Shahier Razik, Miranda Ranieri win national squash titles
TORONTO – Shahier Razik of Toronto and Miranda Ranieri of Waterloo, Ont., were crowned the men’s and women’s champions on Saturday at the Harrow Canadian Squash Championships which took place this week at the National Squash Academy.
In a battle of the top-two seeds in the men’s final, number-one Razik took the title for the fifth time in six years defeating Shawn DeLierre of Brossard, Que., 11-6, 11-9, 11-0. Although the match lasted over an hour, thanks to a let ridden second game, it didn’t match some of the epic battles the pair have had in the past.
Andrew McDougall of Calgary won the bronze.
In the women’s final, Ranieri overcame a 4-8 deficit in the second game en route to her second consecutive national title defeating fourth-seed Stephanie Edmison of Toronto 11-6, 11-8, 11-4. Ranieri, seeded second,scored seven unanswered points to catch, pass and win that second game.
‘’The second game could have gone either way,’’ said Ranieri. ‘’Stephanie played really well and I was able to hit a couple deep on my rally. If I hadn’t won that second game, it could have been much different.’’
In the third place match, Samantha Cornett of Ottawa defeated top-seed Alexandra Norman of Montreal in straight games. Edmison had upset Norman in Friday’s semifinal.
– Stephanie Edmison of Toronto, a former Canadian university champion, upset number-one seed Alexandra Norman of Montreal in a five-game semifinal thriller on Friday night at the Harrow Canadian Squash Championships.
With the victory Edmison, seeded fourth, meets defending champion and second seed Miranda Ranieri of Waterloo, Ont., in the women’s final.
Ranieri advanced by defeating Samantha Cornett of Ottawa in four games.
On the men’s side, the final will pit defending champion and top-seed Shahier Razik of Toronto and second seed Shawn DeLierre of Brossard, Que. It’s a highly anticipated showdown since the pair has waged some of the most epic and longest battles in Canadian squash history.
Razik defeated Andrew McDougall of Calgary in four games while DeLierre beat third-seed David Phillips of Pointe-Claire, Que., in straight games.
Top-four seeds into semis at Harrow Canadian Squash Championships
TORONTO- The top-four seeds in both men’s and women’s play, including number ones Shahier Razik of Toronto and Alexandra Norman of Montreal, advanced to the semifinals on Thursday at the Harrow Canadian Squash Championships.
In the men’s quarterfinals, Razik, the defending champion, defeated Dane Sharp of Ajax, Ont.,; number-two Shawn DeLierre of Brossard, Que., upended Matthew Serediak of Toronto; third-seed David Phillips of Pointe-Claire, Que., ousted Andrew Schnell of Calgary and fourth seed Andrew McDougall of Calgary beat Tyler Hamilton of Dundas, Ont.
The semifinal match-ups for Friday are Razik-McDougall and DeLierre-Phillips.
In the women’s quarters, Norman took Geneviève Lessard of Montreal; number-two and defending champion Miranda Ranieri of Waterloo, Ont., beat Nikole Todd of Saskatoon; third-seed Samantha Cornett of Ottawa defeated Marnie Baizley of Winnipeg and Stephanie Edmison of Toronto ousted Melanie Jans-Burke of Vancouver.
The semis are Norman-Edmison and Ranieri-Cornett.