Tuesday, April 16, 2024

PSA: Clyne moves on in Montreal

Alan Clyne in action. Picture: KIM ROBERTS

RESULTS: PSA International 35 National Bank Financial Group Open, Montreal, Canada

1st round:
[1] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt Shahier Razik (CAN) 13-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-4 (89m)
Stephane Galifi (ITA) bt [Q] David Phillips (CAN) 13-11, 11-7, 11-7 (46m)
[Q] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Tarek Momen (EGY) 13-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8 (65m)
[3] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 7-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 (43m)
[4] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [Q] Joel Hinds (ENG) 10-12, 11-4, 11-2, 7-11, 11-7 (75m)
Alister Walker (ENG) bt Shawn Delierre (CAN) 9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-5
[Q] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 12-10, 8-11, 12-10, 11-2 (84m)
[2] David Palmer (AUS) bt Julian Illingworth (USA) 7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (68m)

Koukal & Clyne Move On In Montreal

Qualifiers Jan Koukal and Alan Clyne produced stunning upsets in the National Bank Financial Group Open to claim unexpected quarter-final places in the PSA World Tour International 35 squash event at Club Sportif MAA inMontreal, Canada.

Czech number one Koukal, who survived an 81-minute qualifying battle to reach the main draw, defeated rising Egyptian starTarek Momen, ranked 20 places higher, 13-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8 in 65 minutes.

Clyne, the world No46 from Edinburgh, beat Australian Ryan Cuskelly 12-10, 8-11, 12-10, 11-2 in 84 minutes.

The Scot now faces another Aussie, second seed David Palmer. The 34-year-old from New South Wales, fresh from his 27th Tour title success in Calgary last week, recovered from a game down to beat US number one Julian Illingworth 7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8.

Palmer is expected to meet favourite Laurens Jan Anjema in the Montreal final in a repeat of the Calgary climax.

The Dutchman extinguished home interest in the event with a 13-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-4 win over top-ranked CanadianShahier Razik.

Quarter-final line-up:
[1] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) v Stephane Galifi (ITA)
[3] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) v [Q] Jan Koukal (CZE)
[4] Adrian Grant (ENG) v Alister Walker (ENG)
[2] David Palmer (AUS) v [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO)

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