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Palmer Punishes Power To Take Windy City Title

In a dramatic climax to the richest PSA Tour event in North America, Australia's David Palmer saved four match balls in the fifth-game decider against Canada's world No1 Jonathon Power to lift the SSA Global Windy City Open Squash Championship title at the University Club in Chicago.

Power, the fifth seed from Montreal, had reached his 61st PSA final after surviving a 66-minute five-game semi-final against Egypt's world No2 Amr Shabana, the reigning world champion.

Palmer, the Belgium-based fourth seed from Lithgow in New South Wales, upset England's James Willstrop, the No2 seed, in straight games to reach the climax of the $100,000 PSA Super Series Gold event.

The advantage in the final swung between both players, with Power twice fighting back after Palmer leads. But the Canadian was the first to reach match ball at 10-6. Incredibly, the Australian secured six successive points, saving four match balls on the way, to claim a stunning 11-5 5-11 11-8 9-11 11-10 win in 88 minutes.

The triumph marks Palmer's 17th PSA Tour title success, but his first since winning the Kuwait Open in March last year.


Day 6

Power & Palmer Progress To Windy City Final

Canada's Jonathon Power and David Palmer will contest the final of the SSA Global Windy City Open Squash Championship after contrasting semi-finals wins in the richest PSA Tour event in North America at the University Club in Chicago.

Power, the world No1 from Montreal, twice stemmed fight backs by world No2 Amr Shabana before beating the world champion from Egypt 11-9 7-11 11-1 9-11 11-5 in 66 minutes to reach his third successive PSA Tour final.

In the other semi-final, fourth seed Palmer upset England's James Willstrop, the No2 seed, 11-9 11-9 11-6 in 47 minutes to reach his first PSA final since losing to Shabana in the World Open climax in Hong Kong in December.


. Day 1
. Day 2
Day 3
. Day 4
. Day 5
. Day 6
. Draw
. Preview
Australia's David Palmer  lifts trophy in Chicago showdown!

Canadian Jonathon Power looses out in final to Australia's David Palmer
Windy City Open 2006
Round 1
19/20 Jan
Round 2
21 Jan
22 Jan
23 Jan
24 Jan
[1] Thierry Lincou (Fra)
11/5, 11/6, 11/9 (45m)
[Q] Mark Chaloner (Eng)
Thierry Lincou
10/11(3-5), 11/7, 11/6, 11/9 (59m)
Azlan Iskandar
Thierry Lincou
5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3 (54m)
Amr Shabana
Amr Shabana
11-9, 7-11, 11-1, 9-11, 11-5 (66m)
Jonathon Power
Jonathon Power
11-5, 5-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-10 (2-0) (88m)
David Palmer
[14] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
9/11, 11/7, 11/6, 7/11, 11/4 (65m)
[Q] Gavin Jones (Wal)
[7] Amr Shabana (Egy)
8/11, 11/3, 11/8, 11/9 (39m)
Cameron Pilley (Aus) 

Amr Shabana
11/6, 11/4, 11/6 (39m)
Adrian Grant
[16] Shahid Zaman (Pak)
11/9, 11/6, 11/8 (26m)
Adrian Grant (Eng)
[3] Anthony Ricketts (Aus)
6/11, 11/10(4-2), 11/8, 11/5 (62m)
Wael El Hindi (Egy)
Anthony Ricketts
 8/11, 11/6, 11/1, 11/7 (45m)
Graham Ryding
Anthony Ricketts
 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (43m)
Jonathon Power
[12] Graham Ryding (Can)
11/8, 11/4, 11/7 (32m)
Joe Kneipp (Aus)
[6] Jonathon Power (Can)
11/4, 11/4, 11/6
[Q] Liam Kenny (Irl)
 Jonathon Power
11/9, 11/5, 11/7 (44m)
 Gregory Gaultier
[10] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
11/4, 3/11, 3/11, 11/8, 11/0 (61m)
[Q] Borja Golan (Esp)
Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
11/5, 8/11, 11/9, 11/9 (64m)
[15] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
Mohammed Abbas
11/6, 9/11, 11/10(6-4), 7/11, 11/3 (64m)
John White
John White
7-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (49m) David Palmer
David Palmer
11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (47m)
James Willstrop
[Q] Ben Garner (Eng)
11/9, 11/6, 11/7 (29m)
[8] John White (Sco)
[Q] Simon Parke (Eng)
6/11, 11/9, 11/8, 11/3 (70m)
[16] Alex Gough (Wal)
Alex Gough
11/4, 11/10(2-0), 11/5 (37m)
David Palmer
Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
11/7, 11/8, 11/2
[4] David Palmer (Aus)
[Q] Dan Jenson (Aus)
11/8, 11/7, 8/11, 11/10(2-0) (57m)
[13] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
 Olli Tuominen
11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (41m)
 Nick Matthew
 Nick Matthew
11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8 (67m)
James Willstrop
Stewart Boswell (Aus)
11/6, 9/11, 11/1, 11/7 (60m)
[9] Nick Matthew (Eng)
[Q] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
 11/4, 11/1, 11/3 (24m)
[11] Karim Darwish (Egy)
Karim Darwish 
11/7, 11/5, 11/7 (44m)
James Willstrop
Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
11/8, 11/10(2-0), 11/4 (40m)
[2] James Willstrop (Eng)

