NATIONAL CAPITAL OPEN
Top Seeds In Capital Form In Maryland
National Capital Open 2009
10-15 Feb, Maryland, USA, $15k
 Shahier Razik (Can)
11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (44m)
[Q] Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
9-11 11-8 11-1 11-5 (61m)
11-4, 11-6, 11-9
11-4, 11-8 ,11-9,(64m)
 Liam Kenny (Irl)
11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (64m)
[Q] Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
 Jan Koukal (Cze)
6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 12-10 (70m)
Stephane Galifi (Fra)
11-9 11-5 6-11 11-6 (53m)
Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
11-9, 5-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-3 (92m)
[Q] David Phillips (Can)
Zac Alexander (Aus)
5-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-8 (54m)
 Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
11-7 6-11 11-7 6-11 11-5 (91m)
11-4, 11-2, 11-6
Martin Knight (Nzl)
11-9, 11-2, 11-3 (42m)
 Arturo Salazar (Mex)
Adil Maqbool (Pak)
11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (28m)
 Yasser El Halaby (Egy)
Yasser El Halaby
11-7 11-9 2-11 11-4 (64m)
Eddie Charlton (Eng)
11-2, 11-6, 11-3
 Julian Illingworth (Usa)
Seeds In Capital Form In Maryland
The top two seeds
will contest a North American final of the National Capital Open
after Canadian Shahier Razik and USA's Julian Illingworth
prevailed in straight games in the semi-finals of the $15,000 PSA
Tour squash event in Bethesda in the US state of Maryland.
Illingworth brought to an end the giant-killing run of Martin Knight,
beating the unseeded New Zealander 11-4, 11-2, 11-6.
four-time US champion from New York is celebrating his fourth appearance
in a PSA final, but looking for his first win.
south-of-the-border opponent, Razik has also only dropped one game
en-route to the final. The 31-year-old No1 seed from Toronto despatched
Czech number one Jan Koukal, the third seed, 11-4, 11-6,
11-9 in the other semi.
Razik is marking his 29th time in a PSA Tour final - and his 12th in a
row in North America!
Makes Maryland Semi
Zealander Martin Knight continued his giant-killing march through
the field of the National Capital Open when he upset fellow
countryman Campbell Grayson to reach the semi-finals of the
$15,000 PSA Tour squash event in Bethesda in the US state
shock win over the fourth seed in the first round, Wellington-born
Knight battled for 91 minutes to overcome Grayson, the No8 seed, 11-7,
6-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5.
in his fifth PSA Tour event of the year, 25-year-old Knight now faces US
number one Julian Illingworth, the second seed, for a place in
Old Princeton and
Yale rivalry was rekindled as Illingworth took on Egyptian Yasser El
Halaby in the final match of the round. El Halaby looked as sharp
as ever, bounding around the court and hitting with great authority.
Yale graduate Illingworth, also a four-time US champion, was well up to
the task, however, and displayed superior shot variety in dealing with
his opponent's power - ultimately winning 11-7, 11-8, 2-11, 11-4 in 64
other seeds Shahier Razik and Jan Koukal had more routine
wins over their opponents. Canadian favourite Razik recovered from a
game down to beat Irishman Liam Kenny 9-11, 11-8, 11-1, 11-5,
while third seed Jan Koukal, the Czech number one, ended qualifier
David Phillips's run, beating the Canadian 11-9, 11-5, 6-11, 11-6.
Knight Moves On In Maryland
Unseeded New Zealander
Martin Knight pulled off an impressive upset in the first round of the
National Capital Open when he beat fourth-seeded Mexican Arturo Salazar
to reach the quarter-finals of the $15,000 PSA Tour squash event in
Bethesda in the US state of Maryland.
25-year-old world No72 defeated Salazar - ranked 27 places higher - 11-9, 11-2,
11-3 and will now face compatriot Campbell Grayson in an all-Kiwi
Grayson, the No8 seed from
Auckland, recovered from a game down to beat Australian qualifier Zac
Alexander 5-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-8.
But Canadian David
Phillips became the lowest-ranked player to make the last eight when he
upset Australian Ryan Cuskelly, the No7 seed, 11-9, 5-11, 5-11, 11-5,
11-3 in a 92-minute marathon.
Phillips, a qualifier from
Montreal, will now face Czech number one Jan Koukal, the No3 seed, for a
place in the semis.