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20/03/2011
ROCKY MOUNTAIN OPEN 2011
 

Palmer Powers To Rocky Mountain Success

Rocky Mountain Open 2011
14-19 Mar, Alberta, Canada, $35k
Round One
16 Mar
Quarters
17 Mar
Semis
18 Mar
Final
19 Mar
[1] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
11-7, 11-5, 11-3 (33m)
Stéphane Galifi (Ita)
Laurens Jan Anjema
11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (48m)
Ryan Cuskelly
Laurens Jan Anjema
11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 13-11
Omar Mosaad
Laurens Jan Anjema
11-7, 5-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6
David Palmer
Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (45m)
Andrew McDougall (Can)
Tarek Momen (Egy)
9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 14-12 (76m)
Alister Walker (Eng)
Tarek Momen
11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9 (68m)
Omar Mosaad
[Q] Jan Koukal (Cze)
1122, 11-9, 11-3 (33m)
[3] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
[4] Hisham Ashour (Egy)
11-9, 6-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8 (42m)
[Q] Zac Alexander (Aus)
Zac Alexander
11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (38m)
Nicolas Mueller
Nicolas Mueller
9-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-4
David Palmer
Adrian Grant (Eng)
11-13, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
Shahier Razik (Can)
11-8, 11-4 rtd (41m)
[Q] Robbie Temple (Eng)
Shahier Razik
11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (35m)
David Palmer
[Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (37m)
[2] David Palmer (Aus)
 

Palmer Powers To Rocky Mountain Success

Veteran Australian David Palmer notched up the 27th Tour title of his illustrious squash career when he upset favourite Laurens Jan Anjema in the final of the Calgary Winter Club Rocky Mountain Open in Canada.

The 34-year-old from Lithgow in New South Wales reached the final of the PSA World Tour International 35 event at Calgary Winter Club in Calgary after holding off the challenge of rising Swiss star Nicolas Mueller in four games.

Dutchman Anjema, ranked 12 in the world, had to overcome Omar Mosaad in the other semi, beating the world No16 from Egypt also in four games.

But the final was the standout match of the championship in its second year - in which Palmer, a four-time British Open champion and twice World Open champion, recovered from 2/1 down to topple Anjema 11-7, 5-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6.

"It was a phenomenal final and the highlight of our event," exclaimed event spokesman Ian Park. "The two players had a fiercely competitive match, but above anything else it was the classiest match that I have ever seen.

"These two players, along with player referees, were amazing representatives of the game and promoted squash in the best possible light."

It was a sensational conclusion to his Calgary campaign for the now US-based Palmer, who had already extended his record as the current player with the most appearances in PSA Tour finals by reaching his 54th.

Top Seeds To Contest Calgary Climax

The top two seeds Laurens Jan Anjema and David Palmer will contest the final of the Calgary Winter Club Rocky Mountain Open after surviving four-game semi-finals in the PSA World Tour International 35 squash event in its second year at Calgary Winter Club in Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta.

Event favourite Anjema, the Dutch national champion from The Hague, dropped the third game against third seed Omar Mosaad but bounced back to beat the world No16 from Egypt 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 13-11.

Anjema, ranked 12 in the world, is celebrating his 26th appearance in a PSA Tour final.

Veteran Australian Palmer showed that he is still a major force on the Tour when he battled back from a game down, then survived two testing tie-break games before marching on to overcome Switzerland's Nicolas Mueller 9-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-4.

Mueller, the 21-year-old world No35 from Zurich, became the only unseeded player to make the last four after a breakthrough first round victory over England's world No18 Adrian Grant.

But the experienced Palmer, the 34-year-old four-time British Open champion and twice World Open champion was too strong for the rising Swiss star - and now extends his record as the current player with the most appearances in PSA Tour finals.

Palmer, the second seed from New South Wales but now based in the USA, is celebrating his first Tour final since August 2009 - but the 54th of his illustrious career.

Mueller Moves Into Rocky Mountain Semis

Nicolas Mueller became the only unseeded player to make the semi-finals of the Calgary Winter Club Rocky Mountain Open when he beat Australian Zac Alexander in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 35 squash event in its second year at Calgary Winter Club in Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta.

Both players scored notable first round wins - Swiss number one Mueller overcoming England's world No18 Adrian Grant in four games, and qualifier Alexander recording one of the best successes of his career by removing Egypt's No4 seed Hisham Mohd Ashour, the 2010 runner-up.

Mueller, the world No35 from Zurich, maintained his momentum by defeating Queenslander Alexander 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 - and will now face Australian number one David Palmer for a place in the final.

The illustrious Palmer, a former world number one and world champion who is the event's second seed, beat fellow Tour veteran Shahier Razik, the 33-year-old Canadian number one from Toronto, in straight games.

Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema and Egyptian Omar Mosaad will line up in the anticipated semi-final in the top half of the draw. Top seed Anjema, the world No12 from The Hague, beat Australia's Ryan Cuskelly 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 in 48 minutes.

But third seed Mosaad, the world No16 from Cairo, was taken the full distance by unseeded fellow countryman Tarek Momen, ranked 28 in the world, before closing out the match 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9 after 68 minutes.

Zac Zaps Ashour In Rocky Mountain Upset

Australian qualifier Zac Alexander produced the biggest upset on the opening day of main draw action in the Calgary Winter Club Rocky Mountain Open when he beat Egypt's No4 seed Hisham Mohd Ashour to secure an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 35 squash event in its second year at Calgary Winter Club in Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta.

The 22-year-old from Brisbane, who took out two higher-ranked players to survive the qualifiers, recorded one of the biggest wins of his career when he recovered from 2/1 down to beat Ashour, the world No17 from Cairo, 11-9, 6-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8 in 42 minutes.

Alexander, ranked 64 in the world, now faces unseeded Nicolas Mueller. The Swiss number one, ranked 35 in the world, also scored a significant upset by beating England's world No18 Adrian Grant 11-13, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5. The left-hander from London had arrived in Calgary fresh from PSA Tour title success at the Manitoba Open in Winnipeg.

It was a bad day for Englishmen following two further defeats. In his first appearance in Canada since relocating to New York at the beginning of this year, world No19 Alister Walker failed to capitalise on a two-game lead against Tarek Momen and, in a 76-minute marathon, went down 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 14-12 to the Egyptian ranked nine places below.

And London-based qualifier Robbie Temple was forced to quit after two games against Shahier Razik as the Canadian No1 marched into the quarter-finals after his 11-8, 11-4 (ret.) win.

The event's top two seeds claimed their anticipated quarter-final berths after straight games wins. Dutch favourite Laurens Jan Anjema eased to an 11-7, 11-5, 11-3 victory over Italian Stephane Galifi while US-based Australian David Palmer, the No2 seed, defeated Scottish qualifier Alan Clyne 11-9, 11-7, 11-7.