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Knight Celebrates The GoodLife In Ottawa

Goodlife Open 2013
07-10 Nov, Ottawa, Canada, $10k
Round One
[1] Martin Knight (Nzl)
 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 in 28
Adrian Dudzicki (Can)
Martin Knight
11-4, 11-6, 11-9 (38m)
Tom Ford
Martin Knight
11-8, 11-4, 11-2 (38m)
Dane Sharp
Martin Knight
11-8, 13-11, 6-0 ret. (39m)
Danish Atlas Khan
Tom Ford (Eng)
11-9, 11-8, 11-8 in 42
James Earles (Eng)
Fred Reid (Can)
14-12, 11-4, 13-11 (31m)
Geoffrey Demont (Fra)
Geoffrey Demont
10-12, 11-5, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8 (72m)
Dane Sharp
Matthew Serediak (Can)
11-6,11-4, 12-10 (35m)
[3] Dane Sharp (Can)
[4] Eric Galvez (Mex)
 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 in 38
Justin Beard (Aus)
Eric Galvez
4-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (49m)
Mike Harris
Eric Galvez
8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-2 (54m)
Danish Atlas Khan
Mike McCue (Can)
4-11, 11-4 13-11, 13-11 (70m)
Mike Harris (Eng)
Scott Arnold (Aus)
 11-6, 11-8,11-6 (25m)
 Thomas Brinkman (Can)
Scott Arnold
11-8, 5-11, 11-5, 11-8 (52m)
Danish Atlas Khan
Steve London (Eng)
11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5  (55m)
[2] Danish Atlas Khan (Pak)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 GoodLife Open, Ottawa, Canada

Knight Celebrates The GoodLife In Ottawa

After finishing as runner-up last year, New Zealander Martin Knight went one better this year by winning the GoodLife Open in the Canadian capital Ottawa, where he beat Pakistan's Danish Atlas Khan in the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its ninth year at GoodLife Fitness.

Knight, the top seed from Auckland, reached the final without dropping a game all week - whilst second seed Khan, a 19-year-old from Peshawar, was taken to four games in all his battles en-route to the climax.

"The first game saw the players trading points, Danish keeping it close with a very focused Martin," explained tournament promoter Heather Wallace. "Danish however was not able to sustain his good play, Martin finishing strong, taking the first game 11-8.

"The second game again was close, with Danish winning most of his points from the backhand side, however his backhand was also his undoing as he made many errors to the front left of the court. Towards the end of the second game, Danish lost some composure when he tied the game 9-9, then thought he won the next rally to get to game ball, but was denied when a let was played over one of his pickups.

"Knight was as focused as ever at this crucial point in the second game: He kept the pressure on, Danish again hit two backhand short errors to give the game to Martin 13-11.

"The loss of the second game definitely had an effect on Danish and at 6-0 down in the third he retired with a shin problem which resulted from an awkward front court pick up earlier on in the match."

The win marks the fifth PSA World Tour title of Knight's career - and the 29-year-old's second in the past three months.

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Knight Back For Revenge In Ottawa

Top seed Martin Knight has reached the final of the GoodLife Open for the second year in a row - and will hoping to make up for the disappointment of a runner-up finish last year when he takes on No 2 seed Danish Atlas Khan in the climax of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its ninth year at GoodLife Fitness in the Canadian capital Ottawa.

The 29-year-old world No 50 from New Zealand took just 38 minutes to end Canadian interest in the event by beating third seed Dane Sharp 11-8, 11-4, 11-2.

"The players traded points in the first game which was close with long rallies," said tournament promoter Heather Wallace. "Dane lost patience midway through the second game with three errors in quick succession, which gave Martin a good lead.

"He capitalised on this and took the second game. Dane started to tire in the third, with Martin running out the third game easily."

Teenager Khan, the world No 73 from Peshawar, denied Eric Galvez a third appearance in the final since 2006 when he beat the fourth-seeded Mexican 8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-2 in 54 minutes.

"The first game was very chippy," Wallace reported. "But from the second game onwards Danish picked up the pace, taking the ball much earlier - forcing Galvez to scramble for the remainder of the match."

Knight and Khan will be celebrating their first Tour meeting. The Kiwi is marking his fourth Tour final in the past three months - and the 12th of his career - while 19-year-old Khan is celebrating his third final appearance since September and the ninth of his career.

Seeds Make GoodLife Semis

All four seeds safely secured their places in the semi-finals of the GoodLife Open after contrasting quarter-final successes in the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its ninth year at GoodLife Fitness in the Canadian capital Ottawa.

Mexican Eric Galvez took a step closer to a third appearance in the final since 2006 when he beat England's Michael Harris 4-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6.

A number of unforced errors early in the match cost fourth seed Galvez the first game. "Mike came out playing very well and forced me to work harder in the remainder of the match to win it," said the 30-year-old from Puebla later.

Galvez now faces Pakistan's Danish Atlas Khan after the No 2 seed from Peshawar removed Australia's Scott Arnold 11-8, 5-11, 11-5, 11-8.

Canada's Dane Sharp took home interest into the last four after seeing off Frenchman Geoffrey Demont. But the No 3 seed from Toronto was stretched for 72 minutes - and twice had to come from behind before overcoming Demont 10-12, 11-5, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8.

"I had to fight hard to close the court down against Geoffrey since his volleys were killing me, sending me all over the court," admitted 27-year-old Sharp later. "I started to play much higher, then attack."

Sharp's next opponent will be last year's runner-up Martin Knight. The top-seeded New Zealander, ranked 50 in the world, was too experienced for Thomas Ford, beating the English teenager 11-4, 11-6, 11-9.

Dane Delivers Home Hopes In Ottawa

Dane Sharp led home hopes through to the quarter-finals of the GoodLife Open after dismissing compatriot Matthew Serediak in the first round of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event in its ninth year at GoodLife Fitness in the Canadian capital Ottawa.

The 27-year-old from Toronto beat 29-year-old Serediak 11-6, 11-4, 12-10 and will now face France's Geoffrey Demont for a place in the semi-finals.

Top seed Martin Knight - who stopped Sharp in the opening round last year - also secured a straight games success, beating Canadian wild card Adrian Dudzicki 11-6, 11-5, 11-8.

The New Zealander, runner-up 12 months ago, now meets Thomas Ford, the 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 winner of an all-English clash with James Earles.

Fourth-seeded Mexican Eric Galvez successfully began his bid to reach a third GoodLife final since 2006 with an 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 victory over Australian Justin Beard.

The No 4 seed from Puebla now faces Englishman Michael Harris. In a clash described by tournament promoter Heather Wallace as "undoubtedly, the match of the day", Harris beat higher-ranked Canadian Michael McCue 4-11, 11-4, 13-11, 13-11 in 70 minutes.

"McCue came out of the blocks fast, taking advantage over Harris's loose and error-prone play in the first game, winning it 11-4," reported Wallace. "The tables turned in the second when Harris found better length & became more aggressive in his play taking the ball earlier and into the front court much better.

"In the third game, Harris blew a 9-3 lead, allowing McCue back into the game, but with a lot more work, eventually winning the third, 13-11. The fourth game was a much more conservative affair with both players trading points and playing patient length, again Harris squeaking it out, 13-11, to take the match 3/1 in 70 minutes."