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White Wins In Virginia


Davenport Virginia Professional Squash Championship

Richmond, USA


[1] John White (SCO) bt [4] Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (41m)


[1] John White (SCO) bt [3] Graham Ryding (CAN) 11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 (48m)

[4] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [2] Wael El Hindi (EGY) 2-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-1, 11-10 (2-0) (77m)


[1] John White (SCO) bt Mark Heather (ENG) 11-8, 6-11, 11-3, 11-2 (41m)

[3] Graham Ryding (CAN) bt [7] Dan Jenson (AUS) 11-6, 11-7, 10-11 (0-2), 3-11, 11-9 (83m)

[4] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [5] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) 4-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-8 (76m)

[2] Wael El Hindi (EGY) bt [6] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 10-11 (0-2), 11-9, 11-6, 10-11 (1-3), 11-4 (82m)

Qualifying finals:

Dylan Bennett (NED) bt Regardt Schonborn (RSA) 11-10 (2-0), 11-7, 11-3 (35m)

Laurent Elriani (FRA) bt David Phillips (CAN) 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (44m)

Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Dylan Patterson (USA) 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (33m)

Lee Drew (ENG) bt Ahmed Maged Hamza (EGY) 11-10 (2-0), 11-5, 11-6 (45m)


John White and Adrian Grant (right)

White Wins In Virginia
Scotland's John White netted his second PSA Tour title of the year when he beat England's Adrian Grant in the final of the Davenport Virginia Pro Squash Championship in Richmond, USA.

White, now based in Philadelphia in the USA, applied pressure from the outset - but Grant hung with him point for point, chasing balls down and displaying some excellent shots himself.  When it mattered most, however, White came up with what was needed and was able to close out the first game 11-9.

The 32-year-old Scot maintained his advantage in the second game and soon took a 2/0 lead.

"The last game of the last match of this Championship was worthy of the squash that has graced this court all week as both players exhibited the athleticism, racquet skills and sportsmanship that makes them without doubt two of the best players on this planet," said Tournament Director Gus Cook.

Grant, a left-hander from London, again found himself chasing from the start, up against an opponent who knows how to win the big matches at the right time.

White displayed all the qualities that took him to the world No1 spot just under two years ago as he closed out the third and final game to record an 11-9 11-6 11-9 victory in 41 minutes.

It was White's 25th appearance in a PSA Tour event final - fittingly exactly 25 months after the first professional tournament was ever played in the state of Virginia, in January 2004.

The success marked the Scot's 10th PSA title triumph, and immediately followed his victory in the Dayton Open in Ohio.

White & Grant In Virginia Final

Favourite John White and fourth seed Adrian Grant will meet in an all-British final of the Davenport Virginia Pro Squash Championship in Richmond, USA.

Grant staged a number of comebacks to overcome Egypt's second seed Wael El Hindi in a dramatic 77-minute semi-final. The left-handed Englishman from London twice found himself behind the skilful Egyptian but in the fourth game bounced back to draw level with the loss of just a single point.

After a series of long rallies in
the decider, Grant again dug deep and found strength from somewhere to bring himself back from the brink of defeat, saving two match balls and taking the game into a tie-break, before winning four consecutive points to close out the match 2-11 11-6 7-11 11-1 11-10.

While Grant is celebrating his 15th appearance in a PSA Tour final, White marked his 'silver' final by beating Canada's third seed Graham Ryding. It is the Scot's second final in just over a week but the 25th since he reached his first final in Santa Barbara, in the USA, in June 1994.

After taking the first two games, White lost his focus in the third as Ryding began to exhibit some of his own trademark skills and fought back to reduce the deficit. But the top seed proceeded to pick up the pace again in the fourth game and reasserted his top-dog status to close out the match 11-8 11-7 4-11 11-7 in 48 minutes.

Grant Survives Scare To Vanquish Abbas In Virginia

England's fourth seed Adrian Grant was fully extended by Egypt's Mohammed Abbas before beating the fifth seed in the quarter-finals of the Davenport Virginia Pro Squash Championship in Richmond, USA.

The London-born left-hander had to fight back from two games down to win 4-11 9-11 11-2 11-7 11-8 in 76 minutes to earn his predicted semi-final bout with second seed Wael El Hindi, also an Egyptian.

In one of two quarter-final marathons which lasted more than 80 minutes, El Hindi defeated Australia's sixth seed Cameron Pilley 10-11 11-9 11-6 10-11 11-4 in 82 minutes.

The other two players left in the draw of the $30,000 PSA Tour event reached the semi-finals in contrasting styles. Favourite John White, fresh from his success in last week's Dayton Open in Ohio, brushed aside England's unseeded Mark Heather 11-8 6-11 11-3 11-2 in just 41 minutes.

The Scot's opponent, however, took more than twice as long to make the last four. Canada's Graham Ryding, the third seed, twice saw his lead pegged back by Australian Dan Jenson before finally seeing off the seventh seed 11-6 11-7 10-11 3-11 11-9 in 83 minutes.

Rodriguez Makes It Into Fourth PSA Event Of The Year In Virginia

Colombia's Miguel Angel Rodriguez successfully began his fourth PSA Tour campaign of the year by qualifying for the Davenport Virginia Professional Squash Championship at the University of Richmond in Richmond, USA.

The Bogotá boy beat USA's Dylan Patterson 11-9 11-7 11-7 in the qualifying finals to set up a first round clash with Egypt's second seed Wael El Hindi. Rodriguez arrived in Richmond fresh from his triumph in the Rochester Pro Open in New York.

By contrast,
Lee Drew is making his first PSA Tour appearance of the year. The Englishman despatched Egypt's Ahmed Maged Hamza 11-10 11-5 11-6 in 45 minutes to earn a first round meeting with top seed John White.

White, the Philadelphia-based world No10 from Scotland, also recorded a PSA Tour victory last week, winning the Dayton Open in Ohio.

1st round draw:

[1] John White (SCO) v [Q] Lee Drew (ENG)

[8] Mark Chaloner (ENG) v Mark Heather (ENG)

[3] Graham Ryding (CAN) v Ryan Donegan (USA)

[7] Dan Jenson (AUS) v [Q] Dylan Bennett (NED)

[5] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) v Liam Kenny (IRL)

[4] Adrian Grant (ENG) v [Q] Laurent Elriani (FRA)

[6] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Raj Nanda (AUS)

[2] Wael El Hindi (EGY) v [Q] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)

The first round matches will be split between the Country Club of Virginia and the all-glass court which has been set up in the grounds of the University of Richmond.