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PSA: Relentless Razik wins Sudbury final

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Shahier Razik in action. Picture by Patricia Lyons

PSA Challenger 15 Sudbury Northern Ontario Championship, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Final:
[2] Shahier Razik (CAN) bt [3] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-2 (91m)

Tireless Razik Scores In Sudbury

Despite enduring matches in the previous two rounds both of which lasted more than 100 minutes, Canadian number oneShahier Razik was able to find another 91 minutes to wear down Egypt’s Omar Abdel Aziz in the final of the Sudbury Northern Ontario Championship in the Canadian province of Ontario.

It was after beating Malaysia’s Muhd Asyraf Azan in a 108-minute quarter-final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15squash event at Sudbury YMCA in Sudbury that second seed Razik rallied to a semi-final win in 102 minutes over a second Malaysian Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan, the fourth seed.

Third seed Aziz took the opening game in the final, but the tireless 33-year-old from Toronto battled back to clinch the match 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-2 – and notch up the 21st Tour title of his career.

Semi-finals:
[3] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt [1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 (70m)
[2] Shahier Razik (CAN) bt [4] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 11-2 (102m)

Razik Battles On To Sudbury Final

Canadian number one Shahier Razik survived his second 100-minute marathon in 24 hours in the Sudbury Northern Ontario Championship to reach the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event at Sudbury YMCA inSudbury in the Canadian province of Ontario.

After beating Malaysia’s Muhd Asyraf Azan in a 108-minute quarter-final, Razik rallied to a 12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 11-2 semi-final win in 102 minutes over fourth seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan, also a Malaysian.

Luckily for the 33-year-old from Toronto, Adnan tired in the fourth to prevent the match going into a decider.

The win takes Razik, the world No33, into his 35th PSA Tour final.

The second seed will face Egypt’s Omar Abdel Aziz after the third seed from Egypt upset top-seeded Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez 8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 in 70 minutes.

The unexpected victory takes the 27-year-old world No44 from Cairo into the ninth Tour final of his career.

Quarter-finals:
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [Q] Andrew Schnell (CAN) 11-3, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4 (49m)
[3] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt [Q] Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX) 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 (36m)
[4] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt Eric Galvez (MEX) 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (43m)
[2] Shahier Razik (CAN) bt Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) 11-1, 13-11, 11-13, 9-11, 11-3 (108m)

Razik Prevails In Second Successive Sudbury Marathon

Exactly a year after playing his last 100-minute-plus match on the Tour, Shahier Razik prevailed in a 108-minute marathon in the Sudbury Northern Ontario Championship to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15squash event at Sudbury YMCA in Sudbury in the Canadian province of Ontario.

It was in the event’s semi-finals in April 2010 that the 33-year-old from Toronto went down to compatriot Shawn Delierrein 140 minutes!

This time, Razik took a two-game lead against Muhd Asyraf Azan before having to resist a fight-back by the Malaysian which forced the match into a fifth game.

But the Canadian, a veteran of at least fifteen 100-minute-plus matches since 2005, had the upper hand in the decider to win 11-1, 13-11, 11-13, 9-11, 11-3.

Razik will now face another Malaysian – fourth seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan who needed only 43 minutes to get the better of experienced Mexican Eric Galvez 11-9, 11-9, 11-7.

Favourite Miguel Angel Rodriguez denied the crowd Canadian interest in the other semi-final by beating Calgary-born qualifier Andrew Schnell 11-3, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4.

The Colombian will take on Egypt’s third seed Omar Abdel Aziz.

Semi-final line-up:
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [3] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY)
[2] Shahier Razik (CAN) v [4] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)

1st round:
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Eddie Charlton (ENG) 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (34m)
[Q] Andrew Schnell (CAN) bt Michael McCue (CAN) 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 (34m)
[Q] Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX) bt [Q] Matthew Serediak (CAN) 11-9, 13-11, 11-3 (33m)
[3] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt Robin Clarke (CAN) 13-11, 11-2, 11-5 (32m)
[4] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [Q] Alfredo Avila (MEX) 11-9, 11-4, 4-11, 11-8 (56m)
Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Andrew McDougall (CAN) 13-11, 11-4, 11-2 (47m)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) bt David Phillips (CAN) 11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 12-10 (47m)
[2] Shahier Razik (CAN) bt Mohammad Reza Sadeghpour (IRI) 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (27m)

Schnell & Razik Lead Home Hopes In Ontario

Shahier Razik and Andrew Schnell lead home hopes through to the last eight of the Sudbury Northern Ontario Championship, the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event in its second year at Sudbury YMCA in Sudbury in the Canadian province of Ontario.

Calgary-born qualifier Schnell defeated local wild card player Michael McCue 11-3, 11-5, 11-4. The 19-year-old will now face top seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the world No25 from Colombia who beat England’s Eddie Charlton 11-5, 11-9, 11-9.

A late withdrawal of last year’s runner-up Shawn Delierre led fellow Canadian Shahier Razik to be paired up with ‘lucky loser’ Mohammad Reza Sadeghpour.

Second seed Razik needed only 27 minutes to overcome the Iranian 11-6, 11-6, 11-5. The world No33 from Toronto will now take on unseeded Malaysian Muhd Asyraf Azan, who beat Canadian David Phillips 11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 12-10.

Quarter-final line-up:
[1] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [Q] Andrew Schnell (CAN)
[3] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) v [Q] Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX)
[4] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) v Eric Galvez (MEX)
[2] Shahier Razik (CAN) v Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS)

 

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