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30/01/2010
TALISMAN BANKERS HALL OPEN
 

Salazar Banks Second Bankers Hall Club Crown In Calgary

 

Talisman Energy Bankers Hall Club Squash Open, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

1st round:

[1] Martin Knight (NZL) bt Jens Schoor (GER) 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 (60m)

[Q] Dane Sharp (CAN) bt [8] Max Lee (HKG) 12-10, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7 (70m)

[4] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [Q] Peter Creed (WAL) 8-11, 11-2, 8-11, 11-6, 11-3 (53m)

[7] Laurence Delasaux (ENG) bt [Q] Andrew McDougall (CAN) 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (32m)

[Q] Matthew Giuffre (CAN) bt [6] David Phillips (CAN) 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 (32m)

[3] Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt Andrew Schnell (CAN) 11-4, 11-2, 11-7 (41m)

[5] Robin Clarke (CAN) bt Khawaja Adil Maqbool (PAK) 11-7, 11-6, 13-11 (33m)

[2] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Dick Lau (HKG) 11-6, 7-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-6 (72m)

    Quarter-finals:

[1] Martin Knight (NZL) bt [Q] Dane Sharp (CAN) 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 13-11 (77m)

[4] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [7] Laurence Delasaux (ENG) 2-11, 11-5, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7 (66m)

[3] Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt [Q] Matthew Giuffre (CAN) 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 (32m)

[2] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [5] Robin Clarke (CAN) 11-7, 7-11, 11-2, 11-3 (48m)

    Semi-finals:

[4] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [1] Martin Knight (NZL) 8-11, 11-8, 16-14, 6-11, 11-2 (100m)

[3] Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt [2] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-5, 9-11, 11-4, 8-11, 13-11 (95m)

    Final:

[3] Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt [4] Jan Koukal (CZE) 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10 (65m)

 

Salazar Banks Second Bankers Hall Club Crown In Calgary

 

Mexican Arturo Salazar successfully retained his title in the Talisman Energy Bankers Hall Club Open but had to survive two successive battles lasting more than an hour before winning the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash title in its seventh year at Bankers Hall Club in Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta.

 

The 22-year-old third seed from San Luis Potosi accounted for the top seed in the semi-finals when he beat England's Chris Simpson 11-5, 9-11, 11-4, 8-11, 13-11 in a 95-minute marathon.

 

His final opponent Jan Koukal had an even harder battle before earning his place in the climax:  The No4 seed from the Czech Republic saw off top-seeded New Zealander Martin Knight 8-11, 11-8, 16-14, 6-11, 11-2 in exactly 100 minutes.

 

Both players surely felt the effects of the previous day's toils in the final but it was Salazar who suffered the least as he prevailed 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10 to beat the Czech number one in 65 minutes.

 

The win takes Salazar's career PSA Tour tally to four titles from four final appearances.