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Borja Battles To Motor City Success

Motor City Open 2009
28 Jan - 02 Feb, Michigan, $30k
Round One
30 Jan
31 Jan
 01 Feb
02 Feb
[1] Adrian Grant (Eng)
11-7, 11-6, 11-3
Julian Wellings (Eng)
Adrian Grant
11-8, 15-13, 11-7
Shahier Razik
Adrian Grant
11-9, 11-9, 12-10
Tarek Momen
Adrian Grant
10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 14-12
Borja Golan
[8] Shahier Razik (Can)
13-11, 13-11, 11-6
Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
[4] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11-9, 13-11, 11-
Tarek Momen (Egy)
Tarek Momen
11-9, 11-8, 11-7
 Stewart Boswell
[5] Stewart Boswell (Aus)
11-4, 11-4, 11-4
[Q] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
Eric Galvez (Mex)
14-12, 11-5, 11-9
[6] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
Olli Tuominen
11-8, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8
Laurens Jan Anjema
Olli Tuominen
11-5, 11-4, 12-10
Borja Golan
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11-6, 11-6, 11-7
[3] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
[Q] Martin Knight (Nzl)
11-7, 11-5, 11-7
[7] Hisham Ashour (Egy)
Hisham Ashour
11-6, 11-8, 11-6
Borja Golan
[Q] Yasser El Halaby (Esp)
11-5, 11-6, 11-3
[2] Borja Golan (Esp)

Borja Battles To Motor City Success


Spainís Borja Golan made the most of his first appearance in the Motor City Open by taking the $30,000 PSA Tour squash event title after beating top seed Adrian Grant at Birmingham Athletic Club in Detroit, USA.


The second seed took home $5,000 and a Rolex watch after an emotionally-tense, physical struggle that lasted over 90 minutes, not including a break in play to dress a wound suffered by Grant.


Golan triumphed 10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 14-12 in a battle that featured 71 lets, a whack to Grantís shoulder and that six-minute delay to bandage a deep scrape on Grantís knee.


"When thereís two clashing styles like that, it gives way to a lot of lets," judged referee Julian Wellings, head pro of the host club.  "They kept going for drop-counter-drop and, because these guys are so quick to the ball, youíre bound to get in each otherís way and that was lending to a lot of lets because they couldnít get through each other."


Grant, starting composed, took the opening game - but the Englishman quickly grew frustrated with Golan, who gave little ground to allow Grant around him to retrieve balls.


"I found it quite frustrating to get around him," conceded the Londoner after the match.  "On these courts you have to win six or seven shots to actually win the rally.  Itís not like a glass court where you get rewarded for attacking, attacking.  Here, you really have to work it.


"In the beginning of the fourth I got a cramp in my leg.  Iíve never had a cramp, so once that happened I started compensating and using my left leg a lot.  And then I started getting it in both, so, once that happens, I felt I needed a wheelchair or something!  I knew I was pretty much done after that because I couldnít run."


Golan kept up the pressure to earn his 19th title on the PSA Tour.


"Heís a very good player," said the victorious Spaniard of his opponent.  "He plays very tight shots and has one the best basic games in the tour.  And in his forehand heís very dangerous, so I just tried to put more pressure on his backhand, and tried to make longer and put a lot of pace all the time, and it paid off because he was more tired than me and he started to cramp."


Grant & Golan Make Motor City Final


The top two seeds Adrian Grant and Borja Golan will contest the final of the Motor City Open after securing straight games wins in the semi-finals of the $30,000 PSA Tour squash event at Birmingham Athletic Club in Detroit, USA.


Grant, the favourite from England, brought to an end the 'giant-killing' run of unseeded Egyptian Tarek Momen.  The 20-year-old from Cairo upset two higher-seeded Australians, Stewart Boswell and Cameron Pilley, to claim his surprise place in the semis.


But left-handed Londoner Grant was too strong for the promising Egyptian, winning 11-9, 11-9, 12-10 to earn his 21st PSA Tour final appearance - but his first in Detroit at his third attempt.


Second seed Golan, in his maiden Motor City Open appearance, also defeated a surprise opponent, Olli Tuominen.  The Flying Finn, a firm favourite in Detroit, earned his place in the last four after upsetting Laurens Jan Anjema, the third seed from the Netherlands.


But the in-form Spanish number one cruised to an 11-5, 11-4, 12-10 win over Tuominen to claim the 26th Tour final appearance of his career.


Momen Maintains Momentum In Detroit


Just 24 hours after upsetting fourth seed Cameron Pilley in the first round of the Motor City Open, unseeded Egyptian Tarek Momen struck again to reach the semi-finals of the $30,000 PSA Tour squash event in its ninth year at Birmingham Athletic Club in Detroit, USA.


The 20-year-old from Cairo, ranked 29 in the world, beat fifth seed Stewart Boswell - the world No19, who is also from Australia - 11-9, 11-8, 11-7.


Momen will now face top seed Adrian Grant for a place in the final.  London-born left-hander Grant, the world No11, eliminated North American interest in the event after beating Canada's No8 seed Shahier Razik 11-8, 15-13, 11-7.


Olli Tuominen produced his best result on the PSA Tour for almost a year when he upset Laurens Jan Anjema, the third seed from the Netherlands.  The sixth-seeded Finn from Helsinki battled for four games to overcome Anjema 11-8, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8 - and will now face second seed Borja Golan in the other semi-final.


Golan, the Spanish number one, beat Egypt's Hisham Mohd Ashour, the No7 seed, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6.


Tarek Takes Pilley In Detroit Upset


Unseeded Egyptian Tarek Momen pulled off the only upset on the opening day of the Motor City Open when he despatched fourth seed Cameron Pilley in straight games to claim an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the $30,000 PSA Tour squash event in its ninth year at Birmingham Athletic Club in Detroit, USA.


The 20-year-old from Cairo, ranked 29 in the world, beat his Australian opponent ranked 12 places higher 11-9, 13-11, 11-4. 


Momen will now face another Australian Stewart Boswell, after the fifth seed from Canberra beat fellow countryman Ryan Cuskelly, a qualifier, 11-4, 11-4, 11-4.


Top seeds Adrian Grant and Borja Golan are on course to meet in a final showdown.  Grant, the event favourite from England, beat compatriot and tournament organiser Julian Wellings, the Birmingham Athletic Club pro, 11-7, 11-6, 11-3.


Spanish number one Borja Golan, the second seed, defeated Egyptian qualifier Yasser El Halaby 11-5, 11-6, 11-3.