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Laurens Jan Anjema Wins Montreal Title

NBF International 2010
01-06 Mar, Montreal, Canada, $40k
Round One
03 Mar
04 Mar
05 Mar
06 Mar
[1] Peter Barker (Eng)
7-11,13-11,11-9,11-6 (63m)
[Q] Gilly Lane (Usa)
Gilly Lane
11-6, 11-3, 11-9 (45m)
Shahier Razik
Shahier Razik
11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 11-5 (88m)
Daryl Selby
Daryl Selby
11-9, 11-8, 11-1 (65m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
[7] Shahier Razik (Can)
6-11,11-7,11-5,14-12 (75m)
Simon Rosner (Ger)
[4] Daryl Selby (Eng)
11-5,11-3,11-7 (27m)
Maxym Leclair (Can)
Daryl Selby
6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-2 (54m)
Olli Tuominen
[5] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
5-11,7-11,11-9,11-2,11-3 (60m)
[Q] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
Martin Knight (Nzl)
11-5,11-5,11-3 (50m)
[8] Tom Richards (Eng)
Tom Richards
11-4, 9-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8 (96m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
Laurens Jan Anjema
11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6 (72m)
Adrian Grant
Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
11-4,11-7,11-8 (46m)
[3] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
[Q] Scott Arnold (Aus)
11-9,4-11,10-12,11-9,16-14 (86m)
[6] Hisham Ashour (Egy)
Scott Arnold
11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6 (72m)
Adrian Grant
[Q] Shawn Delierre (Can)
16-14,11-5,12-14,11-4 (87m)
[2] Adrian Grant (Eng)

Laurens Jan Anjema Wins Montreal Title


Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema launched his 2010 PSA World Tour campaign in fine style in Canada where he won the National Bank Financial Group International after beating England's Daryl Selby in straight games in the final of the $40,000 squash event at Midtown Le Sporting Club Sanctuaire in Montreal.


After surviving a 96-minute quarter-final against lower-ranked Englishman Tom Richards, third seed Anjema made his breakthrough in the next round where he upset second seed Adrian Grant, the world No10, also from England.


And the 27-year-old from The Hague continued his dominant form against Englishmen in the final with Selby, the fourth seed from Essex who is ranked three places below Anjema in the PSA world list.


The world No15 got the better of Selby in the first two close games, then raced to victory for the loss of just a single further point as he celebrated his 11-9, 11-8, 11-1 title triumph after 65 minutes.


The win follows Anjema's fifth successive Dutch National title success in February and takes the left-hander's PSA Tour title tally to nine since his first in October 2002.


Selby & Anjema To Contest Surprise Montreal Final


Third seed Laurens Jan Anjema and fourth seed Daryl Selby will contest an unexpected final of the National Bank Financial Group International in Canada after both prevailed in four-game semi-finals of the $40,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Midtown Le Sporting Club Sanctuaire in Montreal.


Selby, the world No12 from England, dashed local hopes when he overcame seventh seed Shahier Razik in an 88-minute marathon. 


Razik, the world No32 from Toronto looking for his second Tour win in North America this year, had reached the semis after ending the giant-killing run of Gilly Lane, the US number two who ousted event favourite Peter Barker in the opening round.


Selby secured the 12th PSA Tour final appearance of his career and his second in Canada this year after beating Razik 11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 11-5.


Fresh winning his fifth successive Dutch national title in Amsterdam, world number 15 Anjema battled for 72 minutes to upset second seed Adrian Grant 11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6.  It was the 27-year-old from The Hague's first win over London Grant, the world No10, in five Tour meetings since 2003.


The win takes Anjema to his 22nd Tour final.


Lane Lands Top Seed Scalp In Montreal


In what he has described as the "biggest win of my career", US qualifier Gilly Lane defeated top-seeded Englishman Peter Barker in the opening round of the National Bank Financial Group International in Canada to claim an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the $40,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Midtown Le Sporting Club Sanctuaire in Montreal.


It was only 24 hours earlier that the US number two from Philadelphia battled back from two games down to beat another Englishman Robbie Temple in an 88-minute marathon to earn his place in the main draw.


But Lane, the 24-year-old world No 59, recovered from a game down to beat Barker - the world No7 from London who won his first PSA Tour title in Canada - 7-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-6 in 63 minutes.


Lane now lines up against local hero Shahier Razik, the seventh seed from Toronto who also had to overcome a first game deficit to beat unseeded German Simon Rosner 6-11, 11-7, 11-5, 14-12 in a 75-minute first round encounter.


But Lane was not the only qualifier to make the last eight:  Australian Scott Arnold, who survived two qualifying rounds, fought for 86 minutes to get the better of sixth seed Hisham Mohd Ashour, ultimately edging through in a lengthy fifth-game tie-break to beat the Egyptian 9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 9-11, 16-14.


The Sydney-born 24-year-old now faces Adrian Grant, the second seed from England who was stretched to four games over 87 minutes before finally despatching Canadian qualifier Shawn Delierre 16-14, 11-5, 12-14, 11-4.



"It was just a very hard fought win, the court is very bouncy and I was just trying to stick in and play solid squash.  Peter's game is something that I try to aspire to so I think I had that in the back of my mind to keep pushing as much as I did.

"I have been working really hard lately and I'm really pleased with this win. It is definitely the best win of my squash career."

Gilly Lane