 in 58 minutes.
Illingworth maintained his focus in the semi-finals later in the day when
he fought back from 2/1 down to beat Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez,
a 3/4 seed, 9-7, 4-9, 8-10, 9-1, 9-6 in a 95-minute marathon - the longest
match in the competition.
Illingworth, the first American to reach a men's Pan Am Games final, will
face second seed Eric Galvez for the gold medal. The 23-year-old
from Puebla became the first Mexican to make the final after defeating
Canada's 3/4 seed Shawn Delierre 9-3, 9-3, 9-7.
ended Canada's hopes of maintaining their grip on the men's gold medal for
a fourth term after winning all championships since Squash first became
part of the Games in 1995 in Argentina.
favourite for gold in the women's event after two 17-minute victories in
the quarter and semi-finals. Playing in her first event since celebrating
her 30th birthday earlier in the month, the top seed from
Washington DC brushed aside US team-mate Michelle Quibell 9-2, 9-2,
9-2, then Canada's 3/4 seed Runa Reta 9-3, 9-5, 9-0.
really exciting to be only one win away from the gold medal," said
Grainger, who became a US citizen in February. "I'm having a great time
competing for the US for the first time. I can't wait for that match in
Grainger's opponent will be Canada's 5/8 seed Alana Miller - who
followed her quarter-final upset over Brazil's 3/4 seed Thaisa Serafini
by battling to a 10-8, 9-3, 3-9, 6-9, 9-1 victory over second-seeded
Mexican Samantha Teran in 79 minutes.