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12/04/2010
BERKSHIRE OPEN
 

Boswell Battles To Berkshire Crown

Berkshire Open 2010
06-11 Apr, Williamstown, MA, Usa, $25k
Round One
08 Apr, from 13.00
Quarters
09 Apr
Semis
10 Apr
Final
11 Apr
[1] Alister Walker (Eng)
11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (39m)
Ryan Thompson (Nam)
Alister Walker
6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (50m)
Gilly Lane
Alister Walker
12-10, 11-7, 11-2 (40m)
Joey Barrington
Alister Walker
12-10, 2-11, 11-7, 11-4 (62m)
Stewart Boswell
[6] Gilly Lane (Usa)
11-9, 11-4, 11-9 (44m)
[Q] Tom Pashley (Eng)
[4] Joey Barrington (Eng)
11-4, 11-6, 11-9
Scott Arnold (Aus)
Joey Barrington
11-7, 11-13, 11-6, 11-7 (81m)
Robbie Temple
[7] Robbie Temple (Eng)
8-11 12-10 9-11 11-7 11-6 (73m)
[Q] Bradley Hindle (Mlt)
[Q] Shawn Delierre (Can)
3/1 (55m)
[8] Jan Koukal (Cze)

9-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-8 (79m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Shawn Delierre
11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (25m)
Stewart Boswell
[Q] Olivier Pett (Eng)
11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (38m)
[3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
Zac Alexander (Aus)
11-9, 11-7, 11-5 (46m)
[5] Julien Balbo (Fra)
Julien Balbo
11-2, 11-6, 11-7 (30m)
Stewart Boswell
David Phillips (Can)
11-6, 11-6 rtd (16m)
[2] Stewart Boswell (Aus)

Boswell Battles To Berkshire Crown

Almost 13 years after first tasting title success on the PSA World Tour, Australia's Stewart Boswell was back on the winner's podium after claiming the Berkshire Squash Open trophy in Williamstown, USA.

It was the sixth year of the $25,000 event at Williams College - and Boswell's second triumph after winning the title in its second year in 2005.

But this time the 31-year-old from Canberra was the second seed - and faced favourite Alister Walker in the final for the first since losing to the Englishman in straight games, also in the USA.

"A packed house was treated to a wonderful display of squash and sportsmanship," said tournament spokesman David Johnson. "Neither had been seriously threatened on their way to the final, and for those following the tournament carefully, this match-up had been anticipated since day one of the tournament. They were not to be disappointed."

After an evenly-matched opening game which went to a tie-break, it was Boswell who took the early lead - but world No14 Walker bounced back to draw level, taking the second game for the loss of just two points.

Boswell, ranked 18 in the world, quickly recovered and romped through the next two games to win 12-10, 2-11, 11-7, 11-4 after 62 minutes.

The success marks the 19th PSA World Tour title of Boswell's illustrious career, which got underway in 1997 with appearances in six Tour finals and his maiden title success in the Japan Open in June..

Walker & Boswell To Battle For Berkshire Crown

The top two seeds Alister Walker and Stewart Boswell will play out the final of the Berkshire Squash Open after earning straight games wins in the semi-finals of the $25,000 PSA World Tour event in its sixth year at Williams College in Williamstown, USA.

English favourite Walker, the world No14 from Leeds looking for his first title win at Williams College, faced fellow countryman Joey Barrington, the fourth seed.

"The first game proved to be the decider," observed tournament spokesman David Johnson. "Alister nursed a small lead to game ball at 10-8 only to have Joey tie it up at 10-10. But two short rallies later, Alister had hit one ball to great length and played another short that left Joey standing flat-footed.

"It was all the momentum Alister needed, and coupled with what seemed to be a tweaked hamstring of Joey's right leg, the match got away from him quickly."

Walker was delighted with the 12-10, 11-7, 11-2 win: "i hit the ball well today and felt like i have got better every match. Unfortunately for Joey, a slight injury was definitely hampering his movement today.

