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Marathon Man Delierre Takes Atlanta Title

Atlanta Open
Concourse Athletic Club, Atlanta, USA

Round One
May 11
May 12
May 13
May 14
[1] Gavin Jones (Wal)
11/8, 11/7, 4/11, 11/7
Scott Fitz-Gerald (Wal)
Gavin Jones
11/4, 9/11, 11/6, 11/7
Chris Gordon
Gavin Jones
11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5 (65m)
Eric Galvez
Eric Galvez
4-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7 (130m)
Shawn DeLierre
Chris Gordon (Usa)
11/5, 11/6, 11/4
Ian Power (Can)
[3] Eric Galvez (Mex)
11/5, 11/6, 11/4
[Q] Mike Joint (Aus)
Eric Galvez
11/3, 11/7, 11/2
Bernardo Samper
[7] Bernardo Samper (Col)
11/6, 11/5, 11/7
David Phillips (Can)
Wade Johnstone (Aus)
11/6, 11/7, 8/11, 11/5
[5] Shawn DeLierre (Can)
Shawn DeLierre
12/10, 12/10, 7/11, 4/11, 11/7
Ritwik Bhattacharya
Shawn DeLierre
-11, 11-6, 11-2, 9-11, 11-9 (85m)
Alister Walker
[Q] Robbie Lingashi (Zam)
11/3 rtd
[4] Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind)
[Q] Patrick Chifunda (Zam)
11/9, 10/12, 11/1, 12/10
[8] Tim Manning (Aus)
Tim Manning
11/5, 11/7, 11/5
Alister Walker
[Q] Luke Margan (Aus)
11/7, 11/3, 11/4
[2] Alister Walker (Eng)


Marathon Man Delierre Takes Atlanta Title


Shawn Delierre has become the second Canadian to win the Atlanta Squash Open title but did so only after a marathon final battle against Mexican Eric Galvez in which he twice had to come from behind before overcoming the third seed in more than two hours at the Concourse Athletic Club in Atlanta, USA.


Delierre, the fifth seed, had already prevailed in an 85-minute marathon semi-final in which he upset second-seeded Englishman Alister Walker 9-11, 11-6, 11-2, 9-11, 11-9. 


And this battle followed a 116-minute quarter-final clash in which the 23-year-old from Montreal upset India's Ritwik Bhattacharya in five gruelling games!


In the other semi-final, 22-year-old Galvez despatched Welshman Gavin Jones, the top seed, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5 in 65 minutes.


But 'marathon man' Delierre maintained his 'never-say-die' tactic in the final and beat Galvez 4-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7 in 130 minutes to win the fourth PSA Tour title of his career and his second this year.


Delierre Despatches Bhattacharya In Atlanta Marathon
Canada's Shawn Delierre introduced unexpected North American interest in the last four of the Atlanta Squash Open when he upset fourth seed Ritwik Bhattacharya in a five-game marathon at the Concourse Athletic Club in Atlanta, USA.

The 23-year-old from Montreal survived a fight back by the Indian number one to win 11-10 (2-0), 11-10 (2-0), 7-11, 4-11, 11-7 in 116 minutes.

Fifth seed Delierre now faces England's Alister Walker for a place in the final. The No2 seed from Leeds in Yorkshire beat Australia's seventh seed Timothy Manning 11-5, 11-7, 11-5.

Top seed Gavin Jones recovered from a game down to beat USA's Christopher Gordon 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7. The Welshman will meet Mexico's third seed Eric Galvez in the other semi-final.

Gordon Carries Home Hopes Into Atlanta Quarters
Christopher Gordon carried home hopes single-handedly through to the quarter-finals of the Atlanta Squash Open when he beat Canada's Ian Power in the first round of the PSA Tour event at the Concourse Athletic Club in Atlanta, USA.

The 19-year-old eighth seed from New York beat Power 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 and will now go on to face top seed Gavin Jones for a place in the last four.

Jones survived a Welsh classic against compatriot Scott Fitzgerald, beating his national squad team-mate 11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7.

Robby Lingashi and Patrick Chifunda, two Zambians who survived the qualifiers, had mixed fortunes in the first round. Lingashi dropped the first game against Ritwik Bhattacharya, then was forced to concede the match to the fourth seed from India.

Chifunda, the Washington DC-based 31-year-old, stretched Australia's No7 seed Timothy Manning to four games, including two tie-break games, but ultimately went down 11-9, 10-11 (0-2), 11-1, 11-10 (2-0).