Friday, June 21, 2024

PSA: Illingworth rocks Razik in LA

RESULTS: PSA International 25 KIG Open, Los Angeles, USA

1st round:
Julian Illingworth (USA) bt [1] Shahier Razik (CAN) 11-6, 5-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Yann Perrin (FRA) 11-6, 11-7, 11-1
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt [Q] Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) 11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 7-11, 11-4
[3] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) bt Jan Koukal (CZE) 11-4, 11-8, 4-11, 7-11, 11-3
[4] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt [Q] Zac Alexander (AUS) 8-11, 11-2, 11-4, 11-5
Stefan Casteleyn (BEL) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 11-9, 11-9, 11-9
[Q] Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt Stephane Galifi (ITA) 11-7, 11-4, 11-13, 10-12, 11-8
[2] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt [Q] Bradley Hindle (MLT) 11-4, 11-2, 12-10

Julian Jettisons Shahier In LA Shock

US squash star Julian Illingworth provided unexpected hopes for domestic success in the KIG Open inLos Angeles when he ousted top-seeded Canadian Shahier Razik in the opening round of the PSA World Tour International 25 event in its second year at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

The unseeded New Yorker, winner of a record six US national titles, clambered back from 2/1 down to upset Razik, the world No26 from Toronto, 11-6, 5-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4.

Illingworth, ranked 34 in the world, now faces England’s Chris Simpson for a place in the last four. Simpson, the Guernsey-born world No43, defeated Frenchman Yann Perrin 11-6, 11-7, 11-1.

Tournament organiser Stefan Casteleyn showed that he has not lost the touch which took him to a world ranking high of 7 in 1999. The 37-year-old Belgian despatched New Zealander Campbell Grayson11-9, 11-9, 11-9 to set up a quarter-final clash with Omar Abdel Aziz, the fourth seed from Egypt.

Quarter-final line-up:
Julian Illingworth (USA) v Chris Simpson (ENG)
[3] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) v Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
[4] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) v Stefan Casteleyn (BEL)
[2] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) v [Q] Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY)


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