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Simpson beats Clyne in Calgary final

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RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Talisman Energy Bankers Hall Club Pro Am, Calgary, Canada

1st round:
[1] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Andrew Schnell (CAN) 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (40m)
Dane Sharp (CAN) bt Matthew Serediak (CAN) 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-5 (87m)
Andrew McDougall (CAN) bt [Q] Grayson Witcher (CAN) 11-1, 11-4, 11-1 (20m)
[4] Max Lee (HKG) bt Rory Pennell (ENG) 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (26m)
[3] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [Q] Bob Ballinger (CAN) 11-2, 11-3, 11-8 (25m)
Robin Clarke (CAN) bt [Q] Graeme Schnell (CAN) 13-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6 (70m)
Thomas Brinkman (CAN) bt [Q] Gavin Lee Perrett (ENG) 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (21m)
[2] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (40m)
[1] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Dane Sharp (CAN) 11-7, 11-3, 13-11 (42m)
[4] Max Lee (HKG) bt Andrew McDougall (CAN) 11-4, 11-9, 11-3 (35m)
[3] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt Robin Clarke (CAN) 11-4 ret.
[2] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Thomas Brinkman (CAN) 11-2, 11-2, 11-1 (20m)
[1] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [4] Max Lee (HKG) 5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-2 (45m)
[2] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [3] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 (54m)
[1] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [2] Alan Clyne (SCO) 11-6, 11-7, 2-11, 11-9 (67m)
Simpson Soars To British Success In Calgary
Top seed Chris Simpson prevailed in an all-British final of the Talisman Energy Bankers Hall Club Pro Am in Canada to clinch the title in the eighth staging of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at Bankers Hall Club in Calgary.

The 23-year-old from Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, led the top four seeds through to the semi-finals – where he defeated Hong Kong’s fourth seed Max Lee to make the fourth PSA Tour final of his career.

His opponent was the Scottish number one Alan Clyne, the No2 seed who overcame third-seeded Malaysian Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in the other semi.

The Britons battled for 67 minutes in the climax – with Simpson extending his unbeaten record in Tour finals by securing his fourth title following an 11-6, 11-7, 2-11, 11-9 victory over the 24-year-old Scot.

After the final, Simpson told the BBC he was aiming for a place in the world top 30 by the end of the season.

The 23-year-old, ranked 48, said: “I’ve set a goal to be top 30 by the end of the season and it will help towards that.

“The things that won me this tournament are the exact things I’ve been working on for a few months, particularly mental and tactical aspects.”

He added: “That’s the real confidence boost that I’m going to take out of it. Hopefully I can take it to my next tournaments and try and continue this winning streak.”

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