Just a year after joining the
Professional Squash Association,
has joined the ranks of
PSA World Tour
title winners after upsetting fifth seed
in today's final of the
PSA Challenger 5
Shepparton Squash Centre
in the Australian state of Victoria.
Unseeded, Hopkin made his breakthrough in the semi-finals,
dismissing No2 seed and fellow Australian
in four games.
It was his first Tour final, and the world No.199 from Brisbane took
full advantage – overcoming experienced Dutchman Schweertman, a
former world No.89, 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 in 44 minutes.
“I’m exhausted, it was a tough tournament," said Hopkin. "I’m
really stoked to win an event in my first year as a PSA member.
"I look forward to defending my title next year and heading to
Sydney for the NSW Open.”
Schweertman, whose defeat in the final ended a career-best
eight-match unbeaten run on the PSA Tour, was full of compliments
for his opponent: "Matt played really well, it was a tough match.
"I’m now heading to Sydney and Coffs Harbour so hopefully if I meet
him again, it's my turn," added the 30-year-old from Hoofddorp.
"It’s my first time in Australia and I’ve really enjoyed the
Champion Hopkin, left, is pictured with runner-up Schweertman and
City of Greater Shepparton Mayor, Jenny Houlihan