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Palmer Prevails In Bluenose Classic

Bluenose Classic 2009
03-08 Feb, Halifax, Nova Scotia, $40k
Round One
05 Feb
06 Feb
 07 Feb
08 Feb
[1] David Palmer (Aus)
11-3, 11-9, 11-6 (39m)
Tom Richards (Eng)
David Palmer
11-3, 11-3, 11-3 (19m)
Shawn Delierre
David Palmer
11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8
Borja Golan
David Palmer
11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (44m)
Peter Barker
Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
11-9, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9 (60m)
[Q] Shawn Delierre (Can)

[3] Borja Golan (Esp)
11-3, 11-6, 11-6 (37m)
[Q] Steve Coppinger (Rsa)

Borja Golan
13-11, 7-11, 4-11, 11-2, 13-11 (108m)
Cameron Pilley
[5] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11-2, 13-11, 11-6 (48m)
Julian Illingworth (Usa)
Martin Knight (Nzl)
4-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6 (93m)
[8] Chris Ryder (Eng)
Chris Ryder
11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (34m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
Laurens Jan Anjema
6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-7
Peter Barker
Jan Koukal (Cze)
11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (48m)
[4] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
[Q] Wade Johnstone (Aus)
11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (31m)
[6] Miguel Angel Rodriquez (Col)
Miguel Angel Rodriquez
11-2, 11-5, 11-7 (33m)
 Peter Barker
[Q] Liam Kenny (Irl)
11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (37m)
[2] Peter Barker (Eng)

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Palmer Prevails In Bluenose Classic


David Palmer beat England's Peter Barker in straight games in the final of the Bluenose Classic in Canada - but while the Australian was seeded to win the $40,000 PSA Tour squash event at the Tower at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, it was Palmer's first victory over his lower-ranked opponent in three North American Tour meetings since last September.


Palmer, the US-based world number six from New South Wales, reached his 51st Tour final after beating Spaniard Borja Golan, winner of last week's Motor City Open in Detroit.


It was Barker, the second seed from London, who ensured a new winner of the event in its fourth year in Halifax when he defeated Dutch defending champion Laurens Jan Anjema in the other semi.


But Palmer proved his first seed status with a near flawless display in the final.  The favourite's total unforced error count averaged only one per game, an almost impossible task to counter - even for another top-ten player like Barker.


And after 44 minutes, 32-year-old Palmer celebrated the 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 victory which takes his PSA Tour haul to 24 titles - and stretches his lead as the current player with the most Tour titles to two ahead of second-placed Amr Shabana.


Palmer & Barker Set Up Bluenose Classic Final


Top seeds David Palmer and Peter Barker will line up for the final of the Bluenose Classic after both players survived four-games semi-finals in the $40,000 PSA Tour squash event at the Tower at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Canada.


Australia's David Palmer, the favourite and a former world number one, faced one of the next generation of professional talent, world No14 Borja Golan of Spain. 


"It was not a challenge Palmer would be able to take lightly and Golan's first touch of the ball reminded everyone of that when he hit a winning drive as a service return," said a spokesman for the event. 


Palmer weathered the storm provided by the 26-year-old from Santiago, who arrived in Canada fresh from his victory in the Motor City Open in Detroit last week.  The Australian won 11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8 to mark up his 51st appearance in a Tour final.


In the other semi-final, the precision of England's Peter Barker and the raw athleticism and shot-making of Laurens Jan Anjema ran headlong into each other, producing another jaw-dropping display. 


This match too went to four games as Barker, the second seed who is ranked nine in the world, beat his Dutch opponent 6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-7 to follow his prescribed path to the final.


The climax will mark Barker's 17th Tour final - but his third successive meeting in a US Tour final with Palmer since September last year.

Borja Battles To Pilley Win At Bluenose Classic


Third seed Borja Golan secured his anticipated place in the semi-finals of the Bluenose Classic - but the Spaniard had to battle for 108 minutes against Australian Cameron Pilley before winning his quarter-final clash in the $40,000 PSA Tour squash event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Canada.


Winner of the Motor City Open in Detroit last week, Golan came from 2/1 down to beat fifth seed Pilley 13-11, 7-11, 4-11, 11-2, 13-11.


The 26-year-old from Santiago will now meet another Australian for a place in the final.  David Palmer, the top seed, took just 19 minutes to overcome the event's lone Canadian Shawn Delierre 11-3, 11-3, 11-3.


Shawn Shifts Shuja In Bluenose Upset


Canadian qualifier Shawn Delierre became the lone North American to survive the first round of the Bluenose Classic when he upset eighth-seeded New Zealander Kashif Shuja to reach the quarter-finals of the $40,000 PSA Tour squash event in Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada.


The 26-year-old from Montreal, ranked 23 places behind the Kiwi, fought back from a game down to win 11-9, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9 in exactly one hour.


Delierre will now meet David Palmer, the top-seeded Australian who beat England's unseeded Tom Richards 11-3, 11-9, 11-6.


Spain's Borja Golan carried on where he left off last week when he won the Motor City Open over the border in Detroit.  The third seed began his campaign to reach the final for the third year in a row when he beat South African qualifier Stephen Coppinger 11-3, 11-6, 11-6.


Hoping to win the title for the first time, Golan faces Australia's fifth seed Cameron Pilley for a place in the semi-finals.