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PSA LIVE: Zaman’s the man for Chicago slam

Lee Hortonhttps://squashmad.com
Former Sun, Mirror, People and Sunday Express sports executive. Knows a bit about newspapers and the art of talking a good game. Brighter than some but a way to go to match others.

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Pakistan’s Farhan Zaman(above) and Mexican Eric Galvez will line up in a surprise Chicago Openfinal after surviving tough semi-finals in the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event atLife Time Athletic in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Zaman, the third seed from Peshawar, dashed New Zealander Martin Knight‘s hopes of a fourth PSA Tour final appearance in two months when he fought back from a game down to upset the top seed 10-12, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8.

The 20-year-old world No71 is marking the sixth Tour final of his career.

Fourth seed Galvez ended unseeded Frenchman Joan Lezaud‘s impressive run in the event – but the seasoned 30-year-old from Puebla was taken to tie-breaks in all three games before emerging a 12-10, 12-10, 12-10 victor.

Galvez, a two-time Pan American champion and a former PanAm Games gold medallist, is celebrating the 24th of final of his career – and both he and Zaman will be appearing in the second finals of the year.

But whilst Zaman won the long-established CAS International on home soil last month, world No91 Galvez will be looking to pick up his first Tour title in more than two years.

 

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