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17/02/2010
NATIONAL CAPITAL OPEN
 

Razik Retains National Capital Crown

National Capital Open 2010
09-14 Feb, Maryland, USA, $16k
Round One
11 Feb
Quarters
12 Feb
Semis
13 Feb
Final
14 Feb
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
6-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-8, 11-4 (75m)
Zac Alexander (Aus)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
12-10, 12-10, 12-10 (78m)
Ryan Cuskelly
Ryan Cuskelly
11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (57m)
Martin Knight
Ryan Cuskelly
12-10, 11-5, 11-6 (60m)
Shahier Razik
[8] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
6-11, 11-9, 2-0 ret. (45m)
Q] Shaun le Roux (ENG)
[3] Martin Knight (Nzl)
11-7, 10-12, 11-4, 11-5 (50m)
[Q] Khawaja Adil Maqbool (PAK)
Martin Knight
11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (47m)
David Phillips
[5] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (61m)
David Phillips (Can)
[Q] Wade Johnstone (AUS)
11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (32m)
[8] Bernardo Samper (Col)
Bernardo Samper
9-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (66m)
Campbell Grayson
Campbell Grayson
11-3, 11-13, 11-5, 11-3 (71m)
Shahier Razik
[Q] Omar El Kashef (EGY)
w/o
[4] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
Jethro Binns (WAL)
11-7, 11-7, 12-10 (33m)
[7] Yasir Butt (Pak)
Yasir Butt
11-5, 11-8, 11-13, 12-10 (70m)
Shahier Razik
Steve Finitsis (Aus)
11-7, 11-7, 12-10 (37m)
[2] Shahier Razik (Can)

Razik Retains National Capital Crown

 

Canada’s Shahier Razik retained his National Capital Open crown in the USA after beating Australian Ryan Cuskelly in the final of the $16,875 PSA World Tour squash event in its third year at Bethesda Sport & Health Club in Bethesda in Maryland.

 

"Shahier won the title with a masterful display of accurate, defensive squash, seeing him to victory in three sets over an even hour," said Tournament Director Rod Barnes.  "The beautifully executed strategy defused the attack that opponent Ryan Cuskelly had used successfully to reach the final."

 

Sixth seed Cuskelly earned his place in the final after two successive upsets, over top-seeded Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the quarter-finals, then New Zealand’s No3 seed Martin Knight in the semis.

 

The 22-year-old left-hander from New South Wales took Razik to a tie-break in the first game, and displayed patches of brilliance in the next two games - but the Canadian title-holder held off the challenge to record a 12-10, 11-5, 11-6 victory after 60 minutes.

 

The triumph marks Razik's first PSA Tour title of the year in his third final.  But it also brings up the 20th PSA title of the 32-year-old from Toronto’s career since winning his first at the Sao Paulo Open in Brazil in 1999.

 

Kiwis Crushed In Maryland Semis

 

Australian Ryan Cuskelly and Canadian Shahier Razik dashed hopes of an all-New Zealand National Capital Open final by prevailing over Kiwis Martin Knight and Campbell Grayson, respectively, in the semi-finals of the $16,875 PSA World Tour squash event in its third year at Bethesda Sport & Health Club in Bethesda in the US state of Maryland.

 

Sixth seed Cuskelly maintained his tremendous run through the event by despatching an in-form Martin Knight, the third seed, 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 in 57 minutes.

 

The 22-year-old from New South Wales will now face – for the first time – second seed Shahier Razik, the defending champion from Toronto who battled for 71 minutes to overcome fourth seed Campbell Grayson 11-3, 11-13, 11-5, 11-3.

 

Cuskelly is celebrating his 10th appearance in a PSA Tour final, while 32-year-old Razik is marking his 33rd since 1999.

 

Ryan Robs Rodriguez Of Maryland Semi-Final

 

Sixth-seeded Australian Ryan Cuskelly caused a notable upset in the National Capital Open when he beat top seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez to reach the semi-finals of the $16,875 PSA World Tour squash event at Bethesda Sport & Health Club in Bethesda in the US state of Maryland.

 

Rodriguez, the world No26 from Bogota, dropped the first two games – but rediscovered his form in the third to lead 10-6.

 

But 22-year-old Cuskelly, ranked 25 places lower, recovered the deficit and went on to win 12-10, 12-10, 12-10 in 78 minutes.

 

The New York-based Aussie now goes on to face New Zealander Martin Knight for a place in the final.  The third seed from Wellington needed 47 minutes to overcome unseeded Canadian David Phillips 11-7, 11-3, 11-7.

 

There will be Kiwi interest in the other semi-final where fourth seed Grayson takes on Canada’s No2 seed Shahier Razik.

 

Grayson, the world No46 from Auckland, had to fight back from two games down to beat eighth-seeded Colombian Bernardo Samper 9-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 in 66 minutes.

 

Phillips Charges Into National Capital Open Quarters

 

David Phillips boosted North American interest in the quarter-finals of the National Capital Open when he upset fifth-seeded Malaysian Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in the first round of the $16,875 PSA World Tour squash event at Bethesda Sport & Health Club in Bethesda in the US state of Maryland.

 

The 29-year-old Canadian from Montreal took just over an hour to see off Adnan 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 and will now face New Zealander Martin Knight, the third seed, for a place in the semi-finals.

 

The weather continued to play havoc with the event as snow-filled lanes caused unprecedented traffic gridlock around Bethesda, forcing players and spectators to abandon or park their cars at distances from the club and make the last mile on foot.

 

“Wade Johnstone's story took the cake,” said tournament organiser Rod Barnes.  “About a mile from the club and with only 15 minutes to get to the club for his match, Wade handed over the wheel to his wife and started running.  He made it, just.

 

“He played his match against Bernardo Samper - lasting over 30 minutes of playing time – recovered,  then hot-footed it back to join her for the last 1/2 mile, which took another hour to drive!”

 

Top seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez had the toughest battle to secure his place in the last eight.  The 24-year-old world No26 from Bogota twice had to come from behind before beating unseeded Australian Zac Alexander 6-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-8, 11-4 in 75 minutes.