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Delierre Survives Historic Capital Marathon

National Capital Open 2013
09-12 Jan, Washington, $15k

Round One
09 Jan
10 Jan
11 Jan
12 Jan
[1] Shahier Razik (Can)
11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (35m)
Joe Chapman (Ivb)
Shahier Razik
11-7, 11-8, 11-3 (35m)
Yasir Butt
Shahier Razik
11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (60m)
Shawn Delierre
Shawn Delierre
11-13, 12-10, 14-12, 4-11, 14-12 (157m)
Adrian Waller
Cesar Salazar (Mex
11-8, 11-8, 11-4
Yasir Butt (Pak)
Shawn Delierre (Can)
14-12, 11-7, 11-8 (30m)
Lekgotla Mosope (Bot)
Shawn Delierre
11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 12-10 (114m)
Campbell Grayson
[3] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
11-7, 11-6, 11-4.
Peter Creed (Wal)
Farhan Zaman (Pak)
14-12, 11-2, 11-5
[4] Adrian Waller (Eng)
Adrian Waller
11-8, 11-9, 11-7
Mohamed Abouelghar
Adrian Waller
7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9 (56m)
Omar Abdel Meguid
Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
9/11, 11/1, 11/8, 11/2
Arturo Salazar (Mex)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
11-6,15-13,11-9 (62m)
Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
Omar Abdel Meguid
8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7 (120m)
Ali Anwar Reda
Dane Sharp (Can)
11-9, 10-12, 11-5, 11-9 (68m)
[2] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)

Delierre Survives Historic Capital Marathon

It took the longest recorded squash match for more than 30 years to decide the Squash Revolution National Capital Open Presented by Oliver title when Canadian Shawn Delierre beat England's Adrian Waller in two hours and 37 minutes, surviving a battle which went the full distance and featured four tie-break games.

The fourth game of the climax of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 event in Washington DC alone lasted 44 minutes!

"Every rally of the match was hotly-contested - except when Delierre virtually conceded the fourth game after Waller had sped off to 9-3," explained tournament spokesman Hunt Richardson.

"In the fifth game Waller was up 7-5 and then he lost three points in a row, two of them via unforced errors. It was the only time the London native's focus lapsed after more than two hours of brutal rallies.

"Waller tied the score at 8-8 and saved two match balls to knot it at 10-10. The blue ribbon remained unclaimed at 11-11 and 12-12. But the fleet Canadian, literally trembling from exhaustion during the last quarter-hour of this battle, never broke. Delierre willed himself through to seal the game and match 14-12, a heroic feat of mind over body!

"Real gladiator stuff," added Richardson after the Canadian's historic 11-13, 12-10, 14-12, 4-11, 14-12 victory in 157 minutes.

The longest recorded match in the sport took place in 1983 - in the era of 'hand-in-hand-out' scoring - when legendary Pakistani Jahangir Khan beat Egyptian Gamal Awad 9-10, 9-5, 9-7, 9-2 in the 166-minute Chichester Festival final in England.

And, incredibly, it was Shawn Delierre in November 2008 who first claimed the longest match since the scoring system went to PAR (point-a-rally) to 11 points in September 2004 - in the semi-finals of the Baltimore Cup in Baltimore, USA, where he beat fellow countryman Shahier Razik in a 150-minute marathon.

And it was Razik who Delierre toppled in the Washington semi-final to make the National Capital Open climax!

Delierre Despatches Top Man In Washington

Canada's squash hierarchy has been turned on its head in the USA where Shawn Delierre despatched his country's top-ranked player Shahier Razik in the semi-finals of the Squash Revolution National Capital Open Presented by Oliver to secure an unexpected place in the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 event in Washington DC.

Delierre lost out to Razik in both the last two Canadian National Championship finals - but the unseeded 30-year-old from Montreal exacted his revenge south of the border by beating the event's top seed and world No35 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 in 60 minutes.

Now in the 17th Tour final of his career, Canadian number two Delierre will face Englishman Adrian Waller.

Fourth seed Waller, the world No39 from Enfield, ended the run of surprise semi-finalist Omar Abdel Meguid by beating the 24-year-old Egyptian 7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9 in 56 minutes.

Waller is celebrating the sixth final of his career - but his first for well over a year.

Marathon Man Meguid Makes Washington Semis

Unseeded Omar Abdel Meguid upset fellow Egyptian Mohd Ali Anwar Reda in the quarter-finals of the Squash Revolution National Capital Open Presented by Oliver - but it took a two hour marathon to the separate pair and take the unheralded 24-year-old from Giza through to the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event in Washington DC, USA.

"The first game had Reda marginally ahead throughout," said a spokesman for the event. "In the second, both players ran neck and neck till a couple of tins late in the game helped Omar close it out to equalise.

"Game three probably determined the outcome of the match: Reda had game balls at 10-6 up. A couple of nicks from Omar brought it to 10-8. Then the play got very muddy before Omar closed out the game 12-10 with a streak of six unanswered points."

Meguid saved two game-balls in the fourth before Reda, the No2 seed, finally drew level. The underdog raced to 10-4 in the decider and, after Reda saved three match-balls, it was Meguid who ultimately emerged triumphant 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7 in exactly 120 minutes.

Meguid, the world No54, now meets England's Adrian Waller for a place in the final. After winning the opener against Egypt's Mohamed Abouelghar, fourth seed Waller came back from 8-2 down in the second to take that game before closing out the match 11-8, 11-9, 11-7.

There was another marathon upset in the top half of the draw where Shawn Delierre beat third-seeded New Zealander Campbell Grayson 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 12-10 in 114 minutes to set up an all-Canadian semi with favourite Shahier Razik.

After the first two games were shared, unseeded Delierre charged ahead to 10-3, helped by the Kiwi's errors.

"In frustration (at game-ball), Grayson threw his racquet, for which he was penalised with a Conduct Stroke," said Andrew Strasfogel. "Game to Delierre 11-3."

Grayson twice led in the fourth, and had game-ball to force a decider. But Delierre held his nerve to secure his place in the last four.

The Canadian number two from Montreal now faces his country's number one, ranked just three places higher. Razik scored his second straight games win in a row, beating Pakistan's Yasir Ali Butt 11-7, 11-8, 11-3 in 35 minutes.


Abouelghar & Butt Boast Capital Gains

Egypt's Mohamed Abouelghar and Pakistani Yasir Ali Butt recorded upsets over Mexico's Salazar twins to secure unexpected places in the quarter-finals of the Squash Revolution National Capital Open Presented by Oliver, thePSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event in Washington DC, USA.

Teenager Abouelghar, the world No77 from Cairo, recovered from a game down to topple Arturo Salazar, ranked three places higher, 9-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-4.

It was in the top half of the draw that Cesar Salazar tumbled out - the world No53 beaten 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 by Butt, the world No75 from Lahore.

Butt goes on to face Shahier Razik, the top seed from Canada. Leading North American interest in the championship, Razik defeated Joe Chapman, of the British Virgin Islands, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.

Abouelghar faces Adrian Waller in the next round after the fourth seed from England beat Pakistan's Farhan Zaman 14-12, 11-2, 11-5.

Victory by 19-year-old Abouelghar over Waller, ranked 39 in the world, would ensure an Egyptian finalist.