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03/12/2012
EDMONTON OPEN 2012
 

Shaun Shakes Off Coleman In Edmonton Final

Edmonton Open 2012
27 Nov - 02 Dec, Canada, $15k
Round One
29 Nov
Quarters
30 Nov
Semis
01 Dec
Final
02 Dec
[2] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
11-8, 6-11, 11-4, 11-1 (32m)
Dane Sharp (Can)
Dane Sharp
8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6 (85m)
Shaun Le Roux
Shaun Le Roux
11-6, 7-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-4 (88m)
Steven Finitsis
Shaun Le Roux
11-5, 12-10, 11-5 (44m)
Ben Coleman
Shaun Le Roux (Rsa)
13-11, 11-5, 11-8 (44m)
[Q] Geoffrey Demont (Fra)
Andrew Schnell (Can)
11-4, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9 (41m)
[Q] Declan James (Eng)
Declan James
11-8, 11-4, 11-7
Steven Finitsis
[4] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-3 (81m)
Steven Finitsis(Aus)
Danish Atlas Khan (Pak)
11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 11-8 (47m)
[3] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
Matthew Karwalski
11-3, 12-10, 11-3
Ben Coleman
Ben Coleman
5-11, 9-11, 12-10, 13-11, 11-7 (71m)
Farhan Zaman
Gonzalo Miranda (Arg)
11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (33m)
[Q] Ben Coleman (Eng)
Farhan Zaman (Pak)
11-3, 11-5, 11-6 (22m)
[Q] Fred Reid (Can)
Farhan Zaman
8-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-7, 11-8
Semi-finals:

Zac Alexander
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
7-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 (54m)
[1] Zac Alexander (Aus)

Shaun Shakes Off Coleman In Edmonton Final

Qualifier Ben Coleman's brave run in the ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open came to an end when the Englishman lost in straight games to South African Shaun le Roux in the final of the PSA Challenger 15 squash event in its fifth successive year at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton, Canada.

Both players reached the final after marathon semi-final battles - Le Roux needing 88 minutes to see off Australian Steven Finitsis, and Coleman overcoming Pakistan's Farhan Zaman in 71 minutes.

But Le Roux, the Cape Town-born world No81, had the upper hand in the final - beating his 21-year-old opponent, ranked outside the world top 100, 11-5, 12-10, 11-5 in 44 minutes.

"It was a great finale to the tournament, but Shaun just had control of the match," said tournament organiser Jeff Williams. "Ben played great after playing a total of two qualifying matches and three main round matches prior to the final. Shaun just had more speed and power to defeat Ben."

Coleman was delighted with his Edmonton experience: "Unfortunately lost out in the final tonight! Gave it everything I had left out there," tweeted the Essex man. "Had a fantastic week.. My body now needs rest!!

"Best crowd I've had the pleasure to play in front of here," added Coleman later. "#Edmonton look forward to my return! Appreciate the support a lot."

The triumph marks the seventh PSA Tour title of Le Roux's career - and his third this year.

Qualifier Coleman Crashes Into
Edmonton Climax

English qualifier Ben Coleman produced a series of stunning displays in the ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open to claim a place in the final of the PSA Challenger 15 squash event in its fifth successive year at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton, Canada.

The 21-year-old from Chelmsford in Essex made his breakthrough in the quarter-finals where he ousted Matthew Karwalski, the third-seeded Australian ranked more than 50 places higher.

Ranked 117 in the world, Coleman then faced Farhan Zaman, an unseeded Pakistani who had despatched favourite Zac Alexander in the quarters.

Higher-ranked Zaman opened up a two-game lead in the semi - but courageous Coleman struck back to clinch a mighty 5-11, 9-11, 12-10, 13-11, 11-7 victory after 71 minutes.

The delighted Englishman tweeted later: "Couldn't be happier right about now!! That's why I love the sport so much! Into the final here in #Edmonton tomorrow, won 3-2!!"

Now in his third PSA Tour final - and looking for his maiden title - Coleman will face another unseeded opponent.

In a semi-final battle lasting 88 minutes, South African Shaun le Roux defeated Australian Steven Finitsis 11-6, 7-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-4.

With two Tour title triumphs already this year, Le Roux is celebrating the 11th final of his career.
 

English Qualifiers Prevail In Edmonton

English qualifiers Declan James and Ben Coleman led a flurry of upsets in the opening round of the ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open in Canada which will leave only two seeds contesting the quarter-finals of the PSA Challenger 15 squash event in its fifth successive year at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton.

James defeated local hope Andrew Schnell 11-4, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9, while in the other half of the draw Coleman needed only three games to despatch Argentina's Gonzalo Miranda 11-5, 11-3, 11-3.

"Very pleased to get a 3-1 win tonight, miles better than yesterday," tweeted James later. "Looking forward to the quarters now tomorrow!"

However, there was surprise local success when wild card Dane Sharp took out second-seeded Mexican Arturo Salazar 11-8, 6-11, 11-4, 11-1.

"What a great start of the main round of the ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open!" exclaimed the club's Head Squash Professional Jeff Williams after Sharp's upset.

An all-Australian clash saw the exit of fourth seed Rex Hedrick. In an 81-minute battle at the end of the day, Steven Finitsis emerged victorious 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-3.

"The final match of the evening between Finitsis and Hedrick was a great finale to the round of 16," added Williams.