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Zac’s Back - With Title In Rochester

Rochester ProAm 2014
08-13 Apr, NY, Usa, $7k
Round One
10 Apr
11 Apr
12 Apr
13 Apr
[1] Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
6/11, 11/7, 11/7, 13/11
[Q] Cameron Stafford (Cay)
Muhd Asyraf Azan
9/11, 11/8, 11/7, 11/7
Ahmad Albazadi
 Muhd Asyraf Azan 9/11, 11/9, 11/6, 3/11, 12/10
 Zac Alexander
 Zac Alexander
3/11, 6/11, 11/4, 13/11, 13/11
 Todd Harrity
[5] Syed Hamzah Bukhari (Pak)
11/9, 11/4, 8/11, 9/11, 11/7
[Q] Ahmad Albazadi (Jor)
[8] Aqib Hanif (Pak)
12/14, 11/5, 5/11, 11/2, 11/4
[Q] Mario Yanez (Mex)
Aqib Hanif
11/2, 11/7, 12/10
Zac Alexander
[3] Zac Alexander (Aus)
11/3, 11/4, 11/3
WC Le Roy Leong (Mas)
Thomas Brinkman (Can)
11/13, 11/1, 11/6, 11/3
[4] Lewis Walters (Eng)
Lewis Walters
13/11, 11/9, 11/4
Todd Harrity
Todd Harrity
11/8, 11/7, 11/5
Peter Creed
Shahjahan Khan (Pak)
11/9, 11/6, 11/8
[6] Todd Harrity (Usa)
[Q] Ryosei Kobayashi (Jpn)
11/8, 11/13, 11/6, 12/10
[7] Mike McCue (Can)
Mike McCue
11/4, 14/12, 11/5
Peter Creed
Chris Binnie (Jam)
11/7, 11/2, 11/3
[2] Peter Creed (Wal)

RESULTS:    Rochester Pro-Am, Rochester, NY, USA

Zac’s Back - With Title In Rochester

Zac Alexander marked his comeback after a seven-month layoff in impressive style when he took the Rochester Pro-Am title in Rochester, NY, USA, after surviving a marathon 90-minute final in the PSA World Tour Challenger 5 squash event at the Goergen Athletic Center at the University of Rochester.
After undergoing hip surgery in Australia last August, the US-based former World No.36 made a tentative Tour comeback at the
Oregon Open in Portland in January.
Now ranked a six-year-low 111, the Brisbane-born 25-year-old entered the Rochester event as No.3 seed – and made a triumphant breakthrough in the semi-finals where he defeated top-seeded Malaysian
Muhd Asyraf Azan in five games.
In the final, his 19th on the PSA Tour but first this year, Alexander faced local hero
Todd Harrity, the sixth seed from the USA who ousted Peter Creed, the No2 seed from Wales, in straight games in the other semi.
The final was World No.92 Harrity’s second in three weeks – and the Rochester crowd were pinning their hopes on a first home winner in the event’s ten-year history.
Alexander battled back from two games down – and then from 8-9, 9-10 and 10-11 in the decider before finally clinching a mighty 3-11, 6-11, 11-4, 13-11, 13-11 victory after 90 minutes.
“I’ve been off for a while - had a hip operation in August back in Australia and spent six months there recovering, with no squash or training really until January,” Alexander recalled as he savoured his comeback triumph.  “It’s harder than I thought to get back to this level!
“It’s great to win in Rochester – I had a fair few lucky escapes saving about 10 match balls in the semis and final!
“I really need to thank Rod Martin here in America for getting me back up to fitness – and also Squash Australia for their support with my operation,” added the new Rochester champion
(pictured below, extreme left, with runner-up Harrity, centre) after notching up the 12th PSA Tour title of his career.

Rochester image courtesy of Bill Lampeter