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Delierre Delights Home Crowd By Winning Ottawa Title

Goodlife Squash Open,
Ottawa , Canada

[1] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [2] Eric Galvez (MEX) 6-11, 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4 (71m)

[1] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [4] Bradley Ball (ENG) 4-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (60m)
[2] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [Q] David Phillips (CAN) 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 (37m)

[1] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [Q] Robin Clarke (CAN) 11-5, 9-11, 11-3, 11-10 (6-4) (71m)
[4] Bradley Ball (ENG) bt [Q] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (27m)
[Q] David Phillips (CAN) bt [Q] Scott Arnold (AUS) 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (50m)
[2] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [7] Bernardo Samper (COL) 11-10 (3-1), 11-10 (2-0), 11-4 (37m)

1st round:
[1] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt Julian Illingworth (USA) 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 (59m)
[Q] Robin Clarke (CAN) bt [5] Nicholas Kyme (BER) 11-8, 11-3, 11-0 (28m)
[4] Bradley Ball (ENG) bt Andrew McDougall (CAN) 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (23m)
[Q] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt [6] Jesse Engelbrecht (ZIM) 11-10 (2-0), 11-8, 9-11, 5-11, 11-10 (3-1) (69m)
[Q] Scott Arnold (AUS) bt [8] Steve Finitsis (AUS) 11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 11-10 (2-0) (50m)
[Q] David Phillips (CAN) bt [3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 11-2, 11-7, 11-3 (28m)
[7] Bernardo Samper (COL) bt Laurence Delasaux (ENG) 11-10 (2-0), 11-10 (5-3), 7-11, 11-3 (40m)
[2] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Julien Balbo (FRA) 11-10 (2-0), 11-2, 11-10 (6-4) (56m)

Delierre Delights Home Crowd By Winning Ottawa Title
Top seed Shawn Delierre delighted his home fans when he beat Mexico's second seed Eric Galvez in the final of the Goodlife Squash Open in Canada to lift the PSA Tour title at the Goodlife Fitness Club in Ottawa.

It was a highly-focused 24-year-old from Montreal that beat Galvez in five games in a great shot-making encounter. Delierre lost the first game with what seems his customary slow start.

"It is almost as if he feels his opponent out, before stepping up his game," said tournament organiser Heather Wallace.

The Canadian started to move well in the second and third games, getting onto the Mexican's short balls quickly and counterattacking. Delierre also opened up his game, hitting a variety of winners from the mid court putting his opponent off balance.

In the fourth, Delierre hit three unforced errors, more than he had hit all match up to that point - letting Galvez back into the match to take the fourth game.

In the fifth game, with the score at 5-4, Galvez scrapped his knee resulting in an injury time out to get patched up. Once back on court, the Mexican did not recover his intensity as Delierre raced on to take the game, and the match 6-11, 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4 in 71 minutes.

The triumph marks the fifth title of Delierre's career and his third this year.

Delierre & Galvez To Contest Ottawa Final
The top two seeds Shawn Delierre and Eric Galvez will meet in the final of the Goodlife Squash Open in Canada after surviving tough semi-finals in the PSA Tour event at the Goodlife Fitness Club in Ottawa .

After dropping the first game, Canadian favourite Delierre came alive, hitting winners from all over the court - leaving his English opponent Bradley Ball shaking his head.

"He was just too good today," said Ball after Delierre secured the 4-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 win in 60 minutes which takes the 24-year-old from Montreal into his sixth PSA Tour final.

Second seed Eric Galvez also advanced after bringing the fine run of local hero David Phillips to an end. The Mexican's court coverage was exceptional and he was able to counter attack qualifier Phillips' short shots which had worked so well for him in previous rounds.

Fatigue took its toll on the young Canadian as Galvez, full of energy, ran out an 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 winner in 37 minutes.

Galvez, winner of the Mexican Open earlier in the month, is now celebrating the ninth PSA Tour final of his career, but the third this year.

Phillips Forges On In Ottawa
After all four qualifiers survived the first round of the Goodlife Squash Open in Canada , local hero David Phillips maintained his momentum by beating fellow qualifier Scott Arnold to reach the semi-finals of the PSA Tour event at the Goodlife Fitness Club in Ottawa .

Phillips, from Montreal , triumphed 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 over the Australian - and will now face Mexico 's second seed Eric Galvez for a place in his first Tour final.

Galvez prevailed 11-10 (3-1), 11-10 (2-0), 11-4 over his South American rival Bernardo Samper, the No7 seed from Colombia .

Undoubtedly the match of the night was between Shawn Delierre and hometown boy Robin Clarke. Robin looked nervous in the first game, being very tentative with his drops - resulting in him clipping the tin on numerous occasions to give favourite Delierre the first game.

In the second, Clarke settled into his game, playing patiently waiting for his opportunity to take the ball in short which paid off, resulting in him levelling the match. The third game saw Delierre take advantage of loose play by the Ottawa qualifier, hitting some great winners to take a 2/1 lead.

In the fourth game, spurred on by the home crowd, Clarke took a 9-6 lead. Delierre played some great attacking squash to pull level. Both players traded winners from that point on, the favourite finally taking the match 11-5, 9-11, 11-3, 11-10 (6-4) after 71 minutes.

Semi-final line-up:
[1] Shawn Delierre (CAN) v [4] Bradley Ball (ENG)
[2] Eric Galvez (MEX) v [Q] David Phillips (CAN)