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Golan Wins Biggest Title In Winnipeg

Manitoba Open 2012
13-18 Mar, Winnipeg, Canada, $35k
Round One
15 Mar
16 Mar
17 Mar
18 Mar
[1] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
11/5, 11/7, 3/11, 11/7 (75m)
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
Laurens Jan Anjema
11/2, 11/7, 11/8 (40m)
Raphael Kandra
Laurens Jan Anjema
11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (52m)
Tom Richards
Laurens Jan Anjema
11-4, 11-5, 11-1 (42m)
Borja Golan
Martin Knight (Nzl)
3/2 (75m)
[Q] Raphael Kandra (Ger)
Alan Clyne (Sco)
9/11, 11/4, 11/6, 11/5 (35m)
[Q] Anthony Graham (Eng)
Alan Clyne
11/7, 11/7, 11/5 (35m)
Tom Richards
[3] Tom Richards (Eng)
 6/11, 11/6, 11/5, 11/4 (35m)
Jan Koukal (Cze)
[4] Borja Golan (Esp)
12/10, 11/1, 4/11, 11/6 (60m)
[Q] Steve Finitsis (Aus)
Borja Golan
11/6, 11/4, 11/9 (42m)
Jonathan Kemp
Borja Golan
11-3, 11-8, 11-6 (50m)
Cameron Pilley
Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
11/9, 11/6, 11/6 (42m)
Thomas Brinkman (Can)
[LL] Adrew Schnell (Can)
11/8, 11/5, 11/8 (60m)
[Q] Shawn Delierre (Can)
Shawn Delierre
11/6, 9/11, 14/12, 11/5 (75m)
Cameron Pilley
Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
9/11, 11/9, 11/8, 11/7 (75m)
[2] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
RESULTS: PSA International 35 Winnipeg Building and Decorating Ltd Manitoba Open, Winnipeg, Canada

Golan Wins Biggest Title In Winnipeg

Spain's Borja Golan celebrated the biggest squash title of his career when he upset top seed Laurens Jan Anjema in the final of the Winnipeg Building and Decorating Ltd Manitoba Open, the PSA World Tour International 35 event in its ninth successive year at Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club in Winnipeg, Canada.

The 42-minute 11-4, 11-5, 11-1 victory over the world No9 from the Netherlands - his second triumph over a higher-ranked opponent in 24 hours - emphatically marks Golan's comeback from a career-threatening knee injury which took the Spaniard out of the game for eight months two years ago.

"My game plan was to try and get a lead in each game so that LJ couldn't gain confidence in his attacking shots," explained the former world No10, currently ranked just outside the top 20.

"I also did a very good job of getting LJ out of the T and keep control of it myself.

"The greatest thing that I was proud of was my concentration," added the 29-year-old from Santiago de Compostela. "I was able to stay focused all the way through the match and especially at the end of each game.

"This was a very good match for me and a very good win," exclaimed Golan, whose PSA Tour title tally has now risen to 26.

A despondent Anjema tweeted later: "Lost badly in the final today. This is not how you want to play a final. You don't want to be flat vs the hurricane. Congrats to BG!"

Borja Barges Into Winnipeg Final

Spain's Borja Golan grabbed a surprise place in the final of the Winnipeg Building and Decorating Ltd Manitoba Open after upsetting second seed Cameron Pilley in the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour International 35 squash event in its ninth successive year at Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club in Winnipeg, Canada.

The final will feature two players looking for a second title in Winnipeg - fourth seed Golan, the 2008 champion, and top seed Laurens Jan Anjema, the Dutchman who won the trophy in 2010.

It was a match too far for Pilley, the 2005 champion from New South Wales who endured two 75-minute marathons en-route to the last four.

Golan, the former world No10 from Santiago de Compostela, was too strong for Australia's world No15, beating Pilley 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 in 50 minutes to clock up his 35th appearance in a PSA Tour final.

"Lost to Hurricane Golan today 3-0," tweeted the tired Aussie overnight. "Body is done, time to recharge for Montreal."

Anjema, the world No9 from The Hague, stopped Tom Richards, the third seed from England. Taking two minutes longer than the Spaniard, Anjema despatched the world No20 11-5, 11-6, 11-5.

The seven-time Dutch national champion is celebrating the 29th Tour final appearance of his career - but his first meeting with Golan since December 2008.

It will be the pair's seventh Tour clash, with their head-to-head tally poised at three wins apiece.

But it was the lower-ranked Spaniard who emerged triumphant in their three most recent meetings - and Golan was also successful in all three Tour finals in which he competed last year.

Pilley Survives Second Manitoba Marathon

Australia's world No15 Cameron Pilley survived his second successive 75-minute marathon in the Winnipeg Building and Decorating Ltd Manitoba Open before claiming his anticipated place in the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour International 35 squash event in its ninth successive year at Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club in Winnipeg, Canada

After battling past experienced Egyptian Mohammed Abbas, a former world No13, in the first round, second seed Pilley was again taken to four games by determined qualifier Shawn Delierre before extinguishing Canadian interest in the event by beating the 29-year-old from Montreal 11-6, 9-11, 14-12, 11-5.

The tall 29-year-old from New South Wales, back in Winnipeg for the first time since winning the title in 2005, now faces fourth seed Borja Golan for a place in the final.

2008 champion Golan, the top-ranked Spaniard, defeated England left-hander Jonathan Kemp 11-6, 11-4, 11-9.

"Managed another 3-1 win tonight," tweeted Pilley overnight. "Playing my room mate 'Hurricane Golan' in the semis tomorrow afternoon. Should be a battle!"

The other semi-final will also be the clash predicted by the draw, between favourite Laurens Jan Anjema, the 2010 champion, and third seed Tom Richards.

Anjema, the seven-time Dutch national champion, ended qualifier Raphael Kandra's impressive Winnipeg run, beating the 21-year-old German 11-2, 11-7, 11-8.

The world No9 from The Hague was also quick to report his Manitoba win on Twitter: "Beat Kandra 3-0 today," wrote Anjema. "The guy is lightning fast in the front that's for sure! Tomo semis against mr Richards, Tom Richards."

Englishman Richards, the 25-year-old world No20, survived an all-British encounter - defeating newly-crowned Scottish champion Alan Clyne 11-7, 11-7, 11-5.