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23/09/2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE OPEN 2013
 

Third Time Lucky For Knight In Charlottesville

Charlottesville Open 2013
19-22 Sep, Charlottesville, Usa, $10k
19 Sep 20 Sep 21 Sep 22 Sep
[1] Julian Illingworth (Usa)
11/6, 11/13, 12/10, 3/11, 11/8
Abdullah Al Tamimi (Qat)
Abdullah Al Tamimi
11-7, 11-9, 2-11, 11-9
Clinton Leeuw
Abdullah Al Tamimi
7-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-8
Charles Sharpes
Charles Sharpes
10-12, 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (98m)
Martin Knight
Geoffrey Demont (Fra)
11/8, 14/12, 11/13, 15/13
Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)
Paul Coll (Nzl)
11/3, 11/5, 11/9
Fred Reid (Can)
Paul Coll
11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10
Charles Sharpes
Joe Chapman (Ivb)
11/5, 11/5, 11/5
[4] Charles Sharpes (Eng)
[3] Dan Sharpe (Can)
11/9, 6/11, 11/2, 11/4
Nathan Lake (Eng)
Dan Sharpe
8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5
Arthur Gaskin
Arthur Gaskin
12-10, 11-7, 11-3
Martin Knight
Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
11/0, 11/3, 11/2
Mike Lewis (Usa)
Johan Bouquet (Fra)
11/3, 11/9, 13/11
Syed Bukhari (Pak)
Syed Bukhari
9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-3
Martin Knight
Thomas Brinkman (Can)
 11/8, 11/6, 11/8
[2] Martin Knight (Nzl)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 ilex construction Charlottesville Challenger, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Third Time Lucky For Knight In Charlottesville

After reaching his third PSA World Tour final this month, New Zealand's Martin Knight finally celebrated a first win when he beat England's Charles Sharpes in the final of the ilex construction Charlottesville Challenger, the inaugural PSA Challenger 10 squash event at McArthur Squash Center in Charlottesville in the US state of Virginia.

The No2 seed from Auckland dropped only one game en-route to the final - and immediately had to play catch-up as third seed Sharpes took the opener.

Knight, who arrived in Charlottesville after finishing as runner-up in PSA Tour events in New Zealand and Brazil earlier in the month, won the next two games to take the lead - but 21-year-old Sharpes fought back to force a decider.

It took 98 minutes for the title to be decided - 29-year-old Knight emerging the 10-12, 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 victor to claim the fourth Tour title of his career.

"Get in!!! Just won the Charlottesville Open," the jubilant Knight told his friends on Facebook. "My third final in 3 weeks, it was great to convert this time around!!"
 

Knight & Sharpes To Share Charlottesville Final

England's Charles Sharpes and New Zealander Martin Knight will contest the final of the ilex construction Charlottesville Challenger after surviving contrasting semi-finals in the inaugural PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at McArthur Squash Center in Charlottesville in the US state of Virginia.

Third seed Sharpes faced Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, the unseeded Qatari teenager who upset US favourite Julian Illingworth in the first round.

The 18-year-old from Doha took the opening two games before the London-born 21-year-old Sharpes asserted his authority on the encounter to take the next three to secure a 7-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 victory.

The win moves Sharpes into his second PSA Tour final of the year and the seventh of his career.

Second seed Knight, the New Zealand champion from Auckland, also faced an unseeded opponent. Ireland's Arthur Gaskin earned his surprise place in the last four after upsetting fourth-seeded Canadian Dane Sharp in the previous round.

But the 29-year-old Kiwi, ranked 53 in the world, was too strong for the Irishman, winning 12-10, 11-7, 11-3 to claim his third successive Tour final appearance this month - and the 11th of his career.
 

Gaskin Survives Charlottesville Challenge

Irishman Arthur Gaskin grabbed an unexpected place in the semi-finals of the ilex construction Charlottesville Challenger after upsetting fourth seed Dane Sharp in the inaugural PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at McArthur Squash Center in Charlottesville in the US state of Virginia.

The unseeded 28-year-old from Dublin came from two games down to beat Sharp, ranked 12 places higher in the world, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5.

Gaskin now faces Martin Knight, the No2 seed from New Zealand who ended Pakistani Syed Ali Mujtaba Shah Bokhari's run, beating the 17-year-old 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-3.

Qatari teenager Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi continued his mighty run by beating South Africa's Clinton Leeuw 11-7, 11-9, 2-11, 11-9.

The 18-year-old from Doha, who produced a major first round shock when he ousted top seed Julian Illingworth, now takes on third seed Charles Sharpes after the Englishman defeated Kiwi Paul Coll 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10.
 

Teen Al Tamimi Takes Out Top Seed

Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, an 18-year-old from Doha playing his first PSA World Tour event since becoming the first ever Qatari to reach the semi-finals of the World Junior Squash Championships in July, made a massive statement in senior circles when he toppled top seed Julian Illingworth in the opening round of the ilex construction Charlottesville Challenger, the inaugural PSA Challenger 10 event at McArthur Squash Center in Charlottesville in the US state of Virginia.

The new professional world circuit event is commemorating the opening of the new McArthur Squash Center at Boar's Head Sports Club - a $12.4 million facility which boasts nine singles courts, two doubles courts and 'state-of-the-art features that cannot be found anywhere else', according to one of the consultants on the project.

Al Tamimi, ranked outside the world top 100, twice overcame leads by world No35 Illingworth before beating the eight-time US National champion 11-6, 11-13, 12-10, 3-11, 11-8 in his best ever win on the PSA Tour.

The Qatar teenager now faces Clinton Leeuw, an unseeded South African who beat Frenchman Geoffrey Demont 11-8, 14-12, 11-13, 15-13.

There was further unexpected success from a teenager when 17-year-old Syed Ali Mujtaba Shah Bokhari, a last-minute entry to the event after the withdrawal of one of the seeds, stunned France's Johan Bouquet 11-3, 11-9, 13-11.

The Pakistani youngster from Lahore now tests himself against second seed Martin Knight, the New Zealander ranked 53 in the world who beat Canadian Thomas Brinkman 11-8, 11-6, 11-8.