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23/01/2012
TALISMAN ENERGY BANKERS HALL CLUB PRO AM 2012
 

Simpson Retains Bankers Hall Club Crown

Bankers Hall Club Pro Am 2012
19-22 Jan, Calgary, Canada, $10k
Round One
19 Jan
Quarters
20 Jan
Semis
21 Jan
Final
22 Jan
[1] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
10/12, 11/9, 11/9, 7/11, 11/9 (94m)
Charles Sharpes (Eng)
Charles Sharpes
9-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-8 (93m)
Lewis Walters
Charles Sharpes
11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (61m)
Leo Au
Leo Au
11-3, 11-4, 11-7 (40m)
Chris Simpson
Matthew Serediak (Can)
1/4, 11/9, 11/6 (32m)
Lewis Walters (Eng)
Erik Tepos Valtierra (Mex)
11/7, 11/7, 12/ 10 (45m)
Leo Au (Hkg)
Leo Au
9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (55m)
Scott Arnold
Scott Arnold (Aus)
11/5, 12/10, 11/6 (34m)
[4] Dick Lau (Hkg)
[3] Jan Koukal (Cze)
11/5, 6/11, 11/5, 11/13, 12/10 (87m)
Andrew Schnell (Can)
Andrew Schnell
11-7, 11-7, 11-1 (41m)
Graeme Schnell
Andrew Schnell
11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (45m)
Chris Simpson
Alfredo Avila (Mex)
11/9, 12/10, 3/11, 11/8 (64m)
Graeme Schnell (Can)
David Letourneau (Can)
11/5, 11/3, 11/4 (25m)
Fred Reid (Can)
David Letourneau
11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (46m)
Chris Simpson
Dane Sharp (Can)
11/5, 11/5, 12/10 (54m)
[2] Chris Simpson (Eng)

Simpson Retains Bankers Hall Club Crown

A masterful performance by Chris Simpson in the Talisman Energy Bankers Hall Club Pro Am saw the Englishman successfully retain the Canadian title after breezing through the established PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Bankers Hall Club in Calgary without dropping a game.

"The number two seed was clearly the class of the field this week," said tournament organiser Bob Ballinger.

In the final against unseeded Leo Au, Simpson was never threatened in either of the first two games - winning them both comfortably. The 24-year-old from Harrogate in Yorkshire was determined not to let his Hong Kong opponent have any opportunity to get in front of him with time to utilise his great front court game.

The third game saw the players go point for point until Simpson broke free from five-all to take an 8-5 lead. Upon winning the final rally, a fist pump from Simpson signalled his satisfaction at securing his title here for the second time after an 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 scoreline.

"Simpson showed his experience in each match here against younger opponents and his ability to solve the lively altitude-aided conditions left all of them shaking their heads at times as well," added Ballinger.

The triumph extends Simpson's distinguished record in PSA Tour finals to five wins out of five!

Simpson Sets Sights On Second Calgary Crown

England's defending champion Chris Simpson is poised to become only the second two-time winner of the Talisman Energy Bankers Hall Club Pro Am title after coming through the semi-finals of Canada's established PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Bankers Hall Club in Calgary.

But to join Mexican Arturo Salazar as the only back-to-back winner of the title, the Guernsey-born 24-year-old will have to overcome the impressive Leo Au, the world No 87 from Hong Kong.

"Like Simpson, Au has seemed to get better each match of this tenth annual event here," said tournament organiser Bob Ballinger.

In front of a packed afternoon crowd in downtown Calgary, Au put an end to the impressive run of Charles Sharpes in a straight games victory.

The Englishman had spent over 90 minutes on court in each of his previous two matches - in the first, removing top seeded Malaysian Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan - and possibly was a half step off his pace of the first two matches.

In each game of their 61-minute semi-final, Au was always a comfortable number of points ahead of Sharpes, who was unable to put himself into Sunday's final. The 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 victory takes 21-year-old Au into the sixth PSA Tour final of his career - but his first in North America.

The second semi, between second seed Simpson and Canadian Andrew Schnell, was a rematch of a first round encounter between these two players last year, when Simpson started his run to winning the tournament by beating the Calgary star in straight games.

"So could Schnell, after one more year of experience on the PSA circuit as well as international team play with Canada's national team, improve on last year's result with Simpson?" said Ballinger.

Sadly for the young Calgary player, there would not be a victory as the defending champion Simpson turned in a near perfect match to take out the 20-year-old 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 in 45 minutes.