"Tomorrow will be another level to deal with," added the 27-year-old who is now in his first Tour final of the year and the seventh of his career. "Stewart has looked sharp and hit the ball well: A good challenge to look forward to."

The other semi paired second seed Boswell with Canadian qualifier Shawn Delierre.

But, after shock victories over seeds in the previous two rounds, Delierre was unable to produce another magical upset.

Boswell established his tactically sound strategy from the outset and then executed it to perfection, pinning the Canadian deep in the corners and then moving him up front with tight-to-the-wall drops.

The 31-year-old world No18 from Canberra took just 25 minutes to wrap up the 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 victory - and a place in the 33rd PSA Tour final of his career.

When asked if not be challenged in route to the finals might be a problem in terms of sharpness and match toughness, 2005 champion Boswell commented: "It's been great for my legs and my health to have had a relatively easy path to the finals, but I'll have to be ready to step it up big-time in the next round against an opponent who soundly trounced me the last time we played!"

Delierre Wins Again In Williamstown

Canadian qualifier Shawn Delierre continued his giant-killing run in the Berkshire Squash Open when he recorded his second successive upset to reach the semi-finals of the $25,000 PSA World Tour event in its sixth year at Williams College in Williamstown, USA.

The 27-year-old from Montreal made his breakthrough in the first round when he beat eighth seed Jan Koukal, the Czech Republic number one.

His quarter-final opponent Miguel Angel Rodriquez, the world No30 from Colombia who was seeded three in this year's event. The Colombian took the first game and was controlling play with creative combinations of deception and nimble-footed quickness.

Then, surprisingly, the 24-year-old from Bogota lost his momentum - and the next three games, as Delierre powered through to win 9-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-8 in 79 minutes.

Now just one win away from his first PSA Tour final appearance since November 2008, Delierre will face second seed Stewart Boswell, the 2005 champion from Australia.

For the second evening in a row, Boswell closed out play in the event with a commanding display of precision strokes and beautifully-weighted length, this time against Julien Balbo, the world No55 from France.

Boswell kept Balbo pinned to the back wall and remained almost totally error-free as he pulled off his 11-2, 11-6, 11-7 win in a routine 30-minute match.

The other semi-final will be an all-English affair between top seed Alister Walker and fourth seed Joey Barrington.

Walker recovered from a game down and eight-all in the second to beat rising US star Gilly Lane, the sixth seed from Philadelphia, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6.

It took Barrington a marathon 81 minutes to get past fellow countryman Robbie Temple, the No7 seed.

"After an hour of squash, the lads had only split the first two games - and, with little to choose between them in terms of style and tempo, it looked to be a long evening of hard hitting and amazing court coverage," said event spokesman David Johnson.

But Barrington maintained the upper hand throughout the last two games before securing his 11-7, 11-13, 11-6, 11-7 win.

Delierre Deals Berkshire Open Upset

Canadian qualifier Shawn Delierre delivered an impressive upset in the first round of the Berkshire Squash Open when he beat eighth seed Jan Koukal to claim a place in the quarter-finals of the $25,000 PSA World Tour event in its sixth year at Williams College in Williamstown, USA

A former world No40, Delierre has seen his ranking slide to 138 after undergoing leg surgery last year. But the 27-year-old from Montreal rediscovered his former form as he battled to an 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 victory over the Czech Republic number one in 55 minutes.

Delierre will now face top Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez. The third seed had too many shots and too much speed in the front of the court for Olivier Pett, beating the English qualifier 11-8, 11-8, 11-6.

Sixth seed Gilly Lane kept US interest in the event alive with a straight games win over Tom Pashley. The No6 seed's control of the court and the weight of his strokes proved too much for the English qualifier as Lane recorded an 11-9, 11-4, 11-9 win in 44 minutes.

Lane's reward is a clash with top seed Alister Walker, the world No14 from Leeds who was too strong for Ryan Thompson, beating the popular Williams College resident pro 11-7, 11-5, 11-5.