Home Title For Gordon Is ‘Extra Special’
19 April 2013
RESULTS: PSA Challenger 15 Oliver NY Metro Open, Metropolitan New York, USA
Christopher Gordon (USA) bt Shaun le Roux (RSA) 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 10-6 ret. (78m)
New Yorker Christopher Gordon is celebrating his first PSA World Tour title success in his home city after beating South African Shaun le Roux in the final of the Oliver NY Metro Open – Squash Revolution, the inaugural PSA Challenger 15 squash event which has been staged across four venues in Metropolitan New York in the USA.
Gordon is enjoying the best form of his life. Last month, the 26-year-old won the US national title for the first time against expectations – and this month he jumped four places to a career-high world ranking of 54.
Gordon claimed his place in the rare Tour final between two unseeded players after upsetting third-seeded Canadian Shawn Delierre in the quarter-finals, then Ryan Cuskelly, the top seed from Australia, in the semis.
Both he and Le Roux, the Cape Town-born world No59, reached the final after surviving five-game semi-finals lasting more than 70 minutes.
But the maiden Metropolitan New York event final duly concluded in a surprise outcome when Le Roux retired injured after 78 minutes of play – leaving home hero Gordon to celebrate his momentous 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 10-6 (ret.) victory.
“Won the Oliver New York Metro Open tonight beating Shaun LeRoux (RSA) in four tough games!” Gordon told his Facebook friends later.
“It was a huge mental battle and I am so happy to have been able to keep it together and claim this title! A really extra special moment as well to win it in the city that I live and grew up in!”
The triumph marks the third PSA Tour title of Gordon’s career.
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