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Cesar Salazar Celebrates Atlanta Success

Atlanta Open 2014
21-26 Jan, Atlanta, Usa, $10k
Round One
23 Jan
24 Jan
25 Jan
26 Jan
[1] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
14/12, 11/9, 11/8
[LL] Cameron Stafford (Cay)
Cesar Salazar
11/8, 6/11, 9/11, 11/8, 12/10
Sebastiaan Weenink
Cesar Salazar
11-3, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8
Declan James
Cesar Salazar
2-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-8
Nasir Iqbal
[7] Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned)
11/8, 11/3, 11/3
[Q] Ollie Holland (Eng)
[5] Declan James (Eng)
11/9, 10/12, 11/4, 12/10
Syed Bukhari (Pak)
Declan James
2/11, 11/8, 12/10, 13/11
Farhan Zaman
[3] Farhan Zaman (Pak)
7/11, 11/9, 11/3, 11/6
Sean Conroy (Irl)
[LL] Jean Pierre Brits (Rsa)
14/12, 11/4, 3/11, 4/11, 11/9
[4] Yasir Butt (Pak)
Jean Pierre Brits
11/2, 6/11, 11/6, 11/7
Adam Murrills
Adam Murrills
11-5, 11-3, 11-7
Nasir Iqbal
[Q] Adam Murrills (Eng)
11/5, 11/5, 11/6
[8] Joe Chapman (Bvi)
[Q] Aqib Hanif (Pak)
10/12, 12/10, 11/2, 11/8
[6] Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat)
Aqib Hanif
11/9, 11/5, 9/11, 11/6
Nasir Iqbal
[Q] Adam Auckland (Eng)
11/5, 11/9, 11/7
[2] Nasir Iqbal (Pak)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Atlanta Open, Atlanta, USA

Cesar Salazar Celebrates Atlanta Success

Cesar Salazar became the third Mexican in six years to win the Atlanta Open after beating Pakistan's Nasir Iqbal in the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Lifetime Athletic Atlanta in Atlanta in the US state of Georgia.

The 26-year-old World No.43 from San Luis Potosi dropped the first game to the second-seeded Pakistani teenager Iqbal - but the event favourite struck back to take the next three games to record his 2-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-8 title triumph in the first tournament in the 2014 Life Time Squash Grand Prix Tour.

The success - which marks the fourth PSA World Tour title of Salazar's career - follows Mexican winners Eric Galvez in 2008 and Alfredo Avila in 2012.

Salazar (left) pictured with Tournament Director Andre Maur and runner-up Iqbal (right)

Salazar & Iqbal To Contest Atlanta Final

Top seeds Cesar Salazar and Nasir Iqbal will contest the final of the Atlanta Open - with Pakistani Iqbal bidding to become the first player to win two PSA World Tour titles this year in the climax of the PSA Challenger 10 squash event at the Lifetime Athletic Atlanta in Atlanta in the US state of Georgia.

Second seed Iqbal, the World No.53 who last week won the Racquet Club Pro Series in St Louis, despatched English qualifier Adam Murrills 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 in the semi-finals of the second US Pro Squash Series event of the year.

The 19-year-old from Bannu is celebrating the 11th Tour final of his career.

Event favourite Salazar, the World No.43 from Mexico, needed four games to overcome fifth seed Declan James, ultimately beating the 20-year-old from Nottingham 11-3, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8.

Salazar is marking his ninth appearance in a Tour final.

James Foils Farhan In Atlanta

England's Declan James produced the biggest upset on the second day of main draw action in the Atlanta Open when he downed No3 seed Farhan Zaman to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash championship - the US Pro Squash Series event at the Lifetime Athletic Atlanta in the capital of the US state of Georgia.

The 20-year-old from Nottingham recovered from a drubbing in the first game to overcome Pakistan's World No.68 Zaman 2-11, 11-8, 15-13, 12-10.

James, ranked 91 in the world, now faces top seed Cesar Salazar. In a match described by tournament director Andre Maur as "the best match of the day", the Mexican had to fight back from 2/1 down to beat seventh-seeded Dutchman Sebastiaan Weenink 11-8, 6-11, 9-11, 11-8, 12-10.

Pakistan's No.2 seed Nasir Iqbal reached the last four after despatching fellow countryman Aqib Hanif, a qualifier, 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6.

And the 19-year-old from Bannu will now face a further qualifier when he meets Englishman Adam Murrills. The 23-year-old from Manchester overcame 'Lucky Loser' Jean-Pierre Brits, from South Africa, 11-2, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7.