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Home Hero Illingworth Flourishes In Florida

Florida State Open 2012
11/16 Dec, Boca Raton, USA, $10k
Round One
13 Dec
14 Dec
15 Dec
16 Dec
[1] Julian Illingworth (Usa)
11/7, 11/5, 11/9 (37m)
Thomas Brinkman (Can)
Julian Illingworth
12-10, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 (54m)
Erik Tepos
Julian Illingworth
11-8, 6-11, 11-6,
Clinton Leeuwhome
Julian Illingworth
11/3 9/11 11/9 11/7
Peter Creed
Erik Tepos
11/8, 11/4, 11/7 (47m)
Steve London
Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)
6/11, 11/8, 11/8, 8/11, 14/12 (95m)
[Q] Chris Binnie (Jam(
Clinton Leeuw
11-5, 11-2, 12-10 (39m)Yasir Butt
[4] Yasir Butt (Pak)
5/11, 11/9, 11/5, 11/5 (42m)
[Q] Tom Pashley (Eng)
Peter Creed (Wal)
13/11, 11/7, 11/5 (31m)
Fred Reid (Can)
Peter Creed
 11-4, 7-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8 (70m)
 Scott Arnold
Peter Creed
13-11, 5-11, 12-10,
4-11, 11-5 (61m)

Alfredo Avila
Farhan Zaman (Pak)
 11/9, 11/8, 11/7 (40m)
 Scott Arnold (Aus)
Alfredo Avila (Mex)
11/7, 11/9, 11/5 (37m)
[Q] Mike McCue (Can)
Alfredo Avila
11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 4-10, 11-5 (89m)
 Shawn Delierre
[Q] Paul Rawden (Eng)
11/1, 11/4, 14/12
[2] Shawn Delierre (Can)

Home Hero Illingworth Flourishes In Florida

Julian Illingworth, the sole US entrant in the main draw of the Betty F Griffin Memorial Florida State Open, produced the perfect home result by winning the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Lifetime Athletic Club in Boca Raton, USA.

The top-seeded 28-year-old from New York reached the 19th Tour final of his career when he beat unseeded South African Clinton Leeuw in the semi-finals.

In the other semi, fourth-seeded Welshman Peter Creed denied 2010 champion Alfredo Avila a second appearance in the final after coming through a 61-minute five-game marathon against the 21-year-old Mexican.

The final was one of the longest matches of the championship, but record eight-time US champion Illingworth edged through to beat Welsh champion Creed - celebrating his fourth final of the year - 11-3, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6 in 70 minutes.

The triumph marks the ninth Tour title of Illingworth's career - but his fourth this year.

Leeuw Outlasts Binnie In Florida Marathon

South African Clinton Leeuw had to survive a 95-minute first round marathon in the Betty F Griffin Memorial Florida State Open before claiming his place in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Lifetime Athletic Club in Boca Raton, USA.

The Cape Town-born 30-year-old beat Jamaican qualifier Christopher Binnie 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 14-12.

"The match between Leeuw and Binnie was spectacular," said event spokesman Kevin Jullion. "Lots of tough points and athleticism on display. Leeuw was very focused throughout and Binnie showed a great deal of grit in levelling the match at two-all - coming back from a score of 4-8 in the fourth game, and ultimately winning that game 11-8.

"That was a pre-cursor to the fifth game, as the two traded off several match points but were unable to close out. Finally, at 12-13 with a an overhead forehand volley nick attempt Binnie tried to extend the match still further but the shot clipped the top of the tin to end it."

Unseeded Leeuw, ranked 95 in the world, will now take on Yasir Ali Butt, the third seed from Pakistan who beat English qualifier Tom Pashley 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5.

But Farhan Zaman, the 19-year-old world No93, failed to join compatriot Butt in the last eight - going down 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 to lower-ranked Australian Scott Arnold.

"First upset win of season in the last tourn before xmas," tweeted Arnold later. "Didn't need another reason to love Florida but I'll take it!"

US interest in the event is being led by top seed Julian Illingworth. The record eight-time US champion beat Canadian Thomas Brinkman 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 and will now face Mexican Erik Tepos Valtierra for a place in the semi-finals.