Qualifying finals:
Liam Kenny (IRL) bt Laurent Elriani (FRA) 11-9, 11-10 (3-1), 11-10 (3-1) (57m)
Gavin Jones (WAL) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 4-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-5 (51m)
Simon Parke (ENG) bt Mark Heather (ENG) 11-6, 11-10 (3-1), 11-9 (50m)
Davide Bianchetti (ITA) bt Arshad Iqbal Burki (PAK) 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (27m)
Mark Chaloner (ENG) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-9, 11-10 (5-3), 7-11, 11-3 (64m)
Ben Garner (ENG) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 11-10 (5-3), 7-11, 11-9, 1-11, 11-9 (62m)
Dan Jenson (AUS) bt Patrick Bedore (CAN) 11-4, 10-11 (2-4), 11-5, 11-2 (34m)
Borja Golan (ESP) bt Renan Lavigne (FRA) 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (34m)

Mark Chaloner (ENG), Simon Parke (ENG), Cameron Pilley (AUS),  Renan Lavigne (FRA), Dan Jenson (AUS), Davide Bianchetti (ITA), Gavin Jones (WAL), Ben Garner (ENG), Liam Kenny (IRL), Borja Golan (ESP), Mark Heather (ENG), Daryl Selby (ENG), Arshad Iqbal Burki (PAK), Laurent Elriani (FRA), Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL), Chris Gordon (USA), Wade Johnstone (AUS), Beau River (USA), Dylan Patterson (USA), Patrick Chifunda (ZAM), Pat Bedore (CAN), Bertrand Tissot (FRA), Lefika Ragontse (BOT), Michael Joint (AUS), Rob McFadzean (USA), Ryan Donegan (USA) and locals
Day 5

Top Seed Thierry Toppled By Sharp Shabana In Chicago

Egypt's world champion Amr Shabana confounded the seedings in the SSA Global Windy City Open Squash Championship at the University Club in Chicago when he upset French favourite Thierry Lincou in the quarter-finals of the richest PSA Tour event in North America.

Shabana, the fifth seed, dominated the match, winning 5-11 11-8 11-4 11-3 in 54 minutes to register his first victory over the Frenchman since November 2004. It was Lincou's sixth successive failure to achieve his seeding in a PSA Tour event since winning the Pakistan Open in July last year.

Shabana, winner of last week's Canadian Classic in Toronto, now faces Canadian Jonathon Power, his victim in the Classic final. A relaxed Power, the world number one yet fifth seed in the event, defeated Australia's third seed Anthony Ricketts 11-7 11-9 11-7 in 43 minutes, the shortest game of the day.

The other semi-final will be a repeat of the match at the same stage in last December's World Open in Hong Kong between England's James Willstrop and Australia's David Palmer.

In the match of the quarter-finals, Willstrop beat England team-mate Nick Matthew in a no-holds-barred match which went the full distance. Matthew played inspired squash to force a fifth game, but Willstrop ultimately prevailed 11-6 6-11 11-6 7-11 11-8 in 67 minutes.

After winning the first game, Scotland's John White had little energy left to contest fourth seed Palmer. The Australian beat White, the title-holder, 7-11 11-4 11-4 11-6 in 49 minutes.

