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18/02/2006
BLUENOSE SQUASH CLASSIC
 

Delierre Delivers Bluenose Title In Nova Scotia 

Tournament
Bluenose Squash Classic
,
Halifax
, Nova Scotia,
Canada

Final:
[1] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [2] Bernardo Samper (COL) 11-10 (2-0), 11-10 (3-1), 3-11, 11-10 (5-3) (84m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [4] Andras Torok (HUN)11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5 (47m)
[2] Bernardo Samper (COL) bt Martin Knight (NZL)11-9, 11-4, 11-5 (41m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [Q] Keith Pritchard (CAN) 11-2, 11-8, 11-4 (26m)
[4] Andras Torok (HUN) bt Rob Sutherland (WAL) 11-9, 10-11 (0-2), 11-2, 11-8 (48m) Martin Knight (NZL) bt [Q] Kristen Johnson (SCO) 10-11 (0-2), 11-1, 7-11, 11-5, 11-10 (3-1) (81m)
[2] Bernardo Samper (COL) bt [6] Jose Angel Becerril (MEX) 1-10 (7-5), 11-4 ret. (26m)

1st round:
[1] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL)11-5, 11-9, 11-6 (55m)
[Q] Keith Pritchard (CAN) bt [8] Marton Szaboky (HUN)11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (32m)

[4] Andras Torok (HUN) bt [Q] Ryan Donegan (USA)11-6, 11-7, 11-3 (34m)

Rob Sutherland (WAL) bt [7] Robin Clarke (CAN)11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (30m)

Martin Knight (NZL) bt [5] Tony James (AUS)11-9, 11-8, 10-11 (0-2), 11-9 (65m)

[Q] Kristen Johnson (SCO) bt [3] David Phillips (CAN)11-9, 5-11, 11-8, 11-8 (46m)

[6] Jose Angel Becerril (MEX) bt Ryan Thompson (NAM)11-10 (2-0), 9-11, 11-4, 11-8 (42m)

[2] Bernardo Samper (COL) bt [Q] Dave Glass (CAN)11-1, 11-1, 11-5 (17m)

 

Delierre Delivers Bluenose Title In Nova Scotia 

Canadian top seed Shawn Delierre provided a home win for the packed crowd in Halifax, Nova Scotia, when he beat Colombia's No2 seed Bernardo Samper in the final of the Bluenose Squash Classic to claim his third PSA Tour title in less than two years.

"The PSA rankings have them at 64 and 65 in the world, but the crowd who witnessed the final would maintain that they're more closely-matched than that!" said event organiser Patrick Kelly.  "Shawn and Bernardo put on a brilliant show for the masses."

The first game took half an hour and went to a tie break.  The second game took almost as long and went to a tie break.  The third game was an anomaly.  The fourth game took 19 minutes and went to a tie break.  All three tie breakers went Delierre's way in the marathon 84-minute encounter.

The first game started well for the Colombian, who forged leads of 4-0 and 9-4.  Samper had three game balls from 10-6, but Delierre saved them all as he drew level.  At the first game ball to the 23-year-old from Montreal, Samper hit the ball into the tin to give Delierre an unexpected first game lead.

The second game again saw the 23-year-old from Bogotá take an early lead before DeLierre found his stride.  This time it was Delierre who reached game ball first – but again the battle moved into tie-breaks which the Canadian eventually converted.

The aforementioned anomaly was a direct result of Samper's now traditional fast start.  He was up by 5 in a couple of minutes and Delierre soon elected not to pursue a distant possibility, chased nothing and purposely sent a couple of serves out of court to give the game to Samper after just 4 minutes.

For the fourth consecutive time Samper led right away, and looked to be forcing the match into a fifth game decider when leading in the tie-break.  But Delierre fought back to win the game 5-3 in the tie-break, and the match 11-10 (2-0), 11-10 (3-1), 3-11, 11-10 (5-3).

