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21/05/2008
ALANTA OPEN
 

Galvez Triumphs In Atlanta

Atlanta Squash Open, Concourse Athletic Club, Atlanta, USA

 

1st round:

[1] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Badr Abdel Aziz (SWE)                       11-8, 11-10 (3-1), 11-6

[5] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt [Q] Regardt Schonborn (RSA)    10-11 (1-3), 11-7, 11-5, 11-8

[4] Scott Arnold (AUS) bt Tony James (AUS)                            11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 10-11 (0-2), 11-8

[Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [8] Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira (MEX)     11-10 (2-0), 11-6, 6-11, 11-10 (2-0)

[Q] Gilly Lane (USA) bt [6] Jonathan Harford (ENG)                  11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-0

Chris Truswell (ENG) bt Yann Perrin (FRA)                                 4-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9

[7] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Ryan Donegan (USA)                  11-7, 11-8, 11-6

[2] Dylan Bennett (NED) bt [Q] Patrick Chifunda (ZAM)             11-7, 11-4, 11-4

    Quarter-finals:

[1] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [5] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY)            11-7, 11-6, 11-4

[Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [4] Scott Arnold (AUS)               10-11 (1-3), 11-2, 4-11, 11-9, 11-10 (2-0)

[Q] Gilly Lane (USA) bt Chris Truswell (ENG)                             11-5, 11-7, 11-6

[2] Dylan Bennett (NED) bt [7] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)           8-11, 11-10 (3-1), 8-11, 11-5, 11-8

    Semi-finals:

[1] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL)                 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9

[2] Dylan Bennett (NED) bt [Q] Gilly Lane (USA)                       6-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-8

    Final:

[1] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [2] Dylan Bennett (NED)                     8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-2 (75m)

Galvez Triumphs In Atlanta

Mexico's Eric Galvez battled to a five-game victory over Dutchman Dylan Bennett in the final of the Atlanta Open to lift the $10,000 PSA Tour squash title at the Concourse Athletic Club in Atlanta in the US state of Georgia.

Remarkably, the top two seeds faced qualifiers in the semi-finals - favourite Galvez overcoming New Zealander Campbell Grayson 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9, while second seed Bennett beat US 22-year-old Gilly Lane 6-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-8.

Bennett, the 23-year-old world No49 from Eindhoven, took the opening game in the final - then forced a decider after the Mexican took the second and third.  But, after 75 minutes, it was the fitter Galvez who ultimately prevailed, winning 8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-2.

It was a sweet victory for Galvez, the Pan American Games champion from Puebla who finished as runner-up in Atlanta two years ago.  The triumph marks the 24-year-old's seventh PSA Tour title in his 14th final.