Day 4

Titanic Tussles Lined Up As Top Eight Seeds Reach Windy City Quarters
Packed crowds at the University Club in Chicago will be treated to top-quality quarter-finals of the SSA Global Windy City Open Squash Championship featuring the top eight seeds, three of which matches will be replays of major recent finals on the PSA Tour.

Competing in the richest PSA Tour event in North America, Canada's world No1 Jonathon Power and Australia's world No3 Anthony Ricketts will re-enact the final of last month's Saudi International, the second richest PSA event of last year. Power, the fifth seed, overcame ninth seed Gregory Gaultier 11-9 11-5 11-2 after the Frenchman appeared to give up the second round fight after the second game.

Ricketts, the third seed from Sydney who arrived in Chicago fresh from his Men's Doubles triumph in the WSF World Doubles Championships in his home country earlier in the month, despatched Power's Canadian team-mate Graham Ryding , the 11th seed, 8-11 11-6 11-1 11-7.

In what was described as the "best match of the day by far" by publisher Ron Beck, Scotland's John White, the seventh seed, beat Egypt's unseeded Mohammed Abbas 11-6 9-11 11-10 7-11 11-3 in a 64-minute clash in which the 25-year-old from Cairo ran out of steam in the fifth game.

Title-holder White will meet Australian David Palmer in the quarter-final, which is a repeat of the 2002 World Open climax in which Palmer clinched the title after an epic 102-minute battle. Palmer beat Alex Gough, the 15th seed from Wales, 11-4 11-10 11-5.

Top-seeded Frenchman Thierry Lincou fought back from a game down to defeat Malaysia's 13th seed Mohd Azlan Iskandar 10-11 11-7 11-6 11-9 to set up a replay of the 2003 World Open final against Egypt's sixth seed Amr Shabana, now the world No2. Shabana dismissed fellow left-hander Adrian Grant, from England, 11-6 11-4 11-6.

Day 3
Gough Outlasts Parke In Windy City Marathon

Britons Alex Gough and Simon Parke battled for 70 minutes on the second day of first round action in the SSA Global Windy City Open Squash Championship in Chicago before Welshman Gough prevailed in four games to move into the last sixteen of the richest PSA Tour event in North America.

The pair, until recently both based in Nottingham, have played each countless times over the past two decades – though, remarkably, not since October 2002 on the PSA Tour.  English qualifier Parke, a former world No3 from Leeds in Yorkshire, took the opening game – but 15th seed Gough, two years older than his opponent at 35, came back to win 6-11 11-9 11-8 11-3.

England's Nick Matthew, also a Yorkshireman, secured his third successive win over Stewart Boswell since the Australian mounted his successful comeback last year.  The eighth seed from Sheffield won 11-6 9-11 11-1 11-7 in 60 minutes and will now take on Finland's Olli Tuominen in the next round.

Finn Tuominen dashed Dan Jenson's hopes, beating the Australian qualifier 11-8 11-7 8-11 11-10.

Scotland's John White needed only 29 minutes to successfully begin the defence of his title in Chicago.  The seventh seed defeated English qualifier Ben Garner 11-9 11-6 11-7 and will now face Egypt's unseeded Mohammed Abbas for a place in the quarter-finals.

Day 2
Zaman & Beng Hee Blown Away In Windy City

England's Adrian Grant and Egyptian Mohammed Abbas claimed unexpected places in the second round of the SSA Global Windy City Open Squash Championship in Chicago after upsetting seeds on the first day of first round action in the richest PSA Tour event in North America.

Grant, a 25-year-old left-hander from London, brushed aside Pakistan's 16th seed Shahid Zaman 11-9 11-6 11-8 in just 26 minutes to secure his first PSA Tour win in four events since November.

Abbas continued the momentum which took him into the quarter-finals of last week's Canadian Classic in Toronto to overcome Malaysia's 14th seed Ong Beng Hee 11-5 8-11 11-9 11-9 in 63 minutes.

Canada's fifth seed Jonathon Power also cruised into the last sixteen. The world No1 from Montreal, who has shocked the squash world by announcing that he will not be defending his Commonwealth Games title in Melbourne in March, beat Irish qualifier Liam Kenny 11-4 11-4 11-6.

