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Hedrick Flourishes In Phoenix

Phoenix Open 2013
05-10 Nov, Tempe, Usa, $10k
Round One
07 Nov
08 Nov
09 Nov
10 Nov
[1] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
8/11, 11/7., 8/11, 11/7, 11/4
Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (Pak)
Rex Hedrick
11-9, 11-7, 11-5 (70m)
Mohamed Elsherbini
Rex Hedrick
11-5, 11-5, 9-11, 9-11, 7-1 ret. (100m)
Tayyab Aslam
Rex Hedrick
11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (120m)
Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari
Joe Chapman (Bvi)
11/7 rtd
Mohamed Elsherbini (Egy)
David Letourneau (Can)
11/7, 3/11, 11/8, 11/7
[Q] Shahjahan Khan (Pak)
Shahjahan Khan
12-10, 5-11, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10 (115m)
Tayyab Aslam
Tayyab Aslam (Pak)
11/5 rtd
[3] Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)
[4] Andrew Schnell (Can)
11/, 13/11, 11/9
Aqib Hanif (Pak)
Aqib Hanif
11-1, 11-5, 11-8
Nicholas Sachvie
Nicholas Sachvie
12-10, 11-3, 11-5
Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari
Hernan D'Arcangelo (Arg)
11/6, 12/10, 11/7
Nicholas Sachvie (Can)
Reuben Phillips (Eng)
11/9, 11/6, 11/8
[Q] Robert Downer (Eng)
Robert Downer
11-3, 11-9, 11-8
Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari
[Q] Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari (Pak)
11/9, 11/7, 7/11, 11/6
[2] Farhan Zaman (Pak)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Phoenix Open, Tempe, USA

Hedrick Flourishes In Phoenix

After becoming the sole seed to survive the first round of the Phoenix Open in Tempe in the US state of Arizona, Australian Rex Hedrick continued all the way through to the winner's podium after beating Pakistan's Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari in the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Life Time Fitness.

The top seed from Melbourne was taken the full distance in the semi-finals before overcoming unseeded Pakistani Tayyab Aslam in a 100-minute marathon.

The other semi was a surprise clash between two qualifiers - with Bukhari emerging victorious after seeing off Canadian Nicholas Sachvie in straight games to reach the first Tour final of his career.

"The first game lasted nearly an hour with 80 to 100 shot rallies making it hard to play winners on a hot and bouncy court," reported tournament director Andre Maur. "Hedrick seemed to be the more patient player and won the first game 11-9.

"The second game was a Hitchcock with every rally played to the full limit. This game had it all, lets strokes, blocking, arguments with the ref, but at the end Hedrick came through with a clear stroke at 10-9 to win the second game.

"Both players came out of the blocks for the third and eventually Bukhari was feeling the Aussie's hard and tight pace to take a comfortable lead of 8-5 before closing the deal at 11-7 to win his first Phoenix Open."

The win marks the eighth PSA Tour title of Hedrick's career - and his third this year.

Presentation picture includes Hedrick (third from right); Bukhari (second from left); and Maur (far left)

Pakistanis Prevail In Phoenix

Tayyab Aslam and Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari are one match away from a shock all-Pakistani Phoenix Open final after claiming unexpected semi-final berths in the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Life Time Fitness in Tempe in the US state of Arizona.

Aslam survived a marathon quarter-final against fellow countryman Shahjahan Khan, a qualifier. The 17-year-old from Lahore fought back from 2/1 down to win 12-10, 5-11, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10 after 115 minutes.

"Both players collapsed after their games from exhaustion and cramps," said tournament director Andre Maur.

In the other half of the draw, Bukhari beat fellow qualifier Robert Downer of England 11-3, 11-9, 11-8.

Hedrick Sole Seed Survivor In Phoenix

In a remarkable opening round of the Phoenix Open - in which all four qualifiers prevailed - Australia's Rex Hedrick emerged as the only seed to reach the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Life Time Fitness in Tempe in the US state of Arizona.

And even top seed Hedrick, the world No 67 from Melbourne, had to fight back from 2/1 down to overcome Pakistan's Muhammad Saqib Yousaf 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4.

The biggest upset was provided by 19-year-old qualifier Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari who despatched second seed and fellow Pakistani Farhan Zaman - ranked more than 50 places higher - 11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6.

Tayyab Aslam and Aqib Hanif - both unseeded - provided further unexpected Pakistani success. Aslam, a 17-year-old from Lahore, prevailed when South Africa's No 3 seed Clinton Leeuw was forced to retire after just one game, suffering a with a groin strain.

Hanif, also from Lahore, upset Canada's fourth seed Andrew Schnell 11-7, 13-11, 11-9.