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Shawn Delierre takes Saskatoon title

Boast and drive as Canadian beats top seed Martin Knight
By Squash Mad Reporter

Shawn Delierre in action
Shawn Delierre in action

Canadian number two seed Shawn Delierre defeated 2013 runner-up Martin Knight on home-soil to earn his second PSA World Tour title of 2014 at the Saskatoon Movember Boast, Challenger 10 tournament.

The pairing clashed in a magnificent match that saw 32-year-old Delierre roll back the years to beat Knight in straight sets and claim his third victory in a row against his opponent from New Zealand.

Number three seed Jamie Haycocks fell short of expectations when he went out to Andrew Schnell in the quarter-final. Schnell had already been through a gruelling five-game encounter with his brother Graeme in the first round but there were no signs of any tired legs as he put in a dogged performance against the Englishman.

The shock of the event was undoubtedly qualifier Youssef Soliman’s victory over Dane Sharp in the quarter-final. Soliman, who had already shocked Canadian Michael McCue in the previous round, dropped the first game by a 11-9 scoreline but he had enough in his locker to turn the match on its head and take the next three games in a row.

His progress was cut short by Knight in the semi-final when the New Zealander gunned Soliman down in a 3-1 victory.

Knight was also number six seed Matthew Serediak’s conqueror. The 30-year-old Canadian would have been hoping to progress to the latter stages of the event but was unfortunate to meet a dominant Knight in the quarter-finals.

Knight was brutal in his dismantling of Serediak and won it 11-9, 11-2 and 11-7 in the pair’s first ever meeting on the PSA World Tour.

Carlos Cornes Ribadas, the only Spanish representative in the draw, made it to the second round courtesy of a 3-0 win over qualifier David Baillargeon but his progress was halted by Delierre en route to his tournament triumph.

Results: 2014 Saskatoon Movember Boast:

1st round:
[1] Martin Knight (NZL) bt Reuben Phillips (ENG)3-0: 11-9, 11-2, 14-12 (28m)
[6] Matthew Serediak (CAN) bt Matias Tuomi (FIN) 3-1: 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (48m)
[Q] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt [8] Michael McCue (CAN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-9 (47m)
[4] Dane Sharp (CAN) bt Rodrigo Pezzota (ARG) 3-0: 11-5, 12-10, 12-10 (60m)
[3] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt [Q] Joe Green (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (34m)
[5] Andrew Schnell (CAN) bt [Q] Graeme Schnell (CAN) 3-2: 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9 (86m)
[7] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) bt [Q] David Baillargeon (CAN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-3 (22m)
[2] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [WC] Nicholas Sachvie (CAN) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-9 (38m)

[1] Martin Knight (NZL) bt [6] Matthew Serediak (CAN) 3-0: 11-9, 11-2, 11-7 (34m)
[Q] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt [4] Dane Sharp (CAN) 3-1: 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (73m)
[5] Andrew Schnell (CAN) bt [3] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 3-1: 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4 (49m)
[2] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [7] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 14-12 (58m)

[1] Martin Knight (NZL) bt [Q] Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-1: 11-8, 12-10, 12-14, 11-8
[2] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [5] Andrew Schnell (CAN)3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-4

[2] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [1] Martin Knight (NZL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (66m)

Picture  from Squash Mad archive 


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