The event's top seeds Thierry Lincou and James Willstrop also began their 2006 campaigns on the PSA Tour in fine style: French favourite Lincou dismissed English qualifier Mark Chaloner 11-5 11-6 11-9, while Willstrop, the second-seeded Englishman, defeated Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema 11-8 11-10 11-4.

Day 1
World Squash Stars Blow Into Windy City

The world's top squash players have arrived in the 'windy city' of Chicago to compete in the SSA Global Windy City Open, the richest Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour event in North America.
France's Thierry Lincou is top seed, and meets English qualifier Mark Chaloner in the first round. The former world No7 needed 64 minutes to beat young compatriot Daryl Selby 11-9 11-10 7-11 11-3 in the qualifying finals.
Scotland's defending champion John White, the seventh seed, takes on another English qualifier Ben Garner, the 11-10 7-11 11-9 1-11 11-9 winner over Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez.
England's world No8 Lee Beachill has been forced to withdraw from the $100,000 event following 'exploratory knee surgery'. Fellow Yorkshireman Nick Matthew has been elevated to eighth seed in the event, and has taken Beachill's place in the draw against Australian Stewart Boswell.
England's No2 seed James Willstrop faces Laurens Jan Anjema, from the Netherlands, in the first round.
North American interest is led by Canada's world No1 Jonathon Power, the fifth seed who takes on Irish qualifier Liam Kenny in the opening round.


SSA Global Backs Windy City Open: North America's Richest Championship

SSA Global
, the largest Chicago-based software company and a leading provider of extended enterprise solutions and services, today announced its title sponsorship of the 2006 SSA Global Windy City Open.

The 25th annual tournament, which will take place at the University Club of Chicago from 16-24 January 2006, becomes the richest PSA Tour event in North America.

Considered one of the top-10 PSA events on the world tour, the championship will draw nearly 60 world-renowned squash players, including number one-ranked Thierry Lincou from France. Squash boasts more than one million players in the USA, with more than 1,500 in the Chicago area.

"Chicago is a vibrant squash community, and we are excited to host a tournament on par with the US, Qatar, British, and Hong Kong Opens," said John Flanigan, tournament and athletic director, University Club of Chicago. "SSA Global has been integral in raising the game and elevating the tournament to world-class status."

This year marks SSA Global's third as the tournament's title sponsor. With a prize purse of $100,000, the 2006 SSA Global Windy City Open tops out as the most lucrative tournament in US professional squash history. International competitors, including more than 200 amateur players of all skill levels, will travel to Chicago to compete in the event.

"SSA Global is competing and winning internationally in the top tier of enterprise software and services. This tournament provides the perfect opportunity to represent our business while sharing our passion for squash with Chicago and the rest of the world," said Graeme Cooksley, executive vice president, SSA Global. "Additionally, SSA Global has been headquartered in Chicago for 25 years and we want to help fortify the city's global cache as a world travel destination through this international sport."

The University Club expects to seat more than 2,000 spectators in Cathedral Hall alongside a special all-glass squash court. SSA Global is the title sponsor of the event, while lead corporate sponsors include Cognos, Grant Thornton, LaSalle Bank, Mercer-Marsh and the Tilchen Corporation. Additional corporate sponsors include Foley & Lardner; Uline; Midland Marketing; Alpha Capital; Ancora Associates; Holstein Law and Front Row.

About the University Club of Chicago:
The University Club of Chicago is downtown's premier business, social, and athletic club, located at Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street, directly across from Millennium Park. The University Club of Chicago was established in 1889 by university graduates who wanted a special place where they could enjoy intellectual pursuits. The University Club of Chicago was founded for the purpose of fostering an appreciation of literature and the arts. College or university graduation remains the basic requirement for membership, and within the membership nearly every business and profession is represented.

About SSA Global:
SSA Global (NASDAQ: SSAG) is a leading provider of extended ERP solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, services and public organizations worldwide. In addition to core ERP applications, SSA Global offers a full range of integrated extension solutions including corporate performance management, customer relationship management, product lifecycle management, supply chain management and supplier relationship management. Headquartered in Chicago, SSA Global has 63 locations worldwide and its product offerings are used by approximately 13,000 active customers in over 90 countries. For additional information, visit the SSA Global web site at