"Simpson's game truly was one of the most impressive displays of squash we have seen here for quite some time as it showed not only his experience of being on the circuit for longer than Schnell but also how he was able to cope with the lively courts here with altitude in downtown Calgary," added Ballinger.

Simpson is marking the fifth Tour final of his career - and goes in to the match with Au boasting a perfect four-wins-out-of-four record in his previous finals.

Sole Seed Simpson Progresses In Calgary

England's Chris Simpson, the sole seed in the last eight of the Talisman Energy Bankers Hall Club Pro Am, progressed to the semi-finals of the established PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in Calgary after beating home hope David Letourneau in straight games at Bankers Hall Club.

The defending champion was in fine form and demonstrated once again that his game really can match up against whatever style is thrown his way.

Second seed Simpson defeated Letourneau, a 22-year-old from Calgary playing in his hometown in front of family and friends, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6 in 46 minutes.

The British Channel Islands-born 24-year-old will now meet another Calgarian Andrew Schnell, a straight games winner over his older brother Graeme Dobson Schnell.

"There have been many memorable matches in the history of this tournament as well as many much anticipated matches here too," explained tournament organiser Bob Ballinger. "This was one that was very highly anticipated, due in large part to the fact that the brothers were playing in their hometown as well as that many in the crowd had watched them play numerous local tournaments over the years.

"No doubt the heavy favourite was the younger Schnell but some wondered how he would handle playing not just his brother and great friend, but doing it on such a big stage....the reward to be a berth in the semi finals here.

"The match was much like others with these two - Andrew being able to dictate play most of the time with long rallies and great retrieving by both players. With their father nervously looking on and their mother just too anxious to even come and watch them it was Andrew who secured his spot in the semis," concluded Ballinger after the 11-7, 11-7, 11-1 victory.

England giant-killer Charles Sharpes maintained his fine run in the event. After ousting the top seed on day one, the 19-year-old progressed to overcome fellow countryman Lewis Walters 9-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-8 in 93 minutes.

"That gives Sharpes a total of three hours and seven minutes of court time in his two matches," added Ballinger. "There was never more than a three-point difference at any time between these two before Sharpes was able to string a crucial run from 6-6 in the fourth game to take a 9-6 lead which he rode to 11-8 in the final game."

Sharpes will now face Leo Au, the world No87 from Hong Kong who beat Australian Scott Arnold 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5.

Sharpes Leads Upsets In Calgary

England's Charles Sharpes led a flurry of upsets on the opening day of action in the Talisman Energy Bankers Hall Club Pro Am, ousting top seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan to reach the quarter-finals of the established PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Bankers Hall Club in Calgary.

Despite sub zero temperatures hitting the Canadian city early this week, first round play was very heated in many aspects. "Never in the history of this tournament have there been so many upsets on the first day and never before have three Calgarians made their way into the quarter finals," said tournament director Bob Ballinger.

The packed lunch time crowd at Bankers Hall Club were treated to a real back and forth match that never saw more than a four point difference between the two players as Sharpes pulled off a huge win to beat Adnan, the world No32 from Malaysia, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9 in 94 minutes.

"Just beat the seed 1 wan adnan world number 32 in a very tough 3-2 in the first round #YES," tweeted the London-born 19-year-old after his breakthrough victory.

Sharpes, ranked 96 in the world, now faces fellow countryman Lewis Walters who downed Canadian hope Matthew Serediak 11-4, 11-9, 11-6.

But, in his first official PSA event, local Calgarian and tournament wild card Graeme Dobson Schnell thrilled the hometown crowd with an exciting 11-9, 12-10, 3-11, 11-8 victory over Mexican national team member Alfredo Avila.

After winning a very tight first two games, 23-year-old Schnell lost his way in third game only to prevail with a strong fourth game to take the victory.

Shortly afterwards, Andrew Schnell joined his older brother in the quarter-finals with a hard fought victory over tour veteran Jan Koukal, the No3 seed from the Czech Republic, in 87 minutes.

Schnell junior, a Canadian senior international, led two games to one and was 8-3 up in the fourth. But Koukal imposed his experience to draw level. The Czech champion led 7-3 in the decider only to see Schnell win seven straight points to reach match ball at 10-7. Again Koukal dug in and tied things up at 10-10 - but the Canadian held his nerve to win 11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 11-13, 12-10 after 87 minutes to secure a quarter-final berth against his older brother.

A third seed bit the dust when Australia's Scott Arnold defeated Dick Lau, the No4 seed from Hong Kong, 11-5, 12-10, 11-6.