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19/11/2013
TORONTO CUP 2013
 

Illingworth Captures Toronto Cup

Toronto Cup 2013
12-15 Nov, Toronto, Canada, $15k
Round One
12 Nov
Quarters
13 Nov
Semis
14 Nov
Final
15 Nov
[1] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7 (81m)
Shahier Razik (Can)
Karim Ali Fathi
6-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3 (74m)
Alfredo Avila
Alfredo Avila
11-8, 11-6, 16-14 (64m)
Julian Illingworth
Julian Illingworth
9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9 (75m)
Jonathan Kemp
Alfredo Avila (Mex)
11-9, 10-12, 12-10, 11-4
Lewis Walters (Eng)
Rex Hedrick (Aus)
12-10, 11-4, 11-5
Gonzalo Miranda (Arg)
Rex Hedrick
11-9, 11-5, 11-2 (56m)
Julian Illingworth
Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
11-6, 11-8, 11-6
[4] Julian Illingworth (Usa)
[3] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
11-8, 11-8, 11-5
Raphael Kandra (Ger)
Jonathan Kemp
11-9, 12-10 rtd
Danish Atlas Khan
Jonathan Kemp
11-6, 4-11, 11-4, 11-5 (47m)
Martin Knight
Danish Atlas Khan (Pak)
11-4, 9-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9
Scott Arnold (Aus)
Jens Schoor (Ger)
11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 7-11, 11-3
Dane Sharp (Can)
Jens Schoor
11-3, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7 (62m)
Martin Knight
 Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-4
[2] Martin Knight (Nzl)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 15 Squash Revolution Toronto Cup,
Toronto, Canada

Illingworth Captures Toronto Cup

US squash star Julian Illingworth claimed his first win over Jonathan Kemp for more than four years when he upset the third seed from England in a thrilling five-game final of the Squash Revolution Toronto Cup to clinch the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 title in Canada's largest city Toronto.

After matches were played in various venues across Toronto, the event reached its climax at the city's Badminton and Racquet Club.

"Jonathan came out very strong and took a close first game by using more variation and positive play to the front court," explained club spokesman Johnny Potmesil.

"Illingworth however came back strong and began to really stretch out the rallies working Jonathan all around the court. Despite amazing retrieval and some beautiful nicks, Julian's attrition and ability to absorb Jonathan's attacking play earned him the next two games for a 2/1 lead.

"Jonathan however was not done yet. Despite the amount of retrieval and hard work of the last two games, Kemp came out very aggressively taking every ball much earlier and taking the ball in short at will! His aggressive volleying and front court game proved too much and Kemp takes the fourth 2/2!!

"The decider was a close affair with Julian playing some relentless length, forcing errors out of Kemp's racquet for an early 5-3 lead. Kemp however responds with more fierce drops and nicks and brings it level to 7-7. After some incredibly long rallies which caused gasps from the crowd the game was tied at nine-all.

"A tired error then gave Julian match ball and after a succession of lets Julian takes the match 11-9 celebrating his third PSA title of the year. What a brilliant tight match and amazing squash from both competitors!"

The win marks the 12th PSA World Tour title of eight-time US champion Illingworth's career - and his first win over Kemp since March 2009.

Kemp & Illingworth In Triple Title Bid In Toronto

Jonathan Kemp and Julian Illingworth will each be bidding for a third PSA World Tour title this year when they meet in the final of the Squash Revolution Toronto Cup, the PSA Challenger 15 squash event in Canada's largest city Toronto.

Kemp, the No 3 seed from England, extended his unbeaten run against Martin Knight when he upset the second-seeded New Zealander 11-6, 4-11, 11-4, 11-5 in 47 minutes in the semi-finals at the Toronto Badminton & Racquet Club.

Fourth seed Illingworth carried North American interest through to the final when he ended young Mexican Alfredo Avila's run. The 22-year-old from Mexico City had ousted top-seeded Egyptian Karim Ali Fathi in a five-game quarter-final thriller.

But eight-time US champion Illingworth was too strong for the unseeded Mexican - finally overcoming world No 56 Avila 11-8, 11-6, 16-14 after 64 minutes.

Kemp, the world No 45 from Ipswich in the English county of Suffolk, is celebrating his 19th Tour final, whilst world No 48 New Yorker Illingworth is marking his 22nd.

The final will be the pair's first Tour meeting for more than two years - but their fifth since 2009, with Kemp currently leading the head-to-head count 3/1.

Avila Foils Fathi In Toronto Tussle

Unseeded Mexican Alfredo Avila caused the biggest possible upset in the Squash Revolution Toronto Cup when he ousted top seed Karim Ali Fathi to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event being played across various venues in Canada's largest city Toronto.

It was at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club that Avila, a 22-year-old from Mexico City, recovered from two games down to beat Egypt's world No 41 Ali Fathi in a match described by the club's Squash Professional Mark Porter as "a high-paced marathon".

"Karim dictated the play at the start of the match," said Porter. "He was hitting the ball with devastating pace and moving Alfredo around the court with ease. But the young Avila put on an amazing display of retrieving and routinely forced Karim to play more shots per rally than he wanted to.

"After dropping the first two games it appeared that Avila's ability to extend rallies was paying off as his opponent was starting to slow down," continued the club spokesman. "Avila seemed to be getting faster as the match wore on and was able to take the next two games. In the fifth Avila raced off to a 5-0 lead and never looked back, successfully completing his comeback and booking a spot in the semis."

The 6-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3 victory in 74 minutes takes the world No 56 through to meet fourth seed Julian Illingworth.

In a battle also contested at the same club, eight-time US champion Illingworth, ranked 48 in the world, defeated Australian Rex Hedrick 11-9, 11-5, 11-2 in 56 minutes.

The two players in the other semi made their quarter-final journeys in somewhat contrasting styles: Martin Knight, the second seed from New Zealand, fought for more than an hour to see off rising German star Jens Schoor 11-3, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7, while third-seeded Englishman Jonathan Kemp was handed victory after just two games when Pakistan's Danish Atlas Khan retired injured with the score standing at 11-9, 12-10.