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Farhan Fightback Reaps Chicago Glory

Chicago Open 2013
22/27 Oct, Chicago, Usa $10k
Round One
24 Oct 
25 Oct
26 Oct
27 Oct
[1] Martin Knight (Nzl)
11/6, 11/7, 11/8
[Q] Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (Pak)
Martin Knight
11-5, 11-9, 11-
Andrew Schnell
Martin Knight
10-12, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8
Farhan Zaman
Farhan Zaman
9-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-2, 8-4 ret. (55m)
Eric Galvez
Andrew Schnell (Can)
 12/10, 11/6, 11/4
David Letourneau (Can)
Mike McCue (Can)
11/5, 9/11, 11/3, 11/9
[Q] Karim El Hammamy (Egy)
Karim El Hammamy
11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7
Farhan Zaman
Karamatullah Khan (Pak)
 11/7, 12/10, 11/9
[3] Farhan Zaman (Pak)
[4] Eric Galvez (Mex)
11/9, 11/6, 11/3
[Q] Benjamin Fischer (Sui)
Eric Galvez
14-12, 5-11, 11-9, 15-13
Clinton Leeuw
Eric Galvez
12-10, 12-10, 12-10
Joan Lezaud
Fred Reid (Can)
 11/6, 11/8, 11/8
Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)
Lewis Walters (Eng)
11/7, 4/11, 6/11, 11/9, 11/6
[Q] Graeme Schnell (Can)
Graeme Schnel
11-9, 13-11, 4-11, 11-6
Joan Lezaud
Joan Lezaud (Fra)
11/6, 13/11, 11/7
[2] Danish Atlas Khan (Pak)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Chicago Open, Vernon Hills, Illinois, USA

Farhan Fightback Reaps Chicago Glory

From two games down in the final of the Chicago Open, Pakistan's Farhan Zaman staged the biggest fight-back of his career to win the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Life Time Athletic in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Third see Zaman, from Peshawar, faced 30-year-old Mexican Eric Galvez, the No4 seed.

Galvez, who survived three consecutive tie-break games to see off unseeded Frenchman Joan Lezaud in the semi-finals, took the opening two games.

But 20-year-old Zaman came back to draw level - and was leading 8-4 in the fifth when Galvez shook his hand, unable to compete after suffering a hamstring injury in the previous round.

"It was 55 minutes of gruelling squash and Farhan looked delighted to win his second title of the year - and is looking forward to playing the Phoenix Open, the fifth tournament of the Life Time Grand Prix Series," said Life Time Squash Tour Director Andre Maur.

"What a great moment for Farhan as he had the great Legend Jahangir Khan watching the final and winning the Chicago Open," added Maur.

The 9-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-2, 8-4 (ret.) triumph marks the third Tour title of Zaman's career.

Zaman, kneeling right, and Galvez are pictured with (standing) Franz Schwerer (Tournament Director), Tuey Connell, Anil Gidwaney (Sponsor), Jahangir Khan, Danielle Maur (National Squash Director for Life Time Fitness) and Andre Maur.

Zaman & Galvez Make Chicago Final

Pakistan's Farhan Zaman and Mexican Eric Galvez will line up in a surprise Chicago Open final after surviving tough semi-finals in the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Life Time Athletic in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Zaman, the third seed from Peshawar, dashed New Zealander Martin Knight's hopes of a fourth PSA Tour final appearance in two months when he fought back from a game down to upset the top seed 10-12, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8.

The 20-year-old world No71 is marking the sixth Tour final of his career.

Fourth seed Galvez ended unseeded Frenchman Joan Lezaud's impressive run in the event - but the seasoned 30-year-old from Puebla was taken to tie-breaks in all three games before emerging a 12-10, 12-10, 12-10 victor.

Galvez, a two-time Pan American champion and a former PanAm Games gold medallist, is celebrating the 24th of final of his career - and both he and Zaman will be appearing in the second finals of the year.

But whilst Zaman won the long-established CAS International on home soil last month, world No91 Galvez will be looking to pick up his first Tour title in more than two years.

Schnells Lose Chicago Shootouts

It was the end of the road for Andrew and Graeme Schnell in the Chicago Open in the USA when the Canadian brothers both fell in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Life Time Athletic in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Qualifier Graeme took a game from Frenchman Joan Lezaud but was unable to stop the 27-year-old from Aix-en-Provence winning 11-9, 13-11, 4-11, 11-6 to become the only unseeded player to make the semi-finals.

Lezaud goes on to face fourth seed Eric Galvez after the 30-year-old Mexican battled to a 14-12, 5-11, 11-9, 15-13 victory over higher-ranked South African Clinton Leeuw.

Andrew Schnell, the younger but higher-ranked of the Calgary siblings, met his match in top-seeded New Zealander Martin Knight. The world No47 from Auckland recorded his second straight games win in the event when he despatched 21-year-old Schnell 11-5, 11-9, 11-7.

Graeme Schnell (left) and Andrew Schnell pictured with Extended Stay Manager Beth Mikoley and Hotel sponsor Ashley

Knight will face Farhan Zaman for a place in the final after the third-seeded Pakistani ended qualifier Karim El Hammamy's run when he beat the 17-year-old Egyptian 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7.

Lezaud Licks Danish In Chicago Shake-Up

Unseeded Frenchman Joan Lezaud produced a significant upset in the first round of the Chicago Open when he upset second seed Danish Atlas Khan in straight games to secure an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Life Time Athletic in Vernon Hills, Illinois, USA.

The 27-year-old from Aix-en-Provence, ranked 114 in the world (pictured above with tournament organiser Franz Schwerer), defeated Khan, the world No75 from Pakistan, 11-6, 13-11, 11-7 to set up a last eight encounter with Canadian Graeme Schnell.

Qualifier Schnell, a 25-year-old from Calgary, booked a surprise place in the quarter-finals - alongside his younger brother Andrew Schnell - when he battled back from 2/1 down to overcome higher-ranked Englishman Lewis Walters 11-7, 4-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6.

Schnell junior, aged 21, claimed his anticipated place in the next round after seeing off fellow countryman David Letourneau 12-10, 11-6, 11-4.

"Pleased to get by Dave Letourneau 3-0 today," tweeted the world No98 later. "Now for the quarters against Martin (Knight)!"

New Zealander Martin Knight is the event's top seed. The world No47 from Auckland despatched Pakistan qualifier Muhammad Saqib Yousaf 11-6, 11-7, 11-8.

A notable upset took place in the top half of the draw where 17-year-old Egyptian qualifier Karim El Hammamy - the youngest and lowest-ranked player in the draw - defeated Canadian hope Michael McCue 11-5, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9.

Playing in only his second PSA Tour event since becoming the surprise winner of the World Junior Championship title in Poland in July, Cairo-based teenager El Hammamy now faces Pakistan's No3 seed Farhan Zaman for a place in the semi-finals.