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09/12/2013
FLORIDA STATE OPEN 2013
 

Avila Avenges Edmonton Loss For Florida Win

Florida State Open 2013
03-08 Dec, Boca Raton, Usa, $10k
Round One
05 Dec
Quarters
06 Dec
Semis
07 Dec
Final
08 Dec
[1] Alfredo Avila (Mex)
 13-11, 11-6, 13-11 (90m)
[Q] Syed Hamza Bukhari (Pak)
Alfredo Avila
12-10, 12-10, 11-13, 11-2
Abdulla Al Tamimi
Alfredo Avila
11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 11-5
Hisham Mohd Ashour
Alfredo Avila
11-9, 11-7, 11-5
Farhan Zaman
Arturo Salazar (Mex)
 4-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-2, 11-7
Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat)
Joe Chapman (Bvi)
11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4
[Q] Graeme Schnell (Can)
 Graeme Schnell
11-5, 13-11, 11-4
Hisham Mohd Ashour
[Q] Ahmad Alzabidi (Jor)
 11-7, 12-14, 11-7, 11-7
[4] Hisham Mohd Ashour (Egy)
[3] Yasir Butt (Pak)
9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6
 Reuben Phillips (Eng)
Reuben Phillips
6-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-5
Johan Bouquet
Johan Bouquet
13-11, 7-11, 14-12, 11-4
Farhan Zaman
Johan Bouquet (Fra)
11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4
[Q] Adrian Leanza (Usa)
Eric Galvez (Mex)
12-14, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5
Chris Ryder (Eng)
Eric Galvez
8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6
Farhan Zaman
Peter Creed (Wal)
 11-9, 11-6, 11-5
[2] Farhan Zaman (Pak)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Betty F Griffin Florida State Open Championship,
Boca Raton, USA

Avila Avenges Edmonton Loss For Florida Win

Just a week after losing to the lower-ranked Pakistani in the opening round of the Edmonton Open in Canada, Mexico's Alfredo Avila earned his revenge in the ideal way by beating Farhan Zaman in the final of the 5th Annual Betty F Griffin Florida State Open Squash Championship to win the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 title at the Lifetime Athletic Club in Boca Raton in the US state of Florida.

Top seed Avila reached the final - his seventh on the Tour - after a four-game win over Hisham Mohd Ashour, the former World No.11 from Egypt making his return to the international circuit after a seven-month break.

Second seed Zaman, the World No.68 from Peshawar, also needed four games to overcome unseeded Frenchman Johan Bouquet in the other semi to reach his third Tour final of the year.

Still smarting from his premature exit in Alberta, 22-year-old Avila was determined to make amends.

The World No.62 from Mexico City duly despatched Zaman 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 to win the fifth PSA World Tour title of his career - and his second Florida State Open crown since 2010.

Pictured at the presentations are (L to R): Peter Cheshire (Tournament Director), Zaman, Joe Griffin, Avila and Andre Maur (Tour Director)

Bouquet Flourishes In Florida

France's Johan Bouquet became the only unseeded player to reach the semi-finals of the 5th Annual Betty F Griffin Florida State Open Squash Championship when he beat Englishman Reuben Phillips in the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Lifetime Athletic Club in Boca Raton in the US state of Florida.

The 29-year-old from Toulouse (pictured above) despatched wildcard Phillips 6-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-5 and will bid for a place in the final when he takes on Pakistan's Farhan Zaman.

The 20-year-old No.2 seed from Peshawar survived the loss of the first game to beat experienced Mexican Eric Galvez 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6.

Egypt's Hisham Mohd Ashour, the flamboyant older brother of World No.1 Ramy Ashour who is making his Tour comeback in Florida after a seven-month break, continued his fine run with a straight games win over Canadian qualifier Graeme Schnell.

The former World No.11 from Cairo now faces top seed Alfredo Avila, the World No.62 from Mexico who was severely tested by Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi before overcoming the Qatari teenager 12-10, 12-10, 11-13, 11-2.
 

Hisham Survives Florida Opener

Hisham Mohd Ashour, the flamboyant older brother of World No.1 Ramy Ashour, celebrated his return to the PSA World Tour after a seven-month break by winning his opening match in the 5th Annual Betty F Griffin Florida State Open Squash Championship in Boca Raton in the US state of Florida.

Seeded four, the Cairo-born 31-year-old defeated Jordan qualifier Ahmad Alzabidi 11-7, 12-14, 11-7, 11-7 in the first round of the PSA Challenger 10 event at the Lifetime Athletic Club, the final event of the year in the U.S. Pro Squash Series.

"The front walls were too fast that I couldn't make my drops as effective as I would have liked," said the US-based Ashour later. "I'm going to have to work on some different shots to close out some of these points in the upcoming games."

Ashour now faces Graeme Schnell, a Canadian qualifier who upset Joe Chapman, of the British Virgin Islands, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4.

Another significant upset saw English wildcard Reuben Phillips prevail against the odds. The 21-year-old from London, ranked 148 in the world, fought back from a game down to beat No.3 seed Yasir Ali Butt, the World No.74 from Pakistan, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6.

But Qatar teenager Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi staged the biggest comeback to defeat Arturo Salazar. From two games down, the 18-year-old from Doha battled back to draw level, then clinched the decider to beat the higher-ranked Mexican 4-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-2, 11-7.