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19/02/2009
NATIONAL CAPITAL OPEN
 

Top Seeds In Capital Form In Maryland

National Capital Open 2009
10-15 Feb, Maryland, USA, $15k
Round One
12 Feb
Quarters
13 Feb
Semis
14 Feb
Final
15 Feb
[1] Shahier Razik (Can)
11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (44m)
[Q] Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
Shahier Razik
9-11 11-8 11-1 11-5 (61m)
Liam Kenny
Shahier Razik
11-4, 11-6, 11-9
Jan Koukal
Shahier Razik
11-4, 11-8 ,11-9,(64m)
Julian Illingworth

[5] Liam Kenny (Irl)
11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (64m)
[Q] Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
[3] Jan Koukal (Cze)
6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 12-10 (70m)
Stephane Galifi (Fra)
Jan Koukal
11-9 11-5 6-11 11-6 (53m)
David Phillips
[7] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
11-9, 5-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-3 (92m)
[Q] David Phillips (Can)
[Q] Zac Alexander (Aus)
5-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-8 (54m)
[8] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
Campbell Grayson
11-7 6-11 11-7 6-11 11-5 (91m)
Martin Knight
Martin Knight
11-4, 11-2, 11-6
Julian Illingworth
Martin Knight (Nzl)
11-9, 11-2, 11-3 (42m)
[4] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
Adil Maqbool (Pak)
11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (28m)
[6] Yasser El Halaby (Egy)
Yasser El Halaby
11-7 11-9 2-11 11-4 (64m)
Julian Illingworth
Eddie Charlton (Eng)
11-2, 11-6, 11-3
[2] Julian Illingworth (Usa)

Top 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.

 

Second seed Illingworth brought to an end the giant-killing run of Martin Knight, beating the unseeded New Zealander 11-4, 11-2, 11-6. 

 

The 25-year-old four-time US champion from New York is celebrating his fourth appearance in a PSA final, but looking for his first win.

 

Like his 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.

 

The experienced Razik is marking his 29th time in a PSA Tour final - and his 12th in a row in North America!

 

Martin Makes Maryland Semi

 

Unseeded New 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 of Maryland.

 

Following his 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.

 

Already competing 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 the final.

 

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 minutes.

 

Meanwhile the 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.

 

The Wellington-born 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 quarter-final.

 

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.