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29/03/2009
PACIFIC ATHLETIC CLUB
 

Illingworth Celebrates Maiden PSA Tour Title In California

Pacific Athletic Club 2009
24-29 Mar, Redwood City, California, $15k
Round One
26-Mar
Quarters
27-Mar
Semis
28-Mar
Final
29-Mar
[1] Shahier Razik (Can)
 4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (55m)
Stefan Casteleyn (Bel)
Shahier Razik
11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (36m)
Fabien Verseille
Shahier Razik
11-7, 11-7, 11-0
Julian Illingworth
Julian Illingworth
11-7, 11-7, 12-10
Jonathan Kemp
[8] David Phillips (Can)
11-5, 11-2, 13-15, 11-8
[Q] Fabien Verseille (Fra)
[4] Julian Illingworth (Usa)
7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-2 (42m)
Arshad Iqbal Burkhi (Pak)
Julian Illingworth
18-16, 11-5, 11-7 (51m)
Campbell Grayson
[7] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
11-2, 11-8, 11-4 (27m)
Regardt Schonborn (Rsa)
Amr Mansi (Egy)
9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (40m)
[6] Yasser El Halaby (Egy)
Yasser El Halaby
14-12, 11-5, 11-4 (36m)
Eric Galvez
Eric Galvez
11-3, 9-11, 11-1, 11-5
Jonathan Kemp
[Q] Patrick Chifunda (Zam)
11-7, 12-10, 11-5 (38m)
[3] Eric Galvez (Mex)
[Q] Jethro Binns (Wal)
11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 8-11, 13-11 (71m)
[5] Jorge Ferreira (Mex)
Jethro Binns
11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (27m)
Jonathan Kemp
[Q] Bernardo Samper (Col)
9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (41m)
[2] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)

Illingworth Celebrates Maiden PSA Tour Title In California

 

Exactly seven years after first joining the Professional Squash Association, US number one Julian Illingworth has picked up his maiden PSA Tour title at the Pacific Athletic Club Open after a straight games victory in the final of the $15,000 event, sponsored by NetSuite, at the Pacific Athletic Club in Redwood City in the US state of California.

 

Illingworth achieved his historic success on home soil as the event's fourth seed.  The 25-year-old Yale graduate from Portland made his breakthrough in the semi-finals, where he beat top seed Shahier Razik, the Canadian number one ranked 30 in the world, 11-7, 11-7, 11-0.

 

It was Illingworth's first Tour victory over his North American rival in four meetings since January last year.

 

The world No39 continued his sparkling run in the final, upsetting second-seeded Englishman Jonathan Kemp ranked one place higher - 11-7, 11-7, 12-10.

 

The success rounded off a marvellous March for the New York-based squash star who lifted his fifth successive US National title two weeks ago, beating second seed Gilly Lane in the final in Hartford.

 

Razik & Illingworth Set Up Key North American Clash In California

 

The top two squash players in Canada and the USA go head-to-head in the semi-finals of the Pacific Athletic Club Open after Shahier Razik and Julian Illingworth came through the quarter-finals of the $15,000 PSA Tour event, sponsored by NetSuite, at the Pacific Athletic Club in Redwood City in the US state of California.

 

Top seed Razik, the Canadian number one ranked 30 in the world, ended qualifier Fabien Verseille's run, beating the Frenchman 11-5, 11-7, 11-7.

 

Fourth seed Illingworth, the four-time US champion from Portland, needed 51 minutes to overcome New Zealander Campbell Grayson, the No7 seed, 18-16, 11-5, 11-7.

 

The other semi-final will be an Anglo/Mexican affair after second-seeded Englishman Jonathan Kemp despatched Welsh qualifier Jethro Binns 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 in just 27 minutes.

 

Kemp will take on Eric Galvez, the third seed from Mexico who defeated Egyptian Yasser El Halaby 14-12, 11-5, 11-4.

 

Verseille & Binns Progress At Pacific Club

 

Qualifiers Fabien Verseille and Jethro Binns secured unexpected places in the quarter-finals of the Pacific Athletic Club Open after impressive upsets on the opening day of the $15,000 PSA Tour squash event, sponsored by NetSuite, at the Pacific Athletic Club in Redwood City in the US state of California.

 

Welshman Binns scored the biggest scalp, beating fifth-seeded Mexican Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 8-11, 13-11 in 71 minutes. 

 

The 24-year-old world No 117 from Bristol now takes fellow Briton Jonathan Kemp - ranked almost 80 places higher.  The No2 seed from England recovered from a game down to beat Colombian qualifier Bernardo Samper 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7.

 

Verseille - at 185, the lowest-ranked player in the draw - conquered Canadian David Phillips, the No8 seed, 11-5, 11-2, 13-15, 11-8.

 

The 23-year-old Frenchman now tackles the top seed Shahier Razik, also a Canadian.  Razik, the world No30 from Toronto, was taken to four games by LA-based Belgian Stefan Casteleyn, a former world No7, before winning 4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 in 55 minutes.