Samper & Delierre In Bluenose Classic Final

Top seeds Shawn Delierre and Bernard Samper will contest the final of the Bluenose Squash Classic in Canada after overcoming lower-ranked opponents in the new PSA Tour event in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Samper, the No2 seed from Colombia, was fully stretched in the opening game of the first semi-final against unseeded New Zealander Martin Knight. The 23-year-old from Bogota needed three game balls before establishing a 1/0 lead, but by then had established his authority over his opponent and went on to win 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 in 41 minutes to claim the second PSA Tour final appearance of his career – but the first outside his home country.

Canadian favourite Shawn Delierre opened up a first game lead in the second semi against fourth seed Andras Torok – but the Hungarian fought back to level the match.

After the 23-year-old from Montreal took the third game, Torok began to show signs of fatigue in the fourth. Errors started to creep in and the end was in sight. After 47 minutes, Delierre cinched his 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5 victory – and almost landed a perfect between-the-legs drop shot from the backcourt, the trick shot of the tournament so far!

The win takes Delierre to the fourth PSA final of his career – the first since making it to Oklahoma City Open last July.

 

Knight Survives Surprise Bluenose Semi-Final In Nova Scotia

New Zealander Martin Knight and Scot Kristen Johnson, neither of whom were expected to be battling for a place in the semi-finals, produced a marathon 81-minute quarter-final encounter in the Bluenose Squash Classic in Canada – which ended with unseeded Knight taking his place in the last four of the new PSA Tour event in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Both had played exceptionally well to advance through tough opening round draws and picked up where they left off. Extra points in the fifth game is always a good sign for the crowd and it only got better from 10-6 match ball for Knight. Johnson, a 20-year-old qualifier, went for a backhand cross court nick at the start of that rally and played through three more to begin the comeback to 10-10.

What had looked inevitable was now back even on a Knight error. Needing to win by two points, both players took time out, almost by unspoken agreement, to do the equivalent of a backhand drill down the wall for about 30 hits. It was the calm before the storm when Knight took advantage to 11-10 before Johnson sent him the wrong way and levelled it again at 11-11. An unlucky front wall nick popped the ball out to the middle, a stroke was awarded to Knight and he finally finished it in style to record a 10-11 (0-2), 11-1, 7-11, 11-5, 11-10 (3-1) victory.

The 22-year-old from Auckland will now face Colombia's second seed Bernard Samper, who beat regional rival Jose Angel Becerril 11-10 (7-5), 11-4 when the Mexican retired injured after 26 minutes with a muscle pull in the upper leg.

Top seed Shawn Delierre will lead local interest in the other semi-final after overcoming qualifier Keith Pritchard, also from Canada, 11-2 11-8 11-4 in 26 minutes. The 23-year-old from Montreal will face Hungarian Andras Torok after the fourth seed defeated unseeded Welshman Rob Sutherland 11-9, 10-11 (0-2), 11-2, 11-8 in 48 minutes.

 

Upsets Abound At Bluenose Classic In Nova Scotia
Half of the seeds failed to overcome the first hurdles in the Bluenose Squash Classic in Canada – and two qualifiers made it through to the last eight in the new PSA Tour event in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Third seed David Phillips, of Montreal, ran into a four game loss at the hands of Scottish qualifier Kristen Johnson - persistence built onto a lanky frame! The 20-year-old from Oxford in England will now face Martin Knight for a place in the semi-finals.

The unseeded New Zealander dismissed Australia's fifth seed Tony James 11-9 11-8 10-11 11-9 in 65 minutes.

An all-Canadian quarter-final was set up when qualifier Keith Pritchard upset Marton Szaboky. The 17-year-old from Calgary beat the No8 seed from Hungary 11-7 11-4 11-8 and will now meet top seed Shawn Delierre. The 23-year-old from Montreal beat New Zealand's Campbell Grayson 11-5 11-9 11-6.