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Thierry Triumphs At Bluenose Classic In Canada


Bluenose Classic 2010
2-7 Feb, Nova Scotia, Canada, $40k

Round One
04 Feb
05 Feb
06 Feb
07 Feb
[1] Peter Barker (Eng)
11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4 (68m)
[Q] Jan Koukal (Cze)
Peter Barker
11-9, 11-9, 11-3 (57m)
Shahier Razik
Peter Barker
8-11, 15-13, 11-9, 11-5 (105m)
Daryl Selby
Daryl Selby
11-2, 10-12, 11-8, 12-10 (73m)
Thierry Lincou
[8] Renan Lavigne (Fra)
11-8, 11-7, 11-1 (42m)
Shahier Razik (Can)
[4] Daryl Selby (Eng)
11-4, 11-6, 11-8 (46m)
[Q] Martin Knight (Nzl)
Daryl Selby
11-5, 11-9, 11-2 (55m)
Aaron Frankcomb
[7] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
11-7, 5-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7 (98m)
Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
[Q] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (52m)
[5] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
Azlan Iskandar
11-6, 11-7 ret. (33m)
Thierry Lincou
Thierry Lincou
11-8, 11-5, 2-11, 11-7 (60m)
David Palmer
Chris Ryder (Eng)
11-6, 11-8, 13-11 (40m)
[3] Thierry Lincou (Fra)
David Phillips (Can)
11-4, 14-12, 11-4 (36m)
[6] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
Ong Beng Hee
11-6, 11-9, 11-3 (57m)
David Palmer
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (39m)
[2] David Palmer (Aus)

3-Feb, Qualifying Finals:
Martin Knight (NZL) bt Robin Clarke (CAN) 11-5, 11-9, 11-3 (50m)
Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Scott Arnold (AUS) 6-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-9 (59m)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt Adil Maqbool (PAK) 11-4, 9-11, 11-0, 11-6 (41m)
Mohd. Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt Wade Johnstone (AUS) 11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9 (79m)

02-Feb, Qualifying Day 1
Robin Clarke (CAN) bt Mike Smeltzer (CAN) 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (18m)
Martin Knight (NZL) bt Josh Rudolph (CAN) 11-8, 11-3, 11-3 (27m)
Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Maxym Leclair (CAN) 11-9, 14-12, 11-1 (22m)
Scott Arnold (AUS) bt Matthew Serediak (CAN) 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 (28m)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt Fred Reid (CAN) 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (28m)
Adil Maqbool (PAK) bt Thomas Brinkman (CAN) 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8 (34m)
Wade Johnstone (AUS) bt David Vidal (ESP) 11-6, 11-13, 11-5, 11-7 (45m)
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt Matt Bishop (CAN) 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (36m

Thierry Triumphs At Bluenose Classic In Canada


Frenchman Thierry Lincou triumphed in a 73-minute final of the fifth edition of the Bluenose Classic, beating England's Daryl Selby in four games in the climax of the $40,000 PSA World Tour squash event at St Maryís University Tower in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to win his first title in Canada.


Lincou, the former world champion from Marseille, was the third seed - but made his breakthrough in the semi-finals by beating Australian rival and fellow 33-year-old David Palmer, the defending champion and second seed.


Like the Frenchman, Daryl Selby also only dropped one game en-route to the final.  The fourth seed toppled top seed and fellow countryman Peter Barker in the other semi-final.


Lincou easily won the opening game and led 8-5 in the second.  But Selby fought back to draw level and, after Lincou won the third, sprung to a 6-2 lead in the fourth to suggest that a fifth game decider was on the cards.


But Lincou won six points in a row to claw back the deficit before clinching the title on his second match ball to win 11-2, 10-12, 11-8, 12-10.


The success chalks up Lincou's first Tour win since last June - but the 22nd of his illustrious career.


Top Seeds Downed As Lincou & Selby Reach Bluenose Final


Epic semi-final battles in the Bluenose Classic in Canada led to the downfall of the top two seeds at St Maryís University Tower in Halifax in Nova Scotia - and a final of the $40,000 PSA World Tour squash event which will feature third seed Thierry Lincou and fourth seed Daryl Selby.


Former world number ones and fellow 33-year-olds Thierry Lincou and David Palmer, the No2 seed from Australia, have fought out countless duels since joining the PSA Tour in the early nineties.  And the pair did not disappoint as they battled for a place in the Bluenose final - defending champion Palmer looking for a second successive appearance.


But it was Frenchman Lincou that prevailed, winning 11-8, 11-5, 2-11, 11-7 in 60 minutes to reach the 40th Tour final of his career.


It took 105 minutes to resolve the other semi-final, where fellow Englishmen and Essex county compatriots Daryl Selby and Peter Barker, the top seed, fought for supremacy.  Again, Barker was seeking a second successive time in the final after finishing as runner-up to Palmer 12 months ago.


But Selby, the 27-year-old world No15 dug deep to master his good friend - ranked eight places higher - and win 8-11, 15-13, 11-9, 11-5.


Selby is celebrating the 11th Tour final of his career - and only his third meeting with Lincou, with Frenchman hitherto boasting a 2/0 career advantage.


Thierry Avenges Iskandar Defeat In Nova Scotia


After losing to the Malaysian a week ago in the Motor City Open in the USA, third seed Thierry Lincou gained his revenge by defeating Mohd Azlan Iskandar in the Bluenose Classic in Canada to reach the semi-finals of the $40,000 PSA World Tour squash event in its fifth year at St Maryís University Tower in Halifax in Nova Scotia.


Frenchman Lincou was two games ahead when fifth seed Iskandar conceded the match with a leg injury.


The one time world number one from Marseille will now face a fellow former world number one after David Palmer, the defending champion from Australia, saw off another Malaysian, sixth seed Ong Beng Hee 11-6, 11-9, 11-3.


Local interest in the event expired when former champion Shahier Razik bowed out to England's top seed Peter Barker.  Last year's runner-up, from London, beat Toronto-based Razik 11-9, 11-9, 11-3 in 57 minutes.


Barker will now line up against fellow countryman Daryl Selby, the third seed who ousted unseeded Australian Aaron Frankcomb 11-5, 11-9, 11-2.


Razik Raises Local Hopes In Nova Scotia


Shahier Razik raised hopes of local success in the Bluenose Classic when the unseeded 32-year-old from Toronto upset eighth seed Renan Lavigne in the first round of the $40,000 PSA World Tour squash event in its fifth year at St Maryís University Tower in Halifax in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.


Razik, the 2007 champion, rallied from 2-6 down in the first game to beat Frenchman Lavigne, ranked 35 in the world, 11-8, 11-7, 11-1 in 42 minutes.


"Itís only the first round so Iím not getting too excited about it," said Razik, currently ranked higher than Lavigne at 31.  "It was good.  I was moving well and hitting pretty good length.  I feel good and Iím pumped up for the rest of the tournament.


"We usually have longer matches," said Razik. ďHeís a very tough opponent and we know each otherís game really well."


The Canadian now faces Peter Barker, the top-seeded Englishman who needed 68 minutes to overcome Czech qualifier Jan Koukal 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4.


Second seed David Palmer took only 39 minutes to defeat Malaysian qualifier Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 11-9, 11-6, 11-9.  The defending champion from Australia will now meet another Malaysian, sixth seed Ong Beng Hee, for a place in the semi-finals.