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PSA Round-up: Denver and Iran

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Founder of World Squash Day, Squash Mad and the new Squash 200 Partnership, building clubs of the future. Founder of the Kent Open and co-promoter of the St. James's Place Canary Wharf Classic. Author and Public Speaker.

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Charles Sharpes

Sharpes shapes up in Denver

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 5 Hashim Khan Championship, Denver, Colorado, USA

1st round:
Adrian Dudzicki (CAN) bt [1] Dylan Bennett (NED) 12-10, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9
Chris Lloyd (NZL) bt Colin Ramasra (TRI) 7-11, 5-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-1
Fred Reid (CAN) bt Josh Cardwell (AUS) 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-6
[3] Lewis Walters (ENG) bye
[4] Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt Lekgotla Mosope (BOT) 9-11, 11-3, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9
Arshad Iqbal Burki (PAK) bt Gavin Lee Perrett (ENG) 11-3, 11-1, 11-7
Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt Philip Nightingale (ENG) 11-3, 11-3, 11-4
[2] Robin Clarke (CAN) bt Ben Coleman (ENG) 11-5, 10-12, 12-10, 11-2
Quarter-finals:
Adrian Dudzicki (CAN) bt Chris Lloyd (NZL) 11-4, 6-11, 6-11, 11-5, 12-10
[3] Lewis Walters (ENG) bt Fred Reid (CAN) 11-9, 11-6, 2-11, 11-4
[4] Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt Arshad Iqbal Burki (PAK) 11-5, 11-3, 11-2
Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [2] Robin Clarke (CAN) 11-3, 11-9, 11-2
Semi-finals:
[3] Lewis Walters (ENG) bt Adrian Dudzicki (CAN) 11-9, 11-2, 11-9
Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [4] Rex Hedrick (AUS) 11-4, 14-12, 11-5
Final:
Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [3] Lewis Walters (ENG) 11-6, 11-5, 11-7

Sharpes Shapes Up In Denvir

Unseeded English teenager Charles Sharpes ousted three of the top four seeds in the Hashim KhanChampionship in the USA to win the PSA World Tour Challenger 5 squash event at the Denver Athletic Club in Denver, Colorado.

It was an impressive performance by the 19-year-old reigning British Junior champion who is only ranked 166 in the world.

London-born Sharpes followed his straight games win over second-seeded Canadian Robin Clarke in the quarter-finals by beating Australia’s No4 seed Rex Hedrick, also 3/0, in the semi-finals.

The surprise final was an all-English affair in which Sharpes, based in Kingston-upon-Thames, facedLewis Walters, the third seed from Nottingham.

But the underdog was too sharp for Walters as Sharpes took the title by an 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 scoreline, thereby maintaining his straight games-winning run in the championship.

It was Sharpes’ third PSA Tour final appearance – and his second success.

Khan wins in Iran

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 5 Norooz International, Tehran, Iran

1st round:
[1] Mazen Gamal (EGY) bt [Q] Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari (PAK) 11-5, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5 (65m)
[Q] Aurangzeb Mehmund (PAK) bt Mohammad Hossei Jafari Nadoushan (IRI) 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (26m)
Mohammad Reza Sadeghpour (IRI) bt Navid Maleksabet (IRI) 11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-3 (27m)
[3] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Seyed Mohammad Hossein Sanaee (IRI) 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 (28m)
[4] Bader Al Hussaini (KUW) bt Masoud Gharehzyaldini (IRI) 11-4, 11-7, 12-10 (29m)
Alireza Sanaei (IRI) bt [Q] Sameollah Ghasedabadi (IRI) 11-9, 4-11, 11-8, 11-8 (30m)
[Q] Mohammed Yaquop Hajeyah (KUW) bt Zeyad Tareq Alowaesh (KUW) 11-4, 11-3, 4-11, 11-4 (33m)
[2] Waqar Mehboob (PAK) bt Waqas Mehboob (PAK) 8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (24m)
Quarter-finals:
[1] Mazen Gamal (EGY) bt [Q] Aurangzeb Mehmund (PAK) 11-7, 11-9, 3-11, 11-5 (41m)
[3] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Mohammad Reza Sadeghpour (IRI) 7-11, 11-2, 11-0, 11-3 (27m)
[4] Bader Al Hussaini (KUW) bt Alireza Sanaei (IRI) 11-3, 11-6, 11-4 (18m)
[2] Waqar Mehboob (PAK) bt [Q] Mohammed Yaquop Hajeyah (KUW) 11-7, 17-15, 11-3 (39m)
Semi-finals:
[3] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [1] Mazen Gamal (EGY) 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (46m)
[4] Bader Al Hussaini (KUW) bt [2] Waqar Mehboob (PAK) 1-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-5 (28m)
Final:
[3] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [4] Bader Al Hussaini (KUW) 11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (35m)

Khan Canters To Iran Hat-Trick

Pakistan teenager Danish Atlas Khan celebrated his third successive PSA World Tour title triumph inIran in a month when he won the Norooz Squash International, the PSA Challenger 5 event in its third year at Enghelab Sports Complex in Tehran.

Third seed Khan made his breakthrough in the semi-finals where he beat top-seeded Egyptian Mazen Gamal, the champion in 2009.

The 17-year-old from Peshawar then faced the title-holder Bader Al Hussaini in the final after the fourth seed from Kuwait had overcome second seed Waqar Mehboob, from Pakistan, in the other semi-final.

But Danish Atlas Khan was too strong for the defending champion in the final, despatching the 27-year-old 11-6, 11-8, 11-3 in just 35 minutes.

“I really want to thank Allah for winning three tournaments here – also thanks to my father and my coachAtlas Khan, and my family, who really support me,” said the jubilant champion after his victory.

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