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Delierre Becomes First Home Nash Cup Champion

Nash Cup 2011
19-24 Sep, London, Ontario, $10k
Round One
21 Sep
22 Sep
23 Sep
24 Sep
[1] Martin Knight (Nzl)
 11-4; 11-6; 9-11; 11-1 (56m)
Scott Arnold (Aus)
Martin Knight
11-4; 11-2; 11-4 (41m)
David Letourneau
Martin Knight
11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6 (88m)
Shawn Delierre
Shawn Delierre
9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 (91m)
Jan Koukal
Charles Sharpes (Eng)
12-10; 8-11; 9-11; 9-11 (57 m)
[Q] David Letourneau (Can)
Zac Alexander (Aus)
11-9; 13-11; 20-18 (60m)
[Q] Eddie Charlton (Eng)
Eddie Charlton
9-11; 11-8; 11-3 rtd (44m)
Shawn Delierre
Yann Perrin (Fra)
11-9; 11-8; 11-4 (62m)
[3] Shawn Delierre (Can)
[4] Joe Lee (Eng)
5-11; 11-6; 11-9; 11-4 (45m)
Andrew Wagih (Egy)
Andrew Wagih
9-11; 9-11; 11-7; 11-5; 11-8 (78m)
Olivier Pett
Andrew Wagih
11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 12-10, 13-11 (79m)
Jan Koukal
Alfredo Avila (Mex)
7-11; 11-3; 11-6; 11-6 (38m)
Olivier Pett (Eng)
Andrew Schnell (Can)
5/5 rtd (7m)
[Q] Stefan Casteleyn (Bel)
Andrew Schnell
 11-9; 11-8; 11-8 (33m)
Jan Koukal
[Q] Geoffrey Demont (Fra)
 11-6; 11-2; 9-11; 11-0 (39
[2] Jan Koukal (Cze)

Delierre Becomes First Home Nash Cup Champion

Shawn Delierre stormed to victory in the final of the Nash Cup to become the first Canadian winner of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at London Squash Racquets Club in London, Ontario.

Defending champion Jan Koukal took the early, losing three game balls before clinching the first game on the fourth.

The second seed from the Czech Republic led 5-2 in the second, but home hero Delierre reclaimed the advantage to draw level.

The lead changed hands several times in the third. Third seed Delierre had three game balls before finally moving ahead 2/1.

Koukal once led in the fourth, but it was the determined Canadian who ultimately prevailed to win 9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 after 91 minutes.

"Relieved! I really wanted the first game and really wanted to impose my game, but he stole that right from me, and my hope," said the victorious 29-year-old from Montreal who now boasts 10 PSA World Tour titles.

"In the second he came out firing and led for most of the game, but I tried to slow things down. I'm not sure how, but I managed to win the second. In the 3rd I decided to straighten things up - Jan's shots were on and I felt like a retriever, but I also felt like I was placing the ball well.

"I scraped that game 12-10," added Delierre. "The fourth was tough until eight-all, but I hung in there and managed to take it 11-8."

Delierre Downs Knight In Nash Cup Upset

Third seed Shawn Delierre carried unexpected domestic interest into the final of the Nash Cup in Canada after upsetting top seed Martin Knight in an 88-minute semi-final marathon in the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at London Squash Racquets Club in London, Ontario.

The 29-year-old from Montreal had to be at the top of his game to grind out an 11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6 victory over higher-ranked New Zealander Knight.

"This match had everything and was a battle from start to finish," said event spokesman Dave Morrish. "Delierre is an extraordinary athlete and after taking the sting out of Knight he used his working boast to punishing effect.

"It was a great match which thrilled the crowd and at the end of the day squash was the winner."

Now in his 14th PSA World Tour final, the world No54 will face title-holder Jan Koukal, the second seed from the Czech Republic.

Koukal ended Andrew Wagih Shoukry's run, saving a match-ball against the unseeded Egyptian in the fourth game before going on to clinch a narrow 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 12-10, 13-11 victory in 79 minutes.

"It was a very intense and aggressive match," said Koukal, who is celebrating his sixth Tour final of the year, and the 29th of his career. "I deserved the first and he definitely deserved the second. I felt I gifted him the third and had a bad start in the fourth but was lucky to hang in there and scrape it.

"The fifth was pretty close all the way and I eventually got a little lead," continued the 28-year-old world No48. "I didn't feel I played better than him today - I was just a little more patient with the big points.

"He has improved a lot in the past few months, especially his fitness. He impressed me."

Shoukry Shoots Through To Nash Cup Semis

Egypt's Andrew Wagih Shoukry became the only unseeded player to make the semi-finals of the Nash Cup in Canada after a five-game quarter-final victory in the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at London Squash Rackets Club in London, Ontario.

It was in the opening round that the 20-year-old from Cairo made his breakthrough - upsetting fourth-seeded Englishman Joe Lee in four games.

But Shoukry then had to fight back from two games down to take out a second Englishman, Olivier Pett 9-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 in 78 minutes.

"I have done a lot of work on my fitness and feel like I can compete with the better players now," explained the world No71. "My coach Hossam has done some great work with me and I thank him for that. I felt I made far too many errors in the first games but Oli played well and forced me to try things.

"Oli doesn't play your typical English game - he plays more like us (Egyptians). He moves the ball around well. I'm very happy and can't wait for tomorrow!"

Shoukry now faces Jan Koukal, the No2 seed from the Czech Republic. The Czech champion beat rising Canadian star Andrew Schnell 11-9, 11-8, 11-8.

"I watched Andrew play in the world teams and he played well so I knew I needed to be on my game tonight," said world No48 Koukal. "It was tough and there were a lot of hard rallies. There was not a great deal of difference between us tonight. I just felt I played the big points better."

There is local interest in the other semi-final where third seed Shawn Delierre takes on top-seeded New Zealander Martin Knight.

Delierre, the world No54 from Montreal, survived his quarter-final when English qualifier Eddie Charlton conceded the match at 9-11, 11-8, 11-3.

"I was up all night vomiting and felt really weak going into the match - I couldn't even warm up properly," explained Charlton later. "I sneaked the first by slowing the game down and was close in the second but then I was spent.

"I hate retiring from a match as I believe that when you step on court, you should see it through but I really had nothing left and didn't want to make it worse. Credit to Shawn though, he is looking good."

Knight despatched Canadian qualifier David Letourneau 11-4, 11-2, 11-4.