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Galvez Shocks Shahier In BC Open Final

BC Open 2008
26-30 Nov, Richmond BC, Canada, $15k
Round One
27 Nov
28 Nov
29 Nov
30 Nov
[1] Shahier Razik (Can)
11/5, 11/6, 11/6 (25m)
Justin Todd (Can)
Shahier Razik
11/6, 11/3, 11/5 (28m)
[Cesar Salazar
Shahier Razik
11/8, 11/8, 11/13, 11/9 (80m)
Arturo Salazar
Shahier Razik
11/8, 11/7, 11/6 (68m)
Eric Galvez
[8] Robin Clarke (Can)
11/7, 11/7, 11/8 (38m)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
[3] Shawn Delierre (Can)
11/9, 9/11, 11/8, 9/11, 11/9 (69m)
[Q] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
[3] Shawn Delierre
11/7, 11/6, 11/1 (23m)
Arturo Salazar
[7] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
11/9, 11/6, 11/6 (38m)
[Q] Eddie Charlton (Eng)
James Snell (Eng)
11/5, 11/2, 11/1 (34m)
[6] Chris Simpson (Eng)
Chris Simpson
11/5, 11/4, 11/7 (32m)
Jens Schoor
Chris Simpson
12/14, 11/6, 11/8, 5/11, 11/7 (88m)
Eric Galvez
Jens Schoor (Ger)
11/7, 7/11, 11/8, 15/13 (86m)
[4] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
John Rooney (Irl)
11/3 rtd (17m)
[5] Jesse Engelbrecht (Rsa)
John Rooney
12/10, 11/7, 11/4 (38m)
Eric Galvez
[Q] Matt Serediak (Can)
11/7, 11/3, 11/4 (25m)
[2] Eric Galvez (Mex)

Galvez Shocks Shahier In BC Open Final

Second-seeded Mexican Eric Galvez shocked local favourite Shahier Razik in the final of the BC Open to secure the inaugural $15,000 PSA Tour squash title at Sport Central in Richmond, Canada.

Both players had tough 80-minute matches in the semi-finals, and were still feeling the effects from the night before. 

But it was the 25-year-old from Puebla who came out the stronger as Galvez, ranked 40 in the world, upset world No22 Razik 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 in 68 minutes.

"For a few moments in the first and second games, it was looking like Eric was feeling the effects of his long 88 minute semi-final match - showing a little emotion at a few referee calls," explained tournament director Barry Gifford.  "But he kept his composure and it was Razik who finally gave in to the fatigue."

Razik, who had been out of action for most of the summer due to a leg injury, said:  "He simply had more in the tank than I did today.  The semi took a lot more out of me than I expected and I just couldn't keep up.

"Still it was my best tournament since September, but I would have really liked to win at home," added the 31-year-old from Toronto.

Razik & Galvez In BC Open Final

Top seeds Shahier Razik and Eric Galvez will meet in the final of the BC Open after surviving marathon semi-finals in the inaugural $15,000 PSA Tour squash event at Sport Central in Richmond, Canada.

Local hero Razik, the favourite from Canada, looked to be heading to a straight games win over Mexico's seventh seed Arturo Salazar - whose twin brother Cesar he had beaten in the previous round.

But Arturo took the third and it was eight-all in the fourth before the 31-year-old from Toronto secured his 11-8, 11-8, 11-13, 11-9 victory after 80 minutes.

Second-seeded Mexican Eric Galvez looked as though he was done in the fourth game after England's Chris Simpson, the sixth seed, had drawn level to take the match into a decider.

"But Eric came out with renewed energy in the fifth to win the match," said tournament director Barry Gifford. "Chris Simpson put up an awesome display of tenacity and patience, until he finally caved to the relentless pressure from Galvez."