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Grant Takes Comfort In Vancouver

Comfort Inn Open 2008
North Vancouver, Canada, 15-20 Jan
Round One
17 Jan
18 Jan
19 Jan
20 Jan
[1] Stewart Boswell (Aus)
10/12, 11/6, 11/4, 11/3 (48m)
Matthew Giuffre (Can)
Stewart Boswell
11/4, 11/9, 5/11, 11/3 (72m)
[5] Shawn Delierre
Stewart Boswell
1/11, 11/8, 11/7, 11/7 (62m)
Shahier Razik
Shahier Razik
11-7, 4-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-1 (88m)
Adrian Grant
[5] Shawn Delierre (Can)
11/9, 11/9, 11/9 (55m)
David Phillips (Can)
[3] Shahier Razik (Can)
11/5, 12/10, 7/11, 11/3 (48m)
[Q] Adil Maqbool (Pak)
Shahier Razik
10/12, 11/5, 11/3, 11/7 (73m)
[8] Julian Illingworth
[8] Julian Illingworth (Usa)
11/7, 11/6, 10/12, 1/11, 14/12 (82m)
[Q] Amr Swelim (Egy)
Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
11/7, 5/11, 12/10, 12/14, 12/10 (67m)
[6] Chris Ryder (Eng)
Mark Krajcsak
11/9, 11/6, 11/6 (42m)
Bradley Ball
Bradley Ball
11/7, 11/8; rtd (48m)
Adrian Grant
[Q] Bernardo Samper (Col)
11/9, 11/9, 12/10 (53m)
[4] Bradley Ball (Eng)
Tarek Momen (Egy)
11/7, 11/9, 11/5 (33m)
[7] Liam Kenny (Irl)
Tarek Momen
9/11, 11/8, 11/9, 11/5 (51m)
Adrian Grant
[Q] Simon Rosner (Ger)
11/8, 9/11, 11/5, 11/7 (50m)
[2] Adrian Grant (Eng)

Grant Takes Comfort In Vancouver
England's second seed Adrian Grant fought back from two-games-to-one down to beat local hero Shahier Razik, the No3 seed, in the final of the Comfort Inn Open to win the 3-star PSA Tour squash event at Evergreen Squash Club in Vancouver, Canada.

Razik, a known slow starter who dropped the first game in his impressive semi-final upset over top-seeded Australian Stewart Boswell, lost the opening game as Grant took control of the early exchanges.

But the 30-year-old from
Toronto struck back and took the next two games to move ahead of his opponent, ranked three places higher in the world.

However, Grant rediscovered his earlier touch and claimed the next two games for the loss of only three points to win 11-7, 4-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-1 in 88 minutes.

The triumph marks the left-hander from
London's 14th career PSA Tour title.

Shahier Shoots Down Boswell In Comfort Inn Upset
Canada's Shahier Razik claimed one of the biggest scalps of his career when he upset Australia's world No13 Stewart Boswell, the top seed, in the semi-finals of the Comfort Inn Open to earn a surprise place in the final of the 3-star PSA Tour squash event at Evergreen Squash Club in Vancouver, Canada.

True to form, the 30-year-old from
Toronto - a known slow-starter - dropped the first game for just one point. But Razik then took the upper hand and went on to win the match 1-11, 11-8, 11-7 and 11-7 in 62 minutes - causing the partisan crowd to erupt with a long standing ovation.

Razik, celebrating his 26th appearance in a PSA Tour final, will face second seed Adrian Grant. The left-handed Londoner took a two-game lead against fellow Englishman Bradley Ball - but increasing pain from an earlier injury to his left knee caused the fourth seed to retire after the second game, giving Grant an 11-7, 11-8 (ret.) win.

Grant, the 27-year-old world No18 - now based in
Halifax, Yorkshire - is marking his 19th Tour final appearance.

Grant & Ball Guarantee English Finalist In Vancouver
Adrian Grant
and Bradley Ball battled through the quarter-finals of the Comfort Inn Squash Open to ensure English presence in the final of the 3-star PSA Tour squash event at Evergreen Squash Club in Vancouver, Canada

Second seed Grant had to fight back from a game down against Egyptian Tarek Momen before beating the unseeded 19-year-old 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 in 51 minutes.

The Londoner will now face fourth-seeded compatriot Bradley Ball in the semi-finals. The 31-year-old from
Ipswich enjoyed the most straightforward quarter-final win of the day, beating unseeded Hungarian Mark Krajcsak 11-9, 11-6, 11-6.

Top-seeded Australian Stewart Boswell also dropped a game before securing his anticipated place in the last four. The UK-based 29-year-old disappointed the local crowd by beating popular Canadian opponent Shawn Delierre, the No8 seed from Montreal, 11-4, 11-9, 5-11, 11-3 in 72 minutes.

It took a minute longer for Canada's sole survivor Shahier Razik to stake his claim on a semi-final place - recovering from a game down to beat US champion Julian Illingworth 10-11 (0-2), 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 to set up a clash with Boswell.