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Kandra Carries Off Houston Title

Champion Fiberglass Open 2013
08-13 Oct, Houston, Usa, $10k
Round One
10 Oct  15.00 - 20.15
11 Oct
12 Oct
13 Oct
[1] Martin Knight (Nzl)
 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (26m)
[Q] Cameron Stafford (Cay)
Martin Knight
11-7, 11-13, 8-11,
Declan James
Declan James
8-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4, 14-12
Clinton Leeuw
Clinton Leeuw
8-11, 11-8,
9-11, 9-11
Raphael Kandra
Fred Reid (Can)
1-5, 11-4, 11-7 (22m)
Declan James (Eng)
Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)
 11-9, 12-10, 11-6 (40m)
[Q] Syed Hamzah Bukhari (Pak)
Clinton Leeuw
11-6, 4-11, 11-4,
Arturo Salazar
[Q] Thomas Brinkman (Can)
 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10 (39m)
[4] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
[3] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
 5-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-4 (39m)
Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (Pak)
Cesar Salazar
13-11, 10-12, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5
Farhan Zaman
Cesar Salazar
11-5, 11-5, 11-4
Raphael Kandra
Farhan Zaman (Pak)
8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (34m)
[Q] Matthew Serediak (Can)
Raphael Kandra (Ger)
11-3, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7 (40m)
Aqib Hanif (Pak)
Raphael Kandra
11-4, 11-5, 9-11,
Andrew Wagih
Greg Lobban (Sco)
 8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8 (59m)
[2] Andrew Wagih (Egy)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Champion Fiberglass Open, Houston, Texas, USA

Kandra Carries Off Houston Title

Unseeded German Raphael Kandra disposed of two seeds in the Champion Fiberglass Open in the USA en-route to winning the inaugural PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Downtown Club at the Met in Houston, Texas.

The quarter-final round became a graveyard for all but one of the event's seeds - with England's Declan James taking top honours by defeating top-seeded New Zealander Martin Knight in a 91-minute marathon, to record one of the best wins of his career.

James endured another 91-minute encounter in the semis - but this time it was fellow non-seed Clinton Leeuw who prevailed, winning in five after a 14-12 final game.

Kandra, who ousted Egypt's No2 seed Andrew Wagih Shoukry in the quarter-finals, removed the final seed Cesar Salazar, the No3 seed from Mexico, in the other semi to set up the final against South African Leeuw.

Both players were celebrating their ninth PSA Tour final appearances - and after the first two games honours were shared.

But Kandra, the 22-year-old world No26 from Paderborn, justified his eight-position higher ranking than Leeuw by taking the next two games from the 31-year-old from Cape Town to clinch an 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9 title triumph in 50 minutes.

The win marks the fourth Tour title of Kandra's career - but his second in a row.

Houston Lift Off For Champion Fiberglass Seeds

New Zealand favourite Martin Knight led all four seeds safely through to the quarter-finals of the Champion Fiberglass Open, the inaugural PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Downtown Club at the Met in Houston, Texas, USA.

The 29-year-old from Auckland despatched Cayman Islands qualifier Cameron Stafford 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 and will now face England's Declan James for a place in the semi-finals.

But second seed Andrew Wagih Shoukry had a much tougher ride. The 23-year-old Egyptian, ranked 59 in the world, was taken the full distance by Greg Lobban before overcoming the Scot ranked 27 places lower 8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8.

Mexican twins Arturo Salazar and Cesar Salazar both survived four-game encounters. Fourth seed Arturo beat Canadian qualifier Thomas Brinkman while Cesar, the No3 seed, had to fight back from a game down to see off Pakistani Muhammad Saqib Yousaf 5-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-4.