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30/09/2008
MERRITT PROPERTIES OPEN
 

Barker Thwarts Palmer’s Half Century Celebrations In Baltimore

Merritt Properties Squash Open, Baltimore, USA

Final:

[2] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [1] David Palmer (AUS) 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 2-11, 11-8 (89m)

Semi-finals:

[1] David Palmer (AUS) bt [4] Olli Tuominen (FIN) 8-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-8

[2] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Alister Walker (ENG) 11-9, 11-6, 11-8

Quarter-finals:

[1] David Palmer (AUS) bt [7] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 11-3, 9-11, 11-1, 11-8 (60m)

[4] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [8] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) w/o

Alister Walker (ENG) bt [3] Stewart Boswell (AUS) 11-5, 11-8, 11-5

[2] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [5] John White (SCO) 12-10, 11-3, 10-12, 11-7 (72m)

1st round:

[1] David Palmer (AUS) bt [Q] Christopher Gordon (USA) 11-3, 11-8, 11-6

[7] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-6, 11-9, 11-6

[4] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [Q] Jonathan Harford (ENG) 11-4, 9-11, 11-3, 11-8

[8] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt Lefika Ragontse (BOT) 11-5, 11-9, 12-10

Alister Walker (ENG) bt [6] Shahier Razik (CAN) 8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-7

[3] Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt [Q] Liam Kenny (IRL) 11-2, 11-6, 11-6

[5] John White (SCO) bt Eric Galvez (MEX) 11-9, 11-13, 11-3, 11-5

[2] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 11-5, 11-7, 13-11

Barker Thwarts Palmer’s Half Century Celebrations In Baltimore

David Palmer was denied the chance to celebrate his 50th appearance in a PSA Tour squash final with a win when the Australian was beaten in an 89-minute five-game marathon by England’s Peter Barker in the climax of the Merritt Properties Open at the Merritt Athletic Club in Baltimore, USA.

Palmer joined a distinguished group of players who have reached 50 Tour finals or more - including Pakistanis Jansher Khan and Jahangir Khan; Briton Peter Nicol and Canadian Jonathon Power – when he beat Finland’s Olli Tuominen in the semi-finals.

The Baltimore win was the second upset by the left-hander from London over Palmer in successive Tour finals.  But after beating the world No5 in straight games in the final of the Chicago Open 13 days earlier, Barker dropped the first game in the $40,000 Tour event at the Merritt Club as Palmer looked set to gain revenge.


However, second seed Barker clawed back the next two games to move ahead – but favourite Palmer despatched his opponent for just two points in the fourth as the match moved into a fifth game decider.


Barker ultimately prevailed to win 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 2-11, 11-8 to secure the 12th PSA Tour title of his career.


The win will no doubt boost Barker’s confidence as he now turns his attention to next month’s Hi-Tec World Open in Manchester, where he is the 12th seed.  Unbeaten since losing to Egypt’s world number one Amr Shabana in Cairo in August, Barker faces the Mexican number one Eric Galvez in the opening round – and can only face Palmer in the event if the pair both reach the final.

 

Palmer Celebrates 50th Tour Final

Australian David Palmer battled back from two games down in the semi-finals of the Merritt Properties Open in the USA to reach the 50th PSA Tour squash final of his career at the Merritt Athletic Club in Baltimore.

The 32-year-old from Lithgow in New South Wales fought for an hour to overcome 20-year-old Egyptian Omar Mosaad in the quarter-finals before lining up against career-long rival Olli Tuominen in the semis.

And when the 'Flying Finn' took the opening two games, it looked as if the half-century milestone might be beyond the top-seeded Aussie.

But Palmer, known the world over for dramatic fight-backs which have seen him clinch World Open and British Open titles from seemingly impossible situations, called upon all his experience to defeat his fourth-seeded opponent 8-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-8.

"It would be nice to make it number 50 this week in Baltimore, but it won't be easy," said Palmer on the eve of the championship. "There are a lot of good players in the draw, including John White, Stewart Boswell and Peter Barker - who beat me last week in the final at Chicago."

The reigning British Open champion will indeed face Barker in a repeat of the Chicago Open final. Second seed Barker had an easier run to the Baltimore climax, beating fellow Englishman Alister Walker 11-9, 11-6, 11-8 in the other semi-final.

Palmer now joins a distinguished group of players who have reached 50 Tour finals or more - including Pakistanis Jansher Khan and Jahangir Khan; Briton Peter Nicol and Canadian Jonathon Power.