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Eric scores the perfect 10 in Mexico

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ERIC GALVEZ made history in the final of the Xalapa Squash Open when he became the first Mexican to win 10 PSA World Tour titles after beating Argentina’s Gonzalo Miranda at Squash Insurgentes in Xalapa in the Mexican state of Veracruz.

The 30-year-old top seed from Puebla (pictured left) despatched three fellow countrymen on his way to the PSA Challenger 5 event climax – thereby notching up the 25th PSA Tour final appearance of his 14-year international career.

Miranda, the number two seed from La Plata, overcame unseeded Brazilian Manoel Pereira in straight games to reach his fourth Tour final.

But local hero Galvez, a former World number 33, was too strong for Miranda in the final – going one better than his runner-up finish last year by winning 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 to secure his first Tour title for more than two years, and his fifth on home soil.

Final:

[1] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [2] Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) 11-6, 11-8, 11-8

Semi-finals:

[1] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [4] Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX) 11-6, 11-9, 11-5
[2] Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt Manoel Pereira (BRA) 11-3, 11-9, 11-4

Quarter-finals:

[1] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Fernando Lopez (MEX) 11-1, 11-4, 11-3
[4] Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX) bt Jonathan Uriel Ramos Islas (MEX) 11-8, 11-3, 11-4
Manoel Pereira (BRA) bt [3] Joe Chapman (IVB) 6-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6
[2] Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt Cameron Stafford (CAY) 11-8, 11-6, 13-11

First-round:

[1] Eric Galvez(MEX) bt Gerardo de Paul Garcia (MEX) 11-8, 11-9, 11-6
Fernando Lopez(MEX) bt [Q] Jorge Gomez (MEX) 11-9, 11-5, 11-6
Jonathan Uriel Ramos Islas (MEX) bt [Q] Fernando Magdaleno (MEX) 1-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9
[4] Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX) bt [WC] Juan Gomez Dominguez (MEX) 11-7, 11-2, 11-3
[3] Joe Chapman (IVB) bt Victor Manuel Garcia Ramirez (MEX) 11-8, 11-1, 12-10
Manoel Pereira (BRA) bt Edilson Ribeiro Nunes (BRA) 13-11, 4-11, 11-13, 11-8, 11-7
Cameron Stafford(CAY) bt [Q] Yair Dorantes (MEX) 11-2, 11-6, 11-5
[2] Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt [Q] Josue Gomez (MEX) 11-7, 11-6, 11-9

Pictures by Steve Cubbins of squashsite.co.uk

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