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PSA: Palmer survives Montreal thriller

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PSA: Palmer survives Montreal thriller

David Palmer remained on track for his second PSA title in a row after surviving a five-game thriller against Scottish qualifier Alan Clyne in the quarter-finals of the NBF Open squash tournament in Montreal on Wednesday.

Palmer had to come from 2/1 down before subduing the challenge of Clyne, a rising star on the world squash stage.

Clyne had upset New South Welshman Ryan Cuskelly in four games on Tuesday 12-10, 8-11, 12-10, 11-2, while Palmer saw off American number one Julian Illingworth 7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8.

Palmer next faces Englishman Alister Walker in the semi-finals as he bids to add the Montreal title to last week’s Rocky Mountain Open.

The second semi-final will be between top seeded Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema and Egypt’s Hisham Ashour.

 

Results – prefix denotes seeding:

 

First round

 

1-Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt Shahier Razik (CAN) 13-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-4

Stephane Galifi (ITA) bt David Phillips (CAN) 13-11, 11-7, 11-7

Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Tarek Momen (EGY) 13-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8

3-Hisham Ashour (EGY) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 7-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-7

4-Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Joel Hinds (ENG) 10-12, 11-4, 11-2, 7-11, 11-7

Alister Walker (ENG) bt Shawn Delierre (CAN) 9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-5

Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 12-10, 8-11, 12-10, 11-2

2-David Palmer (AUS) bt Julian Illingworth (USA) 7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8

 

Quarter-finals

 

1-Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt Stephane Galifi (ITA) 11-5, 11-8, 11-8

3-Hisham Ashour (EGY) bt Jan Koukal (CZE) 11-9, 11-5, 11-3

Alister Walker (ENG) bt 4-Adrian Grant (ENG) 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9

2-David Palmer (AUS) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 11-9, 6-11, 4-11, 11-3, 11-8


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