Delierre Becomes First Home Nash Cup Champion
Shawn Delierre stormed to victory in the final of the Nash Cup
to become the first Canadian winner of the PSA World Tour
Challenger 10 squash event at London Squash Racquets Club in
Defending champion Jan Koukal took the early, losing three game
balls before clinching the first game on the fourth.
The second seed from the Czech Republic led 5-2 in the second,
but home hero Delierre reclaimed the advantage to draw level.
The lead changed hands several times in the third. Third seed
Delierre had three game balls before finally moving ahead 2/1.
Koukal once led in the fourth, but it was the determined
Canadian who ultimately prevailed to win 9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8
after 91 minutes.
"Relieved! I really wanted the first game and really wanted to
impose my game, but he stole that right from me, and my hope,"
said the victorious 29-year-old from Montreal who now boasts 10
PSA World Tour titles.
"In the second he came out firing and led for most of the game,
but I tried to slow things down. I'm not sure how, but I managed
to win the second. In the 3rd I decided to straighten things up
- Jan's shots were on and I felt like a retriever, but I also
felt like I was placing the ball well.
"I scraped that game 12-10," added Delierre. "The fourth was
tough until eight-all, but I hung in there and managed to take
The next stop on the circuit is the White Oaks Cup October 20-23
at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
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